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05/21/15

will impact holders of century-old water rights in the watershed of the San Joaquin River, which runs from the Sierra Nevada mountains to San Francisco Bay and is one of the main water sources for farms and communities.Meanwhile, a second category of senior rights holders - farmers who hold longstanding claims to water because their land lies along the waterways of the Sacramento-San Joaquin river delta - are making a surprise effort to stave off that kind of curtailment order

05/21/15

Under the deal expected to be presented to state officials Wednesday, farmers would either take less river water for irrigation or leave a quarter of their crops unplanted.

05/21/15

Brahm Callahan (Grill 23 & Bar, Boston, MA), William Costello (The Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas, NV), Elyse Lambert (Maison Boulud, Montreal, QC, Canada), Jack Mason, (MARTA, New York, NY), Michael Meagher (Jackson Family Wines, Groton, MA), Kevin Reilly (Cyrus Restaurant, Healdsburg, CA) and June Rodil (Maguire Moorman Hospitality Group, Austin, TX)

05/21/15

"Thanks to the generosity of nearly one-thousand grower and vintner members, AVF support continues to drive industry research to address the challenges we face ..."

05/21/15

Bipartisan bill seeks to avoid retaliatory tariffs threatening U.S. wine industry

05/21/15

The growth of the bulk wine market may slow, but it is here to stay, according to expert panellist in a recent debate

05/21/15

Cava's governing body has approved a new single vineyard classification for the Spanish sparkling wine designed to flag up the country's best expressions.

05/21/15

The boom in cut-price Prosecco in the supermarkets is leading supplier to fear the sparkling Italian drink may be in danger of "running out" in the UK.

05/21/15

Accolade Wines has appointed MJ Loza, currently head of its New Zealand operations, as its new General Manager for North America.

05/21/15

Maple died in his sleep May 14 at the Dry Creek Valley home he shared with his wife and Maple Vineyards partner Tina Maple, and their beloved dogs, Shorty, Maggee and Roy

05/21/15

VMF Estates Proprietor Anthony von Mandl, today announced that after 23 transformative years of putting the Okanagan Valley on the world wine map, John Simes has decided to transition from his role as Chief Winemaker at Mission Hill Family Estate to allow him to focus on the von Mandl Family's diverse and exceptional Okanagan vineyards.

05/21/15

Industry innovator GrapeSeed™ Wine Fund, a collective bringing together leading winemaking talent with wine consumers' desire for choice, access and exclusivity, today announced the appointment of Matt Smith as vice president of winemaking and operations. In his new role, Matt manages the growing collection of unique projects produced by notable winemakers while curating new winemaker partnerships. Matt will also create his own wine project, an innovative red blend concept now in development.

05/21/15

Brandt, citing his experience as director of compliance with Shannon Ranches, said his goal for his term on the board is to assist the county's growers in their pursuit of certification of sustainable winegrowing. He said he would like to encourage winegrape growers to become certified sustainable as another step toward improvement of wine quality for Lake County.

05/21/15

Merrilees is interested in "getting the locals involved." Formerly with Bella Vista Farming Company and now with Shannon Stahl Vineyards, the New Zealand native moved to the United States in 2003. Merrilees said his goal is to reach out to Lake County residents and businesses to get them involved in the county's wine industry.

05/21/15

This past week the Faculty Senate of Sonoma State University (SSU) approved a French Language Certificate for Wine Business, the first of its type in the US. Full-time students pursuing a B.S. degree in Wine Business can now add a French language proficiency certificate to their degree at either the beginner, intermediate, or advanced level.

05/21/15

Napa Valley Grapegrowers (NVG) celebrated its 40th anniversary this past Friday at an annual dinner held at Round Pond Estate. In attendance were over 250 grapegrowers and associated business leaders, who raised their glasses to honor the 40 year milestone and also long-time grapegrower Mike Wolf as the 2015 recipient of the Napa Valley Grower of the Year award.

05/21/15

University of Florida researcher Dennis Gray is developing disease-resistant grapes, using a method he calls "precision breeding" to create varieties less vulnerable to powdery mildew and black rot.

05/21/15

The American Society of Enology and Viticulture (ASEV) recently announced that Western Fruit Grower™ magazine contributor Matthew W. Fidelibus, of University of California-Davis, will be the recipient of the 2015 Extension Distinction Award. The award will be presented in June during the 2015 ASEV National Conference in Portland, OR.

05/21/15

The May 14 ceremony at The Barlow in Sebastopol highlighted Sonoma County businesses that qualified for the Green Business Award. Over the past three years, the Sonoma Green Business Program has certified 163 businesses that met rigorous environmental standards established by the California Green Business Network.

05/21/15

A wet start to May has brought badly needed moisture to Southern Idaho irrigators.

05/21/15

A study by Ecotrust, a Portland non-profit, says a more cohesive regional food system will support middle-size producers.

05/21/15

China's impact is partly shaping the U.S. debate over whether Congress should grant Obama greater trade-negotiation authority.

05/21/15

Annual event substantiates superior qualities of Paso Robles AVA in producing Bordeaux varietal wines

05/21/15

Agricultural leaders discuss the impacts of short water, sustaining the Pierce's Disease-GWSS program, and the strengthening U.S. dollar on the California grape industry.

05/21/15

Isolated hail storms in the San Joaquin Valley on May 7 caused spotty damage to some crops in the region.

05/21/15

A group of powerful California farmers who are volunteering to use less water amid the crippling drought have for years operated under an antiquated state system that relies on self-reported, error-riddled records to enforce cutbacks.

05/21/15

The wine industry would benefit from having more irreverent players in the game like Scottish craft brewer BrewDog, according to one key wine communicator.

05/21/15

A new South African wine classification aims to tackle the country's difficulty in building a more upmarket identity for its wines.

05/21/15

A day does not pass without my receiving multiple emails announcing webinars, publications, and workshops focused on talent analytics. Talent analytics has become an important area in both consulting firms and corporations.

05/21/15

The region's premier education center for the art and science of winemaking will be dedicated June 4, 2015, when the Wine Science Center opens at the Tri-Cities campus of Washington State University.

05/21/15

We blind-tasted three cabernet sauvignon wines, one of which (the most expensive) was described by Wine Spectator as "extremely well done ... with style and panache." Our response was somewhat different.

05/21/15

Two of his chardonnays were judged the best from both New and Old World cellars by panels of learned wine experts with credentials that'd make an Army general's fruit salad pale by comparison.

05/21/15

To celebrate the 35th anniversary of when Grgich was dubbed the "King of Chardonnay," Grgich Hills Estate winery put on a Roaring '20s-style gala, with guests donning fedoras and bow ties, feathers and pearls. It was an evening of Grgich Hills Estate wine, dinner by Cindy Pawlcyn, and jazz music highlighted by singer Tony Butala, the lead singer for The Lettermen, a vocal group that started in 1958.

05/21/15

Treasure Coast winery making inroads

05/21/15

Changes to the B.C. Liquor Act, which came into effect April 1, are meant to encourage competition

05/21/15

The family owned company was established in 1998, selling grapes and bulk wine to noted wineries around California, until the Lawson family introduced the Victor Vineyards brand in 2013. The name honors the historic village of Victor, where the company's wines are made in a renovated 100-year-old grape cold storage facility

05/21/15

Former chief executive officer of the New Zealand Wine Company (NZWC) has been found guilty on 17 fraud charges in the Auckland High Court

05/21/15

wine culture in America is more expansive than ever before

05/21/15

High level advisers to UNESCO have told Burgundy winemakers to improve their pitch to gain world heritage status for the region's vineyard climats, but Champagne remains on-track to secure a place on the list

05/21/15

Cut to the late 1980s, and Jess Jackson, founder of Kendall Jackson in 1982 and already eight years later one of the most dominant wine producers in California, is feeling sceptical about the quality of his barrels. Here's what he did next, writes Jane Anson

05/21/15

It's very hard to argue that this stuff is any more dangerous than liquid alcohol. In fact, the opposite could be argued

05/21/15

Millennials are increasingly moving away from beer in favor of wine and spirits. This trend is scaring major companies like Anheuser-Busch, MillerCoors, and Heineken, according to a recent report by Morgan Stanley.

05/21/15

We aged wine at the bottom of the ocean-then the feds threatened our license.