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04/17/15

Joseph Phelps, an extraordinary and visionary leader in the worlds of construction, wine, and philanthropy, passed away on April 15, 2015 at the age of 87. He died at his home in St. Helena, California surrounded by his loving family.

04/17/15

Some industry members are suing state officials directly for damages and injunctive relief under the federal Civil Rights Act.

04/17/15

The Distilled Spirits Council today applauded the introduction of a bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill in the U.S. Senate, calling the legislation, "key to opening foreign markets to American spirits products."

04/17/15

This is the first vote on this matter since April of 2005 and comes only days after President Obama's office issued a Statement of Administration Policy strongly against the Act.

04/17/15

Hahn will oversee representatives in the NVV's satellite offices in the UK, Japan, mainland China and Canada who lead education and promotional programs in their respective markets

04/17/15

Tony Stewart, proprietor of Glen Ellen's Madrone Vineyards Estate has named Tyler Galts as estate president. The winery, formerly named Valley of the Moon Winery, is one of Sonoma Valley's oldest and most historic winery and vineyard sites

04/17/15

His responsibilities have included supporting sales efforts, managing ISO and Lean Systems, operating as a liaison between CSU and customers on all technical issues, and overseeing rigorous quality control programs

04/17/15

His focus on our clients' needs has been crucial to his success and quick rise in our organization."

04/17/15

The Wine Industry Symposium Group has announced the program for the 20th annual Vineyard Economics Seminar, set for Friday, May 15 in at the Napa Valley Marriott Hotel.

04/17/15

A Delaware Chancery judge blessed Wine.com Inc.'s stock on Thursday, agreeing to validate shares the online vintner had issued through the years in transactions it later learned had been fraught with technical problems.

04/17/15

Luxury wine and spirits producer Moët Hennessy, the drinks division of LVMH, is facing a trademark battle in California over its Chandon Délice sparkling wine brand.

04/17/15

"California's fine-wine producers may even benefit from reduced production costs if they use French oak barrels. Because most are bought and sold in Europe, a €750 barrel that cost $975 last year year now costs approximately $825."

04/17/15

The city this week gave Medtronic, the owner of the former Fountain Grove Winery buildings, 30 days to apply for a demolition permit and 120 days from the permit date to completely remove the crumbling stone

04/17/15

The competition, which was a friendly rivalry between wine business students at Sonoma State University and Texas Tech University, was designed to combat the toll that craft beer and spirits mixology may take on wine market share in the US.

04/17/15

May is Oregon Wine Month and special tastings, wine dinn ers, open houses and a Wine Country Sweepstakes will highlight the month-long festival of Oregon's wine diversity. It is not too early to start planning your 2015 Oregon Wine Month activities.

04/17/15

In particular, the company's flagship brand, Casillero del Diablo, sealed a historic 2014 with growth of +17.4% and sales in excess of 4.4 million cases.

04/17/15

This month-long celebration will feature special offers, events, and unique experiences at wineries, tasting rooms, restaurants, wine bars, retailers, and attractions as well as getaway packages at top Finger Lakes Wine Country accommodations.

04/17/15

Garrison began his career at the CPA firm of Moss-Adams LLP in Santa Rosa, working for three years first as a staff accountant, and then as a senior accountant, focusing primarily on winery clients.

04/17/15

When Napa Valley's Duckhorn Wine Co. decided to quietly create a Washington winery focusing on Cabernet Sauvignon from famed Red Mountain, it brought in enough grapes to make just 2,000 cases.

04/17/15

The California Table Grape Commission has been awarded two additional years of a USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops (TASC) funding in the amount of $288,000 for continuing research to develop phytosanitary treatments that eliminate pests of concern for export markets.

04/17/15

After three months as head of Sonoma County Vintners, Carolyn Stark's biggest sales job right now is local, especially amid mounting concern among some residents over the wine industry's impact.

04/17/15

Napa County has garnered two of the four first annual California Green Medal: Sustainable Winegrowing Leadership Awards.

04/17/15

California cities that are being told to slash water use are pushing back against Gov. Jerry Brown's mandatory reductions, but it's not likely that regulators will retreat with the state in its fourth year of drought.

04/17/15

Ice cream makers Ben & Jerry's has teamed up with US craft brewer New Belgium Brewery to release a salted caramel brownie brown ale.

04/17/15

A conservation-conscious Chenin Blanc, "textbook" Côtes du Rhône and sprinkling of Hollywood stardust feature in this week's roundup.

04/17/15

Justin Keay weighs in on last month's Go West tasting and overwhelmingly urges the trade to "Go West, young man!"

04/17/15

Every year, Argentina produces more wine than Chile, but Chile's smaller population consumes much less at home. Yet Argentina long ago surpassed Chile as an exporter to the United States - why couldn't it do so elsewhere as well?

04/17/15

Lorraine and Mike Barber began making wine in a tiny San Francisco apartment. A decade later, the couple is attempting to bring its Zinfandel and Pinot gris to downtown Petaluma, a city known more for brewpubs than wine tasting rooms.

04/17/15

Ontario announced Thursday it will allow beer to be sold in hundreds of grocery stores. Here's how alcohol is sold in other Canadian provinces:

04/17/15

"This is a monumental day for craft brewers and for all consumers in Ontario," said Cam Heaps, co-founder of Steam Whistle Brewing and chair of Ontario Craft Brewers.

04/17/15

Small wine makers not thrilled that plans to bring wine to grocery stores reportedly stalled by the province

04/17/15

His family will soon announce plans for the celebration of a life. In addition, his family will notify interested parties of charitable organizations to which gifts may be made in his honor

04/17/15

"We were all pleased by the diversity of styles that we found. Many of the wines were still in the dense and extravagant camp, but just as many were fresh and vivacious, and quite a few fell somewhere in between"

04/17/15

Bills under consideration in the state General Assembly would make it easier for North Carolina makers of beer, cider and liquor to sell their products directly to the people who drink them.

04/17/15

After winning federal approval last month, Palcohol founder Mark Phillips is preparing to soon begin selling the powder, which makes vodka and rum drinks or cocktails when mixed with water

04/17/15

Sonoma County planning commissioners Thursday approved a new Healdsburg-area winery they said promoted the county's signature industry and fit in its rural setting, despite concerns from some Dry Creek Valley neighbors who say their region has been overwhelmed by impacts from new and expanded winery developments.

04/17/15

Parking and hours are the biggest complaints

04/17/15

'Momentum 2015' highlights market trends and grower programs

04/17/15

The Sauternes estates have made an early bid for attention in this campaign but despite repeated price cuts since 2010 it's still not selling.

04/17/15

Those in the regional wine community, including many who were part of the early days making wine in Pennsylvania's Chester County, are mourning the death of Alice Weygandt. She died Tuesday night following an illness.

04/17/15

The trend for grape growers to bottle their own wine rather than sell their grapes is not new, though visibility on global markets is a recent phenomenon,

04/17/15

Deputies Said They Found 7 Grams of Methamphetamine in Jacob Lindley's Car

04/17/15

Pernod Ricard Bodegas, the Spanish branch of the larger French company Pernod Ricard, launched the Winnovation Lab, an innovation incubator and ideas laboratory, this week

04/17/15

The small Pomerol estate, which produces one of the world's greatest red wines, is one of the few top châteaux still home to the owners' family

04/17/15

Napa vintner made his mark for 40 years with classic wines like Insignia