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09/18/14

Thanks to continued mild weather, the North Coast grape harvest remains ahead of schedule and some winemakers may even finish picking their fruit by the beginning of October, according to growers and analysts

09/18/14

"Right now, it's a Chardonnay tsunami," said Bob Bertheau, head winemaker at Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville. "All the Chard is coming home."

09/18/14

Farming groups said the legislation Brown signed Tuesday was rushed and punishes well-managed agencies while infringing on property rights

09/18/14

Court battles expected over scope of public rights vs. private rights

09/18/14

The land where the Guilliams Vineyards currently occupies has been known to grow wine grapes since 1890. As the latest proprietors of this property, husband and wife John and Shawn Guilliams purchased the property to make their own hand-crafted wine

09/18/14

At the heart of the scandal is a long-running dispute over different sustainability programs, particularly an environmental assurance program developed by the McLaren Vale Grape Wine and Tourism Association, which has been seeking WFA approval for five years.

09/18/14

The Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management debuted a $750,000 facility that will help students decode wine terminology and develop a taste for finer drinks Monday.

09/18/14

Koch now spends nearly $800 per bottle for authentication, first having an expert inspect the bottle itself and then sending the questionable ones to the CENBG for rounds of observation that include testing with a particle accelerator and looking for the isotope cesium-137

09/18/14

The Indelicatos, who bought the property from Prudential in 1988. At the time, the 8,500 acres of vines at San Bernabe were believed to compose the largest vineyard in the world; even a few years ago, it was considered the largest in the country. End to end, it once stretched at least 5 miles. Even now, the relatively narrow property runs about 3 miles long

09/18/14

When the apple market collapsed about 15 years ago in the region around Lake Chelan in central Washington State, a handful of farmers decided to make the transition from apples to grapes

09/18/14

As California suffers through a severe drought that has exacerbated groundwater overdraft in several parts of the state, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law three bills intended to regulate the use of groundwater.

09/18/14

In its first stage, this joint venture will take on the representation of Concha y Toro brands, among them Casillero del Diablo, Frontera, Marques de Casa Concha, Don Melchor and its Californian brands Fetzer and Bonterra.

09/18/14

Sonoma County-based Jackson Family Wines is opening a new division, West Burgundy Wine Group, focused exclusively on estate-grown, site-specific wines crafted from classic Burgundian varieties.

09/18/14

The U.S. gets a foothold in Burgundy with the sale of a 300-year-old château.

09/18/14

Multiple factors influence the wines from Italy's most traditional white varieties, but winemaking techniques can alter styles radically, says Ian D'Agata.

09/18/14

Napa has followed the state's lead in further tightening curbs on water use in the face of California's severe drought.

09/18/14

French wineries may come under added financial pressure as the government considers imposing social charges on wages paid to harvest workers with short-term contracts.

09/18/14

While Chile is best known for its Bordeaux blends, it's Mediterranean grapes that are becoming an increasing focus for the country's winemakers.

09/18/14

A Californian winery has been forced out of business after it was fined $155,000 for using volunteer labour.

09/18/14

The overall European wine harvest for 2014 looks like being down on last year, according to the latest report from Ciatti, the global grape broking business, but France is set to return to its position as the biggest wine supplier in the world.

09/18/14

A long stretch of dry weather during the summer has the grape harvest in North Carolina running ahead of schedule, with winemaking kicking into gear earlier than usual, Time Warner Cable News 14 reports.

09/18/14

Several weeks ago a 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck outside of Napa, California, leaving many in the wine industry reeling. However, in 1906, a 7.8 magnitude quake struck with even more dire consequences for the California wine industry.

09/18/14

The University of California, Davis, has been selected by the Chilean government to form a new partnership establishing the UC Davis Life Sciences Innovation Center in Chile. With a projected budget of $12 million over its first three years, the center will foster collaborative work among experts from UC Davis and Chile aimed at transforming public-sector research into regional, national and global business opportunities.

09/18/14

Kushman and Wagner are currently trying to contact the booking agents for Pliny the Elder, Dom Pérignon, and Keith Richards, who they are pretty sure drinks lots of wine

09/18/14

Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview with John Mariani, restaurant and travel columnist for Esquire Magazine and the Huffington Post. He has been called "the most influential food-wine critic in the popular press" by the Philadelphia Inquirer. We discuss the state of the restaurant industry in the US.

09/18/14

The Planning Commission voted 4-1 Tuesday to approve the expansion of the Davies Family Winery production facility, and to allow tours and tastings in a new building

09/18/14

Now, tribal leaders say, the time has come to sweep away the tortured history and grab what Indians call "the new buffalo": gambling

09/18/14

Plans are to dig into the base of McQueen to build a winery in the form of an underground hall surrounded by the spokes of long tunnels for aging the wines

09/18/14

A meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Wine Regulatory Forum has agreed to establish common maximum residue limits for agricultural chemicals in wine, according to the ABC.

09/18/14

One of Champagne's most established producers has warned that if the region doesn't get its act together it could soon be falling behind Prosecco