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10/02/14

A three-year legal battle between farmers in the Russian River watershed and state water regulators over frost protection rules has come to an apparent end. The California Supreme Court on Wednesday denied a request to consider a lower court's ruling that upheld the state Water Resources Control Board's authority to implement the controversial regulations

10/02/14

San Joaquin Valley growers Wednesday filed an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court, hoping to reverse an appellate court's rejection of their claim that flawed science was used to cut back water pumping in Northern California. The case already has been through U.S. District Court in Fresno, which sided with growers in a decision that would have forced federal leaders to rewrite 2008 protections for the threatened delta smelt

10/02/14

Northwest wineries report solar and wind pay for themselves, but don't add revenue

10/02/14

"Our wine and spirits performance for the quarter was solid," said Rob Sands, president and chief executive officer

10/02/14

Spirits Maker Posts Lower-Than-Expected Results; Owens-Illinois Joint Venture Will Operate Plant

10/02/14

Screwcap manufacturer Guala Closures has opened a design studio in California which will allow wineries to choose design and have it printed in one location

10/02/14

The Prosecco DOC Consortium (Consorzio di Tutela della DOC Prosecco)-the institution charged with protecting, upholding and promoting the standards of Prosecco DOC produced in the Veneto region of Italy-announces a 33.5 percent increase in export volume to the United States during the first fiscal semester of 2014, ended June 30, at 1.27 million cases (15.24 million bottles).

10/02/14

Burgundy has come a long way from the days when people feared Pinot Noir, but whole swathes of the region's terroirs remain underrated, says groundbreaking broker Becky Wasserman in the latest issue of Decanter magazine.

10/02/14

The first grower to head Rioja's regulatory wine body has welcomed a new internal stability that he claims has put the region in a stronger position to promote itself in key export markets.

10/02/14

A researcher at Oregon State Universtity points to a compound found in hops, one of the main ingredients in beer, improved cognitive function in a group of mice

10/02/14

Severe cold events from January through March resulted in damage to grapevines that reduced fruitfulness for many of the more cold-tender varieties used for wine production in Michigan.

10/02/14

In yet another sign that Houston is becoming one of the leading "wine destination" cities in the United States, California winemaker and festival co-founder Jasmine Hirsch (above) revealed yesterday that the controversial "In Pursuit of Balance" tasting will be held in Houston on March 30, 2015. It's the first that the event has been held outside of San Francisco or New York.

10/02/14

Concha y Toro UK has announced Tesco's Andy Gale as its new head of new business and technical development.

10/02/14

A minimum price of 45p per unit in the UK would be 50 times more effective in combatting alcohol misuse than current measures, new research claims.

10/02/14

US researchers have attributed yet another health benefit to an antioxidant found in red wine, linking it to the effective treatment of acne.

10/02/14

Fiscal 2014 is the third consecutive year a new Virginia vin record has been set, following 511,000 cases sold in 2013 and 485,000 in 2012. Since 2010, sales of Virginia wine have increased 25 percent, according to the governor's office.

10/02/14

The Delaware Wine and Ale Trail is adding four new locations. According to the Delaware Tourism Office, two breweries and two distilleries are being added to the popular tourism attraction.

10/02/14

This year's cool, wet summer in Champagne favoured biodynamic viticultural practices, according to Roederer's chef de cave.

10/02/14

Jay Garnett, CEO of Icon Fine Wine & Spirits, announced the acquisition of Free House Wine + Spirits Ltd. The deal brings together two of Western Canada's most dynamic boutique wine and spirits import companies and positions Icon as one of the country's top mid-sized agencies.

10/02/14

California officials are urging residents and businesses to keep conserving water as the state ends another extremely dry "water year" with no guarantee the coming year will be any wetter.

10/02/14

Drought will persist over most of the western United States and could develop along the Pacific Northwest coast in October, according to a new assessment by the National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center. That means no relief for most of the 132 million Americans that the latest data from the U.S. Drought Monitor show are living in drought-stricken areas - including the nearly 28 million in areas that are under exceptional drought, the most extreme category.

10/02/14

Paper seeks to compare across countries the various excise taxes that are applied to wholesale prices for wines and other alcohols

10/02/14

After heart and dental health, a team of US scientists has found that a compound found in grapes and red wine could also play a role in fighting acne.

10/02/14

Last winter's harsh weather has cut the state's wine grape crop in half, the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council said Wednesday.

10/02/14

Big Beer still has a problem: Drinkers, especially millennials, aren't consuming enough of it

10/02/14

Chateau St. Jean winery is pleased to announce its support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month alongside winery partner and 9-time Grammy Award winner artist, Ms. Sheryl Crow, by donating $1 for every bottle of wine sold (up to $100,000 total) through October 31, 2014. The partners are also launching the Notes of Hope program to rally for the cause

10/02/14

Fifty Shades of Grey Wine will promote the sweepstakes through Facebook (www.facebook.com/fiftyshadeswine), where fans can enter to win a trip for two to Seattle,

10/02/14

Brothers Carlo and Dante Mondavi of Napa Valley, have launched their own brand, RAEN Winery, specializing in Sonoma Coast single vineyard Pinot Noir