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02/05/16

Jon Ballesteros has been named President of Family Winemakers of California (FWC), the state's trade organization representing and advocating for the welfare and success of family winemakers and their wineries.

02/05/16

Simpson's responsibilities include managing Wineworks' distributor relationships and trade initiatives, as well as the company's growing team of Brand Ambassadors and Sales Managers

02/05/16

This day-long event will take place March 2, 2016 at Charles Krug Winery in the Napa Valley.

02/05/16

World's most celebrated charity wine event offers new options for bidding and experiencing the best of Napa Valley

02/05/16

Under beautiful sunny skies, the Napa Valley Grapegrowers' Farmworker Foundation held its 15th Annual Napa County Pruning Contest. The industry's best vineyard workers challenged each other's art, skill, and speed at pruning Napa Valley vineyards. 85 men participated in the men's division and 13 women competed in the women's division.

02/05/16

Out of the thousands of farmworkers in the Napa Valley, fewer than 100 were selected to participate in the pruning contest presented by the Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation and the Napa Valley Grapegrowers

02/05/16

The First Amendment Coalition filed a lawsuit against the Sonoma County Tourism Bureau on Thursday, challenging a decision by the agency to withhold a copy of its contract with the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee

02/05/16

Ulises Valdez, whose family business farms more than 1,000 acres, and Cloverdale engineer Kurt Kelder both were fined under a settlement announced this week for violations that officials say resulted in a stream of soil running into drainage for Dry Creek, a Russian River tributary

02/05/16

This weekend's hottest ticket is rather obvious. Come on, people, it's Super Bowl weekend. But what's the second hottest ticket out there?

02/05/16

Grapegrower Andy Beckstoffer is famous for helping transform grape-growing in Napa Valley into a highly lucrative, luxury-branded business, able to fetch some of the highest-priced cabernet sauvignon grapes in the world. Now he intends to expand his branding prowess to his vineyards in the Red Hills appellation of Lake County.

02/05/16

Kaan Kurtural, Extension Specialist in Viticulture at UC Davis, Jim Kennedy, and colleagues just published an article in AJEV about a field study they conducted in central California to characterize the effects of rootstock genotype and amounts of applied water on the productivity and anthocyanin composition of the Zinfandel (Vitis vinifera L.) grape berry in a hot climate.

02/05/16

Clos Soléne, The Farm Winery, RN Estate and San Antonio join 18 other wineries, further bolstering Paso Robles' prominence as a world-class producer of Cabernet Sauvignon.

02/05/16

Tickets on sale for three-day epicurean adventure featuring Michelin-Star cuisine from Solbar and invited and local culinary talent, paired with over 30 premier Calistoga wineries

02/05/16

Napa Valley's Mira Winery is holding a blind tasting to celebrate the May 24, 1976 Paris tasting that catapulted Napa Valley wines to the top of the wine world. To both honor the historical significance of that event and present a forum for a fresh analysis of today's wines, on May 24, 2016 Mira will conduct a blind tasting at its Charleston, South Carolina, Napa Valley Education Center & Tasting Room.

02/05/16

Two decades after crossing Europe, learning about wine, saving the Pike Place Market and opening a successful Seattle wine shop, Ron Irvine set out to chronicle the history of Washington's wine history.

02/05/16

A difficult 2013 season with smaller-than-usual quantities has ended up with some excellent wines.

02/05/16

Thousands of visitors to the Super Bowl-themed fan village in downtown San Francisco this week leading up to the "big game" are getting a taste of Sonoma County wine and tourism.

02/05/16

Some local winery officials said Wednesday the unexpected departure of Sonoma County Vintners' executive director should trigger a re-examination of the role the trade group plays within the wine industry as well as the community.

02/05/16

The Senate Workforce and General Government Committee is expected to vote on minimum wage Friday.

02/05/16

Idaho water officials recently announced they expect to recharge 80,000 acre-feet of water in the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer this winter.

02/05/16

A private recharge organization is forming, aiming to provide a service for groundwater users.

02/05/16

California's Salman Family will produce 2016 red wines in Delta facility after 45 years of grapegrowing

02/05/16

Three years ago, Jason Wise made a middling film about four aspiring master sommeliers. Earlier this month, he followed it up with a sequel: Somm: Into the Bottle. The first film dwelt - much to its detriment, I thought then and now - on the grueling process by which these men earned their Master Sommelier certification. There was lots of spitting, a fair amount of machismo, some mishegoss, some tsuris, and a little bit of naches. It never delved deeper into the forces motivating them to embark on such insanity, nor did it offer a compelling case as to why this might not be insanity after all. Somm: Into the Bottle is much more explicitly about wine and its wonders. It seeks to render these men retroactively sane by showcasing the manifold wonders of wine.

02/05/16

The standard winery tasting bar is so 2012. Who wants to elbow their way in, just to taste a few $20+ sips? In Napa and Sonoma, the term tasting room is out -- and "hospitality house" is in.

02/05/16

As John E. Fox, the co-owner of the embattled wine retailer Premier Cru was struggling with his company's enormous debt, he asked if he could charge $25,000 on his IT technician's credit card. Brian Nishi, a computer expert who had worked for Fox for 20 years, agreed, according to court documents filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. But when Fox could not repay Nishi, he gave him $25,000 worth of wine instead, according to court documents.

02/05/16

Leah and David Valvo of Wineforecaster review wines, offer tips and explore the Finger Lakes wine region here each week. This week they visit Art and Jonathan Hunt of Hunt Country Vineyards, who discuss two of their featured wines. If you're looking for a Valentine's Day treat, the wines are perfect for an artisan chocolate pairing.

02/05/16

On Tuesday, the CDC put out a Vital Signs report and infographic detailing their new guidelines. The official recommendation is for women of childbearing age to abstain from alcohol unless they are on birth control.

02/05/16

"We're trying to keep out the honky-tonks and bars," Mayor Doug Lee said of the ordinance.

02/05/16

This tendency has presented something of a challenge to Yannick and Greg Wertsch, brothers and owners of Between the Lines Winery, a six-year-old enterprise in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., that produces and sells wines from a retail store in the family barn as well as through a wine club and in restaurants.

02/05/16

Sales for B.C. fruit wine, by volume, fell 2.7% while fortified dessert wine (not including ice wine) sales fell 2.1% in the year that ended in June 2015, compared with the previous year.

02/05/16

Sniffing, swirling, comparing tasting notes-there's no question that learning about wine can be a dizzying and even intimidating experience. But you don't have to be a trained sommelier to find quality wines that you love, and at a price that doesn't turn your stomach.

02/05/16

California's Peju Acquires Acacia Vineyard And Winery Facility From Diageo

02/05/16

The wine market in Europe is expected to decline during the forecast period because of the region's falling production of grapes and rising consumption of wine in other regions.

02/05/16

Strong performances from its Champagne and wine brands helped luxury goods group LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton to a 16% increase in revenues last year

02/05/16

Legislation also funds research & education projects for state wine industry

02/05/16

The positivity presented over the course of the Vinitech-Sifel event was remarkable, it is an exciting time for the wine and viticulture industries and these advancements are testament to the type of future we will be looking at in our industry

02/05/16

Amidst one of the worst droughts in California history, winemakers are getting creative in the way they grow water intensive crops in order to maintain production, profit and drinking demand

02/05/16

While under review, farmers and retailers can continue to buy, sell and use the product in their operations.

02/05/16

A young Washington winery focused on producing great Cabernet Sauvignon from the Horse Heaven Hills is taking its brand to the national level

02/05/16

diam corkThe claim by Rolf Cordes surfaced at the end of January on the German wine review Wein Plus. One of Diam's directors met with Cordes and swiftly concluded he was a "fantasist".

02/05/16

The study, researched at the University of Michigan (seriously how did the University of Wisconsin get scooped on this) and published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine, investigated why some foods cause addictive behaviors and other foods are lentils. It found that the more processed and fatty the food, the more likely it was to cause addiction, which is why no one has ever been addicted to carrots

02/05/16

a man by the name of Cosmo Caddy may know something we don't about the much-maligned spirit.

02/05/16

The Pisco grape dates back to the 1500's when the Spanish conquistadores brought the vines to South America to make wine. They got industrious and decided to distill the leftover grapes that they couldn't use to make wine. And Pisco was born

02/05/16

For years, the wines, made almost entirely of the nebbiolo grape, were little known in the United States and, indeed, in the rest of Italy. Most of the production went to Switzerland, which naturally has a taste for good Alpine wine

02/05/16

Michael, now 73, was in town to be given Wine Enthusiast's Person of the Year award for 2015 at the magazine's Wine Star dinner at the New York Public Library

02/05/16

This is the place where winemakers decide which chemicals and additives are paramount, or what new equipment warrants massive investment. The Unified Symposium showcases the myriad of ways to turn grapes into wines. It also presents the critical choice for wineries between building a steel barn or a luxe underground cave for a tasting room