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03/31/15

The date for the mailing of the ballots for the PD/GWSS assessment referendum has been changed to the week of April 6

03/31/15

Plans by grape and wine extension professionals include new journal

03/31/15

The Wine Investment Fund uses his scores as one of three pillars (along with the "brand value" of an individual château and reputation of the vintage) by which it measures the relative value of one wine against another

03/31/15

A celebration of life will be held on April 25 from 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m

03/31/15

Treasury Wine Estates is selling the T'Gallant, Bailey's and Ryecroft wineries in Australia and the Asti winery in California, and will book $50 million in write-downs in the first step of a cost-cutting overhaul of its winery infrastructure.

03/31/15

"In the USA, TWE will consolidate its production facilities such that TWE's Asti winery in Sonoma County, California, will become surplus to the Company's production needs. Asti's wine production will be transferred to other wineries within TWE's network to increase utilisation, with the majority of Commercial and Masstige wine production transferred to Paso Robles and Luxury wine transferred to Beringer."

03/31/15

Treasury Wine Estates said Tuesday it would book $50 million in writedowns and cut an unspecified number of jobs after idling wineries and production facilities in the US and Australia.

03/31/15

LCBO tested more than 11,900 wines for arsenic levels, including 1,543 wines from California. All of them were below the maximum permissible limit of arsenic set by Health Canada...

03/31/15

Australian wines have challenged the views of leading wine experts at Italy's biggest annual wine fair, Vinitaly in Verona this week, who say screw capped wines are inferior.

03/31/15

The saying is 'April Showers Bring May Flowers' and this may be true for California as a favorable pattern moves into position between April 5th and April 15th, with a shot of one or more storm systems into the region

03/31/15

After Lopez inherited the property and had to buy out his sister (with the help of Francis Ford Coppola, who owns adjoining Inglenook), he realized he'd better make some wine in order to pay the daunting property taxes ...

03/31/15

The college wants to make sure students are prepared for this booming business. It's called the Great Lakes Wine Institute and it's at Lake Michigan College. Starting in the fall, students can pursue an Associate of Applied Science degree in wine making or the production of grapes.

03/31/15

The evidence so far seems to indicate that the Poison Wine debacle is largely a bunch of hooey

03/31/15

New Trade Event Highlights Contributions from the Region's Most Preeminent Wineries Annual Paulée Dinner Celebrates Winemaker's Favorite Vintages VIP Festivities Take Place April 30 -- May 2

03/31/15

Multi-year program to focus on educating trade, press and consumers on diversity, quality and value of Spanish wines

03/31/15

Cape Wine 2015, a triennial wine industry event in Cape Town, South Africa, is experiencing record numbers of participation; 95% of the exhibitor space is sold out six months ahead of the September show, as well as all "early bird" consumer tickets. Siobhan Thompson, CEO of event host, Wines of South Africa (WOSA), attributes the increased awareness to growing foreign interest and investors in South African wines.

03/31/15

The committee works to develop policy to support the wine industry and has been a catalyst for legislation including direct-to-consumer shipping, labeling and pest abatement.

03/31/15

Centric Parts and AP Exhaust Technologies have announced a joint board agreement between the two companies. Under the agreement, AP's executive chairman, Vange Proimos, will join the Centric Parts Board of Directors, and Centric president and CEO, Dan Lelchuk, will join the Board of AP.

03/31/15

Registration is open for the DTC Wine Sales Management Series, ideal for any winery manager responsible for direct sales, customer service, marketing and customer retention activities. The series includes four weekly, online workshops (each 1.5 hour session 9:00 -10:30 a.m. PST), e-workbook and a 1.5 hour one-on-one coaching session. Online workshop dates for the Q2 series are: April 7, 14, 21 and 28.

03/31/15

Argyle Winery expects to christen its new tasting room and hospitality center this summer in Oregon's Willamette Valley, but don't expect the spirit surrounding the award-winning program to change.

03/31/15

New research suggests that minerality in wine is not a figment of the imagination.

03/31/15

Sonoma County clean energy and water officials have set up talks with vineyard, farm, dairy and other landowners in Sonoma Valley and around Healdsburg about using their irrigation ponds for what is said to be the largest floating solar-electricity project in the U.S. and the second-largest in the world.

03/31/15

In California's San Joaquin Valley where grape vines are pushing their crop into spring, growers and others are gathering at educational tailgate meetings to talk about stretching their irrigation efforts to make the last drop count, new labor regulations which take effect this year, and nitrogen management.

03/31/15

After two years on the job, the Washington State Department of Agriculture leader says he will leave at the end of the legislative session.

03/31/15

A new report from the California Department of Water Resources suggests improvements are needed in measuring groundwater conditions and predicting whether the next season will be wet or dry.

03/31/15

Climate change is altering the tastes of wine drinkers, encouraging them to prefer intense, higher alcohol wines, according to a research by Naked Wines.

03/31/15

Taiwanese authorities have seized 30,000 bottles of wine from an importer in New Taipei, which are thought to be bulk wine rebranded as top Bordeaux.

03/31/15

Coravin, the gadget that allows you drink wine without opening the bottle, is looking to broaden its reach in the UK through as it targets in-home users.

03/31/15

A proposal to prohibit the import of California wine has withered after an Arkansas lawmaker he won't continue to seek retribution over egg regulations.

03/31/15

pH levels taken from a global pool of rieslings uncovered an interesting phenomenon: the semi-desert grape-growing region of the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, Canad

03/31/15

Word has it that February 2015 was the coldest on record, but an average cold winter does not have as detrimental an effect on buds as extreme variations in temperatures.

03/31/15

Grab a seat on the Brew Bus 101. Just leave room for the company mascot: a 78-pound bulldog named Meatball.

03/31/15

Flavor! Napa Valley -- the region's first attempt at hosting an international food and wine festival -- has been discontinued. Founders/producers Michael Chiarello and Herb Karlitz issued statements late last week indicating the festival in its current model will not take place this year. A series of lunches, dinners, comprehensive wine tastings, chef programs and social gatherings held the past four years in mid-November, Flavor! Napa Valley had not been as successful as backers had hoped.

03/31/15

Senate committee takes up debate on Tuesday

03/31/15

Large producer gains a quality Douro estate as it shifts focus to premium wines

03/31/15

As Bordeaux prepares to unveil its latest vintage, Will Lyons looks at the futures market

03/31/15

On Thursday, the House approved House Bill 1934 by Rep. Dan Douglas, R-Bentonville, which would "prohibit wine from being imported into Arkansas if it is produced in a state that imposes standards on agricultural products that impose a substantial burden on Arkansas' agricultural industry."

03/31/15

Trevor David Jones, 57, of Lyndoch in the Barossa Valley, faced the Elizabeth magistrates court on Tuesday after being arrested last month

03/31/15

Premier Kathleen Wynne's plan to allow beer and wine sales in grocery stores is being cheered by Ontarians, a new poll suggests

03/31/15

These unique pieces will be exhibited at the Museum June 18 - 20 and will be for sale on the Museum's website. The exhibition will close with a reception and live auction of unsold barrels on Saturday, June 20

03/31/15

VinTank, the US technology company that helps wine companies manage their social media presence, has been purchased by San-Francisco-based digital communications agency, W2O Group

03/31/15

The era of wine arrogance is over.

03/31/15

John Casella, the managing director of Casella Family Brands (CFB), has told TheShout that he is excited about the future of Peter Lehmann Wines (PLW), after buying the company last year.

03/31/15

Dogs have traditionally been trained to sniff out drugs, explosives and even missing people, but their new target could be phylloxera - a devastating disease that feeds on the roots of vines and can eventually kill an entire vineyard.

03/31/15

"Every grower of grapes or produce, especially the wine grape in our local vicinity, if their grapes were covered in that acrid smoke for any length of time unfortunately they are all gone."

03/31/15

Winemaker Dan Baron and the team at this longtime Napa Cabernet estate have made big changes at the winery, and they show in the 2010 vintage

03/31/15

Sonoma County, like the rest of California, is stepping cautiously into a new era of groundwater regulation

03/31/15

Both sides are major donors to political campaigns and have actively lobbied the Legislature on the issue.

03/31/15

The Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins de Provence or Vins de Provence has announced the 2014 vintage as 1,385,500 hectolitres across the Côtes de Provence, Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence and Coteaux Varois en Provence appellations