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05/27/15

Austin, a Santa Rosa resident, is the president of the board of Wineseum, a California Wine Museum project that is aiming to bring much of the state's rich vinous and viticultural history alive in ways that will entice visitors not only for exciting first visits, but also for return visits by virtue of changing up its offerings and exhibits.

05/27/15

An advisory panel on Tuesday recommended Napa County refrain from adopting new regulations that would prohibit the net loss of vineyard acreage at wineries seeking permits to build or expand on their property.

05/27/15

In 2014, the Napa Valley welcomed a total of 3.3 million visitors, which represents an increase of 11 percent from 2012 (with 2.94 million visitors), when the last Napa Valley visitor profile was conducted. In 2014, 86.4 percent of visitors were from the United States and 13.6 percent were international visitors, which represents a more than 88 percent increase in international visitors from 2012, or 211,000 additional visitors from outside the U.S.

05/27/15

Within the next two years, three new hotels are set to open in Napa County, adding more than 350 rooms and generating significant tourism revenue.

05/27/15

Justice Gerald Connolly of Albany has ordered SLA to comply with subpoenas issued by the Colonie retailer, which is defending its license after the regulator cited it last summer for shipping wine to customers in 16 states where such direct shipments are illegal.

05/27/15

The Distillery Innovation and Excise Tax Reform Act unveiled Tuesday would drop the current tax rate for distilled spirits from $13.50 per proof gallon to $2.70 per proof gallon on the first 10,000 gallons of productions for all distillers and then $9 per proof gallon after that. "This bill will help create jobs across America"

05/27/15

A new bipartisan bill to cut federal excise taxes on distillers of all sizes has been introduced by Rep. Todd Young (R-IN) and Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY), the Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS) and the American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA) announced today

05/27/15

One of his first projects will involve evaluating and developing alternatives to the use of bentonite for protein fining in winemaking. His research plans also include developing materials to capture carbon dioxide (CO2) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from fermentation, and he hopes to investigate other opportunities to reduce and reuse winery by-products

05/27/15

With little relief from the ongoing Western drought on the horizon-or in the weather forecast-the wine industry continues to grow more interested in reducing and improving water use.

05/27/15

Fifteen years ago, David Rosenthal knew next to nothing about wine. Thanks to a strong work ethic, a background in science and a previously untapped talent, he's the new head white winemaker for Washington's largest and oldest winery.

05/27/15

Originally planted in 1863, the Glen Ellen facility was one of the first wineries in California. The 60-acre property has 41 acres of vineyards. Expected annual production is 35,000 cases

05/27/15

Charmer Sunbelt has a roughly 10% share of the U.S. market's wine and spirits wholesale tier and is projecting a 3.6% revenue rise to $5.6 billion for 2015

05/27/15

Continuing the project's success from 2014, which saw over 800 volunteers remove almost 1,500 kilograms of litter from UK beaches, community volunteers were called on to come out and clean St Anne's beach to make 2015 another great year for the beach clean-ups

05/27/15

A federal appeals court on Tuesday denied the Obama administration's request to lift a hold on the president's executive actions on immigration, which would have granted protection from deportation as well as work permits to millions of immigrants in the country illegally

05/27/15

San Francisco Wine School has recently launched its newest website to make it easier than ever to customize a wine education path towards any career or credential in the industry. The new design provides high-level navigation to discover the school's innovative programs and workshops based on individual goals.

05/27/15

Stefani Chaney of Scheid Vineyards Receives Inaugural "Josh Lee Award" for Service to SLH Association.

05/27/15

Offers Attendees a Celebration of Local Wines, Food in a Relaxed Setting

05/27/15

Dick and Betty O'Brien, Oregon vineyard pioneers and owners of Elton Vineyard, realized a life-long dream when noted winemaker Isabelle Meunier agreed to make small lots of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay under the new Elton label. These wines will be made at the Carlton Winemakers Studio until the Elton winery opens in a few years.

05/27/15

Prizes Include a Spa Day for Two and a VIP Trip to Nashville

05/27/15

Rod Berglund, Board President of the Russian River Valley Winegrowers (RRVW), announces the annual Russian River Valley Passport Weekend (formerly called Passport to Pinot) - the renowned winegrowing AVA's two-day celebration, taking place June 27-28, 2015. The highly anticipated weekend of events explores the rugged beauty of this Sonoma County wine region and its hidden gems; including world-class wines, local food and unmatched hospitality.

05/27/15

John Simes, head winemaker for Mission Hill Family Estate since 1992, is leaving the cellar to oversee the vineyards for winery owner Anthony von Mandl.

05/27/15

Summer is here, which means harvest season is just around the corner. Hopefully you'll have the crews you need this season. If a misguided effort to "protect American jobs" makes it through Congress, that could be tougher in the future.

05/27/15

Washington's grape industry has seen accelerating growth over the past several decades. That momentum is owed, in part, to the vision and hard work of people like Gary Ballard, the retiring operations manager of Washington State University (WSU)'s Clean Plant Center Northwest Grape Program.

05/27/15

The California State Water Resources Control Board have approved a proposal from riparian water right holders in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to voluntarily cut back water use in exchange for assurances they would not face further riparian curtailment during the June through September growing season.

05/27/15

Roberto Anselmi forced his own father to quit the family business in order to improve the wines.

05/27/15

"The outstanding feature of the California drought is the way in which it's been allowed to become incredibly serious, with - from an Australian perspective - an absolutely pathetic and nominal sort of response," said Daniel Connell, an environmental policy expert at The Australian National University.

05/27/15

A three-member panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court's temporary injunction on President Obama's executive action to grant temporary legal status to millions of illegal immigrants.

05/27/15

The St. Helena Star and Napa Valley Vintners Tasting Panel met earlier this month at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone to taste through 30 Napa Valley sauvignon blanc wines and review the current 2013 and 2014 vintages.

05/27/15

If you've driven Highway 29 north of St. Helena, you may be wondering what is happening at the Freemark Abbey Winery and the old stone building that once housed the Silverado Brewing Co.

05/27/15

A new generation of female sommeliers is rising up through the ranks in London, highlighting that the industry is becoming less male dominated in the UK by the year.

05/27/15

The owner of a distillery is suing a still-maker after one of its employees was killed in a catastrophic explosion.

05/27/15

Fruit-fusion wines are reaching a tipping point that is seeing them readily accepted by consumers and able to be merchandised as a new category, a leading wine brand owner has claimed.

05/27/15

A new survey by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA), carried out for the Whisky month of May in Scotland's Year of Food and Drink, reveals that more than 1.5m people were attracted to distillery visitor centers across the country in 2014, up around 6% on the previous year. And this was an increase of more than 15% from just under 1.3m in 2010.

05/27/15

Critical choices face wineries in trendy, but parched, Valle de Guadalupe

05/27/15

Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a stern message to his administration recently: Don't show off.

05/27/15

Rare bottles of wine - like art - are coveted and command record-breaking valuations. This past fall, for example, a collection of Romanee-Conti Burgundy sold for the equivalent of $14,121 per bottle, making it the most valuable single wine lot sold at auction. With prices like that, wine fraud is a serious concern for the connoisseur with expensive tastes. Enter the "The Sherlock Holmes of Wine," Maureen Downey, who is a wine fraud investigator. She explains her work in a video from Bloomberg Business? by Jennafer Savino and Amy Marino.

05/27/15

A bill that would repeal a state law prohibiting wineries in Clark and Washoe counties from importing wine from other states or serving alcoholic beverages on premises has been signed by Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval.

05/27/15

Southwest and west-central Ohio wineries turned in a strong showing in the 2015 Ohio Wine Competition, sweeping the top "best-of-show" award and several other key categories.

05/27/15

"The fact is that this region is poised to be a white wine region," says Troxell, co-owner of Galen Glen Winery in Andreas, Schuylkill County.

05/27/15

Schneider's company, Say It On Wine, uses new engraving technology to quickly engrave custom designs or messages on wine bottles, glasses and other glass items. After founding the company a year ago, Schneider regularly brings his service to various Napa Valley tasting rooms where he will custom engrave wine purchases while the customer waits.

05/27/15

Nevada vintners are celebrating tonight, perhaps with a glass of wine. A new law signed by Governor Sandoval will allow for commercial wineries in Clark and Washoe Counties. Up until now those counties were excluded due to population. But that ban has been lifted. So has the ban on tasting rooms.

05/27/15

The money will be used to design, purchase and install an automated water control gate and related operation and control equipment at the Centennial Park site near Caldwell as part of the Boise Project. The total project cost is $67,869, and the improvement will save an estimated 1,400 acre-feet of water per year, according to a press release.

05/27/15

Modesto Irrigation District investigating two suspected cases of water banditry

05/27/15

These six examples of wine from the Horse Heaven Hills won gold medals at the third annual Great Northwest Wine Competition

05/27/15

Program details and registration information can be found at www.WaWTG.org

05/27/15

for one family of Jewish Holocaust survivors from the Tokaji region, the revival of this sweet wine in modern Hungary carries bitter memories and growing frustration

05/27/15

"It's just a bunch of wires and buttons and computers"

05/27/15

ahead of the 2015 Monaco Grand Prix last week.

05/27/15

The technique had a negative impact on the color of hot climate Shiraz but did not cause any difference in the sensory or chemical analysis, while cool climate Shiraz showed no variations