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07/02/15

California grapegrowers whose vineyards are affected by the Grapevine Red Blotch-associated Virus may be eligible for financial aid to replace infected vines under a relatively new program attached to the 2014 Farm Bill. The aim is to ameliorate the affects and limit the spread of the still-mysterious red blotch virus in many of the state's major grape-producing counties.

07/02/15

The development of the project is contingent upon Caltrans installing a traffic light at the corner of Highway 29 and Grayson Avenue. The city's attorneys are defending against the case at the applicant's expense

07/02/15

David Michael Akin, a well known professional in the wine industry and an active community volunteer, died of a sudden heart attack at his Lodi home Saturday, June 27. He was 68. He was a consulting winemaker for a number of wineries before starting his Akin Estates label in 2002

07/02/15

Shares of Constellation Brands, Inc. rose more than 2 percent in pre-market trading after the company reported upbeat results for its first quarter and announced its plans to buy the Meiomi wine brand for around $315 million.

07/02/15

Amazon yesterday launched one hour delivery in London on select products including several of its beer, wine and spirits offerings with its new Prime Now service.

07/02/15

Joe Wagner credits fortunate timing and outstanding grape sources for the growth of Meiomi

07/02/15

A new update of world economic data released Wednesday shows Brazil's gross domestic product slightly higher than California's. That pulls the state's unofficial economic ranking down from seventh place in June.

07/02/15

The noise component of the ordinance, which was the only one like it in Clark County, required wineries to keep their noise level below 50 dBC. That unit of measurement tests for a wider range of sound - the thumping bass of music, for example - than a dBA standard, which is used by the state. Clark County also uses the dBA standard in all of its other ordinances.

07/02/15

The drought hitting the West is not just striking the continental US. That same weather pattern that's sucking the life out of California is also making life hot, dry, and dangerous for the top third of North America: Alaska and Canada have seen little rainfall, soaring spring temperatures, and now, a record-breaking wildfire season

07/02/15

This year state legislators unanimously approved SB 440, which lets New Mexico breweries and New Mexico wineries sell each other's products. The law takes effect at the start of July.

07/02/15

Portland's urban wineries seem unstoppable. Just after SE Division Wine Collective expanded its dining room to meet demand, Urban Crush announces that it will open its custom crush facility, tasting room, and lounge in inner Southeast on July 18. Urban Crush takes over the space formerly occupied by the House Spirits Distillery tasting room, which exited the building last fall. Renowned for its Aviation American Gin, House Spirits moved to a 14,000-square-foot facility, also in Southeast.

07/02/15

Last spring the phrase "Yes Way Rosé" (#yeswayrosé) seemingly exploded out of nowhere. By the end of the summer, the New York Post's Page Six was hyperventilating over an imminent shortage of rosé in the Hamptons. Had an insatiable demand for rosé suddenly exploded out of nowhere, leading to a run on the pink booze bank? Yes and no. What has actually happened over the last decade has been a rapid, still-accelerating and somewhat contradictory shift in American wine preferences.

07/02/15

Riccardo Kanakari, a 35 year wine industry veteran, announced today that he will be re-introducing the historic TIPO wine brand in November 2015.

07/02/15

The largest-growing category of wine today is the blended red, with blended white wines also peaking. For the most part, consumers do not ask what's in the various blends they are offered. Proof of this is easy to see: red wines with fanciful names are appearing everywhere and very few of the wines have back labels that say anything specific about what's inside. Most back-label copy is so non-descriptive a teetotaler could have written the text. To wit:

07/02/15

Exhibitor confidence was boosted by the long-awaited recovery of the Chinese market after two years of decline, as well as the presence of American buyers. The U.S. was the guest of honor at this 18th edition, and buyers flocked to Bordeaux, encouraged by favorable EUR-USD exchange rates and an upturn in American consumption.

07/02/15

New quarterly magazine debuting fall 2015 features everything good that grows

07/02/15

On a like-for-like basis, the market trend observed was toward stability in value and a slight 3% drop in volume. The slight drop in the number of units sold is the result of an increase in the use of larger barrels and slower business in the southern hemisphere and in China

07/02/15

New features enhance the performance of the Tow and Blow portable wind machines for growers who want to protect their plants and crops from freezing temperatures, frost and even heat damage. Used on all kinds of horticulture-from wine grapes to tree fruits and nuts, vegetables and flowers-Tow and Blow machines continue to be refined, now with the following improvements:

07/02/15

All United States wine consumers taste the bitterness of federal taxes when purchasing a bottle of wine, but those in Washington state sit about in the middle compared with others when it comes to shelling out for its state excise tax.

07/02/15

The treatment of wine differs extensively across the states, and at higher rates than beer because of greater alcohol content. Check out today's map below to see where your state lies on the wine tax spectrum.

07/02/15

The legislation would authorize projects and money for the first phase of a plan developed to meet competing water needs in the Yakima Basin.

07/02/15

A new strategy designed to revitalise Australia's wine industry aims to make the country the world's 'pre-eminent' wine producing nation in the longer term.

07/02/15

Legendary guitarist Carlos Santana has teamed up with Mumm Napa to release a limited edition sparkling wine in support of disadvantaged youth.

07/02/15

Deirdre Mahlan, Diageo's chief financial officer, has been announced as the company's new president for North America.

07/02/15

Despite the criticism, the wine is wildly popular. It's one of the best-selling products ever sold at Trader Joe's, exceeding 800 million bottles since the wine debuted at $1.99 in 2002, according to CNBC.

07/02/15

Constellation Brands Inc. announced a deal Wednesday to purchase the Napa Valley-based Meiomi wine brand for $315 million, the latest marker of consolidation in the North Coast wine industry as vintners stock up on labels priced at $20 or more per bottle

07/02/15

"Both of us were growing up thinking we were only children-- completely, you know, opposite ends of the Pacific Ocean."

07/02/15

Château Pontet-Canet produces lush, lively wines using biodynamic farming methods-with some help from its equine employees

07/02/15

The community-owned power company said it had realised profits of over $100 million from investments, which up until recently had been held outside the region, and that the investment in Yealands provided an opportunity to reinvest locally.

07/02/15

Winery visitation has become a controversial issue, with some residents saying that tourism is overshadowing agriculture and increasing traffic. Meanwhile, the wine industry says that direct-to-consumer marketing is becoming ever more important

07/02/15

a bottle that incorporates the highest opening detection technology and integrates a unique, tamper-proof NFC tag into the capsule

07/02/15

Why is there so much resistance to new ideas when it comes to sweet wines? Jane Anson examines the issue in a column that runs from Sauternes to the Mosel, where she talks to the Mick Jagger of winemaking, Dr Ernst Loosen

07/02/15

Researchers at the Alcohol Research Group, an independent research organization based in California, published a report last month that found that while accessibility to liquor increased in Washington so did prices.

07/02/15

The 29% reduction in May is even more impressive because Brown's mandatory, statewide 25% cutbacks didn't take effect until June. State water officials will release June data next month

07/02/15

The WholeVine Products, the company's gluten-free cookies, flour and grapeseed oil are now available at more than 70 California stores as well as Alfalfa's in Boulder, Colo.