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05/28/15

The rules clarify which waterways fall under the Clean Water Act. ...

05/28/15

Environmental groups applauded the changes, which have been opposed by farm groups, land developers and others who warned they would extend federal regulations onto inland wetlands and ponds that go well beyond the traditional scope of federal oversight

05/28/15

The Pacific Institute, a water-focused think tank, likes it and the Pacific Legal Foundation hates it

05/28/15

The 35th annual Auction Napa Valley returns June 6, capping nearly a week of events that will bring thousands of wine lovers and collectors to wine country. Founded in 1981 under the vision of Robert and Margrit Mondavi to raise funds for local hospitals, Auction Napa Valley has grown into a four-day-long celebration of Napa Valley's finest, and has given more than $145 million to community health and children's education nonprofits.

05/28/15

The Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation celebrates its third year of graduates from its groundbreaking English literacy program. Fifty-two (52) farmworkers graduated from the four-month course designed specifically for Napa County farmworkers to assist them with their English literacy and communication skills in the workplace.

05/28/15

A vote to recommend establishing a 40-acre minimum parcel size for new Napa Valley wineries, with possible exceptions to be explored later, fell short of the two-thirds majority, 9-8

05/28/15

Many of these techniques have been used in the dairy industry for years but the Mondavi Institute is one of the first places to incorporate them into winemaking

05/28/15

In a soft market for Bordeaux, French wine producer Latour is betting on patience

05/28/15

Flooding follows torrential rains on Memorial Day; Texas legislature passes wine and viticulture research funding

05/28/15

Strike & Techel practices exclusively in the area of alcoholic beverage law

05/28/15

The biggest export market for U.S. wine may impose tariffs this summer; British Columbia is keeping U.S. wine off grocery-store shelves

05/28/15

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.

05/28/15

Attendees will hear from winemakers, researchers, and industry suppliers who will share their expertise on topics such as the impacts of optical sorting and cap management techniques on wine tannins, the practical applications of tannin analysis for making real-time decisions in the winery and phenolics in white wine making.

05/28/15

Professor & Dean Emeritus, Robert Smiley, Director of Wine Studies at the U.C. Davis Graduate School of Management, will present the Executive Survey. His annual talk will reveal how critical issues are impacting leaders in the wine community. Ted Baseler, President & CEO, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates will also present, exploring topics such as water, private labels, the threat of neo-prohibitionists and the Northwest migration trend.

05/28/15

Event Guest List Included Influencers in Media, Restaurants, Retail and Distribution

05/28/15

Mira Winery, a producer of critically acclaimed wines exclusively from Napa Valley, announced today that it had retrieved seven cases of the winery's Rutherford Cabernet and one case of Chardonnay, a fraction of the winery's total production, as it extends its commitment to innovation. As part of that effort, Mira will join forces with Cause of Action, a national, nonpartisan government accountability organization, to fight back against government overreach that threatens to stifle Mira's Aquaoir experiment.

05/28/15

Global wine event will educate, inform and inspire top industry professionals and serious consumers

05/28/15

Last week, famed grape grower Dick Boushey was installing 9 acres of red Bordeaux grapes in front of Fidelitas Wines, bringing owner Charlie Hoppes' estate vineyard on Sunset Road to 12 acres.

05/28/15

The CDFA has extended the voting deadline for continuation of the Pierce's Disease/Glassy-winged Sharpshooter (PD/GWSS) Referendum to June 10. The extension was granted to ensure the minimum eligible grower participation rate is reached. At least 40% of all ballots are needed in order to count the votes for extending the program until 2021.

05/28/15

Labor accounts for a substantial fraction of the production costs of most fruits, including grapes. Manual harvest is particularly laborious, and was thus among the first tasks to be mechanized.

05/28/15

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.

05/28/15

A federal appeals court has upheld an injunction against the president's executive action on immigration. A Washington state farm labor leaders says it's probably dead.

05/28/15

The fight over EPA's Clean Water Act rule is likely to heat up on the political and legal fronts now that the regulation is final, experts say.

05/28/15

Agriculture has boomed in northeastern California in the last 10 years and now accounts for 17 percent of all economic activity in the Sacramento Valley and northern Sierra Nevada region, according to a California State University-Chico study.

05/28/15

It's too soon to know if BottleRock 2015 will bring boom or bust to downtown and Expo area businesses, but local merchants have a variety of plans to deal with the expected crowds this Friday through Sunday.

05/28/15

It won the "Conventional State Highway Award" from the California Transportation Foundation. The $126 million project, finished in 2014, widened a major link between Napa and Solano counties from two lanes to four lanes.

05/28/15

The biggest export market for U.S. wine may impose tariffs this summer; British Columbia is keeping U.S. wine off grocery-store shelves

05/28/15

Giving a talk at a recent WSET Business and Commercial Knowledge course gave Matthew Dickinson the opportunity to look at where the profit in wine has gone. Here he reflects on what he discovered:

05/28/15

Yoga is better on a terrace overlooking vineyards, especially when followed by lunch and three pours

05/28/15

For the last ten years, Blue Ocean Strategy has challenged business leaders to explore uncontested marketplaces -- or what we call "blue oceans." But this strategy goes beyond theory: It provides a set of methodologies and tools that can help managers pursue value innovation systematically and make blue oceans attainable for all aspiring organizations and individuals. Take, for instance, the wine industry.

05/28/15

One indicator of this maturation is the steep increase recently in designated AVAs, or American Viticultural Areas. An AVA is a specific geographical area defined by distinctive features such as climate, soil, and elevation.

05/28/15

But those who have been growing Oregon pinot the longest warn those days may be numbered.

05/28/15

The National Science Foundation has awarded a three-year grant to YVCC, South Seattle Community College and Wenatchee Valley College in order for the three schools to offer students enhanced opportunities to become well-rounded in the state's wine and grape industry.

05/28/15

Graduates from Canada's first teaching winery had reason to cheer at the 2015 Ontario Wine Awards.

05/28/15

Speculation that sparkling wine drinkers could be deprived of their Prosecco in the next few months has been dampened by the trade, but some merchants have reported higher prices

05/28/15

Pernod Ricard's Perrier-Jouët and Mumm Champagne brands have struggled to post volume growth in the U.S. market lately, but their sales are benefiting from a premiumization trend in the on-premise

05/28/15

Members of the wine club, founded in 1874, were contacted by letter and email to tell them the Prosecco, which is available by mail order only, was being recalled

05/28/15

El Niños have been responsible for two of California's wettest and most destructive rainy seasons: the winters of 1982-83 and 1997-98. Now, experts say, a potentially powerful El Niño this winter could be the beginning of the end of the drought.