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08/28/15

The decision is a major roadblock for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers, who were planning Friday to begin enforcing the Waters of the United States rule, expanding federal jurisdiction over small waterways like streams and wetlands

08/28/15

The National Labor Relations Board on Thursday handed down one of the biggest decisions of the Obama presidency, ruling that companies can be held equally responsible for labor violations committed by their contractors. (Ruling affects ag only in secondary operations where staffing companies are furnishing labor and direct labor of the facility are mixed in - ed)

08/28/15

The Risk Management Agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced historic changes to Whole Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP), including expanded access to beginning farmers and nationwide availability. These changes will be effective starting in the 2016 crop year

08/28/15

No major damage to vineyards, conditions offer glimpse of hot and dry future

08/28/15

A $59 million, six-year battle has all but eliminated a grape-maiming invasive pest that struck the heart of Napa's wine country. Napa County has spent $9.8 million and the wine industry $49 million fighting the European grapevine moth,

08/28/15

the growing season overall has been warmer than any since 2008. This warmth has kept our season on an advanced schedule, with grapes coming into wineries seven to 10 days earlier than last year, which was itself an early year

08/28/15

"Willamette: The Pinot Noir Barrel Auction" will take place on 2 April 2016 at the Allison Inn & Spa in Newburg as the centrepiece of a three-day programme designed to highlight the region's wines, personalities and cuisine

08/28/15

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission voted Thursday to add as many as 17 liquor stores in Portland and nearby communities.

08/28/15

Coffee shop in Williamsburg is the first location of the chain serving wine and beer in New York

08/28/15

Since 2004's 'Sideways' made a star of domestic Pinot Noir, the U.S. has planted nearly twice the acreage of the finicky grape. But can a good bottle be had for under $40? Lettie Teague finds several

08/28/15

Gil Family is perhaps best known in the U.S. for its Honoro Vera brand ($9), but the company has leveraged a wide portfolio to roughly triple its U.S. volume to a quarter-million cases over the past three years

08/28/15

Named after Grace's President, Judy Chan's daughter, the four cuvées are all made in the traditional method with three single varietal non-vintages of Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc and the vintage 2009 Brut Reserve Blanc de Blancs.

08/28/15

According to their recently published study in Analytical Chemistry, the three men did succeed, creating a noninvasive procedure that uses vacuum suction to date a wine by its angel's share. Due to the natural permeability of the bark of a cork tree, the ullage-the small headspace between the wine's surface and the cork-grows over time as alcohol and water particles escape as vapors, a loss often called the "angel's share." The new vintage verification method uses a vacuum to extract gas and liquid vapors, part of the angel's share that has evaporated and is passing through the cork. The vacuum is applied only to the top of the cork, leaving the majority of the closure and bottle unaffected. After the extraction, the cork can then be "bled up" with inert argon gas

08/28/15

The opening of the Mira Winery Napa Valley Education Center & Tasting Room (NVEC) in the historic heart of downtown Charleston, South Carolina is a perfect fit for a city that has become renowned for its fine dining and craft beverage scene.

08/28/15

Official estimates for the 2015 French wine harvest were unveiled on Monday and it will be a smaller crop than last year.

08/28/15

"I started cooking at 13 years old," he told Great Northwest Wine. "My parents had a little Mexican takeout restaurant in Southern California. I started working there in junior high."

08/28/15

Cal Fire didn't specify what type of equipment was responsible for two smaller blazes last week, but the fires appear to have been caused by people.

08/28/15

Extreme drought covers 85 percent of Washington, a huge jump in just one week.

08/28/15

Loss of grazing ground and hay stacks is hitting ranchers hard in the Okanogan fire.

08/28/15

Kim Kidwell, acting dean of Washington State University's College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences, says the college will keep moving forward in light of the leadership shuffle that has followed WSU President Elson Floyd's death.

08/28/15

A wildfire in Okanogan County - the largest blaze ever recorded in the state - grew to nearly 438 square miles and heavy smoke grounded air resources.

08/28/15

The Madison Soil & Water Conservation District is in the first year of a grant to quantify the economics of how various soil-health practices affect fields on five Eastern Idaho farms.

08/28/15

Net farm income is expected to decline 36 percent to $58.3 billion, the USDA says.

08/28/15

Napa Valley Grapegrowers raised more than $827,000 net at their eighth annual Harvest Stomp, last Saturday at V. Sattui Winery's Henry Ranch in Carneros.

08/28/15

Brewers and winemakers know that in the world of alcoholic beverages the buzz is all about mead. Explore the rich history of this fascinating fermented beverage from its ancient origins to its recent rebirth in America during the "Beginner's Introduction to Mead Making," short course Nov. 13 and 14, hosted by the Honey and Pollination Center at the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science, UC Davis.

08/28/15

The American wine business is bragging that premium wines are growing in popularity so fast that they've overtaken popular and lower-priced wines in total dollar market share, but their definition of premium is different from ours here in Napa Valley.

08/28/15

California wine giant E&J Gallo has taken another step in an apparent quest to revamp its business after agreeing to buy estate wine specialist Talbott Vineyards.

08/28/15

From Emin to Dalì, Picasso to Warhol, we round up some of the most striking wine labels designed by some of the world's most prominent artists.

08/28/15

This week's round up features the "Goldilocks" of Sauvignon Blanc, a Grenache Blanc from one of California's original "Rhône Rangers" and the inaugural vintage from Tuscan estate Petrolo.

08/28/15

One of humankind's most endearing (and annoying) qualities is its ability to skirt, outthink and get around nearly every restriction that gets in its way. That was certainly during Prohibition, as people all over the United States found ways to sneak around the law. And one particularly charming example involved winemakers, writes VinePair's Adam Teeter.

08/28/15

Vineyards across the Mid-Valley are gearing up for harvest with the bar set much higher by last year's haul, when overall grape harvest in the state jumped 39 percent compared with 2013.

08/28/15

The pioneering Malibu winemaker chats about terroir and winemaking in the celebrity playground.

08/28/15

Nine courses started Monday in the $23 million Ste. Michelle Wine Estates WSU Wine Science Center located on the Tri-Cities campus. Students are studying winemaking, grape growing and other horticultural subjects.

08/28/15

With 2015 on pace to break last year's record for the planet's hottest year, the snowy Great White North has learned it's not immune to global warming.

08/28/15

Seemingly out of nowhere, Oliver winery C.C. Jentsch has emerged to win two major prizes. This week, C.C. Jentsch's 2013 Syrah was rated No. 1 at the Judgment of B.C. in Vancouver.

08/28/15

Location in Williamsburg is coffee chain's first location serving wine and beer in New York

08/28/15

When discussing the wine of the Americas we first think of the United States, Argentina or Chile, even Brazil or Uruguay, but certainly not Mexico, which is ironic given that it is the oldest wine destination in the Americas

08/28/15

He's one of several growers to complain about the spraying.

08/28/15

Celebrating more than two decades of research funding, the Music Festival for Brain Health, a fundraising event focusing on brain disorders, has raised more than $221 million, including leveraged grants from U.S. government agencies and private organizations

08/28/15

Tim Atkin MW has hailed South Africa as the "most dynamic and exciting winemaking country in the New World", publishing his third annual report on Cape wines

08/28/15

Rabobank report estimates that as much as 40,000 acres will have to be removed to balance the excess supply with demand for winegrapes from the Central Valley

08/28/15

So you want to be a winemaker? Here's some advice.

08/28/15

Amid the lingering shock of the Chinese government's austerity measures, more and more foreign wine producers have started to form deals directly with mass online stores and other mass retail channels, so as to reach the general consumers more efficiently

08/28/15

Another benefit of the unusual year is that growers can pick before the rains come. But they desperately want rainfall

08/28/15

Whole Foods Market sought out the California Fruit Wine Company while looking for an offering that could marry the success the chain had with sangria and with a pineapple wine that they sourced out of Hawaii

08/28/15

The special Lifetime Achievement Wine Star Trophy, awarded to an exceptional individual who has had a major historical impact on the industry, will be named at a later date

08/28/15

Norma Ruiz, 28, says an employee told her group in April that they would be kicked off if they didn't control their noise level. Ruiz says she believes the manager discriminated against them because they're Latino

08/28/15

In light of the recent incident,when a group of rambunctious women were removed from The Wine Train, I'm relaunching this story. While it's a very funny look at wine behaviors, beneath it is "courtesy," as a missing ingredient at wine events. What has recently happened, which is regrettable, is just what happens when wine is brought into play. Who hasn't had a loose tongue slip, while enjoying wine?