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09/12/14

This weekend marks the 20th anniversary of the Staglin Family Music Festival for Brain Health, an annual event that has raised millions of dollars to fund research on the brain at major universities like UCLA and UCSF, and put Garen and Shari Staglin and their children Brandon and Shannon in the national spotlight as advocates for mental health research

09/12/14

A one-day benefit concert for earthquake victims planned for Sunday, Sept. 28, at the Napa Expo will now be part of an expanded four-day event to be held throughout the city Sept. 25 to 28

09/12/14

California vineyards dispatch regional reports, starting down south

09/12/14

Harvesting wine grapes is a hot, dirty, physically challenging job, but Clinton Durant, a Mendocino County Jail inmate, is happy to have the opportunity to work and earn money through an unusual new jobs program initiated this summer by Sheriff Tom Allman

09/12/14

Long Island wineries are smaller, younger and have less experience than their French counterparts, but some local vintners think the Merlot wines they produce compare favorably with those made in Bordeaux

09/12/14

This year's Wine & Spirits ­Fair runs under the theme of "Leisure in Chateau," embracing the atmosphere of a relaxing yet luxurious environment. It serves as the perfect platform for wine and spirit lovers for tasting, and industry players for sourcing.

09/12/14

Facing acute water shortages in some communities and mandatory restrictions on watering lawns, Californians saved 17 billion gallons of water in July, enough to fill 26,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools, the state said.

09/12/14

A decade ago, Loudoun had only a handful of vineyards and wineries scattered across the foothills of the county's western countryside and on the outskirts of small, historic towns. Visitors welcomed the opportunity to escape the city and sip locally made wines in a beautiful setting; tourism and economic development officials welcomed the opportunity to create a flourishing local industry.

09/12/14

The architects behind Napa Valley's Calistoga Ranch are designing a winery and resort on China's Liaodong Peninsula, the precursor to what they predict will be a wine country comparable to California's Napa and Carmel valleys.

09/12/14

Amgen presents inaugural Crush Challenge bringing together wine, food, cycling and charity on Oct. 18

09/12/14

"Thermal heat treatment will work for pest control on any plant and we should also see self-defense driven improvements in plant production characteristic of what we see on wine grapes," said Marty Fischer, chief executive officer of AgroThermal Systems.

09/12/14

A bad summer could see Italy lose its place as the world's biggest wine producer.

09/12/14

There will be a free September 28 screening of the award-winning film about Santa Barbara wine country.

09/12/14

Not all wine country is in California: Walla Walla has become a prime destination

09/12/14

Chilean winemaker Aurelio Montes intends to plant vines in Peru's Sacred Valley, near to the ancient city of Machu Picchu, to test the area's ability to produce wine.

09/12/14

Christine Lurton de Caix has been appointed as ambassador for the most prestigious chateaux within her family company, Vignobles Andre Lurton, but denied that the move is part of a succession plan.

09/12/14

The managing director of Pernod Ricard UK, Denis O'Flynn, has been elected the next chairman of the UK Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA).

09/12/14

Wine has always been encouraging people to take to the stage for karaoke, but with these labels they might actually be able to sing in tune.

09/12/14

Tesco's UK and group wine director Dan Jago is to increase his responsibilities with the addition of the beer and spirits portfolio.

09/12/14

Connecticut has a thriving if modest wine industry that merits a look. More than 30 wineries across the state make intriguing reds, refreshing whites, and distinctive fruit wines. The grape varieties may be new to you, but the wines are worthy of your attention.

09/12/14

The friends and business partners have established the Paul O'Brien Winery in a former Chevrolet car dealership building and are working to establish a marketplace of wine-related businesses around the wine production facility. "The catalyst is the wine," DeMara said. "Everybody has said this type of concept is not possible, but it's been done in Paso Robles and in Lodi in California. Why not us? Why not here? We've got a great downtown area."

09/12/14

Today's post is the second in a series about fresh approaches to wine and entrepreneurialism in France. Yesterday's article looked at the innovative Wine Business program at the School of Wine and Spirits Business in Dijon, and today we consider a Bordeaux-based startup incubator called 33 Entrepreneurs.

09/12/14

Off-trade sales of Argentinian wine increased 21% while South African wine was up 14% in the last 12 months, according to a report released yesterday by Bibendum.

09/12/14

Through all the glitz and glamor of Cannes, a silent order of monks is making some very special wine

09/12/14

Deborah Hall, known for her Gypsy Canyon pinot noirs from the Sta. Rita Hills appellation and her Old-Vine Angelica, has launched Ground Boots, a charitable wine brand advocating for positive change globally

09/12/14

Mention Australian chardonnays to a group of American wine fanatics and one result might be a resounding silence punctuated by feigned snoring. I know what they're thinking and I understand completely. But it's time to take another look at Australian chardonnays, and at Aussie wines in general

09/12/14

A researcher at the University of California is following a trail that could someday explain why many humans have a taste for alcohol. But this trail doesn't lead to a bottle or even a bar stool, but the jungles of Africa and Central America

09/12/14

President Barack Obama declared a major disaster in California on Thursday because of last month's Napa Valley earthquake, releasing emergency federal funding for the state.

09/12/14

Uruguay has made some news lately ...