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02/09/16

The annual wine grape report, released Monday, showed a mild decrease in the 2015 harvest, as the total tonnage dropped from 227,000 tons in 2015 to 222,000 tons last fall. The most dramatic decrease was in Riesling

02/09/16

Cabernet Sauvignon was the top producing variety grown in the State at 47,400 tons or 21% of the total. White Riesling was ranked second, at 44,100 tons or 20% of the total.

02/09/16

At Innovation + Quality (IQ) 2016, a forum for ultra-premium wineries focused on cutting-edge innovations that advance wine quality, Celia Welch of Corra Wines and Jim Barbour of Barbour Vineyards will lead a panel proving that Red Blotch has an adverse effect on wine quality.

02/09/16

Yeast supplier, winery and Wine Institute work to change California tax policy

02/09/16

Twenty-five years ago, the Zanin family set out to create a company that would provide Tartaric Acid products to the North American Market. The company they created was American Tartaric Products, or ATP as they became known. In 1991, with one small office and one phone, the company was born.

02/09/16

Commemorative Bottlings, New Visitor Programs, Special Events And Gala Anniversary Weekend In July Will Mark The Milestone

02/09/16

Swiss prosecutors are investigating four people behind an alleged vintage wine scam that may have ensnared Benoit Violier, a Michelin three-starred chef who committed suicide last week.

02/09/16

Folino Estate in Berks County became a winery last year the hard way: on its own. The good news is that there is now a different option for others who are looking to start a vineyard: Northampton Community College this month is starting a new wine-specialist certificate program.

02/09/16

One of Marlborough's best-known wine producers has partnered with a venture capitalist company to find the next big idea that changes how consumers approach wine. Brancott Estate, which pioneered the planting of sauvignon blanc in the 1970s, is working with Sydney company BlueChilli on a project called Winexplorer.

02/09/16

After being quoted in a controversial article about the departure of Sonoma County Vintners' executive director, I wrote a lengthy response to the newspaper's editor. It appeared in today's Close to Home OpEd section but had to be cut by more than a third due to space restrictions. My complete letter is included below.

02/09/16

True Myth is the latest project from Niven Family Wine Estates, a three-generation, family-owned wine group who pioneered the Edna Valley more than 40 years ago and have played an integral role in defining San Luis Obispo County's farming history

02/09/16

Grand opening of Fremont store features area's largest selection of wine, beer and spirits

02/09/16

Malbec is proving to be a great fit in the Pacific Northwest. The robust red Bordeaux grape has been little more than a bit player until a decade ago, when more winemakers began to focus more attention on it.

02/09/16

It still places Master Sommeliers in the spotlight, but it is more of a love story about wine, reaching into its myths, its history and the reasons we find our favorite drink equal parts maddening and enlightening.

02/09/16

Double Canyon is heading into a dozen new markets across the country, with General Manager Will Beightol leading the charge. The wine already has penetration in Western states, but this year the focus is to get Double Canyon's Cabernet Sauvignon into such regions as Minneapolis, Chicago, Miami, New York, Boston and parts of Texas, among others.

02/09/16

Although Northeast and Midwest grape growing regions have so far been spared from extreme cold this year, the winters of 2014 and 2015 are still etched in the minds of many growers who suffered significant losses due to winter injury.

02/09/16

Legislative proposals are rising from the ashes of Washington's record-smashing fire season.

02/09/16

Alcohol poses serious risks during pregnancy. There is no known safe amount. And some women don't find out they are pregnant until they are several weeks along. But in reality, this message is a form of dangerous and unnecessary fear mongering that will, in all likelihood, make matters involving alcohol and pregnancy even more confusing and contentious than they already are.

02/09/16

This month brought good news from Wine Australia with the value of exports rocketing by 14% to $2.1 billion in 2015. These figures represent the best result since 2007. However, a different picture of the wine industry emerges from submissions made to the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee Inquiry, due to report on 12 February 2016. Change is clearly needed but given the wide gap in views is the industry's future sustainable?

02/09/16

The winery's on-site bottling plant will allow Invivo to turn out up to 12,000 bottles a day of its various wines.

02/09/16

The privatization of retail liquor sales in Washington state has delivered a sustained boost to the state liquor divisions in neighboring Idaho and Oregon.

02/09/16

At the coldest time of the year, Champagne's enologists and cellar masters swing into full action; the first few months of the year are the most important for future Champagne cuvées. It is at this time that the vins clairs - still wines of the previous harvest and reserve wines - are tasted to determine the different blends (assemblage) for the finished wines.

02/09/16

When CBS reporter Tracy Wolfson asked whether he would retire Manning responded: "I'll take some time to reflect. I've got a couple of priorities first. I want to go kiss my wife and my kids. I want to go hug my family.

02/09/16

In recent weeks, speculation has mounted that Amazon.com Inc. plans to launch a global shipping and logistics operation that will compete with United Parcel Service Inc. and Federal Express Corp.

02/09/16

Continuing the company's quest to own all aspects of retail and customer service, Amazon has just launched a sommelier service in Japan to help give wine-buying advice over the phone

02/09/16

The amount is small, but the government is finally showing that it's interested in real solutions to our massive water problems-in Flint and everywhere else.