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04/01/15

For the second time in two weeks, the California wine industry is under fire. First, it was a class-action lawsuit aimed at inexpensive wines with moderately elevated levels of arsenic. Now, it's cooties. And they've been spotted in the proverbial good stuff

04/01/15

A groundbreaking trial from a French producer ...

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The case grew from a decade-old dispute between Akerstrom and Lolonis Vineyards of Mendocino County. The company sued Akerstrom over a 1970s dam design that allowed sediment to spill into a Russian River tributary

04/01/15

The Wine Market Council and Nielsen present the tenth annual report on U.S. wine, beer and spirits trends

04/01/15

On Wednesday, April 1, 2015, Buena Vista Winery is unveiling a first-of-its-kind museum in California dedicated to the history of winemaking and its tools. The museum features a collection of rare and authentic 19th and 20th century European viticulture tools that are theatrically arranged and displayed against the winery's historic cellar walls, which date back to 1864.

04/01/15

Winemaker partner Sam Spencer has joined forces with entrepreneur partner Bill Price of Classic Wines and Price Family Vineyards, to officially launch Head High Wines, a surf-inspired wine brand. Head High wines include a Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ($35), a North Coast Red Blend ($30) and a Sonoma Coast Rosé ($24). Current case production is approximately 7000, and together they plan to grow the brand exponentially over the next several years.

04/01/15

She will manage sales in the region for the entire Hess portfolio, which includes The Hess Collection, Hess Select, Artezin and MacPhail from California, Amalaya and Colomé from Argentina and Glen Carlou from South Africa.

04/01/15

Temperatures rising above 80 degrees hastened the vineyard bud break last weekend, with leaves suddenly bursting out in fields up and down the valley.

04/01/15

"It's hard to overstate the severity of this drought," said Max Gomberg of the State Water Resources Control Board. "Reservoirs are depleted. Communities are out of water. Farmers are out of work. It is a dismal situation. We're at a point where we can't count on it raining," he added.

04/01/15

The Australia-based company announced Monday night that it would sell the 536-acre Asti property, which is zoned for a hotel and restaurant, as part of a restructuring plan designed to cut costs in its U.S. and Australian operations

04/01/15

Historic winery with 2.5 million-case production capacity holds longstanding water rights, permit for hotel and restaurants

04/01/15

British Columbia is making some big changes to how liquor is sold in the province, and many of those changes take effect on April 1. Here are a few things to know about B.C.'s new liquor laws.

04/01/15

In response to growing demand, Ardagh Group's Claret Regal and Burgundy Inspiration are now available for purchase with Stelvin closures

04/01/15

The board of the Turlock Irrigation District voted 3-2 this morning to cap water deliveries at 18 inches this year, about 40 percent of normal

04/01/15

The Rose Competition held at SIMI Winery on March 25 was a huge success, with 192 wines entered from across the county. Wines from 19 states were judged in the blind competition and 155 medals were awarded in all.

04/01/15

Today Marty Fischer, CEO -AgroThermal Systems, announced the selection of Pierre Paradis of Rainbow Valley Enterprises, to the Company's growing list of certified application services. AgroThermal CEO, Fischer is enthusiastic expressing, "Pierre will play an integral role for AgroThermal, in the Oregon Willamette Valley, working as a certified applicator for the company's patented technology. He will be responsible for applying Thermal Plant Treatment (TPT) in the vineyards and for helping to develop our growing list of vineyards eager to see the benefits of our technology."

04/01/15

The competition, which took place March 25-26 at the historic Columbia Gorge Hotel, drew 1,204 wines, the largest judging of Pacific Northwest ever.

04/01/15

The greatest Washington wine producer you've never heard of.

04/01/15

I've recently had a flood of questions on our solutions that solve compliance with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) rules on making outbound phone calls. The answers should be of interest to any company making outbound calls, as well as those who use third parties like my company to do so.

04/01/15

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation officials are still in discussions with senior rights holders along the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers as to the amount and timing of their water deliveries. The settlement contractors are supposed to receive 75 percent of...

04/01/15

Washington State Department of Agriculture Director Bud Hover resigns from position on eve of his confirmation hearing.

04/01/15

California table grapes set a record farm-gate value of $1.76 billion in 2014 on the second-largest crop on record.

04/01/15

Working with the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) in San Francisco, a unique project was initiated to create new Meadowood uniforms that could help the school's students experience a real world design challenge.

04/01/15

Treasury Wine Estates has revealed that its US and Australian supply chains will be undergoing a series of radical changes.

04/01/15

Large producer gains a quality Douro estate as it shifts focus to premium wines

04/01/15

Good news for Phillies fans who would like to increase their chances at catching vomit spray from some drunk goon at a ballgame this year: For the first time ever, the team will be selling wine and cocktails on the main concourse at Citizens Bank Park.

04/01/15

Food & Wine magazine has released its annual list of the best new chefs across America. Making the cut in 2015 are a chef with a doctorate in neuroscience, a one-time "Top Chef" contestant and a culinary artist who plays blues guitar in his free time.

04/01/15

I'm always on the lookout for a wine to stock as my house wine.

04/01/15

Not that you are necessarily going to "all-you-can-drink" natural wine, but the point is that you will be able to sample a whole range of vintages from some 15 international and local winegrowers visiting Montreal April 12 at the Société des arts technologiques [SAT].

04/01/15

The director and actress talks how she caught the wine bug, plus how she got started with wine.

04/01/15

Wine Enthusiast magazine cites quality of wines, regulatory climate and industry support under the Governor's administration as reasons for the award

04/01/15

In a hearing on a bill to allow grocery and big-box stores to sell full-strength alcoholic beverages, Sen. Rob Olson, R-Olathe, took issue with one of the bill's biggest supporters, Mike O'Neal, former speaker of the House and now president and CEO of the Kansas Chamber.

04/01/15

Several thousand people from around the world are in Bordeaux this week for the annual spring rite of en primeur, roaming from the Medoc to Graves, from Pomerol to Saint-Emilion to get a first taste of the 2014 vintage.

04/01/15

"We have experienced rapid growth since signing on with Athens Distribution in 2010," Georgia Winery manager Tara Taymore said. "This has enabled customers to purchase our sweet, Southern wine at local wine shops in Chattanooga."

04/01/15

"We're not certain yet how this year is going to turn out. We're going to need to wait until fruit set happens in late May early June," said Marie-Chantal Dalese, President/CEO at Chateau Chantal.

04/01/15

Earlier this month agriculture website Growing Produce's fruit growing arm interviewed Lindsay Jordan, viticulture advisor for the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources' Cooperative Extension.

04/01/15

When a group of self- described "social entrepreneurs" late last year launched a campaign to raise money and support for a self-contained, green-minded city of 10,000 residents on vineyard property in a Mendocino County valley several miles east of Hopland, local ranchers stayed mostly mum on the lofty proposal.

04/01/15

A university researcher is training sniffer dogs to detect pest and disease in vineyards. Dogs have traditionally been trained to sniff out drugs, explosives and even missing people, but their new target could be phylloxera - a devastating disease that feeds on the roots of vines and can eventually kill an entire vineyard.

04/01/15

Hudson is the co-owner of Hudson Bellamy Wines, along with her ex, Matt Bellamy. But even though the couple recently ended their years-long engagement, she tells Wine Enthusiast that it's not awkward or anything

04/01/15

S.L.A. enticed other states to complain about Empire's business practices, despite the authority's claim to the contrary

04/01/15

By not capturing your data, and by not knowing how to follow up with you or even how to find you over email or any social media channel, wineries are losing out on a prime opportunity to secure you as a repeat customer

04/01/15

Bordeaux producers have indicated that they are highly unlikely to heed pleas from their customers to keep 2014 prices down

04/01/15

In its members' price guide for 2014 Bordeaux, Liv-ex point to mounting stock levels of recent vintage, and a distribution chain struggling to cope

04/01/15

Professor Denis Dubourdieu, in his summary of the vintage, wrote that partial malolactic fermentation, 'rarely practiced on white Bordeaux… was recommended for the most acidic lots. When well done, this made the wines rounder without detracting from their typicity'

04/01/15

Currently busy in Bordeaux, ploughing through the 2014 primeurs, Christy Canterbury MW is a wine writer, speaker, judge and educator. According to her website she: 'lives between Manhattan and the vineyards of the world. Primarily those of Europe.'

04/01/15

Sotheby's has announced that its next New York sale will feature the "greatest Burgundy collection" it has ever offered

04/01/15

By combining varying quantities of grapes harvested weeks apart, PhD student from the National Wine and Grape Industry Centre Mr Rocco Longo hopes to create a full-flavoured wine with an alcohol content of less than nine per cent

04/01/15

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