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01/23/15

The Feb. 1 deadline has been pushed back a few times because of various legal challenges, but this year growers who use water for frost protection near the Russian River in Mendocino and Sonoma counties will need to make sure they're in compliance with a state-mandated water-use plan

01/23/15

County planning commissioners decided that Larkmead Vineyards winery can increase production and visitation

01/23/15

The preliminary 5-0 vote, which needs to be confirmed in a future board meeting, came after two hours of public comment and in front of an audience that at one point featured more than 150 people, most of them opposed to the project

01/23/15

The euro hit $1.1465, its lowest level since March 2003, after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said the central bank would start buying 60 billion euros, about $68 billion, in eurozone government bonds

01/23/15

The United States not China is - and will continue to be - the world's most important consumer of wine.

01/23/15

Harvard University has quietly become one of the biggest grape growers in California's drought-stricken Paso Robles wine region, securing water well drilling permits to feed its vineyards days before lawmakers banned new pumping, according to records reviewed by Reuters.

01/23/15

Still, Australian shipments to the U.S., pressured by two consecutive strong domestic harvests in the market, slipped 9%

01/23/15

The Consumer Wine Awards are something of the antithesis to the California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition, which gathers wine professionals from around the country to serve as judges. The Consumer Wine Awards, co-founded by Tim Hanni

01/23/15

Beginning February 1, 2015 Michigan alcoholic beverage wholesalers will be responsible for the filing and payment of all wine, malt, and low alcohol mixed spirit drink excise taxes

01/23/15

The renamed Sonoma Music Festival is scheduled for October 2-4, 2015. Tickets will go on sale in February, with a "95476 discount" for locals

01/23/15

Josh Phelps, 29, Carlo Trinchero, 27

01/23/15

Dreyfus, Ashby & Co., a leading importer and marketer of premium, family-owned wines, announced today that it has been appointed the national sales and marketing partner for Dusted Valley and Boomtown by Dusted Valley, and named the exclusive US importer for Saint Clair Family Estate, effective January 2015.

01/23/15

This February, Slow Wine NYC and VINO Italian Wine Week are teaming up for the biggest Italian wine tasting of the year at a spectacular event in the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. VINO Italian Wine Week, the leading Italian wine event in the United States, returns after three previously successful editions in 2009, 2010 and 2011; the Slow Wine Tour is in its fourth consecutive year. Slow Wine will participate in VINO 2015 on February 2-3.

01/23/15

Wines Unearthed is a new exhibitor area for this year's London Wine Fair, dedicated to global wine producers seeking U.K. representation. The feature, which has been created in association with JK marketing and The Wine Agency, will be a distinct stand-alone "village" to showcase up to 70 wineries.

01/23/15

Joining the newly formed 35 Maple Street Spirits Sales Division, is Chad Keeton, eastern regional sales manager.

01/23/15

SecureRF announced the availability of the LIME Tag™ NX01, a secure Near Field Communication (NFC) tag that utilizes Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) technology to deliver identification and authentication solutions that require no database or Internet connectivity when performing an authentication.

01/23/15

A 1472 Alsace wine, last tasted at the liberation of Strasbourg, has been carefully transferred into a new barrel.

01/23/15

In Sonoma County, economic indicators such as job growth and low unemployment are very positive, he said. This is primarily due to county's ability to transform itself into a 21st Century economy after the Great Recession.

01/23/15

Scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA have concluded 2014 was the warmest year globally since 1880, when the first temperature records were available.

01/23/15

The U.S. Department of Labor plans to change its enforcement of minimum wage law for piece rate workers, potentially complicating record keeping for farmers.

01/23/15

Sipping an ancient Chinese liquor that's the best-selling booze in the world, plus cocktails from Outpost.

01/23/15

Although his family winery is based in Healdsburg, David Ramey has little regard for county-line pigeonholing when it comes to his acclaimed cabernet and chardonnay wines.

01/23/15

David Smith, the former ITN news correspondent turned winemaker, has received a massive vote of confidence for his Argentinian wine, SonVida, that only had its first vintage in 2007, by being named number four in the prestigious Wine Enthusiast Top100 wines of the year.

01/23/15

The 13th annual International Wine and Spirits Research report found that Americans drank almost 340 million 9-liter cases of wine in 2014. Italians drink the most wine per person, though the rate is expected to drop.

01/23/15

The Senate Public Policy Committee voted unanimously Wednesday to send the bill to the full Senate for consideration.

01/23/15

One of the many things I love about the wine business is its changing face. The old men with ascots are thankfully being replaced. Instead, it's becoming a co-ed world that's younger and way more exploratory.

01/23/15

"I'm not a teetotaler," the pope said, according to a report by Breitbart, debunking rumors that he drank only mate tea, an herbal infusion commonly consumed in Latin America. "I drink a little wine from Italy and other countries from around the world. But just a little."

01/23/15

Indiana Beverage Alliance president Marc Carmichael says eliminating the face-to-face interaction will make direct wine sales much easier for out-of-state retailers, putting Hoosier wine sellers at a disadvantage.

01/23/15

Ecco Domani, a winemaker whose name means "Behold, Tommorrow," is working with celebrated fashion designer Zac Posen on an innovative label for Pinot Grigio for a limited edition of the wine in summer 2015, as reported by PdNews.

01/23/15

Government is feverishly working to alter its formerly sacred legislation permitting the movement of licences from around the province to allow grocery stores to acquire or engage in partnerships with those who have licences to somehow make the grocery store model work. They could have issued grocery store licences, but that would have made too much sense.

01/23/15

A San Joaquin Valley wine grape commission received a prestigious environmental award last night during a ceremony at the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) headquarters in Sacramento. The Lodi Winegrape Commission, located in San Joaquin County, was recognized with the 2014 Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA) for Enhanced Environmental & Economic Leadership.

01/23/15

Plus, Prosecco from the keg-by any other name, and Napa's Mayacamas reopens under new management

01/23/15

Think of it like the movie "Gone In 60 Seconds" with thieves honing in on specific targets. Instead of exotic cars, big spenders here pay thieves a finders' fee for getting specific fine wines.

01/23/15

More than half a dozen firms peddling wine investments in the U.K. alone went belly up last year. Why have there been so many flops?

01/23/15

the Republican political operative who was hired to run the campaign to legalize Sunday carryout alcohol sales, is facing drunken driving charges

01/23/15

The US is to become the largest market in volume and value for New Zealand wines by the end of this year, according to Philip Gregan, CEO of New Zealand Winegrowers.

01/23/15

A California court has rejected an appeal from Delano Farms and Four Star Fruit that sought to overturn a ruling on the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) patent rights for two grape varieties - Scarlet Royal and Autumn King. Hammer square shutterstock

01/23/15

IFG alleges Sandrini agreed to license the grape for a specific plot of land but later planted additional vineyards in violation of the licensing agreement

01/23/15

Wine Country photographer extraordinaire George Rose isn't at all sorry to see one of his Sonoma County pictures show up in the New Yorker. But he's a bit surprised to see how the magazine used it.

01/23/15

targeting the younger, more adventurous wine consumer.

01/23/15

More than 20 vineyards and wineries in California's Paso Robles region have changed hands in the past two years as 'lifestyle' owners have succumbed to financial pressures and sold up, according to a new report.

01/23/15

Plus, Prosecco from the keg-by any other name, and Napa's Mayacamas reopens under new management

01/23/15

The United States not China is - and will continue to be - the world's most important consumer of wine.

01/23/15

The stock was sold at an average price of $110.76, for a total transaction of $14,177,280.00

01/23/15

Prices, though stable, are still high and, at the top end, very high. But there's still a lot of value to be found in Burgundy, especially during a vintage like 2013, which will never be regarded as truly great

01/23/15

Chinese customs officials have blocked 165 batches of foreign wines from entering the country in the past year, because they did not meet regulations, shows analysis by DecanterChina.com.

01/23/15

As Chicago's upscale grocery scene gets more crowded and more consumers turn to grocery delivery services, it's no longer enough to stock the shelves and hope customers show up.

01/23/15

Insiders accused county deliverymen of using a complicated scheme to hide theft by claiming cases were never loaded, or "short on truck," when in reality they were on the truck and being sold by delivery crews under the table for cash.

01/23/15

Justin Knock MW, one of the partners behind the recent acquisition of wine merchant Philglas & Swiggot, and a consulting winemaker for Encirc Wines, sees wine brands making a comeback with consumers, Italy facing potential supply problems and questions whether New Zealand can keep its momentum going as hot topics to watch in 2015.

01/23/15

Recent restaurant sales and traffic comparisons, as well as trends in the general U.S. economy, are fueling industry optimism for 2015, attendees at the Global Best Practices Conference were told this week

01/23/15

The major breweries' political donations are small beer when it comes to influencing the future of the private Beer Store monopoly, warns Premier Kathleen Wynne.

01/23/15

The move to new halls will allow fresh ideas and innovation in the wine sector, according to the Prowein organisers.

01/23/15

John McManus is the executive director of the Golden Gate Salmon Association.

01/23/15

A US entrepreneur has created a range of sparkling "wine" aimed at encouraging pregnant women to "pop the cork".

01/23/15

The most interesting program is always the report on the state of the industry Wednesday morning, this year moderated by Mike Veseth of The Wine Economist Blog and The University of Puget Sound with perennial expert speakers including Nat DiBuduo of Allied Grape Growers and respected analyst Jon Fredrikson of Gomberg, Fredrikson & Associates. The keynote speaker on Tuesday is Rick Tigner, president of Jackson Family Wines ...

01/23/15

The biggest divide in the wine world isn't between high alcohol and low alcohol, it's between fruit and savory

01/23/15

Sheriff's officials did not disclose exactly how many bottles were recovered and flown back Napa County or how the wine was traced back to North Carolina

01/23/15

The world's largest wine community has spoken! In 2014, Vivino users have left 13 million ratings for over 3 million different wines. We took a look at these ratings and compiled the list of 2014's top 100 wines under $50.

01/23/15

The world's largest wine community has spoken! In 2014, Vivino users have left 13 million ratings for over 3 million different wines. We took a look at these ratings and compiled the list of 2014's top 100 red wines.

01/23/15

The world's largest wine community has spoken! In 2014, Vivino users have left 13 million ratings for over 3 million different wines. We took a look at these ratings and compiled the list of 2014's top 100 white wines.