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12/18/14

FedEx announced today that, effective Feb. 1, 2015, FedEx Express and FedEx Ground will open the state of Massachusetts for legal shipments of alcoholic beverages

12/18/14

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is busily preparing a list of eligible wine grape growers to vote in next year's referendum to whether to continue the battle against Pierce's disease and its pesky vector, the glassy-winged sharpshooter (GWSS)

12/18/14

The Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne (CIVC), the opposing parties have agreed overnight to mediation during the first week of March next year in an attempt to reach a settlement. If a settlement is not reached the case will resume in Melbourne's Federal Court on March 10. Champagne Jayne case on hold

12/18/14

Representatives from New York's wine and beer industry -- which are both dependent on fresh, local water -- expressed support and relief after today's announcement that the Cuomo administration intends to ban fracking in New York state.

12/18/14

There should be two cheers in the Paris headquarters of Pernod Ricard this morning for President Barack Obama of the US and Raul Castro of Cuba.

12/18/14

... this news does not mean that Cuban cigars and other goods will appear in U.S. cigar shops tomorrow morning, but it does pave an important first step-and a big one ...

12/18/14

the sweeping changes he outlined on Wednesday will have a much more profound impact on Cuba - where isolation by the United States has fundamentally shaped the island's economy, its politics and even its sense of national identity

12/18/14

With heavy storms just past, California expects more rain this week. It won't end the drought, but it will certainly help: "Before the rainy pattern takes a break, cumulative rainfall will have taken a huge slice out of the long-term drought," said AccuWeather.com meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.

12/18/14

Thierry Valette has transformed Clos Puy Arnaud

12/18/14

The first of its kind calculation of how much groundwater would end the drought was led by Jay Famiglietti of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California and based on observations from NASA's Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment satellites.

12/18/14

The governor has faced strong opposition from groups worried about the effects of fracking on the state's watersheds and aquifers, as well as on tourism and the quality of life in small upstate communities.

12/18/14

In response to increased demand, Vitone Family Wines - producers of the Verde Sole brand of California wines, is proud to announce multiple state distribution partnerships.

12/18/14

A leading vine geneticist and others are preserving an old Swiss vineyard with very rare varieties, including Chardonnay's and Riesling's parent

12/18/14

Ordering at the bar and wine lists will remain guilt-free though.

12/18/14

Taste Washington, Seattle's annual two-day spring tasting billed as the United States' largest single-region wine and food event, is offering a Sunday ticket discount to holiday shoppers.

12/18/14

Bordeaux is still the dominant force in the wine investment world but other regions are eating into its market share.

12/18/14

WineFest-120519-2271-300x172Tickets for the 33rd Annual Paso Robles Wine Festival are now on sale at www.pasowine.com. This four day festival in Paso Robles Wine Country is a celebration of the innovation, triumphs, and character of this spectacular region, May 14 - 17, 2015.

12/18/14

A pause between showers and storms Wednesday morning allowed standing water throughout the region to soak in, reducing the number of flooded Sonoma County roadways.

12/18/14

A New Zealand winery has broken a world record by staging a wine launch at 17,000 feet in the shadow of Mount Everest.

12/18/14

Two bushfires have been brought under control after ripping through more than 2,000 hectares of South Australia's Barossa Valley, causing extensive damage to several wineries.

12/18/14

Shipping wine in bulk is set to slow, while New World plantings are also declining - that's according to Rabobank's recently published World Wine Map.

12/18/14

A local real estate expert says the price per acre in Napa could reach Burgundy levels within a generation.

12/18/14

Representatives from New York's wine and beer industry -- which are both dependent on fresh, local water -- expressed support and relief after today's announcement that the Cuomo administration intends to ban fracking in New York state.

12/18/14

2014 was a low-volume year for the production of Bordeaux, but it benefited from an abundance of autumn sun.

12/18/14

Maybe gruner's PR problem lies in its subtlety. Medium-to-full-bodied and rarely as punchy as riesling or as thick as chardonnay, it whispers. Like a geologist poring over seismic data in search of oil, you've got to listen - or taste - closely to divine its wonders.

12/18/14

an uneven economic recovery in the U.S. had eaten into sales across the industry and forced distillers to cut the prices of premium products

12/18/14

Some incredibly intelligent humans just invented wine-infused ice-cream so now we never have to get drunk on an empty stomach again. Hurrah!

12/18/14

Popular app for wine drinkers promotes safe passage during holiday season with $30 credit to new users of the Uber ride-sharing service.

12/18/14

A year since Rudy Kurniawan was convicted for mass wine fraud in the US, experts are preparing to enter his private cellar to see if wines can be sold to compensate victims owed nearly $30m