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10/29/14

The Grapevine Registration and Certification Program was started in the 1950s and program regulations were most recently revised in 2010. Regulations require that vine material certified under the program be tested for a specific list of grapevine viruses, however, GRBaV, officially recognized only since 2012, is not included in this list. There are also concerns that variants of leafroll viruses will not always be detected under currently used testing methods

10/29/14

An overflow crowd sat in on what has in years past been a fairly subdued board discussion as Sonoma County supervisors asked county planning officials to shift their priorities over the next two years to tackle divisive issues that could result in stronger environmental protections and tighter limits on development

10/29/14

East San Joaquin Valley growers are suing state water authorities over drought decisions, claiming east-side communities and farms got no federal water after the state illegally denied deliveries to a separate group of landowners with senior water rights

10/29/14

While the Douro remains Portugal's standard-bearer, other regions are also gaining recognition ...

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Known For 98-Year-Old Zinfandel Vines

10/29/14

Peter Rudolf Mondavi Sr. arrives at the Charles Krug Winery in St. Helena every weekday. Dressed and shaven, he climbs the 32 steps up to his office. The youngest of the Mondavi siblings, and fondly called "Babe" by his family, Peter will celebrate his 100th birthday on Saturday, Nov. 8. He is the oldest working winemaker in the Napa Valley and at the oldest winery.

10/29/14

San Luis Obispo County will host the 2014 Wine Tourism Conference in November, marking the first time the annual conference will be held on the Central Coast

10/29/14

What defines the top vineyards of Napa and Sonoma? A new book entitled Call of the Vine: Exploring Ten Famous Vineyards of Napa and Sonoma by Dr. Liz Thach, professor of Wine Business at Sonoma State University, provides the answer in a compelling and beautifully written journey through the vineyards. The book, among other projects, is part of Thach's work as Korbel Professor in Wine Business at Sonoma State University.

10/29/14

New York selected over Champagne, France; Chianti, Italy; Red Mountain, WA and Sonoma, CA

10/29/14

American popular culture has always been awash in alcoholic beverages, but seldom has the drink been wine, red wine in particular ...

10/29/14

David White writes about Vintank: "in a world of infinite wine choices, the only differentiator is service."

10/29/14

Oregon will test a new gas tax option that would charge drivers for each mile they travel, instead of the fee that's currently added when filling up at the gas station

10/29/14

What do you get the woman who has everything? In soccer star David Beckham's case, you buy her a winery.

10/29/14

Today Sloan and his wife, Kathryn, are the vintners of Small Vines, a Sebastopol brand that is based on the Burgundian model of winemaking and vineyard management. The philosophy embraces the practice of getting smaller yields from higher-density, European-styled spacing of vines.

10/29/14

U.S. Rep. John Garamendi, D-Calif., has been joined by House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi in calling for Speaker John Boehner to schedule a vote on a bill that would protect forest management in the federal wildfire disaster budget.

10/29/14

Napa County is answering more questions on how the proposed Napa Pipe project should deal with such issues as traffic, flooding and trails, with the Planning Commission meeting on Wednesday to review a proposed development agreement, development plan and tentative map.

10/29/14

Corney & Barrow has raised the alarm after being offered suspicious bottles of a rare Burgundy wine that has previously fetched thousands of pounds at auction.

10/29/14

Austria has created a three-tier quality pyramid for its emergent sparkling wine sector to improve its reputation and help consumers to better understand the category.

10/29/14

Following France's return to the top of the table for global wine production, figures have been released showing regional wine consumption across France.

10/29/14

Mike Ratcliffe, managing director of Warwick and Vilafonte wineries in Stellenbosch, tells Geoffrey Dean about the growing confidence in South Africa's industry.

10/29/14

They're learning about wine, yet the traditional, formulaic (and primarily western) descriptors are foreign and unfamiliar.

10/29/14

With a late spring frost and a relatively cool summer, the harvest is likely to be smaller than in years past, but the grapes that remain should be hearty and of high quality for winemaking.

10/29/14

For millions of Americans, a glass of wine is a perfect complement to a meal. If the drink is from a local winery, so much the better. But should U.S. taxpayers help fund the making and marketing of that locally produced product? Even if it's a chile-infused wine from southern New Mexico? That's one of the 100 targets in the "2014 Wastebook," the compilation produced each year by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., that takes aim at what Coburn says are examples of some $25 billion in "silly, unnecessary, and low priority projects" the federal government spent your money on.

10/29/14

Millennials are the youngest legal drinkers in the United States and are not shy about sharing their alcoholic preferences. Whether they are drinking trendy craft beers, boxed wines or scotch straight up, they are doing so in a way that no other generation has before. Alcohol has become intertwined with the millennial culture, resulting in a re-imagination of the adult beverage industry. According to research conducted by Scarborough USA, 71 percent of US adults over the age of 21 say they drink alcohol (beer, hard cider, spirits, wine and wine coolers). Twenty seven percent of that general population is young adults aged 21-34.

10/29/14

"The big thing was getting it closed up so the workers could get going on the interior," said Bill Wright, Ontario County's commissioner of public works, during a tour of the site Monday afternoon. "All the trades are now here ... so once the dry wall is up, which is happening now, the utilities can go in."

10/29/14

Vintners in Quebec say the government hasn't followed through on its end of the Origine Québec deal

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on Tuesday, November 4

10/29/14

Treasury Wines should be viewed in a more pessimistic light than might be otherwise called for

10/29/14

Liquor retailers are being offered huge discounts on Penfolds Grange for the first time in 35 years in what they say is a move by Treasury Wine Estates to clear out excess stock of Australia's iconic premium wine

10/29/14

Treasury Wine Estates has identified a $1 billion opportunity to grow wine sales in the global travel retail sector and has strengthened its travel retail sales team to capitalise on the potential growth

10/29/14

It is understood that companies including Unilever, Proctor & Gamble and Coca-Cola are checking their UK businesses on the back of Tesco uncovering a £263m shortfall in its profits.

10/29/14

The Tesseron family claims to remain in the dark surrounding the rejection of the 2012 vintage of its second wine by the AOC board but there are, unconfirmed, theories which point to a variety of factors from biodynamics to the new amphorae.

10/29/14

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