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03/29/13

The stage is set for greater development on Washington state's Red Mountain, with the approval this week of a master site plan that envisions a 21-acre wine village and additional vineyard development.

03/29/13

Members of the World Wine Trade Group (WWTG) agreed on a new Treaty Protocol on Wine Labelling in New Zealand last week. The Treaty takes the group's existing arrangement for labelling a step further

03/29/13

Most major port houses are expected to declare the highly-anticipated 2011 vintage over the coming weeks, with Sogrape Vinhos the first to show its hand

03/29/13

The new space, at 1255 Battery Street, includes all of the third floor and half of the second, for a total of 60,000 square feet, or nearly twice the size of its prior local headquarters

03/29/13

Terroir Selections' Charles Banks buys 50 percent share; winery founder Pax Mahle to relaunch Pax Wine Cellars

03/29/13

Duarte Nursery announces its recent test results for Grapevine red blotch-associated virus (GRBaV). Growers who are interested in purchasing vines in 2013 and 2014 will receive tested clean vines from Duarte Nursery, Inc. DNI is committed to clean plant material and reaffirms its efforts to testing for red blotch disease.

03/29/13

Some are excellent, others undrinkable.

03/29/13

Montana House Bill 402 passed the House on March 14 and the Senate on March 27, and is on its way to the Governor for consideration. We will let our Montana members know when it is signed and becomes law.

03/29/13

When baseball returns to Kauffman Stadium a week from Monday, patrons will be able to purchase single-serve vino in an innovative "glass."

03/29/13

The Oregon Senate approved a bill Thursday allowing wine to be sold in refillable "growlers," similar to the way that brewpubs sell beer today.

03/29/13

While on the stand, dot-com businessman Eric Greenberg - who's being sued by Florida energy magnate William Koch - shouted that Koch's firm 'falsified' and 'destroyed data,' and took shots at Koch's lawyer, John Hueston, saying his questioning reminded him of the movie 'My Cousin Vinny.'

03/29/13

Case Basse di Soldera, the great Brunello di Montalcino estate where more than 60,000 liters of wine were destroyed last year by a disgruntled former employee, apparently did not lose all the wine from six vintages from 2007 through 2012.

03/29/13

A new ecosystem of Yakima wineries - and their impressive lists of wines - are driving the small town's efforts to put themselves on the map for wine-lovers.

03/29/13

Police are investigating a break-in involving the theft of several bottles of high-end wine worth thousands of dollars. Details on this heist are still sketchy, but police said the theft occurred sometime overnight Tuesday when a person broke into an industrial building in San Francisco's Bayview District that happened to house Fine Wines International.

03/29/13

Five high schools, five youth oriented programs and five other Lake County nonprofit organizations have been selected as beneficiaries of this year's Lake County Wine Auction.

03/29/13

One grapegrower's proposal to extend the Santa Barbara County appellation's boundaries angers neighbors

03/29/13

Fine wine exchange Liv-ex has recalculated the 1855 Classification with its price-based ranking of the Bordeaux classed growths, an exercise it last did in 2011.

03/29/13

The sixth Great New Zealand Pinot Noir Classification released this week by wine critics Matthew Jukes and Tyson Stelzer has seen 23 new wineries join the list.

03/29/13

Portuguese producer, Sogrape, has announced its 2011 Port vintage could have the "greatest potential for ageing" than any vintage in the history of its Ferreira, Offley and Sandeman ports.

03/29/13

The UK remained the number one export market for Chablis last year, with just under 10 million bottles - worth over €43 million - shipped over in 2012.

03/29/13

Sales grew to £334.6 million, outstripping the 5.5% growth of sparkling wine to £115.7 million, according to CGA data contained in Lanson International's Champagne report.

03/29/13

Kingsland Wines & Spirits has installed solar panels on its roof which will provide up to 70% of the factory's energy.

03/29/13

Natural wine advocate Isabelle Legeron MW has launched her own label called Lagvini.

03/29/13

Guillermo Luksic Craig, a leading Chilean businessman and owner of Viña Tabalí, died yesterday aged 57 after being diagnosed with lung cancer last year.

03/29/13

Element 29 vodka has brought out a series of cocktail recipes using foraged ingredients.

03/29/13

Ambev has been warned by Brazil's National Council for Advertising Self-Regulation (Conar) this week, after launching Skol Ice Cream.

03/29/13

Several of the world's biggest brewers are under investigation in Germany having been accused of price fixing and could pay millions in fines.

03/29/13

Chateau Ste. Michelle will open the Tasting Gallery at its Canoe Ridge Estate red winery in Paterson April 5 for the 2013 spring and summer season. Guests will an intimate tasting of single vineyard and reserve wines, while enjoying spectacular views overlooking the Columbia River.

03/29/13

The popularity of both spritzers and coolers faded in the '90s, but in the last year or so the spritzer has been making a comeback.

03/29/13

But in these shaky economic times, when having money still is vilified, dumping thousands of dollars into a wine cellar that is literally hidden in the basement and filled with the most expensive wines in the world is an amazing way for the rich to spend money without flaunting it like the Lamborghini in the driveway.

03/29/13

At South Africa's Rostberg and Co., green bottles filled with a ruby liquid clink as they march along a conveyor belt, destined for wine-lovers from Paris to Shanghai. But if a trend toward bulk shipping continues, the music of the Rostberg bottling plant may be about to stop.

03/29/13

A surprising 38 percent of the French don't drink wine at all, up from 19.2 per cent in 1980.

03/29/13

But many winemakers in the U.S. and abroad are experimenting with them on select wines. New Zealand is leading the wine industry with more than 25 wineries converting from cork to cap, with wineries in Australia, Spain, South Africa, South America, Canada, the U.S. and France all testing the capping trend as well.

03/29/13

Katie Leonardini's family has owned Whitehall Lane Winery and Vineyards for the past 20 years, but Leonardini first moved to Napa Valley in 2004, after working in the financial services industry. Today is she is director of retail sales at the business.

03/29/13

The Napa County Board of Supervisors formally accepted a donation from Constellation Brands, Inc. that will benefit the Comprehensive Services for Older Adults (CSOA) division of the Napa County Health & Human Services Agency (HHSA).

03/29/13

A group of 26 Napa Valley Vintner members is traveling to Hangzhou, Beijing, Shanghai and Xi'an from April 12-21 to share their wines.

03/29/13

Tickets are on sale for the 16th annual Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival May 17-19. The event will feature an expanded grand tasting.

03/29/13

It is always sad to write about the passing of a valley icon. Jim Barrett, indeed, was an icon. Even Time magazine noted his passing.

03/29/13

Some 6,000 miles separate Napa Valley from Flower Valley, but Dr. Joe Chuang is embarking on a project to bridge this distance.

03/29/13

While Napa Valley is the engine that drives this region's world-renowned wine train, there's a wealth of microclimates and sub-appellations that are assuredly along for more than the ride.

03/29/13

Most vineyards on the market in Marlborough during the past couple of years were forced sales as lenders called in receivers or initiated mortgagee sales.

03/29/13

KWWL-TV reports that in 2000, Iowa had only five vineyards that covered about 15 acres. Iowa State University Extension viticulture specialist Mike White said that's now grown to 310 vineyards that stretch out over 1,200 acres.

03/29/13

Okanagan Crush Pad winery, located in Summerland, British Columbia, is owned by wine industry marketing consultant Christine Coletta and her husband Steve Lornie. As a small, yet inventive winery, OCP is the first custom winemaking facility of its kind in Canada.

03/29/13

Congressman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) visited Quivira Vineyards in Dry Creek Valley on Wednesday to present the winery with his Sustainable North Coast certificate in recognition of Quivira's work in restoring salmon habitat and healthy waterways.

03/29/13

The beverage industry is rallying behind the recently launched Kickstarter campaign for "Drink Careers 101: How to Get a Job in the Beverage Industry," a first-of-its-kind guide to professional careers in wine, beer, spirits, coffee, tea and soda.

03/29/13

Dick Dickstein is going to retire - for the second time

03/29/13

"He's the original Rhône Ranger ... He's not the Rhine Ranger."

03/29/13

Hemenway had planned to move Fresh to another location, but a lawsuit was filed against her and she was forced into bankruptcy to protect herself, she said. She declined to discuss the nature of the lawsuit

03/29/13

... still waiting to see site layout and evacuation plans, proof of insurance and other logistical documents the fairgrounds and state require before the event can occur

03/29/13

A group of 26 Napa Valley Vintner members is traveling to Hangzhou, Beijing, Shanghai and Xi'an from April 12-21 to share their wines and their stories with consumers, members of the wine trade and media

03/29/13

Wine Spectator's Grand Tour comes to San Francisco on April 24, 7-10 p.m. at the Marriott Marquis San Francisco, at 55 Fourth St

03/29/13

Halfway between the New Jersey Turnpike and the Atlantic City casinos is a little slice of France: Amalthea Cellars. There's an old farmhouse, and a field full of grape vines.

03/29/13

California snow surveyors reported that water content in California's snowpack is only 52 percent of normal, with the spring melt season already under way