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04/04/13

Sgt. Michael Holsapple of the Polk County sheriff's office says Ramiro Ruiz-Solis fell off a tractor pulling a sprayer Tuesday at Left Coast Cellars in Rickreall.

04/04/13

Truett-Hurst, the fast-growing Healdsburg wine company, announced plans Wednesday to sell up to $42 million in stock in the North Coast wine industry's first initial public offering in 13 years.

04/04/13

Meridian is a case where the low road was taken, and as a consequence it's now in a price point where it's a fighting varietal brand, and up against some very stiff competition

04/04/13

The governor is putting the pressure on the state Senate to finish the job of liquor privatization in Pennsylvania by the end of June

04/04/13

"I'm plenty happy," said Mike Sauer, owner of Red Willow Vineyard west of Wapato in the Yakima Valley. "We haven't had it this early in several years."

04/04/13

Napa County vineyard land values held steady or improved in 2012, said a new ag land value report from the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers

04/04/13

Leaders say regions and individual states need to build up geographic brands

04/04/13

Despite its 2012 vintage keeping a relatively low profile so far, Bordeaux producers are reporting good results and strong international interest in the run up to next week's en primeur tastings

04/04/13

The longtime winery CEO says goodbye to Bordeaux and hello to the world

04/04/13

Essex County wineries anticipate superior vintages from last year's record-quality harvest, and they're booking an increasing number of weddings, tours, tastings and festivals to show off what they have to offer.

04/04/13

The Canadian wine industry has experienced a tremendous evolution over the past two decades due in large part to pioneering wineries such as Ontario's Cave Spring Cellars and B.C.'s Quails' Gate Winery.

04/04/13

A new generation of ownership structure at Seppeltsfield and Kilikanoon Wines has come to pass. Seppeltsfield estates Managing Director Warren Randall recently purchased Kilikanoon's share of Seppeltsfield and increased his share in Seppeltsfield to more than 90 per cent.

04/04/13

Last year's acreage report pegged barbera at covering just 6,659 acres, up only a few hundred acres from a decade earlier. That compares with almost 100,000 acres given to chardonnay, 80,000 to cabernet sauvignon, 48,000 to zinfandel and 45,000 to merlot.

04/04/13

A winery in central Nebraska is rising from the ashes, nearly a year after a devastating fire. The main structure of the Miletta Vista Winery in St. Paul was gutted in the blaze last June.

04/04/13

Out of approximately 3,505 varieties of wines from wineries in 20 different countries and all 50 states, Table Mountain Vineyards took home two bronze awards during the 13th Annual Finger Lakes International Wine Competition (FLIWC) held in Rochester, N.Y. in late March.

04/04/13

The sale of the Waitaki Valley's only winery should not affect the region's wine-producing capabilities, the head of the valley's wine growers' association says.

04/04/13

In its latest bid to build awareness from residents about Garden State vintages, the New Jersey Wine Growers Association will begin airing a half-hour long feature about the industry on Comcast channels around the state tonight.

04/04/13

New Zealand winery Prophet's Rock is set for further expansion "into offshore markets" following its purchase by a group of Central Otago investors with existing viticulture interests in the region.

04/04/13

Diageo is to increase its Scotch whisky production with a new £50 million distillery in the Scottish Highlands.

04/04/13

Tia Maria is inviting creative bartenders to come up with a twist on the classic Tia Espresso Martini in an online international cocktail competition.

04/04/13

Potential exhibitors have been told to move quickly if they want to be a part of the expanded 2013 Three Wine Men consumer events.

04/04/13

The Bureau National Interprofessionnel de l'Armagnac (BINA) is to hold a generic Armagnac tasting at the RAF Club, in London's Piccadilly, next month.

04/04/13

A number of leading wine writers have been recognised in the shortlist for the forthcoming Fortnum & Mason Food & Drink Awards 2013.

04/04/13

The new generation of winemakers in South Africa is helping to increase the prestige and sophistication of wines coming out of the country, according to leading wine critics at last week's ProWein in Dusseldorf, Germany.

04/04/13

A Beefeater limited edition bottle featuring photos from 1,000 people who entered the gin's MyLondon competition last November is to be released this summer.

04/04/13

Despite its 2012 vintage keeping a relatively low profile so far, Bordeaux producers are reporting good results and strong international interest in the run up to next week's en primeur tastings.

04/04/13

Fortnum & Mason have released their shortlist for its Food & Drink Media Awards competition.

04/04/13

Australian wine brand Hardys is reinforcing its historic and upmarket credentials in the UK with the launch of two new ranges and a listing for its Eileen Hardy blend.

04/04/13

Loic Avril of Heston Blumenthal's The Fat Duck has been awarded Young Sommelier of the Year 2013 for the UK.

04/04/13

The wine fraud case being played out in a New York court room between rival billionaires turned personal this week as a former servant of Eric Greenberg took the stand against his one-time employer.

04/04/13

Greenberg's ex-house manager sides with Koch in court as wine fraud trial looks set to over-run.

04/04/13

Italy's Angelo Gaja will join Georg Riedel to hold an exclusive wine tasting in the UK Capital later this year.

04/04/13

Penfold's has a recommended retail price of $784.99 per bottle

04/04/13

Treasury Wine Estates Ltd. (TWE), the world's second-biggest listed winemaker by revenue, lifted the price of its premium 2008 Penfolds Grange vintage by 15 percent as growing Chinese demand for high-end wines outpaces supply.

04/04/13

The tentative list of judges has been announced for the new North Coast Wine Challenge wine competition, sponsored by The Press Democrat. Judging will take place May 29-30 at the Hilton Sonoma Wine Country hotel in Fountaingrove.

04/04/13

Faced with otherwise bright and trendy or stoic and traditional bottle labels, it might be hard not to gravitate toward one with a cute, entertaining or otherwise eye-catching mascot. And is that such a bad thing?

04/04/13

"We will be selling wine by the glass, bottle and case," Buchanan said. "We will be deepest in French wines, also Burgundy, Rhône and Alsatian wines, along with Languedoc-Roussillon. Also wines from most or other renowned winemaking areas in the world: Italy, Spain, Argentina, Chile, Australia, New Zealand.

04/04/13

In Maine, we call distributors "importers" and add a fourth tier of our own, the state-licensed distributor. (Whereas in New York, for instance, where I enjoyed the wonderful wine, the importer can sell directly to the retailer.) The official reason for this is a desire to be especially arcane and ridiculous, or to pry more revenue out of us. I forget which.

04/04/13

The club will celebrate its 40th anniversary on April 17, and the festivities include some friendly wine competition and groovy 1970s-style nostalgia. Participants are asked to bring their oldest bottle of homemade wine for tasting, and everyone will vote for a favorite.

04/04/13

Hattiesburg City Council has adopted an ordinance to open downtown streets to the sale and consumption of beer and light wine during special events.

04/04/13

A maker of private-label and "custom-label" wines has filed for an initial public offering of stock to raise up to $43.5 million

04/04/13

Because wine bottle labels in Europe do not print "Contains sulfites," the assumption is that the wine does not as well. But it does; the label merely does not state that it does

04/04/13

The connection between calorie consumption and weight gain was always as plain as the number on the bathroom scale

04/04/13

after getting ripped off too many times by peddlers of fake wine

04/04/13

The Australian Table Grape Association (ATGA) says supermarkets' policy of only buying grapes at low prices from a handful of suppliers is destroying the industry.

04/04/13

Over the past two years Kokomo Winery has worked closely with the Wine MBA students at Sonoma State to create a real-world project in the business of wine. On April 20 the students will celebrate another successful vintage at Release Party #2 on the grounds of Timber Crest Farms in Dry Creek Valley where Kokomo Winery produces and sells the wine.

04/04/13

The layered chardonnay is full-bodied with notes of peach, lemon and sweet oak. It has a lush texture and a lingering finish

04/04/13

We have 1970s-era anti-growth activists of St. Helena to thank for Davis Bynum's move to the Russian River Valley. The Bay Area newspaperman-turned-winemaker had been tending a Napa Valley vineyard and wanted to build a winery there. The locals did not want another one.

04/04/13

"It is important that the board clarify now that consuming marijuana in a state liquor-licensed establishment is not acceptable."

04/04/13

The four original wineries, including Villa Dievole and Renwood Winery, have now been joined by one of Europe's leading Argentine wine brands, Bodega Argento.