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04/08/13

"Its been six years now and we've gone from 4,000 (in 2008) to 8,000 people. We just want to make it an amazing thing for California and for Monterey."

04/08/13

Wine sales in the U.S. from all production sources-California, other U.S. states and foreign countries-increased 2% from the previous year to a new record of 360.1 million 9-liter cases with an estimated retail value of $34.6 billion

04/08/13

The patriarch of the Tuscan estate many credit with creating Brunello was an outspoken champion of the wine

04/08/13

It's been months in the making and next Wednesday, just days after his 75th birthday, Gov. Jerry Brown will make his first trade trip to China. Among the delegation to go with him are representatives from Wine Country

04/08/13

Viticulturist Westover to coordinate technical programs

04/08/13

The interplay of the resurgent market for wine-related supply and production assets and the ability to pass on higher costs to consumers will be discussed by 10 major industry players on two panels at the Wine Industry Conference, presented by the Business Journal in Santa Rosa

04/08/13

The group also is looking for responses to its annual Vineyard Economics Survey, which will be kept confidential. Results will be presented at the seminar

04/08/13

Scientists are raising a new question: when grapes are transported to new areas, assuming warming weather and flagging rain make current regions unsuited to such harvests, what will the crop's arrival do to the animals and plants already in residence?

04/08/13

The company was co-founded in 1995 by Ed Stolman and Deborah Rogers. Stolman died in December, and the Clines purchased his interest in the business

04/08/13

Romanian wine producer Recas Winery exported approximately 3 million bottles of wine in 2012 to countries such as England and other European markets, the USA, Canada, Japan, Russia and Australia, Ciprian Rosca, sales director at Recas Winery told BR.

04/08/13

The hot dry summer, which delivered a dream season for grape growers, is causing headaches for transporters and wineries during harvest. Yealands Estate owner Peter Yealands said yesterday that warm weather had consolidated ripening, creating a major influx of grapes into the wineries at the same time.

04/08/13

Celebrating the 150th anniversary of the first modern agricultural corporation in California - the Buena Vista Vinicultural Society, created by Count Agoston Haraszthy - are Tom Blackwood of Buena Vista Winery, George "The Count" Webber and Sonoma Mayor Ken Brown.

04/08/13

Longtime grower Frank Leeds has been selected to receive the 2013 Napa Valley Grower of the Year award by the Napa Valley Grapegrowers. Leeds will be honored for his broad contributions to Napa Valley agriculture and the community on May 17 at the organization's 39th annual dinner at Black Stallion Winery in Napa.

04/08/13

Now the "Koshu grape" fills terraces on the foothills of Mount Fuji, where those in the know say it makes a pretty decent and uniquely Japanese white wine that industry leaders say they intend to export to the West.

04/08/13

Frustrated by inconsistent quality, family owners appoint new management and hire consultant Michel Rolland.

04/08/13

Wine Spectator's annual March Madness competition puts wineries from Kansas, Kentucky, New York and Michigan in the spotlight

04/08/13

Romanian Winegrowers has announced it will be returning to the London International Wine Fair this year, on the back of significant growth in exports of Romanian wine to the UK.

04/08/13

Three years ago a trip to ProWein in Düsseldorf was very much a foreign affair. While there was still a strong British delegation, it was swamped by visitors from around the world - but not any more. For many in the UK wine trade, ProWein has become the most important show of the year.

04/08/13

Direct Wines has reported a slump in profits as it invested in overseas expansion and software while domestic sales dipped.

04/08/13

Celebrated wine writer, Hugh Johnson, is putting part of his extensive cellar up for auction.

04/08/13

Three masters of wine have set up their own online retailer with the aim of bringing to consumers "a ruthlessly edited selection of wines."

04/08/13

From allegory to advertising, artists have frequently depicted the pleasures and pitfalls of drink in their work.

04/08/13

Angostura rum's master distiller, John Georges, has said that rum has the potential to be just as "sophisticated" as Scotch whisky and Cognac.

04/08/13

For Napa Valley Grapegrowers the next couple months are possibly the most stressful time of the year. One mistake and the hope of a successful season can be reduced to crispy dead leaves and shattered hopes of a bountiful harvest.

04/08/13

Rich Aurilia and Dave Roberts, who met while teammates on the San Francisco Giants in 2007, are the principals behind Red Stitch wine, a limited production (200 cases) cabernet sauvignon made from Napa Valley fruit.

04/08/13

At first glance, it seems similar to other common viruses that turn infected grapevine leaves beautiful reds in the fall, but it's distinctive and not even officially classified yet. It keeps grapes from ripening fully and accumulating enough sugar, typically limiting it to no more than 20 to 21 percent compared to 24 to 27 percent in healthy vines.

04/08/13

American wine consumers like wines from everywhere, according to results from the fifth Consumer Wine Awards Competition held in March in Lodi. Winners ranged from big California cabernets to delicate white wines and many shades of moscato, according to competition chairman Jim Natsis and co-chairman David Akin.

04/08/13

"Last week, we learned through a third party that other events were not receiving permits from the City of Portland. When we reached out to the venue, we were informed of the problem. We looked at over 40 venues as possible substitutes, but at this late date, it was impossible to find a suitable venue."

04/08/13

Midway through his cooking demonstration Saturday at the Pebble Beach Food & Wine festival, celebrated chef Masaharu Morimoto was grating wasabi for a sushi dish

04/08/13

The owners of J&J Vintners, Jody Middleton (left) and Jeremy Petty, have a laugh together at their winery. It opened for the first time this weekend.

04/08/13

Giancarlo Bianchetti is chief executive officer of Fetzer Vineyards and a director of Chile-based Viña Concha y Toro, which purchased Fetzer in 2011 for $263 million

04/08/13

A 19th-century manor at Stags' Leap Winery will be converted from a bed-and-breakfast to a wine tasting and visitation space as part of a $2 million investment Treasury Wine Estates is putting into the property

04/08/13

"We are excited to see the blossoming music scene in downtown Napa. The Napa Valley Opera House, Silo's, the Uptown Theatre, and many other intimate venues around town are offering terrific music on a nightly basis. We are happy to add BottleRock to the musical renaissance in the city of Napa"

04/08/13

With his love of wine, he went back to school and received an enology degree from Fresno State with honors. He later worked as a cellar master, cellar supervisor and cellar rat at several premium Napa and Sonoma wineries

04/08/13

Assessing the value of a wine investment opportunity is the key to a good purchase.

04/08/13

the first chef de cave at Bollinger to resign rather than to retire

04/08/13

hey routinely undercut Maine prices by an average of $2 to $7 a bottle. When New Hampshire runs sales, the difference on one bottle is as high as $17

04/08/13

There are still a few wine-producing countries left on the map that command genuine novelty value. China may boast the world's fifth-largest vineyard area and a thirsty domestic population that consumes nearly all of its wine, but in fine-wine circles, its presence in Europe is still headline news.

04/08/13

California's versatile white-wine grape is escaping its syrupy reputation with lighter, brighter varieties untouched by oak

04/08/13

In Ireland, the U.K. and elsewhere, beer and hard cider coexist peacefully on adjacent taps at the local pub as equals. Hard cider hasn't quite earned that respect in the U.S., but it's coming.

04/08/13

... aiding a particular industry is not uncommon - but said it's questionable when an elected official receives campaign contributions from the very industries the lawmaker is supporting

04/08/13

Grupo Modelo, the maker of Corona Extra beer, said that seven workers had died in an accident at its Mexico City brewery

04/08/13

Every one of the 50 states now makes wine, even Hawaii and Alaska. North Dakota was the last to succumb