Family Winemakers of California (FWC) and Stonebridge Research Group LLC have been awarded an Emerging Market Program grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop a roadmap on how to sell California fine wines in the Chinese market.
A U.S. District Court in California has dismissed a suit by a citizens' group alleging that the Environmental Protection Agency violated the Endangered Species Act ("ESA") by failing to consult with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service regarding the effects of 382 registered pesticides on endangered and threatened species.
Winemakers say they are changing the way they market themselves and increasingly turning to social media in the wake of the State Government floating plans to allow supermarkets with a floor plan of more than 400 sq m to sell bottled wine.
Tannins and bitter tones in wines are exacerbated by dry cabin air and some wines don't fare well with the vibrations from air travel and become "bottle shocked," the experts say. It's often the delicate fruit tones that add a depth and richness to wines that are first to take a hit.
Through a cruel coincidence, the habitats of China's giant pandas also happen to be the country's best potential land for wine vineyards, and a turf war has started between the bear-protectors and the Bordeaux-pushers.
What is 3.54 inches in diameter at the base, with a stem 3.94 inches in length, and a bowl that measures 5.32 inches tall and 3.5 inches wide at its fullest point? Give up? It is the new Riedel glass designed and developed specifically for the Malbec wines in cooperation with the Graffigna wines of Argentina, owned by Pernod Ricard USA.
U.S. prosecutors won permission to videotape three winemakers' testimony in France for the Sept. 9 trial of alleged wine counterfeiter Rudy Kurniawan because the harvest will keep them from traveling to New York.
The EU has ruled that once the Balkan country becomes its 28th member on July 1, Prosek can no longer be sold under that name across the EU -- even at home. It maintains that Prosek's name is too similar to Prosecco, Italy's sparkling beverage.
Many parents believe small quantities of alcohol teaches responsible drinking. But a study, led by psychologist Dr. Aric Sigman, says parents must delay giving drug in childhood because it can do long-lasting neurological damage
After a spring of health care and taxes, lawmakers in Kansas and Missouri are bellying up for a final fistfight - over how liquor is sold, how much you pay for it, and how many choices you have at the bar or liquor store.
The Sonoma Valley Education Foundation (www.svgreatschools.org) has welcomed the addition of three new members to its Board of Directors. Ed Lowe, Les Vadasz and Tim Wallace bring a wealth of experience in education to the foundation.