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Wednesday, November 26th

05/10/13

The rumor spread like wildfire via phone calls, text messages and social media postings and has persisted now for more than three weeks: Immigration agents are rounding up unauthorized workers in Central California farming communities

05/10/13

Instead of promoting counties, Gov. Cuomo wants to promote regions--including those popular for wine tourism

05/10/13

According to the publication, its judges lauded CSWA in the generic organization category for achievements in gaining broad program participation by the state's wineries and vineyards. They also recognized CSWA's "constant process of review and improvement, as well as the transparency of its reporting."

05/10/13

Jackson Family Wines announced it has purchased additional property in Oregon's Willamette Valley. The new vineyard sites complement acquisitions made earlier this year, and support the company's plans to produce high-end wines, particularly Pinot Noir, in the region.

05/10/13

At least 9,000 fans came out for the first day of the inaugural four-day festival taking over the 26-acre Napa Expo, said Groves-Tracy. The single-day capacity is around 35,000.

05/10/13

In addition to a trendy focus on direct sales to consumers, his company has an unusual financing model and disdain for many practices held almost sacred in Napa Valley. That includes a focus on brands, pretentiousness, expensive packaging - and high prices.

05/10/13

Boisset Family Estates says its California wineries, Raymond Vineyards and DeLoach Vineyards, will be 100 percent solar powered with the completion of solar installations this summer; and Raymond Vineyard's Napa Valley estate vineyards in Rutherford and St. Helena became certified organic by California Certified Organic Farmers and certified biodynamic by Demeter USA.

05/10/13

Sommelier Rajat Parr and winemaker Sashi Moorman plan to create a new 'domaine' in the Santa Rita Hills AVA of Santa Barbara County.

05/10/13

Kingston Estate Wines, a South Australia-based family-owned winery, has appointed Young & Rashleigh Wine Merchants (YRWM) as a distributor for its wines in New South Wales (NSW) and the Australian Capital Territory.

05/10/13

Plus, a D.C. wine auction raises $1.2M for the American Heart Association, and Napa Valley is buzzing over its unprecedented BottleRock music, wine and food festival

05/10/13

Global farmer-assistance program extends help to grapegrowers in Argentina, Chile and South Africa

05/10/13

Hardys is celebrating 160 years of winemaking with new launches and commemorative packaging.

05/10/13

Ian MacLeod Distillers celebrated the relaunch of its Tamdhu Distillery this week with the release of a 10 year old Thamdu single malt whisky.

05/10/13

A status symbol obsessed elite in Nigeria has driven the country to become one of the fastest growing markets in the world for Champagne.

05/10/13

Laithwaite's managing director Glenn Caton said: "Cricket and wine are the perfect combination and David's knowledge and passion for both makes him the perfect Laithwaite's Wine ambassador.

05/10/13

Speaking in London last night, Neil McGuigan, chief executive of Australian Vintage, announced that mature vintages of the McGuigan Bin Series 9000 Semillon will be released in the UK later in the year.

05/10/13

Ardbeg, the single malt scotch whisky producer, has announced its latest limited edition whisky will be called Ardbog and is to host a special "Ardbog Day" on June 1 to celebrate its launch.

05/10/13

The government's decision not to include alcohol minimum pricing in the Queen's speech has been praised by the trade.

05/10/13

Australian winery Bleasdale at Langhorne Creek has been partially bought by Australian and Chinese investors.

05/10/13

Australian wineries are proving popular with Chinese buyers keen to ensure their supply of wine.

05/10/13

One method to get the best from Bordeaux year after year is blending the finest grapes from across the entire appellation, according to Dourthe's MD, Patrick Jestin.

05/10/13

Sainsbury's supermarket has become a gold patron of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust.

05/10/13

Neil McGuigan, CEO of Australian Vintage, has called on the UK government to encourage responsible drinking with the creation of an alcohol tax band between 9% and 12% abv.

05/10/13

Bacardi has launched a new Scotch whisky in Travel Retail in partnership with World Duty Free Group - Glen Deveron.

05/10/13

Eric Asimov recommends a Spanish white with "flavours that resounded long after the sip was gone", while Jon Bonné picks out a wine that is "a reminder of Zin's pure pleasures".

05/10/13

Chateau de Sours is calling time on its long-standing rosé supply deal with Majestic Wine.

05/10/13

"If you told me six months ago that I could find 40 lunatics to buy that wine, I would have told you you were crazy," said St. John Frizell, owner of Fort Defiance, a restaurant-bar in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

05/10/13

One of California's landmark boutique wineries, historic Mayacamas Vineyard, located near the top of Mount Veeder, has been acquired from Bob Travers and investors by venture capitalist Charles Banks and his wife, Ali, in partnership with billionaire entrepreneur Jay Schottenstein, and his son, Joey.

05/10/13

A Prohibition Era law that limits the size of wine containers sold in Florida could be modified with a bill in the coming weeks with a signature from Gov. Rick Scott.

05/10/13

Half a dozen mothers from small town and rural Sebastopol in Northern California quickly rallied hundreds of people to their side to challenge Sonoma County's Paul Hobbs Winery. He wants to convert a 40-acre apple orchard into a vineyard that would use pesticides; it borders five schools on Watertrough Road, including Apple Blossom and Orchard View.

05/10/13

He is dead-serious about making wine and you can almost see the wheels turning when he's presented with a challenge. In fact, he got his job at Brengman last year when he successfully saved a batch of frozen peaches from Brengman's orchard by turning it into a sparkling honey peach cider.

05/10/13

"The Upper Hudson Valley Wine and Grape Association is excited about creating a wine trail in Saratoga, Warren and Washington counties, New York's newest wine region," said Gerry Barnhart, the association's acting chair, who owns Victory View Vineyard in Washington County.

05/10/13

A review of city ordinances and state laws means a benefit for restaurants selling only beer and wine, but a possible loss of revenue for Rogers.

05/10/13

Lydig Construction Inc. and ALSC Architects PS, both of Spokane, have been selected by the Wine Science Center Development Authority to construct a $23 million research and teaching facility at Washington State University Tri-Cities in Richland.

05/10/13

Two Masters of Wine have thrown their weight behind opposition to subdividing an Earnscleugh property described as premium wine-producing land.

05/10/13

The Okanagan growing season is short at the best of times and it was going to take a sustained period of warmth in the precious months ahead for the vines to play catchup in the sprint to harvest.

05/10/13

In a speech to be delivered Thursday to the Economic Club of Canada, Ian Baillie, executive director, Alliance of Beverage Licensees B.C., also encourages Ontario to stay away from putting beers in corner stores, warning that problems outweigh the benefits of convenience.

05/10/13

As Ontarians prepare for the next provincial election, competing visions of how to best retail Ontario's high quality VQA wines - and alcohol generally - is becoming an issue worth watching.

05/10/13

The University of California Davis reports that it has earned a worldwide top ranking for teaching and research in the area of agriculture and forestry. The QS World University Rankings, which were released today, also recognized UC Davis in several other categories, according to a news release.

05/10/13

CABs of Distinction Serves 1,000 Attendees its Inaugural Year

05/10/13

Just get the second-to-least expensive bottle ...

05/10/13

The natural gas extraction technique known as fracking uses so much water that it could threaten groundwater resources, especially in the Western U.S., two new reports conclude.

05/10/13

Secretary Sally Jewell told a Senate subcommittee that her department is "very close" to unveiling rules to regulate hydraulic fracturing for natural gas and oil on public lands

05/10/13

Cameron Hughes Wine, an American negociant that produces, imports and distributes ultra-premium wines, has added a new vintage 2011 New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc - Greenlip - to its portfolio.