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08/01/13
New Central Coast Custom Winemaking Facility Prepares for Vintage 2013
John Guffey and Sharon Weeks to Lead Production Team
08/01/13
California Ag and High-Tech Groups Join Forces To Push Immigration Reform
Silicon Valley Leadership Group and California Strawberry Commission represent the state's two largest industries.
08/01/13
Editorial: Federal recognition equals a casino
Since 1968, with the creation of the Ag Preserve establishing that the best and highest use for land in unincorporated Napa County is agriculture, Napa County has consistently protected its land from housing developments, shopping centers and encroaching development of all sorts.
08/01/13
Course on counterfeit wine protection planned
The Napa Valley Vintners and Wines & Vines are hosting a seminar Aug. 14 to help winemakers and wine marketers understand the potential for wine counterfeiting in export markets, and to learn about available technology to protect against this threat.
08/01/13
BC Grape Growers Brace for Syrah Decline
Popular clones in British Columbia experience reduced vigor, leading growers to pull them out.
08/01/13
Fruit breeder hits the sweet spot with Cotton Candy grapes
David Cain's latest invention is part of a designer-fruit craze in which farmers try to create the next Cuties Clementine orange or Honeycrisp apple.
08/01/13
WSU research examines Concord grape replant disorder
Michelle Moyer and Joan Davenport are examining "replant disorder." It occurs when growers replant an orchard or vineyard but have trouble getting vines to re-establish.
08/01/13
Study: Resveratrol Lessens Exercise Impact, but Wine Is Fine
Red-wine chemical reduced workout benefits, but it could still fight disease.
08/01/13
MIV acquires St. Helena Insurance
Malloy Imrie & Vasconi Insurance Services (MIV) announced Tuesday its acquisition of St. Helena Insurance Associates (SHIA).
08/01/13
Mentors help Woodinville wine producer make right moves
When Ross Mickel became interested in wine, he was surrounded by plenty of people willing to help. The University of Washington graduate went to school with Mark Canlis of Canlis restaurant fame and Carmen Betz, daughter of Master of Wine Bob Betz.
08/01/13
Chinese authorities destroy over 2,000 bottles of 'poisonous' Spanish wine
Chinese officials have seized and destroyed thousands of bottles of Spanish wine after a health scare involving excessive levels of iron.
08/01/13
A new 'wine access system' is released
It used to be called a corkscrew but US manufacturer Coravin is so confident in its "transformational" technology that it has come up with a completely new name.
08/01/13
Producers fighting for US law changes
Eighty years after the repeal of Prohibition in the US, vestiges of restrictive legislation remain. Now the big spirits producers are fighting them in the courts.
08/01/13
Diageo profits and sales grow in 2013
Diageo has announced net sales growth of 5 percent and an operating profit growth of 8% in its preliminary results for the year ending 30 June 2013.
08/01/13
Australian Vintage launches low-alcohol wine in the UK
Summer Light Miranda is a new low-alcohol wine brand being produced by Australian Vintage for the UK and will be available on retail shelves this autumn.
08/01/13
Canada hurting itself with protectionist practices in agriculture: report
The paper, from the Conference Board, notes that Canada has talked a good game about liberalized trade - particularly on launching free trade talks with major economies in Europe and Asia - but has not acted when it comes to the highly-protected agricultural sector.
08/01/13
American marketing agency Groove unveils digital sales book Wingman 2.0
Compatible with tablets and smartphones, the tool provides sales representatives with latest brand information, sales and marketing content, and improved order-taking and order transmission capabilities.
08/01/13
Chalice wine, done Napa style
If there were a connection between making good wine and winning the lottery, some may call it luck. Others may deem it divine intervention. And for the priest of Calistoga's Russian Orthodox Church, landing a notable winemaker to make the church's chalice wine was practically a gift from above.
08/01/13
KY: Echo Valley Vineyard wine sale vote passes
Watson said once the winery is open, the name of the facility will change to the Echo Valley Vineyard and Winery.
08/01/13
Jersey Fresh: South Jersey farmers feel climate change effects, and making wine
As the area's temperatures rise, the climate becomes better and better for growing wine grapes, and many local farmers have taken notice.
08/01/13
SC: Woodruff City Council approves beer, wine sales for special events
In a contentious vote, Woodruff City Council passed a resolution allowing the sale of beer and wine at certain downtown events during Tuesday night's meeting. The resolution passed by a vote of 3 to 2.
08/01/13
Clark County commissioners compromise on wineries
Stuart's suggestion focuses on noise level instead of time frame, ends impasse
08/01/13
SureHarvest Recognized by the Soil and Water Conservation Society
Honored for innovative consultant work and pioneering role in technology
08/01/13
Niagara College alumnus named among Top 100 influential winemakers in U.S
Harris, who graduated from NC's Winery and Viticulture Technician program in 2004, has been named among the Top 100 Most Influential U.S. Winemakers by IntoWine.com.
08/01/13
Terroir, Arizona-Style
This means, for us anyway, planting in rows 9 to 11 feet apart, enabling good airflow through the vines, to blow-dry the clusters with our Cochise County breezes after the downpours.
08/01/13
TGI Fridays in NJ fined $500K for switching booze
... agreed not to contest charges that eight of its restaurants were selling customers cheap substitutes in place of premium alcohol.
08/01/13
Warm weather means early wine grape harvest
After cool temperatures slowed ripening and kept grapes on the vine until fall in recent years, growers in the nation's premier wine region are facing a heat wave that has made for one of the earliest harvests in recent memory.
08/01/13
Oregon agriculture breaks economic records
In 2012, Oregon's agricultural industry even broke records. It recorded a total economic impact of $5.4 billion, breaking the $5.3 billion record from 2011.
08/01/13
Argentina offers wine lovers more than Malbec
Any discussion of wine in Argentina is quick to single out Torrontés, a fragrant grape that was originally believed to be a Spanish, which is capable of producing exotic white wines. The vine is unique to Argentina and performs best in the high elevation vineyards in the northern most wine region of Salta.
08/01/13
Peachland Wildfire Near Greata Ranch Winery Fully Contained
According to Officials, two attack crews and two helicopters were on the scene battling the blaze adjacent to Highway 97. The fire burned a group of trees near the Greata Ranch Winery, but was contained within three hours.
08/01/13
(Press Release) HRM Rex Goliath Spreads its Wings and Soars in Premium Wine Segment
Large Format Popularity, Hot Varietals and New Tetra Packaging Drive Brand to Outpace Domestic Premium Glass Wine Growth in both Sales and Volume
08/01/13
Argentinean entrepreneur Alejandro buys Podere Brizio wine estate in Montalcino, Italy
The current acquisition includes 7ha of Brunello di Montalcino vineyard, 1ha of Rosso di Montalcino and 1.25ha of Sant'Antimo, reported wine-searcher.com citing Italian website WineNews.
08/01/13
Agriculture Secretary Announces Funding to Support Small and Emerging Rural Businesses
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that projects in 30 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico will be funded to support small and emerging rural businesses.
08/01/13
Bottle Green looks to the on-trade with Nuba Cocktails
Wine distributor, Bottle Green, has signed up its first non alcoholic agency business by taking on ready-to-drink, pre-mixed bottled cocktail brand Nuba Cocktails as it looks to widen its profile in the on-trade.
08/01/13
Thousand Candles to launch in the UK
Australian boutique wine, Thousand Candles, which is fast gaining a cult following, is to go on sale in the UK via Alliance Wine.
08/01/13
Dom Pérignon launches 2003 rosé with Koons collaboration
Dom Pérignon has launched its 2003 vintage rosé, which the Champagne house will release in a limited edition gift box designed in collaboration with American artist Jeff Koons.
08/01/13
Champagne to rival Armand de Brignac launched
A British entrepreneur has created a Champagne brand aimed at the hip hop community to rival rapper Jay-Z's favourite fizz, Armand de Brignac.
08/01/13
Voting opens for IWSC Independent Retailer
The International Wine & Spirit Competition has put forward 28 UK wine and spirit retailers for a public vote to decide which one will be named Independent Retailer of the Year 2013.
08/01/13
UK retailers require full-service suppliers
Wine suppliers to the UK need more than just a strong brand to shift significant volumes in the supermarket sector.
08/01/13
Champagne supplier Pressoirs de France rescued by Cos d'Estournel owner
The Pressoirs de France group, supplier of cheap Champagne to major UK supermarkets, has been saved by an investment from Switzerland-based French businessman Michel Reybier.
08/01/13
Renteria family delivers keynote at Napa's Día de la Familia
Oscar Renteria and his father, Salvador, delivered the keynote address to the second annual Día de la Familia on July 21 in Napa offering inspiration and encouragement to the largely Latino community in attendance.
08/01/13
RockNapa brings concerts back to Charles Krug Winery
After more than three decades, the RockNapa music festival brought back the music to the Charles Krug Winery. Back in the 1960s and 1970s, the winery was home to the historic August Moon Concert Series.
08/01/13
Label maker Avery Dennison to move headquarters to Glendale
Label maker Avery Dennison Corp. will move its headquarters from Pasadena to Glendale in a bid to consolidate staff and update its work space.
08/01/13
Jordan winery's spoof videos take its brand online
Pairing "wine geeks" against "wine dudes," John Jordan plays the fun guy who steals the sexy girls away from the boring wine snob.
08/01/13
Preserving the good stuff
"I can now do high-end library wines from the '90s and 2000s in tastings without opening the whole bottle ... and the bottle's still good months, years later."
08/01/13
Napa: New venues mark 2013 Music in the Vineyards
Nearly 40 accomplished musicians from around the United States and beyond are preparing pieces to be performed in collaboration with other artists in the Napa Valley as part of Music in the Vineyards' 19th annual chamber music festival, Aug. 7-25.
08/01/13
Early Grape Harvest in Lodi Anticipated
The hot, dry summer means the crop is about two weeks ahead of schedule.
08/01/13
Napa Valley 2013 Harvest Begins Today (news release)
Picking of sparkling wine grapes signals the start of what many deem an excellent year.
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