Starting today, letters are going to go out to major stakeholders asking for ideas, and in September, residents will be asked for their input to improve what the Ministry of Justice calls "B.C.'s outdated and inefficient liquor laws."
The Napa Valley wine grape harvest is happening 10 days to two weeks earlier this year because a warm spring with little frost allowed rapid vine growth and consistency in grape ripening throughout the Napa Valley, sccording to grape growers.
The calendar has barely turned to August but activity is well under way in the region's wine grape vineyards. The annual harvest has arrived about two weeks early compared with a typical year, because of significant summer heat spikes and the dry overall growing season.
French wineries and vineyard owners in the Entre-deux-Mers region in south eastern Bordeaux are seeking government assistance in order to avoid bankruptcy after last weekend's "catastrophic" hailstorm, which affected an estimated 20,000ha, reported France 24.
AgriLife Extension this summer purchased Texas Pierce's Disease Research and Extension Program laboratory, a five-year-old privately funded facility with which it had a previous research relationship, officials say. The service has since renamed the facility the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Viticulture and Fruit Lab.
Tennesseans can tell their legislators they want wine in grocery stores through the Red White and Food campaign, a coalition established by Kroger and the Tennessee Grocer's Association that's setting up postcard stands in stores all over the state.
When Croatia joined Europe's now 28-member common market, it was plunged into the Continent's internecine wine wars, in which countries battle to protect local producers by enforcing strict appellation rules.
National wine industry analyst Doug Kelly from IBIS World said South Dakota is keeping up with the industry's national growth. U.S. wine production is a $17.2 billion industry, growing 3.6 annually since 2008.
While cheap, quaffable wine is great, no nation is content to remain forever a source of plonk and wine-snob jokes. So all those places we turn to for bargains - Australia, Chile, Argentina and, in the United States, areas like Lodi and Paso Robles - eventually work to improve their game.
Sauvignon blanc is the second-most planted white in the Napa Valley, and no other white grape comes close. It can be found in numerous sub-appellations around the region, not pushed south or in the mountains where much of the chardonnay seems to be today.
In recent weeks hail has destroyed thousands of acres of vineyards in Burgundy, Champagne and Bordeaux. Meanwhile, sparkling-wine producers in Northern California started picking grapes on Aug. 1, almost a month earlier than usual. All of which is a reminder about the essential nature of wine: It's farming, folks.
Associate Professor Jeremy Galbreath, of the Curtin Graduate School of Business, surveyed 532 Australian wine companies in Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia. Participants were asked about their knowledge of climate change and the measures they were taking in order to mitigate the potential impact on their industry.
Less than a minute of hyperdecanting, as we at The Cooking Lab have taken to calling this modern method, exposes the wine to as much air as it would see in an hour or more of traditional decanting, and does so far more uniformly.
Gruppo Campari, an Italy-based beverage industry producing wines, spirits and soft drinks, has reported net sales of €698.6m in the half year ended 30 June 2013, up 13%, compared to net sales of €618.3m in the same period in 2012.
Kooyong Estate's Faultline Chardonnay 2010 from the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria and Yalumba's The Signature Shiraz-Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 from the Barossa Valley in South Australia took the top prizes in the annual Mamba Awards last night.