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  Daily News for Thursday, September 12th
New Cell Component Important to Tea and Wine-Making

Scientists have discovered where plants build tannins. The source is the tannosome, a newly discovered organelle found in most land plants

Calif. Ag Board Examines State Water Issues, Drought Concerns
Vineyard Team Proposes Irrigation Targets/Monitoring Program in Paso Robles Basin
"Country & Soul" Weekend at Staglin Family Vineyard Raises $2.8 Million for 19th Annual Music Festival for Mental Health
Grammy Award winner Tim McGraw and rising R&B/soul recording star Allen Stone perform
California Legislature passes fracking regulation bill
Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to sign the bill, which had widespread support from environmental groups, though some withdrew their endorsement at the last minute.
Winesong 2013 Raises Over Half A Million For Mendocino Coast Hospital Foundation
Northern California's Best Winemakers, among many others, help to raise much needed funds!
Northwest Winemaking Schools in Flux
Some community colleges see dip in number of viticulture and enology students, while four-year programs remain steady.
Oregon wine grape harvest begins, hits full tilt next week in promising vintage
The wine grape harvest has begun at many of Oregon's 463 wineries and 849 vineyards as the state's industry looks forward to one of its earliest and most promising harvests in years, according to the Oregon Wine Board.
Four of Chile's most influential producers are set to launch traditional method sparkling wines onto the international market
Errazuriz, Cono Sur, Concha y Toro and Montes all have traditional method sparklers in production set to fill a price gap between cava and Champagne.
Montes: Chile can compete with best wines from France
Pioneering Chilean producer Aurelio Montes believes the country can now compete on the world stage with the best fine wines from France.
Louis Roederer Wine Writers' Awards 2013 winners announced
Decanter contributors Margaret Rand and Jon Wyand are among this year's prestigious Roederer award winners.
New apps let shoppers scan wine and spirits to order online for less
Big retailers have long complained about showrooming, when shoppers browse the aisles, find the product they want, and then order it online for less. Now the bane of Best Buy and Target's existence may be coming to your corner liquor store.
Éric Rousseau : "Fakes are problem number one for well-known domains"
Concerning Kurniawan's case, Éric Rousseau has received FBI agents on his domain in Burgundy. This famous wine maker denounces the excesses of counterfeiting. By Denis Saverot and Fabien Humbert.
New Epiphany Tasting Room in Los Olivos
Designer Olivia Villaluz, whose work includes the Sunset Marquis (West Hollywood) and The Crescent Hotel (Beverly Hills) adds modern, breezy aesthetic to new tasting room experience .
Changes at Tudal Family Winery
John Tudal is full of stories - from 41 years ago, when his parents bought 10 acres of land north of St. Helena, and from this summer, when he and his wife moved from the East Bay to their family's property, which he said they should've done 10 years ago.
Harvest report: Heat jump-starts red harvest
The harvest of Napa Valley reds has begun in some appellations, with last week's heat wave hastening the ripening process.
Lanson-BCC suffers Champagne sales dip in fiscal first-half
Champagne house Lanson-BCC has reported a tough first half of 2013, hit by higher costs and weak demand in the second quarter.
Cloudy Bay to appeal nearby brewery expansion
New Zealand wine producer Cloudy Bay is trying to prevent the 12-fold expansion of a nearby brewery on environmental grounds.
California wine region passes moratorium on parties at wineries
Rather than downing bottles, California vineyards will now focus strictly on filling bottles if the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors has anything to do with it.
'I Hate California: Wine Country' Video Mocks Golden State's Beautiful Vineyards
Comedian Suzi Barrett is guzzling the Golden State hate-orade again in the third installment of her "I Hate California" series. This week's target? California's beautiful wine country.
Oregon: Rain then heat set up wine grape harvest
Last week's rain and this week's heat is a good combination for Oregon's winegrape harvest - as long as the heat doesn't stay too long.
Mexico's Wine Woes: Attempting Water Into Wine
But the wine region of Mexico's Baja Peninsula is changing dramatically, receiving many high scores from the American wine press, and a new breed of winemaker there is dedicated to producing premium wine.
Wine Trade Groups Want .Wine, .Vin Domains Crushed
Trade groups representing Napa Valley and European wine producers are pressing the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers to reject proposed .wine and .vin top-level domains (TLDs), at least until ICANN incorporates added safeguards for geographic and origin names at the second level.
Tips on Wine Tasting Like a Pro
Eight tricks for enjoying a wine tasting.
Napa: Council says small winery rules need more work
Councilmembers said they want the ordinance to be more specific about issues like noise, the types of allowable events, and the definition of a "small winery."
MI: Wineries thrive in the Upper Peninsula
The Upper Peninsula of Michigan may not be a destination for wine tasting like the fabled Leelanau Peninsula. However, the U.P. does have a lot to offer, whether it's outdoor recreation, fall color tours or craft beer.
Colio Estate Winery First to Harvest Pinot Noir Grapes in the Lake Erie North Shore region
"It was a classic Sparkling harvest," said Lawrence Buhler, Colio's Winemaker. "The initial pressed grapes are exhibiting a nice bright acidity and great flavour." Buhler felt the Pinot Noir definitely hit the mark for an ideal Sparkling Wine.
Lincoln Henderson, Brown-Forman And Angel's Envy Master Distiller, Dies At 75
Henderson spent 40 years at Brown-Forman and earned Whisky Advocate's Lifetime Achievement Award.
Hill businesses not associated with each other
I, Doug Hill, and my vineyard management company, Oak Knoll Farming, are not in any way connected to Jeff Hill.
PR: Accolade Wines Makes Major Investment in Revitalization of Geyser Peak
"I'm delighted by the tremendous resources that Accolade brings to our winemaking. Their commitment to Geyser Peak is creating exciting opportunities to craft a diverse and expressive portfolio of wines that best represent our region and brand legacy."
Bigger, better avocados on their way
The USDA announced a rule change allowing Hawaiian imports into the domestic U.S.
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