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11/14/13

The newly named Australian Grape and Wine Authority would be responsible for marketing and research and development of the country's $3.4 billion wine industry.

11/14/13

The proposal calls for allowing permits for hotels larger than 25 rooms only if the town's annualized hotel room occupancy rate exceeded 80 percent in the previous calendar year. There are 500 hotel rooms in Sonoma.

11/14/13

For investors it is always important to distinguish between short-term bad news that a company can overcome and long-term issues that may continue to hamper a firm.

11/14/13

In the food-obsessed Bay Area, The San Francisco Chronicle's food section has been as much of a city institution as the cable car, and to many San Franciscans, more useful

11/14/13

Steering a tractor in a straight line across an open field takes a bit of learning. And so it seems with writing a new farm bill - given the extremes pulling to the right and left.

11/14/13

"The idea that we're going to take up a 1,300-page bill that no one had ever read, which is what the Senate did, is not going to happen in the House."

11/14/13

Greg Clark, assistant agricultural commissioner, is being recommended to replace Dave Whitmer for the office of Agricultural Commissioner-Sealer of Weights of Measures.

11/14/13

French wine company becomes sole owner of Osoyoos Larose as Constellation sells off shares

11/14/13

Italian manufacturer launches new cork that tracks the life of a wine.

11/14/13

Alto Limay, dedicated to the production of Pinot Noir from Patagonia, Argentina, has appointed Paul Hobbs Imports as its United States importer. Since 2008, Paul Hobbs has been working with the producers of Alto Limay as consulting winemaker in an effort to explore this frontier geographical area and its synergy with the Pinot Noir varietal.

11/14/13

Frank, Rimerman + Co. LLP publishes a comprehensive research report on the craft beer industry: "Craft Beer and Wine at a Crossroads."

11/14/13

The immediate and long-term benefits of integrating animals in orchard and vineyard operation - such as the use of raptors for rodent control or sheep for weed suppression - will be a topic of discussion at the upcoming Sustainable Ag Expo, Nov. 18 and 19 at the Madonna Inn Expo Center in San Luis Obispo, California.

11/14/13

"One can say wine makes itself, if you control the quality of the grapes from start to finish," Ignacio Gallegos Jr. says.

11/14/13

The wineries represent 110 brands and 32 American viticultural areas and regional associations. Napa Valley, Paso Robles and Santa Barbara wine regions are displayed in Wine Institute's Pavilion.

11/14/13

More than 1,000 exhibitors from 40 countries and regions, a new exhibitor record, took part in the HKTDC Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair, which ran November 7-9 in Hong Kong. The fair also drew more than 20,000 visitors.

11/14/13

It wasn't until recently that the permitting issue was noticed, and it took county staff two years - including filing a lawsuit against William Cole earlier this year - for the building permit to be issued.

11/14/13

The managing director of Laithwaites owner Direct Wines has said his company is not turning its back on the UK, after agreeing to sell its Virgin Wines business in the country.

11/14/13

Winemakers from across the Southern Hemisphere are celebrating today after the region dominated the list of 15 International Trophies awarded by the 2013 Decanter Asia Wine Awards (DAWA).

11/14/13

Producers across the sweet wine appellations of Bordeaux are busy exploring stylistic, packaging and marketing initiatives to safeguard their commercial future.

11/14/13

Here is a range of November's new products including Champagnes, wines, chocolate liqueur and a product designed to help "unlock the hidden flavours" in wine.

11/14/13

Wine producers are still trying to discover which grapes work best in the Okanagan Valley and how to exploit the region's potential.

11/14/13

The majority of British consumers favour cheap wine over an expensive equivalent, according to a study carried out by the London Wine Academy.

11/14/13

Sandro Saadé, together with brother Karim, is the founder of Château Marsyas in the Lebanon's Bekaa Valley and Syria's Domaine de Bargylus, the latter described by Hugh Johnson as "the finest wine produced in the Eastern Mediterranean". He talks to Douglas Blyde about realising an ancient dream.

11/14/13

Me? I prefer to avoid wine stocks altogether and focus instead on spirits. Go With Booze Instead, Buy Diageo: I've recommended Diageo off and on for years, and I still consider it one of my favorite long-term holdings.

11/14/13

At the State House on Tuesday, the Joint Committee On Consumer And Professional Licensure heard testimonies from business owners and customers pushing for a winery-to-consumer bill to be passed.

11/14/13

Texas-based wine writer Jeff Siegel earned the moniker Wine Curmudgeon not because of his feelings about wine, but about the other stuff: the wine business, wine snobbery, wine critics, wine regulations and notions about wine in the United States.

11/14/13

"We already have a shortage in Virginia, because people are excited about Virginia wines. We don't have enough grapes in the ground already, so we have to reach out further to buy grapes, because we can't always get enough locally. And as that market continues to experience more pressure, the harder it gets."

11/14/13

Some people dream of opening a winery. The easiest way to do this is to make a substantial amount of money in another business, "retire" to the country and start a winery.

11/14/13

Walla Walla winery offers guests the opportunity to blend and bottle their own wine.

11/14/13

What began as a self-assessment system in 1996 turned into third-party certification in 2008.

11/14/13

20something also casts a spotlight on some of Seattle's up-and-coming wine professionals.

11/14/13

As Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Janet Yellen prepares to tell the Senate Banking Committee that she supports continuing the central bank's policy of buying billions of dollars worth of bonds to boost the economy, there's fresh evidence that the relatively slow economic recovery continues to be ... relatively slow.

11/14/13

The USDA has cleared the way for Chinese poultry processors to ship meat to America.

11/14/13

Most of what I buy for drinking at home or with friends is Finger Lakes riesling ...