The motion seeks to halt a suit filed in late November by an activist group called the Watertrough Children's Alliance (WCA). The WCA suit claims that county permits issued to Hobbs for re-planting on his 48-acre Watertrough Road property should be subject to California's Environmental Quality Act regulations.
If a proposal by the advocacy group Family Wineries of Washington State becomes law next year consumers would be able to fill customer owned containers, or "growlers," with wine anywhere in Washington that beer can presently be sold in that format.
Constellation Brands, Inc. announced the signing of new, five-year distribution agreements with Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC), granting exclusive rights to sell Constellation's portfolio of wines and spirits in specific markets in the U.S. The new agreements extend a 2009 collaboration and take effect in March, 2015.
The 2013 vintage is estimated at 8.49 million hectoliters (224 million gallons) from 9.08 million hectoliters in 2012, Statistisches Bundesamt wrote in an online report today, down from an October forecast for little-changed production.
Amazon.com today announced a 1¢ shipping program for select orders placed on Amazon Wine ( www.amazonwine.com ). More than 100 wine sellers have opted into the new program offering over 1,000 labels of wine available to ship for 1¢. As the program grows, a greater selection of wines will be available to ship for 1¢ from participating wine sellers.
"I'm concerned about the public safety aspect of that," she said. "We need to pay real close attention to that, at the same time we are making sure that B.C. products benefit from it, and health and safety is protected. But the public told us really clearly that they want convenience. We're trying to see if we can make that work."
Detectives have recovered more than 2,500 bottles of fancy wine stolen from a Seattle shop, police said Wednesday, and they're examining whether the Thanksgiving heist might be related to a similar break-in at a San Francisco wine seller earlier this year.
An FBI officer who was part of the raid on Rudy Kurniawan's house has told a court of how agents found the alleged wine fraudster's house littered with labels of famous wine chateaux, bottles and bottling equipment.
As the winter approaches, winemakers in colder areas of the country such as Michigan, upstate New York and areas of Pennsylvania are adjusting to the weather conditions to prepare to make their unique ice wines.
Local grapes are finding their way into more wine glasses in Colorado in recent years. The Colorado Wine Industry Development Board has found sales of state-produced wine increased from $19.1 million to $28.2 million this past fiscal year.
An FBI agent recently showed Arnaud de Laforcade a file with several labels supposedly from 1947 bottles of Chateau Cheval Blanc, one of France's finest wines. To the CFO of Saint-Emilion vineyard, they were clearly fakes - too new looking, not on the right kind of paper.
After vino baron Laurent Ponsot became suspicious of bottles of Domaine Ponsot Grand Cro that were up for auction, his sleuthing resulted in the arrest of Rudy Kurniawan. The alleged counterfeiter faces up to 40 years in prison if he is convicted.
A blogger for Philadelphia's premier e-magazine has come up with a foolproof way of ensuring her family gets fed this Christmas: She's offering to promote one lucky area restaurant in exchange for "an amazing night dining out" free of charge.
Eater's guide to the country's hottest new wine bars, so that no matter where you may roam this Christmas and/or New Year's holiday, you will be able to find a nice glass of champagne (or pinot noir, or riesling, or whatever).