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  Daily News for Wednesday, January 15th
Sonoma County wine growers set goal of 100% sustainability

Given that 85 percent of the 1,800 vineyards in Sonoma County are family owned, there should be a strong commitment to keeping them healthy and viable to pass on to the next generation, Karissa Kruse said. There's also a financial incentive. Consumers - whether they know what it means or not - are demanding products produced sustainably

Vineyard developer to pay $38,000 fine over release into Salmon Creek tributary
Under the civil settlement,Stephen Kistler will pay a $25,000 civil penalty, $5,000 in restitution and $8,653 for investigative costs. He'll also prepare a reservoir management plan.
Water agency, partners eye Russian River update, plan
The biological opinion, originally released by the National Marine Fisheries Services in September 2008, is a part of the 15-year plan requiring the water agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to change flood control and water supply operations in order to better protect endangered coho salmon and threatened steelhead trout.
Tony Rynders Named Consulting Winemaker For Zena Crown
Grapes sourced from the Zena Crown vineyards will be used to produce high-end Pinot Noirs under the Zena Crown label. Releasing in early 2015, the inaugural vintage will be from the 2013 vintage
Richard Sanford Ditches Debt
Legendary Vintner Partners with Investor to Emerge from Bankruptcy and Save Alma Rosa Winery
William Cole Winery seeks historic status to avoid Napa mandates
For William Ballentine, the owner of the William Cole Winery just outside St. Helena, looking back may offer a path forward when it comes to resolving longstanding permitting issues with Napa County
East Bay Utility Welcomes Winery Wastewater
California wineries benefit from 'hold-and-haul' disposal program
Oakland wine trail: Six wineries to visit now
From the wineries of Jack London Square to the tasting rooms sprinkled downtown, Oakland's wine trail is an impressive complement to the city's world-class culinary scene
San Joaquin County supervisors table vote on winery events moratorium
it could be four to six months before a new ordinance comes in front of supervisors
Supplier News: Diam 30 Debut at Unified Wine and Grape Symposium
"The Diam 30 is a new addition to our Diam range of closures and one of the most exciting developments in our industry."
This Winery's Sorting Robot Only Has Eyes for the Tastiest Grapes
The system works by building a composite "ideal grape"-generated from the images of 200 hand picked "perfect" grapes fed into the machine each morning
V2 Wine Group and Bouchaine Vineyards Announce Sales and Marketing Agreement
Under the terms of the agreement V2 Wine Group will provide sales and marketing services and manage the distribution network of all of Bouchaine Vineyard's wines throughout the United States.
WAWGG Convention Adds Direct-to-Consumer Session
This session, a three-part workshop, will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 8 a.m. To attend you do not need to be a WAWGG member or a convention attendee. The cost for this session is $55.
Meetings on Calif. climate plan set
A California state agency will hold a pair of public meetings later this month on its updated climate adaptation plan. - See more at:
French government endorses Burgundy vineyards, Champagne for UNESCO status
France's government is aiming to put Burgundy's vineyards and the entire Champagne sector on the UNESCO world heritage list, to the delight of producers after they missed out last year.
Tapping into taste preferences will soon change wine buying, says Justin Howard-Sneyd
Wine firms will start to make better use of consumer taste preferences to boost sales within the next year, says industry expert Justin Howard-Sneyd MW. Justin Howard-Sneyd MW A better understanding of consumer taste preferences is on the horizon.
Haut-Brion owner to open Paris tasting room
Chateau Haut-Brion owner Domaine Clarence Dillon plans to open a tasting room in Paris next year, reminiscent of the 17th Century London tavern that first helped the estate to make its name
Liquor Commission to hold ninth annual New Hampshire Wine Week Jan. 27-Feb. 2
In addition to more than 1,800 wines to taste, the Winter Wine Spectacular will include local fare, a silent auction and raffle, the Bellman Cellar Select VIP tasting room and the chance to meet and learn from more than 50 wine personalities.
Suntory Now Faces Global Tests
Proposed Beam Acquisition Could Create Management Challenges for Japanese Firm
Nova Scotia launches wine, beer consultations
Consultations to develop regulations that would allow people in Nova Scotia to make wine or beer in stores will start this week.
Wine Enthusiast Reveals Its Top 10 Wine Travel Destinations for 2014
Wine Enthusiast Magazine is thrilled to release its top picks for this year's must-visit wine destinations in its third annual Travel Issue, hitting newsstands this week.
Why an urban winery in the greater Bay Area?
The majority of Bay Bridge wineries have sprouted in the last decade. Today, there are 50 in San Francisco, the East Bay and perched midway across the bridge. Most are small and family-owned, and some are making wines so good, the only reason you don't know about them is because their entire allocation has been snapped up by Gary Danko.
WA: Wineries reach compromise with Clark County
Wineries in Clark County will remain open while permit process continues through March
Chateau Montelena Is Napa Green Land Certified
The Napa Green Certified Land, developed and administered by the Napa Valley Vintners, protects and enhances the regional watershed including wild land, roadways, stream banks, drainages, and other vulnerable areas.
Ontario Vineyards Produce Record Grape Harvest
Ontario Government Supports Industry Growth
Ontario: Extreme cold will affect grape yields
The 2013 crop is valued at $99.7 million, up from $88.6 million in 2012 and came in at 79,756 tonnes.
Molly Hill combines science and art as winemaker
Molly Hill explained that she originally studied biology while in school at UC Davis, but after working one harvest at Beringer Wine Estates she changed her mind, and her major.
Health Watch: Studies Find Wine Offers Benefits for Immune System
Alcohol and resveratrol can have positive effects; also, is alcohol safe during pregnancy?
Ten Things Every Wine Lover Should Know About…Smith Haut Lafitte
With the 2014 Winter Olympics just weeks away, Jane Anson slaloms the course at this Pessac LĂ©ognan estate, owned by two former Olympic skiiers
Update: Gary Eberle replaced as general partner of Eberle Winery
"I'm still stunned," Eberle said Tuesday morning. "I don't know what to say or what to think."
The Riedel Glass for Coca-Cola
Just when you thought Riedel had produced every glass conceivable...
Are the Stars Aligning for Constellation Brands?
The company saw wine sales accelerate throughout the quarter, which outperformed the U.S. wine market across all channels
Chef Grant Achatz starts Twitter debate: Should babies be banned from high-end restaurants?
If you're a parent of an infant, the thought has crossed your mind: Babies sleep so much at this age-we could sneak in a dinner out on the town with him/her on our laps, right?
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