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  Daily News for Wednesday, January 22nd
BORDEAUX: An Iconic Region Battles to Sustain Market Share - Part 2
Despite the shrinking number of wine properties in Bordeaux, the region remains a world of small farmers. Their wines may carry the name of a château, but the edifice depicted on the label is typically more of a country house than a grand castle.
Sonoma identity crisis: too many tasting rooms?
"A lot of people who live here are concerned it will become a monoculture of retail locations, and wine tasting and wine bars."
Central Coast Vineyards Cope With Drought
It didn't take Gov. Brown's official proclamation last week for California residents to know there is a drought. With no significant rain during the last year-and none forecast for the next 10 days-the air and the ground are dry. Wine country hillsides normally begin to green with the earliest winter rains, but now remain a desiccated, dusty, depressing brown.
California Wineries Confront Historic Drought - Wine Spectator
With no rain in sight, reservoirs are empty and vintners fear a small crop even before the vines wake up.
Growers and farmers in Sonoma and Mendocino counties are invited to attend a meeting concerning frost protection and drought issues
... workshop includes information on: the state of our water supply; updates on the 2014 frost season; 2014 fisheries outlook; frost and drought BMPs; proactive water saving practices; and continued coordination efforts and proactive projects
Napa Valley Grapegrowers Association to Address CA Drought
Plus a sports bet between governors, an American Trappist brew and other news from the world of wine, beer and spirits.
California initiative offers grants for water efficiency
Farmers throughout California's Central Valley are being offered about $18 million by the federal Bay Delta Conservation Initiative for projects that conserve water and preserve habitat for wildlife
Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Spreads in Sacramento County
New finds of brown marmorated stink bugs (BMSB) (Halyomorpha halys) in Sacramento County have been reported by UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Sacramento County viticulture and pomology farm advisor Chuck Ingels. Finds were confirmed at two residential properties in Citrus Heights in the northeast county in October 2013, and one was confirmed in December 2013 at an Elk Grove residence in the southern part of the county-within the northern boundary of the Lodi American Viticultural Area.
Geyser Peak Finds New Home In Sonoma County
Accolade Wines announced today a new home for its Geyser Peak Winery and tasting room at the former Alderbrook property in Healdsburg, California.
100% Cork Launches Campaign to Help Wineries Gain Market Share with the Use of Cork (Press Release)
Selected Wineries that Use Cork to be Provided with Range of Powerful Marketing Tools to Promote their Brands
Gallo® Family Vineyards Celebrates 50th Anniversary of its Hearty Burgundy Wine (Press Release)
Releases Special Bottling to Honor America's First Iconic Red Blend
Vintage Report Innovation Award Presented by Bank of the West recognizes innovation and experimentation in viticulture (Press Release)
Ridge Winery was named as winner of the Vintage Report Innovation Award for their study on "The Effects of Lag Phase Thinning on Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel."
Southern Wine & Spirits of California Strengthens Northern California Senior Executive Team
Jim Andrus was named SWS-CA Senior Vice President, General Manager of Northern California. In his new position, Andrus succeeds Steve Harden, who was named in November 2013 to the new role of Executive Vice President, Sales for the state.
Supplier News: Wine and the Web releases CellarCart for Winery eCommerce
"Over the course of the last year, it became clear that a really basic, entry-level eCommerce solution was needed to help many small wineries get their products directly to the consumer."
Deering Wine Brings Home High Honors
Deering Wine, owned by Todd and Blair Maus, is continuing to win awards. Bringing home a set of winners from the esteemed San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, they are pleased to reveal their Best of Class, Double Gold and Gold winners to the public.
Washington Grape Convention to Focus on Leadership
"WAWGG is seeking to maintain rapid industrial growth by equipping professionals with leadership skills to positively influence and strengthen industry relationships."
Could wines from Uruguay be the next big thing?
When I say the wines, I am talking mainly about one grape: tannat. It is to Uruguay what malbec is to neighboring Argentina, the country's dominant and defining variety.
HB wineries combine forces to sell more wines into China
Funding has been confirmed for a $500,000 three-year programme to increase awareness and sales of Hawke's Bay wine into China.
Retiring 'Baby Boomers' may damage US wine sales growth, say researchers
Young wine drinkers in the US will struggle to match the financial firepower of the retiring 'Baby Boomer' generation in the next decade, potentially putting pressure on sales, researchers have warned.
Strong provenance entices bidders at Louis Jadot HK auction
An ex-cellar auction of Louis Jadot wines in Hong Kong has demonstrated the pull of strong provenance for buyers, while a rival sale showed ongoing healthy interest in mature Bordeaux.
Sonoma County wineries to watch
Here's our annual list of who to keep an eye on in the coming year, most of them small, eclectic projects devoted to producing fine things to drink.
Zin the light and grace of California
Zinfandel defines California. That's how Morgan Twain Peterson of Sonoma's Bedrock Wine Co. sees it.
Sam Neill's wine empire expands
Actor Sam Neill says his winery's fourth vineyard acquisition demonstrates ''faith and confidence'' in Central Otago and its pinot noir for the global market.
High Awards for Micro-Producers Hoot Owl Creek
Fetching accolades of Best of Class and a Gold medal from the esteemed San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the Hoot Owl Creek Vineyards partners are excited to reveal their Best of Class and Gold medal winners to the public.
EU suspends part of free trade talks
The part of the free trade deal that is being contested is a provision that would allow investors or multinational firms to bring arbitration claims against a state when the country is alleged to have broken the pact's investment guidelines. - See more at:
BottleRock 2014 approved by Napa Valley Expo
In October, Anderson said the Expo board would not approve a contract "until we know everybody will get paid." On Tuesday, in a phone interview, Joe Anderson said GSF has told the Expo they intend to pay vendors, "but we can't require it as an element of the contract" with the Expo
Matt Kramer: Why Our Wine Era Really Is Different
" ... new mentality presumes technological control while often choosing to reject it."
Compounds found in chocolate, red wine may lower Type 2 diabetes risk
Keep snacking on those berries and dark chocolate and sipping on red wine and tea: Consuming them may lower your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes
California drought: Scientists to probe cause
Scientists have not yet linked the California drought directly to climate change
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