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The Year of Mobile Commerce?
Study analyzes connection between social media and wine consumers
Australian wine exports drop in 2013
Exports of Australian wine have slipped back in the past year due to weaker consumer demand in the country's biggest markets, the latest figures confirm
Aussie Turnaround Looks to Be Real - Wine Spectator
Knowledgeable crowd at WineAustralia trade tasting encouraged by wide range of wines
Brace yourself for California's driest winter in 500 years: UC Berkeley professor
Based on the width of old tree rings, California hasn't been this dry since 1580.
The Parching of Paso Robles
by David Darlington, from the February 2014 Wine & Spirits Magazine
Karen Ross, California Agriculture Secretary, Discusses California's drought on the PBS Newshour
"Well, our biggest challenge right now is that there is so little surplus water in the system to move around."
Monvera expands wine bottle decoration capacity
Increased production capacity 50 percent
Carneros' new wine playground
A new playground for wine and food enthusiasts is set to open this year in Carneros. Breaking ground later this spring, Ceja Vineyards is introducing a new winery and gardens behind the existing bocce courts on their property.
Clemens: China a solution to wine shortage, not the problem
According to industry experts, China will double its hectares under vine in the next five years - and China already is the world's fifth-largest winegrape-growing country.
World's Leading Winemakers Descend on New Hampshire Next Week
Ninth annual Wine Week features region's largest wine tasting, intimate wine dinners and exclusive celebrity events throughout New Hampshire.
Top wine fairs of 2014
From London to Hong Kong via Dusseldorf, we take a tour of the key wine and spirits exhibitions of 2014.
NZ needs to 'broaden story'
New Zealand needs to focus on getting the message of its other grape varieties over to consumers thinks New Zealand Winegrowers CEO, Philip Gregan.
Wine fugitive wanted on embezzlement charges found in Mexico
A fugitive wanted on charges of embezzling close to $1m at the California wine company that he used to work for has been found in Mexico and deported back to the US.
SF Wine School offers California wine credential
The school is providing three opportunities to receive its CWAS credential.
Lockman named president of WWS
Jonjie Lockman served as the grand event director prior to being elected. She is the chief operating officer at Intervine.
Behind The Scenes Of Vegas Uncork'd With Bellagio Director of Wine Jason Smith
Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Appetit, Las Vegas' largest epicurean event, is returning for its 8th program during Mother's Day weekend, May 8-11.
Farmington OKs wine sampling, sales for farmers market
The law is designed to help support Michigan's wine industry, and applies to growers with annual outputs that don't exceed 5,000 gallons of wine.
St. Johns's Barrique Barrel wants Oregon to allow small beer and wine shops to sell liquor
Lisa Szot, owner of Barrique Barrel, has petitioned North Portland Representative (and Speaker of the House) Tina Kotek to expand proposed initiatives 46 & 47 to include small bottle shops so she can sell small batch liquors at her St. Johns shop.
Is Yeast the Answer to Lower-Alcohol Wines?
A combination of two yeasts provides an unprecedented reduction in alcohol levels.
TN: Proposed supermarket wine deal draws criticism
A proposed deal to allow supermarket wine sales in Tennessee is drawing criticism for trying to exclude big box retailers and convenience stores.
Measuring the benefit: why serving 125ml glasses of wine could benefit bars and drinkers
Bars and pubs across Scotland are being encouraged to increase the availability of 125ml wine measures, as part of a new campaign. The 125ml campaign was launched yesterday by the Scottish Government Alcohol Industry Partnership (SGAIP).
Washington's Columbia Winery reboots under Gallo with new look, new winemaker: Wine Pick
Ever since E. & J. Gallo Winery purchased Washington's Columbia Winery in June of 2012, observers have been wondering how the oeno world's reigning superpower would shake up a historic (but admittedly tired) institution founded in 1962. Now, the first releases from incoming winemaker Sean Hails are hitting the Pacific Northwest market, and they're sporting a sleek new look, as evidenced by these labels.
Groundwater Helps Napa Vintners Weather Drought
"We had drought in 1978 and '79, and those were great wines."
Opinion: Oregon voters should decide on liquor sales
there has been talk of approving the OLCC bill, then referring it to voters in the November election. There it would compete head-on with the privatization proposal
Legislator wants to increase allowable alcohol for Ohio-brewed beer from 12 to 21 percent
"It's about leveling the playing fields with other states"
Is wine blogging dead? Full report by students of the Burgundy Business School (long)
This is rather long - you may want to print it out. No, wine blogging is not dead (sheesh).
The 'Steve Jobs of Wine' plans to partner in new Finger Lakes winery
Paul Hobbs, who runs Paul Hobbs Winery in Sebastopol, Calif. among other projects, will join Johannes Selbach of the Selbach-Oster winery in Germany's Mosel region in the Finger Lakes project.
In Time of Drought, State Water in Serious Doubt
the City of Solvang beat both the governor and the board of supervisors to the punch??-??declaring a Stage 1 drought alert and calling for a 15 percent cutback in water use by its customers
Napa: No Rain, No Mustard
Iconic Napa Valley Blossoms in Short Supply This WInter
Wis. wineries want kids to tour without parent
The bill would allow children to see how wine is made, even if they don't get to taste it. Current law says children can't tour a winery without a parent.
California ranchers anticipate devastating drought impacts, study finds
As California braces for record drought, ranchers are among the most immediately impacted, and most say they are not ready for the severe water shortages and lack of forage that drought would bring, according to a new study by researchers at the University of California, Davis.
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