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Tuesday, September 16th

02/06/14

Winemaking legend John Parducci, a champion of Mendocino County viticulture for the better part of eight decades, died Tuesday at his home east of Ukiah. He was 96

02/06/14

"If the huge, politically connected liquor middlemen in New York get their way and convince New York lawmakers to support Senate Bill 3849, it will be wine consumers who suffer."

02/06/14

How do you know if the compensation at your winery is competitive with other wineries? Wine Business Monthly and Western Management Group will present the latest overall salary trends in the wine industry at the Central Coast Wine Industry Salary Survey Session at WiVi Central Coast, taking place in March in Paso Robles.

02/06/14

The Wine Market Council studies U.S. wine consumers and has begun to focus on the differences between people who buy high-end wines - defined as wines on sale for more than $20 - and those who don't. Gillespie says $20 is the true demarcation line for high-end buyers, because "the same people who are buying wines over $20 are the people buying wines over $30, over $50, over $100."

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Scientists raise concerns about relocation of premier French research vineyard dubbed the 'Louvre of vines'.

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The country's most drought-prone areas are further strained by drilling, a new report finds

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Hydraulic fracturing is increasing competitive pressures for water in some of the country's most water-stressed and drought-ridden regions,"

02/06/14

Large-equipment vendors at a bull sale and farm show in California say they're concerned about the impact that extreme drought will have on farmers' and ranchers' ability to afford new equipment

02/06/14

The North Coast needs an additional foot of rain between now and May just to get back to drought conditions seen in 1977, and even then Lake Mendocino could still go bone dry by autumn for the first time in recorded history, water officials said Tuesday.

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Still, the action highlights the growing interest on Capitol Hill in trying to do something about the water shortage, a potentially hot issue in this year's elections. Democratic lawmakers are calling for hearings and hurriedly drafting legislation of their own

02/06/14

Count Calistoga among the cities across the state imposing mandatory water conservation measures as the City Council approved a resolution declaring a Stage 2 water emergency Tuesday

02/06/14

Growing grapes is a challenge no matter where a vineyard is planted. But when you try to grow grapes in a region that hasn't been able to grow them previously, the normal challenges of diseases, pests and vagaries of the weather are compounded by a lack of knowledge about cultural practices for the varieties that can potentially survive in that region.

02/06/14

The NWGIC, an alliance between Charles Sturt University (CSU), the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and the NSW Wine Industry Association, has secured the funding from the Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation (GWRDC)

02/06/14

The Allegrini family has played a leading role in the history of Valpolicella since the 16th century

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The Indiana Beverage Alliance, which represents Budweiser distributors, hoped to derail federal court cases by Monarch, the Indiana Petroleum Marketers and the Convenience Store Association with Senate Bill 415, which stated that if any portion of the Indiana code on alcohol is found to be invalid, the rest shall be interpreted to limit, rather than expand, commerce in that industry

02/06/14

"Too much water is the 'number one enemy for the roots of the vines', because it can ultimately lead to dilution of aromas and flavour in the grapes"

02/06/14

Lot's of good quotes from Joel Petersen in this interview piece

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The brief session was a warm-up for the council's regular meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, at Vintage Hall, when the council will hear more public comment and could rescind the controversial regulations in response to a successful petition drive

02/06/14

The proposal would allow cities and counties to vote on grocery store wine sales as early as November, but wouldn't allow supermarkets to stock wine until at least July 2016.

02/06/14

The deal, announced on Wednesday, would bring a Long Island beer company with a devoted following into a family of brands that includes Budweiser, Stella Artois, Beck's and - as of last year - Corona

02/06/14

A wide-ranging empirical study by University of Adelaide researchers has revealed a decrease in the diversity of wine grapes grown in Australia.

02/06/14

Common in Europe, the leaf-roller weevil is known to be associated with grapevine, pear and other broadleaf trees and can affect the development of grapevines

02/06/14

Is the craft beer industry's rapid growth a threat to Bay Area and other winemakers?

02/06/14

Provisions of the new farm bill require the Department of Labor to consult with the USDA before halting shipments of ag products under "hot goods" provisions in labor law.

02/06/14

87% in local tourism businesses optimistic on '14

02/06/14

For the fifth consecutive year, the fast-casual segment's growth in traffic far surpassed that of every other restaurant segment in the 12-month period ended in November 2013

02/06/14

The emergency has become a disruption to everyday life in Willits, a Mendocino County locale known as the final resting place of the racehorse Seabiscuit. City leaders have banned lawn watering and car washing, mandated all residents cut water use dramatically and asked restaurants to serve the precious resource only upon request and to conserve, such as by using paper plates

02/06/14

California's state Fish and Game Commission approved closures of dozens of rivers and streams in an attempt to protect threatened salmon and steelhead trout. Scientists are worried the drought may push Coho salmon to extinction