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  Daily News for Thursday, February 6th
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02/06/14
Mendocino County winemaking giant John Parducci dies
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
American Wine Consumer Coalition Releases Statement on Anti-Consumer New York "At Rest" Wine Bill S3849 and Urges Lawmakers to Reject Pay-To-Play Politics
"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
WBM's Popular Salary Survey Results Presented at WiVi Central Coast
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
Wine Market Council Research Highlights: Who Are the Customers For Wines Over $20?
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."
02/06/14
Grapevine gene bank under threat
Scientists raise concerns about relocation of premier French research vineyard dubbed the 'Louvre of vines'.
02/06/14
Salon: How fracking is making California's water shortage worse
The country's most drought-prone areas are further strained by drilling, a new report finds
02/06/14
Report: Hydraulic fracturing is increasing competitive pressures for water in some of the country's most water-stressed and drought-ridden regions
Hydraulic fracturing is increasing competitive pressures for water in some of the country's most water-stressed and drought-ridden regions,"
02/06/14
Drought's impact on farmers worries farm equipment vendors
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
Lake Mendocino water warning stuns grape growers
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.
02/06/14
The Republican-controlled House passed legislation Wednesday billed as a response to the California drought, but the measure is unlikely to go further in the face of a White House veto threat and opposition from the state's Democratic senators
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
Calistoga imposes mandatory water restrictions
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
Upper Midwest Winemakers to Gather: Cold Climate Conference scheduled for Feb. 20-22 in St. Paul, Minn.
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 Australian wine industry is being hailed as the winner from more than $3.5 million in new research funding secured by the National Wine and Grape Industry Center
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
E. & J. Gallo Winery Acquires U.S. Distribution Rights For Luxury Italian Wine Brand, Allegrini Estates
The Allegrini family has played a leading role in the history of Valpolicella since the 16th century
02/06/14
The Indiana Legislature won't interfere with beer wholesaler Monarch Beverage Co.'s quest in federal court for the right to distribute liquor
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
Vines flooded after heavy rain hits Bordeaux
"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
Joel Peterson: Good Zinfandel Is Like A Beautiful Woman With A Brain
Lot's of good quotes from Joel Petersen in this interview piece
02/06/14
Napa Valley: Supporters and opponents of St. Helena's new small winery ordinance spoke out at a special City Council meeting on Tuesday
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
Tennessee House panel advances supermarket wine bill
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
Anheuser-Busch InBev Buys Blue Point Brewing Company
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
Australia: Wine grape diversity decreasing, but thirst rising
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
Virginia: Wine-threatening weevil intercepted at Norfolk port
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
Craft beer boom emerges as threat to wine sales
Is the craft beer industry's rapid growth a threat to Bay Area and other winemakers?
02/06/14
Farm bill curbs DOL power to act alone
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
Sonoma County visitors fill more rooms in 2013
87% in local tourism businesses optimistic on '14
02/06/14
NPD: Fast-casual restaurants lead traffic growth again in 2013
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
Calif Town's Water Shortage Stokes Fears of Future
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
Californra Drought Forces Broadest Fishing Ban in State; Coho At Risk of Extinction
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
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