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02/07/14

A prominent longtime grape-growing and winemaking family is donating a quarter-million dollars to the Washington State University Wine Science Center

02/07/14

The Washington State University Wine Science Center should be completed by fall. Donations by the Mercer family and T.J. Rodgers, CEO of Cypress Semiconductor, were announced at the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers.

02/07/14

Expansion of Washington's wine grape acreage and tonnage may be driving a new virus from propagation of unclean plants.

02/07/14

Safeway last week expanded its 90-day exclusive sales agreement for the paper-bottle-around-a-bladder Paper Boy brand by another two or three months, and Truett-Hurst has already started shipping to areas without Safeway-related

02/07/14

Vintage 99, a wine label printing company, recently expanded its operations from Livermore to Santa Rosa, to better serve clients in the North Bay.

02/07/14

This bankruptcy case "is not expected to have any impact on Latitude 38 Entertainment's plans to produce a 2014 BottleRock Festival."

02/07/14

Specialty Crop Block Grant annual funding was increased to $85 million from $55 million. Wine organizations, including Wine Institute and the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance, have tapped the competitive grant program in the past.

02/07/14

At the top cruise ship wine bars you can order wine by the bottle or glass, chat with experienced sommeliers and educate your palette as you sample different varietals.

02/07/14

Ontario recently announced that wines bearing the VQA designation and made solely from Ontario grapes could be sold at farmers markets, while a three-location pilot of boutiques selling exclusively VQA wines would be expanded.

02/07/14

One of China's most respected sommeliers on the country's unquenchable thirst for fine wine

02/07/14

The office received, "a petition containing evidence that the name 'Black Spanish' is a recognized synonym commonly used in Texas for the name 'Lenoir', which is an already approved grape variety name," giving her cause to allow the winery and all other bonded wineries use of 'Black Spanish' as a name.

02/07/14

Texas' 275-plus wineries are similar to California wineries in that most wineries rely on outside vineyards to provide grapes to make up for limited winery production of grapes. There are only two wineries in Texas that are 100-percent Estate Wineries, being Pheasant Ridge Winery north of Lubbock and Kiepersol Winery near Tyler.

02/07/14

A decade after joining Trefethen, Jon Ruel (center) is now president

02/07/14

The chamber passed a measure Thursday that would raise the legal percentage of grape-based alcohol made in Georgia to 24 percent.

02/07/14

While wines from most countries are purchased both by high-end and value-conscious Americans alike, Greek wines are the preserve of the first group - which is mysterious, because most Greek wines aren't that expensive.

02/07/14

Water is not an issue of importance in the West. It is the issue of importance. The stakes are huge. Some $51 billion in crops are grown across the West. That provides milk, vegetables, grains, berries, fruits - more than 300 different crops in all - to Americans and much of the world.

02/07/14

Severely mangled and trapped in the rollers of a potato harvester, Darren Taylor literally held on for life: "I had to stay awake to keep out of that machine. I was shouting, 'You're not going to pull me through.'"

02/07/14

Beaujolais producers have distanced themselves from a local wine showing the controversial 'quenelle' sign on its label. Some have associated the quenelle sign with antisemitism, likening it to an upside down Nazi salute with one arm down straight and the other placed across the chest. But, others argue it is merely anti-establishment.

02/07/14

Updated for iOS7, the popular ratings app provides access to nearly 300,000 wine reviews on multiple devices

02/07/14

Last month the trio won first place at a wine competition held at the French consulate in New York, besting representatives from eight U.S. schools and winning a place in an international competition to be held on the hallowed grounds of Ch√Ęteau Lafite Rothschild in Bordeaux, France.

02/07/14

When you grow grapes to make wine in California, the mention of "D4" can wither you on the spot. "D4" is the classification used by the interagency U.S. Drought Monitor reserved for dry spells so intense they occur fewer than once in 50 years, with more than 98 percent of California land now considered at least abnormally dry.

02/07/14

As natural wines are seeping into the consciousness of Bay Area wine buyers, there is bound to be confusion. If you are curious, there are a couple of handfuls of producers from California dedicated to natural winemaking. Here are the most consistent and some of the wines to look for

02/07/14

Syria's civil war forced staff at the country's only commercial winery, Bargylus, to abandon the estate on the eve of harvest, nearly causing the loss of the 2013 vintage, according to its co-owner

02/07/14

"I guarantee you will drink some of the greatest stuff ever pressed from a grape, and at a sinfully low price."

02/07/14

US farmers joined with the food industry Thursday to launch a united front against labeling genetically modified products, amid mounting consumer pressure and an ongoing trade dispute with China

02/07/14

Looking to avoid the Pliny the Younger madness, to slip quietly into Russian River Brewing Company for a quick pint of the ultra-rare beer that will be released Friday? Forget it, say the experts.