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  Daily News for Monday, February 10th
What to Do About Red Blotch
Among many useful sessions at the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium, one of the most valuable was the workshop on red blotch virus for winemakers organized by Alison Crowe of Garnet Vineyards, part of the Silverado Premium Properties family.
Sonoma Valley: Joint study session to discuss the "most contentious" current issue: wine tasting rooms.
A political movement in Sonoma, led by former mayor Larry Barnett, holds that too many wine tasting rooms downtown will lead to reduced quality of life and, as Barnett has put it, "a monoculture of retail locations" around the Plaza.
Superstar Winemakers, Vintners and Sommeliers Join Inaugural CabFestNV, the Napa Valley's first Cabernet Sauvignon Festival Featuring World-Class Wine, Food and Entertainment
Concerts, Grand Wine Tastings, Celebrity Talks to Fill the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater February 28, March 1 & 2
Napa to BottleRock: No new show until old debts are paid
The city expects to be paid in full for outstanding BottleRock 2013 expenses before it will approve a special event permit for a 2014 event, City Manager Mike Parness said last week. In addition, Parness said he expects the producers of BottleRock 2014 to pay all projected city expenses for the 2014 festival in advance. Last year, BottleRock 2013 producers were expected to pay two-thirds of the city's expenses in advance and one-third after.
Is Altria About to Pounce on Constellation Brands?
Is Altria about embark on an acquisition spree, and could it target Constellation Brands ? This may be a bold claim to make, but I feel that there are now a number of factors that make a deal like this likely.
A bold new chapter for Amador Zinfandel, by Jon Bonné
In 2012, Turley bought Karly Wines, a small facility in Amador County owned by former fighter pilot Buck Cobb and his wife, Karly, that began production in 1980. The Cobbs retained some of their vineyards, but Turley now had a winery in the foothills. It also acquired a tasting room on Shenandoah Road in Plymouth, Amador's equivalent of Napa's Silverado Trail
Lee Hudson, Napa's gentleman farmer who does it all, by Jon Bonné
Hudson, 62, has become one of Northern California's pre-eminent grape growers
Restaurant job growth hit 18-year high in 2013
The restaurant industry remained among the economy's leaders in job creation in 2013, and the trend is expected to continue in 2014
CDFA declares the glassy-winged sharpshooter eradicated from a small area in the city of San Luis Obispo
The declaration was made at the request of the San Luis Obispo County Agricultural Commissioner, Martin Settevendemie. This was the only population of glassy-winged sharpshooter known to exist in San Luis Obispo County. To date it is the 17th such eradication
Duarte is suing the Army Corps in federal court in Sacramento for violating its due process rights
The stop order is based on the Army Corps' false assertion that Duarte deep-ripped the property, which in California requires a Corps permit. But the farm has not been deep-ripped, and if the Corps had provided Duarte a hearing before shutting the farm down, it could have learned that fact and there likely would not have been a stop order
Rabobank Report: Global Wine Industry Q4 2013
Rabobank has published a new report looking at the global wine industry as of the end of 2013, and forecasting remaining challenges for the industry globally but a more optimistic outlook for the UK wine sector.
CalASFMRA Enters 2014 with New Logo, New Officers and New Direction
CalASFMRA unveiled a new logo as officers were installed recently for the 2014 membership year. The California based organization is the second largest chapter of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA) and under its new brand, CalASFMRA - Western Ag Professionals, has nearly 300 members in California and Nevada. Nat DiBuduo, AFM, president of Allied Grape Growers in Fresno, was elected president of the professional organization.
October 2015: The End of the Swipe-and-Sign Credit Card
Beginning later next year, you will stop signing those credit card receipts. Instead, you will insert your card into a slot and enter a PIN number, just like people do in much of the rest of the world. The U.S. is the last major market to still use the old-fashioned signature system, and it's a big reason why almost half the world's credit card fraud happens in America, despite the country being home to about a quarter of all credit card transactions
Bridging the Whole Foods Gap
When it comes to wine, Americans still drink cheap, nine out of every ten bottles in the US sell for under $12.
AU: Hunter Valley winery invests in solar
A sixth-generation, family-owned winery in the Hunter Valley has installed a 200 kilowatt solar power system, energy efficient lighting and refrigeration upgrades.
Natural wines making way onto radar of Bay Area wine buyers
As natural wines are seeping into the consciousness of Bay Area wine buyers, there is bound to be confusion.
Wine & Spirits Magazine Blog: Jonathan Waters of Chez Panisse on Country Wines and Zin-Drinking Hipsters
"I'm in a lucky place because Alice [Waters] has established Chez Panisse as a place where you want to come and try things, so perhaps stranger wines are easier to pass along."
On January 25, 2014, "Doc" McPherson, the Father of Texas Wine, passed away. This article is published in his memory
"We're not Napa Valley and we should quit trying to be. We should be 'planting to the land' and focusing on the Mediterranean grape varietals we can grow best - Rhone, Italian, and Spanish."
RJ On Wine Goes to the Santa Rita Hills: Top Choices from One of California's Greatest Sites
"This is the first in a series delving into what I think is one of California's most exciting wine regions these days"
'The Exes in my iPod' author introduces new novel
On Saturday, Feb. 8, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., she takes part in a book chat and wine tasting with journalist and author Virginie Boone, a contributor to Wine Enthusiast and the Press Democrat, and author of "Napa Valley and Sonoma: Heart of California Wine Country."
Truett-Hurst sees first profit
Significant growth was seen in all sales channels during the quarter that ended Dec. 31. The introduction of new brands like "Paper Boy," which was launched in November and comes in an unusual paper bottle, helped drive the growth, the company said.
Oregon state asks districts to target water quality efforts
The Oregon Department of Agriculture has asked Oregon's 45 soil and water conservation districts to zero in on specific areas, and document changes, representing a change of direction in the state's 20-year-old agricultural water quality program.
Oregon Chardonnay symposium adds international perspective
The technical seminar, "The Future of Oregon Chardonnay," will be moderated by Essential Wines and Wineries of the Pacific Northwest author, Cole Danehower. Panelists will include the following Oregon producers: Melissa Burr of Stoller Family Estate; David Paige of Adelsheim Vineyard; Josh Bergström of Bergström Wines; Jesse Lange of Lange Estate Winery; Harry Peterson-Nedry of Chehalem Wines; Robert Brittan of Brittan Vineyards; and Doug Tunnell of Brick House Vineyards. Dominique Lafon of Domaine des Comtes and Veronique Drouhin of Joseph Drouhin and Domaine Drouhin Oregon will add an international perspective.
Google president to speak at MW symposium
Google's president of business solutions Daniel Alegre is to lead a discussion about wine communication at May's Masters of Wine Symposium.
Foley Family Wines Expands in New Zealand
Growing company announces purchase of Martinborough Vineyard Estates on North Island
The People's Republic of Wine
One of China's most respected sommeliers on the country's unquenchable thirst for fine wine
Mississippi House approves liquor, wine sampling in stores
Participants would be limited to four tastes or liquor or wine, but the samples would be small: one-quarter ounce of liquor and one and a quarter ounces of wine.
SAQ wine price jump part of trend toward fewer cheap wines
The SAQ, the Crown corporation that distributes and sells liquor and wine in the province, says it has to raise prices to keep up with inflation. Every February for the past few years, the SAQ has increased its prices by at least five cents a bottle, but this year, some bottles are becoming significantly more expensive.
Australia: Rathbone's wine dynasty dream costs him a fortune
"It never meant anything; it was all paper [wealth]," Rathbone says. "It is about how you build what you do for your family and your position. That's what's valuable."
California Drought: Database shows big difference between water guzzlers and sippers
The historic drought is making average residents think twice every time they turn on the tap
Drought-rattled California welcomes weekend storm
Californians accustomed to complaining about the slightest change in the weather welcomed a robust weekend storm that soaked the northern half of the drought-stricken state Saturday even as rain and snow brought the threat of avalanches, flooding and rock slides
Champagne Krug takes on Austrian producer over Krug name
LVMH-owned Krug said that it first contacted Austrian Krug in 2007 'to find an agreement to avoid any risk of association or confusion between what each had to offer'
French wine thieves caught red-handed
An operation involving more than 300 officers in several areas of southwestern France and the Paris region had dismantled a "very structured, professional" operation, a spokesman said Monday.
Feature: Seattle sommelier Madeline Puckette hacks wine world with award-winning site
The 30-year-old sommelier is co-founder of Wine Folly, a site that, with popular posts, videos and a collection of handy visualizations, is helping lead a kind of beginners' revolt from right here in Seattle.
French gendarmes round up wine thieves
Some 20 people have been arrested across France in a series of dawn raids by French gendarmes in a major crackdown on a gang of wine thieves.
Wisconsin Senate set to pass bill that would allow unaccompanied minors in wineries
The bipartisan bill would permit under-agers to enter winery banquet and hospitality rooms alone if they're participating in a tour.
Crush Report: 4.23 Million Tons Crushed, Average Price Per Ton Drops 5 Percent for Reds
Preliminary results from the California Grape Crush Report, released by the California Agricultural Statistics service show another year of record winegrape harvests, indicating 4.23 million tons of winegrapes were crushed, up 5 percent from 2012's 4.01 million tons.
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