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  Daily News for Friday, February 14th
Oregon Liquor sales modernization punted to task force; next step may fall to Oregon voters
"We need to have a better and longer discussion with everyone," said Sen. Lee Beyer, chairman of the Senate Business and Transportation, which sent the idea of a task force to the Senate floor.
Napa Valley Vintners and Visit Napa Valley Pledge $5 Million in Combined Contributions to Vine Trail
Community members encouraged to add their support through new Founders Circle program
Heavy Rains Ease California Drought--Slightly
After nearly two dry months in what is normally a very wet period, the central Sierra snowpack stood at 12%. A storm in late January raised it to 18%, and more snow over the past week brought it to 36%
Healdsburg may use treated wastewater for vineyards
Currently the state-of-the-art treatment plant discharges about one million gallons daily of "near drinkable" reclaimed water into a pond, which then leaches into the adjacent Russian River
Rain expected in SF Bay Area over holiday weekend
A system from the Gulf of Alaska is expected to bring light rain to parts of the Bay Area on Saturday afternoon, with showers heaviest in the North Bay.
Planners approve Silverado Trail winery despite objections
Despite the objections of neighbors concerned with their groundwater supplies, the Napa County Planning Commission signed off on a new 60,000-gallon winery on Silverado Trail north of St. Helena.
Guides to destination wineries go digital
Less than a year after signing contracts with Barnes & Noble, Apple and Amazon to distribute a line of interactive e-books based on their best-selling "The California Directory of Fine Wineries" travel series, Sonoma-based book publisher Wine House Press will launch the new products on April 7.
Climate Change, Winter Storms, and the Future of European Wine
You may have trouble believing that today's mammoth snow-and-ice storm on the East Coast has anything to do with climate change, even though there's strong scientific evidence that global warming makes erratic weather in the U.S. more likely by disrupting the jet stream.
Pernod Ricard Seeking Acquisitions in Chinese Wine
The maker of Mumm champagne and Jacob's Creek wines is scouting for acquisitions in Chinese wines, a segment that could tap into the emergence of a new middle class and rapid urbanization, Chief Executive Pierre Pringuet said.
Say G'day to Australian Riesling: Some of the best dry Rieslings in the world today are coming from Down Under
When you think of Australia, you naturally think of big, expressive Shiraz blends or creamy, oaked Chardonnay, so it's easy to overlook the fact that Riesling is one of the country's principal grape varieties
Report: No beer, wine problems at Minn. stadium
The report shows that the number of alcohol-related incidents at the football stadium was lower in 2013 than 2010 - two years before alcohol sales began.
Northwest wine: Oregon hangs its reputation on Pinot Noir
Nobody in the New World has hung their hats on Pinot Noir more than Oregon, which began planting the persnickety red grape of Burgundy, France, in the late 1960s.
California governor: Drought requires compromise
Gov. Jerry Brown visited California's drought-stricken agricultural heartland on Wednesday and called on Republicans and Democrats in Congress to strike a compromise that will benefit the region and nation.
CA: San Juan Water District considers 40% water reductions
"Don't install new landscape. Don't fill a new pool."
10 agriculture stories you should read today, Feb. 13
Coping with farm tragedy. Bodies in the vineyard. Spam love. Invasive bulk smuggler. Zace the Great. Death selfie. Green eggs and ham. Social shepherd.
Austrian wine - ruin to riches
Most everyday wine consumers are not aware that Austria produces excellent wine from both red and white grape varieties. But, for those in the trade, it is old news that Austria's top wines are capable of standing up to anything else in the world in quality terms
IWSC extends deadline for wine producers
The International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) has extended its deadline for UK wine producers to include all 2013 vintages.
Wine Owners to allow multicurrency valuation
Fine Wine portfolio management platform, Wine Owners, has allowed users to value their portfolios in different currencies to cater to a trend of "jurisdictional diversification".
Unfiltered: Bordeaux LaFight Club: Lafite vs. Lafitte
Plus, Texas wine pioneer Doc McPherson dies, vintners aid Washington State University's Wine Science Center and more
A peek inside the amazing cellars of Portland's extreme wine collectors: Wine Notes
For most of us, wine is just one of life's many small pleasures. But for a small segment of the human population, wine is an extremely expensive hobby bordering on obsession. Within this genus of wine lovers - call it hominem oenophilis - there are at least four separate species.
Moldovian Delegates Get Wine Business Tips from Lodi
Delegates from the country of Moldova were in Lodi Wednesday, getting a tour of the business side of wine making and marketing.
Silicon Valley's booze business: Beer, wine & spirits by the numbers
As we previously reported, the number of wineries, breweries and distilleries in Silicon Valley are all on the rise. To put that growth into perspective, we charted growth in each of those three industries (see the graphics in this story for a full breakdown).
Kansas home brewers could soon legally share beer, wine
Kansas House members approved a bill that eases restrictions on home brewing with a 111-7 vote, sending the measure to the Senate. The bill allows brewers to share as long as they do not sell their brew for profit.
Château Cantemerle: The Fifth Growth That Nearly Wasn't
After a century spent sadly shrunken and neglected, insurance company money returns Château Cantemerle near its mid-1800s heights.
Michigan brewers, winemakers could access tax credits under 'farm to glass' proposal
Under the proposal, tax credits would be available starting next year for beer made with at least 20 percent Michigan-produced hops and 40 percent of other ingredients from the state.
New Wine Making Collaboration Quietly Takes Wine Industry by Storm
After a few years of wine making excellence, the super-secret entity known as MysticSeven ("M7") unveiled a website unleashing their unique wines to the masses.
Winter's wrath threatens grape crop in Chautauqua County
this white winter of frigid temperatures has led to a lot of dead buds, mainly from the Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Gris vines
World Ag Expo closing out another record-breaking show
More than 50 countries were represented at this year's World Ag Expo, which boasts 2.6 million square feet of exhibit space on 260 acres of show grounds. With 1,500 exhibitors and 100,000 attendees, World Ag Expo is the world's largest annual agricultural exposition
RJ on Wine talks geographic names: A Plea for Authenticity: No Bogus Wine for Your Valentine
Wine consumers in the U.S. have a problem. Our government is one of the few in the world not to take action to protect consumers from being misled by erroneous wine labeling that suggests a wine made in the U.S. is actually from one of the world's special winemaking areas that have a long tradition, particular soils and climates, and strict rules on what can be bottled and sold as wine from that region
Treasury Wine could deliver $2bn through US division sale: Merrill Lynch
Treasury Wine Estates is under renewed pressure to sell its troubled US division after a report from Merrill Lynch analyst David Errington declared the company could deliver at least $2 billion in extra value to shareholders by breaking itself up.
What Placebo Science Shows About The Importance Of Marketing
One set of experiments showed that the same wine, when thought to cost $45 vs. $5, was not only rated better by tasters but actually lit up the pleasure center of their brains more. In short, it really did taste better to them.
Sheriff: No suicide note or confession in Striker case
A Tennessee winery owner shot his two teenage children then shot and killed himself at the family's winery in McMinn County on Wednesday afternoon, according to McMinn County Sheriff Joe Guy
Storm Was Mid-Atlantic Region's 9th Biggest
The snowfall at Dulles included 11.7 inches on Thursday alone. That broke the 24-hour record for that date of 3 inches set in 1992
Deadly winter storm paralyzes South, blasts Northeast
The storm is just the latest in a series of wintry blasts across much of the eastern half of the nation. And this one was taking a severe toll: At least 20 deaths, mostly in traffic accidents, were blamed on the weather, and hundreds of thousands of people remained without power Thursday.
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