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"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.

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Community members encouraged to add their support through new Founders Circle program

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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%

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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"Don't install new landscape. Don't fill a new pool."

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Coping with farm tragedy. Bodies in the vineyard. Spam love. Invasive bulk smuggler. Zace the Great. Death selfie. Green eggs and ham. Social shepherd.

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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

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The International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) has extended its deadline for UK wine producers to include all 2013 vintages.

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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".

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Plus, Texas wine pioneer Doc McPherson dies, vintners aid Washington State University's Wine Science Center and more

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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.

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Delegates from the country of Moldova were in Lodi Wednesday, getting a tour of the business side of wine making and marketing.

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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).

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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.

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After a century spent sadly shrunken and neglected, insurance company money returns Château Cantemerle near its mid-1800s heights.

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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.

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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.

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this white winter of frigid temperatures has led to a lot of dead buds, mainly from the Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Gris vines

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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.