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02/25/14

The Russian River Flood Control and Water Conservation Improvement District board of directors Monday night unanimously adopted the 50 percent mandatory cutbacks in an effort to maintain as much water as they can in drought-plagued Lake Mendocino

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Supervisors say the county declaration is necessary in anticipation of state and federal legislation that could reimburse local governments for both short-term emergency measures, such as compensating farmers for crop losses and beefing up staffing to meet increased fire danger, and long-term conservation, such as distributing efficient water fixtures and encouraging small-scale, seasonal storage options.

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Wine industry people on the move from February 18 to February 24

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Like Measure B, the recently defeated hotel limitation measure, this issue seems destined to become another wedge separating an already divided community. And while this time, large amounts of tax revenue are not at stake, character and image might be, depending on where you stand.

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The 2011 complaint takes aim at the Crème de Lys brand of wine selected by Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines, the entity responsible for wine "innovations." Jackson Family Wines claimed in a 2011 complaint that the wine infringes its La Crema brand.

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Beijing opened the inquiry last July into whether Europe was selling wine in China at unfairly low prices. The move is widely seen in Europe as retaliation over EU efforts to hit Chinese solar panels with punitive import duties.

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Terra cotta amphorae, hand-crafted into shapes and styles known since antiquity, are the latest innovation in experimental winemaking. And they're coming soon to a wine near you.

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The report contains a total of 73 recommendations that touch on everything from how alcohol is sold and purchased to how it's licensed and distributed, and the Province has announced that it fully supports every one of them.

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The Minnesota Grape Growers Association is holding its annual Cold Climate Conference this weekend in St. Paul. Members there said they're just beginning to touch on ways to draw more tourists to the area, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported

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Minnesota is now home to so many licensed wineries -- 43 at last count -- that regional clusters are banding together to increase their tourism appeal. And industry leaders see room for more growth, as public demand for tasty wines and interesting destinations remains strong.

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When Jim Lester, owner of Wyncroft Winery in Buchanan, Michigan-his wines are served in top-notch Lake Michigan area restaurants including 16 at Trump Tower, Les Normandes, Everest, Alinea and the Peninsula Hotel in Chicago-first wanted to make wine, his educational choices were few.

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Wine club subscriptions with surprises and preferences are offered by Les Marchands, Michael Mina Wine Club, the Feiring Line Wine Society, Kermit Lynch Wine Club and Wine Expo

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How armies eat. A miserable coexistence? Worshipping at the gluten-free altar. Make cheese, not war. Farm boy's mysterious death. Farming with saltwater. The sweet grapefruit.

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Todd Newhouse of Upland Vineyards in Outlook, Lynne Chamberlain of Spofford Station Vineyards in Walla Walla and Mike Means of Ste Michelle Wine Estates in Paterson were elected to the 2014 board of directors for the state's Wine Grape Growers Association.

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Known as "the Queen of Southern cuisine," Deen has sold over 8 million copies of her 14 cookbooks

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A biodynamic winemaker who refused to spray his vines with insecticide against a dangerous disease has said he is confident of victory following a court hearing, but prosecutors want him fined.

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The two properties include Clos des Quatre Vents in Margaux and Château Bonneau in Haut.

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Vinous Founder Antonio Galloni discusses wines and online wine reviews on Bloomberg Television's "Market Makers."

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The House Montgomery County Legislation Committee on Monday passed two bills, including one that would give wine distributors doing business in Montgomery County the same protection beer distributors have.

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For the first time in 12 years, fine wine prices have actually declined in January. The Liv-Ex Fine Wine Index shows pricing for the 100 wines in most demand worldwide. As you may have guessed, they are very pricey, and the list is Bordeaux heavy.

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There's no legal definition for what constitutes an "old vine," nor are there rules about putting the term on a wine label. The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, the federal agency that approves wine labels, requested public comment on the matter in 2010, but nothing ever came of it.

02/25/14

Saratoga's Savannah-Chanelle Winery is slated to be auctioned off in a trustee's sale on the steps of the San Jose Superior Court steps on March 10. But Michael Ballard, who owns Savannah-Chanelle Winery, which spans about 60 acres at 23600 Big Basin Way, said he's confident the sale isn't going to happen.

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Craig Duggan, business development manager for Signature Wines, talks to Douglas Blyde about reviving Macedonia's ancient wine tradition with Stobi Wines.

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30-year Wall Street veteran Kevin Parker enjoys both worlds. After 11 years at Morgan Stanley MS +2.33%, Parker served as global head of Deutsche Asset Management, which manages $750 billion, from 2004 to 2012. But since 1997, he has owned and run Chateau Maris Cru, a bio-dynamic winery in Southern France. It produces 180,000 bottles of pristine wines including syrah and grenache variations annually.

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Jennifer Cockrall-King of the Okanagan Food and Wine Writers' Workshop has just announced the facilty for this year's event, and hallelujah, Anita Stewart is going to be there.

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On Monday's Edmonton A.M., Justice Minister Jonathan Denis told the CBC's John Archer that it's worth having the discussion, particularly about staggering bar closing hours. "There has been quite a conversation the last 18 hours or so on my Facebook and Twitter about whether or not this would increase people's safety," Denis said.

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The wine industry needs to grasp that being is far better than seeming, and only seeming can come from using the Napa brand, its ag land and very few of its grapes for a party place on a postage stamp parcel.

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Winery Road, Drync, Delectable, Hello Vino, Vivino

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The LCB says it can be more profitable if it opens more stores on Sunday, expands hours and offers more variable price points. The General Assembly would need to change the law in order for the LCB to do that. But the legislators who most want the state to get out of the liquor business don't see any reason to expand a system they are trying to close

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Gonzales, Soledad, Greenfield, King City would organize event in hopes of luring tourists

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The bill seemed dead earlier when the Senate Commerce and Energy Committee twice wasn't able to get a majority to endorse it

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Wine industry experts have said the state's large crop will result in high-quality 2013 vintage wines sold at bargain prices

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Keeping their feet firmly on the ground, two Napa Valley filmmakers are using emerging and somewhat controversial technology to capture spectacular aerial footage of vineyards, wineries and other wine country locations.

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E&J Gallo is aiming to grow its share of the premium end of the wine market with the launch of two new brands, Dark Horse and Apothic Red, despite the fact that the average spend on a bottle of wine in the UK still hovers around the £5 mark.

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Remaking the Water Action Plan as emergency drought legislation attracted the guarded support of Republicans and environmentalists

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Lung cancer is the leading killer among cancers of both men and women in the United States. And less than 17 percent of those who develop the disease survive for five years or more. Now a group of Canadian researchers are looking to wine for ways to improve those odds.

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"You would be overwhelmed at all the false, malicious things said about me. Jealousy is too simple an explanation for all of it. You end up being the guy everyone loves to hate until they meet you"

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The Napa Valley trade auction proceeds almost double than last year