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  Daily News for Tuesday, February 25th
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02/25/14
Mandatory 50% water cutbacks ordered by Russian River district
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
02/25/14
Sonoma County expected to declare drought emergency
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.
02/25/14
People News Recap from 2/18 -2/24
Wine industry people on the move from February 18 to February 24
02/25/14
Inside Sonoma Valley: Tasting rooms - Too much of a good thing?
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.
02/25/14
Sanctions Ordered in Wine Trademark Spat
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.
02/25/14
Europe and China are moving towards a compromise over a Chinese investigation into alleged European wine dumping
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.
02/25/14
Coming Soon To A Wine Near You: Ancient Amphorae
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.
02/25/14
Canada: What You Need To Know About The Final Report On BC Liquor Law Reform
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.
02/25/14
Minn. wineries teaming up with hotels and restaurants to promote California-style tours
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
02/25/14
Minnesota's wineries thriving amid cold and snow
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.
02/25/14
Educating Michigan Winemakers: Where Artistry Meets Agriculture
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.
02/25/14
LA Times: Wine clubs worth joining to lift a glass
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
02/25/14
10 agriculture stories you should read today, Feb. 24
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.
02/25/14
Members Elected to WAWGG Board
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.
02/25/14
Jovial Paula Deen draws supportive crowd at Florida wine and food festival
Known as "the Queen of Southern cuisine," Deen has sold over 8 million copies of her 14 cookbooks
02/25/14
French biodynamic winemaker faces fine for not spraying vines
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.
02/25/14
Luc Thienpont sells stake in two wine growing properties
The two properties include Clos des Quatre Vents in Margaux and Château Bonneau in Haut.
02/25/14
I Want to See a Wine Bottle on Every Table: Galloni
Vinous Founder Antonio Galloni discusses wines and online wine reviews on Bloomberg Television's "Market Makers."
02/25/14
AL: Local bill would give Montgomery Co. wine distributors same protection as beer distributors
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.
02/25/14
Wine index shows falling prices in January
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.
02/25/14
'Old vines' may not be so vintage
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 winery's land slated for trustee's sale
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.
02/25/14
Q&A with Craig Duggan of Signature Wines on the potential of Macedonian wines in the UK
Craig Duggan, business development manager for Signature Wines, talks to Douglas Blyde about reviving Macedonia's ancient wine tradition with Stobi Wines.
02/25/14
Kevin Parker Is Both Organic Winemaker And Sustainable Investor
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.
02/25/14
Instructors announced for Okanagan Food and Wine Writers' Workshop
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.
02/25/14
Should Alberta relax liquor regulations?
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.
02/25/14
Opinion: Increased number of wineries has led to land use conflicts in Napa
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.
02/25/14
Five great (and free) wine apps
Winery Road, Drync, Delectable, Hello Vino, Vivino
02/25/14
The paradox that has paralyzed any change in Pa.'s liquor system, at least for now
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
02/25/14
New food and wine festival planned for south Monterey County
Gonzales, Soledad, Greenfield, King City would organize event in hopes of luring tourists
02/25/14
South Dakota Senate delivers wine-shipping bill to House
The bill seemed dead earlier when the Senate Commerce and Energy Committee twice wasn't able to get a majority to endorse it
02/25/14
Northern Santa Barbara County wine grape growers are reporting relatively high yields and better-than-average quality from the 2013 harvest
Wine industry experts have said the state's large crop will result in high-quality 2013 vintage wines sold at bargain prices
02/25/14
Napa filmmakers use drones over vineyards
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.
02/25/14
UK: Gallo muscles into premium wine sector
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.
02/25/14
Brown makes the sale on water program
Remaking the Water Action Plan as emergency drought legislation attracted the guarded support of Republicans and environmentalists
02/25/14
Wine Kills Lung Cancer Cells in Lab Tests
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.
02/25/14
Forbes Online: Robert Parker Faces His Toughest Critics: Wine Writers
"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"
02/25/14
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