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02/28/14

The money could help jump-start a signature-gathering drive when the campaign pushing for the law change gets an approved ballot title, said Pat McCormick, spokesman for Oregonians for Competition.

02/28/14

Both houses of the California Legislature overwhelmingly approved of a $687 million drought-relief plan on Thursday. The plan -- SB103 and SB104 -- is now headed to Gov. Jerry Brown, who had announced the plan in a press conference last week. The emergency measures will take effect immediately after Brown signs the legislation.

02/28/14

agricultural producers forced to switch from cash-basis to accrual-basis accounting under new laws would have to pay out as much as $4.84 billion in taxes during the next four years

02/28/14

Effective April 1, 2014, Rivero has named Ryan Sipe as vice president, general sales manager of Pacific Wine & Spirits (PWS) of Hawaii. Sipe will be succeeding Frank Ashford in this role, and the PWS Hawaii Sales and Trade Development organization will report directly to Sipe, who in turn will report to Gerry Rivero.

02/28/14

After the recent introduction of two new bills in the Florida legislature that would allow spirits to be sold alongside wine and beer in supermarkets and retail stores, Florida's independent retailers are seeing the move as a call to arms. The two new proposals, in the Senate (SB804) and the House of Representatives (HB877), are being supported by Walmart and opposed by the Florida Independent Spirits Association

02/28/14

The Nebraska Grape and Winery Board is seeking grant proposals from individual growers, farm wineries, organizations, industry groups or academic institutions that aim to assist in the betterment of Nebraska's grape and wine industry. The board's goal is to fund meaningful projects that have the highest likelihood of significant, positive impact on grape and wine production in Nebraska.

02/28/14

A tax credit currently offered to wineries would also be extended to microbreweries and distilleries under a bill sponsored by State Rep. Bart Korman, R-High Hill. Korman said he is not a big fan of tax credits, but he said this could help grow the area's microbrewery and distillery economy.

02/28/14

The grapes are beginning to bud in Corrales. The same thing occurred last year, but Johnstone is concerned because in 2013 a couple of spring freezes destroyed the crops.

02/28/14

The board elected Rob Jennings as chairman and Ed Ojdana as vice chairman. Jennings owns Paratus Vineyards winery on Mount Veeder and serves as an adviser and director to several startup companies. He has more than 25 years of experience as an executive in the media and entertainment field with such companies as America Online, Warner Bros. and Lorimar-Telepictures.

02/28/14

Fruit winemakers still want to be included in the Ontario government's plans to launch wine sales at farmer's markets this year, but so far they continue to be shut out.

02/28/14

Maybe the most significant part of the announcement wasn't that the Eastern Winery Exposition will be moving to Syracuse, N.Y., in mid-March 2015 but that it will be returning to Lancaster, Pa., in 2016. "I think the potential is great to have a really good event that will attract people who are coming now . . . and attract a lot of people who aren't coming because of the distance," show manager Bob Mignarri said by phone Wednesday afternoon.

02/28/14

Messina Hof Wine Cellars, Inc. contributed for charitable auction two, six-liter bottles of award-winning wine personally signed by Former President George H.W. Bush. The wines will be sold at the HLSR Rodeo Uncorked!® Champion Wine Auction the evening of Sunday, March 2, 2014 in the Reliant Center and proceeds from the auction will fund college scholarships for Texas students.

02/28/14

BTN Interviews Ian Ford, the General Manager and Co-Founder of Summergate Fine Wines, on What Wine Importers Look for when Sourcing New Brands as Long Term Supply Partners

02/28/14

Hotel building is booming in Paso Robles. I read that on the front page of Saturday's Tribune. One hotel is being constructed, one is expanding and others have been approved or are in planning stages. Hotel companies have apparently noticed that Paso Robles attracts tourists, who visit Paso for many reasons, but often to go to wineries.

02/28/14

Many of the distinct wine grape growing regions in the Northwest are celebrating 30 years since the federal government recognized them as appellations -- or distinct growing areas. Next up with a birthday is Walla Walla, Wash.

02/28/14

Monterey County wine growers aren't worried about the drought for this season's crop - grapevines are weedy, drought-resistant plants - but they are praying for rain next year, or some of the 2015 fruit might have to die on the vine. The bigger concern now is weather. It's been so unseasonably warm this winter crops are beginning to bud out a month or two early, which could leave fruit susceptible to damage if a rough storm passes through before summer.

02/28/14

For years, state-store workers have enjoyed one of the least flattering customer-service reputations in all of Pennsylvania, up there with PennDOT and Comcast on the medal podium of benign consumer ire. The LCB, well-aware of this distinction, has been making aggressive changes to its training over the past few years to shift the focus to service.

02/28/14

One expert says: "A dry white "field blend," or a wine made from at least three different grape varieties, planted and harvested together and vinified all at once."

02/28/14

'It is clear that the company has very little wine to meet the demands of customers with a shortfall possibly of £12m,' said David Greene, partner of Edwin Coe LLP, which represents creditors owed around £3m.

02/28/14

A winery that you probably didn't even realize was a local Sonoma winery has now made its move to our valley complete with the opening of a very cool new visitor center on Eighth Street East.

02/28/14

A Pacific storm brought much-needed rain to drought-stricken California Thursday, but a follow-up storm could cause mudslides in burn areas, forecasters said. The high-wind second storm, starting Friday, could drop as much as a half a foot of rain in some areas within 24 hours, the National Weather Service said.

02/28/14

The new head of NB Liquor doesn't expect to see beer and wine for sale in New Brunswick corner stores any time soon. Brian Harriman has been on the job as the president and chief executive officer for about a month and has launched a review of the Crown corporation's retail strategy. ?Harriman says he'll look at the idea of sales in convenience stores, but he doesn't expect it to happen

02/28/14

This Saturday, as they have for the past 25 years, the Ontario wine industry and supporters will come together to taste wine. Over time, the by-invitation gathering, dubbed the Experts Tasting, has looked at specially selected wines grouped by theme to gain better understanding of which styles best express Ontario's growing conditions and how local wines compare with benchmark bottles from around the world.

02/28/14

"I've never used alcohol as a criteria," he said. "It's just not that important to me. Most of the labels lie anyway." Rather, he said, he uses flavor as a criteria. "Flavor intensity is critical, and I look at what the wine is going to be. You need some power, richness, intensity. Otherwise, the wine will fall apart because there is nothing there. I am looking for a wine that will be better in five to ten years."

02/28/14

Washington snowpack levels returned to normal as a result of February storms, which is easing water managers' concerns. But soil moisture is still lacking following a dry fall, says Scott Pattee, water supply specialist for USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

02/28/14

Oregon wines have made headway with consumers during the past five years, but there is still room for improvement, according to experts speaking at the Oregon Wine Industry Symposium held this week at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. "One of Oregon's barriers has been distribution in the marketplace," said Christian Miller, proprietor of Full Glass Research and research director of Wine Opinions. Luckily, consumer perception of this problem is on the upswing.

02/28/14

...because the high alcohol trend "has its origins in wine expert Robert Parker's lauding of the 1982 Bordeaux vintage"

02/28/14

Wine remains a luxury for many of the world's citizens, with a new French survey revealing that it takes the average worker more than seven hours to earn enough money to buy a standard bottle.

02/28/14

Will top Napa wines soon cross the $1000 barrier? That's a question worth asking after the phenomenal prices paid for 2012 Napa wines last weekend at Premiere Napa Valley