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Monday, December 22nd

03/03/14

Two University of Minnesota Extension researchers, professor William Gartner in the Department of Applied Economics, and Brigid Tuck, economic impact analyst for the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Community Vitality, conducted the economic contribution study as part of the USDA-funded Northern Grapes Project. Researchers, extension specialists and industry professionals from 13 states are part of this project, with the goal of addressing viticulture, enological, business management and marketing issues as they relate to growing cold-climate grapes and making wines from those varieties.

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Area wine grape growers are bracing for a severely damaged crop this year, resulting in New York state's senior senator to call upon the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide disaster assistance for those growers who need it. Senator Charles Schumer paid a visit to 21 Brix Winery in Portland Feb. 18, where he announced funding to offset hardship costs may immediately be made available to grape farmers across the state, including Chautauqua County.

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Over the past year, two water basin groups composed of large landowners and rural residents, joined together to propose the creation of a new water district. The Paso Robles Agricultural Alliance for Groundwater Solutions, known as PRAAGS, and the Paso Robles groundwater basin Overliers for Water Equity, known as PRO Water Equity have proposed legislation, and a draft petition to the state agency that creates special districts.

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Senate is scheduled to vote tonight

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Phillip James rode a motorcycle 17,000 miles around the world raising money for charity before he suffered a bad accident. He's since recovered and moved back to New York to launch a new wine startup, The Miracle Machine

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The heavy rains have indeed descended on the state

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The results paint a grim picture of an industry hit hard by the sluggish job recovery and slow wage growth, which have turned U.S. consumers into a nation of penny pinchers

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"We're all waiting for the prices to rise," says Justerini & Brooks Chairman Hew Blair, who first started importing Barolo into the U.K. in the late '80s

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"I think a lot of these guys are going to hold out as long as they can, but I think you are going to see a lot more trees come out next year, because a lot of them aren't going to make it all of the way through."

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"Wines With a Conscience" is the festival's focus this year, and proceeds will benefit the Colorado Springs Conservatory, which provides performing arts training to students ages 4 to 19. The fundraiser earns about $50,000 to $100,000 each year, says Elizabeth Youngquist, chairperson of the festival.

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The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board today announced the return of approximately $2.1 million in licensing fees to 1,135 municipalities in which licensees are located. "As required by the Liquor Code, twice a year we return the fees paid by licensees to those municipalities that have liquor licenses in them," said PLCB Chairman Joseph E. Brion. "The municipalities receiving the funds have the flexibility to use the money as needed to benefit their citizens."

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There are surely few better ways to enjoy the Californian sun than by visiting the region's numerous vineyards, fine wine bars and restaurants.

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The UK trade needs to reconsider its attitude towards the lower alcohol wine sector, believes Laura Jewell MW, Tesco's wine category product development manager.

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An official in Bordeaux has risked the ire of some chateaux owners by saying a tax break meant for small-scale producers should be closed to estates controlled by corporate firms and wealthy families.

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A rapidly evolving weather pattern will make for an exciting but difficult forecast in the coming days. Drastic weather swings are likely early next week, as eastern Washington quickly transitions from winter to late spring in a few days time.

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State lawmakers spent last week looking at ways to address problems left from the voter-approved initiative to privatize liquor sales

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The French, particularly in Bordeaux and the Rhône Valley, have known that for decades - even centuries. In the Pacific Northwest, particularly Washington, wineries have been moving toward more red blends for the past 20 years

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"We will be soon be dispersing the $3 million that Congress has provided for the tab of those training materials and the web-based tools that you all will use and study over the course of the next several months to make determinations and decisions about your operation."

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The Wine Country was a rolling, verdant carpet of 3,500 acres of vineyards in the summer of 1999 when the glassy-winged sharpshooter began to decimate vines by spreading a bacterium called Pierce's Disease. Within a few years, nearly three-fourths of the grapes were gone - as well as the market for them

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"Champagne doesn't speak enough about where it is," he said, initially, explaining that the region should stress the fact it's a designated area with strict quality controls - something key to Champagne

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With California in the grips of drought, farmers throughout the state are using a mysterious and some say foolhardy tool for locating underground water: dowsers, or water witches

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You'll discover generous and plentiful pours, zero pretension, and a lingering pioneer spirit that's as refreshing as the crisp foothills air