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03/13/14

Jeffry James Hill, the manager of Hill Wine Co. at 1001 Silverado Trail, faces two counts of grand theft and a special allegation for allegedly stealing the grapes on Oct. 16 and Oct. 21 from vineyards owned by Del Dotto Napa Valley on Mount Howell and in Oakville, according to court papers.

03/13/14

San Antonio Winery Inc. announced that a legal injunction was granted yesterday prohibiting global giant, Constellation Brands, from selling its "Rosatello" wine with specific packaging that San Antonio claims is too similar to its popular "Stella Rosa" product line. The order by Judge Kronstadt of the U.S. Central District of California marks a significant milestone in the Los Angeles-based winery's mission to protect the brand image of its "Stella Rosa" trademark.

03/13/14

The results of the inaugural edition of the Brand Action Team ImporterConnect salary survey have been released

03/13/14

The E.P.A. says the new rules are needed to clarify which bodies of water it must oversee under the federal Clean Water Act, an issue of jurisdiction that the agency says has been muddled by recent court rulings. Opponents say the rules are a power grab that could stifle economic growth and intrude on property owners' rights.

03/13/14

The third annual Eastern Winery Exposition (EWE) concluded its three-day conference and wine industry exposition with another successful show at over 1,500 total attendance (over 1,000 attendees and 500 exhibitor staff). EWE featured a sold-out trade show with 249 booth spaces with 179 exhibiting companies.

03/13/14

While officials are calling for conservation in the face of an ongoing drought, 42 California communities are lagging in installing the most basic tool of water management: water meters. More than 255,000 homeowners and businesses statewide don't have water meters and can still use all the water they want without seeing higher bills.

03/13/14

Friday, March 14 is the last day to pre-register for WiVi 2014, the Central Coast's largest wine tradeshow and symposium. WiVi is a wine industry conference and tradeshow focused on the Central Coast. It features a one-day tradeshow and two days of concurrent sessions that focus on regional viticulture, enology and wine marketing topics that are essential to keeping your business on top of today's competitive wine market.

03/13/14

Zingerman's founder Ari Weinzweig to relay 12 Laws of Business that have earned his organization the title "The Coolest Small Company in America"

03/13/14

"It is our objective to have regulations and a permitting process in place that fosters the continued vitality of the grape and wine industry of Santa Barbara County."

03/13/14

Here's a bit of help in planning grapevine frost protection this spring, thanks to research by Matthew Fidelibus, UCCE specialist, Kearney Agricultural Research & Extension Center; and Stephen Vasquez, formerly Fresno County UCCE farm advisor for viticulture.

03/13/14

While long-term forecasts predict continued below-normal precipitation, the wet start to March wasn't stopping Domenick Bianco and other growers from cheering. "We were absolutely giddy."

03/13/14

Wine grape growers in the Paso Robles area of the Central Coast were seeing the first green on their vines this season as leaves began emerging in the first week of March.

03/13/14

The supervisors can now fund work projects related to the drought without going through standard budgeting procedures and can reassign personnel to take part in them. By declaring the emergency, the county has also raised its standing for state and federal drought assistance.

03/13/14

A coalition of Congressmen and other federal officials toured Yolo County and elsewhere along the Sacramento River affected by recent federal flood insurance changes. Attending the Monday event were Congressmen John Garamendi and Jerry McNerney and Roy Wright, deputy associate administrator for mitigation of the Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration at FEMA, county supervisors, water agency representatives, and others.

03/13/14

Peter Mondavi Sr., President and CEO of Charles Krug Winery, will be commemorated for his 70-year career in the wine industry with the winery's official opening on April 5 of its new, Howard Backen-designed Historic Redwood Cellar & Hospitality Center.

03/13/14

Even if you don't know a Chardonnay from a Cabernet, you're going to love this delicious episode of Glambition Radio with Deborah Brenner, founder and CEO of Women of the Vine. In a traditionally male-dominated industry, Deborah created the first of its kind wine company that unites award-winning women winemakers under one brand. And she left a cushy six-figure corporate job to do it.

03/13/14

Company will use vineyard site in the Eola-Amity Hills for Erath label.

03/13/14

The new edition describes in detail major grape pests including the vine mealy bug, glassy-winged sharpshooters, Virginia creeper leafhopper, light brown apple moth and European grapevine moth.

03/13/14

The legal action comes nine days after the publication of Isabelle Saporta's French-language book Vino Business, which takes a critical look at the closed and contradictory world of French wine, and draws specific attention to the contested classification in Saint Emilion that saw Angelus promoted to Premier Grand Cru Classé A.

03/13/14

The Liv-ex Fine Wine 1000 dipped for the fifth consecutive month in February with only the "Rest of the World" and old Bordeaux indices not slipping into negative figures.

03/13/14

Now that a grand vision for Temecula Valley wineries is law following Riverside County's adoption Tuesday, March 11 of the Wine Country Community Plan, there is much to do. Lawsuits over the plan must be litigated. A sewer system, sign design and trail map must all be developed. And the new rules and regulations need to be explained to property owners and perspective vintners.

03/13/14

Farmers will probably produce 1.42 million metric tons this season compared with 1.49 million tons harvested in 2013, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service. South Africa may bottle about 1.1 billion liters (2.42 million gallons) of wine in 2014, less than the 1.2 billion liters packaged a year earlier.

03/13/14

Benchmark Wine Group has procured a not-to-be-missed wine parcel and is selling it for a short window of three days.

03/13/14

Local wine merchants and distillers say unless they get their hands on the containers piling up at backlogged Port Metro Vancouver (PMV) terminals, local drinkers will soon have to find alternative social lubricants.

03/13/14

If there is one person in the world who understands how to scale the unscalable, it is Gary Vaynerchuk. Over the last seven years, he has dedicated his life to this one concept. He has prided himself on being available for others' questions, which means hundreds of thousands of one-on-one messages sent including 109,000+ on Twitter alone.

03/13/14

Online-only wine retailer Rewined www.rewined.co.nz predicts that the New Zealand online wine market will account for 15% of total retail sales completed online by 2018. This is based on the rise in the industry sector in the past two years and international trends.

03/13/14

Canadian exporters of agricultural products such as beef, pork, canola and grains will be among the winners in the free trade deal with South Korea, but the benefits to Canadian consumers may not be as striking. However, International Trade Minister Ed Fast told CBC News Network's Power & Politics on Tuesday that the elimination of tariffs would be good for Canadian consumers.

03/13/14

named John Donohue the winner of its 2014 Arthur M. Wirtz Leadership Award. Given annually to one of the company's 2,500 employees, the Award recognizes extraordinary leadership and performance achievement

03/13/14

A slew of proposed laws would loosen restrictions on the sale of booze

03/13/14

A new four-year research project at The Australian Wine Research Institute aims to reveal new insight into the timing and amount of oxygen required to benefit red and white winemaking and prevent 'reductive' odours.

03/13/14

About two weeks ago, two wine industry gurus started marketing a home appliance they called "The Miracle Machine." The machine, the spiel went, would use concentrates, flavor packets and "an array of electrical sensors, transducers, heaters and pumps" to make wine quickly and easily in your home

03/13/14

Two states - Oregon and Texas - specifically allow retailers to fill growlers with wine for sale off-premise already. In a third state - Washington - legislation awaiting the governor's signature would allow retailers to bottle wine for off-premise consumption. Legislation recently introduced in Tennessee would also specifically allow retailers to sell wine in refillable containers