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04/07/14

What do you think are the top-selling wines in restaurants? Wine & Spirits magazine ushers in April with its 25th Anniversary Restaurant Poll, an issue they've published since 1989. And it's got some surprises

04/07/14

Club Members for Napa winery owners have more lifetime value than any other region, but that has to do with bottle price. Think about how that would look if Napa figured out how to keep club members for 48 months?

04/07/14

The Federal Trade Commission has exposed thousands of consumer complaints they've received about the company

04/07/14

Cindy Pawlcyn, 58, a longtime restaurant owner in St. Helena, was a passenger in the Lexus SUV that crashed, according to Paulson. She was taken by American Medical Response ambulance to the Queen along with her husband, John Watanabe, 66, of St. Helena, who was driving

04/07/14

Vintners said that while production was reduced from 2012, quality had been protected to some extent by intensive grape selection during the harvest, partly through the more widespread use of optical-sorting equipment

04/07/14

A half hour was all it took this afternoon for Musser Bros. to sell 694 acres of vineyard land in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA to an undisclosed buyer. The transaction, which is set to close May 9, saw the Alder Creek and Windy Ridge vineyard properties - which include 335 acres of developed vineyard - sell out of receivership for $6.89 million.

04/07/14

"This unauthorised reproduction amounts to counterfeiting of pre-existing brands belonging to Rothschild companies."

04/07/14

A Lake County woman pleaded not guilty today to embezzling more than $300,000 from a winery, a Napa County prosecutor said. Xandria Roxanne Neal, 44, of Hidden Valley Lake, is charged with 29 counts of embezzlement for incidents occurring between September 2011 and January 2014, Deputy District Attorney Holly Quate said.

04/07/14

Loving Cup Vineyard and Winery, Virginia's first organic vineyard, opened this month in North Garden under the hand of Karl Hambsch and Deena Morris Hambsch. The vineyard has four acres of vines under cultivation on the 150-acre Hambsch family farm and is growing three varieties of white grapes and two types of reds.

04/07/14

The Village of Medina Planning Board completed its review of language necessary to facilitate wineries, breweries, distilleries, cideries and meaderies in the Downtown Historic District. The board also recommended that those uses be allowed in the General Business District as well as the Light Industrial and Industrial Zones.

04/07/14

Accolade Wines has finalized the purchase of a suite of award-winning New Zealand wine brands including Mud House and Waipara Hills, and their assets, from the Mud House Wine Group. In addition, the deal, initially announced last November, will see Accolade add the Dusky Sounds, Haymaker and Skyleaf brands to its extensive portfolio of New World wine brands.

04/07/14

Napa Valley Festival del Sole (www.festivaldelsole.org) returns for its ninth season, July 11-20, 2014. One of the country's most compelling summer celebrations, the 10-day festival features world-class classical music, jazz, opera and ballet along with curated culinary, wine and wellness adventures that celebrate the art of life.

04/07/14

while the winery building debuted in 2009, the tasting room just opened last May and remains a work in progress. Yet, who cares about glitz when tastings are complimentary, and led by such a friendly, share-all-their-secrets team?

04/07/14

The conference will feature over 160 research reports presented in oral and poster sessions, as well as two symposia

04/07/14

Startup Weekend Wine Country will connect local entrepreneurs, developers, designers and startup enthusiasts with mentors and resources at its first event aimed to bring the North Bay entrepreneur community to Wine Country. Throughout the course of this 54-hour event, attendees will share ideas, form teams, and launch startups.

04/07/14

While California is enduring one of the worst droughts in its history, drought in the Golden State isn't new, an expert says. The state has endured dry periods that lasted longer than a century, and the past 150 years have actually been wetter than normal.

04/07/14

The California Department of Water Resources released the joint state and federal Draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement for public review and comment through April 14. Though the goals of the plan are to restore the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta ecosystem and to secure California water supplies, the plan fails to secure California water supplies.

04/07/14

The UK may soon become the largest market for Johnny R Saadé's wines - Syria's Domaine de Bargylus and Lebanon's Chateau Marsyas.

04/07/14

Fine wine comes at a price in Asia, but there are plenty of buyers. Asian consumers have become a major factor in the global wine market, with China overtaking France and Italy last year as the biggest consumer of red wine. Now, customers in the region are getting more sophisticated, educated and diverse in their wine choices.

04/07/14

Oregon has become a tour de force on the global pinot noir scene. The state's wine went from being an experiment in the mid-1960s to a viable product in the 1990s. Today, wine is a major industry in Oregon, and as pinot noir accounts for about two-thirds of the sales, it is largely responsible for putting our neighbor to the north on the winery map.

04/07/14

Another grape-growing and wine-producing season is on us in British Columbia and there is little to suggest the vast Okanagan Valley will be carved into a number of smaller, sensible sub-regions that relate to the origin of where grapes and wines are produced before the next harvest. A small band of estate winery owners are indignant that the word Canada or the term Canadian appears on an enormous number of wine bottles sold in Canada that contain little or no Canadian-grown fruit.

04/07/14

Employers are hiring at a more aggressive pace again after a winter cold snap, but the pace of job gains is only slowly making up for years of lost ground in the labor market

04/07/14

It has been two years since renovations started on Tavern on the Green in Central Park, but the finish line is in sight. The restaurant will open to the public for dinner on April 24, and reservations are now being accepted

04/07/14

When authorities arrived, they say Damian Mandola had broken into a winery near one of his restaurants to take a bottle of wine

04/07/14

"I asked a lot of questions and I had good people around who tolerated me. They were generous to me and very candid. To learn, you need to find someone who knows what he is doing and be a sponge."

04/07/14

One of the main focuses of the Ag Commissioner's Office in the last five years of Dave Whitmer's 20-year tenure was eradication of the European grapevine moth, whose population in Napa County has shrunk from an estimated 100,000 in 2010 to 40 in 2013

04/07/14

March marked the 49th consecutive monthly gain in foodservice jobs and the strongest increase since October, the National Restaurant Association said. Over the past year, food services and drinking places have added 323,000 jobs

04/07/14

it is important for each of us to begin to realize that, in modern California vineyards, the use of area-based calibration no longer makes rational sense. The transition to distance-based calibration is inevitable and, in my opinion, the sooner the better