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04/10/14

Sagemoor Sells Grapes to more than 70 Washington wineries

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As is true with many issues in Washington, money is part of the fight. As Bay Area Rep. George Miller, a Democrat, says, "You can make water run uphill if you have enough money."

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Broken Pumps and Dead Fish Throw Wrench in the Works

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With this new structure and the specific focus of each team, we bring a very unique and innovative approach to agricultural asset management

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"Over the past three years, Keith LaVine has proven his ability to build Artesa into a premier brand and we are confident that his leadership will enable us to accomplish our long-term goals for all of our portfolio."

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Dave Powell misses winemaking, but he doesn't miss "waking up in the morning and first thing worrying about the interest coverage ratio."

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When Dr. Timothy Martinson at Cornell University received funding in 2011 for the Northern Grapes Project, he took on a challenge that reached halfway across the United States. The project, which includes 12 universities and 19 producer groups in 14 states from Maine to Nebraska, was designed to address the basic needs of this region: What are the best ways to grow cold-hardy varieties so that the fruit will make quality wines? Some initial answers are now becoming available.

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That's why China's emergence as a wine-buying powerhouse has been a godsend for the industry. For each year of the last decade, Chinese wine consumption by volume surged roughly 25%, according to Vinexpo, a wine intelligence research company. (Its "China" data includes Hong Kong.) Except, that is, last year. Chinese wine consumption dropped 2.2% annually in 2013, says Vinexpo. The main culprits? Importers cite president Xi Jinping's anti-graft crackdown, says Vinexpo's Anne Cusson, as well the slowing of the Chinese economy.

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A steady decline in U.S. business formation may appear to be bad news for the overall economy. But there could be a silver lining: fewer "necessity entrepreneurs." Only about 476,000 new U.S. businesses started up each month in 2013, down 7% from 2012 and 12% from 2011, according to a study expected to be released Wednesday by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

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"No one in the valley has any surplus water this year," says Mendocino County grape grower Zac Robinson. "We'll have to get by with whatever we have in our ponds."

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A more serious threat to vineyards than the grape mealybug, the vine mealybug appears in much larger numbers, causes more problems and is more difficult to control. The best way to manage VMB is preventing it from becoming established, reports Roger Duncan, University of California Cooperative Extension farm advisor for Stanislaus County.

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Alberts died suddenly this past weekend. .... The Coconut Grove Grapevine reports Alberts was involved in a car accident this past Friday

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Farmers can generally fly drones on their own property without trouble from the federal government, but they're operating in a regulatory gray area, experts say. Unmanned aerial vehicles have tremendous potential for agriculture but the Federal Aviation Administration hasn't developed rules for their commercial use, according to experts who spoke at the recent Oregon Precision Farming Expo.

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Adelaida Cellars, Castoro Cellars, Cypher Winery, Hope Family Wines, Jada Vineyard, and Lone Madrone wines will be featured exclusively at the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on April 10, at Barclay's Arena in Brooklyn, New York.

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The unusually cold temperatures and heavy snowfall that enveloped much of the U.S. this past winter have taken a toll on farms-from New York to Kansas to California-that grow everything from grapes used to make wine to wheat for baking bread.

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New York's alcoholic beverage industry employed 85,000 people and the combination of manufacturing, agriculture, distribution and retail had an economic impact of $27 billion in 2012, according to the National Beer Wholesalers Association and New York Wine and Grape Foundation.

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Berry Bros & Rudd is to recreate the iconic Judgment of Paris tasting of 1976 in which wine experts shocked the French wine industry by rating two Californian wines over their French counterparts.

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As of Wednesday morning, Châteaus Smith-Haut-Lafitte, Pichon-Longueville Baron, Prieuré Lichine, Gloria, Suduiraut, Gazin, Chasse Spleen, La Fleur de Boüard and Lynch-Moussas had announced their release prices. But leading négociants and retailers say the wines have failed to create a buzz so far.

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British drinks major Diageo has welcomed Senate Bill LD704, which will allow beer, wine and spirits companies to use different modern methods to engage with and offer promotional pricing to consumers of legal drinking age.

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Spain last year became the world's second-largest wine producer, moving ahead of France - but still behind Italy - thanks to a 31 percent production increase over 2012 to 42.7 million hectoliters (about 1.13 billion gallons), the International Organization of Vine and Wine, or OIV, said Wednesday.

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Last fall, Washington winemakers crushed 900 tons of grenache - a small amount that makes this a grape made in relatively small lots. At nearly $1,900 per ton, grenache also was the state's most expensive grape variety overall, showing just how much in demand it is at this time in the state's history.

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With talk of a vineyard on Belle Isle and a healthy (and growing) local beer and cider brewing and liquor distilling industry, there's clearly a lot of interest in Michigan's alcoholic beverages. A new television show, Wine Warriors, is currently in production and hoping to capitalize on a new passion for local booze and Americans love of reality TV.

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Shares in winemaker Treasury Wine Estates Ltd (ASX: TWE) have surged more than 8% in the last week, as the company's new CEO said he was taking a cold and hard look at the business. CEO Michael Clarke met investors and analysts earlier this week and said the market would not have to wait long for some decisive moves to improve performance to be put into action.

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"Our big 'aha' in Q4 was that people are very willing to click 'buy' on their phone,"

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"We wanted to share my dad's success and legacy in a meaningful way and The James Beard Foundation's mission and educational pursuits resonate strongly with us" said Violet Grgich, daughter and vice president of operations.

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The 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay crafted by Miljenko "Mike" Grgich that was the champion of the 1976 Paris Tasting is part of the exhibit selected by the Smithsonian Institute as one of "101 Objects That Made America." Chosen from 137 million artifacts in the Smithsonian collection, the 1973 Chardonnay is joined by other iconic American objects such as Abraham Lincoln's hat, Alexander Graham Bell's telephone and Neil Armstrong's spacesuit.

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With a hand from Mother Nature, Central Coast wine-grape growers had a good crush last year, helping the state reach a record high harvest and bringing top-notch fruit to wineries eager to ease pent-up demand for California wines. Although many North County growers reported about average to slightly above-average yields per acre in 2013, it was a "nice crop year with good quality," said Dana Merrill, owner of Mesa Vineyard Management and Pomar Junction Vineyard & Winery in Templeton.

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Throughout the program, sommeliers, educators, media, retailers and hotel and restaurant professionals from Japan will interact with winemakers and principals from more than 50 NVV member wineries and will taste nearly 100 different Napa Valley wines.

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For Vinitaly International, the business of Italian viticulture dominated this year's program in Verona, as the international touring arm of Vinitaly launched Vinitaly International Buyer Connect, an experimental project aimed at connecting Italian wineries to foreign buyers, and announced its next initiative dedicated entirely to the business of wine, the Wine2Wine forum planned for December 3-4 in Verona.

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Cain Hickey, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Horticulture working at Tech's Alson H. Smith Jr. Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Winchester, Va., is examining the science behind two popular Virginia wines and how different exposures can change the flavors and aromas.

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After a year's study, the Madison City Council on Tuesday approved a new approach to alcohol licenses designed to confront chronic problems around part of State Street, deliver flexibility Downtown and give more of a voice and predictability to neighborhoods.

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Those who attend this Saturday's Lodi Wine Stroll are encouraged to wear their favorite Easter outfits, hats and bonnets while they traverse School Street and sample the area's finest wines.

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A group of community-based organizations came to Queen's Park today to tell MPPs from all three political parties that when it comes to alcohol sales deregulation, it's just not worth the risk. "Our stand against privatization/deregulation goes back to 1994; we strongly oppose the retailing of beer, wine and alcohol at convenience stores or gas stations," said arrive alive DRIVE SOBER Executive Director Anne Leonard.

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A January 2010 press release highlights growth in the wine industry and reports that Texas had fallen to sixth in the country for wine production. At the time, it had 157 wineries. Fast forward to January 2013, and there are more than 270 wineries spanning thousands of acres, according to the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association.

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This week we've featured the desk of Kathryn Walt Hall, the proprietor of HALL Wines. Hall has been involved in the California wine industry since her family first purchased a vineyard 30 years ago. She has had a distinguished career as a successful businesswoman, community activist, and most recently, as the United States Ambassador to Austria under President Clinton.

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She loved representing Wine Institutes member wineries and was well known as a respected and tireless champion for California wine