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04/18/14

The posh Manhattan store that introduced many of France's top wines to America aims to stay relevant in an era of gray-market wines and online retail

04/18/14

Many lawmakers and activists have assumed the issue was off the table in an election year. But Mr. Boehner said at a Las Vegas fundraiser last month he was "hellbent on getting this done this year."

04/18/14

Officials already knew that the snowpack was unusually thin and would provide below average amounts of water when it melted, considering that the state had its third-driest winter on record, following its driest calendar year in 2013. However, they did not anticipate it would melt so quickly.

04/18/14

Weather is similar to other regions where top grapes are produced

04/18/14

Karen Ross, secretary of the California State Department of Food and Agriculture, will be one of the speakers at the 19th annual Vineyard Economics Seminar taking place on Wednesday, May 14, at the Napa Valley Marriott Hotel & Spa in Napa

04/18/14

Some growers lower prices, consider replanting with different types

04/18/14

Authorities in China have been clamping down on gift-giving among public officials, corruption and exuberant living

04/18/14

The ultimate Earth Day story is on tap this year as restaurants and venues nationwide, including Pebble Beach Resorts, Marriott Hotels and Caesars Entertainment, have significantly reduced their wast

04/18/14

Starfield Vineyards announced the launch of its portfolio of five limited-production wines from Napa Valley and Bordeaux. Founded in 2011 by father-son team, Tom and Rob Sinton, Starfield Vineyards produces wines sourced from select cooler vineyard sites in premier winegrowing regions.

04/18/14

A growing loan portfolio, higher interest rates and improved asset quality helped first-quarter earnings for Santa Rosa's Exchange Bank increase 26.6 percent versus the same period one year ago, according to an announcement from the bank.

04/18/14

Federal regulatory inertia on the commerical use of unmanned aerial vehicles could stiffle innovation as farmers and entrepreneurs find ways to use drones in agriculture.

04/18/14

Sangria has been tipped for international success with Millennials expected to lead a trend for sweet, fruity wines, according to research by Mintel.

04/18/14

At a recent tasting Napa winemakers said they preferred the 2012 vintage over 2011, marking a taste for greater acidity and less-oaked flavours.

04/18/14

A former Napa wine executive has pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $1 million from an online wine network.

04/18/14

The majority of Britons wrongly believe that wine is healthier than beer, when in fact moderate drinking of any alcohol is the key to good health, according to the Campaign for Real Ale.

04/18/14

Colette Bancroft recommends a "deeply satisfying" Cabernet Sauvignon, while Stacey Vreeken picks an "orange" Pinot Gris from California's Beauregard Vineyard.

04/18/14

Wine lovers in the United States are drinking more New Zealand wines than ever, with double-digit annual percentage increases in the value of imports for the past five straight years. As demand increases, investors are also developing a taste for Kiwi wine. Recent acquisitions in the New Zealand wine market by two U.S.-based major players-Foley Family Wines and Terroir Selections-signal an increasing confidence in the wines' future.

04/18/14

"In the emerging markets currency volatility and caution about the outlook for GDP growth are negatively impacting business and consumer confidence," said Ivan Menezes, chief executive of Diageo.

04/18/14

Rémy Cointreau has warned that full year profits may plummet by 35 to 40%, thanks to a fall in Chinese sales.

04/18/14

Peterson's new project relies on much smaller backers for support -- 200,000 smaller backers. He is using NakedWines.com -- a crowd-funding platform designed specifically for winemakers and wine drinkers.

04/18/14

Visiting and local wine enthusiasts will soon have options besides their sometimes unreliable GPS systems in navigating South County's 20-plus wineries and vineyards-some tucked deep into the folds of rural hillsides-as county officials approved a new sign program directing motorists to the viticultural destinations.

04/18/14

While anti-corruption laws have had a negative impact on the previously brisk sales of big-name wines, there is now a greater interest in entry level and good value wines. These might be from large Chinese vineyards or imports with a good pedigree. Imports have been helped by the resolution of a trade dispute between the mainland and the European Union.

04/18/14

"Attitudes seem to have changed over just the past year. Rosés are becoming trendier and trendier, leaving more room for different interpretations."

04/18/14

Sagrantino is in the early stages of the wine consumer's consciousness-if it is there at all. And that's a good thing. Only in the last 20 years have winemakers learned how to tame its aggressive tannins.

04/18/14

Students do battle with cancer-causing fungus occurring in crushed grapes

04/18/14

Water flows uphill ... toward money. That's as true now as it was the first time it was uttered by some now unknown cynic. Sen. Dianne Feinstein is proving it

04/18/14

The first phase would be construction of a recycled water production facilities at the wastewater treatment plant and approximately the first mile of pipeline, Monn says. Subsequent phases would extend water delivery with a pipe system

04/18/14

Diageo has announced flat sales for the nine months ended 31 March 2014 due to weakness in emerging market sales

04/18/14

David Pack joined forces with talented musicians and songwriters from five prominent valley wineries to create "Napa Crossroads," a recorded collection of original music that will be celebrated in a benefit performance at City Winery on April 28. He calls the CD "my love letter to Napa Valley."

04/18/14

The move by Cape Mentelle comes after members of the Margaret River Wine Association voted overwhelmingly to challenge the LVMH-owned estate's claims to trademark rights on Wallcliffe as a standalone name

04/18/14

The wine-type grape acreage is estimated at 570,000 acres. Of the total acres, 525,000 were bearing and 45,000 were non-bearing.

04/18/14

Jackson Family Wines and others lead charge to scoop up properties in Oregon, Washington