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04/25/14

"With two record winegrape harvests in 2012 and 2013, California wineries were able to meet consumer demand, and these recent vintages are receiving high praise worldwide," said Robert P. (Bobby) Koch, Wine Institute President and CEO.

04/25/14

France and China have this week signed a joint "declaration of intent" to counter the sale of fake wine and spirits in China

04/25/14

For the first time, the American Society for Enology and Viticulture will hold its national conference in conjunction with the annual meeting of the ASEV's Eastern Section. Usually ASEV holds its national meeting on the West Coast, and the Eastern Section meets somewhere east of the Mississippi. This year, both meetings will be integrated into a five-day program in Austin from June 23 to 27.

04/25/14

Each of the Rioja DOCa vintages since 2004 inclusive have been rated as either 'very good' or 'excellent'. But, the appellation's ruling council has graded 2013 as just 'good' - a return to 2003 levels - after what it described as 'a difficult year for grapegrowers'

04/25/14

If 2010 was a year in which the winemakers of Bordeaux basked in a growing season that many now look back on as one of the best the region has ever experienced, 2013 will probably go down as the most difficult.

04/25/14

The use of the word "taxes" on a proposed ballot measure to privatize state liquor sales continues to be the subject of a high-stakes legal debate.

04/25/14

Environmental awareness and initiatives abound in the vineyards-and cork forests-around the world

04/25/14

Featuring antique, handcrafted details coupled with modern amenities, the 32-room Spanish-Mediterranean estate on 20 acres offers the best of private, wine country living

04/25/14

"The antioxidant resveratrol, found in wine, might be the key ingredient in wine that helps prevent damage to blood vessels, reduce bad cholesterol or LDL, and increase good cholesterol HDL." Much resveratrol research, however, has been performed on animals and in larger doses than would be found in normal wine consumption.

04/25/14

Vijay Reddy has a significant vineyard presence on the Texas High Plains. He told me that the "primary buds" on his vines were hit hard, but the secondary bud break is doing well after last week's freezes

04/25/14

Sonoma State University's Wine Business Institute is participating in the "Sustainability in the Wine Industry: A Delicious Solution" panel at this year's Sustainable Enterprise Conference on Wednesday, April 30. The panel will focus on Sonoma County's commitment to becoming the first 100 percent sustainable wine region in the nation by 2019, a goal set in January by the Sonoma County Winegrowers. On the panel will be Ray Johnson, director of the Wine Business Institute; Karissa Kruse, president of Sonoma County Winegrowers; and Katie Jackson, director of sustainability and community outreach at Jackson Family Wines.

04/25/14

CANVAS (Concierge Alliance of Napa Valley and Sonoma) is opening its Appellation Event on May 6th to non-CANVAS Members in the Hospitality Industry to give a sampling of one of their very successful educational programs. This is the fifth in a series of immersive evenings for members showcasing the different Appellations of Sonoma County.

04/25/14

For wine lovers, the glass bottles that deliver their favorite beverage can be a bit of an environmental boondoggle, as they're not only heavy to transport, which adds to the carbon footprint of the product, but they're also breakable, which means that they can't be brought to places where glass containers are prohibited.

04/25/14

Top Paso Robles culinary talent will feature the finest and freshest ingredients, artisanal cheeses, Charcuterie, and gourmet dishes paired with regional, seasonal produce. The palate pleasing experience has been specifically designed to complement the wines provided by the 32 Gala winemakers.

04/25/14

Included in this deal are all assets of the Kenwood Vineyards brand including trademarks, inventory, winery and estate vineyards, as well as additional Sonoma County acreage of chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, sauvignon blanc, zinfandel, syrah, malbec, pinot blanc and petite sirah vineyards.

04/25/14

Writer says U.S. Department of Labor employees are just trying to justify their actions in the "hot goods" cases.

04/25/14

The University of California-Davis has set up a website to help growers interpret readings from pressure bombs geared to help them determine how much water their trees need. Such technology is proving popular as the drought persists.

04/25/14

For the second year in a row, a veritable Justice League of winemaking superheroes - Jim "Superman" Clendenen of Au Bon Climat, Bob "Batman" Lindquist of Qupé, Morgan "Wonder Woman" Clendenen of Cold Heaven, Ken "Aquaman" Brown of Ken Brown, Frank "Flash" Ostini of Hitching Post, and so forth - are joining forces to support The Family School of Los Olivos, which many of their children attend or have attended in the past.

04/25/14

Jon Bonné, wine critic of the San Francisco Chronicle, believes the Californian wine industry is experiencing a "rapid" and "vital" revolution as significant as the one that took place in the '70s.

04/25/14

Former Constellation president Troy Christensen is to become CEO of Enotria, replacing current chief executive Alison Levett, who is to leave the business.

04/25/14

A new app has been developed that aims to tackle the growing problem of counterfeit wine in the Chinese market.

04/25/14

The attention of fine wine merchants in Asia is increasingly turning from Hong Kong to Singapore.

04/25/14

Pernod Ricard has returned to the acquisition trail after signing a deal to buy the assets of Kenwood Vineyards in Sonoma, California.

04/25/14

A new documentary film called "An American Wine Story" will screen three times starting this weekend as part of the Newport Beach Film Festival. Directed by David Baker and made by Three Crows Productions in Oregon, the 74-minute film recounts the stories of a dozen winemakers around the country who took the risk to shed their old lives and devote themselves to wine.

04/25/14

For winos and beer-a-philes, there are several festivals coming up in the Central Florida area to taste a everything from a pint to a pinot noire.

04/25/14

Rack & Riddle Custom Wine Services, one of the largest custom crush and winemaking companies in the North Bay area, announced its new Healdsburg facility is expected to be functionally operational June 15, with full capabilities expected August 1. A grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony is slated for August 27 for the new wine production facility, which has undergone improvements since October.

04/25/14

Financial details weren't released, but a Reuters report filed from Paris early Thursday said it was worth "less than $100 million."

04/25/14

Founded by esteemed Italian immigrant Andrea Sbarboro, the former Italian Swiss Colony property features three gargantuan champagne vaults built between 1910 and 1914, as well as a tasting room, the world's largest underground wine storage tank and the Villa Pompeii

04/25/14

Kurniawan's lawyer, Jerome Mooney, III and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Hernandez jointly requested that the sentencing hearing be delayed by five weeks as discussions concerning forfeiture and "a number of related issues" continue

04/25/14

The 8,000-square-foot winery/taproom, housed in a former auto body shop, boasts 44 taps, pouring 36 local and international wines and eight other suds

04/25/14

Climate change, alongside numerous other pressures, is having unprecedented effects on water resources both globally and locally. Retailers need to implement a range of adaptation measures to ensure the sustainability of supply chains.

04/25/14

Desperate times call for desperate measures, and California's severe drought is already inspiring a few

04/25/14

Today, we launch a podcast, which we're dubbing the Great Northwest Winecast. This is a weekly audio show in which we will interview winemakers, winery owners, grape growers, chefs, sommeliers and other luminaries in the Pacific Northwest.

04/25/14

Gerry Vendittelli is hoping to create national buzz about Traverse City-area wineries with a new reality TV show

04/25/14

Americans are buying more wine and paying more for it

04/25/14

Wine has been made in Greece for over 6500 years and it played such a critical role in their civilization that it had its own god; Dionysus

04/25/14

"We've regrouped," said Stewart Creaser, president of the Winery Association of Nova Scotia

04/25/14

While wine barrel innovator Flexcube is targeting New World wineries in the Americas for half of its international sales, the Australian company has not forgotten about vineyards across the Asia-Pacific region

04/25/14

Today the next generation of winegrowers are taking the lead ...

04/25/14

"Here's the attitude. Ohhhh. Don't make me do this. Ohhhh. This is too hard," Boehner whined ...

04/25/14

With just over a month until BottleRock 2014, tickets are being heavily discounted to draw the desired tens of thousands of concertgoers to fill the Napa Valley Expo for the three-day music festival