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04/29/14

The EPA published the long-awaited proposed rule for defining the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act (CWA).

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Aug. 20 event will focus on winery implementation

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Wine industry people on the move from April 22 to April 28. New appointments at B.R. Cohn, Saxco International and Union Wine Company.

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"With the new additions, our total annual volume is now at around 700,000 cases, and revenues are at nearly $70 million. We see our business expanding well beyond $100 million over the next two years ... "

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What's a carrot? It's an incentive message. A user is prompted with a reminder that is activated during the purchase process. The message can be anything from giving birthday greetings to club member discounts to an offer of reduced shipping in exchange for adding a few more bottles to the order

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... during times state water is in short supply. At a cost of about $3 million, the almost mile-long pipeline is projected to bring emergency water supplies to Morro Bay and multiple public facilities on Highway 1 in northern San Luis Obispo County. County public works engineers are completing plans for the pipeline which is slated to only be used when state water is unavailable.

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Because of his research trials, growers now have a new, tested tool - mechanical crop estimation and thinning - to adjust cropping levels to seasonal conditions

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James Martin says Copa Di Vino now employs 150 employees and harvests 400 acres in the largest planting area in Oregon

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The goal is to move about 30 people in the administrative group - finance, accounting, information technology departments as well as the heads of sales and marketing - from the Pine Ridge Vineyards property at 5901 Silverado Trail east of Yountville to the new location in July, according to Erle Martin, president and chief executive officer.

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Work on the 67,000-square-foot winery at 451 Moore Ln. in Healdsburg has been progressing since it was first leased in October. It is expected to be functionally operational June 15, with full capabilities expected Aug. 1,

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New this year, Thursday's Vintner Welcome Parties will show Auction attendees Napa Valley's relaxed, down to earth side and the casual camaraderie and deep agricultural roots for which the region's vintners are known

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Investors have been looking to so-called en primeur sales of 2013 wines, before they are bottled and delivered, to give impetus to Bordeaux prices, which have declined amid growing interest in wine from other regions. The Liv-ex Fine Wine 50 Index is heading for its eighth straight monthly drop.

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what will the Senate's plan actually look like once it's set in legislation?

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Islands are alluring, often magical - and a strong sense of identity and quirky insular culture often evolves from their isolation from the mainland, surrounded by the sea. Some folks island hop on vacation -- we hop to island wineries.

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Where to sip:

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The recipients of the Business Journal's eighth annual Forty Under 40, selected from more than 180 nominations representing more than 130 individuals, were chosen on the basis of their leadership in companies and organizations as well as their participation within the community across the North Bay.

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With the 32nd Annual Paso Robles Wine Festival set to take place in just a few weeks, officials have announced that tickets for various events May 15 - 18 are selling quickly and advise the community to purchase tickets now to ensure a spot at one or all of the events.

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they forgot a few, ... BR Cohn, St. Michelle, etc

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California wine sales rose by 5% in 2013 to capture 64% of total US sales, according to new figures released by the Wine Institute.

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American buyers were out in force at Sotheby's New York sale this week, in an auction that made US$1.4 million and was dominated by Bordeaux. Lafite and its fellow first growths were back to winning ways at the sale on 26 April, though largely due to an absence of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti in the line-up.

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The first biotech labeling bill to reach enactment has been passed by the Vermont legislature.

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State lawmakers last week approved a sweeping rewrite of the Series 13 farm winery license criteria that requires wineries to manufacture wine on-site or produce it from fruit grown on at least five acres of land they own or lease. Wineries have until Jan. 1, 2019, to come into compliance or lose their Series 13 license.

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As if we don't have enough gimmicks on the wine market, now comes two "developments" to provide something new to plague us. First is Palcohol, a freeze-dried drink in a bag that may soon hit the corner grocery near you. The packets will come in cocktail flavors, such as cosmopolitan and margarita. The second gimmick we fund is wine in a can - a paint can.

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Shipments of Californian wine within the U.S. rose 3 percent in volume terms to 215 million cases last year and climbed 5 percent in dollar terms to a retail value of $23.1 billion, Drinks Business Review said.

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The first Toast Nebraska wine festival will feature music, food and, of course, wine tastings. The event will be held Saturday and Sunday at Mahoney State Park near Ashland in eastern Nebraska.

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A new wine business targeting menopausal women has been set up in the United States called Hot Flash Wines.

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Apart from the introduction of twist-off caps, glass wine bottles have remained impervious to innovation for centuries-mainly because there's nothing wrong with them. Or is there? Come to think of it, they're awfully heavy to lug around. That's the insight behind Paperboy, a new brand of wine packaged in cardboard sleeves, making it not only easier to carry but kinder to the planet.

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Blacksquare founders Mathew Protti and David Gluzman developed Blackboxx, an online ecommerce platform that, since 2011, has been enabling winemakers to transcend boundaries and government protectionism by selling their products on the Internet. In the process, they have helped create new markets and a surge in sales for small estate wineries in Canada and around the world.

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For the first time in eight years, Florida has no finalists in the competition, although Tampa fared especially well in the semifinals: Greg Baker of the Refinery and Chad Johnson of SideBern's each were nominated in the Best Chef: South category, Joey Redner of Tampa's Cigar City Brewing received a nomination for Outstanding Wine, Spirits or Beer Professional, and Bern's Steak House was nominated in the Outstanding Restaurant category. The rest of Florida received a total of five semifinalist nominations.

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Naked Wines is preparing for the next stage in its rapid growth by joining a London Stock Exchange business support programme

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The Jacksons renamed it Yangarra Estate and quietly went to work on improving things

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Casale, who had relocated to L.A. from Akron, Ohio, was befriending young restaurateurs such as Puck, Michael McCarty, Piero Selvaggio and Jeremiah Tower, all of whom were guiding him into wine

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If you want to bring your own wine to The French Laundry or Per Se, you can, but be prepared to pay $150 a bottle for the privilege

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"I see no reason to buy most (and possibly all) of these wines en primeur. Unless we see drastic price reductions in the next fortnight, I still think that's the case"

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Ahhh, Franzia. Everyone recalls the intimate joy of ripping open that cardboard box and fumbling around for the plastic spout like some kind of strange foreplay, before pouring it into definitely-not-wine-glasses. But now that we're not broke college students, and maybe even have classy standards -- how does "The World's Most Popular Wine" stack up?

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The designation by itself does not obligate the Board to fund activities related to these pests, it does position the Board to quickly respond to specific outbreaks or finds with education and outreach efforts, and it allows the Board to target research projects for longer-term control efforts