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Wednesday, July 30th

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Ryan Harms and his Union Wine Company continue making moves, the latest being the acquisition of Amity Vineyards. Amity Vineyards is one of Oregon's pioneering brands. The vineyard was planted in 1971 by Jerry and Ann Preston and purchased three years later by Myron Redford, who has owned it ever since

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Executives at the international jeweler believe the Napa winery's label looks too familiar

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Vineyard owners blame bureaucracy as California district cuts off all agricultural water, limits home use

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An action packed series of keynotes will cover a wide range of topics

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Napa is bracing for BottleRock's return next month under new management and scaled-down ambitions from last year's debut, which attracted an astonishing lineup of rock stars and legions of fans, but also left a raft of financial problems

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Michel Rolland has defended his role as an international wine consultant capable of managing the quality of wine on up to 200 wine estates around the world

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Inventing things is not John Ward's profession, but architecture led him to an invention that saves money - and the environment. As an architect designing a Napa Valley winery, Ward conceived the solution, called the VinValve, during the design phase of a project.

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The university has a $33 billion endowment to invest, and California vineyard plots with water rights are suddenly attractive

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The result is a must with a lower anthocyanin content, which leads to wines with less colour and therefore lower quality. The results of the research, led by the agricultural engineer Urtzi Leibar, have been presented at the conference of the European Geosciences Union (EGU), held in Vienna (Austria)

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Wine Spectator's 13th annual tasting kicked off with a bang in New York

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According to the book "Supercrunchers", the answer is yes. Imagine trying to determine if 2013 will be a good year for cabernet because you want to invest in wine futures or want to place an early order for a few cases of the good stuff from your wine merchant. The usual approach is to ask a wine connoisseur who has decades of experience and uses the "swish and spit" technique to expose complex wine flavors.

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The seminar kicks off with a Grape and Bulk Wine Market Update and Trends by Glenn Proctor, partner/ broker of Ciatti Company. John Segale of Precision Public Relations will provide tips on communicating the grower's story and delivering key messages.

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Now in its third year, the festival will once again invite local artists to create artwork en plein air (in open air) throughout the day, followed by an art reception and auction later in the evening, accompanied by live music with local food and wine.

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Kentucky is world-famous for bourbon. It's also filled to the brim with bizarre liquor laws. A Kentucky Supreme Court Justice once described the state's alcohol laws as a "maze of obscure statutory language" that are "confusing at best."

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The recognition of an AVA is based largely on its uniqueness of soils and geology, geography, climate and, to a lesser degree, its historical significance. The OKD is one of the oldest grape-growing areas in Napa Valley beginning with Capt. JW Osborne's purchase of land 3 miles south of Yountville, which he named Oak Knoll around 1850.

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"We are delighted to have Ross join our team. He brings terrific credentials in crafting top quality wine in Napa Valley and we look forward to him making his mark on Bello Family's portfolio."

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Scotland's proposal to set a minimum price on wine, beer and spirits has been referred to the European Court of Justice, where a judgement could set a precedent across the EU.

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Organic wine firm Vintage Roots saw sales surge by 12% in the last nine months marking a return to growth following "several years of sales stagnation."

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With the release of Vieux Château Certan, L'Eglise Clinet and Léoville Poyferré this morning, the end of the Bordeaux 2013 campaign is in sight.

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London's restaurant scene is notoriously mercurial with new trends constantly emerging for food and drink. db's Lucy Shaw reveals ten of the current hottest ones.

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Australian winemaker McWilliam's has revamped its packaging and launched a new range of wines as it restructures its global portfolio.

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Industrial action at western US ports now looks "unavoidable" say opposing sides in the dispute - putting wine shipments in jeopardy.

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The UK's largest retailer Tesco has had its credit rating downgraded by Standard & Poor following a "greater than anticipated" decline in like-for-like sales and lower profitability.

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Senator Chuck McIlhinney (R-Bucks/Montgomery) wants Pennsylvania to catch up. He's working on a bill that would put beer and wine in grocery stores, let beer distributors sell six packs instead of just cases, and let citizens purchase wine online and ship it directly to their homes.

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Southwest Michigan apples survived the brutal winter of 2013-2014 relatively unscathed, but raspberries and wine grapes suffered significant winter damage, Michigan State University's weekly report of fruit progress shows.

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Terlato Wines announced that it will import the wines of Anselmi, one of the most innovative and respected wineries in the Veneto region of Northern Italy. The long-term agreement with Anselmi deepens Terlato's Italian portfolio with a collection of premium still wines from the Soave region.

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An array of hors d'oevres and light fare-along with more than 150 wines-will define the 7th Annual New Jersey Spring Wine Festival next Friday, May 9.

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Christy Paulson, Fort Ripley, was recently awarded the Elmer Swenson Scholarship at the recent Cold Climate Conference banquet for the second year in a row Paulson attends the Central Lakes College (CLC) and is enrolled in the Viticulture (grape growing) Enology (wine chemistry) Science and Technology Alliance (VESTA) program.

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Domaine Somm, a new business in Calistoga, hosted an open house for hospitality and wine industry members Tuesday to introduce them to the facility and offerings on the second floor of 1345 Lincoln Ave. The business has a "design your own wine club" in which members can choose how many bottles of wine they would like to receive either on a monthly or quarterly basis, how much they want to spend each time, and what type of wine they would like to receive. They also have a special wine club for those in the industry.

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Chinese customers may have renewed confidence their Australian wine and goods purchases are the real deal with a proposed 'authenticity app'.

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Fitch Ratings has affirmed all the ratings for Constellation Brands Inc. (Constellations) at 'BB+'. Constellation had approximately $7.0 billion of debt at Feb. 28, 2014. The Rating Outlook is Stable.

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Grape owners are finally getting an idea of just how bad this winter was, and Wollersheim Winery owners expect to lose up to 50 percent of their crop. Owner Phillipe Coquard said he's used to Wisconsin winters, but his crop couldn't stand a chance against this year's record-breaking stretch of below-zero temperatures.

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The sixth annual Blacksburg Fork and Cork festival this Saturday will feature 23 wineries - a record number for the event. "More wineries want to be a part of it," said Diane Akers, Blacksburg Partnership president. "There are also more and more wineries in the state of Virginia."

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Asking colleagues in the wine industry for producers I should visit, the name Kim Engle, followed by the phrase "I love Bloomer Creek wines," popped up repeatedly. Bloomer Creek wasn't well-known, wasn't publicly lauded like Weimer or Dr. Konstantin Frank, household Finger Lakes winery names.

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A crime ring that steals new chain saws and small engine equipment from retailers has been broken up by a multi-agency investigation, Tulare County Acting Sheriff Mike Boudreaux said Wednesday

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The severe winter has resulted in significant crop losses for Wisconsin's largest winery

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While the thought of a bottle of Penfolds Grange may now leave a bitter taste in the mouth of former NSW premier Barry O'Farrell, a new list ranking Australia's best drops has given the wine top billing

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The American economy slowed drastically in the first quarter of 2014, as wintry weather depressed corporate spending and housing sector activity, while weak exports and smaller additions to inventories by businesses also held back growth

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A coalition of business leaders that support Harkin's bill say the current minimum wage of $7.25 per hour - and not the proposed increase - is what is hurting businesses and the economy

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The Missouri Wine and Grape Board and the University of Missouri's Grape and Wine Institute are partnering with the University of Georgia and the Vineyard and Winery Association of West Georgia to help rebuild the Georgia's once prevalent grape and wine industry.