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05/02/14

The House proposal was added as an amendment to the state's $36.2 billion state budget for the July 1 fiscal year

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The Petaluma Gap Winegrowers Alliance has launched a campaign to put the area on the map, the American Viticultural Area map, specifically, a move they say will make the industry more lucrative.

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By exploring the chemistry of volatile sulfur compound formation and the important role played by metals, these common winemaking observations can be better understood, potentially leading to recommendations of ways to reduce the risk of unwanted reductive aromas

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"This morning's market reaction suggests the market would be happy with them being sold and looking that those assets would be more valuable in the hands of another operator."

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Dual model is rare near San Luis Obispo, though wineries have found success in other regions

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Francis Ford Coppola has launched a lower alcohol wine range called Gia after his granddaughter, Gia Coppola, who was instrumental in crafting the look and taste of the new wines.

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For a record thirteenth straight month the Liv-ex 100 index has fallen, with Bordeaux the chief casualty

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The Commerce Department reported on Thursday that consumers boosted their spending by a large 0.9% in March. Health-care demand related to the Affordable Care Act temporarily lifted service spending, but consumers also caught up on goods purchases postponed in the winter. The March numbers mean consumer spending starts the second quarter at a high level. But after surviving the drag of winter, households must now confront the pressure of rising food prices.

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After spending his life turning a remote mountain spot into the source of some of California's greatest Pinot Noirs, Josh Jensen now has to start thinking about his legacy.

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The amendment, introduced by House Minority Leader Bradley Jones, a North Reading Republican, would allow anyone with a license to manufacture wine to apply for a license to ship wine to Massachusetts. "It's about consumer choice. It's about consumer accessibility and, quite frankly, it comes back to why not?" Jones said.

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After three years of planning, Sonoma County's new renewable energy-focused electricity provider, Sonoma Clean Power, on Thursday officially began serving its first group of more than 20,000 customers.

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State water managers were expecting more bad news Thursday as they take the season's last measurement of the Sierra Nevada snowpack, a key source of water in drought-stricken California.

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Hong Kong Michelin-star restaurant Amber's signature frog legs in crispy kataifi earned the restaurant a place in S. Pellegrino's "World's 50 Best Restaurants" for the fourth year running. But while Amber gets to savor its prestigious win, other restaurants in the Greater China region previously on the list have been knocked off of their pedestal this year.

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Several Burgundy winemakers fear that the arrival of French luxury goods group LVMH in their region, via its acquisition of Clos des Lambrays, could lead to an unwelcome era of big company owners and 'astronomical' wine prices.

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A new online platform offering companies the chance to open up an "online shop" is attracting the attention of leading drinks businesses in Singapore.

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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.

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British men enjoy drinking wine at home but avoid ordering it in a pub in case their friends make fun of them, a recent survey has claimed.

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With the pricing of Bordeaux futures a large part of the failure of three successive campaigns, the depreciation of recent back vintages shows that high pricing does not help châteaux protect their "brand".

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Catherine Bugue picks an "incredible" Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, while Fred Tasker debates the popularity of Sauvignon Blanc which smells of "cat pee".

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Japanese drinks group Suntory has finalised its US$16 billion acquisition of Beam Inc, creating Beam Suntory Inc.

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The driver of a Lamborghini which crashed at speeds of 100 mph killing its passenger, vodka entrepreneur Malcolm Lloyd, was more than two times over the legal drinking limit.

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Plus, Sir Richard Branson buys a piece of South African wine history, and Hungary establishes new rules for Tokaji

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The Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association is fighting license requests in other cities, pointing to market saturation and fines in other states.

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The density of wine-tasting rooms in Carmel-by-the-Sea is so high that when considering the appeal of a permit, City Attorney Don Freeman and City Councilman Ken Talmage both had to recuse themselves because the proposed tasting room is within 500 feet of their offices.

05/02/14

More than two dozen Niagara-on-the-Lake wineries are gearing up for a month-long promotion that they say creates a strong foundation for landing new customers. The annual springtime event, now called "Sip & Sizzle" - and formerly, "Wines & Herbs", is set to begin on May 2 and run weekends through May 25.

05/02/14

Winemaker Australian Vintage, whose brands include McGuigan, Passion Pop and Tempus Two, says the amount of grapes it crushed for the 2014 vintage fell by nearly a fifth as a result of frost late last year. And it expects the 2014 crush for the whole industry will be down on 2013 because of the damaging frost.

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This year's grape growing event will be on May 9 and is a must for those wanting to grow vitis vinifera grapes. The focus this year will be Tempranillo grapes and the related wine making of those Spanish-born grapes.