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05/06/14

The Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) today announced that Auction Napa Valley lots showcasing the quality wines for which Napa Valley is renowned are now live for viewing at auctionapavalley.org. These include lots for the Barrel Auction, the Live Auction and the open-to-all E-Auction

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Walla Walla Community College has eliminated the director position for its vaunted enology and viticulture program because of budget shortfalls. Alan Busacca, a renowned scientist and in-demand vineyard consultant, was abruptly dismissed ...

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"The on-premise has basically been flat," Wayne Chaplin, president and COO of Southern Wine & Spirits, the largest U.S. spirits and wine wholesaler, recently told SND. "There's really a dichotomy, with the high end doing well, and the casual segment continuing to struggle. As such, a broad recovery hasn't occurred over the past few years."

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... from chefs and restaurateurs to cookbook authors and food journalists to restaurant designers and architects and more-the Beard Awards are the highest honor for food and beverage professionals working in North America.

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Wine industry people on the move from April 29 to May 5. New appointments at NakedWines.com, Groth Vineyards & Winery, Sonoma County Winegrowers and more.

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Putah Creek Winery, based in Davis, Calif., opened the only downtown Davis wine tasting room on May 2 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by local dignitaries, winery friends and wine club members.

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The deal marks the first chateau purchase on Bordeaux's right bank for Sylvie Cazes, who is coproprietor of Domaine Jean-Michel Cazes. She named her three children, Pierre, Francois and Julie Regimbeau as joint buyers, alongside herself

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The Sonoma Valley Education Foundation (www.svgreatschools.org) is thrilled to host the very popular and highly anticipated Red & White Ball 2014 in support of the public schools of Sonoma Valley. Saturday, September 6, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Dave Martin's House Party Band will perform at the Sonoma Plaza for the dance party of the year.

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Professor and geneticist Dr. Linda Bisson of the University of California, Davis, will join a prestigious group of wine and grape industry leaders who have received the American Society for Enology and Viticulture's (ASEV) Merit Award for outstanding contribution to the Society and the industry. The long-time American Journal of Enology and Viticulture (AJEV) Science Editor will receive the 2014 Merit Award following her presentation, "The Information Landscape Transformation: The Changing Role of Scientific Societies," on June 26, 2014, at the 65th ASEV National Conference in Austin, Texas.

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Sustainable farming doesn't preclude the use of man-made chemicals, but instead urges their use in moderation and in the context of the winery as a whole. Unfortunately, sustainability is one of those terms that has been browbeaten into meaninglessness. Everyone calls out sustainability in their marketing materials but nailing down a firm definition is difficult.

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A key advisory group told Gov. Jerry Brown's administration Monday that regulation must be part of the fight against overdrafting precious groundwater -- the state's declining safety net in drought crisis

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Wine industry icon Gary Heck, who is recognized not only for his business success but also for his leadership and integrity, will receive Sonoma State's 2014 honorary degree at the University's May 10 commencement at the 3 p.m. ceremony.

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"Early on we learned that peer-to-peer reviews significantly influence which of our member destinations travelers book reservations with ..."

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Raise a Glass to Ontario Act 114 aims at cutting red tape for local brewers, cideries, wineries and vineyards by eliminating transportation and warehousing regulations, as well as allowing producers to sell products from other wineries or breweries at their on-site stores. "This bill is now going to end up in the vacuum because of the election that was just called," Smith said. "But it's still a very important piece of legislation that signifies we need serious changes in the way we sell alcohol in the province."

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Wine sales are coming to theSt. Jacobs Farmers' Market starting May 10. Two Niagara Region wineries will have bottles of Ontario-made product for sale at outdoor booths. "We see this as a great opportunity to get access to market and to be able to sell to our consumers," said Paul Pender, at Tawse Wineryin Vineland.

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The 4th Annual Virginia Wine Country Half Marathon, produced by Destination Races, sponsored by Visit Loudoun and Newton Running, will be held at Doukénie Winery in Purcellville, Virginia on Saturday, May 31, 2014. This wine-themed race is the only East Coast location for the popular Wine Country Half Marathon series.

05/06/14

Chef Adolfo Veronese will open Aventine Glen Ellen at the revered 170-year-old Gristmill in Jack London Village. Aventine Glen Ellen will be a straight-out Osteria with a full bar, on premise brewery, inside and outside dining, and fresh, farm-to-table modern Italian dishes. Perfect for weddings and private events, this location captures the beauty of its natural surroundings and rich Sonoma history.

05/06/14

Finger Lakes Wine Country, in partnership with Finger Lakes Wine Alliance, is excited to announce the second annual Finger Lakes Wine Month beginning May 1, 2014. This month-long celebration will feature special offers at wineries, tasting rooms, restaurants, wine bars, retailers, and attractions as well as getaway packages at top Finger Lakes Wine Country accommodations.

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As the start of the second season of homegrown celebrity chef and restaurateur Guy Fieri's cable television show Guy's Grocery Games nears, "Flavortown Market" now has a Santa Rosa address.

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Nine of the nation's top 10 agricultural counties are in California, according to the 2012 Census of Agriculture. Farm groups say the data underscores the need for water in the Golden State's farm belt.

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As the state again grapples with historic dryness, Santa Barbara, the city nicknamed the "American Riviera" has its eye on restarting the idled facility to hedge against current and future droughts.

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More efficient sprinkler irrigation packages getting a look in the Central Valley of California.

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Antique Wine Company founder says former Yquem director signed off on 1787 wine; director denies that

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News that David Beckham is to put his name to a new whisky is just the latest in a series of celebrity drink endorsements. But, Richard Foster asks, do such link-ups guarantee good sales?

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Erin Smith talks to Liv-ex director Justin Gibbs about the struggling en primeur and the implications this year's campaign has on fine wine investments.

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The Sonoma County Winegrowers group is committing a significant share of its resources to reach its goal of certifying all of the county's vineyards as sustainable. On April 28 the group announced it had hired Robert LaVine as its new sustainability manager, adding another full-time position to the Winegrowers' small staff. Part of LaVine's new role will be helping growers in the North Coast county to achieve third-party sustainable certification for their vineyards.

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The public has embraced Sancerre, but the intelligentsia and sommeliers often sneer at it.

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Republican senators are getting more details about the latest plan to liberalize Pennsylvania's sale of alcoholic beverages. No vote was scheduled, and a spokesman said Monday that Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi continues to seek votes to pass the plan.

05/06/14

Vinepair, a blog dedicated to making wine more accessible to a growing audience, put together a couple of maps showing who imported the most American beer and wine in 2013.

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On Monday, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley signed a bill to allow salon customers to have a glass of wine or champagne while getting their hair styled at salons in Montgomery County.

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It took local vintners and vineyard owners "a long time to figure out what works" in our soil and climate, notes Matthew Brown of Wine Warehouse, in an observation that wouldn't have surprised Jefferson.

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Marc Sorini got his first taste of life as an alcohol lawyer two decades ago as a young attorney working for the California winery that makes the wine known as "Two-Buck Chuck." Sorini, now head of McDermott Will & Emery's alcohol regulatory and distribution group in Washington, was part of the legal team for Bronco Wine Co., which produces Trader Joe's Charles Shaw label - commonly known as Two-Buck Chuck. The winery was facing off against regulators who claimed the brand name of a wine, Rutherford Vineyards, was misleading because it did not reflect the region where the grapes were grown.

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Here are three Sancerres that I suggest you try to find ...

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The new recipient of the Winemakers' Winemaker award, Anne-Claude Leflaive, embodies a combination of tradition and innovation

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n the 1960s, the sagrantino grape was disappearing from the hillsides around the town of Montefalco, in Italy's Umbria region

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U.S. sales of Burgundy wines continue to grow and show no sign of slowing, despite a strong Euro and a "shortage of product" pushing up prices

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The program is modeled after ones in Oregon and Washington