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05/07/14

The new technology, AutoFile, allows wineries now filing as many as 800 reports and tax payments per year to various state agencies to completely automate this time-consuming process.

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"This is the game changer for the direct-to-consumer channel that we've been working toward for a long time"

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"By lowering the barrier to adhere to these rules and regulations, we hope that even more wineries will begin to ship to more states ..."

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he time is right for Wayne to lead Southern into the future," said Harvey. "His contribution to Southern's growth during his tenure, along with the support of our senior executive team, has been tremendous."

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Delectable's competitors include Drync and Vivino, both of which TechCrunch has covered before. All apps let you scan labels, share wine recommendations with other users, and find places to buy your new favorite vintage. One key way in which Delectable differentiates, however, is by offering recommendations from professional sommeliers

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After much back and forth, I got a list of 10: There are some of the expected - two Pinot Noirs, two Cabernet Sauvignon or Bordeaux-style reds, and a Chardonnay; but there are also the unexpected - a Roussanne, a Semillon, and a sweet Black Muscat

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The effects of human-induced climate change are being felt in every corner of the United States, scientists reported Tuesday, with water growing scarcer in dry regions, torrential rains increasing in wet regions, heat waves becoming more common and more severe, wildfires growing worse, and forests dying under assault from heat-loving insects

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Wine Institute of California was given the 2014 Amorim Sustainability Award for a generic organization by The Drinks Business, a London-based industry trade publication. Wine Institute established the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA) with the California Association of Winegrape Growers more than a decade ago ...

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It was inevitable: Sooner or later, a California winemaking giant would land in the Willamette Valley. And so, last spring, the news broke that California's Jackson Family Wines, a family-owned corporation best-known for its Kendall-Jackson brand, had purchased more than 1,350 acres of wine-country property as well as the Solena winery facility.

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Duarte Nursery celebrated its 15th annual Friends Day with a luncheon and trade show that featured 110 vendors, according to Marketing Manager Lily Penfold

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The global success of wines from Tuscany shows no signs of slowing down. Tuscan wine exports grew 46 percent during the period of 2009 to 2013.

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Adam and Dianna Lee found their way to the White House, but they didn't enter like the majority of visitors, through the front door of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. This year marks the winery's 20th anniversary, and the couple is celebrating its milestone with a free open house Saturday at the Santa Rosa winery.

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Along the way the founders had to test the market for a new idea, raise $20 million or so in debt and equity, completely change the business model and-defying their board-hire a lobbyist to change a Prohibition-era law freezing them out of Florida

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Southern Oregon and Northern California are currently in severe to extreme drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Now people working in agriculture are becoming concerned about the availability of water through late summer and early fall.

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Rock Ferry Wines has been ordered to pay almost $10,000 to a cellar door employee who was unfairly dismissed. The Employment Relations Authority has ruled that Renwick woman Jan Rutherford was unjustifiably dismissed as a winery investigation was not done properly.

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The change continues the evolution of the brand's consistent high-end messaging with a bolder crest and an increase in distinct quality cues such as emphasizing the winery's family ownership and Sonoma heritage as well as a slight color scheme change to softer, richer tones. The new package started shipping in April with the 2011 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon, will continue in June with the 2012 Sonoma County Chardonnay and be fully rolled out in August with the addition of the 2011 Sonoma County Merlot.

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In the 1960s, the sagrantino grape was disappearing from the hillsides around the town of Montefalco, in Italy's Umbria region. Considered indigenous to the area, sagrantino, a sturdy red grape, had been cultivated at least since the Middle Ages. The monks grew it to make a sweet sacramental wine from the dried grapes.

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The search for serious greatness in Portugal's grandest wine zone

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Chosen the outstanding restaurant was the Slanted Door in San Francisco. Shed, in Healdsburg, Calif., was recognized for outstanding design. The award for best service was given to the restaurant at Meadowood, in the Napa Valley, breaking New York's three-year winning streak. And in the awards' Western region, the best chef was another Californian, Daniel Patterson of Coi in San Francisco

05/07/14

Treasury Wine Estates is committing itself to a multimillion pound spend across the UK off-trade this summer as it announces a 17% increase in its own off-trade sales to £193 million in 2013-2014 (Nielsen MAT March 29, 2014).

05/07/14

Pernod Ricard USA, the premium spirits and wine company in the U.S., and Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. (Southern), the nation's leading spirits and wine distributor, today announced a national effort to promote retailer engagement with The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (FAAR), a national not-for-profit funded by distillers aimed at reducing drunk driving and underage drinking.

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Champagne faces genuine pressure from rising costs, the popularity of sparkling wines and sur latte trading but Project 2030 aims to rectify the situation by reaffirming the image and quality of the region.

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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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Santa Rosa chef John Ash won a 2014 James Beard Foundation Book Award for his 2013 cookbook, "Culinary Birds: The Ultimate Poultry Cookbook" (Running Press, 2013) in the category of single subject book. The Healdsburg Shed, designed by Jensen Architects of San Francisco, won an Outstanding Restaurant Design Award. The award was given for a North American restaurant with 76 and over seats designed or renovated since Jan. 1, 2011.

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Proponents of labeling of genetically enhanced foods are trying again in California, where a bill is moving through the Legislature. The effort comes less than two years after voters narrowly rejected a similar measure.

05/07/14

An effort to place a small coffer dam of sand bags into the Columbia River to improve an irrigation system was curtailed May 5 because of high river flows. Orchards have water now but could run short in summer.

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An organic advocate recently found herself in handcuffs due to a dispute over synthetic substances used in organic farming. The incident occurred during an April 29 meeting of the National Organic Standards Board, which advises the USDA on organic policy.

05/07/14

Manual and electronic readings recorded the water content in the state's snowpack on May 2 at just 18 percent of average for the date. That was even more dismal than the 32-percent estimate during the April 1 snow survey.

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

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For the second year in a row, The Restaurant at Meadowood has received a prestigious award from the New York-based James Beard Foundation. Last year, restaurant chef Christopher Kostow was named best chef in the western region of the United States.

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Joseph Panarello, a Garden State native and culinary gypsy, just launched the food program at City Winery Napa. Not only does Panarello oversee a 100-seat dining room on the ground floor of the historic Napa Valley Opera House, he's also turning out everything from small bites and burgers to hearty dinner plates for up to 300 music fans attending shows in the upstairs performance space on any given night.

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Sparkling wine is becoming fashionable in China following the release of Chinese film series Tiny Times, according to Wine Intelligence.

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Growing bigger every year, Vinexpo Asia-Pacific is upon us once again, with more space, exhibitors and products to explore and enjoy.

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Diageo is reportedly in advanced talks with Alliance Global Group as a possible purchaser of the Whyte & Mackay spirits business, according to the financial press.

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Fine wine counterfeiter Rudy Kurniawan, who faces up to 40 years in prison for mail and wire fraud, says he should receive time served because his multimillion-dollar scheme was part of a pathetic attempt to impress famous new friends such as Jackie Chan.

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Democrats on Tuesday blasted a day-old plan being circulated by Republican senators to liberalize Pennsylvania's sale of alcoholic beverages and loosen state control by allowing thousands of private retailers to sell bottles of wine to go.

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AZ Wine Lifestyle magazine, formerly known as Arizona Vines and Wines, will return to print this winter under new ownership. The quarterly magazine, which has been in publication since 2008, and website have been sold to John and Michelle Johnson.

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Red White and Food - the coalition launched by the Tennessee Grocers & Convenience Store Association to push expanded wine sales - is becoming an independent nonprofit to continue its push in local communities.

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For their 'Grow Our Own: Job readiness for the Southern Oregon Wine Industry Project,' Umpqua Community College is set to receive $180,000 from the Wal Mart Foundation and American Association of Community Colleges.

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Casella Wines, makers of Yellow Tail wine, will now be branded as Casella Family Brands.

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Availability of most varieties of bulk French wine remains tight, although this should ease as wineries look to clear some older stock

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As California enters a third year of drought, agribusinesses are planting huge groves of trees ...

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Central to water district opponents' concerns is the acreage-based voting system currently being advocated by the bill's mostly-agricultural backers.

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China is still battling a "serious" problem with counterfeit wines, a senior Chinese Government official has warned, claiming at least half of Chateau Lafite sold in China is fake and is probably made on boats moored in international waters

05/07/14

Two men have been jailed for evading nearly £2 million in alcohol duty by "hijacking" the details of legitimate companies and faking paperwork to claim they were importing vinegar, fruit juice, detergent and water into the UK from Europe

05/07/14

Wine has been aged in the ocean by wineries both in Europe and on the West Coast. But Mira Winery of St. Helena, California, is doing a systematic analysis of the effects of ocean aging

05/07/14

Got a spare $60,000 floating around? You could put a deposit down on a house, feed 600 families in the Horn of Africa for one month or buy a single bottle of wine in a fancy case.

05/07/14

The head of the company that owns Dom Pérignon, Château d'Yquem and Cheval Blanc claims the future of luxury products is bright and that we'll still be drinking Dom Pom "in 20 years" but the iPhone may not exist.