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05/08/14

For the first time in 25 years, California wine grape buyer and broker Brian Clements may be about to see three big crops in row.

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... has been organizing neighborhood opposition to a proposed 30,000-gallon winery project that's planned for the corner of Silverado Trail and Zinfandel Lane near St. Helena

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After months of delay, Healdsburg finally has approval to use reclaimed water from its sewer treatment plant to irrigate vineyards in a wide swath beyond the city

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This promises to be a lively conversation as SVB's Rob McMillan reviews survey results and interprets industry trends with a panel of experts

05/08/14

Sylvie Cazes buys St.-Emilion's Château Chauvin, one of several recent winery purchases

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In this newly created role he will be responsible for all national and export sales and will manage the new California sales team of Quelene Slattery, Southern California regional manager and Mike Chase, Northern California key accounts specialist

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Wine Australia's general manager of market development, James Gosper, has announced his resignation after five years with the company

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Bota Box, the nation's original eco-friendly premium 3-liter wine, announces the addition of Pinot Noir to the Bota Box family, which currently includes Chardonnay, Moscato, Pinot Grigio, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Shiraz, Zinfandel and RedVolution

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State water engineers say using pumps to reverse the flow of the aqueduct would be a first in a drought. It would also be a complex engineering challenge, requiring millions of dollars to defy gravity

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The 7,500-square-foot winery will feature limited-production premium wines from estate-grown, organically farmed vineyards, led by two generations of the Hamel family

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Winecraze.com, a new website designed to help wine country tourists discover new wineries, new wines and then share their experiences with other wine enthusiasts has launched this week. The site features 1,149 of the top wineries for tourists in North America.

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Efforts stalled this week among state Senate Republicans trying to craft a bill to increase the availability of beer and wine in Pennsylvania, and with lawmakers adjourning Wednesday, the earliest the issue could see further action is June

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The conference is scheduled for May 21-22, at the W Hotel in Hoboken, N.J. Vistaar's Beverage Alcohol User Conference will include presentations, interactive panels and group discussions featuring pricing experts and customers who are successfully leveraging Vistaar technology to manage pricing decisions.

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"The classic new look not only evokes the winery's heritage but also reflects the quality of the wines," explains managing partner, Alison Morey Garrett.

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With so much variation in altitude and sun exposure, a huge number of grapes do well here. At last count, there was something like 50 different varieties of wine grapes being grown in Nevada County alone.

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Eastern Europe's wine producing countries have enjoyed their most successful result ever in the International Wine Challenge closely followed by a strong performance from other emerging wine regions.

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Sams Valley, cut by the Rogue River and in the shadow of the Table Rocks, does not look like ideal terroir for wine grapes. It's an area of gently rolling hills where summer days are hotter than elsewhere in the region and nights are warmer. Most of the valley looks like typical Southern Oregon cattle country. Ah, but those softly sloping pastures hide fertile soils of clay and sandy clay loam, alluvial gravel and volcanic ash. Sam's Valley has four award-winning wineries: Agate Ridge Vineyard, Folin Cellars, Cliff Creek Cellars and Kriselle Cellars.

05/08/14

I still run into people who think that Stag's Hollow Winery-one of the woefully underappreciated gems in B.C. wine-is brand-new. I've written about them a number of times-including their rosé in last week's column-but the good folks at Stag's Hollow can't seem to shake their underdog, under-the-radar image.

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At Ridge, they only air-dry their staves - a much slower and more expensive process. They are left out in the elements for a long time, two to three years, naturally ageing and drying. The barrels are then formed and toasted.

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Today, Bruce Cohn's son, Dan Cohn, takes a leading role. He recently visited Pittsburgh to host several wine dinners. The younger Cohn started by developing the family's olive-oil business out of an old tool shed on the property. "I used to deliver olive oil in the trunk of my car to a retailer who also sold our wine," he says.

05/08/14

NightlifeSF is being overseen by the city's Office of Economic and Workforce Development. It will provide a nightlife business handbook to guide business owners through the complexities of starting a nightlife business and highlight the best practices for running a successful nightlife business, such as accessing city loans and grants or adhering to the good neighbor policy and security guidelines

05/08/14

"Our revolutionary new brand introductions including the Evocative Wraps, California Square and PaperBoy are gaining traction in the marketplace and evolving from an introductory retailer exclusive program to national and international distribution in the broad market," said Phil Hurst, CEO, in a statement.

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Members of Idaho farm groups that had sought a "proper" sentence for a man convicted of shooting at a crop duster deferred to the recent ruling of a district judge, who suspended a prison sentence and gave the man three years probation.

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Despite drought conditions that have prompted some farmers to take out older trees, a government report predicts California's almond production in 2014 will nearly match last year's.

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The St. Helena Planning Commission wants to hear more public input before considering changes to city regulations concerning wine tasting rooms, house sizes, and A-frame "sandwich board" signs. All three topics came before the commission on Tuesday. Commissioners said they want to read more comprehensive staff reports and do as much as they can to get feedback from the public, especially regarding tasting rooms and the maximum size of houses in St. Helena's medium-residential neighborhoods.

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The Santa Cruz Mountains appellation wine grape crop is off to a fast and promising start.

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Webspinning spider mites pose a threat at much lower densities than other mites

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Duarte Nursery hosts 15th annual Friends Day at Hughson, Calif. facility

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The billionaire owner of Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, Bernard Arnault, believes that Dom Perignon Champagne has more chance of staying relevant to the next generation of consumers than other luxury goods such as Apple's iPhone.

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The environment in which you experience a wine has a "profound" effect on how you will perceive it to taste, according to an Oxford University professor.

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Consumers looking for the best expression of Champagne should buy the fizz in large formats, especially magnums, according to Veuve Clicquot senior winemaker Cyril Brun.

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Barossa Valley winemakers need to break free from the region's "default setting" and revisit the lighter expressions of its past, believes one winemaker.

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Members of the Vineyard and Winery Association of West Georgia joined staff from the University of Georgia Tuesday in planting 20 Norton vines for a trial vineyard at the university's campus in Griffin. Working on behalf of the Missouri Wine and Grape Board, the University of Missouri's Grape and Wine Institute recently sent the vines to re-establish the grape and wine industry in western Georgia.

05/08/14

Supermarket Morrisons has decided to pull away from running its own standalone wine retail website and instead combine it with its new general grocery website, Morrisons.com.

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Delectable, an iOS app that lets you find and share wine recommendations, has announced a $3 million Series A round from angel investors including Ron Conway, Max Levchin, David Sacks (the founder of Yammer), and Deep Fork Capital.

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The premise behind the research is simple: How do environmental factors like colour and sound affect your sense of taste? The answer's a little more complex. Charles Spence, an experimental psychologist at Oxford University, has explored the multisensory experience of food and drink in a range of experiments that have seen participants sip whisky under different coloured lights, drink wine to Tchaikovsky and Mozart, and munch on cinder toffee to different soundtracks.

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With Eataly Vino now completely gutted, and the store unable to sell wine until October following a settlement with the SLA over "interlocking interests," Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich needed something else to fill that void. Enter Nutella.

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Sangiovese, Italy's most-planted grape variety, is gaining a toehold with Washington winemakers. The red grape, most famous in Italy's Chianti Classico, Montepulciano and Montalcino regions, will never be a major variety in Washington, but it is the state's sixth-most-important red variety, after Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. Last fall, Washington winemakers crushed 1,300 tons of Sangiovese, up from just 500 tons as recently as 2004.

05/08/14

Big-box liquor store Total Wine & More won approval to open a store in Burnsville. As with Total Wine's efforts to open in other suburbs, the state's liquor-store lobby tried to bury the application in paperwork. Sun Newspapers reported last week on the 4-1 City Council vote that will allow Maryland-based Total Wine to open in Burnhaven Mall on West County Road 42; the Star Tribune has a story today on how the fight between Total Wine and local liquor stores played out.

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Republican front-runner in Texas Agriculture Commissioner Run-Off says that he will work to promote Texas wines around the world

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The number of days with extreme precipitation has increased more in the Northeast than in any other region of the country, according to a new White House report on the impact of climate change.

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Commissioners are eager to reach out to citizens after they spent a large part of 2013 crafting new small winery regulations, with minimal public interest, only to have the council approve and then rescind the rules

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"Our little company gives 12%-17% from every regular paid tasting to charities nationwide and we are proud of that."

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more work is required to confirm the hypothesis

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... creates a new permit that will allow Colorado wineries to package other wineries' products and get them to wholesalers for distribution