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05/12/14

Potential opening of Massachusetts and Pennsylvania among upcoming legislation summarized at Direct 2014 conference

05/12/14

Immediately available on a trial basis to all US-based winery customers of Vin65, the new web-based solution adds important functionality needed to fully manage the activities of a robust and measurable direct sales program ...

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It's a great time to be a grower - especially in the premium segment. Demand for grapes remains strong in 2014; grape tonnage is increasing even through coastal vineyard acreage hasn't; and, though there's still a long way to go before harvest, there are signs that 2014 could bring an unheard-of third bumper crop.

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Almonds have become California's miracle food

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A look at what really happens when oenophiles sign a lease and follow their dream of opening a wine shop, by Wall Street Journal wine columnist Lettie Teague

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It is with sad news to report that one of Oregon's early pioneers, Jeffrey Lamy, passed away

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Larry and Dick Olsen of Olsen Brothers Vineyards will be recognized as the honorary growers, and Tom and Anne-Marie Hedges of Hedges Family Estate will enjoy the title of honorary vintners.

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Celebrating the world's most popular grape variety, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County-based Avalon Winery has debuted a sleek new wine and package design for its 2012 California AVA designated Cabernet Sauvignon, known as CAB. Sourced from grapes grown in selected vineyards throughout California (including Napa Valley, Lodi, Paso Robles and Monterey County), the 2012 Avalon CAB is a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Syrah, 7% Zinfandel and 4% Merlot. Its annual production is 245,000 cases.

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During April temperatures across the western U.S. were warmer than normal (1 to 6 degrees) everywhere except northern Washington, Idaho and across much of the Rockies (see figure below or attached). The upper midwest and New England remained cooler than normal during April, while the Ohio Valley and parts of the south were warmer than normal. Precipitation over the western U.S. in April was scattered with greater than normal conditions interspersed with areas of much drier than normal conditions.

05/12/14

With Terra d'Oro winemaker Chris Leamy - the official winemaker for the ZAP 2012 Zinfandel Heritage Vineyard Project.

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Yo, ho, ho and a bottle of Lafite! Previously, to find rare and valuable wines on the water, you had to scour the bones of ships wrecked long ago on the sea floor, or at the very least sink your aging barrels underwater in some attempt to capture Poseidon's terroir. But the Chinese, ever resourceful, have found you can make "rare" and expensive wine of oceanic provenance without even having to scuttle the boat.

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Wine grapes make up 99 percent of Napa County's agricultural value in 2013.

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At the dinner, locally grown and produced wines from Morgan Hill-based Guglielmo Winery, were served, at the suggestion of George Patton, food and beverage manager at Fairmont.

05/12/14

In an effort to expand awareness of the risks herbicide spray drift can pose to vineyards, the Oregon Winegrowers Association (OWA) is making fence post signs available to wineries and vineyard owners. The signs alert farmers who are using 2,4-D to the danger this may be causing to Oregon's valuable winegrape crop.

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The California Coastal Act mandates that cities and counties develop an LCP that properly balances competing interests of environmental protection, commercial development, agriculture and recreational access. County officials said that getting stakeholders to agree on a plan that the Coastal Commission would approve has been very difficult.

05/12/14

Gov. John Hickenlooper on Friday will sign a law that streamlines state regulations allowing winemakers to bottle, can or keg wines from other wineries. The new law aligns with federal rules that allow bulk shipment of wine for local packaging and distribution.

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The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States donated another $100,000 this week, upping its total give to $300,000. The Washington D.C.-based group works on behalf of major liquor brands. Combined with big-dollar contributions from Safeway and Fred Meyer, the grocery-backed group pushing to end the state's monopoly on liquor sales has raised about $2 million.

05/12/14

Maynard James Keenan, the lead singer of Tool, has ended his association with Arizona Stronghold, leaving the state's best-selling and highest-volume winery without an asset that led to its initial popularity

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Given the number of quality restaurants with impressive wine lists in and around Delaware's beaches, you might have thought last year's inaugural statewide MidAtlantic Wine + Food Festival would have loaded up with events in the area.

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The Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) wants your yeast and bacteria strains to help continue to grow its collection of wine microorganism cultures and build a resource that reflects the genetic diversity of Australian wine

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"It's meant for everyone who believes in love, justice and equality," says Iron Horse CEO Joy Sterling. "And, nothing says marriage quite like a gorgeous bottle of bubbles."

05/12/14

State lawmakers pushing to chip away at -- and eventually repeal -- the Minnesota law that prohibits liquor stores from opening on Sundays threw in the towel Friday

05/12/14

Difficult to pronounce and still relatively obscure, mourvèdre is a red wine grape you will want to become acquainted with because it is a variety on the rise in Washington

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'These wines presented a different and refreshing face of America's wine state'

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Early signs suggest Tempranillo could find a new home in northern California's Sonoma County, says local vineyard owner Marimar Torres, part of Spain's Torres family of winemakers.

05/12/14

The latest Cellar Watch Market Report brings more miserable news for the fine wine world as Liv-ex's indices continued to slide in April following a torrid en primeur campaign.

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Tesco is seeking to clear space in its warehouse by discounting hundreds of fine wines, including cases of Bordeaux first growths from the critically acclaimed 2009 vintage

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China is on its way to becoming one of the top three wine-consuming countries in the world, with imports from Australia growing by nearly ...

05/12/14

"More needs to be done to protect populations from the negative health consequences of alcohol consumption."

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"This is a big deal in terms of the Willamette Valley Wine industry."