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05/14/14

Outcry from the Napa Valley Grapegrowers and wine industry groups has halted plans by the Napa Valley Unified School District to purchase land in the Agricultural Preserve for a future middle school.

05/14/14

Healdsburg giving treated water to grape growers; Paso Robles making plans

05/14/14

Kevin McCracken Named Senior Vice President, Spirits

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For the 2014 inaugural release, we have produced two Estate wines:

05/14/14

Nearing 30 years of combined wine business experience, wine pros Eric Story of K&L Wine Merchants and wife Allison Smith, owner of TexaCali Wine co., announced the launch of Smith Story Wine Cellars, wines produced from beloved varietals and local vineyard sites throughout Northern California.

05/14/14

Enter Sweepstakes to Win a Trip for Two to the Vinho Verde Region of Portugal

05/14/14

Gov. Deval Patrick has proposed to eliminate the cap on liquor licenses in communities around the state, and local leaders couldn't be drunker with delight

05/14/14

U.S. consumers ?bought 29.1 million hectoliters of wine in 2013, a rise of 0.5 percent on 2012, while French consumption fell nearly 7 percent to 28.1 million hectoliters, the International Vine and Wine organization OIV said on Tuesday.

05/14/14

A native of China, Garcia graduated from Hong Kong Baptist University with a double master's degree in operational research and business statistics

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While lab tests comparing wine aged underwater to wine aged in the traditional way showed a similar chemical makeup, tasters told Mira Winery their 'Aquaoir' wine had a distinct taste and aroma. For the last 18 months, Mira Winery has been experimenting with aging wine underwater, using the Charleston Harbor as their temporary wine cellar.

05/14/14

Wine producers and critics have paid tribute to Alsace winemaker Laurence Faller, who has died of a suspected heart attack aged 47. Faller spent most of her life immersed in the wine business, having growing up at Domaine Weinbach that was acquired by the Faller family in 1898

05/14/14

Contractors began work at Foley Family Wines in Marlborough yesterday to make way for a new bottling warehouse. Simcox Construction, in charge of earthworks, began clearing the Waihopai Valley Rd site in preparation for the new development. The new building would be able to store more than 1.6 million bottles of wine.

05/14/14

The partners behind Arizona's biggest and most popular winery, Arizona Stronghold, are no longer together. Rock star/vintner Maynard James Keenan and Arizona Stronghold co-founder Eric Glomski have decided to go their separate ways. One partner will take the Arizona Stronghold name, while the other gets to keep the historic southern Arizona vineyard.

05/14/14

The notion that consuming wine and chocolate, two of our favorite vices, could lead to longer, healthier lives is a tantalizing one

05/14/14

A May 1 report shows Washington's remaining high-mountain snowpack and streams in sufficient shape to sustain irrigators through summer.

05/14/14

A group that connects fledgling farmers to information and services is offering to help them get a waiver of the $325 fee to have their farms certified organic.

05/14/14

With the help of a new website, and the passion of a mother with a 5-year-old son, there is renewed hope to find the funding to keep Zinfandel Park maintained, and within the hands of the residents.

05/14/14

Latin America's $2.4 billion illegal alcohol market accounted for more than a quarter of the region's total alcohol sales in 2012, costing the legal trade $736 million.

05/14/14

Bloodhounds and sharks are known to be champions of smell. Human beings? Not so much. But a new study suggests the human nose is more skilled than previously thought, capable of detecting roughly 1 trillion different odors.

05/14/14

The Dayton Daily News reports that the new measure - which takes effect July 10 - allows retailers to host free tastings. But it preserves a minimum 50-cents-per-sample charge for liquor stronger than 42 proof.

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Needs 2,157 signatures to get issue on Nov. 4 ballot

05/14/14

It can be hard to find a silver lining to the climate story. But here and there, climate change is bringing some benefits and creating new opportunities.

05/14/14

Many segments of the Napa Valley community are mourning the passing of Dr. Alvin Lee Block, an arts enthusiast, author and longtime internist who is credited with modernizing medicine at Queen of the Valley Medical Center.

05/14/14

Pamela Saling "Empowering Your Sales Force" is a full service national wine graphic design and marketing firm specializing in the wine and spirits industry. Pamela has over 15 years experience in top brand development and is known for positively differentiating brands from their competitors.

05/14/14

I was at a trade show last week and ended up discussing how to draw people to your trade show booth with a friend of mine. Over the years I have attended and exhibited at more trade shows than one life deserves. At these exhibits I have witnessed the good, the bad and the ugly ways to boost booth traffic. Here are several ways to boost trade show booth traffic:

05/14/14

Much of Canada's current approach to liquor retailing has its roots in prohibition-era attitudes towards wine, beer and spirits. But anyone who thinks that era ended should consider the anti-competition rhetoric that emanates from government liquor stores across Canada or Ontario's government-approved private sector beer cartel, The Beer Store (owned by international brewers, Molson-Coors, AB InBev and Sapporo).

05/14/14

Liquor Stores N.A. Ltd. (the "Company" or "Liquor Stores"), North America's largest publicly traded liquor retailer, today reported its results for the three months ended March 31, 2014.

05/14/14

The top winner in the second annual Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge brought together the best the North Bay has to offer: grapes grown along the cool, Sonoma Coast, crafted into a classic pinot noir by boutique winery W. H. Smith Wines of Calistoga

05/14/14

Oregon's Scott Paul wine producer has had a lucky escape after a fire at its winery almost ruined its entire stock of 2013 vintage wines.

05/14/14

Those of us who've been around retail for a while remember the shutdown that brought West Coast port operations to a halt in the fall of 2002

05/14/14

One of Bordeaux's most respected Sauternes producers, Alexandre de Lur-Saluces, has warned that Bordeaux is heading for "collective suicide" if it continues with its current pricing strategy

05/14/14

Drinking six units of alcohol on one single occasion at least monthly amounts to "heavy episodic drinking", according to a recent report by the World Health Organisation (WHO), which has said 16% of the world's population are now binge drinkers.

05/14/14

In the offending table, the revenue raised from the GST was listed in the line directly above the wine equalisation tax. Someone, or perhaps we can blame computer error, had copied the GST value for that year down one row by mistake

05/14/14

A public celebration of his life will take place on June 8th; details to be announced at a later time. Donations in Sessions's name may be made to Pet's Lifeline, 19686 8th Street East, Sonoma, CA 95476 or the Sebastiani Theater Foundation, PO Box 874, Sonoma, CA 95476.