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05/15/14

Grape advisors on board this fall?

05/15/14

By all accounts, Sessions was modest and uncommonly competent

05/15/14

Building up the state's resiliency against drought is a top priority under the new California Water Action Plan, California Department of Food and Agriculture secretary Karen Ross said Wednesday at the Vineyard Economics Seminar in Napa. While not a long-term solution by any means, the intention is to develop a plan of action that, over the next 1 to 5 years, will improve water conservation at a regional and local level while the war over groundwater rights and surface projects to move water around the state wages on.

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"You have to be really screwed up to be a grower in Napa or Sonoma and not be making money," Joe Ciatti, a mergers and acquisitions consultant with Zepponi & Company of Santa Rosa, said Wednesday at the annual Vineyard Economics Seminar.

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The move was encouraged by Charles Smith, who himself has been juggling production arrangements. "He likes the Evergreen fruit, and he's been after me to build this crush facility"

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Treasury Wine Estates has denied it has any plan to sell its US wine business, after Constellation Brands was the latest rival reported to have weighed up a bid

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What climate change giveth in warming, it also taketh away, in many other ways.

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Groundwater depletion in the Central Valley causes the Sierra Nevada to rise - and could be at fault for an earthquake, according to a study published in the journal Nature and reported on the National Science Foundation website.

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But France is changing quickly. It's for McDonald's and it's fighting a tough battle against the of English. And now there's another unkind cut: A finds that the U.S. has overtaken France as the world's top wine consumer.

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Casale may seem like an unlikely vintner, but talk to him for moment and you'll see why a man who sang "Whip It", with a red plastic flower pot thing atop of his head, would, 34 years later, know exactly what it takes to create a delightful, delicate rosé.

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Oregon grape growers say herbicide drift is damaging vineyards and it's time for the state to ban 2,4-D use during April to October growing season

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The amount of crop damage depends largely on what types of grapes farmers had planted. Certain varieties, such as Chamborcin, are less hearty than others

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The liquor board came under fire last year after a state audit found the group failed to follow state law in awarding licenses, prematurely closed complaints and handled inspections inconsistently

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Natural wine pioneer Isabelle Legeron MW has hit out at critics of the movement, claiming that wines without sulphites are capable of ageing for up to 50 years

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Make the party come to you using you smartphone

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Here's the calculation: California as a whole diverts or pumps 43 million acre-feet of water each year to supplement its meager rainfall. In total, agriculture consumes 34 million acre-feet of that. (An acre-foot is just what it sounds like: the amount of water needed to cover an acre of flat ground up to a foot, or about 325,000 gallons of water.) In 2013, there were 940,000 acres of almonds in California, according to the USDA (PDF). Each acre of almonds uses three to four acre-feet of water each year, most of which are delivered via river diversions or groundwater

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Bob Sessions was perfectly tailored for Hanzell Vineyards. Quiet, humble, hardworking and skilled, Sessions became the winemaker at the historic Sonoma winery in 1973 and oversaw winemaking there for 28 vintages until his retirement in 2001. He died May 14 in Sonoma at age 82 after a decade-long battle with Alzheimer's disease.