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05/16/14

"This is an expenditure of about $250,000 that is absolutely meaningless."

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"This year has a lot of significance for our association," commented Linda Reiff, NVV president and CEO. "Not only is it the 70th anniversary of the founding of our organization by seven Napa Valley wineries in 1944, but now we've achieved a new membership record."

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Proponents waiting on legislation before turning in application for panel's analysis

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The event leadership team is pleased to announce the distinguished 2014 Honorary Event Chairs, selected to celebrate their commitments to the community and their craft: The Ferrer Family, Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards, and The Klein Family, Rodney Strong Wine Estates

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While California still dominates the U.S. industry, accounting for about half of all American wineries and 89% of total production, the share held by other U.S. states is steadily growing. In the most recent update of the Wines Vines Analytics winery database, the top five wine-producing states in order are: California, Washington, New York, Oregon and Texas.

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As in past months, the primary concern continues to be traffic, which fell 1.8 percent for the industry in April for the sixth consecutive month of declines.

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In June, B.R. Cohn is expanding its colorful history of live music with the introduction of the B.R. Cohn Summer Music Series, which will showcase some of the next great musical acts. The new Summer Music Series features monthly performances by a lively mix of Bay Area bands and gives guests the opportunity to enjoy fine wine and gourmet food while listening to vibrant live music in the ambient B.R. Cohn Olive Grove.

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More than 50 protestors who destroyed a field of genetically modified grapevines being trialled in Eastern France have had their convictions quashed, to the annoyance of the country's national research body

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Bo Barrett was played by Chris Pine (who also played Captain Kirk in Star Trek) in Bottle Shock, the film about the 1976 Tasting of Paris. California wines were pitted against top French producers with the Americans coming out on top. Chateau Montelena, owned by Bo's father Jim won for the 1973 Chardonnay created by head winemaker Mike Grgich. Bo was part of the cellar team at the time

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The entire state of California is suffering from "severe drought" conditions, or worse, for the first time this century, according to the US Drought Monitor

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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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Today, countless California winemakers are discovering the sweet spot between those two extremes, so the state of chardonnay - especially from the Central Coast, where growing conditions are ideal - is extremely good, arguably better than ever before.

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The University of California Cooperative Extension is accepting applications through July 7 for viticulture advisor positions in Fresno and Madera counties.

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With just two weeks before the first guitar solos fill the Napa Valley Expo at BottleRock 2014, concert producers are finalizing the layout and other arrangements within the 26-acre Expo grounds - from viewing platforms to VIP lounges, Wi-Fi hot spots to food fixings.

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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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Tributes have been paid to Alsatian winemaker Laurence Faller, who died of a suspected heart attack this week at the age of just 47.

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Hop growers are struggling to keep up with demand as the thirst for craft beer continues, prompting fears that supplies of the crucial ingredient could run dry.

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Dave McIntyre picks out five wines for "warm-weather sipping", while Michael Dresser recommends a "crisp but remarkably full-bodied" Chenin Blanc from South Africa.

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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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Plus, the Feds issue a sentencing recommendation for Rudy Kurniawan, the Colorado governor's mansion gets a wine keg, and another Willamette Valley vineyard purchase

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Free Run Wines, the UK off-trade wine supplier, is to distribute a new low alcohol, 9% abv, wine from New Zealand producer, Selaks Wines, which will be introduced along with the rest of the winery's UK range to the trade at next month's London Wine Fair.

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Domain's guest is Ron Roy, founder of Wines That Rock, a company that puts iconic rock and roll images on wine labels. Roy founded Ultrastar Entertainment in 1996 as a platform for music fans to interact with their favorite artists, including David Bowie, Sting, Madonna and the Rolling Stones. Roy sold the business to Live Nation in 2005.

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Spain's sparkling wine industry, which exports 160 million bottles a year, plans to lower the minimum level of acidity in the beverage known as cava, partly in response to warmer weather affecting the nature of grapes.

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Walt Disney World is adding even more flavor to the 2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

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Rossville city council's five members, during their monthly meeting on Monday, May 12, unveiled a new ordinance concerning the sale of beer and wine. Ordinance 475 was introduced to help attract restaurants to the area.

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It's the latest bonkers trend to come out of the viticulture industry - and although, yes, it's almost certainly nonsense, it's no stranger than a lot of ideas kicking around in the wine world.

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Biodynamics is a quasi-scientific method of farming that intertwines holistic, spiritual, and practical approaches to crop management. When I say quasi-scientific, it's because this guy was not a scientist -- not even a little bit. He was a smart guy and wrote a lot about how things should be.

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A senior Chinese official confirmed that almost half of all the Chateau Lafite sold in China was discovered to be fakes. The president of the Chinese Academy of Inspection and Quarantine, Xinshi Li, said earlier this month that the fake bottles of wine discovered shows a very serious problem in China.

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With a population seven times larger than Montana in an area one-sixth the size of Yellowstone County, Hong Kong seems to have little in common with Big Sky Country..

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The booze industry has fought efforts to make marijuana more widely available, but a new study suggests that stance is misguided.

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North Carolina's Cottle Farms has launched a line of berry and Muscadine smoothies, which is now available at most grocery stores across the state

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Yakima Valley Community College offers its Vineyard and Winery Technology Program at both its Yakima and Grandview campuses

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A Boston-based startup company called Drizly launched an app in Chicago Thursday that promises alcohol delivery to your doorstep in 20-40 minutes

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The amount of wine entering Mainland China through Shanghai, a key route into the country for foreign producers, dropped by 17.7% in volume in the first three months of 2014, according to customs statistics

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a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit rejected farmer Marvin D. Horne's argument that a "set-aside" requirement amounted to an unconstitutional taking of his property

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"Energy intake from lunch was enhanced by 25% when the alcohol was consumed as an aperitif 20 min before lunch and by 22% when consumed with lunch compared to control."

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"The neurocircuitry for the pleasure you get from alcohol and food overlaps," said study author Jennifer Mitchell, assistant professor of neurology at the University of California at San Francisco