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05/20/14

He combined a passionate winemaking hobby with writing skills to create a second career

05/20/14

Shares of the Melbourne-based maker of Penfolds Grange jumped by a record 18 percent to close at A$4.80 in Sydney, compared with the A$4.70 cash offer from KKR disclosed today

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The value of the wine grape harvest clocked in at $656 million, while the value of all agricultural crops in Napa County, including vegetables, olive oil and livestock, was just $6 million more

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Top wine app will use funds to grow audience through social discovery and commerce features that complement its scan and buy wine platform.

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NFL legend and Hall-of-Fame quarterback Dan Marino and former University of Washington and NFL quarterback Damon Huard have teamed up

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While the warmer weather could provide short-term benefits to the state's wine industry, the gradual spike in temperatures could also have a detrimental impact on winemaking throughout the famed Napa Valley region

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Last month, Farmers Insurance Co. filed nine class-action lawsuits arguing that local governments in the Chicago area are aware that climate change is leading to heavier rainfall but are failing to prepare accordingly. The suits allege that the localities did not do enough to prepare sewers and stormwater drains

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a new study by UC Davis researchers forecasts severe socioeconomic impacts ...

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Two private landowners in eastern Merced County are proposing a $46 million sale of groundwater to west-side water districts in Stanislaus County - a transfer of nearly 100,000 acre-feet over four years

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"The wine-only plan isn't really privatization."

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Its move is part of a wider strategy by the HVS to register California's oldest vineyards, following concerns that part of the region's wine heritage may be lost as demand for the state's wines prompts fresh vine plantings

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Kismet Estate winery celebrated its grand opening on Saturday, becoming the newest addition to the more than 30 wineries in the Oliver area.

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Since the state Legislature approved the Farm Winery Act in 1996, wineries in South Dakota have popped up throughout the state. Vojta and Keck were part of an industry that had small beginnings, as only 230 gallons of wine were produced in the state in 1997.

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The program will cover advanced pumping efficiency which includes pump testing, incentives for repair, pump efficiency and variable speed drives. Winery wastewater efficiency auditors, BASE, will present winery wastewater treatment conservation measures. PG&E will discuss energy efficiency incentives and programs and incentives to replace or retrofit eligible agricultural pumps for pumps 25 H.P. or larger.

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A review of the 2014 Newsom Grape Day, hosted by Neal Newsom in Texas' High Plains region.

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"We have for the last five years been researching various techniques to enhance the extraction of tannins and anthocyanins from red grapes," Young says. "Traditional wine making techniques leave perhaps 60 to70 percent of these phenolic compounds in the pumice that remains after fermentation, while flash détente, extracts most of the skin anthocyanins and tannins but not impact seed tannin extraction."

05/20/14

Entrepreneur/farmer Al Good had a holistic vision in mind when he decided to establish Shale Oak Winery on Paso Robles' Westside. The goal was to have next to zero impact on the surrounding environment. Keeping that vision, Good tapped the San Luis Obispo-based firm of Studio G2 Architects to create the avant-garde architectural style.

05/20/14

While many of the aquifers in Napa Valley have been found to be adequately supplied with moisture, a region east of Napa found known to be groundwater-poor may be closer to getting a 325 million-gallon-a-year lifeline with $1.5 million in new federal funds announced Friday toward the planned Milliken-Sarco-Tulocay recycled-water pipeline.

05/20/14

Landowners with junior water rights on three creeks that are tributaries to the Sacramento River in Northern California may face orders to stop diverting to maintain enough water for endangered fish. Similar orders could be issued in other watersheds throughout California as the summer proceeds.

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Recently, Burr Pilger Mayer (BPM), accountants & consultants, celebrated the launch of their new office located at 1432 Main St. in downtown St. Helena. BPM clients, business partners, friends and community leaders attended the party which featured Napa wines and cuisine from Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch.

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The Mishewal Wappo Tribe of Alexander Valley have said that a gambling complex was a project which the tribe might pursue, among a number of potential developments. However their suggestion of a casino has have angered county officials and winemakers who have said it would damage the land and environment that give unique properties to the area's signature Cabernet Sauvignon and other regional varietals, as reported by the Rakyat Post.

05/20/14

A bottle of wine that's been open too long, a splash of orange juice, some cut-up fruit and maybe a spritz of seltzer-that's sangria for you, right? No way, says the European Union: Bottled Sangria, not your Thermos porch stuff, must come from Spain or Portugal as much as Montrachet must come from the Burgundy vineyard, according to a regulation approved in February.

05/20/14

The University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture announced that Morris died Monday. Spokesman Dave Edmark said Morris had been ill for some time.

05/20/14

Under a plan by one of Lake County's significant owners of commercial property, the long-vacant 18,600-square-foot grocery store at High Street Village Center on Lakeport's main thoroughfare would be transformed into an insulated, chilled and surveilled warehouse capable of holding up to 150,000 cases.

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Some California crops have gone unplanted this year, including cotton, rice, and a variety of vegetable. Producers may leave some of their fields fallow to divert available water to long-term investments such as orange or almond orchards or vineyards.

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The three-year Wines of Garnacha campaign is jointly funded by the individual D.O.s, the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment and the European Union. The campaign focuses on Garnacha/Grenache composed of 85% or more of the varietal.

05/20/14

If you are a grower of grapes that you supply to a winery for making wine, you may be in a better position to ensure payment than other parties, but you must be sure to take steps to protect your interests.

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A recent study by Washington State University researchers found that the coconut oak taste lasted for a minute, while the fruity apple flavor was gone after 43 seconds. "It's very much something that people notice," said Carolyn Ross, WSU School of Food Science associate professor.

05/20/14

Winemetrics, the leading research company in on-premise wine and spirits distribution information, today revealed an alarming loss of wine placements among casual dining chains.

05/20/14

Wine is now the country's eighth biggest export good, worth $1.3 billion currently, with that expected to grow to more than $2 billion by 2024.

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Russian tastes for imported and sparkling wines are growing while the popularity of traditional beverages, such as vodka and beer, are in decline, according to a recent report by Wine Intelligence.

05/20/14

The proposal by attorney David Couch would allow the manufacture, sale, distribution and transportation of alcohol in every county in the state

05/20/14

In step with America's growing wine culture, wines from Greece are experiencing new found popularity led by consumers interested in indigenous grapes and unique experiences with truly authentic wines. Furthering this interest, Wines of Naoussa, Greece's principal wine region, is scheduling a California promotional tour June 4 - 10 featuring its top red varietal, Xinomavro, (Ksee-no-ma-vro) with consumer and trade tastings and in San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

05/20/14

Although experts estimate that only 1% of Americans - about 3 million people - suffer from celiac disease, 18% of adults now buy gluten-free foods.

05/20/14

Twelve bottles of Romanee-Conti 2009 Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Burgundy sold for $155,350 at a Hart Davis Hart Wine Co. auction in Chicago, matching its estimate to take top slot at a sale raising $4.1 million.