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Thursday, November 27th

05/23/14

Growers planting more red varieties in southern Napa Valley, according to speakers at Vineyard Economics Seminar

05/23/14

With nary a word, the Senate on Thursday night passed a California drought-relief bill that sets up serious negotiations with the House over water storage, river protection, irrigation deliveries and more

05/23/14

Neighbors to a proposed 30,000-gallon winery on Silverado Trail and Zinfandel Lane criticized what they said was an over-sized marketing plan, but the Planning Commissioners said they were bound by the county's current regulations

05/23/14

The felony charges against Chris Mulcahy, co-owner of Sapphire Hill Winery, carry a potential sentence of about 40 years in prison, according to his attorney, Justin Petersen.

05/23/14

The California-based family named Oregon vintner Eugenia Keegan to oversee the 220-acre hillside vineyard and site of the former Solena Estate Winery, which it purchased last May. It also named Ken Kupperman as director of vineyards

05/23/14

Winegrape growers in California, as well as other scattered locations across the country, are seeing red in their normally green foliage, and they want to know why. Many assume their problem is the latest disease to be identified, red blotch.

05/23/14

Shipping firms are already announcing surcharges which could hit wine shipments hard ahead of feared industrial action at western US ports.

05/23/14

The wine e-retailer has 2,000 web sites in its affiliate program, and 10% to 15% of Wine.com's transactions come through them

05/23/14

In 2002, the Italian government bestowed knighthood on Sonoma winemaking legend Sam Sebastiani in recognition of his contributions to Italy's winemaking heritage in the United States. Now Sebastiani, the winemaker and visionary behind Viansa Winery and Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery, has done it again ...

05/23/14

Zepponi & Company (www.zepponi.com), the premier global wine industry mergers and acquisitions advisory firm, has completed the sale of Kenwood Vineyards to Pernod Ricard. Zepponi & Company served as the exclusive financial advisor to F. Korbel & Bros. in connection with the transaction.

05/23/14

With the Barbera Festival as an anchor event, all of Amador wine region selects the month of June to celebrate the Italian variety that thrives in the climate of the region located about 40 miles east of Sacramento in the Sierra Foothills.

05/23/14

The California Wine Grape Growers Foundation (CWGGF) has awarded seven high school seniors $25,000 in college scholarships. Through generous donations and participation by members of the California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG), the foundation is able to award scholarships each year to students whose parents are vineyard employees of winegrape growers.

05/23/14

The new Gold Label Cabernet Sauvignon blends fruit from the Cohn family's Olive Hill estate vineyard with the finest lots from Napa Valley hillside vineyards and select sites in Sonoma County. Gold Label represents the winery's first new wine introduced for distribution outside the winery in many years.

05/23/14

Cult Wines' "revolutionary" wine portfolio management service is helping the company to expand rapidly, with gross profits doubling and revenue on target to grow 48% this year.

05/23/14

With a growing demand for graduates in the field of agriculture, Washington State University is offering second-year students at Walla Walla and Yakima Valley Community Colleges an opportunity to seamlessly transfer into a variety of four-year degree programs.

05/23/14

Trunk or wood-canker diseases, including Botryosphaeria dieback, Esca, Eutypa dieback, and Phomopsis dieback, present a serious challenge to winegrape growers. Many vineyards in California are likely infected and yield losses in severely symptomatic vineyards can reach more than 90%. The overall economic impact of losses to Eutypa alone just in California has been estimated at 14% of gross producer value.

05/23/14

Farm groups say the drought's impacts on agriculture could turn out to be much greater than the $1.7 billion in losses that University of California-Davis researchers have initially estimated.

05/23/14

Most of the suppliers are located in rural areas or outside of large metropolitan areas, with the worst situations in West Texas - the driest of the areas affected by a years-long drought.

05/23/14

Would you like a chassé with your chardonnay? A glissade with your grenache? A pas de poisson with your pinot? State Street Ballet will be employing these and other steps in an inventive Funk Zone soiree on May 29 in the gray modernist building that houses AVA Santa Barbara and Pali Wine Co., where, in what appears to be a completely novel creation, dance will be used to interpret wine.

05/23/14

Buried in the first public draft of a 127-page study of St. Helena's housing policies is the target date for the adoption of the city's updated General Plan. It's "early 2015" - almost 10 years and $1.2 million after the update process started.

05/23/14

If you are looking to spend a long weekend tasting wine around the peninsula, you are in luck because it naturally lends itself to three days of touring.

05/23/14

Much to the chagrin of city officials, the state's stringent new laws governing stormwater discharge are about to enter their second year of implementation - meaning that about $365,000 of the city's budget will be devoted to compliance. Next year, the cost will jump to $1 million.

05/23/14

Chateau d'Agassac in Bordeaux's Haut-Medoc has hired right bank wine consultant Stephane Derenoncourt to help it improve the quality of its grand vin.

05/23/14

Labelling wines by taste can help build a customer's confidence and potential spending power, say the wine team at UK supermarket Morrisons.

05/23/14

A first look at vintage quality down south, with eyewitness reports from growers and winemakers

05/23/14

Sometimes it pays to step off of wine's well-traveled routes. Wall Street Journal wine columnist Will Lyons on why Jura is one region worth the trip

05/23/14

You've just been seated at the table, the waiter hands you a menu. If you're looking to pair your meal with wine, it's time to make a big decision: a glass of wine or a bottle? Many people set the bottle list aside immediately, assuming it will be cheaper to just order by the glass. But if you are dining with a group you might want to rethink that impulse.

05/23/14

t's been a banner week for the Arizona wine scene, with some national and international light shining upon our up and coming wine business. As first reported by the Australian liquor business blog The Shout, Pillsbury Wine Company has reached a preliminary distribution deal with Decante This, a small niche distributor down under.

05/23/14

The Food Network and Food & Wine magazine's Wine and Food Festival is coming back to New York City Oct. 16-19, and the 2014 lineup has just been announced. There will be more than 100 events, from dinners and tastings to parties and panels, but here are a few highlights.

05/23/14

While a number of industries are still struggling to gain stability, the wine industry looks bright. It has further caught investors' fancy with a bullish outlook for a strong harvest and balanced inventory position.

05/23/14

On May 21, The Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas inducted five new members into its ranks of Master Sommeliers: Andrew Myers, Alexander LaPratt, Pascaline Lepeltier, Jarad Slipp and Lindsey Whipple.

05/23/14

A few weeks ago, the American Canyon Eagle ran an editorial contrasting the city's challenges obtaining a reliable water source for our community with the demand for new development. The editorial focused on the proposed Watson Ranch development; however, there are other proposed projects that would serve as suitable examples. I would like to provide some additional food for thought on the issue of water supply.

05/23/14

Wineries located on the Golden Mile Bench wine growing area near Oliver in British Columbia have submitted a proposal to become the first official sub-DVA "Designated Viticultural Area" of the Okanagan Valley DVA. An in-depth scientific analysis by scientists from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre - Summerland (AAFC-PARC Summerland) has shown the area has a combination of landform, landscape position, mesoclimate, air drainage and soil materials that make it distinct within the Okanagan Valley, contributing to the production of unique wines.

05/23/14

Owners of the Paso Robles winery are adding an on-site processing and tasting facility

05/23/14

It's been 40 years since Long Island Wine Country rose from the ashes of the Island's dying potato farm industry, and some local vineyard owners are looking to cash out

05/23/14

Many of the restaurant operators who met with insurance experts at the NRA's Health Care Knowledge Center had taken at least some steps toward meeting the requirements of the new health care law, but confusion about the law remains

05/23/14

In this week's episode of the Great Northwest Winecast, we travel to San Juan Island and catch up with Chris Primus, winemaker for San Juan Vineyards

05/23/14

Robin Williams, Juilliard-trained actor and comedian, clearly has had it all.