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05/26/14

Amid calls for a moratorium on new vineyards and wineries in Napa County because of concerns about visitor traffic and water shortages, county government's top decision-makers on such projects directed staff to give them a clearer view on the situation by this fall and develop solutions for streamlining the environmental-review process and informing more neighbors about project proposals

05/26/14

" ... when the level of volatile acidity - or vinegar - from bacteria began to rise in November 2012, the consultant took steps that unintentionally accelerated VA formation," according to a court filing ...

05/26/14

A proposed 100,000 gallon winery on Soda Canyon Road northeast of the city of Napa has drawn the ire of neighbors who say it's too large for their rural area, and would draw too much traffic to a remote location.

05/26/14

The U.S. and EU reached a wine agreement in 2006 that allowed American winemakers to continue to market current wines under 17 traditional European names but prevented their use on new U.S. wines. But in remarks to negotiators this week, Jose Ramon Fernandez, speaking for the European Wine Companies Committee, said the two sides had committed to negotiating a second phase of the agreement to boost the wine trade, which they have yet to get around to doing ...

05/26/14

Champagne growers will not be able to spend more than 30% of their sales revenue on pesticides and fuel if they are to meet new environmental standards set by the region's wine council, the CIVC

05/26/14

The value of wine imported to Hong Kong in 2013 failed to rise on 2012, but regional officials used the opening of Vinexpo Asia Pacific to re-emphasise the region's growth story since abolishing duty tax on wines in 2008

05/26/14

The program offers 50% cost reimbursement for certain marketing activities such as exhibiting at trade shows, advertising, retail promotions and more.

05/26/14

Group in southern Okanagan Valley proposes Golden Mile Bench as new viticultural area

05/26/14

Treasury Chief Executive Officer Mike Clarke this week said any suitor is free to approach the Melbourne-based company,

05/26/14

The James Beard Awards will move to Chicago next year, the first time in the award show's 25-year history that it will not be produced in New York City, the Beard foundation will announce Tuesday

05/26/14

Feinstein resorted this week to a special leadership tool known as a "hotline" to flush out remaining dissenters. She had help from House Republicans urging their Senate colleagues to play ball

05/26/14

An intruder who broke into George Clooney's Italian villa on Lake Como only got as far as stealing one bottle of wine before he was caught.

05/26/14

The first and largest of three planned auctions of Sir Alex Ferguson's wine cellar has fetched more than HK$29m (US$3.8m) at a sale hosted by Christie's in Hong Kong.

05/26/14

Burgundy wine exports fell 12% by volume in the first quarter of 2014, as shipments to key nations like the U.S.

05/26/14

So-called Millennials are behind the rising sales of Spanish wines in the United States, and "will drive them in the future," according to the director of Wines from Spain, a division of the Spanish Trade Commission.

05/26/14

The consumer price index (CPI) for U.S. beef and veal is up almost 10 percent so far in 2014, reflecting the fastest increase in retail beef prices since the end of 2003

05/26/14

Enterprising young winemaker Caroline Frey of Château La Lagune and Jaboulet is reviving the tradition of blending Bordeaux with Rhône via a new release.

05/26/14

If Jesus was alive today he would drink fine wine and beer, according to a priest and author of a new book, The Beer Drinkers Guide to God.

05/26/14

The final bid of $37,200 (plus buyer's premium) for the 1995 Queen of Hearts rosé is the kind of price more often associated with old vintages of DRC or Bordeaux first growths; one could be forgiven for thinking that the bottle had Thomas Jefferson's initials inscribed on it.

05/26/14

Washington grain industry lobbyist Jim Jesernig says the state's efforts to increase financial support for K-12 education could impact key agricultural exemptions and research funding. The issue will dwarf other issues during the state's next legislative session, Jesernig says.

05/26/14

One of the Medoc's biggest wine tourism ventures, La Winery, is to change hands this summer after owner Philippe Raoux agreed to sell.

05/26/14

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

05/26/14

Investigation finds fungicides used improperly during windy day; locals debate safety of chemicals

05/26/14

This is the first step in the new field of synthetic biology to build designer organisms from the ground up

05/26/14

"the message to producers of skin contact white wines is that you risk serious consequences in describing your wines using the word "orange", unless the word is clearly being used to denote one of its common English meanings."

05/26/14

After years of dealing with a strong local currency, Chilean wine exporters began celebrating the peso's decline versus the U.S. dollar, but the cheering subsided when Chile's new administration in March sent a bill to Congress that includes raising taxes on companies and alcoholic beverages.

05/26/14

The light-bodied white wine is a best seller-but rarely a charmer. A quest for a non-watery exception

05/26/14

A "booze slushie" ordered and delivered via social media which has taken New York by storm is under investigation by the State Liquor Authority.

05/26/14

Spanish winemaker Gloria Collell to deliver 'Barcelona in a bottle' stateside this summer.

05/26/14

his wine has impressive vineyard sources: Discovery, Champoux and Klipsun vineyards in eastern Washington and the winemaker is Chris Peterson, former winemaker of DeLille Cellars and currently at Avennia.