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05/28/14

Terry Wheatley, Founder and Chief Marketing Officer, joins Vintage Wine Estates as Executive Vice President Sales and Wholesale Marketing. Brian Wurtz, President will orchestrate the orderly transition of wine supply, distributors, exporters, and customers during the initial phase of consolidation

05/28/14

Treasury Wine Estates remains "in play", according to both investors and the investment bankers trying to interest private equity firms and beverage companies in acquiring the winemaker, reporting by Data Room has discovered

05/28/14

Silicon Valley Bank's Wine Division has issued a new study, Ownership Transitions in the Wine Industry 2014, that examines the current historic high numbers of winery sales and transitions. Ten percent of wineries are strongly considering a sale within the next five years, and one in three is open to a sale under the right circumstances. The results underscore the robust marketplace for small- and mid-sized wineries, with more winery sales and ownership transitions today compared to any other period. Download the full report ...

05/28/14

All but the smallest agricultural water districts were required to track and report to the state how much water they deliver to customers as the result of a 2007 law. Only 20 percent - 48 of 242 districts - have filed those reports, according to California Department of Water Resources data. They were due 10 months ago

05/28/14

drawing the world's top producers from France to Chile despite China reporting the first decline in wine consumption for a decade

05/28/14

Cornell University Cooperative Extension Finger Lakes Grape Program is sponsoring a seminar, "Lessons Learned from California's Original Sustainable Winegrowing Certification Program: The Lodi Rules," on June 5 from 5-6 p.m. The presentation will be held at Cornell's New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, NY.

05/28/14

Last week I published the first part of my recent interview with the shadowy R. H. Drexel, the pseudonymous author of the wine culture zine Loam Baby. Here's the rest of the interview. To spare new Winophilia visitors the trouble of referring back to part one, I have published the interview in its entirety here.

05/28/14

To bring in millions of dollars, the lots at Auction Napa Valley have to be wildly spectacular; and they are.

05/28/14

The Land Trust of Napa County has received a generous gift of $21,000 from noted vintner Dan Duckhorn and Duckhorn Wine Company. The gift was distributed to the Land Trust after shareholders chose to donate the funds and Duckhorn selected the Land Trust as the beneficiary.

05/28/14

Wine producers and retailers are looking beyond the People's Republic to grow sales.

05/28/14

Grapeline Wine Tours, operating in Paso Robles since 2004, announced plans this week to launch a new branch in Sonoma by next April. Within the next five years, the company plans to expand from its current three locations to at least six, and as many as twelve within the next decade. The company currently offers wine tasting tours in in two other California wine regions: Temecula Valley and Santa Barbara County.

05/28/14

Groups call for more review of impacts of wine tourism on water, traffic

05/28/14

Nobody knows how much water senior rights holders actually use, though it amounts to trillions of gallons each year, according to a review of their own reports by The Associated Press. Together, they hold more than half the rights to rivers and streams in California.

05/28/14

Walnut acreage in California was up as of the most recent harvest, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service. The increase continued a trend in recent years as the crop has remained lucrative.

05/28/14

Nearly 4,000 corporations, farms and others hold senior water rights in California, exempting them from government-mandated cuts in water use during the third year of drought. Here is a look at five of them, along with how they obtained the right to draw water from waterways and how they use it.

05/28/14

Even hard-core wine aficionados find it hard to stay on top of the explosive growth of downtown Santa Barbara's Urban Wine Trail, so there's no better chance to explore and get educated on the latest than this weekend's Summer Celebration.

05/28/14

Staff from the Napa County Agricultural Commissioner's Office found glassy-winged sharpshooter eggs last week while inspecting a shipment of plants to a local plant retailer. The sharpshooter has the potential to be a devastating pest to wine grapes in Napa County, but while it's infested Southern California counties for years it's never taken root in Napa.

05/28/14

In response to a recent Napa County Grand Jury report that suggested ways to increase VINE bus ridership, the city of Napa recently agreed to begin advertising the county's transit line on its website.

05/28/14

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.

05/28/14

Ravenswood's Joel Peterson wasn't born into a winery family. Rather, his parents were chemists - his mother worked on the Manhattan Project - and he eventually became a scientist, too. "I didn't start out thinking I would be in the wine business," he said during a recent trip through Cleveland. But soon, he said, he found himself in a "wine family." And it came about because of food.

05/28/14

The warmest winter California has on record now is leading to a wine season that is very early. While that warmer weather will likely provide benefits in the short-term to the wine industry in the state, the gradual increase in temperatures might also have a negative impact on the famed Napa Valley area's winemaking.

05/28/14

On Tuesday morning, nearly 4,943 miles away from Valley View Winery in the Applegate, residents in Japan will be able to get a taste of Southern Oregon.

05/28/14

Gerald Casale of Devo launched his The 50 by 50 wine brand and estate. The 23-acre estate is located in the Wooden Valley area of Napa.

05/28/14

Drizly is an mobile app for iOS and Android smartphones where users can choose from a variety of wines, beers and liquors to be delivered to them in 20-40 minutes, according to the company.

05/28/14

The Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center - a Prosser hub that will serve both as a learning center and to promote Washington wine and food to visitors - will be celebrated with a public ceremony and ribbon-cutting event Friday at 1 p.m.

05/28/14

Not surprisingly, this is an issue of vital interest to those of us at the Wine Council of Ontario (WCO), makers of Ontario's VQA - wines made with only 100 per cent Ontario-harvested grapes.

05/28/14

Michael David working with city to get county's approval for the project

05/28/14

Frosts in Chile, droughts in California and the Languedoc and the boom in fruit-flavoured wines in France is having a knock-on effect on bulk wine prices, according to the latest data from Murphy Wine Company.