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Thursday, December 18th

06/02/14

With sales up every year, abundant wine supplies and the continued economic recovery, even this year's drought hasn't dampened the elation that most people in the wine industry are feeling. Still, trouble may lie ahead: The millennial drinkers wineries seemed confident of winning aren't playing the game right: They're increasingly enchanted with cocktails and craft beer.

06/02/14

To Planning Commissioner Bob Fiddaman, a moratorium on winery projects is akin to handing the Planning Commission a butcher knife when it really needs a scalpel

06/02/14

City staff has recommended adoption of the proposed ordinance, which comes after a year of discussions at both the council and the Planning Commission

06/02/14

"We appreciate the good work that the Wine Institute and some of the larger California wineries have done and hope to support and build on their efforts to significantly elevate the California brand in the largest wine market in the world."

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2014's Vinexpo Asia-Pacific has benefitted from a 6.4% increase in visitors with a boost in numbers coming from southeast Asia, according to the fair organiser.

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The wine trade is looking forward to a re-energised London Wine Fair, which returns to its roots today from Kensington Olympia, with 20% more exhibitors on site

06/02/14

Wishes in Wine Country, held Saturday, May 17 at Sonoma-Cutrer, set a new fundraising record-over $773,000 (including cash and in-kind contributions)-and attracted close to 700 guests. Over 35 local restaurants and wineries offered guests small tastes and pours during the Grand Tasting.

06/02/14

Sessions churned out one amazing expression of pinot noir, and not the least, chardonnay, year after year

06/02/14

Judge wants to know how much money involved in wine fraud before sentencing. The prosecution provided a "conservative estimate" that Rudy Kurniawan, convicted in December of fraud, sold at least $20.7 million in fake wine. But defense lawyers for the 36-year-old Indonesian, who has been living illegally in the United States for more than 10 years, dispute the figure and put the losses closer to $8 million.

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The big news Thursday was that America's economy shrank during the first quarter of 2014, its worst performance in three years -- but reporting that news apparently didn't sit well with several major media outlets

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When the park was approved in 1981, it was zoned for a combination of light industrial and commercial uses. These days, it's home to tenants like a Mercedes auto museum, a marketing firm, an investment group, a wine storage company and the Department of Motor Vehicle's Napa office

06/02/14

Italian police have seized 30,000 bottles of cheap wine posing as Brunello di Montalcino, Chianti and other prestigious Italian wines. Tuscan police and the Italian Ministry of Agriculture announced this week that over 30,000 bottles of wine have been confiscated in an ongoing investigation.

06/02/14

A group of visitors taste wine during the Vinexpo Asia-Pacific in Hong Kong Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Vinexpo Asia-Pacific is one of Asia's biggest wine and spirits fair. More than 1,300 exhibitors from 30 countries are attending the expo from May 27 to 29.

06/02/14

Come along for an eye-opening wine-and-dine trip to southern San Luis Obispo County.

06/02/14

New research findings suggest that consistent grape consumption may help eye health by protecting the retina from deterioration. Specifically, a grape-enriched diet protects retinal structure and function.

06/02/14

Washington State University's new transfer agreements with two community colleges will create a pipeline for students to continue their education at the Richland or Pullman campuses.

06/02/14

Wine students at Walla Walla Community College or Yakima Valley Community College in Washington can transfer to several ag degree programs at Washington State University.

06/02/14

As an industry, wine goes through many stages where consumer buying patterns emerge to make some wines hot and others decline.

06/02/14

South Africa's 2014 wines are "really going to sort the sheep from the goats", according to producers who acknowledged one of the most difficult growing seasons in their careers.

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US west coast wineries are changing hands at a record pace with 10% of owners said to be "strongly considering" selling up in the next five years.

06/02/14

Diageo has announced plans to build a new $115m distillery in Kentucky with a production capacity of 1.8 million gallons.

06/02/14

Melissa Etheridge and Peter Frampton will be headlining the 2014 B.R. Cohn Charity Events Fall Music Festival Sept. 20 and 21 at the B.R. Cohn Winery Amphitheatre.

06/02/14

Some drought-stricken rivers and streams in Northern California's coastal forests are being polluted and sucked dry by water-guzzling medical marijuana farms, wildlife officials say - an issue that has spurred at least one county to try to outlaw personal grows

06/02/14

The event honors the legacy of Saralee McClelland Kunde, who helped shape the Sonoma County Harvest Fair and inspired local youth to get involved in 4-H and the Future Farmers of America

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Will now coincide with comments window for implementation agreement

06/02/14

How companies can successfully harness consumer power as the central point of their business strategy will be the theme of this morning's Harpers debate on the opening day of the London Wine Fair.

06/02/14

unique colonies of yeast, fungus and bacteria on the surface of wine grapes could be significant in determining a wine's regional quality

06/02/14

Winemaker Chris Mazepink hires prominent Willamette Valley names for Pinot Noir producer

06/02/14

Pesticide spraying in a Bordeaux vineyard that is believed to have made several school children sick may lead to criminal prosecution after an environmental group filed an official complaint

06/02/14

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has revealed his ambition to boost Russia's winemaking powers by almost doubling the size of its vineyards by 2020

06/02/14

Since 2001, wineries and cider makers have been able to sell bottles of their products at certified farmers' markets. But, as many have found, shoppers are unwilling to spend $20 or more without first tasting the goods - and that isn't allowed

06/02/14

Since spinning off from Don Sebastiani & Sons in 2010, Sonoma, California-based wine and spirits group The Other Guys (TOG) has demonstrated steady growth, driven primarily by its core Leese-Fitch wine brand

06/02/14

Oregon's Supreme Court told the state attorney general on Friday to modify the ballot title for an initiative petition that would change the way liquor is sold

06/02/14

The cement company Thomas Schmidheiny inherited from his father is poised to become the world's biggest, but what really excites the Swiss billionaire is his global sideline in wines.