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Sunday, December 21st

06/03/14

In an exceptionally overreaching and disturbing decision issued by the ABC Appeals Board on May 9, 2014 [AB-9358 - American Vintage Beverage], the Board affirmed an ABC finding that a producer's use of a retail name on a flavored malt beverage (FMB) product violated the California prohibition on supplier-provided "things of value."

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Since 1981, the auctions have raised more than $120 million for local charities.

06/03/14

Junior water rights holders in the San Joaquin River watershed are the latest to receive stop-diversion orders because of California's drought. Sacramento Valley farms and water districts have also received notices.

06/03/14

This has to be the year that California finally starts to regulate groundwater. It has to be

06/03/14

Era of affordable, available labor coming to an end, economist says

06/03/14

Wine industry people on the move from May 27 to June 2

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"It has come to our attention that, in certain circumstances, wine bottles can burst when used with the Coravin system, presenting a risk of lacerations," the company said in an email sent out to Coravin customers. It states that the company has "received seven reports of bottles bursting including one report of a laceration."

06/03/14

Traffic to on-premise had a difficult start to the year, with year-over-year traffic at -2.3% in 1Q14 and -2.0% during the 4-week period ending 4/20/14, but has since improved to -1.5% during the 4-week period ending 5/18/14.

06/03/14

Wine is an elixir, a miracle-worker and shapeshifter - no wonder even the most secular of us hold it sacred still

06/03/14

Events on Friday and Saturday include barbeque demonstrations by The Meritage Resort and Spa's culinary team; traditional picnic games including Cornholes; and lunch complete with traditional BBQ items, wine and beer tastings; raffle to win a kettle grill; fireworks viewing; and a live band playing calypso music.

06/03/14

New, hand-crafted wines made in the heart of San Francisco are being introduced to the wine market by Upside wines, a husband and wife partner project from Brenda and Andrew Vingiello. Upside is launching with a white blend called "Free Rein," and a rosé called "Thrill." A red blend called "Remedy" will be available later this summer.

06/03/14

Eiko Nakamura's ex-husband was arrested, allegedly admitted on Sunday to causing her death, according to police.

06/03/14

The Lodi Rules is not just a catchy slogan; it is a 128-page workbook of sustainable winegrowing standards. There are 101 standards, and to be certified you not only need to pass at least 70, you cannot fail any of the six chapters.

06/03/14

China's makers of Merlot and Chardonnay have found success at home, but have struggled to convince drinkers overseas that their wines can compete with offerings from more established wine nations.

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Whalebone Vineyard receives two double gold medals at the 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

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Part of federal legislation for water projects nationwide heading to the president's desk is long-sought authorization for restoration projects to benefit protected fish in Dry Creek, effecting allowing water to flow from Lake Sonoma to pumps in the Russian River that supply more than 600,000 people in Sonoma and northern Marin counties without an estimated $300 million bypass pipeline, North Coast congressmen announced Monday.

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The New Zealand wine industry has experienced its largest crush on record with the 2014 vintage, though one key producer believes it is not in danger of a wine glut.

06/03/14

UK consumers are spending less money in bars and pubs and more on alcohol for consumption at home, a recent report has shown.

06/03/14

Welcome to Ethiopia! A country of touching beauty where it feels good to be alive.

06/03/14

Brad Pitt has opened up about his life as a winemaker and why his "compulsive nature" and experience as an actor has helped him produce one of the year's most sought after rosés.

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Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has revealed his ambition to almost double the size of Russia's vineyards by 2020, according to a report by The Moscow Times.

06/03/14

A professor sporting a particularly outlandish beard claims he was fired from a Christian university after his image was used on the side of a beer can.

06/03/14

Making an emotional connection with consumers, and creating personalised, shareable and useful content is vital to selling wine, heard Harpers debate at London Wine Fair.

06/03/14

The new SmartCork has been developed using the CorkGuard membrane technology in a bid to address key issues which have dogged the cork industry for decades, and designed to deliver good results for wine manufacturers.

06/03/14

Oklahoma's tourism and agriculture departments are launching separate initiatives hoping to entice visitors to the state this summer through wine and music.

06/03/14

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.

06/03/14

With its new app, Total Wine & More intends to boost customer loyalty and engagement by bringing the Total Wine & More in-store experience directly to mobile consumers.

06/03/14

Now that the growing season has arrived, growers are assessing just how much damage they incurred. And the damage looks to be extensive - not just this year, but for several years to come. The Ohio State University Extension Service said the loss in this year's fruit alone totaled between $12 million and $16 million, Winchell said.

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Soon to be president of wine trade organisation Inter Rhône, Michel Chapoutier purchased his grandfather's ailing wine business in 1990. Since then, he has turned the business around and spread the company's wings as far as Australia.

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Having built a strong track record for quality at everyday price points, Australian Vintage CEO Neil McGuigan has now achieved his long-term goal of showing what his team can achieve at the very highest level.

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"Fraudsters put a lot of work into trying to make their corks look distressed. It's important that the label look like it's been around the block a bit, so they might rub it with a bit of earth or coffee grounds."

06/03/14

"As has been made abundantly clear in meetings between the developer and concerned neighbors, the sole focus of the MPV winery will be to maximize direct sales of its wines by attracting as many tourists as possible to the secluded facility."

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Advocates for Wine Consumers Seek To Overcome Antiquated State Laws

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"Markets outside Europe continue to grow by about 3% in volume."

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Asked to sum up BottleRock 2014, Dave Graham, the music festival CEO, said one word came to mind: "Redemption."

06/03/14

California Square was launched in Ontario on May 29th, 2014.

06/03/14

It's been two years since Washington got out of the liquor business. Has it really made that big of a difference in how you get your liquor or to the state's bottom line?

06/03/14

Sales of wine country real estate properties are brisk and the volume is up substantially