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06/06/14

"Overall, most in the industry agree we don't need an above average crop of any grapes (except maybe Pinot Grigio). At this point it doesn't look like we have it based on bunch counts, but we do have many new acres continuing to come into production statewide and tanks that are relatively full from two record-breaking crops in a row. A lighter crop would be welcomed by all"

06/06/14

Maybe, you'd consider accepting a walk-on role in a new film chronicling the infamous Judgment or Paris?

06/06/14

The main event, the live auction on Saturday held in a gaily-decorated, huge tent at Meadowood Resort, is already sold out. However, wine lovers around the globe with their computers or smartphones still can participate in the E-auction

06/06/14

"We didn't want to make it about us, but about the whole wine community - we're trying to bring it back home."

06/06/14

Huntsinger started in the wine industry more than 50 years ago following in his father's footsteps at Almaden Wines

06/06/14

About 1,400 guests from around the country gathered on the historic "Midwest Street" back lot at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank to taste the work of 50 chefs paired with 75 of California's most talented winemakers to present a tasting and hors d'oeuvres extravaganza

06/06/14

Kieu Hoang buys property as Mondavi family sets sights on Napa Valley floor

06/06/14

It's not for everyone, but with the concerns about water in the West, here are some key concepts and lessons learned from California growers you may want to consider.

06/06/14

The problem with most premium table grape production areas is that it can be difficult to get the lucrative red grape varieties to actually turn red, or "color up." You need heat units to produce good sugars, after all, but if the temperatures don't drop enough at night, you can't get color.

06/06/14

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.

06/06/14

A Languedoc wine producer hopes to use crowdfunding to revive 10 traditional varieties in the region that have fallen into obscurity.

06/06/14

San Francisco-based Flynn Properties purchased luxury resort The Carneros Inn southwest of Napa and plans to make "significant" property upgrades.

06/06/14

The Washington wine industry officially opens long-awaited center promoting wines, food, agriculture.

06/06/14

Movie Star Makes Gogi Pinot Noir with Ampelos Cellars, Opens Tasting Room in Los Alamos

06/06/14

A Loire Valley winemaker who disobeyed France's appellation system has escaped with only a token fine, in what his lawyer described as a 'slap in the face' for officials.

06/06/14

A leading figure in the Australian wine industry has hit out at what he perceives as an excessive focus on the country's supermarket performance.

06/06/14

Catherine Bugue recommends a Napa white with notes of pear, tangerine and herbs, while Stacey Vreeken picks a Chardonnay which she said was like "taking a ride in your well-heeled aunt's Mercedes".

06/06/14

Laithwaite's is offering customers Amazon-style tasting recommendations based on an algorithm that creates a taste fingerprint for each wine on its website.

06/06/14

Big, bold wines have their fans. But with the arrival of summer, make room for a bumper crop of lighter, more subtle wines.

06/06/14

Port will always have its niche, and so will Madeira, but when it comes to nonfortified wine, Portugal continues to be largely ignored, and often unfairly. This is partly because the Portuguese, to their great credit, have largely refused to emphasize popular international grapes like cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, merlot and sauvignon blanc at the expense of their myriad indigenous offerings.

06/06/14

Showcasing the best and brightest, the Martha's Vineyard Food & Wine Festival (MVF&WF) announces the area's top chefs and an expanded line-up of events to the schedule.

06/06/14

Inspired by Saralee McClelland Kunde's lifelong passion for agricultural education for area youth, the Sonoma County Winegrowers and the Sonoma County Farm Bureau have established "Saralee's Sonoma County Ag Camp" designed to help the region's leading agricultural teachers incorporate sustainable agricultural education into their classroom curriculum to benefit the next generation of farmers.

06/06/14

Separately, Hong Kong-based French hotelier Marc Castagnet has bought a minority stake in Trianon and he plans to develop a luxury hotel there. Architect Yves Collet, who worked on the Sources de Caudalie spa hotel in Pessac Leognan, has already been recruited

06/06/14

UK victims of the Thalidomide drugs scandal have launched legal action against Diageo, which acquired the drug's distributor in the 1990s, 50 years after the morning sickness drugs was first prescribed to their mothers.

06/06/14

Resveratrol, a compound found in red grape skins, has been found to improve memory, according to a new study.

06/06/14

A study by the Centre for Addictions Research at the University of Victoria said that's a problem because surveys of alcohol consumption are crucial to estimating disease and injury caused by people's favourite recreational drug.

06/06/14

On a quarter-to-date basis, same-store sales are approaching 0.5 percent at the end of May, fueling hope that the second quarter of 2014 could be the first quarter since the same period last year in which the industry has reported positive same-store sales.

06/06/14

Chloe Asseo is one of Stephan and Beatrice Asseo's three children. She studied visual communications at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles and has worked for various boutiques and fashion designers in Paris and Bordeaux, France

06/06/14

Plus, 400 Merlot vines stolen in Bordeaux, a French wine tourist destination closes its doors, and a wine tasting to benefit the disabled

06/06/14

A leading figure in the Australian wine industry has hit out at what he perceives as an excessive focus by commentators on the country's supermarket performance, arguing that it distracts from the efforts of the vast majority of producers

06/06/14

It cut its deposit rate for banks from zero to -0.1%, to encourage banks to lend to businesses rather than hold on to money

06/06/14

He led the crackdown on Four Loko caffeine-laced malt beverages, declared war on the powdered liquor product Palcohol, and - this week - drove the summer boozy slushy fad called Phrosties to extinction. But meanwhile, he's also received significant financial support from the more established members of the alcohol industry

06/06/14

Part of the reason why Keller may have decided to close Fleur de Lys is that Maurice Rouas