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Thursday, December 18th

06/13/14

The TDA rule proposal now goes out for 30 days of public comment, after which it will become a rule of the GO TEXAN program

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The all-cash offer of $103 per share for the popular Internet restaurant reservation company is 46 percent higher than OpenTable's closing price yesterday. The deal is expected to be completed in the third quarter, the companies said in a statement today.

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The Mill Valley-based chain announced Thursday that it would operate the 150-room resort, which could open as early as 2017, instead of St. Regis, a luxury division of the Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. The new resort will open under the name "VieVage," a new brand for Auberge.

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Atlas Vineyard Management Inc. will install a system at Willakia vineyard east of Amity that measures the local vineyard climate, giving real-time local data to determine the needs of vines across a 10-acre block. Developed by Tule Technologies Inc. of California, the system employs surface renewal analysis to measure moisture levels in layers of air above the vineyard, and matches that data with models of evapotranspiration rates prepared by USDA scientist Andrew McElrone and post-doctoral researcher Tom Shapland from the University of California, Davis.

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Anheuser-Busch revealed the ingredients in their Budweiser and Bud Light beers on Thursday, one day after a food blogger started a petition that gathered over 44,000 signatures.

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Producers from around the world gathered at Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa in Pismo Beach to pour their newly released chardonnays and, in some cases, older vintages.

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MillerCoors released a sustainability report Wednesday that shows it has cut its water use by 9.2 percent from 2012.

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Visitors to Napa certainly know about the host of wineries in the valley and tasting rooms in our cities and town, but even many residents here don't realize how much wine is made in industrial parks and other locations far from all the lovely vineyards.

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The Rosgal Mercantile, which is tentatively scheduled to open in August, will sell home wares and gift items. Coffee, espresso, pastries, prepared lunch items and picnic supplies will be available at Butterscots, the deli/bakery on the property, which opens onto a trellis-covered patio overlooking the central courtyard.

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In mid-May, my wife Barbara and I were in Los Angeles preparing for our 25th anniversary celebration of "A Culinary Evening with the California Winemasters," the charity wine event we founded in 1990. I was speaking to an old friend and wine-tasting buddy, Lenny Ripps, at our pre-event Washington State winemakers dinner when he surprised me with a comment and suggestion for a future column.

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Speaking at the MW symposium in Florence, Google's Daniel Alegre believes in the future of print media but stressed the need for an online presence.

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Local wine events coming up feature a wine-oriented Toga party in Little Italy, a tasting in Akron's West Point Market and details on Vintage Ohio, which is marking 20 years in 2014.

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Consumers can now enjoy tax-free tastings at wineries that charge a nominal per-person fee, and which are already exempt from paying a use-tax on the wine used for tastings. Additionally, $350,000 in funding will go to research hops and malting barley, key beer-brewing ingredients, to help specialists understand the varieties and differences that work best for New York agriculture.

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Two new initiatives to support New York's wineries and breweries were announced Thursday by Governor Andrew Cuomo, after the Wine, Beer, Spirits and Cider Summit in April.

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Lake County wines are being put to the test this week with medals hanging in the balance at the 2014 Lake County Wine Competition. The public will be invited to taste the competition's winning wines at the 2014 People's Choice Wine Tasting on Saturday, June 14.

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Good news for North Country wine lovers this afternoon, as a bill to create the St. Lawrence Wine Trail (here's a full list of the state's wine trails) has now passed both houses. North Country Sens. Patty Ritchie, Joe Griffo and Betty Little cosponsored the bill; it now goes to Gov. Cuomo's desk for a signature.

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He may be literally a garagiste, but Saxum's Justin Smith has 38 Wine Advocate scores of 95 points or more.

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Wine grapes are a climatically sensitive crop grown in a fairly narrow geographic range. Growing season temperatures for high-quality wine production are generally limited to 13-21C on average.

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You may have sipped a pleasant pinot grigio from Friuli, a region in the far northeast of Italy known for its white wines and more properly called Friuli-Venezia Giulia. But you are less likely to have had a glass of friulano, a more distinguished wine that is worth discovering.

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Almost six out of every 10 bottles of wine are sold on promotion in the UK, according to figures from Nielsen for the past year.

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Plus, South Carolina becomes the last state to abandon dry election days, and more in the Wine Spectator column.

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This week's recommendations include a "tropical" French Chardonnay with hints of pear and papaya and a "bargain rosé Champagne".

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Violent hail storms across southwest France have caused extensive damage to vineyards in the northern Medoc region of Bordeaux.

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Translated to "Submarine" in Italian, Sottomarino's tasting room is housed in an original World War II submarine-like training vessel with breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay waterfront and the Bay Bridge.

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According to a new Chinese-language report by the China Alcoholic Drinks Association (CADA), the effects of the decreased sales have rippled down the production line, causing some local winemakers to scale down production.

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Tailoring your winery tasting room presentation to a customer's experience may earn their loyalty and business.

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"When I was younger," said Chilean winemaker Felipe Tosso last night at an intimate tasting of his wines at Churrascos, "I made big and bold, intense, tannic wines. But now that I'm older [in his early 40s] and now that I'm a father and more mellow, I make more food-friendly wines. I want to have fun drinking my wines."

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One of Switzerland's leading wine producers, Dominique Giroud, has been arrested on charges of hacking the computers of several journalists.

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Winemaker Ken Forrester popped into Canada recently to help spread the good news of a grape variety he holds dear. Like other South African vintners, Forrester has assessed the treasure trove of Chenin Blanc available in his native country as a unique selling opportunity.

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June is Idaho Wine Month and experts say the Idaho wine industry is on the verge of a growth spurt. That's why the Idaho Wine Commission is doing everything it can to promote flavorful reds and whites made right here in the Gem State

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Following completion of a two-year renovation project and a classification upgrade, Bordeaux winemaker Château Angélus is asserting its role in the global market as one of Saint-Emilion's premier players

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January to May were the hottest on record in the nation's most economically important state.

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Drinks manufacturers and retailers accused of adopting tobacco industry tactic of 'corporate philanthropy as a political device'

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Vessyl is the smartest cup you didn't know you needed. There's nothing tech people love as much as caffeine, and now they have the means to monitor every drop they take in, through a cup that can determine exactly what you are drinking - and how it affects your body.

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Federal regulators are scrutinizing the use of wooden racks to age fine cheeses, questioning the cleanliness of an age-old practice used by many artisan cheesemakers in Sonoma County.

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The panic over what appeared to be a change in the federal rules that govern the craft of artisan cheese making seems to be dying down, but cheese makers remain suspicious, even after the Food and Drug Administration said late Wednesday that it had erred.