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06/17/14

Constellation Brands Inc. - one of the world's biggest wine and liquor companies - became the nation's largest import beer company a year ago after buying the Crown Imports beer business and a brewer in Mexico for nearly $5 billion.

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The estate of a San Francisco family has donated 1,380 acres of ridgetop land northeast of Napa to the Land Trust of Napa County. The Sutro Ranch is the largest land gift in the Land Trust's 38-year history. It comes with a $450,000 endowment to cover the cost of managing the property, Doug Parker, the trust's CEO, said Wednesday.

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Several fast-growing Italian brands are leading the charge for the imported sparkling wine category in the U.S. market, which rose 5.5% to 6.7 million cases in 2013, according to Impact Databank

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The results are meticulous and spectacular. Robert Mondavi, Marcia said, was more than an inspiration for this estate. He was a real partner ...

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Grape and wine brokerage: Wineries turning to Lake, Mendocino, Paso Robles

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Scoping meetings on new rules set for mid-July

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Diageo has launched a fizzy, fruit-flavoured vodka in a wine bottle to entice women looking for "a lighter alternative to wine".

06/17/14

Chateau Montelena Winery is proud to announce the promotion of Matthew Crafton from Assistant Winemaker to Winemaker. Crafton will continue to work under the guidance of Chateau Montelena's CEO and Master Winemaker Bo Barrett with the support of Vineyard Manager Dave Vella.

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Each bottle of wine comes with a charcoal pencil, which allows the buyer to sketch directly on the label, take a photo of their design and share it using social media outlets.

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As official app partner for the Food and Wine Classic in Aspen, June 20-22, Drync will allow attendees to track and buy wines instantly from their mobile devices by snapping wine label photos.

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A new series of intensive and interactive training seminars designed to boost the sales and marketing effectiveness of Northwest beverage industry professionals is being launched this August by Ferment Marketing, with the sponsorship of The Northwest Wine Studies Center at Chemeketa Community College, in Salem, Oregon.

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it does nothing to address the fact that Texan consumers regularly purchase so-called "Texan" wines that contain no state-grown fruit

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Three environmental groups are challenging Sonoma County's approval of a 54-acre Annapolis vineyard in a case that reflects long-standing conflict over expansion of the county's $600 million a year grape industry.

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Faced with a declining membership and a weakened sense of mission, Friends of the Napa River met last November to ponder its future.

06/17/14

Ca' Momi, the Italian lifestyle brand rooted in soulful tradition and based in the Napa Valley, has partnered with musician Michael Franti on his Soulshine concert tour, the first-ever yoga music tour to share art and a healthy sustainable active lifestyle. Ca' Momi will join Soulshine at outdoor amphitheaters across North America this summer, from June 20 to August 2.

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Lafite's premium over its fellow first growths is narrowing as poor performing vintages start to make their way into its Liv-ex sub-index.

06/17/14

The New Zealand wine industry has launched a sustainability scorecard and "reporting tool" to allow producers to measure their level of sustainability.

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The wine industry has historically been slow to cash in on mobile technology, but the time is right for the trade to ramp up its approach.

06/17/14

Casually dress yet deep-pocketed bidders placed higher and higher bids after tasting the landmark 2012 vintage, characterized by rich, ripe, deeply concentrated fruit and excellent structure-the result of a perfect growing year-at the 34th Napa Valley Barrel Auction held earlier this month.

06/17/14

"People talk about quality like a matter of preference and flavor, but while we've found that there are a number of personal preferences that influence what people like and think are best, there are also a number of objective factors," says sommelier Jorn Kleinhans, owner of Wine Elite Sommelier Co.

06/17/14

The California-based, nationally syndicated wine columnist did all three with enthusiasm at this weekend's second annual Wine Symposium of the Finger Lakes in Geneva. A Brooklyn native who moved to Los Angeles as a child, Berger is so enthusiastic about the growing quality of Finger Lakes wine that he stopped tasting them Friday night and spent a half-hour talking about them.

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Act 4: How some wine aficionados have been fooled by the greatest wine faker in the world.

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The popular ratings app provides access to 300,000 wine reviews on multiple devices

06/17/14

With the state legislative calendar winding down, two competing proposals have emerged to at least partially privatize the alcohol business in Pennsylvania.

06/17/14

Last Thursday, Starbucks (SBUX_) opened its first beer, wine and burger location in Los Angeles under the La Boulange brand. And, after visiting it, I'm beginning to wonder why.

06/17/14

The Illinois wine industry has reached the 100 wineries mark. An industry that began with a handful of southern Illinois wineries in the 1980s now brings more than 240 commercial wines and 150 home-crafted wines to the annual Illinois State Fair wine competition this week at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield.

06/17/14

Officials are working on plans to promote and serve Indiana beer and wine in the Grand Hall at this summer's state fair under a law the General Assembly passed earlier this year. The goal is in part to show Hoosiers how large the beer and wine industries are in Indiana as well as teach Hoosiers about how alcohol is created, said state fair spokesman Andy Klotz.

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Sales of Mexican wine are growing despite limited government support and the lack of a denomination of origin, thanks to rising interest in winemaking and unique approaches to the business, such as a winery operating on a Mexico City roof.

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Christopher "Topper" Ann, a pioneer of the English wine industry and former owner of the English Wine Centre at Alfriston, died peacefully earlier this month at the age of 70.

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Only liquor stores can sell beer cold

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The company learned about the security breach on Tuesday from the U.S. Secret Service and began investigating the breach with the agency and a team of forensics experts

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A British wine merchant accused of selling a fake bottle of Château d'Yquem for almost $100,000 has petitioned a Georgia judge to dismiss the case, saying it should be heard in Britain.

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The proposal, slated to go into effect later this year after a comment period, could create the world's largest marine sanctuary and double the area of ocean globally that is fully protected

06/17/14

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau will publish a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register on Tuesday, June 17, 2014, proposing to expand the existing "Fair Play" American viticultural area in El Dorado County, California, by approximately 1,200 acres