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Friday, December 19th

06/20/14

A halt on the sale of popular herbicides prone to drift and damage in Oregon vineyards is the latest move in an ongoing saga regarding the state's wine industry. Oregon Vineyard Supply (OVS) announced this week that it will no longer sell so-called growth regulator herbicides, which mimic the action of natural plant hormones known as auxins.

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American Express is giving more networking time to the more than 500 restaurant professionals attending its seminars

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The 32nd anniversary of the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen kicked off Thursday with plenty of laughter and imbibing during the chamber of commerce luncheon.

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Fort Berens 2012 Riesling was just awarded the very prestigious 2014 Lieutenant Governor's Award for Excellence in British Columbia Wines. Located in Lillooet, in the Fraser Canyon, this award marks the first ever Lieutenant Governor's Award for Fort Berens and the first for this emerging wine region.

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In California, water no longer runs to the sea - it runs towards money, writes Will Parrish. Most of the state's water is already controlled by agribusiness elites. Now, backed by politicians, they are planning to grab the little that's left, leaving nature and indigenous communities high and dry.

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The drought situation is driving up prices nationwide for produce grown in the Golden State's Central Valley and other agricultural areas stricken by drought, such as Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. And among rising food costs, access to clean water and growing unemployment, the drought's hardest-hit victims are the country's poor.

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Both growers and winemakers need to take responsibility for their business relationship so both parties better understand each other and benefit from that relationship.

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An appellate court has upheld state rules regulating how hundreds of farmers in Sonoma and Mendocino counties divert water from the Russian River to ward off frost. The rules, aimed at protecting fish, were struck down in 2012 by Mendocino County Superior Court Judge Ann Moorman, who declared the law to be "constitutionally void" and "invalid."

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Until now, wines marked "GO TEXAN" didn't have to contain any grapes grown in Texas.

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Within hours of Chile's famous victory, Bloomberg reported that shares in Viña Concha y Toro, the country's largest winemaker, and Compañia de las Cervecerias Unidas (CCU), the country's largest brewer (which also has a strong wine portfolio), had surged, buoyed up by the promise of increased alcohol sales as fans celebrate.

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The average cost of buying Burgundy grand cru vineyard land, France's most-expensive wine real estate, rose 5.3 percent in 2013, according to a report released this week by France's Agriculture Ministry. Prices rose for the 17th straight year, averaging 4 million euros ($5.4 million) for a parcel of land that wouldn't even accommodate two football fields.

06/20/14

An appellate court has upheld state rules regulating how hundreds of farmers in Sonoma and Mendocino counties divert water from the Russian River to ward off frost. The rules, aimed at protecting fish, were struck down in 2012 by Mendocino County Superior Court Judge Ann Moorman, who declared the law to be "constitutionally void" and "invalid."

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Mark Battany, UC viticulture and soils farm advisor, says some grape vines in the Paso Robles area had a steady increase in salinity from 2006-2012 which heightened soil electrical conductivity and reduced fruit yields.

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Spanish wine giant Miguel Torres has bought 230ha of land in Chile's Itata Valley region as part of a plan to insulate its wine business in the country from the effects of climate change.

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Brands such as Yuengling, August Schell and Narragansett will be able to label themselves "craft" from next year following changes implemented by the Brewers Association.

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Irene Virbila of the Los Angeles Times picks: "a summer basic that will see you through any occasion" while Dave McIntyre looks to Italy for his Bargain Bubblies.

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In 2009, filmmaker David Baker and a group of colleagues hatched an ambitious plan: They would make a wine pilgrimage across the United States and back, interviewing American winegrowers and compiling a documentary film.

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Ireland has the highest taxes on wine in Europe - 60% on every bottle, thanks to two increases in the past year. That means that a bottle from the Côtes du Rhône called Les Deux Cols costs €4.25 at wholesale in France, but €10.50 at wholesale in Ireland. And that's even before the respective VAT rates of 19.6% and 23%.

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This past weekend, I was fortunate to attend the second annual Wine Symposium of the Finger Lakes, which took place in Geneva. This amazing gathering is a collaborative effort between Geneva Growth and the Finger Lakes Wine Alliance, with support from the New York Wine and Culinary Center, Hobart and William Smith Colleges and the city of Geneva.

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According to Buena Vista's "History of California Wine," Haraszthy predicted that "wine-growing in this State will, before long, exceed in value the amount of gold exported."

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A team of researchers have developed a system they say will revolutionize the concept of traceability used in proving the origins of agricultural products: in this case, the vine, the quality of yeast used in the fermentation of the must (pulp) in Malvasia, Muscat and Nero d'Avola grapes, among others.

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One vinter's tireless pursuit of first-growth-quality wine has drawn an obsessive cult following to his flagship brand. With a new venture, Promontory, Harlan is one step closer to raising the profile of the region

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"Exceptional" drought conditions have spread in Central California since a week ago, weather officials said. Areas in Northern California have also moved into this category since last week, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

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Why did you move into distribution?

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Alex Fishman made very good money, which he spent at some of the world's nicest restaurants. But one moment reliably brought dread

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"This is just one of many examples of Michigan's archaic regulations that stifles competition, harms consumers and enriches wholesalers," said Michael D. LaFaive, director of the Center's Morey Fiscal Policy Initiative. "It effectively imposes a form of government-facilitated price collusion."

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Royal Distribution Tabac Distri Nord, was selling rolling papers under the name Crystal Champs and accompanied by an image of a bottle of Champagne, and a traditional flute-shaped glass

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This year we're out by the pool; if you're in the neighborhood, do come say hello

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Not so long ago, the stereotype of California rosés included all the characteristics you would never want in a pink wine: heaviness, sweetness, high alcohol

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Is that $100 bottle of wine really worth what you paid for it? Tyler Colman deconstructs the price of a bottle.