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Wednesday, October 22nd

06/25/14

Treasury Wines will book an impairment charge of up to $260 million in fiscal 2014 as it looks to draw a line under a troubled 12 months with a new business model. The charge is the latest in a long string of writedowns at Treasury Wine and former wine business of Fosters Group, after the company overpaid for assets at the top of the market.

06/25/14

KKR is under pressure to raise its 3.05 billion Australian dollar (US$2.86 billion) bid for Treasury Wine Estates Ltd. after the winemaker cooled fears of a profit warning.

06/25/14

Five conference sessions, two tastings of closure trials, a light breakfast and full lunch are included in the efficient weekday schedule. A trade show will take place simultaneously in the same building for attendees to take advantage of during four breaks in the day's program

06/25/14

Respected voices in research join forces with industry names synonymous with pioneering organic winegrowing to provide a comprehensive insight on the details of organic and sustainable farming at the 2014 Organic Winegrowing Conference.

06/25/14

Burgundy needs two strong harvests to get stocks back on track and stabilise prices, says Will Oatley, managing director of Louis Latour Agencies.

06/25/14

The state Senate deadlocked Monday on a $10.5-billion water bond measure proposed for the November ballot when Republicans opposed it for not providing enough for water storage and to protect water rights.

06/25/14

Gov. Jerry Brown told legislative leaders Tuesday that he wants a $6-billion water bond to be put before voters in November - a substantially lower price tag than proposals making their way through the Legislature.

06/25/14

In most years, Sierra snow provides a third of California's water supply. But it is by far the least reliable portion - and now, after three years of historically low snowfall, tensions are soaring over how we share the shrinking bounty of this great frozen reservoir. Today, on the cusp of a long, dry summer, we follow the melting snow - and meet its dependents - along one of its many routes from remote peaks to thriving communities around the Golden State.

06/25/14

The Washington Department of Agriculture is on the hunt for several species of moths and a couple other pests that could wreak havoc with the state's wine industry.

06/25/14

There were 2,829 wine entries in this year's competition. A panel of judges awarded 2,068 medals to competitors.

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In partnership with Free Flow Wines, both wines are now available in reusable steel kegs, which will be distributed by Wine Warehouse in California and Wirtz Beverage Group in Nevada.

06/25/14

Once a VQA wine, always a VQA wine. That was a landmark Provincial Offences Court ruling handed down by justice of the peace Brett Kelly Tuesday after he dismissed three charges that Royal DeMaria was illegally selling its wines under the prestigious VQA designation.

06/25/14

A weekend of winemaker dinners, unique seminars, a premiere tasting with acclaimed producers and a closing dinner featuring SF's hottest chefs and James Beard award winners and nominees from Bar Tartine, Rich Table and Statebird Provisions.

06/25/14

Sutcliffe Vineyards' Syrah has received a score of 90 out of 100 in the upcoming July issue of the influential Wine Enthusiast magazine. The Syrah rating becomes the latest in a string of strong reviews for the rising Colorado vineyard, whose recent nationally acclaimed vintages include a 90-point 2010 Merlot.

06/25/14

Formerly used as a family retreat for managing partner Alison Morey Garrett and her family, she is proud to welcome consumers to what has become a true wine destination for connoisseurs, adventurous travelers and curious wine lovers alike.

06/25/14

Water is hitting record prices on the open market, prompting some farmers to pump groundwater and sell it - what some call "groundwater mining." With groundwater already at record-low levels in parts of the state, concerns are rising that these water sales, known as water transfers, may put pressure on California's overtaxed aquifers.

06/25/14

At Vinexpo Asia-Pacific, the biannual wine trade fair held in Hong Kong last month, it was apparent from the three in-depth and well-attended seminars on the same topic that Bordeaux is out to attract Chinese investment.

06/25/14

Jillian Johnson is in love. There's not much that her husband (Yuri DeLeon) can do about it, since this is an affair that dates back to 2004 - some nine years before she even met Mr. DeLeon - when Ms. Johnson was still the head winemaker at Bonny Doon Vineyard, based in Santa Cruz.

06/25/14

The Kelly family has launched Connolly Ranch's new Legacy Fund with a $25,000 pledge. Gene Kelly and his father, Harold Kelly, presented the first installment check to executive director Jennifer Fotherby at a recent kickoff luncheon for the fund.

06/25/14

Napa County unemployment remains at a six-year low, with the jobless rate falling to 4.5 percent in May, down from a revised 5 percent in April.

06/25/14

Nicolas Audebert, winemaker at Cheval des Andes, is to join the two Bordeaux chateaux owned by Chanel, Rauzan-Segla and Canon.

06/25/14

The Santa Barbara Food and Wine Weekend inaugural event kicked off one recent weekend in early June at the Bacara Resort & Spa, a tony property nestled in the craggy cliffs on the California coast.

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"Blending different chardonnay clones lends to complexity in the finished wine," he said. "Some chardonnay blocks are always a little richer and more floral, some are more apple pie, and some have a touch of citrus or tropical tones."

06/25/14

Nebraska has seen an impressive number of wineries spring up in recent years, and they are making the personal experience of visiting a local winery a reality for wine lovers and people new to the world of wine alike. Currently more than 35 Nebraska wineries or tasting rooms are located throughout the state.

06/25/14

Cash-strapped colleges seeking new revenue streams are turning to a source of income with a history of being off-limits: alcohol sales at college athletic events.

06/25/14

Marketers everywhere are obsessed with this demographic, which is comprised of those born between 1980 and 2000. But hearing Tony Terlato talk about this generation was different. Terlato isn't some young, tech-obsessed marketing executive. He just celebrated his 80th birthday and has worked in the wine industry for nearly six decades.

06/25/14

Foley Family Wines, which is majority owned by American businessman and vineyard owner Bill Foley, plans to step up to the main board of the New Zealand stock exchange following its takeover of Martinborough Vineyards and the sale of $10 million of shares to institutional investors.

06/25/14

More than $16 million is to be spent over the next seven years on the wine industry's largest ever programme of research and development.

06/25/14

The West Australian wine industry plans to double exports to $100 million within three years despite a recent decline in Australian wine exports.

06/25/14

The Wine Route, which includes more than 500 way-finding signs placed in strategic locations throughout the wine growing regions of Ontario, provides consumers with easy navigation to wineries, restaurants, accommodations and other experiences in the area.

06/25/14

Total Wine & More has mounted a new bid to enter Bloomington, Minnesota, following months of wrangling with the city council and the Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association, reports the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

06/25/14

Frenchman's lifelong passion for 19th-century Sonoma winery sees it through much-needed rejuvenation

06/25/14

there's a time and a place for everything-like right now on William Shatner's new web show, "Brown Bag Wine Tasting."

06/25/14

After a long and successful career running Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, Allen Shoup retired as CEO of Washington's largest wine producer

06/25/14

Three years ago, Ashley Ryals wasn't sure Huntsville was ready to host a wine festival.

06/25/14

John A. Mortensen, a University of Florida researcher who developed the first seedless grape that could grow in the state, died on June 16. He was 85

06/25/14

Mark Wenzel, owner of Illinois Sparkling Company and August Hill Winery, has added another award to what is becoming an extensive trophy case

06/25/14

A key House committee approved a $29.1 billion spending plan Tuesday that would raise $380 million in revenue from the sale of new private liquor licenses

06/25/14

A forthcoming court case between a wine consultant and one of his employers leads Tim Atkin MW to question the role.

06/25/14

BottleRock, Napa's largest music festival, will be back for a third incarnation

06/25/14

Labor groups are setting their sights next on how tipped workers in the food industry are paid, as more and more states approve hikes in the basic minimum wage

06/25/14

French winemakers have reasserted their authority on the wine world by scooping some of the most coveted trophies at the annual Decanter World Wine Awards ceremony, with South Africa, Canada, the US and British supermarket chains also scoring notable successes

06/25/14

The Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance announced that Amy Coletta has joined the organization as business development/membership director, a new position that will focus on member and sponsor recruitment and retention. In coordination with the rest of the Alliance team, Coletta will reinforce the organization's mission: to promote and preserve the Paso Robles AVA to meet the diverse needs of its members.