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06/30/14

"It's speculation about a link-up with SAB," said Beaufort Securities sales trader Basil Petrides.

06/30/14

Visit Napa Valley will seek 10-year extension of tourism district

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The new technology would not completely eliminate sulfites, which occur naturally in wine. But it would have the potential to allow more wines to be labeled as "organic wine." In the U.S., wines made from organically grown grapes cannot be called "organic wine" if any sulfites are added.

06/30/14

After 34 years as a University of California extension advisor specializing in agriculture labor management, Gregorio Billikopf is retiring. He plans to relocate to a dairy farm in Chile, his native country, where he will continue to write and publish advice under his newly emeritus status.

06/30/14

South African wine may still be a relatively small category in the U.S. market-with bottled shipments up 11% to 954,000 cases last year-but its expansion has accelerated lately, and key players are bullish on growth opportunities, especially at the premium end.

06/30/14

Husband-and-wife team Tom Gallo and Susan Devitt have been forced by E. & J. Gallo Winery to change the name of their small company from "GalloLea Pizza Kits" to "BelloLea Artisan Kitchen." The name change is a result of a December 2012 accusation in that the small, Asheville-based company was infringing on the California company's trademark.

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... little is likely to change because those decisions are almost certain to be reaffirmed by the current board, labor lawyers and others who regularly deal with the agency said.

06/30/14

A Canadian winemaker has won a landmark case against a regulatory body which attempted to revoke its approval of some 6,000 bottles of icewine.

06/30/14

"The opportunity of designing a cellar for such a prestigious winery as Cardinale allowed us to use nearly every design concept that embodies how wine can and should be stored."

06/30/14

Second of two parts: In 1999, Washington state's vineyards included 1,900 acres of Riesling and 6,100 acres of chardonnay. By 2011, Riesling there had exploded to 6,320 acres, while chardonnay had dipped slightly mid-decade before recovering to 7,654 acres.

06/30/14

The Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance announced that the new PasoWineApp is now available for free download on the Apple App Store. This new app gives Paso Robles wine enthusiasts a tool to plot their wine country trip, remember their favorite wines and wineries, share with friends and keep up on the latest happenings in Paso Robles Wine Country.

06/30/14

Way back when, Mario Mazza said on the phone last week, Pennsylvania wineries were prohibited from making wine out of anything except fruit grown in the state. On Jan. 1, 2000, a more flexible law took effect, allowing the state's more than 50 wineries to buy up to 25 percent of their grapes from any vineyard within a 350-mile radius. That's not the way to build an industry, Mazza said, so the Pennsylvania Winery Association back in March passed a bylaw requiring members to use a percentage of state fruit in their wines.

06/30/14

The show, titled "20@20" and staged by the Voigt Family Sculpture Foundation, opened Sunday and runs through May 2015

06/30/14

Foot-treading Port brings a 2% better result than modern technology, according to Adrian Bridge, CEO at The Fladgate Partnership.

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The new Vegas spot, like the French brasseries that spawned it, strikes a balance between culinary ambition and Gallic comfort food

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Founding winemaker at Peter Lehmann Wines and twice International Wine and Spirits Competition Winemaker of the Year, Andrew Wigan is to retire after 35 years with the winery. Ian Hongell, who has worked with Wigan for 16 years will be promoted to chief winemaker in January next year.

06/30/14

With a unanimous vote of 32-0, the "glove law" was repealed by the Senate on Thursday ...

06/30/14

If ideas changed the trajectory of beer brands - including craft beer - in the past, ideas can do it again

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Under-pressure Treasury Wine Estates has brought forward the release of its Penfolds Luxury & Icon wines from the highly anticipated 2010 vintage, as it seeks to improve group sales revenue.

06/30/14

There is the kneejerk advice, when choosing wine for a party like this, to hedge your bets and get some of everything - a white, a red, and a sparkling, say, so that everyone can find something they like.

06/30/14

A popular annual event of the alliance each February occurred a few months ago at Pure Space in Portland. The alliance does something similar each year in Seattle, but we all know wine tastes best when you're looking at the vineyards that produced the grapes. This is the last in a series of three of these chats.

06/30/14

My goal was to broaden the market for Riesling so more people can gain access to them. Most winemakers were flattered by the idea, but all said (a) opening new markets outside of New York isn't easy and can be fraught with pitfalls; (b) the wineries are selling all they make at home; and (c) this is still a grape variety that has yet to catch on with the broad American consumer.

06/30/14

The Lake County Winery Association (LCWA) has announce the results of the Lake County Wine Competition held June 11 and 12 at Brassfield Estate and Winery. The competition saw 150 wine entries representing 38 labels, an increase of 20 percent compared to the 2013 competition, according to Terry Dereniuk, LCWA director.

06/30/14

Speculation of a takeover of one of Australia's largest wine groups, Treasury Wine Estates (TWE), is continuing to grow, with the company this week flagging further profit write-downs and changes to its business model.

06/30/14

The Grape Growers of Ontario is seeking the grower of the year. The organization is currently accepting nominations from the community of the Ontario grape grower that you feel would be an excellent candidate for the 2014 Grape Grower of the Year.

06/30/14

The happy-go-lucky Albariño grape, with its roots on the Iberian peninsula, is feeling at home here

06/30/14

John Boekenoogen was already growing grapes on his Santa Lucia Highland property and he decided to try his hand at making his own wine

06/30/14

The story goes that Alex Guarachi came to the United States from his native Chile in the 1970s and noticed that quality wines from his homeland were not available. He vowed to change this and was one of the first importers to introduce South American wine to the American public.

06/30/14

What are the best ways to share the water? And how can we ensure it lasts for the foreseeable future?

06/30/14

Verhey pumps groundwater to supply his vineyards, unlike city residents who rely on melted snowfall in the distant Sierras - via the State ...

06/30/14

A union between SABMiller and Diageo, meanwhile, would create a £100 billion ($170b) drinks behemoth that would generate an estimated £5 billion ($8.5b) in yearly pre-dividend free cash flow

06/30/14

Austria, until recently more readily associated with fine white wines, is enjoying a red-wine renaissance