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Tuesday, July 29th

07/02/14

A rapidly spreading vegetation fire that has burned more than 4 square miles in the Pope Valley area of Napa County has damaged five structures and prompted the mandatory evacuation of 180 homes, Cal Fire said late Tuesday

07/02/14

Industry leaders discuss ROI at Wine Industry Technology Symposium

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Marvin Shanken, who has been publishing the Wine Spectator magazine since 1973, is giving back to the industry that has helped make him a multimillionaire, by donating $3 million to Sonoma State University to support the Wine Learning Center.

07/02/14

Legal firm Maurice Blackburn lodged documents in the Federal Court on Wednesday to begin a class-action lawsuit against Treasury Wine Estates. The legal action is on behalf of more than 600 shareholders over what the firm claims was a late disclosure of heavy writedowns relating to its United States business in 2013

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Negotiations for an $8.25-billion water bond stalled Monday night, legislative sources said.

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Kern County water officials are working on an ambitious plan to move water uphill. The plan will use the California Aqueduct to move water 47 miles north to farms that need it.

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Beer business acquisition drives significant increase in first quarter sales, earnings and free cash flow

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while the deal certainly was attractive, it is hard to square the $13 billion in extra debt-adjusted market value added since the start of last year with an incremental $500 million a year in free cash flow ...

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Sales of liquor, beer and wine account for 57 percent of all sales during the four-month period. Liquor is overwhelming the most popular beverage of choice (34%) followed by wine (13%) and beer (10%).

07/02/14

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

07/02/14

This month's update on the five Cabernet Sauvignon vines we are monitoring during the growing season focuses on berry set. Each of these vines is located in a different micro-climate or sub AVA within the Yakima Valley appellation. Great weather during June produced an excellent fruit set. Now is when seeds, berry flesh and skin tannins begin to develop.

07/02/14

Forty-five years ago on Max Yasgur's hillside field in Bethel, New York, a generation found its dream-a vision of peace, music, and joy that has resonated through the years. The dream endures, and it is called Woodstock.

07/02/14

VINTUS, a leading, national fine wine importer and marketing company, and Monsieur TOUTON Selection, a distributor of quality wines and spirits in 10 states, have come together in the states of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

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State lawmakers are deep into what hopefully are final negotiations for a major bond issue asking voters to provide billions for critical water projects throughout this drought-plagued state. As always in water matters, San Diego County has much at stake. The region's legislative delegation must continue to present a united front and to play an aggressive role to assure the region is not shortchanged.

07/02/14

Stockton can continue to pump water from the Delta this summer, ensuring that its new $220-million drinking-water plant -- funded by ratepayers -- won't be standing idle.

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A vegetation fire has burned a few hundred acres and forced mandatory evacuations in northeast Napa County on Tuesday afternoon.

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To the eye of a tourist, the beautiful blocks of vineyards surrounded by the picturesque Mayacamas Mountains may seem like a timeless tribute to the agricultural bounty of the Napa Valley.

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UK wine investment firm European Fine Wines Ltd has gone into liquidation with debts totalling £2m, more than double the original estimates.

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Delays and surcharges are on the cards for wine shippers as so far negotiators have failed to reach agreement on new contracts between dockworkers and their employers on the US west coast.

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Companies accused of spending $43 million in state funds on châteaus; unclear if wineries will be seized

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La Motte Chief Executive Officer Hein Koegelenberg, 53, tapped the Franschhoek valley's Huguenot heritage to challenge the dominance of French vintners in China. Koegelenberg, brother-in-law of Cie. Financiere Richemont SA (CFR) Chairman Johann Rupert, who heads South Africa's richest family with a net worth of $8.9 billion, plans to boost exports to China by 25 percent this year after last August luring the first Chinese investors to the country's wine industry.

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Garages have been known to be the launchpads for many musical careers. But these days, it's also where the finest wines can be found ready to be bottled, and the first ever Los Angeles Garagiste Festival aims to celebrate the movement.

07/02/14

The New Zealand wine industry is better equipped to battle a devastating plant pathogen thanks to new research carried out by Vaughn Bell, a PhD candidate at Victoria University of Wellington

07/02/14

This week, the first table grapes from the municipality of Abarán entered the market; an area which, together with the regions of Blanca and Cieza, was hit by hailstorms last week that affected the latest stonefruit varieties, as well as the vineyards that were ready for the harvest.

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The price spike comes after repeated calls from scientists that global warming will worsen droughts and increase the cost of maintaining California's strained water supply systems.

07/02/14

There is no justification for investment measures specific to the wine sector, according to a report published today by the European Court of Auditors (ECA).

07/02/14

Producers across Burgundy have asked government officials for help in the form of tax relief, subsidies and funding to increase anti-hail measures, following a devastating hailstorm on Saturday

07/02/14

For many years the Finger Lakes region has inspired many local artists with its bountiful natural beauty and world-class wines. Since the first annual Plein Air Arts Festival in 2012, the eastern shore of Seneca Lake has provided a warm atmosphere and stunning backdrop for many artists' works.