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07/09/14

Washington winery with "chemical symbols" on the label returns with a new direction

07/09/14

According to the Napa Valley Grapegrowers (NVG) veraison, an annual benchmark in the winegrape growing season is underway, occurring 5-10 days earlier than usual. Known as the onset of ripening, veraison marks the colorful transition from grape growth to grape ripening, resulting in several changes in grape development.

07/09/14

Santa Barbara County Vintners and Some Neighbors Unhappy About Planning Process for Opposing Reasons

07/09/14

Gov. Jerry Brown announced Tuesday he has signed an urgency measure allowing winegrowers who bottle their own wine to conduct instructional tastings at California's numerous farmers markets. Assembly Bill 2488, by Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, was approved by both houses of the Legislature without dissent.

07/09/14

California's state senate has voted to allow winemaking students below the legal drinking age to sample wines, following a campaign led by university professors.

07/09/14

Today, wine in Chile is taxed at 15 percent per liter wholesale. That's high compared to other nations in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development that includes the much-wealthier major wine countries of Europe and the Americas. If the new tax, part of a much larger tax reform proposed by Chile's new government, is passed, as of September the new rate for all alcoholic beverages would be 18 percent plus 0.5 percent per degree of alcohol, which represents 60 percent more for a wine of 12 percent ABV than the present tax.

07/09/14

Some see it as an effective foliar treatment for crops, and another firm is touting a process that uses gaseous ozone to eliminate the use of sulfur dioxide in winemaking

07/09/14

A new study conducted by researchers at Sonoma State University in the Wine Business Institute, in partnership with Geisenheim University in Germany, highlights three social media activities that appear to positively impact wine sales.

07/09/14

the enemy, Paul Draper says, isn't just cheap wine: It's also winemakers' increasing thirst for wines that are ready to drink without significant aging ...

07/09/14

Naked Wines, the online retailer that also helps fund winemakers, is reaping the benefits of a recent expansion into the U.S.

07/09/14

Fontanafredda has long been a famous name in Barolo. Tom Hyland catches up with Danilo Drocco, the man behind the wines today.

07/09/14

Construction on a long-anticipated five-mile pipeline designed to high-quality recycled irrigation water to the Milliken-Sarco-Tulocay, or MST, area east of Napa is scheduled to begin at the end of July.

07/09/14

Bull's-eye. "In working on all of the blends, there is a point where you know that you hit it 'just right,'?"'" said vintner Adam Lee, referring to his white blend.

07/09/14

Negotiations between longshoremen and container export terminals continue even as a contract has expired.

07/09/14

Aggressive firefighting efforts have helped put two massive fires in and around Napa County on a solid path for containment, CalFire officials said Monday. The larger blaze, known as the Monticello Fire, is burning along Highway 128, near the Monticello Dam at the southeast shore of Lake Berryessa. It grew to 6,500 acres and was about 35 percent contained by Monday afternoon.

07/09/14

Violent hailstorms have damaged thousands of hectares of vines in France's Languedoc-Roussillon, only weeks after winemakers in Burgundy and Bordeaux suffered similar deluges.

07/09/14

Australia's Torbreck Vintners has secured long-term grape supplies for one of its top wines after buying Gnadenfrei vineyard in Barossa Valley.

07/09/14

The middle man between Napa Valley and South Dakota wine drinkers soon might disappear - but supporters of legalizing wine-by-mail shipments in the state shouldn't raise a glass just yet.

07/09/14

So head instead to Oregon, not to the state's well-known Willamette Valley wine country, but to southern Oregon. We found a relaxed, blossoming wine country with empty roads and crowd-free tasting rooms - some surrounded by strip malls, others by sparkling rivers - pouring excellent versions of an impressively wide range of varietals.

07/09/14

A new Census Bureau report confirms it: There were 869 breweries in the U.S. in 2012, more than double the number in 2007. Wine drinkers have also enjoyed the fruits of an increase in producers, with the number of U.S. wineries jumping 34 percent over the same period.

07/09/14

House wine in bars and pubs will be no stronger than 12.5 per cent, under a Government plan to curb binge drinking, Ministers held talks with the alcohol industry at the Home Office yesterday in an attempt to cut Britain's drinking problem. The Government wants to cut the amount of alcohol drunk in Britain by a billion units a year.

07/09/14

Grape growers are getting a 2 percent price increase over two years as part of an agreement reached with wineries. Debbie Zimmerman, CEO of Grape Growers of Ontario, says the agreement covers 18 varieties and the price increase is over this year and 2015.

07/09/14

Demand for California grapes may be easing - but not by much - after a Fourth of July pull that sent prices up to $22 or more per box

07/09/14

... offers Miami customers the convenience of bottle service at your door and eliminates the trips to the liquor store.

07/09/14

The entire state of California is now in the worst stages of drought according to new figures released on July 3, 2014 by the US Drought Monitor

07/09/14

"We made the decision to go national without having the budget," sighs Greg Stroh, a fifth generation family member and former Stroh Brewery employee. "It was like going to a gunfight with a knife."

07/09/14

The three zinfandels I suggest you look for this month more or less encompass the range of styles ...

07/09/14

Decanting has become re-appreciated all over France, and the practice has crossed the Channel, as London restaurants whip out the crystal for everything from Albariño to Pinotage