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07/16/14

A mixed vintage is off the pace, but stars can be found

07/16/14

Caymus is top-selling brand off-premise among wines priced $40 and up

07/16/14

"Ben's familiarity with the intricate details of operations here at King Estate along with his enthusiasm and knowledge of the wine industry, will allow him to excel in the role. This is a natural development in our growth. The goal is always is to make excellent wine with prices that make sense and Ben understands that thoroughly." continues King

07/16/14

The filing came four months after Jamieson Ranch operator Madison Vineyard Holdings LLC lodged a declaratory judgment suit against Jameson-maker Irish Distillers Ltd. - a lawsuit prompted by a cease-and-desist letter the Dublin-based Pernod Ricard SA subsidiary sent over the name.

07/16/14

Why crusades are a fool's errand

07/16/14

August auction house Sotheby's is teaming up with eBay to expand its online reach.

07/16/14

The Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University awarded their newest scholarship to Stacy Vogel. The Rhone Rangers is America's leading non-profit organization dedicated to promoting American Rhone varietal wines. Their mission is to educate the public on Rhone varietal winegrapes grown in America and to promote the production and enjoyment of these wines.

07/16/14

Groundwater, a key to the state's agriculture industry, may replace as much as 75 percent or 5 million acre-feet of the roughly 6.6 million acre-foot loss of surface water, according to the report. That would raise the share of groundwater used for farming from 31 percent to 53 percent.

07/16/14

Since 2009, the San Joaquin River has been celebrated as a path-breaking example of restoration. But this year, Central California's largest river has the dubious distinction of being on the conservation group American Rivers' "most endangered" list because it's so overtapped.

07/16/14

It will now be considered a criminal act to waste water in California

07/16/14

California has voted to fine residents who waste water to combat historic drought, but it may be too little too late to save winemakers' crops

07/16/14

Californians increased water consumption this year during the severe drought, despite pleas from the governor to conserve, fallowed farm fields and reservoirs that are quickly draining, according to a report released Tuesday.

07/16/14

About eight months ago, in December, was the last time I remember using my cellphone for its originally intended purpose.

07/16/14

During a recent trip to the Italian wine region of Lugana, I was told by a producer that the area has two different faces. I was intrigued.

07/16/14

American consumers have developed a thirst for gran reserva Rioja and are helping to drive sales of the style according to one of the region's historic estates.

07/16/14

The average value of Australian wine exports has increased, despite volume decreasing by 6% over the past 12 months.

07/16/14

The Oxford Wine Festival has announced its exhibitor and tutored tasting line-up after selling out of exhibitor stalls in just 12 weeks.

07/16/14

An Icelandic brewery is preparing to launch a sheep dung-smoked IPA in the US.

07/16/14

French officials have approved Terrasses du Larzac in Languedoc-Roussillon as a standalone appellation, offering more evidence of the region's improving reputation.

07/16/14

Gruet, known for making outstanding sparkling wines and for being the most recognizable name in New Mexico wine, has formed a partnership with Precept Brands of Seattle, one of the Pacific Northwest's largest wine companies. Gruet and Precept executives hope the arrangement will allow the sparkling house to take its business to the next level while allowing winemaker Laurent Gruet to focus on winemaking.

07/16/14

A central "meet the winemaker" themed area will be the central focus for this September's combined Beautiful South tasting featuring wines from Chile, South Africa and Argentina.

07/16/14

In the new Uncorked Book Club area on Harpers.co.uk books, featuring new and interesting titles for the trade, Jerry Lockspeiser discusses why this David Hieatt book on brands got so far into his head that it is still there days later…

07/16/14

If you travel widely enough around the grape-growing regions of the world, you gather ample testimony of the driving, historic human desire to make good wine. What else could explain the compulsion to plant vines on ridiculously steep hillsides in the Mosel and the Rheingau, in the northern Rhône Valley, in Priorat and the Douro, and in Ribeira Sacra in the Galicia region of northwestern Spain?

07/16/14

Declining matsutake mushroom harvests due to climate change might not be of much concern to you, but when global warming starts coming for your wine, carpooling and solar panels suddenly don't sound so bad.

07/16/14

Wine Victoria believes the free trade agreement with Japan can help to ease the oversupply issue restricting the state's wine industry. The agreement, announced last week, included removing the 15 per cent import tariff on bottled, sparkling and bulk wine exported to Japan.

07/16/14

After students were hospitalized in the Bordeaux winegrowing region, pesticides were blamed. Parents calling for new rules near schools face a "code of silence" protecting the wine sector.

07/16/14

A new trend is brewing over the United States which allows for beer to be delivered to your doorstep. The idea has been foaming for years, but it wasn't until late 2013 that companies began popping up in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Austin. A phone call isn't necessary, and neither is a computer, because there is an app for that. BrewDrop, an Austin-based alcohol delivery service, launched the first on-demand service app in Texas in late June, according to UPI.

07/16/14

French officials have approved Terrasses du Larzac in Languedoc-Roussillon as a standalone appellation, offering more evidence of the region's improving reputation

07/16/14

The 2014 Arizona wine grape harvest is only a few weeks away and most growers are expecting higher yields, depending on the area

07/16/14

The French took to twitter, aghast, with Bruno Aujard commenting, "I've seen some bad things, but this is a catastrophe."

07/16/14

Zero-dosage sparkling wine is becoming more common, but the best quality examples could come from beyond Champagne