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California is the only western state that doesn't already regulate groundwater ...

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Californians want immediate action to protect the state's dwindling groundwater supplies, according to a new poll paid for by the California Water Foundation and released today by the Groundwater Voices Coalition.

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An attorney said Thursday he expects to appeal a potentially precedent-setting court finding that could make local governments responsible for controlling the largely unregulated pumping of groundwater in the state

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where he is scheduled to announce additional federal aid for rural communities struggling with drought

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Though Napa set California's modern wine era in motion, Malibu is no newcomer. The first vineyard was planted there in 1824. By the mid-1800s, Los Angeles County led California in wine production volume. Nevertheless, post-Prohibition, it took over half a century for this valley-pocked portion of western Los Angeles County to see its first vineyard plantation

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Both of these final rules are effective on August 18, 2014

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A group opposed to the Yountville Hill Winery project announced Wednesday that it intends to appeal the project's use permit to the Napa County Board of Supervisors.

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California wine programs announce building projects in Central Coast, Sonoma and Fresno

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As the first female Master Sommelier in Canada, Huether brings extensive hospitality and restaurant management expertise, including experience at Ruth's Chris Steak House in Toronto as well as crafting an award-winning wine program as head sommelier of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment

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The event's total head count included the three county planners running the meeting, two photographers, and at least two reporters

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The Champagne Bureau (CIVC) has agreed a small rise in this year's maximum permitted yield to reflect a modest increase in shipments during the first part of 2014.

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The pair will be working with Summerland-based Okanagan Crush Pad winemaker Matt Dumayne, who will assist with viticulture and work with Vineyard Manager, Lucas Renshaw, on the wine portfolio.

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At their recent annual general meeting, the Canadian Vintners Association (CVA) announced the Wine411 joint project with BlackSquare Inc. to produce the first independent, national online directory of Canada's nearly 800 wineries.

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A Sacramento Superior Court judge issued a ruling Tuesday requiring regulation of groundwater pumping to protect a river in Siskiyou County. Attorneys on both sides say it's the first time a California court has ruled the "public trust doctrine" applies to groundwater. The doctrine says the State of California holds all waterways for the benefit of the people.

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The judging panel for the Louis Roederer International Wine Writers' Awards has announced its shortlist for the 10th annual awards and Wine Searcher contributors feature in four out of seven categories.

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Prosecutors scrambling to answer a judge's order to identify the victims of wine fraudster Rudy Kurniawan, came up with only two more names by Wednesday's deadline, that of a top media company executive and a Philadelphia philanthropist.

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Robert Hall Winery harvested the first grapes of the Paso Robles AVA last year on August 15 when their sauvignon blanc came in a week earlier than in past years. All indicators point to an even earlier harvest this year.

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Savino is certainly the most sleek and stylish: a glass cylinder that employs a floating airlock to keep wine fresh for nearly a week longer. That claim may depend on how sensitive your palate is, and there will always be a contingent that doesn't believe any preservation system works, but at the very least, Savino is easy to use, keeps the fruit flies out, and looks mighty fine on your dining room table.

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One of the last vestiges of the old Napa Valley is about to disappear. Milat Vineyards and Winery, the modest family-owned reminder of how the valley was before big money took over, is closing at the end of the month.

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A "stunner of a wine" made from an "unusual" blend of Merlot and Italian grapes and an "outstanding" white Burgundy were the toasts of the town among US wine writers this week.

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Liv-ex considered a statement made by Robert Parker 10 years ago about first growth pricing and has found him to be largely correct.

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The end of June may have marked watersheds for both Diageo and Pernod Ricard, respectively the world's two leading premium alcohol groups.

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Have to pick up a bottle of wine to bring to your next networking event? Have an upcoming dinner with investors you want to impress? Hello Vino is a free app that can help you pick the perfect bottle.

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Under the law approved as part of the state budget, FedEx, UPS, and other delivery companies will not be able to deliver wine without a special permit, which will discourage these companies from getting involved. In addition, the law prohibits wine stores from delivering wine to consumers.

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In Part 1 of this two-part interview, Fehrnstrom touches on Constellation's revised approach to brand-building and increased focus on new products.

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In Part 2 of this exclusive SND interview, Chris Fehrnstrom, chief marketing officer for Constellation Brands' spirits and wine division, discusses how the whisk(e)y boom is impacting the company, Constellation's efforts to reach female wine consumers and its international ambitions

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Berlin-based British wine scholar Stuart Pigott literally wrote the book on riesling, The Best White Wine on Earth, and is headed to Traverse City for its Midwest launch at the 'City of Riesling' event, July 26-28, which will showcase the popular Northern Michigan wine varietal.

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We are optimistic about this alcoholic beverage company after it posted outstanding first-quarter results on Jul 2, wherein earnings jumped nearly threefold to $1.07 per share from 38 cents posted in the comparable year-ago quarter mainly driven by the acquisition of Crown Imports business last year.

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The Idaho Wine Commission will use an $88,000 specialty crop grant from the Idaho State Department of Agriculture to try to increase quality, awareness and sales of Idaho wine.

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Like the improvement in quality of grapes in Ontario during the past quarter century, the celebrity speaker at the upcoming Niagara Grape and Wine Festival has seen plenty of progress in his area of passion.

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The French maker of Remy Martin cognac said sales fell to 214.8 million euros ($290.5 million) from EUR263.7 million in the three months ended June 30 as a crackdown on corruption in China continues to dent demand for high-end sprits such as Cognac.

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Delectable Wine Lets Users Photograph Labels, Upload Notes and Look at Notes of Others

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A study from the French government agriculture office, FranceAgriMer, released Thursday, indicates that France remains the most important wine supplier to China, whereas it is losing market share in Germany, the U.K. and the U.S.

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Protective nets on the vines as a defense against hail are the latest hot topic of conversation in Burgundy. The discussion follows on from the failure of expensive anti-hail cannons to protect some of the region's prized vineyards, which were hit by hail for the third consecutive year last month.

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Aerial spraying of pesticides may have drifted onto Lodi vines; extent of loss is yet to be determined