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Wednesday, October 22nd

08/22/14

Growers expect to complete harvest without problems, but another dry year could be catastrophic

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The OLCC's unanimous decision Thursday means the extra tax will now expire on June 30, 2017

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After more than seven and a half hours of public hearings over the last two months, Raymond Vineyard's proposal to change its winery marketing plan still made several Napa County Planning Commissioners uneasy Wednesday.

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Next year the California Department of Pesticide Regulation will likely not allow some pesticides that are high in VOCs to be used in the San Joaquin Valley non-attainment area between May and October.

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After tough year-to-date trends for the restaurant/bar industry, traffic turned positive for the first time this year in the 4 weeks ending 8/10. Full service restaurant/bar traffic was up +0.3% versus down 1.2% YTD (with sales up +3% during the 4 weeks versus +1.6% YTD). This is a clear indication that consumer spending is finally picking up in what is historically one of the most economically sensitive spending categories.

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The annual grape crush at UC Davis' campus winery kicked off early Thursday morning, weeks before most winemaking students are scheduled to return for classes

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Thanks to warmer temperatures and a slightly lighter crop than usual for some local growers, the grape harvest has arrived earlier than usual

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With less than two weeks remaining in the legislative session, key bills on groundwater management have been amended again and are expected to be taken up for floor votes sometime next week.

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The ongoing has pitted wild salmon against farmers in a fight for water. While growers of almonds, one of the state's biggest and most lucrative crops, enjoy booming production and skyrocketing sales to China, the fish, it seems, might be left high and dry this summer-and maybe even dead

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The DRI System eliminates many of the problems associated with drip irrigation systems

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Silicon Valley vintners bent on building a local, more affordable wine-tasting alternative to Napa Valley this weekend will unveil a new wine trail established with the help of county funding. A total of 16 South County wineries clustered around Morgan Hill and Gilroy - among them J. Lohr, Guglielmo and Aver Family Vineyards - will participate in a wine trail celebration weekend Aug. 23-24. Tickets cost $40 and include winery tours and tastings, food, music and product discounts.

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Or maybe as a chance to contribute to the cause of animal rescue work in the Napa region

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The law, which takes effect Jan. 1, overturns a ban on pets at restaurants. While many cafes, brew pubs and steak houses have long allowed dogs on their decks and patios, technically it was illegal

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He travels Wisconsin's wine regions, which stretch all the way from the Mississippi River to Lake Michigan, "helping people turn those grapes into wine."

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A winery in the hills below Mount Diablo will be allowed to expand after the City Council voted Tuesday to allow such a change in the Northgate area of Walnut Creek

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If the Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers and the Sonoma County Vintners have their way, the hugely successful "Sonoma Wine Country Weekend" that the two organizations jointly produce each year, will soon replace "Labor Day Weekend" on most calendars

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Contrary to its image, Bordeaux is not necessarily an old-fashioned, humorless place

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The North Bay Business Journal has selected a record 88 companies for its ninth-annual Best Places to Work. "These are exemplary companies," said Brad Bollinger, publisher of the Business Journal. "Their leaders show us how to establish and maintain workplaces where morale is high and employees are engaged."

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Josefina K. Adriance, founder of Spanish for Business in Napa, has released an online "English-Spanish Dictionary for the Wine Industry," which includes the pronunciation of each term in both languages. The website is SpanishForWine.com.

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During an annual visit to friends in Le Marche in Italy, tasting the region's exceptional wines is part of the daily regimen.

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Beleaguered Australian producer Treasury Wine Estates has reported a devastating AUS$100 million loss in its end of year results.

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Carolina Wine Brands is to start planting the near-extinct Romano grape in Chile having made a wine from the variety last year.

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Proposals for a new coal mine in Australia's Hunter Valley are raising fears that history could repeat itself, after a with a similar plan devastated the wine industry in the 1990s.

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U.S. wine writers went mad for Pinot Noir this week recommending a number of California's best bottles, alongside a wine made by one of the "greatest winemakers on Earth".

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Some areas, and some varieties, saw 100 percent bud damage. It was impossible to know at the time just how badly this would affect the 2014 crop, since pruning regimens could have saved some vines and more serious trunk damage wouldn't be known until the spring thaw.

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Nashville voters in November will get to decide if their grocery stores can stock wine, according to officials with the Davidson County Election Commission.

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The 2014 grape harvest is getting underway across the northern hemisphere. It's a critical moment for the wine industry - winemakers worry about the weather, growers worry about getting grapes in on time, and vineyard workers in some places rise before dawn to harvest grapes before the heat and pressure of the day sets in.

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Nobody wants to lie awake at night worrying about profits going down the drain. And that's where Brookfield-based winemaking expert Piero Spada comes in. With a degree in biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master's from Cornell University's department of viticulture and enology, the 32-year Spada is one of a handful of independent wine consultants in the state.

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The wine venture stems from what she and her friends like to drink, she explained: something with good flavor, a reasonable price point, and, above all else, a sensible screw top. "It's gotta have the screw top. That way you can take a sip, put it away in your backpack, and keep it moving with your friends."

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A new C.D. Howe report released Wednesday revived the debate over the oligopoly that controls booze sales in Ontario. But what would a liberalized regime actually look like for the consumer? Ontario could look to other provinces - or its own (ignored) expert report - for a few ideas.

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The recently released report by the C.D. Howe Institute calling for major change in Ontario's alcohol retailing system agrees with the Wine Council of Ontario's position that lack of competition is resulting in less choice for consumers and reduced government revenues.

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Ontario's governing Liberals are shrugging off a new report claiming consumers could pay less for booze and the province could brew more profit from alcohol sales if the government opened up the business to more retailers.

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LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the preeminent building ratings program that is the nationally accepted benchmark for the construction, design and operations of green buildings

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If you don't want to pay Bordeaux's high prices, Wall Street Journal wine columnist Will Lyons suggests looking at Napa and Australia

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French wines have made significant progress in the U.S. over the past three years, adding nearly 2 million cases in bottled shipments from 2010-201

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The rise in popularity and importance of bulk wine in the global wine market is reflected in the World Bulk Wine Exhibition having to expand to cope with demand from exhibitors