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08/29/14

The announcement appeared to indicate the company was closer to agreeing a deal with Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Rhone Capital, who approached TWE in May, or rival US private equity investor TPG

08/29/14

The race for control of Treasury Wine Estates is about to get interesting as both of the winemaker's suitors tap big name banks to assist with financing. And there are signs slow starter TPG has now assumed frontrunner status.

08/29/14

Here's a sneak preview of some lots expected to be hotly contested under the white tent at Kenwood's Chateau St. Jean Sunday during the Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction

08/29/14

Events take place throughout Sonoma County, America's leading wine and food region, where the winemakers, chefs, and food producers ply their respective crafts, resulting in an intimate and direct connection with guests offered at no other wine event

08/29/14

EPA said its research found that by diverting freshwater from three new intakes proposed on the Sacramento River - farther upstream from existing intakes - the project is likely to increase concentrations of salinity, mercury, bromide, chloride, selenium and pesticides

08/29/14

Launched in 2004 mainly as a contract wine and brandy producer, California's O'Neill Vintners & Distillers lately has been investing in brands and capacity, and the company sees continuing growth on the horizon, with its newly acquired Line 39 label leading the charge

08/29/14

Napa wineries should take stock of damage following last week's 6.1 earthquake and consider upgrading facilities, as Chilean winemakers did following its 2010 tremblor

08/29/14

A team of researchers including UC Davis yeast geneticist Linda Bisson has discovered a biochemical communication system behind this problem. Working through a prion -- an abnormally shaped protein that can reproduce itself -- the system enables bacteria in fermenting wine to switch yeast from sugar to other food sources without altering the yeast's DNA.

08/29/14

New to this year's ceremony, the Innovator/Executive of the Year award celebrates the industry's most creative and influential trendsetter in the business space, and the Brewery of the Year award lauds a notable business in the fast-growing beer space whose work is influencing trends on a national level. The Lifetime Achievement award, granted to an exceptional individual who has had a major impact on the industry, will be named at a later date.

08/29/14

Grower beats earliest pick by two days in the Horse Heaven Hills

08/29/14

Although some vineyards are picking now, mid-September is when harvest is really in full swing

08/29/14

The California ABC is already working with impacted licensees to provide assistance and find appropriate solutions to the damage resulting from the earthquake ...

08/29/14

Carneros was the epicenter of the South Napa quake, but is back to business as usual

08/29/14

Huffman's has been the only state liquor store in the city for all but nine of the 28 years it has anchored Tremont Center. That has helped the independent market stand out and survive

08/29/14

After months of research into non-GMO options, and years spent setting up partnerships with local farmers and purveyors, the kitchens at Chef/owner Bradford Heap's two restaurants, Colterra in Niwot, and Salt the Bistro in Boulder, no longer serve anything that contains genetically modified organisms (GMOs.) Most of their beverages are GMO-free as well.

08/29/14

China's dramatic downturn in luxury spirits consumption continues to impact the major industry players, with Pernod Ricard the latest to cite Asia as the main factor behind slowing global sales.

08/29/14

Paso Robles is noted for its family owned wineries. Yet these days it's sometimes rare to find family members in the tasting room. However, at Dunning Estate Vineyards Winery, you will find owners Bob and Jo-Ann Dunning on the property daily, pouring their Private Reserve Estate wines in the tasting room and occasionally taking visitors on a tour of the rustic property.

08/29/14

With the current shift from traditional distribution channels to direct sales to consumers, most new wineries that open in Napa Valley seek to appeal to visitors. Few, however, go so far as new B Cellars.

08/29/14

Hess Collection Winery on Redwood Road in Napa reports that its tasting room is open after the shake-up from Sunday's earthquake.

08/29/14

At this writing, although some buildings have been affected by the Aug. 24 shaking, it seems that the 2014 harvest has sustained little interruption. Spirits seem to be high as evidenced by a couple of quotes (chosen from many):

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