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08/28/15

The decision is a major roadblock for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers, who were planning Friday to begin enforcing the Waters of the United States rule, expanding federal jurisdiction over small waterways like streams and wetlands

08/28/15

The National Labor Relations Board on Thursday handed down one of the biggest decisions of the Obama presidency, ruling that companies can be held equally responsible for labor violations committed by their contractors. (Ruling affects ag only in secondary operations where staffing companies are furnishing labor and direct labor of the facility are mixed in - ed)

08/28/15

The Risk Management Agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced historic changes to Whole Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP), including expanded access to beginning farmers and nationwide availability. These changes will be effective starting in the 2016 crop year

08/28/15

No major damage to vineyards, conditions offer glimpse of hot and dry future

08/28/15

A $59 million, six-year battle has all but eliminated a grape-maiming invasive pest that struck the heart of Napa's wine country. Napa County has spent $9.8 million and the wine industry $49 million fighting the European grapevine moth,

08/28/15

the growing season overall has been warmer than any since 2008. This warmth has kept our season on an advanced schedule, with grapes coming into wineries seven to 10 days earlier than last year, which was itself an early year

08/28/15

"Willamette: The Pinot Noir Barrel Auction" will take place on 2 April 2016 at the Allison Inn & Spa in Newburg as the centrepiece of a three-day programme designed to highlight the region's wines, personalities and cuisine

08/28/15

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission voted Thursday to add as many as 17 liquor stores in Portland and nearby communities.

08/28/15

Coffee shop in Williamsburg is the first location of the chain serving wine and beer in New York

08/28/15

Since 2004's 'Sideways' made a star of domestic Pinot Noir, the U.S. has planted nearly twice the acreage of the finicky grape. But can a good bottle be had for under $40? Lettie Teague finds several

08/28/15

Gil Family is perhaps best known in the U.S. for its Honoro Vera brand ($9), but the company has leveraged a wide portfolio to roughly triple its U.S. volume to a quarter-million cases over the past three years

08/28/15

Named after Grace's President, Judy Chan's daughter, the four cuvées are all made in the traditional method with three single varietal non-vintages of Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc and the vintage 2009 Brut Reserve Blanc de Blancs.

08/28/15

According to their recently published study in Analytical Chemistry, the three men did succeed, creating a noninvasive procedure that uses vacuum suction to date a wine by its angel's share. Due to the natural permeability of the bark of a cork tree, the ullage-the small headspace between the wine's surface and the cork-grows over time as alcohol and water particles escape as vapors, a loss often called the "angel's share." The new vintage verification method uses a vacuum to extract gas and liquid vapors, part of the angel's share that has evaporated and is passing through the cork. The vacuum is applied only to the top of the cork, leaving the majority of the closure and bottle unaffected. After the extraction, the cork can then be "bled up" with inert argon gas

08/28/15

The opening of the Mira Winery Napa Valley Education Center & Tasting Room (NVEC) in the historic heart of downtown Charleston, South Carolina is a perfect fit for a city that has become renowned for its fine dining and craft beverage scene.

08/28/15

Official estimates for the 2015 French wine harvest were unveiled on Monday and it will be a smaller crop than last year.

08/28/15

"I started cooking at 13 years old," he told Great Northwest Wine. "My parents had a little Mexican takeout restaurant in Southern California. I started working there in junior high."

08/28/15

Cal Fire didn't specify what type of equipment was responsible for two smaller blazes last week, but the fires appear to have been caused by people.

08/28/15

Extreme drought covers 85 percent of Washington, a huge jump in just one week.

08/28/15

Loss of grazing ground and hay stacks is hitting ranchers hard in the Okanogan fire.

08/28/15

Kim Kidwell, acting dean of Washington State University's College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences, says the college will keep moving forward in light of the leadership shuffle that has followed WSU President Elson Floyd's death.

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