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08/22/14

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."

08/22/14

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.

08/22/14

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

08/22/14

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

08/22/14

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

08/22/14

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.

08/22/14

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".

08/22/14

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.

08/22/14

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

08/22/14

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.

08/22/14

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.

08/22/14

About a decade ago, when Melissa Monosoff was working as a sommelier at the Four Seasons, she faced plenty of tests - some from the Court of Master Sommeliers, where she obtained the highest possible certification, and others tableside, from skeptical customers.

08/22/14

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."

08/22/14

Santa Ynez Valley Museum Hosts First-Ever Exhibit Examining Wine Country History

08/22/14

"I almost felt like I was in Kansas or something. I'm a native Californian and it's very odd that we're getting this kind of weather in August. It's very unusual," said Michael Rennie, co-founder of Leoness Cellars. "And we had thunder, lightning. We actually had some hail that apparently lasted for about 30 seconds."

08/22/14

Microwineries are rare in the Twin Cities despite a boom in microbrewing and distilling. The fledgling company will offer a selection of meads, berry- and rhubarb-based wines, apple cider, dandelion wine and lilac wine, however.

08/22/14

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.

08/22/14

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.

08/22/14

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.

08/22/14

Timothy Ray Davis, 49, was accused of stealing the fuel between April 12 and April 25 last year and spilling some of it in Gallo's vineyards, on a private road of the Paul Hobbs Winery and on Highway 116. Prosecutors said Davis, who lived on a nearby tree farm, confessed to using an ATV with a trailer to steal the fuel to run a generator on his property

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