Modesto-area wine grape growers, who have enjoyed good times in the past few years, might have to dig in to endure the drought.. One piece of advice is to plunge a moisture sensor into the soil before irrigating, to be sure that the scarce water is truly needed that day.
Wine consumption in India is likely increase to 2.1 million cases by 2017, 73 percent higher than 1.21 million cases in 2013, said a survey today. Spirits consumption is also likely to increase in the next five years to 373.5 million cases, an increase of over 20 percent from 2013 level, said the study by Vinexpo.
"The worries are over for now," said Dan Partridge, a spokesman for the state Department of Ecology. "Right now, snowpack and stream-flow figures and all the indicators make it pretty certain that we won't have to worry about any kind of statewide drought."
A state advisory board is asking Oregon Governor Kitzhaber to approve an emergency drought declaration in Crook County. Should the Governor approve that request, Crook would become the fifth Oregon county to declare a drought emergency so far this year.
On voice vote and without debate, the House last Wednesday approved a bill (H 228) that would legalize Sunday morning alcohol sales starting at 10 a.m. - two hours earlier than allowed under current law
Diageo North America has tapped senior executive Stephen Rust to become president of its Diageo Chateau & Estate (DC&E) wine unit. Rust replaces current DC&E president Claudia Schubert, who will lead a new Diageo division that combines its Canadian business and U.S. control state operations