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05/27/15

John Simes, head winemaker for Mission Hill Family Estate since 1992, is leaving the cellar to oversee the vineyards for winery owner Anthony von Mandl.

05/27/15

Summer is here, which means harvest season is just around the corner. Hopefully you'll have the crews you need this season. If a misguided effort to "protect American jobs" makes it through Congress, that could be tougher in the future.

05/27/15

Washington's grape industry has seen accelerating growth over the past several decades. That momentum is owed, in part, to the vision and hard work of people like Gary Ballard, the retiring operations manager of Washington State University (WSU)'s Clean Plant Center Northwest Grape Program.

05/27/15

The California State Water Resources Control Board have approved a proposal from riparian water right holders in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to voluntarily cut back water use in exchange for assurances they would not face further riparian curtailment during the June through September growing season.

05/27/15

Roberto Anselmi forced his own father to quit the family business in order to improve the wines.

05/27/15

"The outstanding feature of the California drought is the way in which it's been allowed to become incredibly serious, with - from an Australian perspective - an absolutely pathetic and nominal sort of response," said Daniel Connell, an environmental policy expert at The Australian National University.

05/27/15

A three-member panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court's temporary injunction on President Obama's executive action to grant temporary legal status to millions of illegal immigrants.

05/27/15

The St. Helena Star and Napa Valley Vintners Tasting Panel met earlier this month at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone to taste through 30 Napa Valley sauvignon blanc wines and review the current 2013 and 2014 vintages.

05/27/15

If you've driven Highway 29 north of St. Helena, you may be wondering what is happening at the Freemark Abbey Winery and the old stone building that once housed the Silverado Brewing Co.

05/27/15

A new generation of female sommeliers is rising up through the ranks in London, highlighting that the industry is becoming less male dominated in the UK by the year.

05/27/15

The owner of a distillery is suing a still-maker after one of its employees was killed in a catastrophic explosion.

05/27/15

Fruit-fusion wines are reaching a tipping point that is seeing them readily accepted by consumers and able to be merchandised as a new category, a leading wine brand owner has claimed.

05/27/15

A new survey by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA), carried out for the Whisky month of May in Scotland's Year of Food and Drink, reveals that more than 1.5m people were attracted to distillery visitor centers across the country in 2014, up around 6% on the previous year. And this was an increase of more than 15% from just under 1.3m in 2010.

05/27/15

Critical choices face wineries in trendy, but parched, Valle de Guadalupe

05/27/15

Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a stern message to his administration recently: Don't show off.

05/27/15

Rare bottles of wine - like art - are coveted and command record-breaking valuations. This past fall, for example, a collection of Romanee-Conti Burgundy sold for the equivalent of $14,121 per bottle, making it the most valuable single wine lot sold at auction. With prices like that, wine fraud is a serious concern for the connoisseur with expensive tastes. Enter the "The Sherlock Holmes of Wine," Maureen Downey, who is a wine fraud investigator. She explains her work in a video from Bloomberg Business? by Jennafer Savino and Amy Marino.

05/27/15

A bill that would repeal a state law prohibiting wineries in Clark and Washoe counties from importing wine from other states or serving alcoholic beverages on premises has been signed by Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval.

05/27/15

Southwest and west-central Ohio wineries turned in a strong showing in the 2015 Ohio Wine Competition, sweeping the top "best-of-show" award and several other key categories.

05/27/15

"The fact is that this region is poised to be a white wine region," says Troxell, co-owner of Galen Glen Winery in Andreas, Schuylkill County.

05/27/15

Schneider's company, Say It On Wine, uses new engraving technology to quickly engrave custom designs or messages on wine bottles, glasses and other glass items. After founding the company a year ago, Schneider regularly brings his service to various Napa Valley tasting rooms where he will custom engrave wine purchases while the customer waits.

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