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02/05/16

This weekend's hottest ticket is rather obvious. Come on, people, it's Super Bowl weekend. But what's the second hottest ticket out there?

02/05/16

Grapegrower Andy Beckstoffer is famous for helping transform grape-growing in Napa Valley into a highly lucrative, luxury-branded business, able to fetch some of the highest-priced cabernet sauvignon grapes in the world. Now he intends to expand his branding prowess to his vineyards in the Red Hills appellation of Lake County.

02/05/16

Kaan Kurtural, Extension Specialist in Viticulture at UC Davis, Jim Kennedy, and colleagues just published an article in AJEV about a field study they conducted in central California to characterize the effects of rootstock genotype and amounts of applied water on the productivity and anthocyanin composition of the Zinfandel (Vitis vinifera L.) grape berry in a hot climate.

02/05/16

The Northern Grapes Project, funded in 2011 by a USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Specialty Crops Research Initiative grant, has helped spawn an industry for Vitis riparia-based hybrid wine grapes adapted to colder climates.

02/05/16

Clos Soléne, The Farm Winery, RN Estate and San Antonio join 18 other wineries, further bolstering Paso Robles' prominence as a world-class producer of Cabernet Sauvignon.

02/05/16

Tickets on sale for three-day epicurean adventure featuring Michelin-Star cuisine from Solbar and invited and local culinary talent, paired with over 30 premier Calistoga wineries

02/05/16

Napa Valley's Mira Winery is holding a blind tasting to celebrate the May 24, 1976 Paris tasting that catapulted Napa Valley wines to the top of the wine world. To both honor the historical significance of that event and present a forum for a fresh analysis of today's wines, on May 24, 2016 Mira will conduct a blind tasting at its Charleston, South Carolina, Napa Valley Education Center & Tasting Room.

02/05/16

Two decades after crossing Europe, learning about wine, saving the Pike Place Market and opening a successful Seattle wine shop, Ron Irvine set out to chronicle the history of Washington's wine history.

02/05/16

A difficult 2013 season with smaller-than-usual quantities has ended up with some excellent wines.

02/05/16

Thousands of visitors to the Super Bowl-themed fan village in downtown San Francisco this week leading up to the "big game" are getting a taste of Sonoma County wine and tourism.

02/05/16

Some local winery officials said Wednesday the unexpected departure of Sonoma County Vintners' executive director should trigger a re-examination of the role the trade group plays within the wine industry as well as the community.

02/05/16

The Senate Workforce and General Government Committee is expected to vote on minimum wage Friday.

02/05/16

Idaho water officials recently announced they expect to recharge 80,000 acre-feet of water in the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer this winter.

02/05/16

A private recharge organization is forming, aiming to provide a service for groundwater users.

02/05/16

California's Salman Family will produce 2016 red wines in Delta facility after 45 years of grapegrowing

02/05/16

Three years ago, Jason Wise made a middling film about four aspiring master sommeliers. Earlier this month, he followed it up with a sequel: Somm: Into the Bottle. The first film dwelt - much to its detriment, I thought then and now - on the grueling process by which these men earned their Master Sommelier certification. There was lots of spitting, a fair amount of machismo, some mishegoss, some tsuris, and a little bit of naches. It never delved deeper into the forces motivating them to embark on such insanity, nor did it offer a compelling case as to why this might not be insanity after all. Somm: Into the Bottle is much more explicitly about wine and its wonders. It seeks to render these men retroactively sane by showcasing the manifold wonders of wine.

02/05/16

The standard winery tasting bar is so 2012. Who wants to elbow their way in, just to taste a few $20+ sips? In Napa and Sonoma, the term tasting room is out -- and "hospitality house" is in.

02/05/16

As John E. Fox, the co-owner of the embattled wine retailer Premier Cru was struggling with his company's enormous debt, he asked if he could charge $25,000 on his IT technician's credit card. Brian Nishi, a computer expert who had worked for Fox for 20 years, agreed, according to court documents filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. But when Fox could not repay Nishi, he gave him $25,000 worth of wine instead, according to court documents.

02/05/16

Leah and David Valvo of Wineforecaster review wines, offer tips and explore the Finger Lakes wine region here each week. This week they visit Art and Jonathan Hunt of Hunt Country Vineyards, who discuss two of their featured wines. If you're looking for a Valentine's Day treat, the wines are perfect for an artisan chocolate pairing.

02/05/16

The contract, worth more than $8 million, will help the Napa fairgrounds recover from the August 2014 earthquake and improve facilities, said Joe Anderson, the Expo's CEO.

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