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04/16/14
Digging Into Groundwater in Paso Vineyards
While the entire state deals with drought, vineyards and other agriculture businesses in San Luis Obispo (SLO) County face a steeper uphill battle over groundwater in the ebbing Paso Robles basin. Wine industry stakeholders are divided and seeking legal remedies ranging from an injunction against a county moratorium on new water use to a bill that would create a California Water District.
04/16/14
Milbrandt Vineyards plans to build a $6 million wine grape crushing facility in the Port of Quincy's new industrial park
Some site development and equipment acquisition may happen this year with construction to occur in phases over three years
04/16/14
Sale of Anchor Glass assets to US fund sows seeds for rival to Ardagh to buy Verallia
Ardagh bought the company for $880 million in August 2012
04/16/14
CA Drought plan omits allocations for farm water
The 156-page plan, prepared jointly by state and federal agencies, addresses federal Central Valley Project and State Water Project operations, and spells out detailed approaches to balancing fisheries, habitat and human requirements in the event of a fourth dry year in 2015.
04/16/14
Winery plans expansion into downtown Galt
A small winery owned by long-time Galt-area farmers Richard and Janis Barsetti Gray plans to expand into downtown Galt if the city's council gives its approval. It would be the first wine tasting room in Galt in the last several years. Earlier this month the Galt Planning Commission unanimously voted to allow wine tasting in Galt's downtown area, clearing the way for the Barsetti Vineyards' proposed tasting room to open, pending approval for wine tasting in the downtown from Galt City Council, which is expected to take up the issue at its May 6 meeting.
04/16/14
Vineland Research and Innovation Centre scientist Bernard Goyette has invented a chamber that allows winemakers to dry grapes appassimento style while controlling climate, air flow and humidity using a unique method
process is one where grapes grown in cool climates with shorter growing seasons are harvested before they suffer frost bite, but are allowed to ripen further indoors
04/16/14
State Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross set to join Wine Industry Leaders at Vineyard Economics Seminar
The Wine Industry Symposium Group has announced the program for the 19th Annual Vineyard Economics Seminar set for Wednesday, May 14 at the Napa Valley Marriott Hotel in Napa, California. The seminar will feature a dynamic line-up of wine and agriculture leaders including Karen Ross, Secretary of the California State Department of Food and Agriculture. Speakers will present information, share ideas and discuss some of the hottest vineyard and wine business topics including the drought, water issues, the bulk wine business and land use.
04/16/14
Americans' economic confidence holds steady - for now
Steady as she goes seems to be the operative phrase for Americans about the economy, at least recently, according to a new survey by Gallup Inc. Its newest "Economic Confidence Index," released Tuesday, is steady at a -16, compared with -15 the prior week. The average index score for 2014 to date is also -16.
04/16/14
Sonoma State Cellars Uncorks Third Annual Release
Established in 2009, Sonoma State Cellars is composed of graduate students who learn more about the business side of wine by managing and marketing a wine product. The winery partners sell the wine through their respective bonds, and proceeds go back into the Wine Business Institute to support the Sonoma State Cellars program.
04/16/14
Winesong 2014 Announces Honorary Auction Chairs
Winesong 2014 (www.winesong.org) announced that Joseph F. Harbison, III and Patricia A. Harbison are this year's Honorary Chairs. Joe, an AV-rated attorney in Martindale-Hubble, and Certified Specialist in Civil Trial Advocacy (who has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court), and wife Pat, a Mentor Teacher and Education Specialist in Gifted and Talented Education, are prominent Oakville owners of Harbison Estate Wines.
04/16/14
Santa Lucia Highlands Wine Artisans Name Rancho Cielo as Charity Partner for Gala
The Santa Lucia Highlands Wine Artisans, an alliance of the appellation's winegrowers and the wineries that rely on the district's world-class grapes, announced today that Rancho Cielo will be the group's official charity partner for this year's SLH Gala.
04/16/14
Lemma Wine Company Adds Smith-Madrone
Effective April 2014 the estate-vineyard wines of Smith-Madrone Vineyards & Winery are joining the portfolio of Lemma Wine Company, which will handle sales in the state of Oregon.
04/16/14
Paso Robles CAB Collective to Bring 20 World-Class Sommeliers and Wine Buyers to Paso Wine Country April 22 - 24 for First-ever CAB Camp
Three days of immersive education designed to orient attendees to award-winning Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon and red Bordeaux varietals.
04/16/14
UK: Michael Cox: a tribute from his twin
It was as the head of Wines of Chile (when his brother was simultaneously head of New Zealand Winegrowers UK) that he is perhaps best known
04/16/14
BC Wine Institute Announces Governance Review
"When our current structure was put in place there were 131 grape wineries in BC, today there are 235. While that growth has propelled the BC wine industry to contribute $2 billion a year to the BC economy, the current board of directors believes now is the time to give pause and ensure the BCWI is structured properly for our continued success in the future."
04/16/14
Why your holiday wine never tastes as good at home
Wine actually tastes different depending on the conditions in which it is drunk, with light and sound impacting on how fresh, fruity, bitter or acidic the drink is perceived. Next month Charles Spence, professor of Experimental Psychology at Oxford University, will test the theory in the biggest multi-sensory experiment even conducted into the psychology of drinking wine
04/16/14
Pebble Beach Food & Wine 2014 Hangover Observations
Another year of the Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival passed this weekend in Pebble Beach, California. But, before we turn the page on the 2014 edition, here are some final thoughts on the weekend that was from Eater LA associate editor Matthew Kang
04/16/14
Supplier News: KPS to buy Anchor Glass from Ardagh Group
KPS to buy Anchor Glass from Ardagh Group
04/16/14
Summertime in a Glass to Launch Arroyo Seco Sauvignon Blanc Campaign
This is the first in a series of regional profiles that spotlight Sauvignon Blanc in a given region. Summertime in a Glass (SIAG) is an advocacy and information group that seeks to promote, educate and entertain wine enthusiasts and the industry itself on the world of Sauvignon Blanc.
04/16/14
Idaho bill would allow farmers to be paid for improving water quality
A proposal that has been tabled for this year would allow farmers and ranchers to be paid to help other entities such as cities meet federally mandated water quality standards. Bill supporters plan to bring it back next year. -
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