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  Daily News for Wednesday, April 23rd
Where to Put California's 2014 Vintage?
With tank sales soaring, wine industry sources tend to see production capacity balanced to grape supply.
Wine company denies 'fake wine' allegations
The Antique Wine Company has responded to the news that a former client is taking it to court for apparently selling fake wine
The Lake County Winery Association (LCWA) is proud to announce the 2014 Lake County Wine Awards Competition
Bob Fraser, adjunct instructor and recently retired head of the Santa Rosa Junior College Wine Studies Program will preside as director for the 2014 professional judging
Australia's Flexcube: 'New world' demand buoys wine barrell business
Flexicube sales have grown 20 per cent each year for the last five years
Interview, Part 2: Total Wine & More's David Trone
David Trone, the Total Wine & More president and co-owner discusses a host of recent and future initiatives intended to educate and engage the retail chain's customers while upgrading the in-store experience
Ag leaders wary of Clean Water Act 'power grab'
a rule proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers to clarify Clean Water Act protections has raised more questions than it answered
Washington wineries have fun with Recommendeuer iPhone/iPad app
Amid all the tomfoolery, the app packs in some serious wine info
Harvard Management Company Invests in California Vineyards
Harvard Management Company, the in-house management firm that oversees the University's $32.7 billion endowment, has continued its strategy of investing in natural resources by purchasing millions of dollars' worth of vineyard land in central California, according to University tax filings and recent reports of purchases in the region
Drought brings new attention to California groundwater
Amid California's deep drought, calls for strengthening groundwater management have gotten louder as water supplies have become tighter. Water experts say they anticipate policy debates on groundwater will pick up speed in coming weeks, and representatives from the California Farm Bureau Federation urged farmers and ranchers around the state to pay attention to the discussions
Harper Government Invests to Improve Quality of B.C. Grape and Wine Sector
This investment builds on previous support of $2 million provided to BCWGC under the Developing Innovative Agri-Products (DIAP) initiative, for a project to help improve irrigation and nutrient management to achieve the highest vine and fruit quality
UPDATE: Feds Say Powdered Liquor Not Actually Legal
The powdered quaff has months, maybe years, of legal hurdles ahead before the product reaches liquor stores.
Modest costs for EPA worker protection rule?
Will EPA's proposed revisions to its worker protection standard result in "fairly modest" cost increases that will be outweighed by the benefits of reducing pesticide exposures.
Inside WSU Wine Science Center construction
When completed, the Wine Science Center will be the center of research and education for the state wine industry. It is being built by the city of Richland on land donated by the Port of Benton. When it is finished, the land and building will be given to the university.
6 ways to turn (less) water into wine
When it comes to making wine, water is the most crucial element second only to the grapes. In the heart of Sonoma County a team of experts at Frei Brothers Reserve, a sustainable vineyard and winery, has challenged themselves to ask the question: How can we do more to use less water?
US collector sues Antique Wine Co over alleged fakes
A fine wine collector has filed a lawsuit against Antique Wine Co (AWC) in the US city of Atlanta, alleging that two bottles of Chateau d'Yquem, 12 bottles of Lafite Rothschild and one six-litre methuselah of Chateau Margaux that he bought from the firm are all counterfeit.
Flushing business celebrating Michigan Wine Month with free event
Main Street Treasures in Flushing is one of many businesses state-wide that are celebrating April as Michigan Wine Month with special events.
Rogers & Pedersen Positioned As Leader In Central Coast
General Contractors, Rogers & Pedersen Construction, gain recognition following Presqu'ile Winery
Immigration reform faces difficulty in House
Internal debate in the House has made it difficult to get immigration reform to the floor. A new set of principles for guiding reform by the House Republican leadership offers some hope.
Wind Gap Winery Finds New Home
Pax and Pam Mahle's Wind Gap Winery opens its new tasting room at Sebastopol's The Barlow
Washington Wine Industry Foundation Offers $20,000 in Scholarships
The Wine Industry Foundation went to work and was awarded funds from the Washington State Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. The grant focused on impacts to the environment, the community infrastructure and the high costs to wineries.
Paperboy Sales and Distribution Meet Environmental and Commercial Success
Six months after the release of the PaperBoy paper wine bottle, an innovation by Truett-Hurst Inc. of Healdsburg, California, sales and environmental outcomes are compelling indicators that the cutting edge technology will become mainstream.
Pahlmeyer Unveils First-Ever Jayson Cabernet Sauvignon in New Package
Pahlmeyer unveils the debut vintage of Jayson Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, the first 100 percent Cabernet Sauvignon to be released into the market in the winery's history. The Jayson portfolio is the second label of Pahlmeyer. The Jayson line honors its namesake Jayson Pahlmeyer with wines that express his unquenchable desire for excellence in artisanal winemaking.
Canadian paper calls Paso quieter alternative to Sonoma
From the Montreal Gazette - Anyone looking to holiday in a California wine region with all the sophistication of Napa and Sonoma without their crowds-and prices-should consider a visit to Paso Robles, a small coastal city, halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Especially this year as Paso Robles celebrates its Quasquicentennial, or 125th anniversary.
Court sorts out juice labeling laws
The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments in a false advertising case that may influence how fruit juices are marketed.
Why Biodynamic Wines Are Better For You: Six To Try Now
Some of the wine world's big names have been farming biodynamically for years: Domaine Romanée Conti, M. Chapoutier, and Boisset to name a few. Yet, one of my favorite biodynamic farmers is the humble Olivier Humbrecht of Alsace's Domaine Zind Humbrecht. His insights, as well as his command of the facts, make him a compelling minister of biodynamic wine farming.
Bill would allow retailers to offer samples of Maryland wines at farmers' markets
Maryland's 2014 legislative session included work on a number of bills related to alcohol. Courtesy of Marylanders for Better Beer & Wine Laws, here's a summation of what was debated and discussed.
Critics of NJ Wine Import Ban Win Legal Fees in Federal Court
Plaintiffs who succeeded in voiding New Jersey's ban on direct shipments of wine to consumers from out-of-state vineyards have been awarded $574,925 in counsel fees. New Jersey wine consumers and a California winery claimed in Freeman v. Fischer that the law violated the federal Commerce Clause. The case went to the Third Circuit and back and prompted the Legislature to amend the law.
An Earth Day Toast To Organic Winemaking In Oregon
There's an idea, articulated to me a few weeks ago in Oregon wine country, about the trajectory of the sustainability movement in the state of Oregon. "It goes back a long ways, actually to the Oregon Trail in the 1840s and 1850s," said Alex Sokol Blosser at his family's winery in Dundee. "People arrived in Boise BZ NaN%, Idaho and they had a decision to make. They could either go north or south, to Alaska or California, where the gold rushes were going on. Or they could go straight ahead into Oregon, where they'd live their humdrum life, get 600 acres for free, and farm. It was a lightbulb moment. It was also a lifestyle decision."
Lake Michigan College Uncorks New Enology And Viticulture Programs
Construction begins Wednesday at the Lake Michigan College Napier Avenue Campus to renovate unused space for its new Enology and Viticulture programs.
Famous wine myths busted
A recent study by the University of Reims suggests that it might be better to do so because champagne served at 64F (18C) is likely to form more bubbles. Personally, I prefer mine chilled. But there are a few more myths out there just waiting to be busted…
Spain: The government frets about foreign hands on the nation's olive-presses
On April 10th a British private-equity firm, CVC Capital, won the backing of Deoleo's board after making the highest offer, valuing it at €439m ($607m). But given the controversy over selling to foreigners, two of the four would-be sellers now look like keeping their stakes. CVC will end up owning 30% of Deoleo but will later seek to buy the rest.
Randall Grahm, Bonny Doon Vineyards, by Dorothy J. Gaiter
Dorothy J. Gaiter interviews Santa Cruz wine pioneer Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon Vineyards.
Golisano Children's Hospital receives $2 million check from wine and food charity
The money was raised during the Southwest Florida Wine and Food Festival in late February
Draft Santa Barbara Winery Ordinance Has Local Non-Profits Worried
Public comment for Santa Barbara County Draft Winery Ordinance Ends May 2nd
Union Wine Company takes next step in Oregon
Founding winemaker/owner Ryan Harms hired Californian winemaker Caldcleugh, a New Orleans native, to replace Greg Bauer at the Tualatin winery
Wine consumption falls again in Italy, show figures
Wine consumption in Italy continued to fall in 2013, with the rise of beer and the decline of the family meal blamed by experts
How does alcohol affect your athletic performance?
The odd drink won't send you off course, but any more than that and it's one step forward, two steps back
Google Glass wearers stir up trouble at the bar
Bars in San Francisco have started banning people from wearing the devices, after a series of attacks on users.
Highlighting alcohol-cancer link, group advises limiting intake
"The average person doesn't realize that alcohol is a cause of cancer," CCO's vice-president of prevention and cancer control, Dr. Linda Rabeneck, told CTV's Canada AM Tuesday
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