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08/29/14

The announcement appeared to indicate the company was closer to agreeing a deal with Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Rhone Capital, who approached TWE in May, or rival US private equity investor TPG

08/29/14

The race for control of Treasury Wine Estates is about to get interesting as both of the winemaker's suitors tap big name banks to assist with financing. And there are signs slow starter TPG has now assumed frontrunner status.

08/29/14

Here's a sneak preview of some lots expected to be hotly contested under the white tent at Kenwood's Chateau St. Jean Sunday during the Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction

08/29/14

EPA said its research found that by diverting freshwater from three new intakes proposed on the Sacramento River - farther upstream from existing intakes - the project is likely to increase concentrations of salinity, mercury, bromide, chloride, selenium and pesticides

08/29/14

Launched in 2004 mainly as a contract wine and brandy producer, California's O'Neill Vintners & Distillers lately has been investing in brands and capacity, and the company sees continuing growth on the horizon, with its newly acquired Line 39 label leading the charge

08/29/14

Napa wineries should take stock of damage following last week's 6.1 earthquake and consider upgrading facilities, as Chilean winemakers did following its 2010 tremblor

08/29/14

A team of researchers including UC Davis yeast geneticist Linda Bisson has discovered a biochemical communication system behind this problem. Working through a prion -- an abnormally shaped protein that can reproduce itself -- the system enables bacteria in fermenting wine to switch yeast from sugar to other food sources without altering the yeast's DNA.

08/29/14

New to this year's ceremony, the Innovator/Executive of the Year award celebrates the industry's most creative and influential trendsetter in the business space, and the Brewery of the Year award lauds a notable business in the fast-growing beer space whose work is influencing trends on a national level. The Lifetime Achievement award, granted to an exceptional individual who has had a major impact on the industry, will be named at a later date.

08/29/14

Grower beats earliest pick by two days in the Horse Heaven Hills

08/29/14

The California ABC is already working with impacted licensees to provide assistance and find appropriate solutions to the damage resulting from the earthquake ...

08/29/14

Carneros was the epicenter of the South Napa quake, but is back to business as usual

08/29/14

China's dramatic downturn in luxury spirits consumption continues to impact the major industry players, with Pernod Ricard the latest to cite Asia as the main factor behind slowing global sales.

08/29/14

With the current shift from traditional distribution channels to direct sales to consumers, most new wineries that open in Napa Valley seek to appeal to visitors. Few, however, go so far as new B Cellars.

08/29/14

Hess Collection Winery on Redwood Road in Napa reports that its tasting room is open after the shake-up from Sunday's earthquake.

08/29/14

At this writing, although some buildings have been affected by the Aug. 24 shaking, it seems that the 2014 harvest has sustained little interruption. Spirits seem to be high as evidenced by a couple of quotes (chosen from many):

08/29/14

While the rest of Napa was cleaning up after Sunday's earthquake, dumping piles of broken dishes and glasses into garbage cans, the employees of Napa Recycling and Waste Services (NRWS) were mobilizing to receive the end product of the disaster.

08/29/14

Wine from what is possibly the oldest and largest collection of wine containers has been studied shedding new light on ancient wine production.

08/29/14

Lodi's wine industry has offered help to Napa wineries damaged in Sunday's earthquake. That disaster help could also be a business opportunity for Lodi.

08/29/14

A Pennsylvania lawmaker wants to roll back the longstanding law prohibiting residents from possessing or transporting into the state any wine, beer and liquor that wasn't purchased in Pennsylvania .. But that's not the only piece of the Pennsylvania liquor code that consumers - especially those who are new to the Keystone State - can have a hard time wrapping their minds around

08/29/14

Plus, the wine industry, Oakland Raiders and others come together for Napa earthquake relief

08/29/14

Great wine lists don't need to be epic length. They don't require classic, expensive bottles. And they don't appear only in the conventional places. Some of the best lists, in fact, show up where you least expect them

08/29/14

Crowd-sourcing has become the Internet's new favorite method of financing start-ups, authors and researchers. Now two wineries have adopted the idea to get their consumers involved in making wine

08/29/14

According to a new study looking for the perfect drop for a date there's more to romance than just getting them drunk.

08/29/14

How emotional do you need to be to spend $1,200 on a cult wine allocation from Napa? The marketing of desire in action.

08/29/14

The cleanup continues in the Napa Valley as wineries assess the damage after a 6.0 earthquake shook the area early Sunday

08/29/14

The Baroness survived the Holocaust to appear on stage and on film alongside such stars as Alain Delon and Catherine Deneuve during a 30-year acting career. She married twice, and had three children before taking the helm at Château Mouton Rothschild on the death of her father in 1988. She continued his work to modernize and diversify not only the family properties, but also the production of Baron Philippe de Rothschild SA, makers of Mouton Cadet

08/29/14

NASA scientists are planning to conduct an airborne survey of earthquake fault displacements in the Napa Valley area of Northern California, using a sophisticated radar system developed by NASA's Jet propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California.

08/29/14

Constellation Brands announced today that it will make a $100,000 donation to the Napa Valley Vintners' (NVV) Community Disaster Relief Fund to provide immediate support to the local community.