"If the "Watershed & Oak Woodlands Initiative"is approved, new vineyards in the oak woodlands will be prohibited, buffer zones up to 125 feet wide will be required along water courses and a County permit will be required to cut any oak over 5 inches in diameter and a County "Use Permit" will be required for cutting 10 or more oaks"
Boise native Melanie Krause wowed the judges with her Cinder Wines 2016 Off-Dry Riesling. The graduate of Washington State University who trained and made wine at Chateau Ste. Michelle more than a decade ago said her participation in last year's international Riesling conference staged by her former employer played a role.
The tasting-a benefit for San Francisco Baykeeper-will honor the year's Top 100 Wineries, including an unprecedented 30 new wineries to earn the award this year. In addition to the Top 100 Wineries pouring at the event, there will be food pairings from more than 20 of San Francisco's best restaurants and food purveyors.
Results of a new online survey of more than 2,000 U.S. adults who recently visited California wine country were released today, offering insights to wineries and local wine associations in understanding and enhancing the experience of visitors to wineries and regions.
Bruno Prats told the drinks business yesterday that this year's harvest was the earliest ever conducted in the Douro Valley, with picking at Prats + Symington starting on 28 August and ending on 21 September.
When pioneering winemaker Mike Benziger sold his family's 85-acre winery and estate in Glen Ellen in 2015, his future wasn't exactly clear. Though the multi-million dollar sales of Benziger Family Winery and Glen Ellen Wines were impressive, Benziger's life was in the balance.
In the top ten list, the number of domestic wineries represented by eight of the distributors totaled 3,769. The two distributors for which no number of wineries was provided are Johnson Brothers Liquor Company (#5) and Martignetti Companies (#8), but based on the number of wines represented at the eight other distributors, it appears less than half the number of domestic wineries are in the books of the top ten distributors; the vast majority of those wines are produced on the West Coast.
Starting Oct. 1, restaurant owners and other licensees ordering through the state's special liquor order (SLO) system will have to pay 100 percent up-front, and they won't be allowed to inspect an order when they pick it up at the state store. To fix an order or get their money back, a convoluted seven-step process is involved. The agency is implementing this new model on relatively short notice and at the beginning of the restaurant industry's busiest season.
China's coastal city Xiamen in Fujian province has opened a sprawling 5,900-square-metre wine trade centre, which it hopes will allow the city to become the largest trading centre for imported wines in China within five years.
Andrea Mullineux is the co-owner and winemaker at Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines in South Africa's Swartland. A graduate at California UC Davis, Mullineux honed her skills in Napa Valley and Chateauneuf-du-Pape before returning to the Swartland with her husband Chris to open their winery in 2017.
At issue was the FBI agents' search of Kurniawan's house moments after he was arrested five and a half years ago. The agents had an arrest warrant in hand but not a search warrant. Yet they spent at least 15 minutes roaming the house, where they found extensive evidence of a wine-counterfeiting operation.
The move to get a better handle on tasting rooms and possibly limit their spread follows a burst in the number of new tasting facilities encircling the showcase plaza - growing from 13 five years ago to 23 today. Their proliferation has contributed to escalating rents for commercial spaces, making it difficult for other retailers to locate there, according to city planners. And it has raised concerns that the city is relying too much on tourism and wine tasting.
The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) will provisionally enter force on Thursday, eight years after negotiations begun. It will be the EU's first major trade deal since it began implementing its South Korea agreement in 2011.