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03/21/19

Lisa Shara Hall, a senior editor for Wine Business Monthly for more than a decade, died peacefully at home on March 9, 2019 at the age of 66 after a long illness. Lisa wrote for the Oxford Companion to Wine, Decanter, and the Hugh Johnson Pocket Guide, and was the author of "Wines of the Pacific Northwest." Kirk Hall, Lisa's husband of 30 years, wrote this tribute ...

03/21/19

Neighbors raised concerns in letters and at the public hearing over plans to build the 30,000-gallon Darms Lane winery on 40 acres at the end of Darms Lane. Their concerns included traffic safety concerns on the rural road as well as the size and the scope of the winery and its water usage. The project, which also has the support from other neighbors, includes plans to build a two-story 5,583-square-foot winery with an outdoor area in the back of the parcel, which includes an existing vineyard, and a two-story hospitality/office building and 11,743-square-foot cave

03/21/19

Counting market leading brand Casillero del Diablo and the innovative Cono Sur among its South American portfolio, CyT told Harpers that it is pushing a "value focus" trajectory that has been agreed with its investors.

03/21/19

Friday, March 22 is the LAST DAY to submit your trials for inclusion at Innovation + Quality's Winemaker Trials Showcase on May 23, 2019. Share the results of your trials on barrels, closures, winemaking methods and more with your peers at the industry's premier conference for advanced winemaking.

03/21/19

The New York Wine & Grape Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to supporting the wine and grape industry across New York State, presented the first-ever Sustainability Award to Long Island Sustainable Winegrowing (LISW) for their outstanding sustainable viticulture certification program.

03/21/19

Longtime Halter Ranch winemaker, Kevin Sass, had this to say about the honor: "Winning Winery of the Year is 100% about the dedication of the many hard working people at Halter Ranch! It starts at the top, and our owner has invested heavily in our vineyards, winery and staff to make sure we have the best natural resources possible. Our skilled vineyard and winemaking teams passion represents this award. Five Platinum's and a Gold says a lot of experienced judges liked your wine. We couldn't be more proud!"

03/21/19

One in four bottles of alcohol shipped into Michigan during the end of 2018 was shipped illegally, according to data by the Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association. Their research found that during October to December 2018, approximately 528, 310 bottles of alcohol were shipped into the state, and of those bottles, 185,408 were spirits or illegally shipped wine.

03/21/19

Predicting drinking trends is a little like predicting weather patterns … it's a swirling blend of science, trend-spotting and experience. With his finger on various pulses and in countless barrels across the Cape - here are Wade Bales's predictions on five emerging developments set to shake up 2019 …

03/21/19

Jordan Vineyard & Winery, a French-inspired producer of elegant chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon since 1976, announces the completion of its redesigned dining room by Geoffrey De Sousa of San Francisco, one of the top interior design firms on the West Coast. This is De Sousa's first project for a winery, and the Jordan dining room's first remodel in more than 20 years.

03/21/19

David Travers and Jeff Grosset from the Clare Valley Wine & Grape Association last night (March 18th 2019) won the Premier's Blockchain Innovation Challenge in Adelaide. The pair won $50,000 to develop their innovative idea which combines emerging QR code technology embedded in the wine bottle's screwcap but also linked to a consumer-friendly blockchain ledger, to confirm the wine's authenticity.

03/21/19

USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is currently accepting applications for the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). ACEP offers two conservation easement options: Agricultural Land Easements (ALE) and Wetland Reserve Easements (WRE). While the new 2018 Farm Bill made some changes in the popular conservation easement programs, these will not be incorporated until 2020, allowing ACEP to proceed this fiscal year using regulations in place since 2014.

03/21/19

Herbs appeal to a great variety of bee species, said Francis Drummond, a professor of insect ecology and insect pest management at the University of Maine. "It is mostly the abundant nectar that brings the bees in," he said. "Some of the more attractive herbs to bees are thyme, comfrey, borage, oregano, bee's friend, lemon balm, rosemary, hyssop, sage, lavender and chives."

03/21/19

Vinsent (formerly VinX), a fast-growing Israeli technology startup, announced today the release of a new app that offers consumers the ability to purchase from a library of over 20 wines through a pilot group of 10 curated wineries in France, Spain, Italy, and the United States.

03/21/19

Wine Access (https://www.wineaccess.com/), a leading Direct-to-Consumer wine company that offers fine wines from around the world and a selection of wines made through exclusive partnerships with distinguished winemakers, today announced Colangelo & Partners (www.colangelopr.com) as its agency of record to develop and execute a communications program targeted to key trade, consumer and media stakeholders.

03/21/19

3 Badge Beverage Corporation has just introduced three new mezcals to the Bozal line. Bozal, sold in select U.S. markets by the company's spirits division, 3 Badge Mixology, has now released 11 artisan mezcals made from wild Mexican agave.

03/21/19

ProWein 2019, International Trade Fair for Wines and Spirits, celebrated its 25th anniversary with record participation figures, excellent orders and confirmed its position as the world's leading event for this sector: 61,500 trade visitors (2018: 60,500) from 142 countries (2018: 133) and 6,900 exhibitors from 64 nations took part.

03/21/19

Wineries may now enter EXPERIENCE ROSÉ: THE 2019 COMPETITION (formerly Rosé Today), and this year, for the first time ever, the competition is open to all Rosé-infused products. Produced by Wine Competitions Management & Productions, the judging will take place at Soda Rock Winery in Healdsburg, Calif. on May 1, 2019. Those who register by March 29 will enjoy a $5-dollar savings per entry.

03/21/19

The Auction of Washington Wines (AWW) has bolstered its ranking among the nation's largest charity wine auctions, landing third in Wine Spectator Magazine's list of highest-grossing live charity wine auctions in 2018.

03/21/19

Here's how to stick to an eating strategy without giving up your favorite alcoholic beverage

03/21/19

Equine and Wines will celebrate the opening of their vineyard co-operative. We will also be celebrating the birthday of Founder and CEO Tom Heshion.

03/21/19

An injunction against grazing on 68,000 acres in Oregon's Fremont-Winema National Forest has been dissolved after federal officials determined cattle won't impair a threatened frog's viability

03/21/19

Tayson Pierce Wines, one of Napa Valley's most exclusive and acclaimed winemakers and Champagne Éric Philippe, one of France's most sought after and unique Champagne Brands, is presenting their first pubic tasting event at Wally's Santa Monica - Los Angeles's premier destination for wine lovers - on Sunday, March 31.

03/21/19

Mexico events take on a whole new meaning as The Villa Group Resorts in the nation's leading travel destinations host a series of gourmet festivals that range from food and wine festivals to homages to authentic Mexican cuisine and culture.

03/21/19

Domaine Napa has positioned itself to better serve Napa Valley wineries' library collections.

03/21/19

Peha officially took over for Shelley Tomberg on Monday. Tomberg and managing director Melissa Pederson recently left after helping the Auction of Washington Wines raise more than $4 million in both 2017 and 2018 for Seattle Children's Hospital and Washington State University's wine program. The 2019 Gala is Saturday, Aug. 17 at Chateau Ste. Michelle.

03/21/19

Peri & Sons, a Nevada vegetable grower, and the National Council of Agricultural Employers (NCAE) brought the lawsuit against the Department of Labor (DOL) after it announced the 2019 AEWR. The new rates rose 22.8% over 2018's rates in the three states, increasing from $10.69 to $13.13.

03/21/19

It's a form of torture, to have to confine the whole of Austria in a single case. Austria is so various, so experimental, so full of local grape varieties and amphorae and cows' horns buried over the winter and spontaneous fermentations and terraced vineyards and ancient field blends and...

03/21/19

Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to charge California water customers up to $10 per month to help clean up contaminated water in low-income and rural areas. His plan will face resistance from some Democrats hesitant to impose new taxes. Up to 1 million Californians are estimated to have some type of contaminated or unclean water coming through their taps that can cause health issues.

03/21/19

The 9th annual Atlanta Food & Wine Festival (AFWF) isn't set to take place for another several months, but exciting news regarding this year's festival is already beginning to surface. It's an occasion Elizabeth Feichter, co-founder of the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival reveals will be "spectacular."

03/21/19

This absence of man-made products and implementation of a near-century-old series of farming techniques has made Rudy Marchesi and his thriving winery a defining example of the growing, debated, and misunderstood practice of Biodynamic farming. Today, 45 wineries across the U.S. produce around 183,000 cases of Biodynamic wine annually and certification-whether Biodynamic, organic, or otherwise-makes a difference: According to a 2016 Wine Journal of Economics study, "ecocertified" wine increases a bottle's score by an average of 4.1 points.

03/21/19

With a farm license, mead-makers who use 100 percent New York honey will qualify for these benefits: They'd be allowed to offer onsite tastings, sell their products by the glass in their tasting rooms (in addition to takeout packages), offer other New York farm-produced beer, wine, cider and spirits and open branch locations.

03/21/19

The article listed charitable wine brands that included PHP's Vino de Sueños, a label conceived by local premium winemakers with the aim to fundraise for Santa Ynez, Los Alamos and Lompoc Valley farm and vineyard workers in need.

03/21/19

It's a writer's dilemma - to not rely on clichés, even though all of the clichés are true, and perfectly applicable to the composition at hand. That's what it's like to write about Rebecca Murphy, and her founding of what is now the TEXSOM International Wine Awards (IWA).

03/21/19

It pared back the breadsticks and the non-Italian menu items, fine-tuned existing recipes, added more expensive wine and alcoholic beverages and concentrated on service. Analysts say those were the right priorities.

03/21/19

In 2001, the Garcia Figuero family took a leap of faith to build their own winery with the help of the new influx of energy from their three children - Carlos, Henar and Antonio -building a state-of-the-art winery (gravity flow and controlled fermentation) as well as an underground aging room that has over 1,000 barrels kept at an ideal temperature range of 54-59 Fahrenheit.

03/21/19

A joint effort by the city and county of Napa to study and monitor reservoir watersheds - and better track the effects of farming and development on drinking water for thousands - will continue moving ahead, despite concerns from county officials about part of a report underlying the project.

03/21/19

Plus: tinned fish is the Next Big Thing in wine pairing

03/21/19

Production constraints in Germany are putting the squeeze on the country's wine industry.

03/21/19

It's been so long since state Sen. Liz Krueger has talked about wine being sold in supermarkets that she laughed in surprise when I asked her about it last week

03/21/19

"The preferred size of a fillet in the U.S. market corresponds to juvenile fish that haven't had a chance to reproduce," says conservation biologist Peter Mous, director of the Nature Conservancy's Indonesia Fisheries Conservation Program. "A lot of species here are heavily overfished, and this demand for small fillets is making things worse."

03/21/19

People are drinking less and less as non-alcoholic beverages flood the market. Now the alcohol industry wants in