A U.S. judge lowered a jury's damage award from $80 million to $25 million for a California cancer victim who used Monsanto's Roundup weed-killer. The San Francisco Chronicle reports Monday that U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria said he was required to reduce the punitive damage award because it went beyond constitutional limits set by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Nissley Vineyards in Bainbridge, Lancaster County, will ask the public to decide in a unique taste test Friday night at the winery. One of the region's iconic producers is partnering with Wine-in-a-Can Research to conduct what it's calling the first blind tasting study comparing canned wines to bottled wines in the nation. This taste test will include 60 volunteers (21 and over) and run from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the winery.
People who did not smoke, limited themselves to one glass of wine a day, and regularly - two or three times a week - engaged in mentally stimulating activities such as reading the newspaper, visiting the library or playing games such as chess and checkers also earned 1s.
Spirits Network will run as on-demand video programming for paid subscribers with content ranging from original historical documentaries and reviews and how-to's -- presented by hosts like Minnick -- to rebroadcasted interviews with celebrities dishing on their favorite drinks. For the first time, a network will fully integrate instant online shopping opportunities into original shows by making it possible to buy what you're seeing as you're seeing it. This differs from home shopping channels in that Spirits Network produces its own edutainment rather than simply showcasing products.
The city of Milton-Freewater has been successful in receiving a $230,000 grant from the state of Oregon to conduct a feasibility study on a wine production facility. "The wine production facility would enable dozens of local wineries located in the Rocks District of Milton-Freewater to produce their wines inside the Rocks District boundaries so that wine produced here can be permitted to reflect its prestigious origin on the label," City Manager Linda Hall said.
Hurricane Barry could affect the environment of the Gulf coast and Lower Mississippi Valley in numerous ways, from accelerating runoff of farmland nutrients to toppling trees and damaging wildlife habitat and fisheries, scientists say. But the extent of the damage - and whether it will be at least partially offset by benefits such as disruption of the notorious Gulf of Mexico "dead zone" - is hard to predict, they say. That's because the region faces a rare one-two-three punch : the storm's anticipated tidal surge and torrential downpour, combined with record-high water levels in the Mississippi River.
Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 998 by Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, D-Winters, into law. This bill makes State Route 128 eligible to be designated as an official "Scenic Highway," which will increase local economic activity in the North Bay and parts of Northern California, and bring newfound appreciation to the beauty of the route.
The logline: After failing spectacularly in Silicon Valley, a misguided entrepreneur moves one valley over into wine country and tries to turn a run-down vineyard into a success. Winos follows the antics of this ragtag group of employees who have no business running a winery.
I wouldn't call them motley, but there's a crew of winemakers I know who are notable rascals. Toga parties and burlesque shows aren't out of the question. Yet this lineup of mischief-makers, self-dubbed the Monday Standard, are upstanding members of the Sonoma community, a big percentage of the time, anyway … over 80 percent to be sure.
CRISPR is often thought of as "molecular scissors" used for precision breeding to cut DNA so that a certain trait can be removed, replaced or edited, but Yiping Qi, assistant professor in Plant Science & Landscape Architecture at the University of Maryland, is looking far beyond these traditional applications in his latest publication in Nature Plants.
House Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations Chair Marcia L. Fudge of Ohio sent a letter Thursday to Naomi Earp, current Deputy Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, on issues related to socially disadvantaged farmers.
The renaissance of dry Chenin wines, together with dwindling sales of sweet wines, have driven investors in Quarts-de-Chaumes - the Loire's only Grand Cru appellation - to switch production from sweet to dry wines.
Designed to help these businesses increase sales of whites from Rueda, the initiative will see each participating store receive an exclusive promotional point-of-sale pack including: a branded apron, corkscrews, an ice bucket, neck tags, maps, posters and an information guide.
Martin McGowan has been named as Chapel Down's new sales director, having spent eight years working for Treasury Wine Estates' retail arm. McGowan has 15 years experience in the industry working for beer, wine and sprits brands, including Courvoisier, Stolichnaya, Wolfblass, Penfolds and Carlsberg.
With assistance from the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office, inspectors from Permit Sonoma arrived at the Butler Avenue property just after 8:30 a.m. with an inspection warrant, said Maggie Fleming, spokeswoman for the Sonoma County Permit and Resource Management Department.
Wild lands Defense, Alliance for the Wild Rockies and Native Ecosystems Council have filed a complaint accusing the U.S. Forest Service of violating federal law by "categorically excluding" the Rowley Canyon Wildlife Enhancement Project from environmental analysis.
A small town Ohio girl, Angela Allison, without either wine training or appreciation was smitten on a trip to Napa Valley. After some wine education, she remianed smitten so she started a Northern California wine club, which is the genesis of her online subscription company, Wine Society, launched in 2018, with the motto, "Screw the Cork," and a focus on wine in cans. Today it's clear she was onto something.
If you're managing a winery in California, what is the best way to sell your wines? Quite simply, you need to bring attention your way, and if you're fortunate enough to receive a 90-point plus score in a major wine publication, that's a big help. But if you live by reviews, you die by reviews, so positive comments from the media are usually only a temporary fix.
When it comes to wine, Central New Yorkers like theirs on the dry side. At least that's what a new survey by Syracuse-based Drive Research says. Perhaps that result is a little surprising: Most national surveys show an American preference for sweet, or at least semi-sweet wine. And, or course, one of the top-selling wines produced in the nearby Finger Lakes is the sweet red Hazlitt Red Cat.
Liber Pater, one of the world's most (in)famous wineries, announced that its 2015 vintage will hit the shelves with a price tag of $34k per bottle. Loïc Pasquet, the winemaking wizard behind Liber Pater, is known for using ancient techniques such as cultivating ancient grape varietals and ditching oak barrels to age his wine in amphorae (which look like they could have been excavated from Pompeii).
Now, with more Americans embracing wellness as an existential ideal - replacing Instagram pictures of brimming wineglasses with photos of artisanal, lime-garnished mocktails - some moms say they feel more empowered to go against the grain. But can an aspirational, hashtaggable lifestyle trend really dry out the alcohol-saturated "wine-mom" culture?
As recently as a decade ago, merlot still ruled in Washington vineyards. In 2009, merlot was the state's No. 1 grape at 26,700 tons harvested that fall. In fact, merlot was the grape and the wine that helped put Washington on the world stage. The red variety from France's Bordeaux region and the round, supple resulting wines brought Washington a measure of fame.
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