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02/21/18

The University of California Davis (UCD) Department of Viticulture and Enology (DV&E) held a special extension Wine Flavor 101A seminar February 15 paying tribute to the research and professional contributions of recently retired professor Dr. Linda Bisson. The seminar included technical presentations highlighting her important research in managing wine quality and problematic fermentations.

02/21/18

Today is the last day to save on admittance to the largest wine industry event south of San Francisco--up to $50 on session passes and $10 on tradeshow tickets.

02/21/18

Below-freezing temperatures that can damage Sonoma County's $575 million grape crop before it even develops are prompting some growers to launch an unusually early campaign to protect their vineyards from frost.

02/21/18

"The ice doesn't really hurt the trees, but the problem is the trees are in bloom right now. The farther along the bloom, the more susceptible the tree."

02/21/18

A combined Albertsons and Rite Aid would have a value of roughly $24 billion, including debt. When the deal closes, Albertsons shares will trade on the New York Stock Exchange. Albertsons in 2015 filed an IPO it had hoped would value it at as much as $24 billion, including debt, but it canceled that plan. This deal follows Rite Aid's failed attempt in 2015 to sell to its 4,600 stores to Walgreens. That deal was whittled down by regulators to a purchase of 1,932 stores for $4.37 billion. In the months since Amazon announced its acquisition of Whole Foods, Albertsons has worked to reposition itself as a digitally focused, modern grocer. It acquired meal kit company Plated in September and has been expanding its partnership with delivery service Instacart

02/21/18

Questions about Walmart's e-commerce strategy dominated a 60-minute conference call with analysts, but chief executive Doug McMillon insisted the company was making progress in its efforts to compete with Amazon and others.

02/21/18

"Some thought this trend would end," said Randy Ullom, "but it has shown no signs of slowing down. I'm thrilled that this quintessential California Rosé allows us to introduce Kendall-Jackson to new consumers."

02/21/18

VieVité, which is one of the first true Côtes de Provence rosés and currently among the top five selling brands in the rosé category, has become known over the past few years as being among the first to bring its latest vintage to market.

02/21/18

there are 13 wineries producing more than 50,000 cases per year and offering custom-crush services in Washington, nearly double the number in Oregon.

02/21/18

Cellar-Tek Supplies, a winery, brewery, cidery and distillery supplier based in British Colombia and Ontario, has, for several months, been providing a new option that answers the increasing demand from wine-makers for a broader choice of winemaking and ageing tools

02/21/18

"We have identified small micro forests within the French forest that contain excellent quality oak for wine. These two forests have very important differences that bring out the special qualities of the wines"

02/21/18

But it isn't just this year's crop that farmers are worried about, since a hard freeze could destroy fruit buds that have begun emerging.

02/21/18

Still in the planning stages, it is hoped the winery will be finished by 2020 whereupon it will be the primary location for the vinification of the company's unfortified wines

02/21/18

TH Estates Wines, located in the Willow Creek AVA of Paso Robles, California, welcomes Phillip LaMontagne as the new assistant winemaker. LaMontagne first joined TH Estate as a harvest intern in 2015, after which he stayed on to help in the cellar.

02/21/18

More than 150 years ago the Beringer brothers founded a winery and distillery in Napa Valley, bringing forth a pioneering spirit and setting a standard for innovation that has helped Beringer become the oldest continually operating winery in Napa Valley.

02/21/18

To learn more about California agriculture and its successes and challenges, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue visited Central California farms and agricultural businesses as part of a three-day trip to the state

02/21/18

As the immigration debate continues in Washington and Sacramento, agricultural employers find themselves walking a legal tightrope between the two capitals.

02/21/18

During the terrible days and weeks the Thomas Fire tormented a broad swath of Ventura County, members of the community were keenly aware of the debt they owed to the first responders who confronted the flames on their behalf: firefighters, law enforcement officers, emergency preparedness experts.

02/21/18

There were several rounds of applause this week during Idaho Wine Commission's annual meeting in Boise, but the loudest stemmed from the standing ovation for Bill Stowe, founder of Indian Creek Farm Winery and recipient of the industry's Lifetime Achievement Award.

02/21/18

We have access to technology and information as never before. Working with vineyards in Virginia, I see examples of growers that master newly available information to improve their operations; unfortunately, I also see some growers that are overwhelmed by information that is not particularly useful or representative to their farm.

02/21/18

In the organic-foods market, Whole Foods was already a Goliath. When Amazon bought Whole Foods in August 2017 for $13.7 billion, that Goliath ballooned into a gargantuan threat to other grocers. The combined company had nearly 560,000 employees at the end of 2017 and revenue of almost $180 billion.

02/21/18

EU may target U.S. agricultural products, but also whiskey and Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

02/21/18

The National Weather Service says the Portland metro area and Southwest Washington could get 3 to 8 inches of snow Tuesday

02/21/18

U.S. drought monitors last week declared that nearly half the state, all of it in Southern California, is now back in drought.

02/21/18

A bill that would further codify in state law a landmark Idaho Supreme Court decision on who owns stock watering rights on federal land.

02/21/18

Judge sentenced teenager to five years of probation, 1,920 hours of community service.

02/21/18

Custom-crush providers seek to expand bulk wine business to match demand

02/21/18

The Buckeye state is now number six on the list of top wine producing states, making nearly 6 million gallons in 2017. Today the states best enologists and viticulturists- people who study winemaking and grape growing- got together at the 45th Annual Wine and Grape Conference to talk about how Ohio can keep that number rising. "We're starting to see Ohio wines really doing a great job at getting some national recognition, national awards," says OSU enology program manager Todd Steiner.

02/21/18

It was only about two decades ago that one wine bottle closure - the natural cork - was the choice for wine producers and consumers. We know by now why that became a problem, but in case you forget, link here for a short refresher course.

02/21/18

Deron Bilous says the potential fine Alberta faces for violating free trade rules is a pittance when set against the stakes of the Trans Mountain pipeline issue. "Let's compare the (maximum) $5 million in a fine versus the billions of dollars of investment and the thousands of jobs," Bilous told reporters at the legislature Tuesday.

02/21/18

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley's decision to ban imports of British Columbia wine in her province is expected to cost B.C. winery owners about $70 million annually in sales unless they can find new buyers.

02/21/18

Let's name some famous state crops, shall we? Oranges from Florida, apples from Washington, corn from Kansas, lobsters from Maine, cattle from Texas, potatoes from Idaho. But grapes from Idaho? Famous potatoes, you bet. After all, it was potato farmer J.R. Simplot's development of a commercially viable frozen french fry (McDonald's was an early customer) that made him a billionaire.

02/21/18

Over four days, the judges determined the best of each category.

02/21/18

The shock and horror of the early days have given way to lingering grief and agony over whether to rebuild or move on. But the most perplexing and time-consuming matter for victims has been insurance.

02/21/18

According to new figures released by Vinexpo Hong Kong and the International Wine and Spirits Research, though the US is already the world's largest wine market, the country will widen its lead over the next five years and is predicted to see 25 per cent more growth by 2021

02/21/18

"I moved here because I got married to an American," says Marimar Torres, the eponymous owner and operator of Marimar Estate Vineyards and Winery. "My father was very upset."

02/21/18

Wine Institute members are offered up to 10 percent off their BMI music licensing fees

02/21/18

many stories emerged during a two-day Riesling Downunder Masterclass - stories of winemakers thinking hard about how best to express the terroir characters of their vineyards

02/21/18

A report from Berenberg Research found that Gen Z prefer drinks like vodka, gin, and wine to beer

02/21/18

After being wined, dined and entertained, many people lifted their paddles and raised $340,000 for the Napa Valley Vine Trail on Feb. 10 in the Carriage House at Charles Krug Winery in St. Helena

02/21/18

A review of Bit by Bit: Social Research in the Digital Age, Matthew J. Salganik, Princeton University Press, 2017. 445 pp.

02/21/18

The following list is meant to be a practical list for the wine industry to easily have access to important wine entities on social media and check out their accounts in a few clicks on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.