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03/28/17

The Wine Industry Symposium Group, a subsidiary of Wine Business Monthly, has announced the program for the 22nd Annual Vineyard Economics Seminar, set for Wednesday, May 24, 2017 in Napa, California at the Napa Valley Marriott Hotel. The full-day event will feature vineyard and agriculture experts and influencers active in the wine business locally, regionally and nationally. Registration is now open at VineyardEconomics.com.

03/28/17

April 26 event to feature wider discussion on pairing oak and wine style

03/28/17

Cooperages 1912 recently partnered with Cal Poly Wine and Viticulture Department to donate wine barrels to support the education and research of Cal Poly students studying to be winemakers. Cooperages 1912 has been donating to northern California universities for the last 10 years, with donations totaling half a million dollars.

03/28/17

Ste. Michelle Wine Estates has appointed Russell Joy to the position of Vice President of California Operations, effective April 7, 2017. In this role, Russ will oversee operations at Stag's Leap Wine Cellars in Napa, Patz & Hall in Sonoma and Conn Creek Winery in St. Helena.

03/28/17

Trevor Durling has been named General Manager and Chief Winemaker for Beaulieu Vineyard, just the fifth winemaker for the iconic Napa Valley winery founded in 1900. Durling has been serving as Winemaker for Provenance and Hewitt.

03/28/17

Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa) and Senator Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg) have been appointed co-chairs on the Senate Select Committee on California's Wine Industry

03/28/17

Professor and geneticist Dr. Andew Walker of the University of California, Davis, has been confirmed as the recipient of the 2017 Merit Award, the American Society for Enology and Viticulture's (ASEV) highest honor. He will be sharing his presentation, "The Southwestern Vitis - A Grape Breeding Motherlode," on June 29, 2017, at the ASEV's 68th National Conference in Bellevue, Washington.

03/28/17

Gary Farrell Winery hired Alyson White as direct-to-consumer manager. She will handle the Russian River Valley winery's wine club in addition to other consumer-direct sales programs.

03/28/17

Wine Spectator senior editor James Molesworth is in France for his 2016 vintage Bordeaux barrel tastings. While there, he's visiting the châteaus of some of the region's top estates, as well as some up-and-coming new producers

03/28/17

Arable has raised $4.25 million for solar-powered sensors and software to help farmers produce more food with fewer resources, and more accurately predict their yields. Middleland Capital and S2G Ventures led the Series A investment in Arable joined by Chasefield, Spark Labs and Cantos VC

03/28/17

It sounds like a giant bumblebee, the 2-foot-square drone whirring to life. Its four props lift it off the ground outside Bruce Bowsher's house and once it's about 4 feet in the air, they lift up to give a camera an unobstructed 360-degree view

03/28/17

The 2012 installment of the Sonoma International Film Festival served up a pleasurable Sonoma blend of movies and scenes that included John Waters' hilarious one-man show, a screening of Luc Bresson's feature "The Lady" about Burmese patriot Aung Suu Kyi, and a tribute to Christopher Lloyd with the delightful bug-eyed actor on hand

03/28/17

Dahlke deploys ground-penetrating radar, ­remote sensors, and field chemistry kits to measure such things as how much ­water reaches the aquifer, how well plants and trees handle the deluge, and how much ­fertilizer leaches into the groundwater. She also ­measures whether yields are affected. Her three-year pilot study, begun in 2014 and the largest of its kind, aims to calm farmers fearful of crop damage and health officials fretting over potential groundwater contamination

03/28/17

Head out on a hike with winery co-owner Kevin Jussila and then enjoy a locavore brunch at his house

03/28/17

Bans, detentions, vetting, and restrictions on electronic devices are damaging a $250 billion sector of the American economy

03/28/17

Still one of the hottest trending wines, rosé is again the focus of William Chris Vineyards' upcoming Texas Wine Revolution, an afternoon festival in the Hill Country with all Texas-made wine, food and music.

03/28/17

From Corsica to Paso Robles, this is the map for oenophiles.

03/28/17

The tech doesn't work so well when people move around the store too quickly

03/28/17

Cabernet franc is by no means new to the valley. By 1885, H.W. Crabb and other Napa Valley vintners who were eager to make fine claret like Bordeaux planted cabernet franc and other supporting varieties to add to their cabernet sauvignon wines. In the early stages of the industry's rebirth following phylloxera and Prohibition (1940s, '50s), historic producers such as Inglenook and Louis Martini were blending cabernet franc into their top cabernet sauvignon wines

03/28/17

The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board on Wednesday will consider raising the markup on liquor from 30 percent to 35 percent of cost, a move that would add roughly $1 to the price of a $30 bottle in ABC stores

03/28/17

3Cinteractive, a leading provider of mobile marketing services, today announced it will leverage its Switchblade™ platform to drive mobile coupon redemption and brand engagement for Total Wine & More, the country's largest independent retailer of fine wines

03/28/17

The hottest large beer company in the U.S. has faced an odd dilemma since Donald Trump was elected president

03/28/17

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03/28/17

A company spokeswoman said discussions were underway with industrial design and warehouse fabrication experts and it was hoped work would begin in the first half of this year.

03/28/17

The issues are: reaching favourable trade agreements; Brexit's impact on duty, retail pricing, category management and distribution in the UK; re-exports; the impact of Brexit on travel retail; and the protection of designation of origin areas

03/28/17

It's a wonderful thing to see a business, any business, stay true to its founding principles. Trends come and go; outside factors can impinge; stresses and strains can undermine. It's all the more amazing when it's a family-owned business, and a farming enterprise, vulnerable to the vagaries of Mother Nature

03/28/17

President Trump on Tuesday will order the Environmental Protection Agency to dismantle his predecessor's landmark climate effort, backing away from an aggressive plan to cut emissions at power plants that had been the foundation of America's leadership on confronting global warming