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Fred Furth made his fortune suing corporations ... Furth moved to Sonoma County following his 1972 purchase of 242 acres of land off Chalk Hill Road, in the hills east of Windsor. He created Chalk Hill Winery and expanded it to more than 1,200 acres ...

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"He went at a good time for him. He was able to be home almost to the end. He had done nearly everything he wanted to do. He'd had a great life, a great run. He worked hard and tried to do good things." The thing he'd learned from his father, he said, was "to treat everyone like family." Talking to people from throughout the Napa Valley, Koerner Rombauer's great generosity was constantly mentioned.

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sign up for the annual SVB/Wine Business Monthly Live Videocast where we will offer more dialogue on this finding and many more that actually might just be jaw dropping. Please [register] for this year's live telecast which will take place this Wednesday, May 16th where we will discuss this, along with new survey findings with: Amy Hoopes, President of Wente Family Estates Paul Mabray, Wine Industry Digital Futurist and Director, Emetry.com Cyril Penn, Editor in Chief of Wine Business Monthly

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A solution-sort of There were only 10 days between the passage of the law on Dec. 22, 2017, and its implementation on Jan. 1, 2018. (The original Craft Beverage bill provided a transition period to give the TTB time to write the regulations, as well as additional budgetary resources, which the final amendment did not do.) The TTB, in its March 2 Industry Circular, recognized the short implementation time and came up with an "alternate procedure" that would allow affected wineries to collect the tax credits up until June 30. It saves the wineries a lot of money, but also creates a lot of headaches.

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Crimson Wine Group of Napa reported a 11 percent decrease in net sales in the first quarter, compared to the same period in 2017, according to the company's filing Wednesday with the Securities and Exchange Commission

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Structured Solutions Inc. is auctioning off the company's Healdsburg taproom and restaurant and its next-door production facility, which has canning and bottling lines, two large tanks and one large fermenter

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after a South African producer in Berry Bros & Rudd's portfolio adopted it for one of its ranges

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The largest beer distributor in Minnesota, J.J. Taylor, has recently tried to save money by incorporating two-person keg delivery routes into one-person packaged beer deliveries. Drivers and warehouse workers responded to the changes with a strike that began with a picket line on April 9

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His collection includes many of the best vintages from the Mondavi family's own wineries

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A contentious bill that would have changed alcohol rules in Alaska is dead. But the fight over the alcohol industry in the state is raging on. For the sake of business owners and patrons alike, the state needs to provide clarity - and it should do so without picking winners and losers

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The chichi Red Hook Winery, known for its eclectic selection, waterfront ambiance and celebrity guests like Katie Lee, was raided last week and its owner busted for churning out illegal moonshine

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The state Senate voted unanimously Thursday to allow Delaware's craft alcohol-makers to sell each other's products, effectively allowing breweries to sell wine.

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Hot on the heels of the outstanding 2015 vintage, 2016 produced one of the strongest sets of white wines from the northern Rhône region in recent memory. The only issue will be actually finding them, as production in many cases was pitifully small.

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Pinotphiles unable to commit to the entire International Pinot Noir Celebration, one of the West Coast's most educational, entertaining and delicious wine festivals, can now purchase a la carte tickets for the July 27-29 weekend on the campus of Linfield College in the heart of Oregon's Willamette Valley

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A study at the Technical University of Madrid has added further weight to the theory that women are naturally better wine tasters than men.

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Randall Grahm's iconoclastic obsession will involve breeding new varietals from scratch and growing them where grapes have never been grown before.

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"We conclude that there is a high correlation between the cork caliber and boron, caption exchange capacity, total nitrogen, the exchange acidity, and exchangeable magnesium, potassium, calcium, and sodium in soils of theirs cork oaks, i.e., lower values of boron, cation exchange capacity, total nitrogen, the exchange acidity, and exchangeable magnesium, potassium, calcium, and sodium are in plots where de corks have a high caliber ..."

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"While participating in a panel discussion at the Texas Wine Revolution Rosé Festival on a recent weekend in Marble Falls, I got into an amiable disagreement with fellow panelist Chris Brundrett, the "Chris" half of William Chris Winery and one of our state's new wave of cellar stars. Ultimately, though, I think we were both right ... "

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To best understand the brawl about Measure C, we need to crack open "The Big Golden Book of Human Foibles." In that wonderful old reference work, between "Selfies" and "Spandex" you'll find the section called "Self-Serving Rationalization."