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05/31/18

When does a bad customer review become harassment? For Layla Farucci, who owns the Charter Oaks winery and art studio in California's Napa Valley, that line was crossed many reviews ago. That's because she thinks the thumb's downs are from one person using different aliases.

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Dr. Tom Collins, assistant professor of grape and wine chemistry at Washington State University, will chair the 2019 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium Program Development Committee, a position he previously held in 2015 and 2016. Nichola Hall of Scott Laboratories will serve as the program committee's vice chair, a newly added position.

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U.S. trade official requests WTO intercede in dispute concerning wines sold in grocery stores

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In just one week the June 5 primary elections will be held, and each municipality will have its issues to decide. Next door in Napa County, voters will go to the polls to decide once again on the future of the wine industry in what has become the most valuable grape-growing region in the country, if not the world

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Champagne has been hit by another bout of bad weather with hailstorms reported to have damaged nearly 2,000 hectares of vines - with 3% of vineyards in the Champagne AOC completely destroyed.

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The Wine Spectator Learning Center is now open at Sonoma State University, and Ray Johnson, Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute, updates how last night's grand opening went, the new wine MBA program that will be offered in the fall at SSU, the ways the center's new program is different than many across the country, how these new courses will help develop the future of the wine industry, and how popular this program has been with potential students:

05/31/18

Canadian winery Okanagan Crush Pad has acquired a large, 50 acre, vineyard parcel in the Oliver sub-region of the Okanagan Valley. The Secrest Mountain Vineyard as it is known has been farmed under license by the winery since 2010 and is soon to receive organic certification.

05/31/18

The degree of frost damage depends on various factors, including how cold the tissue got and whether there was bare ground to absorb and hold the daytime heat.

05/31/18

Sen. Jeff Merkley, who serves as the top Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture....

05/31/18

Senators voted 24-11 in favor of the measure, SB 894, by Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, which would aid fire victims who find themselves severely underinsured as they attempt to rebuild. The bill would apply retroactively to July 1, 2017 to benefit the almost 6,200 North Bay homes lost in last year's wildfires.

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You don't need a ticket to the dance to step out in style at the big charity auction.

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After one too many pricey bills for specialized repairs, Atascadero winemaker Fintan "Fin" du Fresne decided to open a new business aimed at helping Central Coast wineries with local repairs and maintenance. Du Fresne, winemaker and general manager at Chamisal Vineyards and Malene Wines in San Luis Obispo, launched Winery Mechanical Systems on May 25. The Atascadero-based company is the Central Coast's first provider of comprehensive, winery-specific repair and maintenance solutions, he said.

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This spring marks the 15th anniversary of Walla Walla Community College's enology and viticulture program, from which 280 students have graduated. Of those graduates, 77 are women. When another 23 students graduate on June 16, eight will be women.

05/31/18

A study published by the Prevention Science has found that increased exposure to cannabis as a recreational drug could lead to a decline in sales of beer, wine, and spirits, as well as decreasing cigarette sales. The data showed that in 2004, 4.8% of respondents cited cannabis as the first drug they dabbled in. But by 2014, when recreational cannabis use was legalised in Colorado and Washington, while dozens of states relaxed their own laws on both medical and recreational use, this number had almost doubled to 8%.

05/31/18

Alternation of Premises for Storage of Tax-Determined and Non-Tax Determined Distilled Spirits, Wine, and Beer

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The sensory and non-sensory contributions to our enjoyment of this beverage are explored from two different perspectives in Neuroenology: How the Brain Creates the Taste of Wine (Columbia University Press, 2017) by Yale neuroscience professor Gordon M. Shepherd and I Taste Red: The Science of Tasting Wine (University of California Press, 2016) by British wine writer, wine judge, and plant biologist Dr. Jamie Goode.

05/31/18

The cost of land in some of the world's most prestigious regions has now separated from the value of the grapes produced. L.M.Archer analyses the situation.

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New $11 million home for the Wine Business Institute will help train the future leaders of the wine industry

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Cannabis legalization is rapidly spreading across the United States. Nine states have legalized adult-use cannabis, i.e., recreational, and Michigan, which will likely have legalization on the ballot this November, is poised to become the 10th

05/31/18

Once mere fodder for California's cheap jug wines, this Rhône grape might be the state's next big thing

05/31/18

Wine Business Strategies Course Offers Immersive Week-Long Residential Intensives in France and California

05/31/18

Dr. Tom Collins, assistant professor of grape and wine chemistry at Washington State University, will chair the 2019 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium Program Development Committee ... Nichola Hall of Scott Laboratories will serve as the program committee's vice chair, a newly added position

05/31/18

Pahlmeyer Winery has released a new Jayson by Pahlmeyer Sauvignon Blanc, adding to the winery's line of wines established by founder Jayson Pahlmeyer in 1992. The Jayson by Pahlmeyer 2017 Sauvignon Blanc will be available in June directly from the winery and in select retail and restaurants nationwide.

05/31/18

Ahead of their headlining performance at BottleRock 2018, The Killers announce an exclusive wine and pop-up experience May 25th - May 27th at RiverHouse by Bespoke Collection in Napa, CA. Produced in partnership with Bravado, the 3-day experience will feature a range of custom labeled wines inspired by the band as well as limited-edition merchandise and apparel.

05/31/18

Common Cider Company, an Auburn, California company has released two new sparkling hard apple cider products: Americana Apple and Pomme Rosé.

05/31/18

Following a successful year of introducing his wine to consumers, Patina Restaurant Group Founder and acclaimed Chef Joachim Splichal announces the launch of two new rosé wines, the 2017 Domaine de Cala Rosé and 2017 Domaine de Cala Prestige Rosé, from his family-owned and operated winery this month.

05/31/18

Pine Ridge Vineyards is pleased to announce the promotion of Colleen FitzGerald to Assistant Winemaker for Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc + Viognier. FitzGerald, who is also the enologist at Pine Ridge Vineyards, will now oversee winemaking for the winery's incredibly popular signature white blend, Chenin Blanc + Viognier.

05/31/18

Wine Grenade, a leading wine technology company based in New Zealand, has partnered with Enartis USA, a premier supplier of winemaking products, analytical services and winery technology, for the exclusive distribution of the Wine Grenade in North America.

05/31/18

Douglas' compact Vantra intermittent motion cartoner provided the ideal solution for a beverage producer to run 4-pack cans into a fully enclosed carton and 6-pack bottles into open corner cartons at speeds up to 50 cpm.

05/31/18

Three crop protection products have been approved for new markets or are being introduced: an herbicide; a fungicide; and a biological fungicide.

05/31/18

When it comes to the mechanization of the fruit industry, and the overall goal of reducing reliance on laborers who will soon become unavailable, we understand your confusion. You want simple answers, but if you get one, be wary. Sure, mechanization is coming. But when? In what form? No one is exactly sure. Orchard design is a huge factor. So is the level of automation. The makeup of skills on harvest crews has to change, but that's still a real wild card.

05/31/18

DOCG should mean better quality than DOC wine but it ain't necessarily so, Tom Hyland discovers.

05/31/18

The Idaho Water Resources Board is accepting applications through June 15 for cost-share grants.

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Women need to identify their strengths and apply those strengths in leadership roles, she said.

05/31/18

Producers of this sleepy dessert wine just released their best vintage in years.

05/31/18

An innovative new short course will give industry professionals access to the best minds from two of the world's greatest wine locations: Adelaide, Australia and Bordeaux, France. The University of Adelaide's Business School and the KEDGE Wine and Spirits Academy in Bordeaux have designed a joint program to share learnings and experiences of the two premier wine regions with the international wine community.

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Winners Selected to Receive Conference Scholarship To SommCon® Washington, D.C., Providing Access to Education and Networking From the Top Minds in the Industry

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The organisers of the London Wine Fair must do something to deal with industry figures who are using the exhibition for meetings even though they haven't taken stands, says Hatch Mansfield MD, Patrick McGrath MW.

05/31/18

With growth and diversification of China's wine market, a panel of industry experts at a Vinexpo China conference noted a growth of smaller wine brands carving out a bigger share in the market, much like the trends seen in the fashion and beauty industries.

05/31/18

The establishment of a new winery and vineyards on the Santorini sub-island of Thirassia is set to mark a new chapter in the production of Santorini assyrtiko.

05/31/18

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has announced its director of UK policy and social responsibility, Carlo Gibbs, will be leaving later this summer. Gibbs, one of the longest serving members of staff at the WSTA, is leaving to take up a new role in the government's department for business energy and industrial strategy.

05/31/18

In Piemonte, informal hybrid shops are redefining where and how visitors drink wine.

05/31/18

As a result of the state's desire to protect its profitability and brand equity, in February of this year the NHLC tried to pass Senate Bill 353, which would have banned out-of-state retail shipments to consumers and it didn't pass. Then in May, in another attempt to reduce interstate shipping, an amendment to House Bill 1626 was introduced at the request of the NHLC that says that the Commission may deny an interstate shipping permit to out-of-state retailers who don't extend reciprocal shipping privileges.

05/31/18

Spirits volume sales increased by 2.2% to 226m cases, while wine grew 1% to 363.7m cases - but this was not enough to offset the decline of beer, which is by far the largest alcohol beverage category in the US.

05/31/18

"Variety Focus" was a UC-Davis Extension symposium that was given over seven years, beginning in 2005, with each year focusing on a different variety.