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Thursday, July 19th

07/03/18

Mandatory evacuations have been ordered for areas north of Highway 128 in Yolo County, south of County Road 23, east of Berryessa Knoxville Road, west of County Road 89 and south of the community of Esparto. However, agricultural equipment will be permitted, and for residential areas served by Highway 128 between Monticello Dam and Pleasant Valley Road

07/03/18

Growers are keeping an anxious eye on two large fires in Wine Country.

07/03/18

Treasury Wine Estates also announced other new Penfolds bottlings: Lot. 990, a brandy available immediately; Lot. 518, a spirited wine to be released in September; and a Champagne to be released in 2019

07/03/18

Sparkman Cellars and DeLille Cellars made what one described as a "game changing" move to set up shop in a vacant brewery once operated by Redhook. ... Sparkman and DeLille also joined forces with Seattle's iconic Teatro Zinzanni circus-acrobatic dinner theatre, and an as-yet-unnamed restaurant entity in transforming the former brewery into a state-of-the-art wine and food venue

07/03/18

Wine Australia and the National Wine and Grape Industry Centre (NWGIC) have signed a $9 million co-investment research, development and extension (RD&E) agreement to develop new technologies and provide practical information to growers and winemakers to increase profitability and competitiveness, as well as improve environmental sustainability

07/03/18

Winemaker and businessman Marcello Casella, whose family business Casella Family Brands is worth $1.5 billion, has plead guilty to concealing a marijuana crop of almost 3000 plants, after initially entering a plea of not guilty at the beginning of the trial

07/03/18

California's new internet privacy law, deemed one of the strictest so far in the United States, could result in a business strategy which offers discounts in exchange for user data

07/03/18

Beverage companies have recently been placed on the defensive by state and local lawmakers seeking sanctions to reduce the impact of sugary soda drinks on public health. And half of the eight cities nationwide that have imposed new taxes (including San Francisco, Oakland, and Berkeley) to reduce consumption and offset the alleged public costs of soda consumption are in California, with four more cities pursuing soda taxes this year

07/03/18

The House of Representatives was expected to attempt again this week to pass immigration legislation that includes provisions on border security, a program for agricultural employees, the mandatory electronic employment verification system known as E-Verify, and that prevents separation of families at the border.

07/03/18

Founders Matt Elsen and Bob Liner will continue working with the wholesale fine wine division of Wilson Daniels, while leading the existing Galaxy team.

07/03/18

The threat from French authorities to deport two Japanese winemakers is causing a stir in France, where a petition calling for them to be able to remain living and working in France has rapidly gained more than 20,000 signatures

07/03/18

Farmer Ben DuVal of Tulelake, who serves as president of the Modoc County Farm Bureau, said the late announcement by the bureau makes it impossible for farmers to plan and be able to make decisions for their businesses.

07/03/18

Americans are increasingly curious about our food. We want to know what's in our food and how it is produced. We are interested in the latest food and dietary trends. Current consumer behavior presents an opportunity for those involved in agriculture, and we need to act on it.

07/03/18

Organizers for WAVEx, a condensed version of the acclaimed Washington Advancements in Viticulture and Enology (WAVE) research seminar series, have opened registration for Wednesday, July 11 at Chateau Ste. Michelle theater in Woodinville. Cost is $30, and the half-day, WAVEx-Woodinville presentations will explore how to take wine quality to the next level through the theme Making Better Wine through Chemistry.

07/03/18

What nobody is talking about, yet, is the possibility of the US slapping a tariff on EU wine. If that happens, one major importer says the biggest impact will be on by-the-glass wines in US restaurants: you'll see European wines of lower quality, and more wines from outside the EU. But all European wines, other than the most expensive and highly sought, will be affected.

07/03/18

Smoke from the Yolo County fire was contributing to poor air quality in Napa, Sonoma, San Mateo and San Francisco counties.

07/03/18

Californians will vote in November on whether the state should move toward stopping the twice-yearly process of changing the clocks

07/03/18

The Oregon Agricultural Heritage Commission is seeking $10 million in state funding to cover grants for farmland conservation, preservation and easements across the state.

07/03/18

Western Washingon drought developing

07/03/18

The president has sought to renegotiate NAFTA to encourage manufacturers to invest more in America.

07/03/18

Farm groups are pleased with the Senate's passage of a farm bill and say they will continue to advocate for improvements through the conference process.

07/03/18

Wine is truly an individual experience. Try following up a mediocre Sauternes with a great Grand Cru Chablis, or place a 15-year-old cab next to a 2014, both equal rated and with same initial price. I'm guessing more than 75 percent would pick the Sauternes and the 2014 because the flavor would be familiar ...

07/03/18

"This volume of wine exerts a strong downward force on the tank floor," reads the suit. "To prevent the floor from buckling, deforming or collapsing entirely, structural material needs to be installed underneath the floor, inside the skirt, to support the weight of the wine."

07/03/18

Under the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018, any company with at least $25 million in annual revenue or 50,000 customers in California - or any company that derives at least 50 percent of its revenue from selling data - must also start telling people what data they are collecting about them. Companies must stop selling the data to third parties if customers ask them to, and also delete personal data altogether on request

07/03/18

The online review site Yelp doesn't have to take down a posting that a judge has found to be libelous - an angry client's denunciation of a San Francisco lawyer and her firm - because federal law shields internet service providers from liability for statements posted by others, a divided California Supreme Court ruled Monday

07/03/18

Most pink wines are made for immediate drinking, but don't ignore those that blossom in the bottle

07/03/18

The name C0comero literally translates to watermelon in Italian, which is very fitting because it's one of the rosé's most prominent tasting notes

07/03/18

Producers in California are helping to broaden the Rosé category ... Though pale pink still rules, the latest crop of US rosés offers complexity, and the wines are no less refreshing, giving drinkers more alternatives

07/03/18

Almost a decade later, about 9 percent of Kokomo's production is now devoted to rosé, and the winery even has a separate wine club devoted to the style. What Kokomo experienced has now proved true across the entire U.S. wine marketplace: Rosé is on the rise.

07/03/18

Wine-inspired beer is a relatively new trend-extending even beyond rosé and into the Champagne category with sparkling wine-inspired lagers and bone-dry brut IPAs. Cider is already closer in nature to wine, by virtue of it being fermented fruit juice, but what's new is the use of specific cider apples and ingredients such as hibiscus flowers, rose hips, and orange peel to capture a flavor and appearance more purposely akin to wine

07/03/18

Some want to do away with tipping, while others fight to protect it; federal and state legislators are eyeing it. Where are we now, and how did we get here?

07/03/18

Caffeine is probably not responsible for the healthful effects of coffee ... "At this point, the study provides reassurance to coffee drinkers, not guidance. The results don't indicate that people should begin drinking coffee for its health benefits."

07/03/18

If climate change was an urgent problem in 1988, it's now an emergency

07/03/18

A Coachella Valley farm labor contractor was ordered to pay nearly $647,000 in back wages Monday to more than 1,300 farm workers who did not receive their final paychecks on time

07/03/18

The local water agencies that stand to benefit from California's WaterFix tunnels project have formed a new joint powers authority to oversee construction. Here's a look at how that will work.

07/03/18

French cooperative group InVivo will use 1 billion euros expected from the sale of its animal nutrition business to Archer Daniels Midland to step up investment in new farming techniques and support acquisitions in wine

07/03/18

Compared with spicy French or bombastic American oak, acacia's contribution is mostly textural

07/03/18

Accountancy watchdog the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) is investigating KPMG's audit of former Bargain Booze owner Conviviality, which went into administration in April.

07/03/18

The Aug. 25 performance by Grammy Award-winning blues men Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite will be the final concert staged at Maryhill Winery's 4,000-seat amphitheater, set with the Columbia River as a picturesque backdrop

07/03/18

Her aim is to develop a way to use spectroscopy to characterise a bottle of wine. The challenge is formidable, as "wine is second only to blood in its complexity" because it consists of around 85 percent to 87 percent water and 12 percent to 14 percent ethanol

07/03/18

"It always amazed me that Americans had no idea their Founding Fathers drank more Madeira than any other wine," says Michael Broadbent ...