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Wednesday, December 12th

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The court directed the state to allow out-of-state retailers to ship wine to Michigan consumers ... Decisions in retail shipping cases pending in Illinois, Missouri.

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-The Fourth Time A Michigan Shipping Law is overturned in Federal Court is a Strong Message to Lawmakers and Victory For Consumers-

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The justices agreed to hear a case challenging Tennessee laws restricting wine retail licenses; some hope it will have far-reaching consequences ... here's the key: The Sixth Circuit cited Granholm as one of the bases for its ruling, stating that because there was an attempt to discriminate in favor of in-state businesses, the law violated the Commerce Clause. The Sixth Circuit's decision stated: "Does scrutiny under the dormant Commerce Clause apply only when an alcoholic-beverages law regulates producers or products? And does the 21st Amendment automatically immunize a state law regarding retailers and wholesalers of alcoholic beverages?" The judgment was no

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"WSWA has always been a staunch supporter of state regulatory authority, we will examine the issues at question in this case and assess the potential for it to impact that authority." "The U.S. beverage alcohol market is the safest, most diverse, competitive and profitable in the world-offering consumers the widest array of products available anywhere. It is made possible because independent state regulators, in partnership with federal counterparts, maintain authority and oversight over their licensees to ensure product integrity and protect consumer safety."

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"As the U.S. Supreme Court reviews the length of Tennessee's residency requirement for licensed retailers and wholesalers, NBWA will continue to support and defend the independent beer distribution system which works so well for so many. Central to this efficient and effective system is the proven state regulatory framework under which everyone benefits. As the Supreme Court has said in previous cases, 'The three tier system is unquestionably legitimate,' and we look forward to the Court reaffirming that principle."

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- Company offers a fully-integrated sales and distribution operation now serving grocery and convenience stores, as well as retail customers -

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In an eleventh-hour breakthrough that may have saved the North American Free Trade Agreement, the Trump administration and top Canadian officials came to terms late Sunday on a deal - opening the way for the United States, Canada and Mexico to sign a renewed trade pact at the end of November

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The Senate has no intention of taking up the bill, which is projected to add more than $600 billion to the debt by the end of the next decade and much more beyond that. But House Republicans moved the measure Friday, five weeks ahead of midterm elections that will decide control of Congress, in an effort to refocus attention on Trump's top legislative accomplishment - as well as to put Democrats in the position of voting against giving permanent tax cuts to individuals at all income levels.

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Domaine Serene Vineyards and Winery has been using the Monogram name to label one of its premium wines since 2006, 11 years before J. Rieger & Co. began labeling some of its whiskeys under the Monogram brand name in 2017, according to the lawsuit filed Thursday in Multnomah County Circuit Court.

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So the fact that Moore has been able to keep her secret so effectively for five years is probably a testament to how outlandish it sounds: Even if you heard it, you might not believe it

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How does a company develop a private label line of wine that can supply more than 1,000 stores with a consistently available product at good quality? I reached out to Nichole Simpson, who carries the rather unromantic title of senior adult beverage buyer for Walmart at the company's headquarters in Bentonville, Ark., to ask her secrets.

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Oregon wineries seek conjunctive labeling, a protective measure taken by other wine regions

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The sale would strengthen GCF's Bordeaux assets, adding six properties: Domaine de l'Etalon D'Argent (6 hectares in the Bordeaux appellation), Châteaux Haut Fourat (16 hectares in Bordeaux), Le Bocage (18 hectares in Bordeaux Supérieur), Côtes de Rol (3 hectares in Saint-Émilion Grand Cru) and Timberlay (110 hectares in Bordeaux Supérieur). The properties total 153 ha of vines, mainly Terra Vitis certified, except for Château Côtes de Rol.

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Anecdotally, businesses who cater to both locals and tourists have seen drops of 15% to 20% since the wildfires a year ago. Those who cater mainly to tourists have seen an even greater drop in business of around 30%. Researchers at the Wine Business Institute of Sonoma State University have undertaken more rigorous study and quantified analysis of the wildfires' impact on tourism.

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ars will not be allowed to stay open later in San Francisco and Oakland after Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill Friday that would have extended last call for alcohol until 4 a.m

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Nearly a year after the fires, the grief for those who lost loved ones is still raw and unsettling. Where thousands across the North Bay lost homes - more than 5,300 were destroyed in Sonoma County alone - the deepest blow came to family and friends of the 40 people who died across Wine Country in the fires.

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in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee

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The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's description of its proposal for eastern Sierra water is that it may have to "reduce deliveries" to ranchland. In twisted wording that Orwell would be proud of, this leaves the impression that DWP somehow "delivers" water to the Sierras, when in reality Los Angeles takes water from that region.

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A college in East Sussex is offering students the chance to study for a degree in wine production.

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On October 1, American Airlines is increasing prices for beer, wine and liquor by $1, according to USA Today.

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A brash, jet-setting Napa Valley winemaker is crashing Oregon's pinot party, and the hosts aren't wild about his table manners. It's Joseph "Joe" Wagner of Copper Cane Wines & Provisions versus the Oregon Winegrowers Association, and their battle over allegedly deceptive wine labels is at a boiling point.

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Painter Creek will be making its debut by offering tasting room tours and the initial release of their wines and ciders at Cider Fest on Oct. 6 and 7 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. They hope to hold the official opening soon after, a date to be determined based on licensing.

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The Sierra Sun Times, the only daily updated online newspaper in Mariposa county, a major table grape plant area in Central California, reported the huge declines Saturday with the newest data released by the California Farm Bureau Federation last week.

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One fugitive cow made a run for it in northern California Friday afternoon, video from KCRA shows. It all started with a crash in the southbound lanes of California 99 just before 4 p.m., the Stockton Record reported.

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Danica Geoffrey, operations manager of Church and State winery's Brentwood Bay location on Vancouver Island, tells NEWS 1130 the recall came after admonishing social media posts. This particular label is one of about 300 the company uses for the Lost Inhibitions. Geoffrey says had it been up to her, it would have never passed, and that she had to hunt down the locations which sold the wine with the label

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The GGSA will honor Grant Davis, general manager of the Sonoma County Water Agency, for managing our county's water sources while also protecting salmon habitat in local rivers and creeks

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In its announcement, the Justice Department stated that by signing California's Senate Bill 822 into law, the state is "attempting to subvert the Federal Government's deregulatory approach by imposing burdensome state regulations on the free Internet, which is unlawful and anti-consumer."

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The talented 14 Hands winemaker got into the wine business, appropriately enough, as hands-on harvest help.

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Originally from England, Jim Close moved to California in 2000 to learn more about winemaking. He met Tom in 2003 and crafted the first vintage of Gamble in 2005-he's made the wines ever since. I visited the winery in Oakville to speak with Jim about his career, the changes he's seen in Napa over the last decade and what terroir really means

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Dorothy J. Gaiter & John Brecher: Today we have at the Grape Collective, the formidable Richard Sanford, who is a pioneer. He was the first person to plant Pinot Noir in what is now the Sta. Rita Hills appellation in Santa Barbara. He basically put that grape on the map with his partner at the time, Michael Benedict. And you became the first winemaker from Santa Barbara to be inducted into the Vintners Hall of Fame

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A court ruling could see the whole of the US embrace interstate wine-buying by 2020.

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It took almost two years of work and fundraising to get her prototype, and the result is HaloVino, a glass made of number 5 plastic that is stackable, recyclable and dishwasher-safe. They're also BPA-free

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Andrew Jefford meets two pioneers of international varieties in northern Catalonia

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A pinot noir, a fumé blanc and a sparkling wine won the coveted sweepstakes awards Sunday night at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair Awards Night gala

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The owners of Caymus Vineyards say sales and followers have gone up since their "Caymus bottle" was mentioned in Carey's buzzy kiss-off anthem, "GTFO." The song, which is expected to be included on Carey's as-yet-untitled 15th studio album, is a tale of a lover spurned, with the singer crooning the lyrics:

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As modern American winemaking veers away from heavy oak influence, it's become more important to understand the available options for aging wine

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An increasing number of wine growers, including some of the world's most revered, are adopting the even more demanding protocols of biodynamic viticulture. Wine writer and biodynamic specialist Monty Waldin estimated that last year almost 5% of all the world's vineyards were certified either organic or biodynamic

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Tim Berners-Lee will launch, Inrupt, a startup that he has been building, in stealth mode, for the past nine months. Backed by Glasswing Ventures, its mission is to turbocharge a broader movement afoot, among developers around the world, to decentralize the web and take back power from the forces that have profited from centralizing it

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Winemaking itself is an ancient practice, but innovation in product production and resource preservation is crucial as seasons and temperatures shift at a more rapid clip than ever

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After a week of deliberations in the city of Incheon, the researchers' new report is likely to say that keeping below this limit will require urgent and dramatic action from governments and individuals alike.

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Last month, deep in a 500-page environmental impact statement, the Trump administration made a startling assumption: On its current course, the planet will warm a disastrous 7 degrees by the end of this century. A rise of 7 degrees Fahrenheit, or about 4 degrees Celsius, compared with preindustrial levels would be catastrophic, according to scientists. Many coral reefs would dissolve in increasingly acidic oceans. Parts of Manhattan and Miami would be underwater without costly coastal defenses. Extreme heat waves would routinely smother large parts of the globe