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10/08/18

The Czech Republic excels with "light to medium bodied aromatic white wine varietals" and has begun to establish an appellation system; called VOC (Vina Originalni Certifikase), where each region has identified the main varietals they produce. Some delicious light-bodied red wines made from Pinot Noir, Zweigelt and other varieties are also made, and perhaps the most unique is a grape variety called "Andre." The country is divided into two wine-growing regions: Bohemia, which is smaller and located in the north of the country closer to Prague; and Moravia, in the south near the Austrian border.

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The vines were very balanced this year with extremely healthy canopies ... Over the past few years, the vines have struggled with the drought, so harvest yields have been slightly lower on average. Now that the water tables are filled, the vines are "happy" and "really showing what they can do."

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The WISE Cabinet kicked off Wednesday, September 19 with a wine sales tip post on its four social media pages: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram. WISE trainers deliver their curriculum to wine industry professionals in Northern and Central Coast California, Oregon, Washington, New York, New Zealand, Canada and beyond. But the categories and classes offered through WISE Cabinet are directed solely at Northern California winery owners, executives and managers (other wine regions will be brought into the program later). Relevant formal higher education content is part of the WISE offering through a collaboration with Harvard Business School.

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"We obviously harmed some relationships up there because of this," Copper Cane''s Joe Wagner said. He said he will require all growers to hold crop insurance. "If that means an increase in the cost of the fruit, that's fine with me." ... "One of the things that draws questions among Lake County growers is that Constellation used their own labs to do these analyses," Lake County Winegrape Commission chair David Weiss said. "Far be it from me to say whether the results were right or wrong, but growers were using third-party commercial labs." ... LCWC president Debra Sommerfield stressed "growers and wineries are working together on this issue."

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Hilda Jones from Abacela Vineyards and several other local vineyards said their grapes are not showing smoke taint so far, but they aren't as concerned about it because the smoke this year was less than last year."

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The new permit the Planning Commission approved last week allows Davis Estate Winery to boost production from 30,000 gallons to 100,000 gallons a year and expand its cave area by 10,820 square feet, to 24,170 square feet. It also allows the expansion of the parking lot from 14 spots to 31 striped spaces and another 45 overflow spaces; and increase staff from five full-time employees to 25. A left-hand turn lane is planned on the Silverado Trail to guide vehicles onto the property.

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Christopher Thornber, founding partner of Beacon Economics, projected Sonoma County would approve 2,500 to 2,600 building permits in 2018, a "fantastic" figure, he said, that represented "a giant surge" in construction

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To be sure, permitting delays, construction labor shortages and price increases for building materials all factor into rebuilding timelines. Insurance payouts, however, are pivotal in determining whether people have enough money to build a new home after a disaster. One year after the fierce wildfires, fewer than 50 homes of the more than 5,300 destroyed in the county have been fully rebuilt. Insurers' delays in paying homeowners' claims are the main reason

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Napa County is coming back, but it still has a ways to go. Meanwhile, the county and state are trying to better prepare for the next time that all hell breaks loose.

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According to Secret Witness, the shooter was identified as 24-year-old Mariano Perez. Perez was ultimately arrested. Perez was tried for murder; however, the jury trial was declared a mistrial after the jury was unable to reach a verdict. Authorities believe there were other persons involved in Dulcich's murder and the investigation continues.

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Use of commercially produced AM fungal inoculants, known as fungal biofertilizers, is growing in viticulture, but remains untested under field conditions. Here we discuss factors that will affect the performance of fungal biofertilizers, and discuss scenarios where they may be more, and less, advantageous

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They found much to tell the world about when it comes to the Valley and local wine culture.

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Vertical expects to employ between 500 and 550 workers once the 29-acre campus is at full operations.

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The light and airy dining space reveals the mindful, sophisticated design of renowned Napa Valley architect Howard Backen

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Water woes aren't the only concern. Natalia Badan, owner of Mogor Badan and a pioneer in organic farming in the region, worries the added tourism will rob her home of its rustic charm. The challenge is to avoid becoming "too commercial, too superficial."

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Southern Oregon is important in terms of volume (at 22%, it is second only to Willamette), and the quality of its wines is up. This makes it an extremely attractive perch for displaced vintners or, as Willamette-based winemaker Brianne Day puts it, those seeking to explore "Oregon beyond Pinot Noir."

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almost doubling in size and promising a schedule that includes new events and "unequalled" networking opportunities