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10/10/18

Ray Signorello was all smiles Tuesday, a year and one day after his family's winery burned to the ground during last year's devastating October fires. Two years from now, Signorello and his team plan to open a brand new facility among the estate vineyards spared during the blaze that started during the night of Oct. 8, 2017.

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The master sommelier examination has often been called "the hardest test you've never heard of." Since its inception in 1969, just 274 people have passed the grueling exam, which involves years, sometimes even decades, of preparation. For a wine service professional, it is the crowning achievement of a career. This year, 24 people passed the test, earning the right to add the coveted "MS" suffix to their names

10/10/18

The Board of Directors of the Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas unanimously voted to invalidate the results of the tasting portion of the 2018 Master Sommelier Diploma Examination for all candidates due to clear evidence that a Master breached the confidentiality with respect to the wines presented for tasting.

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Nicolas DeMeyer, 41, was scheduled to plead guilty before a Manhattan federal judge to stealing $1.2 million worth of rare wines from wealthy financier David Solomon, who has since become the CEO of Goldman Sachs. DeMayer had been working as Solomon's household assistant, helping to shuttle the Wall Streeter's vintage vino from Manhattan to his massive wine cellar in East Hampton when he concocted a scheme to steal as many of 500 bottles

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U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley is leading a letter with Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden and Reps. Earl Blumenauer, Suzanne Bonamici, Peter DeFazio and Kurt Schrader asking the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau to investigate a California winery "that may be misleading consumers by using labels inferring that their wine originates from Oregon-deceptive practices that are unfair to the Oregon wine industry and consumers"

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As of early Wednesday morning, Michael is a major Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 140 mph. The storm is centered roughly 130 miles southwest of Apalachicola, Florida and is moving north at about 13 mph.

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Sales are up, wine tourists are increasing, new international markets are being tapped into, Rioja is on a roll right now. But what's behind the sudden increase? Is it the changes in regulations governing barrel ageing? Single vineyard wines? Using almost extinct grape varieties? They all help for sure, in streamlining and clarifying Rioja's message to the world but when it comes down to making a major impact on a targeted mainstream wine consumer you have to doff your cap to the marketing team at Rioja's governing body, the Consejo Regulador, for sponsoring a Love Island-style US reality TV show

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"Each of our brands offers something unique and appealing to a targeted group of consumers. The wine world is far from one size fits all, so we pride ourselves on offering a range of thoughtful and innovative products that people will love," says Mark Lansley, Broadland's chairman and CEO. "The US market presents us a prime opportunity to fill the needs of a vibrant and diverse consumer base."

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They have to get a waiver from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services saying that because of the theft, they can source the grapes from elsewhere. But the whole situation is very time sensitive.

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Southeastern Wine Symposium to feature keynote by executive director of Ontario VQA

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The Seneca Lake Wine Trail has selected Brittany Gibson as its new executive director after an extensive search. Gibson is a Dundee native and a graduate of Ithaca College.

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Wine and beer crossovers defy convention. How are they being marketed to younger drinkers?

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the two researchers' work suggests at least three ways in which bacterial wilt might be tackled. One is to apply TRM1 itself to the soil, if it can be cultured in sufficient quantities. The second is to apply the stimulating chemicals to soil, once they have been identified. The third is to tweak the DNA of vulnerable strains of crop to produce the stimulating chemicals directly.

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Newton Vineyard takes part in the Journées Particulières, a bi-annual event by the French luxury group LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, created in 2011 at the initiative of Antoine Arnault. This year's edition of Les Journées Particulières will run from October 12th to 14th, welcoming the public on four continents, and stretching to the United States for the first time.

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Three elevated tasting experiences allow guests of BOTTAIA Winery to explore the brand's twelve single-varietal wines and eight blends, all estate grown using sustainable viticulture and winemaking techniques.

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Effective immediately, the company will offer U.S. and international beverage alcohol companies a model to build their export business to Europe, with other world regions to follow.

10/10/18

Wine grapes with roots in antiquity are becoming part of an ideological identity struggle: Are these heirloom varieties Israeli or Palestinian?

10/10/18

Santa Rosa-based Exchange Bank has announced it has signed an agreement to purchase the trust department of First Northern Bank, based in the Solano County community of Dixon, about 25 west of Sacramento.

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bourbonization has been a palpable US phenomenon since 2014. That was when the first red wines aged in whiskey barrels hit the market, led by examples like the Pernod Ricard's 2012 Jacob's Creek Double Barrel Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.

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A civil engineer-turned-wine expert, McCoy hosts casual wine-pairing dinners around the world that are informative, inclusive, and snob-free.

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Santa Monica gets a sleek iteration of one of Southern California's most beloved institutions.

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and the effect is enhanced when a winery perceives significant pressure from competitors. The study also found wineries that did not feel as much competitive pressure were more likely to adopt new sustainability practices.

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Genetic engineering could change the viticultural landscape

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Canada is Australia's fourth biggest export destination by volume and value, and the latest export figures show some positive outcomes for the Australian grape and wine community. In 2017-18, the volume of Australian exports to Canada increased by 11 per cent to 7.6 million cases and value increased by 7 per cent to $199 million.

10/10/18

Far too often derided as a drink for grandmothers, Margaret Rand builds the ultimate case of Sherry.

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as the UN shares a sweeping report that warns that by 2040 the earth's temperature could rise by as much as 2 Celsius degrees

10/10/18

Think you know the "Champagne of Beers?" Think again. American producers are taking inspiration from sparkling wine to create unique brut-style brews.

10/10/18

Glassmakers and wine experts weigh in on glassware design and the sensory perception of wine