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Sunday, November 18th

10/30/18

KPIX-TV reported 49-year-old Leon Marcelo Luna died at the scene. The station said Luna's family reported he was working next to the device when a piece of his clothing got caught and pulled him into the machine

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E.&J. Gallo Winery bought 47 of the 115 acres at the plant, across from Modesto Airport in the Beard Industrial District. The company said Monday that it is still studying exactly how to use the Finch Road property for expanded wine operations. They already employ about 3,500 people in Modesto and about 3,000 more elsewhere

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The Constellation Brand-owned producer doubles down on Prosecco, doesn't see sales going flat any time soon

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The WiVi Central Coast Wine Industry Conference & Tradeshow (WiVi) draws winemakers, grape growers, winery owners and managers to network and experience the full range of resources available to them on the Central Coast and beyond. Held at the Paso Robles Event Center, March 13, 2019, the conference includes educational seminars with a regional focus on viticulture, winemaking and DTC/winery marketing addressed by today's top industry leaders. It also includes a tradeshow featuring two rooms packed with companies showcasing new products and innovative tools, professional tastings, networking events and more.

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As a new entity that falls under Thornhill Companies, Miller Family Wine Company includes the management of French Camp Vineyard in Paso Robles, acclaimed national wine brands including J. Wilkes, Ballard Lane, Barrel Burner, and Smashberry, Control Label brands with prominent retailers across the U.S., and the leading regional winery facilities of Central Coast Wine Services and Paso Robles Wine Services

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Delivery Solutions announced today at GroceryShop, that they will lend their SaaS logistics middleware to Total Wine & More to bring same day delivery to Total Wine & More customers within a delivery radius of all US locations. Delivery Solutions' proprietary last mile operations eliminate the challenges associated with alcohol delivery, providing Total Wine & More the ability to execute on their national delivery strategy

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The Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association is estimating nearly 150,000 bottles of wine were illegally shipped into Michigan over a recent three-month period, causing the state to lose out on as much as $25,000 in unpaid taxes? Brett Visner, director of public affairs for the MBWWA, said while the association doesn't know for certain what is in each box shipped into the state, the estimate is based on the International Wines and Spirits Record 2018 e-commerce report, which said between 60 to 70 percent of online alcoholic beverage transactions are for wine?

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Specifically, between 2008 and 2018, MarcoWine, LLC engaged in consignment sales of wine to a trade buyer that was not obligated to pay for the wine until after it had been sold to retailers. Consignment sales arrangements, like other unlawful trade practices, are used to gain an unfair advantage over law-abiding industry members and ultimately limit consumer choice

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The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Foreign Labor Certification said that the number of H-2A workers certified in fiscal year 2018 (October 2017 through September 2018) totaled 242,762 positions, up 21% from 200,649 positions certified in fiscal year 2017 and 47% higher than 165,741 positions certified in fiscal year 2016

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This summer, lawmakers made another attempt to pass legislation aimed at bringing some certainty to a very uncertain agriculture labor situation. But, as of this posting, that goal seems elusive, dividing some agricultural groups to favor or oppose the Ag and Legal Workforce Act (H.R. 6417). The legislation would replace the current H-2A visa with an H-2C visa, which is less costly and has reduced regulatory red tape.

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This would be the most dramatic move yet in Trump's hardline immigration campaign, this time targeting "anchor babies" and "chain migration." And it will set off another stand-off with the courts, as Trump's power to do this through executive action is debatable to say the least

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Lyft, Patagonia, Levi Strauss & Co. and hundreds of other companies have joined the nonpartisan Time to Vote campaign ahead of Nov. 6's election.

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The U.S. has hit $250 billion in Chinese goods and Beijing has retaliated with tariffs on $110 worth of U.S. exports, hitting American soybean, sorghum, corn, wheat, cotton, dairy and pork producers. This has led to China, the world's second-largest economy, largely pulling out of the market for U.S. agriculture goods. China had traditionally been the largest purchaser of these goods prior to the tariffs, according to Reuters.

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Offerings from each of Crimson Wine Group's seven wineries will be served including Pine Ridge Vineyards, Seghesio Family Vineyards, Chamisal Vineyards, and Malene Wines of California; Seven Hills Winery and Double Canyon of Washington; and Archery Summit Winery of Oregon.

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After two years of replicated trials on green ripe open field tomatoes, Tome Martin-Duvall of Caltech Ag concludes, "...heat will do as good of a job of insect control as the grower standard treatments for both whitefly and thrips control and in the case of a population explosion, heat-treatments can reduce the population better than the grower standard over time."

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The Monday afternoon incident was logged from an area winery

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Checks for pesticide residue are done every year at random and are mandatory for all VinNatur members. The analysis, looking for 211 predefined active elements, is carried out by an external laboratory in Verona and the costs are borne by the Association.

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Division Winemaking Company's (DWC) founders Kate Norris and Tom Monroe are thrilled to release nine new stellar selections, perfect for the upcoming holiday season. Impress your family and friends around the holiday table with these perfect for the season wines, from DWC "classics" to brand new varietals.

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With previous winners including Sarah Jane Evans MW and Isabelle Legeron MW, the award aims to celebrate and nurture a WSET Diploma graduate who is notably contributing to the industry. The nominees have been chosen by the WSET International Alumni Advisory Board and Jancis Robinson MW. Diploma graduates across WSET's global network are invited to vote for who they think should win this industry honour. WSET alumni have received an email explaining how they can cast their vote.

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What happens when you rein in a wine world-famous for its intensity?

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The inaugural Dream Big Dinner, Auction & Concert lived up to its name last Friday night, raising more than $100,000 for Dream Big Darling-a new nonprofit whose mission is to foster the success of women in the wine and spirits industry through mentorship, education, life enhancement and professional retreats.

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Lawsuits among the many risks facing marijuana businesses licensed by states but still violating federal law.

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Continued economic growth may depend even more on consumer spending.

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Today, Robin and Andréa McBride own McBride Sisters Wine, the largest black-owned wine company. Both sisters were raised in wine country and had long been passionate about wine. McBride Sisters Wine produces and distributes super premium wine grown in California and New Zealand. The company opened for business in 2010 in Oakland, Calif. The dynamic duo was revved up and ready to go. But there were considerable challenges, including startup capital and access to key gatekeepers in the wine industry.

10/30/18

The global fine wine and spirits market has witnessed an uprise in the changing times. Factors such as urbanization, dynamic lifestyles, and the demand for fine wine have contributed significantly towards the expansion of the beverage industry. As a result, fine wine and spirits manufacturers have been compelled to maintain similar prices across the value chain to sustain in the market. Moreover, businesses need to be extremely innovative in terms of price optimization strategies to become market leaders.

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"Due to the new restrictive noise ordinance enacted by the town of McCordsville, along with constraints and difficulties with other issues presented by the town council, it is in the best interest of the Daniel's Vineyard to close our current location of the tasting room to the public and explore other locations," co-owner Daniel Cook said in a news release.

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Slow and Steady Growing Season Brings Excellent Quality Across the State

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After four years of average wine productions, Romania is expected to produce 21% more wine this year compared to 2017

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Certain wineries are taking the plunge to create their own appellations exclusive only to them.

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Rodgers is executive chairman of WaterBit, a San Jose-based startup that is using technology such as sensors and miniature solar panels so that farmers can better control the amount of water their crops need based on factors such as the crop itself, the type of soil involved and a plant's stage in its life

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But what about Chardonnay? Fashionable in the 1980s, Chardonnay has been the butt of jokes for two and a half decades. It has developed a reputation for having strong and unsubtle flavors of oak and butter; a reputation for pairing poorly with food; a reputation for being the sort of thing your mom drinks

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Capturing the most intimate moments of despair and heroism during the 2017 wildfires, celebrity chef Tyler Florence's 'Uncrushable' looks unflinchingly at a cross-section of Sonoma and Napa disaster survivors bonded by loss.

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Here are some of the new producers we discovered in our tastings in 2018, as well as a few established growers who surprised us with their latest releases. Watch for these 14 names in the year ahead