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10/31/18

St. Francis Winery and Vineyards now owns nearly 500 acres of planted vineyards in Sonoma County. The company also owns three other estate vineyards in Sonoma County - one in the Russian River Valley and two others in the Sonoma Valley. "This acquisition will assist in further solidifying the platform for our future growth opportunities. We look forward to continuing to invest in Sonoma County."

10/31/18

Edwards has elevated associate winemaker Heidi von der Mehden to the position of winemaker. Von der Mehden has spent three years making wine alongside Edwards. "I've come to realize that my role is now to support and inspire those who will follow me in this industry," said Edwards, 71.

10/31/18

"Finally, a president willing to take on this absurd policy of birthright citizenship. I've always supported comprehensive immigration reform - and at the same time - the elimination of birthright citizenship," Graham said in a string of tweets.

10/31/18

In a panel discussion on the rapidly changing landscape of cannabis legalization, Council Senior Vice President of Government Relations Mark Gorman stated, "Each of the nine states that has legalized cannabis since 2012 has declared they want to tax and regulate it just like alcohol. As they write their laws and regulations, we want them to know what that looks like." He added, "They need to calculate tax rates that are comparable to what distilled spirits consumers pay on a per serving basis. They have to regulate product safety and retail sales like they do for alcohol products. And, they absolutely must enforce traffic safety laws for all impaired drivers, by developing accurate roadside tests for drug intoxication and testing all traffic fatalities for marijuana just like they do now for alcohol."

10/31/18

Last May the California Supreme Court embraced a standard that presumes all workers are employees instead of independent contractors, and places the burden on the employer classifying an individual as an independent contractor to establish such classification is proper under a newly adopted "ABC" test. Last week an appeals court ruled that the ABC test applies only to claims brought under Industrial Welfare Commission ("IWC") Wage Orders ...

10/31/18

herbicide drift has hit most vineyards in St George affecting new leaf growth and young vines. Local table grape grower and agricultural consultant Peter Haslem said he had been growing grapes for 18 years and this was the first time 2,4-D drift had affected their table grapes. "All the new leaves for the past month are severely distorted and showing no signs of growing out of it," he said. "The source is unknown but (it's) most likely drift from fallow weed spraying during an inversion layer or windy conditions some time in the first three weeks of September."

10/31/18

young adults aged between 24 and 29 were generational leaders in reducing alcohol intake, citing lifestyle reasons such as work, education and family as their main influencers for change. Researchers analysed 12 years of data from the National Drug Strategy Household Survey, which included almost 120,000 participants. The data was collected in four stages, looking at the drinking habits of Australians in the previous 12 months

10/31/18

You can buy a wine-tasting passport on your phone for use at any of the 50 or so Santa Cruz Mountain wineries.

10/31/18

The matter involves a challenge to a Section 13269 waiver of waste discharge requirements for irrigated agricultural land. The plaintiffs allege the waiver did not meet Water Code requirements and state water policies

10/31/18

A U.S. Federal Court in Seattle, Wash., has issued a ruling that is intended to protect salmon and steelhead trout in the Columbia River basin from rising water temperatures.

10/31/18

An offer last week by the San Diego County Water Authority board chairman to settle a host of litigation with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California was not well received by water officials to the north

10/31/18

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that the percentage of Americans consuming alcohol annually increased from 65.4 percent in 2001-2002 to 72.7 percent in 2012-2013. The number of people who reported alcohol use disorder, a disease characterized by excessive alcohol intake, was up by almost 50 percent. Those who have started drinking more are women, older adults, minorities, the less educated, and people with low incomes.

10/31/18

Natural wine is enjoying a surge in popularity thanks to consumer interest in health and wellbeing, according to one expert behind a dedicated online shop

10/31/18

The $8.9 billion bond measure on the November 6 ballot covers a lot of ground on water issues. It also promises big money for a few projects that some experts and voters find unpalatable.

10/31/18

As baby boomers steadily advance into retirement, how are they doing in terms of saving for it compared to previous generations of retirees? In a phrase, not so well

10/31/18

Economic growth is up, unemployment is back to pre-recession levels, jobs are abundant and the current bull market is almost a decade old

10/31/18

In 2009, a documentary called Beer Wars implicitly asked, "If you run a craft brewery, how do you compete with juggernauts like Anheuser-Busch and Coors to bring your beer to market?" The answer, the film suggested, was clear: You don't. The majors are simply too powerful.

10/31/18

Oregon is where winemakers come to craft pinot noirs that send critics to their thesauruses in search of new superlatives, prompt enophiles to wonder whether Burgundy really is the best place in the world to grow the beguiling grape and - oh, yeah - that command high prices

10/31/18

The first six months of 2018 were generally sodden with rain, while August, September and most of October turned gloriously sunny. But the combination of heat together with rain in July resulted in mildew, causing a reduction in yields of 10% to 20% in some vineyards. Fortunately, conditions improved when drier weather from mid-July through September arrived

10/31/18

DOCs don't tell the whole story, here's why terroir is a bigger indicator of the region's quality

10/31/18

A Snapchat spokesperson said the platform has been aggressive in enhancing its age-gating over the past year, first introducing new signals to age-gate content in late 2017. Snapchat has had age-gating since 2013,

10/31/18

Joe Wagner is under attack for how he markets his Oregon wines because he makes them in California

10/31/18

From a Finger Lakes Pinot Noir to a Maryland pét-nat, wine professionals share their top picks

10/31/18

This sounds like an obit, but don't worry Parker fans: Robert M. Parker Jr. isn't dead yet. In fact, for $4000 you can have dinner with Parker on Nov 8 in New York at Daniel restaurant. Tickets are still available as of this writing. The owners of the Wine Advocate, who bought the company from Parker in 2012, have muzzled Parker's Twitter account. In July 2013 they started an account nicknamed "Robert Parker", but it's actually @Wine_Advocate. It's a typical corporate social media account, directing you to click on stories published by the website, sans personality. The real Parker maintained his own account (@RobertMParkerJr) for years, but on February 16, 2017, he posted his last tweet;: a photo of a bottle of wine. It's a great last tweet, because the bottle in question is a $25 Napa Cabernet at just 14.2 percent alcohol