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11/02/18

Hansjörg Wyss, the billionaire owner of Halter Ranch Vineyard in Paso Robles, is donating $1 billion to help accelerate land and ocean conservation around the world. Wyss was born in Switzerland. He made his fortune founding the medical device company Synthes. He now lives in Wyoming and is an active philanthropist ...

11/02/18

In collaboration with the American Red Cross and ZOLL Medical Corporation, Ron Rubin Winery is offering to cover the cost of one ZOLL AED PLUS unit to each qualifying California winery, for up to 450 wineries

11/02/18

"We are surprised by its effectiveness", summed up Emmanuel Massé, vineyard manager at Château Fombrauge, who has been hosting weed control trials since June. "At a speed of 4 km/h, the device works the soil to a depth of 4 to 5 centimetres to break up the weeds. With a battery charge of 8 hours, TED is able to work continuously on 30 to 40 hectares for 5 days a week"

11/02/18

Michigan's Winery at Black Star Farms wins top honors at international competition

11/02/18

"I believe 2016 to be the best, most consistent Napa Valley vintage among a string of five great years: 2012-2016. If I isolate just the Napa notes (a few other California regions are included among the nearly 1,400 wines reviewed) and just the red Bordeaux varieties wines, I awarded 26 100-pointers in total"

11/02/18

Despite it's much maligned view, Merlot is thriving in the Napa Valley--or at least that's what four longtime producers proclaimed at the Masters of Merlot masterclass and tasting at the CIA at COPIA yesterday, Thurs., Nov. 1.

11/02/18

Winemakers and members of the wine trade didn't want to miss the recent tasting of 2014 and 2015 Cabernet Sauvignons from five mountain appellations: Mount Veeder, Spring Mountain District, Diamond Mountain, Atlas Peak and Howell Mountain

11/02/18

The nominees have been selected by the WSET Alumni Advisory Board and the award sponsor, Jancis Robinson, in recognition of their individual achievements and contribution to the wine and spirits industry

11/02/18

This year's event includes more than 200 wineries from around the globe, pairing dinners, Pinot Noir parties and expert-led seminars, including an Exploring the New World of Pinot Noir led by Elaine Chukan Brown, the American Specialist for JancisRobinson.com, as well as Tasting the Signature Styles of Burgundy with David Glancy, Master Sommelier and founder of the San Francisco Wine School.

11/02/18

"I said to Jim Bernau that there are others using appellation names in their brand names, to which he got very aggressive and told me it would now be in the lawyers' hands. We responded by filing to revoke his trademark, as the Willamette Valley name cannot be trademarked due to it being an appellation. ... These people who think Oregon will be the next Burgundy have their head in the sand. ... It pains me to think that Jim Bernau and his antics are motivated not only politically to push their Willamette agenda while ostracizing Southern Oregon, but also to take such a stab because his wines don't compete with ours ... "

11/02/18

For the first time, The Family Coppola unites all core brands to create distinct new rewards program that celebrates living life to the fullest

11/02/18

With 100%-agave Tequila surging in the U.S. market-particularly at the above-$20 level-Constellation is expanding its portfolio

11/02/18

First Growth Brands Inc., based in Tiburon California and part of a private family holding company, recently purchased some of the fastest growing and most exciting wine brands in the premium imported wine space. First amongst those is Faire la Fête, a Champagne Method sparkling wine which retails for $18.99 and is from the original "champagne" appellation in the south of France.

11/02/18

The transaction was approved by an overwhelming majority of Canopy Growth shareholders and has been granted all required regulatory approvals, including by the Canadian government under the Investment Canada Act

11/02/18

From swatches to spirits, the family behind the award-winning and critically-acclaimed bespoke boutique Harlem Haberdashery introduces their first national brand extension HH Bespoke Spirits Collection. The curated spirits collection launches November 2018 in California, Massachusetts and New York.

11/02/18

Twelfth Night Wines, owned by the Boston-based team of Beth Ann Dahan, Arié Dahan and Max Risman announce the release of their award-winning 2014 Twelfth Night Pinot Noir from their Central Otago winery.

11/02/18

Chile and Australia have upscaled their exports to China in recent years after they respectively struck free trade deals there. Wines that would normally have been destined for their more traditional markets in the UK and Europe are being swept up more and more by Chinese importers.

11/02/18

ePac Flexible Packaging is pleased to announce expansion into the Atlanta market. Order taking is now open, with fulfillment done by one of ePac's four other open locations until the plant is open in Gwinnett County in early 2019.

11/02/18

The universe of Italian wine is vast - maybe, ultimately, unknowable. Over 2,000 indigenous grape varieties originated in the country, claims expert Ian D'Agata, more than Spain, France and Greece combined. (Of those, just 377 are cultivated, according to Jancis Robinson's "Wine Grapes.") Some, like Sangiovese and Nebbiolo, will sound familiar (at least vaguely familiar) to American wine lovers. But for every up-and-coming variety - Rossese, Lagrein, Frappato - there are dozens languishing in obscurity. Caloria, anyone? Quagliano?

11/02/18

Aldi, one of the world's largest grocery store chains, will start selling a set of 24 miniature bottles of wine for the first time in its U.S. stores for those observing the religious days leading up to Christmas. The bottles - two of each of 12 different varieties - are intended to be drunk in conjunction with the Advent calendar

11/02/18

Kimpton Also Launches Inaugural November Friendsgiving Menu Benefiting No Kid Hungry Featuring Holiday Fare with a Twist

11/02/18

The eighth annual Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) announced Academy Award-winning writer, actor, director and musician Billy Bob Thornton will receive the Caldwell Vineyard Maverick Tribute and actress Alice Eve will receive the Raymond Vineyards Trailblazer Tribute alongside Charles Krug Legendary Actor honoree Laurence Fishburne at this year's Celebrity Tributes presentation on November 8.

11/02/18

Martha Stewart's food tour, where guests can taste some of the best food in the city, continues in Los Angeles. The lifestyle personality partnered with USA TODAY Network for the Martha Stewart Wine and Food Experience, a 12-city tour, and the icon herself will be at the Southern California event

11/02/18

Riccardo Illy, grandson of the founder of Illy coffee, is searching for an investment partner to help the non-coffee division of the business, which includes wine, chocolate and tea, match the €470 million annual sales generated by the coffee side.

11/02/18

Comprising a 500 tonne winery and 34.6 hectare vineyard, 'Possums Wines' has been owned and skillfully managed by Dr John Possingham (AM) and Carol Summers since 1984. Dr Possingham is an expert in Viticulture and headed the CSIRO's program of horticulture research for 30 years

11/02/18

Mansions in the Napa Valley agricultural preserve can reach what some county officials fear is farmland-gobbling size, raising the possibility of new rules to rein in future development.

11/02/18

Americans are politically divided over climate change, but there's broader consensus around some of the solutions.

11/02/18

"Within the next 30 yrs, our cities will begin grappling with the harsh realities of #climatechange," tweeted Rep. Barbara Lee. "Congress must take this seriously-we must act before it's too late."

11/02/18

Conservationists fear move will put short-term business interests ahead of the world's biggest terrestrial carbon sink, indigenous communities and rich eco-systems

11/02/18

On Sept. 26, the small staff at ZD Wines gathered on the crush pad to kick off the 2018 harvest, toasting the moment with something a little extra special this year.

11/02/18

The harvest of red grapes was slightly richer, with 8.6 tonnes picked per hectare until 5 September or 41,295 tonnes in total

11/02/18

Freelance journalist Selene Nelson told BuzzFeed News that after she pitched a series of stories on vegan cooking to Waitrose Food, Sitwell replied with an email saying: "How about a series on killing vegans, one by one."

11/02/18

His new books "The New Wine Rules"

11/02/18

Much of the trouble here is the flawed idea that the taste of a wine is purely subjective ...

11/02/18

Each year, of the roughly 23,000 wines reviewed, only a portion (close to 4%) are designated Cellar Selections-wines that, while currently delicious, would benefit from being forgotten for some time in a cool, dark place in your home

11/02/18

First brewed in 1987 by original VIB brewmaster Hermann Hoerterer for friends and family of the brewery, Hermannator Ice Bock (9.5% abv, 25 IBU) has gone on to become one of the most iconic seasonal craft beers in Canada. It's described as follows: This beer takes over three months to produce spending significant time at subzero temperatures to create a rich malt body, with notes of chocolate, coffee & brandied plums. It is the perfect beer to enjoy over the holiday season.

11/02/18

Six award-winning films and four honourable mentions in five different categories were decided upon by this year's festival jury that included Anita Stewart (Food Laureate, University of Guelph and founder of Food Day Canada) and Greg Rubidge (Syndicado Film Sales), as well as myself.

11/02/18

MTY Food Group Inc. ("MTY" or the "Company") (TSX: MTY) announced today that one of its wholly-owned subsidiaries has signed an agreement to acquire most of the assets of Casa Grecque (www.casagrecque.ca), a chain of bring-your-own-wine restaurants founded 38 years ago by brothers, Peter and Louis Berlemis.

11/02/18

Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, Venom, Spiderman and Captain Amnertica were sipping wine samples inside the main building at the Township 7 winery. They were among the many berry-splattered Halloween costumes at the grape stomp competition and charitable fudraiser at the Township 7 winery in Langley on Saturday. "The "umpteenth annual" stomp, as Township 7 manager Jason Ocenas put it. Ocenas said the weekend event at the winery located in the 21200 block of 16 Avenue was expected to raise more than $2,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities of B.C.

11/02/18

Corby Spirit and Wine has expanded the McGuinness liqueurs range by introducing McGuinness Ruby Red Grapefruit. The addition of grapefruit offers a twist on classic cocktails, similar to the Grapefruit Moscow Mule and Grapefruit Collins.

11/02/18

Instead of a first-come, first-served model, customers will now need to enter in a random draw to determine their spot in line. The chance to purchase five of this year's most coveted bottles will also be determined by a draw.

11/02/18

Elyse Lambert fell in love with wine while studying at the Quebec Tourism and Hotel Institute in the late '90s. "It touched so many things I care about - from travel, to food, to discovering new people," she says. "Wine is always in motion, so you never finish learning. When I put my nose in the glass and discovered that universe, I just loved it."

11/02/18

As sophisticated adults who like to indulge during this spooky time of year, we have some wine pairings for you. As with any food and wine pairing, it's important to consider body, tannin, sweetness and acidity.

11/02/18

enRoute has named their picks for the Best New Restaurants in Canada and (just) two are from British Columbia. Vancouver's own St. Lawrence grabbed the 4th spot, while Victoria's The Courtney Room took 10th. Congratulations to both, and to all who cracked this year's prestigious list!

11/02/18

Con 1,7 miliardi di euro di vino importato nel 2017, il Canada rappresenta il quinto mercato più importante al mondo per valore di importazione. L'Italia, protagonista di una crescita convincente nell'ultimo quinquennio (+14,1% contro un +8,3% della media mercato), nei primi 8 mesi 2018, sembra aver rallentato la propria corsa, con un +1,3% a valore a cambi correnti (221 milioni di euro) sui vini confezionati, rispetto alla Francia, market leader con 234 milioni di euro a +7,8% sullo stesso periodo dell'anno precedente (elaborazione WineMonitor/Nomisma)

11/02/18

Diane Daniels remembers David Coombes as a man with a lot of knowledge and skills. Coombes, who managed the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition (NSPE), Hants County Exhibition, and Atlantic Winter Fair, died earlier this year, but on Oct. 18 he was celebrated when he became one of the latest inductees into the Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame.

11/02/18

On October 9-11th, Provence Rosé Group hosted the first Provence Rosé Advisory Council meeting at the 5-star Relais and Châteaux property Château de Berne, located in Lorgues in the southern French region of Provence. Representatives from across the wine industry came together to discuss the current state of rosé wines and how they envision the category evolving in the future for the on-premise, off-premise and consumers at large.