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11/05/18

A group of young people can sue the federal government over its climate change policies, the Supreme Court said Friday. Since it was first filed in 2015, the government has requested several times that Juliana v. United States be dismissed

11/05/18

"Most signs point to the State Water Board approving a much-disputed river flow plan that will mean less water for farms and cities in the Northern San Joaquin Valley. The board, also known as the State Water Resources Control Board, is set to vote Wednesday to require irrigation districts to leave more water in the Tuolumne, Stanislaus and Merced rivers in an effort to restore salmon. Local irrigation districts and county and city leaders have promised a prolonged battle over the water board's final plan released in July, saying it will devastate the region's economy and won't help the fish. … "

11/05/18

A quick guide to Proposition 3, among the more confusing measures on which Californians will vote on November 6th

11/05/18

Santa Rosa-based Vintage Wine Estates has purchased the Qupé wine brand. Founded by Bob Lindquist in 1982, Qupé is known for producing cool-climate Rhône varietals from California's Central Coast, including Syrah, Grenache, Roussanne, and Marsanne ... The purchase includes the brand and inventory, and Lindquist will stay on as consulting winemaker. Qupé was previously owned by Terroir Selections, which acquired it in 2013. V2 Wine Imports, jointly held between Delicato Family Vineyards and Dan and Katy Leese, took on sales and marketing for the brand as part of its partnership with Terroir in April

11/05/18

The Farm Bureau wants to focus on policy and advocacy and be involved in all aspects of politics in Napa County, according to Johnnie White, president of the Napa County Farm Bureau's board of directors. The Farm Bureau, like its counterpart in Sonoma County, endorsed local political candidates on the Nov. 6 ballot.

11/05/18

Once again, Napa County is poised to further deal with wineries that make too much wine, have too many visitors or otherwise break rules set out in their permits.

11/05/18

Miguel A. Torres is scheduled to speak at the March 2019 Climate Change Leadership Conference, which has as its main focus the impacts and challenges of climate change on the wine industry. The event will take place at Alfândega do Porto and Coliseu do Porto

11/05/18

the Tenth World Bulk Wine Exhibition (WBWE) takes place this November 26 & 27 in Amsterdam, a country with one of the most historically active wine shipping ports in the world

11/05/18

Customs and Border Protection issued guidance allowing reduced excise tax rates for alcoholic beverage imports and released documents needed to claim them

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many shipping companies appear keen to cut emissions and prefer to be ready for stricter rules that climate-friendlier places like the European Union might erect in the absence of a global standard. They also want to slash soaring fuel costs

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In case you missed it, the Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) has said that the projected global wine harvest is one of the highest since 2000 ...

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Most recently, the company purchased Rancho Real Vineyard in the Santa Maria Valley appellation of Santa Barbara County. The 436-acre property sits 13 miles southeast of the town of Santa Maria, and produces both Burgundian and Rhône grape varieties, including Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah, Grenache, Viognier, Pinot Gris, and Gamay over 211 acres.

11/05/18

Led by the Treasury Department, the task force delivered its recommendations to the White House earlier in August ... according to sources made aware of the administration's thinking, Trump directed the task force to make the recommendations actionable, either through legislation or regulation, but is not planning to start implementation until voters elect a new Congress.. ..

11/05/18

This is the "first time on record they'll actually hire fewer this holiday season than a year ago"

11/05/18

Zume, the robotics and logistics company that got its start slinging pizza, just raised $375 million from SoftBank, the WSJ first reported. Another firm is also looking to invest an additional $375 million, which would value the company at a $1.5 billion pre-money valuation, a source close to the matter told TechCrunch.* The round comes a couple of months after reports that SoftBank is looking to invest anywhere from $500 million to $750 million in Zume.

11/05/18

while some winegrowers struggle to survive in years like this, others refuse to surrender. Barboursville Vineyards, north of Charlottesville, declared an Octagon vintage ...

11/05/18

The co-owner of Atrium Dumbo and Beasts & Bottles teaches Burgundy at the International Culinary Center, hosts "wine Olympics," and gets a surprise visitor

11/05/18

From taxes to trade, this year's midterm elections will have an impact on a range of issues facing American corporations. The Republican-held Congress has been largely supportive of the Trump administration's policies, helping the president secure a big corporate tax cut and pursue deregulation. But Democratic control of one or both chambers could blunt the White House's agenda

11/05/18

What if an entire farm supply of herbicide, fertilizer or seed was a mere click away and deliverable by Amazon or available by pickup from Walmart? Outlandish? Probably. Maybe. However, farming is rooted in one inescapable certainty: Change waits perpetually offstage

11/05/18

Workers in the Languedoc feel a sense of "solidarity" as deadly flash floods marked a bittersweet end to the harvest season

11/05/18

The "Johnny Appleseed" of American whiskey has passed away

11/05/18

More than 100-miles west of Bakersfield, along the central coast of California.-a piece of Kern County is planted among the rolling vineyards of Paso Robles-rows and rows of vibrant vines, where the best fruit is turned into award winning wines-the place where Kern County's deep roots in agriculture comes alive in the vineyard

11/05/18

Nick Woodhams will lead the Westwood Wine Direct-To-Consumer efforts as excitement builds for the first wines crafted by the new Philippe Melka led winemaking team, including the 2016 Legend red blend which has been reimagined and will first be shared with Westwood club members ahead of a spring 2019 release.

11/05/18

Heitz Cellar is pleased to announce that Toby Halkovich has been named as the new Vice President of Operations. Robert Boyd, President & CEO at Heitz Cellar stated, "We look forward to Toby's contributions to our winery today and as we turn to our bright future."

11/05/18

Women of the Vine & Spirits, the world's leading organization dedicated to empowering and advancing women in the alcohol beverage industry, has formed a Strategic Alliance with WEConnect International, the corporate-led, global non-profit that helps women-owned businesses succeed in global value chains, worldwide. The two organizations recognize the common interest to cooperatively pursue activities that enhance the business opportunities and professional development of women's business enterprises.

11/05/18

Friends Fun Wine®, a 2018 World Wine Championship award-winning, lower-in-calorie, low-ABV, global beverage company, and FIFCO USA, a leading alcoholic beverage company, today announced their intent to enter into a strategic marketing and distribution agreement. The partnership allows the Friends Fun Wine brand to expand across the U.S. market. Friends Fun Wine features a collection of Fun Wine™ drinks with a 5.5% ABV and 71-94 calories per 4.2 oz serving, and a slight effervesce. The brand has created a new alternative beverage category in countries all over the world.

11/05/18

If you've ever wished you had your own personal wine label but didn't want the hassle of actually owning a vineyard, winery and bottling and labeling facility, Carmel Valley and Lodi-based Twisted Roots has the perfect answer for you. Twisted Roots has launched a unique new custom labeling program in which you can buy a whole barrel of one of its award-winning wines - that's 264 bottles! - and they take care of the rest.

11/05/18

A delegation of eight members of the Consorzio Tutela Vini della Maremma Toscana met with 100 wine professionals in New York, including buyers, restaurateurs, wine merchants and the trade press. The goal: to expand awareness of the young DOC that exemplifies a new Tuscany of wine and is launching itself on the international stage with an array of wines as vast and varied as the area in which it is grown.

11/05/18

Toast Spirits LLC, owner of BEAU JOIE Champagne, today announced the joining of Internationally-recognized DJ and Grammy winning producer Tiësto as the Global Creative Director for the rapidly growing luxury brand.

11/05/18

Wineries and small businesses looking for accounting help, look no further. Today, three leading financial veterans announced the formation of O'Shea, Carte & Schiavone, a new accounting firm that specializes in providing contract CFO and accounting solutions to small businesses, with a specialty in the wine industry.