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Wednesday, December 12th

11/21/18

They seek the re-authorization of the 2017 Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program - or WHIP - which provides aid to agricultural producers affected by hurricanes and wildfires. Funding for the program expires in December unless Congress approves the reauthorization. Thompson wants the program to cover producers and growers who sustained losses in the wildfires and hurricanes in 2018.

11/21/18

The 2017 Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program (2017 WHIP) is providing disaster payments to agricultural producers to offset losses from hurricanes and wildfires during 2017. The funds - up to $2.36 billion - are available through the new program. 2017 was a historic year for natural disasters, and Congress appropriated more than $3 billion in disaster relief through the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, which includes this new program.

11/21/18

The California Farm Bureau Federation, Butte County Farm Bureau and Butte Ag Foundation are accepting donations to help farms, ranches and rural communities damaged by wildfires, floods and natural disasters.

11/21/18

With the end of the year in sight, and Christmas festivities on the horizon, now is a time to reflect on the past year, but also speculate on what the next 12 months could bring.

11/21/18

The Napa County Board of Supervisors has delayed passing a new code compliance regime until their next meeting. But it endorsed a March 29 deadline for rule-breakers to submit "substantially complete" use permit applications to correct violations without facing certain consequences.

11/21/18

Last month, the average occupancy rate was 21.6 percentage points ahead of the same month last year, according to a report Tuesday from travel data firm STR. And revenue last month was $49.3 million, 65.1 percent ahead of that of October 2017. Napa Valley occupancy had dropped 22 percentage points in October 2017 from a year before, and monthly revenues declined by 36 percent.

11/21/18

The Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) has filed an amicus brief in the highly anticipated Supreme Court case of Tennessee v. Byrd, for which oral arguments could begin in January. The case concerns Total Wine & More's challenge to Tennessee's residency requirement for beverage alcohol retailers, but could have far-reaching implications for wineries, wholesalers, retailers, and consumers. The WSWA is backing the Tennessee law, arguing for states' authority to regulate beverage alcohol free from the constraints of the Constitution's Commerce Clause, which governs interstate commerce.

11/21/18

A sharp increase in wildfires, heat waves, and other climate-fueled disasters has added urgency to California's efforts at employee protection, especially for the most vulnerable: low-income and undocumented workers on the state's sprawling farms. The California Labor Federation, which represents some 2.1 million workers, said it is pressing for tougher legislation aimed at protecting those most at risk, such as farmworkers.

11/21/18

The Mail Tribune reports that the Federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau has ruled that Napa Valley vintner Joe Wagner must surrender nine labels - including Elouan and The Willametter -- because of the deceptive labeling. But wine produced by Elouan Winery that is already in stores and warehouses will not be recalled.

11/21/18

At greatest risk are Pinyon-juniper, oak and ponderosa pine forests across the southern Rocky Mountains and the U.S. Southwest.

11/21/18

Ambassador Gregg Doud, chief agricultural negotiator for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, was the featured speaker to wrap up the Tri-State Grain Growers Convention in Portland, updating farmers about the Trump administration's trade priorities with Europe, Japan and China.

11/21/18

As farm wineries around New Jersey continue their weekly activities with the holiday season approaching, New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas Fisher and the Wine Growers Association encourage consumers to visit a winery, restaurant featuring New Jersey wines, or neighborhood liquor store to purchase local wines.

11/21/18

Four appellations joined forces and created a common, and bigger, denomination called Les Côtes de Bordeaux. Previously, each appellation had worked independently, now instead they wanted to join forces and work under a common brand and logo.

11/21/18

The Wine Spectator Top 100 list - arguably the most recognized of many similar lists in the wine industry - was published Monday, and the Finger Lakes was nowhere to be found. Published annually since 1988, the list is meant to reflect trends and what is exciting from around the world that year, said James Molesworth, senior editor in a 2017 interview. "The Finger Lakes didn't do anything wrong; it's just that this year the spotlight moved on. As Finger Lakes wines continue to improve, it's likely that they will return to the list in future years."

11/21/18

The National Statistics Institute said on Tuesday all the country's wine-producing regions were likely to churn out just 5.2 million hectoliters, in a fall that contrasts with this year's rise in global wine production to a five-year high.

11/21/18

James Foster has spent the past 30 years working in the food and beverage industry - including stints at La Toque, Tarla and Carpe Diem. Originally from Lansing, Michigan, Foster came to Napa via a job in Atlanta. "When I saw how beautiful it was here, I was hooked," he said. "I knew I had to spend the rest of my days here." Today, Foster works at Luna Vineyards as director of guest services.

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11/21/18

Gomberg, the chair of the House Economic Development and Trade Committee, has led the legislative effort for truth in labeling Oregon wine since he discovered a California winery portraying their wines as being from Oregon's prized, federally designated growing regions. Gomberg cautioned retailers and restaurants from selling these wines as they could expose resellers to violations of state Unlawful Trade Practice laws. He is also questioned the "use-up" of current labeled wine the TTB is allowing. A "use-up" allows the offender to sell what they have already bottled and labeled.

11/21/18

For years the organizers of the WBWE have been negotiating with the Chinese government and the regional wine association of Yantai in order to set up this event intended both for those international wineries interested in improving their position in China -which is increasingly relevant in the world trade- and for local and domestic companies.

11/21/18

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría and Chief Economist Laurence Boone will present the Outlook (in English with French interpretation) at the OECD Conference Centre at 11:00 a.m.

11/21/18

Alibaba, the world's biggest e-commerce company, will bring US$200 billion worth of imported goods into China within the next five years to sate consumers' growing demand for higher-quality products from overseas.

11/21/18

Henri-Frédéric Roch, the co-director of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti and owner of Domaine Prieuré-Roch has died at the age of 56.

11/21/18

Jackson Family Wines has signed a deal for its Vérité winery to sponsor the Guards Polo Club. The deal entails Vérité becoming the official red wine supplier to the club, including the Royal Box, serving up its three Bordeaux-inspired wines throughout the next season.

11/21/18

Raul Diaz, Bar 44 and Corks Out were some of the big winners at last night's Rioja Recognises awards, which singles out the top ambassadors flying the flag for Spain's flagship wine region.

11/21/18

Pull the Cork, the online sustainable wine retailer launched at the beginning of this year, has embarked on a crowdfunding campaign in a bid to raise £24,000. The campaign, launched with Indiegogo, would bolster the start-up's "already strong growth" and help take the business to "the next level and a wider audience with additional marketing spend", said co-founder James Nathan.

11/21/18

The lines regarding who's responsible for what have changed over time.

11/21/18

As recently as 10 years ago, Washington Cabs were built often with impenetrable tannins and driven by oak. Too often the fruit was sadly masked by the bold structure. Fortunately, winemaking has evolved. Washington winemakers now apply techniques that have made the wines more supple, more approachable and more fruit-driven.

11/21/18

Wine Spectator's senior editor Tim Fish praised Bedrock Wine Co.'s 2016 Bedrock Heritage Sonoma Valley, and called it 'a knockout red, focused and well-built but loaded with personality.'

11/21/18

The Village at Vista Collina Resort, a hotel that opened this summer in a business park on the southern edge of the city, features nine tasting rooms, all but one for wine. The ninth store is Napa Smith, a brewery that began in Napa County and is now based in Vallejo.