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"We will not assume that the Supreme Court, without saying so directly, announced a new bright-line rule creating different constitutional treatment for the producer tier, on the one hand, and the lower two tiers, on the other"

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Oregon, Washington and Idaho can expect more extreme weather creating more landslides, flooding, drought and wildfires.

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Nicole Hitchcock, winemaker at J Vineyards & Winery, is feeling pretty bullish about the state of American sparkling wine these days, and for good reason. The perception of U.S.-produced sparkling wine has improved, with many people now viewing it as being on par with Champagne.

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For UK drinks buyers, retailers, distributors, importers and wine merchants the alarm bells are already going off as decisions need to be made now, or in the coming weeks, about what wines, beers and spirits they are going to be buying to make sure they don't run out of stocks if the doomsday scenarios about major chaos and traffic jams at ports become a reality. Richard Siddle looks at how they are effectively having to make decisions in the dark.

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Researchers at California State University-Chico, CSU-Fresno and the University of California's Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources are working on a project funded with a USDA grant designed to make significant improvements in soil care in organic production systems. He guided project participants around his farm, equipment yard and compost operation in early November to share the techniques he and his staff have developed over three decades to promote soil health.

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The most thought-provoking wine article on the Internet right now is a conversation between sommeliers Jordan Salcito and Bobby Stuckey in the Daily Beast. Both Salcito and Stuckey (but especially Stuckey) have a lot of shade to throw at a new generation of sommeliers who, Stuckey says, "go out after work until 2:30 in the morning drinking," "don't care if (a wine is) flawed as long as it has a great story" and "don't want to be mentored."

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A joint report by China's national drinks trade organisation, China Alcoholic Drinks Association (CADA), and a Chinese research firm has warned of smaller profit margins for merchants in the wine industry as the country's economic growth slows, coupled with uncertainties over the ongoing US-China trade war.

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In China, producers plant Cabernet relentlessly, consumers buy Bordeaux religiously and red wine dominates store shelves, best seller lists on sites like jd.com, and events hosted by importers and distributors. All told, red wine has over 80 percent of the market. Add that red is a lucky color and it essentially means all other wines are afterthoughts, right? Not necessarily.

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The Pennsylvania Wine Marketing and Research Program Board is seeking applications for grants to conduct promotion, marketing and research projects to increase the quality, profitability, production and sale of wines; enhance the wine industry; and benefit wine producers across the state.

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Internationally renowned for Pinot Noir, the quality of Oregon's Cabernet Sauvignon has now reached "unprecedented levels," according to several producers in the state.

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USDA is investing more than $449M to help build an innovative water management system

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The partners in the new Windsor Brewing Co. celebrated the start of renovations at the former Old Redwood Brewing Co. space in downtown Windsor, Calif. with a groundbreaking ceremony on Wed., Nov. 28. Windsor Brewing Co. has been formed as a partnership with Dominic Foppoli, owner of Christopher Creek Winery and Vice Mayor (soon to be Mayor) of Windsor, Calif.; Clay Fritz proprietor of Fritz Winery and Jean Charles Boisset, president of Boisset Collection. The night's festivities kicked off the start of the remodel of the Old Redwood Brewing Co. tasting room.

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When you are being paid to grow, produce, promote, sell and market a product that soaks the Holiday season, navigating a life with a little more balance and less booze can be nigh impossible. So in light of this, here are six ideas to help you navigate the Holidays with professionalism and aplomb.

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When completed, the project would make it the largest combined winery solar installation in Australia supplying 20% of the business' annual electricity usage, said the business. Working with AGL Energy, the solar installation is expected to generate around 4,000 MWh of renewable electricity in the first year, which is equivalent to the electricity consumed annually in approximately 800 South Australian homes, it added.

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If you try a single new Sonoma Chardonnay this year, then how about one fermented with wild yeast for a full 12 months? Jane Anson reports on a visit to Arista Winery...

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If one were to imagine the most likely destination for an ambitious sommelier to thrive and prosper, the United Arab Emirates might, to put it mildly, not come very near the top of the list. Yet despite the theoretical confines of Islam in the Middle East, record numbers of students are enrolling on WSET programs in the region, while leading hotel chain Jumeirah has started running courses in-house for staff.

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The modest property south of Yountville drew national attention in 2015 with the murder-suicide committed there by Robert Dahl, owner of Dahl Vineyards, the site's then-tenant winery. Following the tragedy, the McVicars evicted Dahl Vineyards and took back control of the winery building. Through Michael Crain, owner of Michael Crain Properties, which is representing the property, the family declined to discuss the site's history and their decision now to sell.

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The winery carries mostly wines with Idaho grapes, including traditional red and whites, but jalapeño products are their specialty. They feature a jalapeño wine lemonade that they had trouble keeping in stock over the summer. "We have a jalapeño mulled wine and we can't keep it in stock," she said. The product mixes apple cider, jalapeño wine, white wine, orange juice and mulling spices. "I call it a holiday in a glass - it's warm and yummy."

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Hampton Water, the premium rosé label, created by award-winning music icon, Jon Bon Jovi, son Jesse Bongiovi, and acclaimed French Winemaker Gérard Bertrand, has been named the top ranked rosé and #83 wine in the world by Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2018.

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Traeger Grills announced that it has partnered with iconic Napa Valley winemakers Rob and Lydia Mondavi to create a new blend of pellets inspired by the couple's unique background and made to pair specifically with the Spellbound collection of wines.

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Wine Spectator has released its Top 100 Wines of 2018 list, curated from more than 15,000 wines blind-tasted and reviewed by the magazine's editors throughout the year. I asked Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator senior editor and tasting director, for her insights on this year's selections.

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The Celebration is an opportunity for Tempranillo producers from around the state to gather for a weekend of education, tasting and celebration, culminating with a Grand Tasting, where consumers will have the opportunity to sample from among the best Tempranillo in the state. The production of Tempranillo in Oregon has grown dramatically, with over 368 acres currently planted, producing 1,000 tons of grapes and generating an economic impact over $10 million.

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Patagonia to give $10 million from GOP tax cut windfall to environmental organizations

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The National Weather Service said there was a risk of heavy rainfall spreading farther south down virtually all of the coastal ranges and some interior sections of the state through Wednesday and Thursday.

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The proposed hourly wages would increase 6.3 percent nationwide and 15-23 percent in three regions of the Mountain West.

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At stake is a multi-billion-dollar industry, and Oregon's reputation for producing a delicate pinot noir in its cool, rainy climate, according to state Rep. David Gomberg and winemaker Jim Bernau, who have been sharply critical of Copper Cane.

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For Gott terroir is where you find it, leasing all his vineyards from nine in California and the Northwest, "always trying to stay ahead of the rolling ball." He has other wineries ferment some of his bottlings

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The UK drinks trade should embrace bag-in-box packaging as an environmentally friendly alternative to glass for entry-level wines, according to wine writer Robert Joseph, who has criticised the trade's approach to such packaging, calling it the "unloved child" of the wine trade.

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The Conservation Module marks a turning point in urban planning technology. Both public and private sector planners traditionally spend weeks and months wrestling with unwieldy, siloed datasets to run key environmental studies. Now with the collaboration of UrbanFootprint and The Nature Conservancy, the Conservation Module allows planners and community stakeholders to evaluate plan outcomes in a matter of minutes.

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Read our profile on Dom Pérignon and see tasting notes and scores from Decanter's experts.

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Replacing Tim Loughton MP, who stepped down last month having led the group since 2014 having overseen growth in membership of the APPG to its largest number of members since it began, Coyle assumes his new role with immediate effect.

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The wines taking the top gong were Raimes Classic Brut 2014 from Hampshire - a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, and Ridgeview Blanc de Blancs 2014 from Sussex - made with 100% Chardonnay. Both scored 95 points.

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Christie's Fine and Rare Wines auction totalled more than HK$38.6 million (US$4.9 million), with a lot from South Africa's Vilafonté Series "M" 2007 selling for four times its estimate - the highest price yet for the South African winery at auction.

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Thirteen wine producing countries were studied using 70 indicators divided into six different themes by Deloitte on behalf of FranceAgriMer to produce an overview of competition in the world wine market in 2017. Basing its research on 2016 statistics, the firm presented its 20th macroeconomic analysis. Although the methodology of the 2017 version has changed, the ranking is virtually the same, placing Italy in first place with a total of 659 points, closely followed by France which is rated at 653.

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County Commissioners Dave Whitmer and Andrew Mazotti on Wednesday voted for the project. Commissioners Anne Cottrell and Joelle Gallagher voted against it. The commission will try again on Dec. 5 when Commissioner Jeri Hansen should be present. Renewable Properties President Aaron Halimi made the pitch for his company's proposed 18-acre, 12,000-panel solar farm at 2180 American Canyon Road near American Canyon. He noted it would border Interstate 80 and wouldn't be on prime farmland.

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The underground pilot project, a first in the fire-scarred North Bay, got started in October on a narrow, tree-lined stretch of Bohemian Highway, deep within one of the county's highest-risk wildfire areas. The job is scheduled for completion next month, when PG&E crews are scheduled to pull wire through plastic conduit already in place about 3 feet below the roadway.

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USDA is investing in 41 projects through the Community Facilities Direct Loan Program. The funding helps rural small towns, cities and communities make infrastructure improvements and provide essential facilities such as schools, libraries, courthouses, public safety facilities, hospitals, colleges and day care centers.

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Award-winning packaging designer, Anna Addison, founder MAD Consort, is celebrating the launch of her first winery at Nine Oaks Estate in Eniseli, Kakheti, Georgia, in 2019.

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It was the first year fans in Corvallis could buy beer and wine throughout the stadium. "It went about as good as we could have hoped for," said Steve Fenk, OSU associate athletic director.

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These funds will be used to purchase supplies including science kits, digital drawing tablets and new yearbook cameras, as well as support field trips to local sites such as Hearst Castle and the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden. In total, Justin School Grants will benefit 3,100 students across 19 schools.