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12/03/18

Three of the world's climate change and wine specialists discuss understanding impacts, reducing vulnerability, and adapting to a changing environment ...

12/03/18

Sum available for 2021-25 represents doubling of current five-year plan

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Terravant will continue to invest in innovation through customer created programs such as custom winemaking and private labels at its state-of-the-art facility in Buellton ...

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Judges at a bulk wine competition in Amsterdam - including international wine writers and producers - were impressed with the range of "bulk" wines tasted, especially the reds. The quality of bulk wine, from a number of countries, continues to improve in a competitive wine market, good news for producers and consumers

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As she finalized her budget proposal for the next two years, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown made no secret of the fact she'd push for higher tobacco taxes, which she believes should play a larger role in funding health care.

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plus details on the top 10 ...

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Thirty six state attorney generals filed an amicus brief led by the Illinois Attorney General. Illinois is awaiting a decision in another high profile dormant Commerce Clause matter pending before the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. In their brief the attorneys general defend residency laws ...

12/03/18

The looming Supreme Court wine showdown became more likely to have sweeping national impact on direct shipping, thanks to an important ruling this week by a federal appeals court in Illinois ...

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The State of California has filed a Motion to Dismiss a Complaint filed by Orion Wine (a Florida company) and a Florida businessman who claim that the three-tier laws of California that require retailers in California to secure their alcohol from California wholesalers is a violation of the dormant Commerce Clause

12/03/18

Walmart's briefing spends the bulk of its arguments beating the "discriminatory" drum. The Walmart brief mentions the word discrimination or a variation of that term over 130 times in this brief. Walmart uses this concept of being discriminated against to advance both its Equal Protection claims and dormant Commerce Clause challenges.

12/03/18

Trump had to submit the text of the agreement to Congress by Friday to set up a slim chance of passing implementation legislation for the deal before January, when Democrats will assume the House majority.

12/03/18

"In an attempt to keep its campaign promise to Central Valley growers, the Trump Administration is moving to take control of California's water supplies and deliveries. An October 19 Executive Action by the President ordered federal agencies to expedite the flow of water from the Bay Delta to a handful of farmers in the Westlands Water District and other customers of the federal Central Valley Project."

12/03/18

Antonio Moretti, the owner of the 300-hectare Tuscan estate in Valdarno, and his son, Andrea Moretti, are under house arrest in their villa in Castiglion Fibocchi near Arezzo, according to a report by La Nazione Arezzo.

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The company was shut down on 23 November following a court order. During a hearing it was relayed how the company used "high pressure cold calling" to push members of the public to buy wine for investment.

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The property is on the market for sale and was tipped into receivership in September after struggling for three years with a lawsuit brought by Las Vegas casino moguls against its sole director and majority shareholder, Glenn Schaeffer.

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Deputy Attorney General Jane Young writes that the Liquor Commission's practices and procedures "are consistent with applicable state and federal laws" and that it found "no credible evidence" that the agency was encouraging employees to disregard agency policy when they completed cash sales ...

12/03/18

Oregon regulators and a California winery accused of misrepresenting the Oregon origins of its bestselling pinot noir, an act which infuriated local winemakers, said Thursday after a preliminary meeting they're hopeful they can resolve the dispute

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"It has turned into nothing but a slanderous marketing campaign," said Wagner, who produces a number of wine brands under his St. Helena company Copper Cane Wine and Provisions. Wagner claims the labeling skirmish is really about a trademark dispute

12/03/18

Pro basketball players are ditching shots of Patrón for bottles of Cabernet, showcasing their more sophisticated sides. "It's a different NBA, for sure," says Draymond Green.

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Different logos from the team over the last 47 years will be stamped on the bottles and fans can enjoy the brand's renowned Cabernet Sauvignon at Oracle Area throughout the 2018-19 season. You can purchase an entire five-bottle collectible set ...

12/03/18

Key to a reconfiguration of Purple Wine + Spirits into a producer of higher-end beverages includes a planned shift early next year of its headquarters and dozens of employees from a rural farming community to Sonoma County's second-largest city.

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Several North Coast winemakers and wine grape growers will be featured in a new San Francisco Bay Area documentary. NBC Bay Area's "Bay Area Revelations" series is set to air "America's Wine Country" on Dec. 8

12/03/18

It's not that Paso hasn't tried to promote a signature grape variety. It's just that groups like the Paso Robles Cab Collective, Zinfandel Advocates and Producers, and the Rhone Rangers have never quite succeeded in doing so

12/03/18

Réquiem para un gentilhombre ...

12/03/18

thought-provoking wine article is conversation between sommeliers Jordan Salcito and Bobby Stuckey in the Daily Beast

12/03/18

In US Portraits 2018, its sixth portrait, Wine Intelligence spells out who buys wine in the U.S. today, how much of it and why. The U.S. remains the "Holy Grail" for global wine marketers, and rightly so

12/03/18

William (Bill) Neville Stowe lived a very blessed and loving 79 years of life. He was born on March 25, 1939, in Twin Falls, Idaho, to his parents, Harwood and Nora Mary Stowe. He passed away on Tuesday, November 20, 2018, in his home surrounded by his beloved wife of 45 years and his daughter and son-in-law.

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In 2018, regional wine promotion alliances and consortia from Europe, South America, Australia and the United States have realized the large potential of American consumers to discover the great wine classics from around the world.

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Getting customers to pay more ...

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David Cutter has been appointed to the combined role of Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) and President of Global Supply and Procurement; and Kate Gibson has joined Diageo in the newly created role of Director of Diageo in Society.

12/03/18

Cohn responded to a series of questions about his motives and the brand that he is building.

12/03/18

Grapevine red blotch virus (GRBV) affects fruit ripening and quality and is an emerging threat to grape production in North America.

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After two system changes costing at least $40 million, the state's liquor division has turned a corner.

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The first Twitter tasting in the series will focus on great Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons and will be live on the platform December 13, 2018 from 5-6 pm Pacific Time / 8-9 pm Eastern. Anyone can join the tasting by using #SipWithKaren. Prior tastings have received up to 18 million impressions.

12/03/18

It was up to Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, editor of The Wine Advocate, to take up where Neal Martin began last year when he had the Bordeaux beat at the journal ...

12/03/18

"The 2015 Solaia is the best Solaia ever. It's a wine that makes your mind race with subtle thoughts and passion for its great quality."

12/03/18

Several readers suggested carignans from southern France or Spain, and why not? But the idea here was to learn something about California carignan.

12/03/18

A blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Mourvèdre, the wine was made in collaboration with his son Jesse and French winemaker Gérard Bertrand.

12/03/18

The luxury retail market faces a choice between sticking with its rich customers or trying to broaden its base by appealing to aspirational shoppers who want the brand but can't always afford to pay for the brands they want. Thus, the brands introduce lower-priced lines that dilute the brand value for the true luxury shopper who can afford to pay full retail prices.

12/03/18

Shares of Constellations Brands Inc. stz-0.23% slid 2% Thursday, after Macquarie downgraded the stock to neutral from outperform, and said it has become more wary of the company's $4 billion investment in Canadian cannabis company Canopy Growth Corp

12/03/18

Los Angeles County emergency officials and state fire investigators haven't released an official damage assessment of structures in Malibu. The Times identified destroyed buildings using property data and post-fire aerial footage released by Vexcel Imaging, a company that mounts cameras to fixed-wing airplanes and flies over areas after natural disasters.

12/03/18

The dining experience is becoming less sociable and more atomized, even as old conceptions of public life wear away

12/03/18

More than a dozen current and former employees and contributors interviewed by The Times describe an organization in disarray. Five top editors, including the editor in chief, have quit in recent weeks. Some freelance writers haven't been paid for months. Sunset's holiday issue, which typically lands in mailboxes in late November, has been delayed until nearly Christmas, in part because of a lack of advertising.