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12/21/18

Owners Pam and Alan Bergman on Wednesday gained the green light from the Planning Commission to build a winery to produce up to 8,000 gallons a year. The plans call for a two-story, 6,113-squre-foot winery constructed at the location of an old tennis court, according to county staff. The Bergmans sought no visitation or marketing event permits for the winery

12/21/18

The new owner is Alchemy Resorts. The plan is to "restore the historic property to its original grandeur through the development of a world-class luxury resort that showcases Napa's food and wine combined with leading wellness programs," Napa County Assessor's Office records indicate the deal was about $22 million for more than 50 parcels. The previous owners are listed as Aetna Preserve LLC, Lake Luciana LLC and Napa LLC. The official buyer name is Aetna Springs Resort, LLC.

12/21/18

"We wanted to leave France and go abroad for this important event, and to celebrate and honour our American clients. The United States is both the biggest export market in the history of the French cooperage industry and it remains today our leading market in volume and in value. The U.S. accounts for one-third of our business"

12/21/18

As California wine grows increasingly bifurcated, winemaker Ian Brand shows it's still possible to make distinctive wines of place for under $25 ... "Monterey is the last major coastal region of California that hasn't been completely blown up," says Ian Brand, 41, who produces his three wine labels, Le P'tit Paysan, La Marea and I. Brand & Family, in a warehouse in Salinas.

12/21/18

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12/21/18

"We're not naming inductees to a hall of fame. Instead, we're trying, as a winemaker would, to capture the vintage. To find a person whose story illuminates the story of California wine in the year 2018. And to make a critical statement about how California wine ought to proceed in the future."

12/21/18

The PlumpJack Group, founded by Newsom in 1992, includes four hotels; four Napa Valley wineries; several bars and restaurants; two wine and liquor stores in San Francisco; and an online liquor store. Newsom will transfer the title and control of his assets to a blind trust managed by Shyla Hendrickson, a family friend and attorney

12/21/18

"Having successfully launched the program in the initial markets, GCW will now further expand this new dimension of the organic meal subscription experience to a National audience"

12/21/18

The company said Thursday it bought majority ownership of Petaluma's Revive Kombucha, which was founded eight years ago by a couple who started selling their fermented organic tea at the Santa Rosa Farmers Market and managed the business through skyrocketing growth in the specialty drink sector.

12/21/18

As expected, the Merced Irrigation District board gave direction Wednesday to take legal action challenging the state's Bay-Delta water quality control plan, which is strongly opposed by communities in the Northern San Joaquin Valley. A series of lawsuits against the state's controversial "water grab" are expected from affected irrigation districts, following last week's decision by the State Water Resources Control Board approving the regulatory plan and a supplemental environmental study.The Merced district vowed to aggressively fight the plan, which calls for increased river flows in tributaries of the lower San Joaquin River, including the Merced, Tuolumne and Stanislaus rivers

12/21/18

Unless a federal short-term temporary funding bill passes this week, the TTB could be closed into the New Year. What does this mean for your business? We review what happened in the last shutdown and give you best practices for how to deal with compliance issues when the TTB is on furlough.

12/21/18

The trend is firming up and worsening. In November 2018, wine purchase contracts registered in Bordeaux fell by 57% for bulk and 63% for bottled wines compared with last year. "This is the lowest level of the decade", stated the latest statistics memo by the Bordeaux wine marketing board (CIVB). Over the first four months of the 2018-2017 campaign, bulk trade fell to 247,000 hectolitres, down 52%, while the first white and rosé 2018 Bordeaux contracts were being signed.

12/21/18

The Washington D.C.-based Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has been ramping up its investigations into legal infractions that break the Tied House Rules thanks to a $5 million infusion of government investment

12/21/18

Today at the Napa Valley winery, Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards (ACVV), announce the addition of key team members, both in Direct-to-Consumer sales and in Wholesale sales for the brands Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, and Ghost Horse Vineyards.

12/21/18

Wise brings with him a breadth of expertise to the role of head winemaker at Black Hills Estate Winery. Originally from New Zealand, Wise holds a Bachelor of Viticulture and Advanced diploma in Wine Science from Charles Sturt University in Australia. He has worked with renowned producers in New Zealand and Ontario before the cool climate wine industry in British Columbia drew his attention.

12/21/18

On Wednesday, stocks tumbled over concerns that the Federal Reserve will continue raising rates. And they plunged again Thursday as President Donald Trump appeared open to a partial government shutdown unless he receives funding for a wall along the border with Mexico.

12/21/18

Earlier this year, six Eastern Oregon farmers and ranchers agreed to bury pairs of cotton underwear in their fields and dig them back up later in the season as part of the "Soil Your Undies" challenge, organized by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

12/21/18

Trump signed the bill Thursday after the Agriculture Department announced plans to tighten work requirements for recipients of food aid. Negotiations over the farm bill had stalled for months in Congress over a provision by the House to cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and over the Senate's unwillingness to go along.

12/21/18

Lashed by rare criticism from conservatives, President Donald Trump declared Thursday he would not sign a bill to keep funding the government because it fails to provide billions for his border wall with Mexico, throwing Congress into deep disarray and risking a federal shutdown this weekend. Conservatives want to keep fighting for the money to pay for the wall as a last act of the GOP-led Congress before Democrats take House control in January. They warn that "caving" on Trump's repeated wall promises could hurt his 2020 re-election chances, and other Republicans' as well.

12/21/18

"In our opinion, it's the new rosè," says Tomer Blechman, chef and owner of Miss Ada in Fort Greene, New York. "They tend to be earthier and funkier in style, especially those produced in Europe. It's a great option for people who love the body of a red but are looking for something lighter in style, but more body than a white."

12/21/18

Some think all great wine is made in the cellar - processed, fermented, blended and bottled under the careful watch of the winemaker. But some of Oregon's most innovative winemakers are learning to relinquish some control to create the complex, spontaneous and sometimes unexpected results known as field blends

12/21/18

As the Pacific Northwest continues its growth and has continued to mature as a wine region over the past two decades, we have seen the inevitable emergence of a wine culture.

12/21/18

Rémy Cointreau will sell its distribution subsidiaries in the Czech Republic and Slovakia to Mast-Jägermeister. Alongside the deal, Mast-Jägermeister will distribute Rémy Cointreau's portfolio of spirits in both countries.

12/21/18

The beverage technology (BevTech) company Omniaz, in partnership with Wine Connection, will announce the launch of the DRNK mobile application (Drink, Rewards, Network, Knowledge), Asia's first 'Smart Bottle' experience for alcohol beverage consumers on 1 December 2018. Leveraging Blockchain technology and IoT, the application will be part of a decentralized end-to-end platform that the company is currently developing together with major tech industry leaders such as CymMetrik, NEM, NXP Semiconductors, ProximaX and Smartrac.

12/21/18

Numerous industry insiders agree that what was once a market dominated by Bordeaux, toujours Bordeaux, is developing in several interesting new directions. As Linden Wilkie of The Fine Wine Experience says: "This is an industry making progress on all fronts."

12/21/18

Plus, Italians work overtime to fight winecrime with fake "Prosecco-Franciacorta," 5 million liters of compromised wine; battle over "Nazi" grape name in Austria; and Champagne Ruinart rocks Art Basel Miami Beach with "Disappearing Man"

12/21/18

Establishing who the stragglers are and what impact they might have in the future is the key at this point.

12/21/18

Whatever you do, embrace 2019 with optimism. This is the most exciting time there has ever been for anyone making or selling anything…

12/21/18

Last month, the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers parts of Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee ruled it unconstitutional for a state to restrict trade between out-of-state retailers and in-state resident consumers. That case is expected to be heard on appeal at the U.S. Supreme Court in January 2019.

12/21/18

Instead, Democrats are sticking to their original plan, and channeled Exxon Mobil in an announcement refusing to bar members who take fossil fuel money.

12/21/18

Professor Alex Maltman questions the new orthodoxy that vineyard geology is of overriding importance to a wine's character, and highlights some factors that may have been overlooked when it comes to understanding wine terroir in the glass