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12/27/18

As the North American wine industry grew and evolved, so did Wines & Vines ...

12/27/18

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau cautioned the agency is suspending many of its operations as the partial government shutdown enters its sixth day Thursday. Wednesday was the first working day after the Christmas holiday

12/27/18

BevMo is warning that a data breach may have allowed a hacker to steal credit card numbers and other information from more than 14,000 customers who used the alcohol-seller's website

12/27/18

It started a few years ago when my ex-wife insisted I do the DNA analysis offered by 23 & Me. I was adopted so I didn't know much about my ethnic background and the Ex had always been fascinated. She had done the test and found her own results fascinating. I did the test and it proved interesting ...

12/27/18

This is the first of a four-part account of California's most-planted vine variety.

12/27/18

The building of California Chardonnay: the 1950s to the 1970s ... See part 1 of this four-part account of California's most-planted grape

12/27/18

See part 1 and part 2 of this four-part history of California's most popular grape variety.

12/27/18

Research projects supported by Washington wine grape growers and wineries helped leverage funding for two new federal grants to Washington State University scientists: One is a national effort to understand and reduce the impact of fungicide resistance to grape powdery mildew, and the other will translate large sets of data into actionable information for grape and fruit growers for irrigation scheduling

12/27/18

The Oregon Tempranillo Alliance recently announced that its fourth annual Oregon Tempranillo Celebration will return to its roots in Southern Oregon on Jan. 18-20

12/27/18

She's back for her third year through the Careers Barbie line, and she's showing girls that career goals can include agriculture. While agriculture has long been considered a man's arena, women are stepping up and taking a more active role on Texas farms and ranches. From 2007-12, the number of women operators grew by 10%, bucking the national decline.

12/27/18

While Newton sits in St. Helena, it's tucked away - Uber drivers have a hard time pinpointing the location - and its Instagram account sits postless. But this is a winery you'll want to know. Newton's lush, fruit-forward 2015 Puzzle red blend (cabernet sauvignon, merlot, petit verdot, cabernet franc and malbec) transfixes your palate, and the vineyard's well-tended gardens with crisscrossed hedges and roses entice the eyes.

12/27/18

A boutique winery in the heart of downtown Meredith has received preliminary approval from the Planning Board to create an event space on its third floor with seating for 75. Bob Manley, one of the three owners of Hermit Woods Winery, told the land-use board on Tuesday that proposed renovations are in response to guest requests to hold dinners and receptions at the 72 Main St. location.

12/27/18

Since his election in November, Newsom has been weighing how to handle his array of assets in the hospitality business, collectively known as the PlumpJack Group, a multimillion-dollar business enterprise that grew from a wine shop he opened in San Francisco in 1992. Those holdings have the potential to create ethical conflicts between Newsom's job as California's chief executive and his business interests.

12/27/18

Despite some funds aimed at improved marketing, Hungarian wine exports have been pretty much stagnant for the past two decades. In 1985, exports stood at three million hectoliters - in 2016, the entire Hungarian wine production accounted for the same amount, only a fifth of which was export.

12/27/18

From his start picking grapes at Tantalus Vineyard to now owning a vineyard with boutique winery goals of his own, Ryan Fipke is living proof of the value of education and training for B.C.'s wine industry talent. Knowing a career in the wine industry was his passion, Fipke began his formal training a few years back when he enrolled in the three wine certificate programs offered by Okanagan College's Continuing Studies Department.

12/27/18

This report titled as Winery Software Market, gives a brief about the comprehensive research and an outline of its growth in the market globally. It also delivers an in-depth view, which provides an overview of the business players entering this competitive landscape. It also depicts a solid foundation for the readers who are looking forward to expanding their holding over the competitive landscape.

12/27/18

The 2018 vintage required patience and precision at Phantom Creek Estates, but rewarded with wines of restraint and elegance. The Bai family would like to thank their exceptional team, both in the vineyard and cellar, whose attention to detail and tireless pursuit of excellence is reflected in this year's wines.

12/27/18

She had initially thought that the winery was part of the Arroyo Seco AVA, but discovered it was not, so she couldn't use that designation on her wines. So she petitioned the TTB to include it starting in 2014. The process was long and arduous, but in December of 2016 she was informed her petition was sitting on the agency director's desk, ready to be signed off and head to a 90-day public comment period.

12/27/18

CITF Group opened a San Francisco-based branch office (CITF Group Inc) to introduce an innovative machine to the US Wine Industry

12/27/18

Confronting your family and leaving them upset is not the goal. Keep it positive, and you might be surprised by what happens next.

12/27/18

Vintners in the Willamette Valley are now making sparkling wine to rival Champagne.

12/27/18

Two of the wine world's most important luminaries have just retired, despite seeming (to me admittedly) in, if not the first, then certainly the second flush of youth

12/27/18

The tax and the collection program "is not self-sufficient, nor has it ever been," according to the investigators, who concluded in an October report that the "program's fee structure and operating rules are not fair or transparent to taxpayers, undermining basic good government principles."

12/27/18

Meet the all-star, all-female wine-making crew making waves in Tuscany

12/27/18

In 1983, Utah was the first state to lower its blood alcohol limit from 0.10 to 0.08 for impaired driving. It would take nearly two decades for every state to follow suit, but as they did, the nation's rate of alcohol-related traffic deaths dropped 10 percent. Now, Utah is pioneering the move to lower it once again.

12/27/18

Leading spirits producer Diageo has completed the sale of 19 non-priority brands to US company Sazerac ahead of schedule in a deal worth US$550 million

12/27/18

Established in the 17th century, Berry Bros. & Rudd could remain steeped in their wine merchant tradition. Instead, they are leading the industry into the future with Berry's Broking Exchange (BBX), a fine wine global marketplace that authenticates each wine's provenance and guarantees its quality

12/27/18

New rules reducing the use of copper sulfate could be problematic in Champagne

12/27/18

Nestled in Northern California's wine country, the Donum Estate is one of Sonoma Valley's most beautiful vineyards. In addition to its sprawling orchards and endless rows of grapevines, the 200-acre site boasts a world-class collection of contemporary sculpture that intertwines "art, nature, and the human hand."

12/27/18

The reimagined winery transformed what had been the dark-wood and cellarlike interior into one where every room has light pouring in from above. Most wineries in the Napa Valley prefer large windows that look outside at vineyards and mountains at the ground level, but the previous occupant had blocked the vineyard views with a parking lot on one side and a winery facility on the other. Enormous skylights were cut into the ceilings, which required iron trusses, adding to what the designers call "refurbished industrial."

12/27/18

This year Silver Oak's Alexander Valley winery was formally recognized as LEED Platinum certified by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), which introduced the international green building rating system standard in 2000. LEED Platinum is the highest level a green building can achieve and one that requires a rigorous certification and review process. Silver Oak's Napa Valley winery received its Platinum certification in July 2016.

12/27/18

The Concours Mondial de Bruxelles (CMB) has reported a 20% rise in orders of medal sticker rolls in 2018 compared to the previous year. In 2018, the top ten countries ordering medals and buying the copyrights from CMB were: France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Bulgaria, Mexico, South Africa, Belgium and Romania. France and Spain were also at the top in 2017 and 2016. Orders from the next CMB host country Switzerland, also trebled compared to the previous year.

12/27/18

Napa County Supervisors Diane Dillon and Belia Ramos recently traveled to South Australia to encounter international wine world competition that has some different takes on wine country tourism

12/27/18

Federal officials seized documents and computers, as well as one bottle from each specific alcohol shipment, which were sent for analysis. Outside warehouses in various regions, delivery trucks formed long lines, waiting to pick up and drop off their cargo. On the evening of December 26, a spokesperson for Red & White said the company's operations had come to a complete standstill, though the chain's storefronts were still open for business. The following morning, the company's central office in Chelyabinsk announced that staff were back on the job

12/27/18

In 2018, CITF Group opened a San Francisco-based branch office (CITF Group Inc) to introduce an innovative machine to the US Wine Industry; ALIEN, a high-tech grape sorter able to process fruit efficiently and with a higher level of accuracy. Using the robotic technology (each robot consists of three "arms" moving up and down and from right to left with a suction gripper at the end), ALIEN can sort up to eight tons per hour and remove up to 400 MOG per minute

12/27/18

Retail sales in the U.S. from Nov. 1 through Christmas Eve were up 5.1 percent to more than $850 billion, according to Mastercard SpendingPulse

12/27/18

Shoppers delivered the strongest holiday sales increase for U.S. retailers in six years, according to early data.

12/27/18

In the US, Jews have been eating American Chinese food on Christmas for over 100 years.

12/27/18

People who drink moderate amounts of alcohol or coffee and are overweight in their 70s live longer lives, according to researchers at the UC Irvine Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders

12/27/18

What caught the attention of health-conscious wine lovers this year? Women's health, teeth, sleep and more…