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Monday, March 18th

01/03/19

How do you narrow down which booths to visit? WBM has created the Unified Guide - a preview of the products and services that will be showcased at Unified-to help our readers determine which booths they'd like to visit at the show

01/03/19

Agricultural companies operating in California's Central Valley are increasing their minimum wages to $15 per hour which may add to upward pressure on minimum agricultural wages in the Pacific Northwest. The Wonderful Co., a Los Angeles agricultural conglomerate that produces the popular Halos mandarins, announced Dec. 19 that it is raising its minimum wage for its more than 2,000 California employees to $15 per hour on Jan. 1. The state's minimum wage increased from $11 to $12 on Jan. 1, but won't reach $15 until 2022.

01/03/19

"These are the appointments of a governor who is serious about doing something big on health care," said Anthony Wright, executive director of Health Access California. "You have folks who have engaged the issue very seriously and have the scars to prove it."

01/03/19

This new blend will drop the Mourvedre in favor of more Cinsault in order to make a more affordable wine made in a lighter, "more approachable" style .../

01/03/19

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. Last winter, organizers found a warm response in Portland for the consumer tasting and trade seminars near the historic Lloyd Center. That experience and potential outreach has prompted them to consider a return to the Willamette Valley for 2020.

01/03/19

The Liv-ex Fine Wine 100 index closed 2018 down 0.2% on 2017's finish after a slow but stable year, while the broader Fine Wine 1000 soared 10%.

01/03/19

In an abstract titled, "Alcohol Consumption in the United States: Past, Present, and Future Trends" published in the Journal of Wine Economics Volume 13, Number 2, James Fogerty and Derby Voon examined "…long-run changes in alcohol consumption patterns for the United States, at the state level, and presents forecasts for per capita consumption of beer, wine, and spirits…"

01/03/19

Fine wine importer Wilson Daniels has announced its partnership with the historic Sicilian property Feudo Montoni, the company's first venture into this dynamic Italian wine region. Feudo Montoni has been producing top-quality wines on its historic grounds since 1469, and is currently overseen by Fabio Sireci, the third generation of a family dedicated to producing the most refined expressions of this long-cultivated terroir

01/03/19

California wine brand Barefoot has unearthed the 10 most expressive pets in the UK and has gifted their owners with bottles of Barefoot featuring their pet's paw print. Called 'Paws For A Cause', over 1,000 pet owners entered the nationwide competition, which generated over 14,000 likes on Facebook.

01/03/19

Exciting things are happening in Japanese winemaking, especially when it comes to the Koshu grape, which is being made into expressions that uniquely complement the country's raw-fish dishes. By Patrick Schmitt MW.

01/03/19

The Vancouver International Wine Festival celebrates its 41st year starting Feb. 23 as it offers the chance to taste more than 700 wines spanning 16 countries. The festival focuses on a different region or country every year, and the featured region this time is California.

01/03/19

THE last two months of 2018 have been momentous for Liz Heidenreich - bringing an end to her much-loved 13½-year term as Clare Valley Sevenhill winemaker, getting married and launching a eponymous wine label. She's no stranger to rare accomplishments. Born in Adelaide into a wine industry-engaged family whose grandfather set up a Barossa Valley vineyard in 1936, she took up a career in nursing.After 15 years working as a nurse, the wine genes clicked in and Liz began a wine science course. That led after graduation to jobs in South Australian wineries and in Portugal.

01/03/19

Now the world's largest provider of wine and spirits qualifications for both professionals and enthusiasts, WSET will be celebrating this landmark anniversary with a full schedule of activity throughout the year looking back, and forward, at the integral role education plays in the wine and spirits trade.

01/03/19

The USDA in a statement issued last week assured farmers that checks would continue to go out during the first week of the shutdown. But direct payments for farmers who haven't certified production, as well as farm loans and disaster assistance programs, will be put on hold beginning next week, and won't start up again until the government reopens.

01/03/19

Certain USDA activities would remain active because they are related to law enforcement, the protection of life and property, or are financed through available funding (such as through mandatory appropriations, multi-year discretionary funding, or user fees). During the first week of the shutdown, 62% of employees have been either exempted or excepted from shutdown activities. If the shutdown continues, this percentage would decrease, and activities would be reduced as available funding decreases.

01/03/19

Guest editorial by Ron Thompson, President, National Water Resources Association (NWRA), General Manager, Washington County Water Conservancy District.

01/03/19

There is increasing interest in the use of non-Saccharomyces yeasts in winemaking due to their positive attributes. The non-Saccharomyces yeast Hanseniaspora vineae is an apiculate yeast that has been associated with the production of wine with good fermentation capacity and an increase in aromatic properties. However, this yeast represents a concern in mixed culture fermentation because of its nutrient consumption, especially nitrogen, as its mechanisms of regulation and consumption are still unknown.

01/03/19

Maximiliano Morales seeks out old vines along the 4,000 kilometers of wine valleys from the north to the south of Chile. He rescues old vineyards to produce wines from vinestocks brought by European immigrants dating back to the arrival of the Spanish in 1550. Morales presented the results of his research, that came as a result of a presentation he previously gave in October 2017 for students and professors at UC Davis in California in the Robert Mondavi Institute.

01/03/19

Six predictions for how we'll shop in 2019, from embracing IRL stores to ditching Amazon.

01/03/19

The expanding relationship between the two companies now reaches 15 states. Prior to this appointment The Winebow Group represented Winesellers, Ltd.'s brands in NY, CT, NJ, VA, DC, MD, WV, DE, NC, SC, GA, FL & CA.

01/03/19

The photographer, Andrew Lincoln of Napa, received $1,000 in prize money. He said he especially enjoys taking pictures of harvest and hopes his photos draw attention to the important work people do on California farms and ranches. Lincoln also won the contest's Grand Prize in 2016.

01/03/19

Producer payments make up the largest portion of the $12 billion aid package, including nearly $4.9 billion in this current round and $4.7 billion in the first round. Another one-time payment of $1.2 billion is being used to make government purchases of specialty crops, beef, pork and dairy products, and $200 million has been allocated to help expand export markets for U.S. farm products.

01/03/19

The California Department of Water Resources and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced they resolved differences in an agreement known as the Coordinated Operation Agreement, or COA, approving updates to how the State Water Project and federal Central Valley Project operate to meet environmental regulations and downstream obligations.

01/03/19

Almost as soon President Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill into law, he clashed with Congress on a wall on the U.S./Mexico border, leading to a government shutdown. It's a partial shutdown, meaning that some vital functions remain in place until the standoff between the President and Congress resolves.

01/03/19

Several factors have prompted the research in grapevine tissue cultures in the last few decades, including the development of micro-propagation protocols for grapevine materials, the elimination of viruses from plant material using meristem cultures and somatic embryogenesis, the development of methods to perform embryo-rescue in breeding programs that target seedless grapevine cultivars, the development of culturing systems to support genetic manipulation of grapevine cultivars, the use of cell-based cultures to study-specific aspects of grapevine development and/or berry ripening, and the production of valuable metabolites for grapevine suspension cultures.

01/03/19

The idea of recreating wines in a laboratory offers opportunities and unintended consequences.

01/03/19

Ulises Valdez was renowned as much for as his heart as for his highly sought grapes and wines.

01/03/19

The owner of the winery, Danny Johnson, says the goats enjoy your pine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

01/03/19

Starting January 1, 2019, all wines labeled with an American Viticultural Area (AVA) located entirely within Monterey County, must also include the term "Monterey County" on the label. An AVA is a federally designated wine grape growing region distinguishable by unique geographic features.

01/03/19

More than 30 new laws passed by the Tennessee General Assembly will go into effect on the first day of 2019, ranging from changes to election law and when motor vehicle accidents have to be reported to state authorities, to immigration and abortion.

01/03/19

Future generations may ask why we were distracted by lesser matters

01/03/19

Climate change could have a huge impact on the wine industry in the very near future

01/03/19

Since the world can't seem to agree on reducing CO2 emissions, why not tackle the problem from the other end, scientists from Harvard and Yale have surmised. The researchers recently published a study which says that spraying large amounts of sulfate particles into the Earth's lower stratosphere in order to literally dim out the sun could cut the effects of global climate change in half, and it might even be cheap!

01/03/19

As Adrian Bridge, CEO of Taylor's Port says on the Porto Protocol (POP) website, "We need to share between us the solutions that are making a difference, stimulate new ideas and inspire others to take action. There is no time, and no need, to reinvent things. If we share our successes and experiences we will all benefit."