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01/09/19

Prior to joining CDFA, Ross was chief of staff to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, a position she accepted in 2009. Prior to that appointment, she served as President of the California Association of Winegrape Growers from 1996 to 2009, and as Vice-President of the Agricultural Council of California from 1989 to 1996

01/09/19

The outcome appears to be a draw. Each party will bear their own attorneys' fees, costs and expenses. The terms of the settlement are confidential

01/09/19

Constellation Brands Inc., the alcohol giant betting big on the cannabis industry, plunged the most since 2013 after the company cut its profit outlook. It forecast a decline for the wine and spirits business and cited higher interest expenses from its investment in pot producer Canopy Growth Corp

01/09/19

The three-acre property offers 360-degree views overlooking the Pacific Ocean in one direction and Hearst Ranch and Santa Lucia range in the other. For decades, the restaurant was known as The Hamlet at Moonstone Gardens

01/09/19

The technology communicates with customers' smartphones and uses emoji-like icons to highlight products on their shopping lists as they walk down store aisles, helping them quickly select items in a sea of similar-looking products.

01/09/19

Part Two of our investigation into the Supreme Court hearing. ... A sweeping legal decision can lead to unintended consequences ... any court ruling is likely to require only fairness, not openness

01/09/19

Phenomics is the measurement of phenomes, the physical and biochemical traits of an organism, as they change. The changes themselves may be caused by the physical environment or genetic mutation. Phenomics offers a way to study the enological factors that affect the performance of individual yeast strains

01/09/19

Using the CRISPR gene editing tool, Nikolay Kandul, Omar Akbari and their colleagues at UC San Diego and UC Berkeley devised a method of altering key genes that control insect sex determination and fertility

01/09/19

For some key reproductive traits, like number of berries per cluster and number of seeds per berry, clones bearing loose clusters showed differences with the compact clones and also differed from each other, indicating that each one follows different paths to produce loose clusters. Variation between clones was observed for abscisic acid and gibberellins levels at particular development stages, and differences in GAs could be related to phenotypic differences.

01/09/19

Fess Parker Winery announced today the addition of wine sales veteran Allyson Burkett to its team. Burkett is based in Florida and will oversee Fess Parker Winery's distributor and retail account relationships across the Southeastern United States.

01/09/19

Patrick Schmitt MW is editor-in-chief at The Drinks Business and a specialist on Champagne, visiting the region regularly, chairing the Champagne Masters, editing the annual Champagne Report, and author of original research into the changing sugar levels in Brut NV Champagne over a 21-year period for his MW dissertation.

01/09/19

Cuvaison Estate Wines, which includes Napa Valley's iconic Cuvaison winery in Los Carneros, and Brandlin Vineyard on Mount Veeder, is excited to announce that it has entered into a sales partnership with Frederick Wildman and Sons. Effective January 1, 2019, Frederick Wildman will provide sales services for the Cuvaison Estate Wines portfolio throughout the United States.

01/09/19

Somewhere between industrialized winemaking and the full-on natural/no-intervention movement, there are a growing number of producers using the environment-and more importantly, gravity-to refine their winemaking technique. Many believe that removing pumps or motors from the winemaking process preserves better fragrance and flavor. Some wineries have even gone so far as to build their facilities underground or on sloped land to bypass machinery and let gravity better work its magic.

01/09/19

Graybeard Distillery, home to Bedlam Vodka, is thrilled to announce Robert (Bob) Keegan's appointment to its Board of Directors. Keegan, a renowned business executive with over four decades of experience with prominent companies such as The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and Xerox, will partner with Bedlam Vodka as an investor and board member.

01/09/19

It has been a full six months since China retaliated against President Trump's 25 percent tariff on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods. That tariff, which took effect July 6, 2018, has rocked the foundation of a decades-old trade relationship U.S. soybean farmers built with China, the largest market for American beans. And, it has resulted in halted sales, plummeting crop prices, and a lack of security for farmers seeking funding for the 2019 season.

01/09/19

Amanda Cavanagh, a plant biochemist with University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: I work on an international project called Realizing Increased Photosynthetic Efficiency (RIPE), which takes another approach. We are boosting harvests by increasing the efficiency of photosynthesis - the solar-powered process that plants use to turn carbon dioxide and water into greater crop yields. In our most recent publication, we show one way to increase crop yield by up to 40 percent by rerouting a series of chemical reactions common to most of our staple food crops.

01/09/19

Health Communications, Inc. (HCI) today announced that eTIPS, an online responsible alcohol server and seller training program, is approved by and meets the requirements of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC). While not required by law, the TABC encourages sellers, servers, and managers to be trained so they are better able to identify and prevent sales of alcoholic beverages to minors and intoxicated persons.

01/09/19

The Beverage Flavoring Systems Market is estimated to be valued at USD 3.8 billion in 2018 and is projected to reach USD 5.2 billion by 2023, growing at a CAGR of 6.1% during the forecast period. The growing demand for a variety of innovative flavors in soft drinks, the launch of advanced technologies in flavor processing, increasing consumer inclination toward clean-label and organic products, and favorable regulatory environment for fortified products are some of the driving factors of this market.

01/09/19

NWGIC research, funded by Wine Australia, is investigating the impact of the timing of leaf removal on sun damage to the grapes

01/09/19

Drilling deeper wells may not be a good long-term solution to compensate for increasing demands on groundwater, report UA hydrologist Jennifer McIntosh and colleagues ...

01/09/19

On January 8, 2018, the first wine labels bearing the Petaluma Gap American Viticultural Area (AVA) were submitted by winemakers to the Alcohol, Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) for approval by the federal government. A year later, the Petaluma Gap Winegrowers Alliance (PGWA) is cheering on its growers and winemakers for the plethora of wines now bearing the AVA on the label and for the accolades these wines are receiving from top wine writers and reviewers.

01/09/19

Trefinos USA announces its partnership with Pioneer Packaging to represent their technical cork stoppers, CWINE, in the Pacific Northwest. Established in 1984, Pioneer Packaging offers wineries extensive packaging options from Glass and One-Way kegs to Direct to Consumer packaging supplies

01/09/19

TricorBraun, a global packaging leader, has acquired Pacific Bag, LLC, one of the largest independent U.S. distributors of flexible packaging. The company will combine Pacific Bag with its existing flexibles business, Taipak, to create TricorBraun Flex, a new business unit focused on flexible packaging.

01/09/19

Wine Enthusiast's picks for best wine related travel hotspots offers something for everyone with a passion to explore beyond the glass. Among their top 10 is a boutique, emerging hidden gem, Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country. The destination is the only California city that was selected, and California was one of only two North American states among the list.

01/09/19

Geyserville Inn has engaged public relations firm McCue Communications to increase property visibility, consult on new projects--including a $2 million, 38 room remodel to be completed in mid-2019--and develop strategic communications strategies for its hotel and restaurant rebrand.

01/09/19

Wine Enthusiast Media is pleased to announce the launch of It Starts With Wine, an original series premiering on Amazon Prime Video January 4th, 2019. The episodic series travels the globe and follows the world's best winemakers, growers, producers and personalities, along with prominent chefs and celebrities, to offer viewers an inside look at the people, locations, cuisines and cultures that surround the wine lifestyle.

01/09/19

The December index reading also continues a four month trend of below 50 readings indicating a continued sluggishness in beer orders heading into the 2019.

01/09/19

Korbel California Champagne announced the release of its limited-edition "Lovebird" bottle wrap. Whether toasting a significant other or popping some bubbly with a group of friends, the feather-themed bottle is the perfect accessory or special gift to celebrate the season of love and friendship

01/09/19

Sommeliers are reporting that enthusiasm for the northern Rhône is starting to escape its culty wine-insider bubble. Part of that interest, certainly, is the result of producers from South Africa to Australia to the Sonoma Coast preaching the gospel of cool-climate syrah

01/09/19

Most blended red wines vary radically from one to another. Most winemakers try to hit a particular style of wine that sells - and the current mode of the day for reds is big and bold, with lots of fruit intensity.

01/09/19

Don't act too surprised. Aubrey Drake Graham is dipping his toes into the world of Champagne with the recent unveiling of his very own Champagne brand called Mod Sélection Champagne. Yes, the Champagne Papi himself has made it official.

01/09/19

Heralded as a sign of naturism becoming mainstream in Paris, the French capital's first nudist restaurant is having to close next month because of scanty customers.

01/09/19

Double Seven Services ran a viticulture labour contracting firm and paid its employees based on each piece of work they completed.

01/09/19

A grade on an exam or relating to a student's performance in a subject isn't everything; it is just part of the story. A test grade tells you nothing of the student's personality, style or if you will even like them. Why? Because a score cannot begin to relate all those other qualities of a person or wine that are immeasurable.