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Wednesday, November 20th

02/01/19

The last day of this week's Unified Wine & Grape Symposium began with a fast-paced TED talk-style discussion surrounding technology in the wine industry - how it affects grapegrowing, winemaking and marketing practices and how to prepare for future innovations

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It's conference time east of the Rockies. Four were held in early January - in Colorado, Kansas, Kentucky and the Hill Country in Texas - and 14 more conferences are scheduled in February and March. No matter where you live, if you grow grapes or make wine, there will be a conference not too far from home where you can learn more about growing grapes in a particular climate or making wine, even in difficult climates and growing conditions

02/01/19

In October of last year, consumer goods veteran Jim Mortensen took the helm at Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, replacing longtime president and CEO Ted Baseler. Mortensen has more than 25 years of experience in consumer packaged goods, including a variety of global positions at Philip Morris International and a stint at Miller Brewing Co. as senior vice president, sales and distribution

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"Most estates compare their 2016s to their 2013s (and feel it's the greatest vintage they've made), but the wines appear to me to be either a beefed-up version of the 2014s or a slightly more elegant, forward version of the 2013s; take your pick. 2016 is unquestionably in the same league as 2012 and 2013, and it is one of the all-time great vintages for the region"

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Grapes Harvested in 2016 Celebrate Golden 1 Center's Opening and Highlight Sacramento's Agricultural Community -- Wine will be available at Golden 1 Center on February 2

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In a move to further strategic diversification across various price points and distribution models, the Stoller Wine Group announced the launch of its newest brand, Chemistry Wine, and the appointment of three new regional sales managers.

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"a sting operation carried out this week across a dozen Italian wine-producing regions has exposed a rather sour practice. At least 50 entities tied to wine production, including vineyards and bottling companies, according to Italy's health protection agency, are under investigation for cutting expensive wines with mediocre grapes"

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The principal reason for the break appears to be a refusal on the part of the DO to allow 'Cava' and 'Corpinnat' to appear on the same label, even though DO Pened├Ęs has agreed to its use

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The Coombsville-area winery wants to increase daily visitation from a maximum of eight guests to 35 guests and modify its marketing events plan. It wants to increase annual wine production from 25,000 gallons to 35,000 gallons.

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VinePair has brought on travel and drink columnists Evan Rail, Celine Bossart, Aaron Goldfarb, and Jamie Goode; Recipe Columnists Jordan Hughes and Natalie Migliarini; Tasting Editor Keith Beavers (former owner of Alphabet City Wine Co & In Vino) ...

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Beware the path of Kevin Jussila. One minute he was a hobby winemaker, the next he was embarking on Kukkula, a full-blown vineyard and winery deep in the western foothills of Paso Robles. While working as a financial advisor, Jussila - whose father's Finnish heritage is reflected in his winery name and branding - started planting grapevines in his Topanga Canyon backyard near Los Angeles.

02/01/19

"Perdue named Dr. Mindy Brashears as Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety, Naomi Earp as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, and Dr. Scott Hutchins as Deputy Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics. These positions do not require Senate confirmation"

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Scott Hutchins once directed global pesticide R&D for Dow AgroSciences ... Mindy Brashears earned $320,000 consulting for the meat industry ...

02/01/19

Without a governor that's taking on the issue, Rep. Michael D'Agostino, co-chairman of the General Law Committee, said there will be no discussion about minimum bottle pricing this year

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... up from 5.9 million produced in the frost-ravaged 2017 vintage.

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With the current buzz around "volcanic wines," the possibility that Mount Konocti or any surrounding cinder cones could erupt after 11,000 years may just be a boon for the image of Lake County wines.

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As interest in collecting fine wine continues to grow expect to see more luxury wine amenities as developers offer what today's high net worth buyer wants and will pay handsomely for.

02/01/19

A proposal to allow expanded Sunday liquor sales in 10 tourist-heavy S.C. counties, including Richland and Lexington, sparked a tense debate Thursday between evangelicals and a state lawmaker who called them hypocrites

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here are hurdles to climb, yet there's a growing sense of optimism that Jeremy Petty will be planting wine grapes and hops inside the fence at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla

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Ardagh Group has decided to close its Lincoln, Illinois, glass container production facility, on or after April 30, 2019, axing 150 jobs.

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For those who would drink, there are lots more choices available. Hard seltzers are now a $500 million industry, growing at 200 percent annually; cannabis-infused beverage consumption rose by 61 percent last year in states where it's legal, and the non-alcoholic drink industry is $7 billion bigger than it was four years ago

02/01/19

Plains All American Pipeline has applied for permits to rebuild a 124-mile pipeline across the Central Coast of California, a project that would enable ExxonMobil to reopen offshore production that stopped after Plains' existing pipe caused an oil spill near Santa Barbara in 2015

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New federal and state laws have made the use of hemp, which unlike marijuana does not contain psychoactive agents like THC, a legal food and drink additive

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The Angove Family has expanded its vineyard holdings in McLaren Vale with the purchase of the Angel Gully Vineyard located in the Vale sub region of Clarendon.

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According to some Yerevan locals, seeds of change were inadvertently sowed in the intimate interiors that define many of Armenia's new specialist drinking dens.

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A cheap lira could help build international sales of varietals from the land where it all began.

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By Lauren Galbraith, Farella, Braun + Martel .... One estate planning technique which magnifies the benefits of lifetime gifting is selling assets to a grantor trust in exchange for a promissory note ...