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02/05/19

A Maine alcohol distributor has filed a complaint in federal court against a California wine company for allegedly violating the New England state's unfair trade practices rules. South Portland Wine Co. alleges Winery Exchange Inc., a company based in Novato, tried to wrest the brand Bread & Butter from the distributor, according to the complaint.

02/05/19

But American Chardonnay - and more specifically California Chardonnay - has garnered over-simplistic generalizations: "oaky," "butter-bomb," "hedonistic." But, as Unified panelist Greg Brewer, winemaker at Brewer-Clifton winery, pointed out during the discussion, the grape has a skeletal transparency; the variety's characteristic is quite quiet. The tasting revolved around Chardonnays that showcased the more hushed tones of the Chardonnay, those that expressed a sense of terroir and provided a more well-rounded perspective on what Chardonnay can be, given different winemaking methods.

02/05/19

We went behind the scenes of the annual McMinnville Wine & Food Classic - Sip! to see how this 26-year-old Oregon wine competition, benefiting the St. James School, operates. From the language used to the wines evaluated and the judges' insight, we breakdown the details to this tenured Northwest wine competition, affectionally known as the Mac Classic.

02/05/19

At least 50 Italian organisations related to wine production, including vineyards and bottling companies, are reported to be under investigation for diluting expensive wines with mediocre grapes.

02/05/19

Barefoot has added £57 million to the brand in two years, according to Nielsen. Barefoot said 53% of this growth was down to existing customers buying more Barefoot wine, and from new customers discovering the brand.

02/05/19

Described as a "picturesque Barossa landmark" the estate is located on the outskirts of Tanunda and 10 hectares of shiraz and cabernet sauvignon vines, a modern cellar door tasting bar and a restaurant.

02/05/19

Famille Helfrich is poised to unveil a new Calvet range exclusively created and designed for the on-trade and independents.

02/05/19

"Burlington is quickly growing beyond its beer roots because there are Vermont producers who are on the leading edge of wine and cider trends," Eleanor Leger, owner and founder of the Vermont-based Eden Ciders, says. She credits the "retailers and restaurants that do a great job of introducing their customers to these and other great stuff from outside Vermont."

02/05/19

Prices of generic wines from Spain and Italy are easing because of a large harvest in 2018, while bottles from Argentina have become less costly due to the devaluation of its currency, Rabobank International said. "Bulk wine prices at the end of the year started to reflect the impact of the large 2018 crop in Europe, with prices for Spanish and Italian wines showing the most relevant contractions," Rabobank analysts led by Stephen Rannekleiv wrote in a quarterly report.

02/05/19

A recent sting operation in Italy targeted entities tied to wine production, including bottling companies and vineyards. Why? Because what they stated was in the bottle wasn't actually the case. Now, more than 50 groups involved in wine production are under investigation for diluting expensive wines with mediocre grapes.

02/05/19

Two bills are under consideration in state legislative committees that would allow direct sales and shipment of wine to Mississippi residents. Members of both the House and Senate have authored bills, and local liquor stores are lobbying against them.

02/05/19

Golfer Mike Weir and broadcaster Bob McCown, two of the best-known names in Canadian sports, are in a court battle over Mike Weir Wine Inc., a failed winery. Mr. McCown, who hosts the afternoon drive-time radio show Prime Time Sports in Toronto, owns the winery - and the winery owes Mr. Weir $2.2-million. According to court documents, the winery also owes $4.3-million to Royal Bank of Canada.

02/05/19

On the steep slopes of California's Napa Valley, labor shortages, as well as unique weather and soil conditions, combine to create significant challenges to viticulturalists charged with the health of the vineyards entrusted to them. Remote-controlled aircraft - drones - represent one technology showing considerable promise in allowing viticulturalists to overcome some of those challenges.

02/05/19

Last week, Councilwoman Carlina Rivera, who represents the second district in the New York City Council, proposed a bill that bans selling foie gras in the city on the grounds of animal cruelty, reports the New York Post. If the bill is passed and vendors continue to sell foie gras, they'll pay up to $1,000 in fines and spend a year in jail "for each offense."

02/05/19

Maxence Dulou-a native of Bordeaux who has worked at vineyards in Chile, South Africa, and France's Burgundy region-wanted to take part in the creation of a new wine. In 2012, he found himself doing so-in China.

02/05/19

The Dueling Pistols brand consists of two red blends: one is sourced from Paso Robles and is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Petit Sirah; and the other is from Dry Creek Valley and is 50% Zinfandel and 50% Syrah. The brand's name and labels-which portray two 19th Century duelists-are inspired by the interplay of the evenly split varietal blends.

02/05/19

If you're not familiar with Mallmann, a chef with restaurants all over the world, including his latest opening in Provence, he's synonymous with the Uruguayan and Argentinean style of cooking that uses not much more than a simple setup utilizing fire and smoke. It's about as simple, but as hard to execute as it gets.

02/05/19

Among French wines, Château Pétrus is legendary. Consumers pay over $1,000 for a single bottle. Talking with Christian Moueix, the owner and long-time winemaker of Pétrus, Kellogg's Gregory Carpenter asked an innocent question: When crafting a wine, how do you think about the consumer?

02/05/19

This article is part of The Conversation's series on drought. You can read the rest of the series online....To understand California's water situation, one must recognize a fundamental paradox: Enough will never be enough. We are a land-rich but water-limited state, and increased supply leads to more demand, which makes answers to California's water challenges complex, involving a combination of policy, technology and conservation.

02/05/19

Australia will be better prepared for Xylella fastidiosa outbreaks with the appointment of a national coordinator to lead a three-year program to improve readiness for the potential incursion of this devastating disease.

02/05/19

As hot conditions sweep across the region, winegrowers are feeling the heat amongst their harvest. Around the region water sources are limited, with most vineyards operating from dams and bores. Jenny Houghton from Maygar's Hill is operating drippers after midnight for less evaporation and cheaper power.

02/05/19

An IBM presentation on the application of blockchain technology for food safety will be one of many opportunities for learning and innovation at the 2019 Salinas Valley Ag Technology Summit on March 26-27. IBM, which is developing blockchain data-tracking solutions for the U.S. food supply, will be represented by Suzanne Livingston, its offering director for Food Trust™. Blockchain uses encoded digital data to create a permanent, interlocking record of each transaction.

02/05/19

Millésime Bio, which closed on 30 January, welcomed 6,200 visitors over the three-day event, a 10% increase in attendance compared to the previous show. The French came in greater numbers this year, accounting for 78% of visitors compared to 75% last year. "This growth clearly illustrates the vitality of the organic wine market, which is particularly buoyant in France", said Sudvinbio chair Patrick Guiraud.

02/05/19

Storms during the first three weeks of January brought seasonal rainfall and snowpack levels to average or more, increased reservoir levels and brought cautious optimism to California farmers, who hope to see improved water supplies in the coming year.

02/05/19

A winegrape-growing region wracked by wildfires wants to learn more about the impact smoke has on grapes, while growers look to crop insurance and disaster relief to offset some of their losses. After the Mendocino Complex fire burned more than 459,000 acres of land in Lake and Mendocino counties last year, Lake County growers suffered an estimated $37.1 million in losses from smoke damage, according to a survey by the Lake County Winegrape Commission.

02/05/19

It took more than a decade to create, but a revised state definition of wetlands and procedures to protect them from dredge-and-fill activities requires still more work to make the plan more clear and to reduce its impact on farmers, ranchers and foresters.

02/05/19

After a long career with the USDA Soil Conservation Service/Natural Resources Conservation beginning in the summer of 1979, I recently submitted my retirement papers. This raises many succession issues for my office and service area, where I have worked since December 1985.

02/05/19

Places is a new international directory of wineries being launched by My Wine Society (exclusively in-app). Designed to bring wineries and wine lovers from across the globe closer together, Places will be the most robust and comprehensive list of wineries in the world!

02/05/19

Keeper Collection, LLC is proud to announce Phil Laramore as the winner of the 2019 Somms Under Fire wine & food pairing competition, held on Sunday, January 27 at the AT&T Hotel & Conference Center. Laramore, owner of the import and brokerage company SAmandla Wine Imports in Littleton, CO, was selected as the winner by a panel of four Master Sommelier judges for his stellar performance in wine and food pairing, service, and education. In addition, he also won the Amador Whiskey Cocktail Challenge.

02/05/19

Iowa City Democratic Sen. Joe Bolkcom said Monday he'll introduce a bill to end the prohibition of marijuana in the state. But he also said legalizing recreational marijuana likely remains a pipe dream as long as Republicans control the state lawmaking process - the governor is Republican as are the majorities in the Iowa House and Senate.

02/05/19

Music finance company Sound Royaltiesis thrilled to announce its role as a participating sponsor of the T.J. Martell Foundation'supcoming 11thAnnual Los Angeles Wine Dinner & Auction Celebration. The charity dinner, which raises money for cutting-edge cancer research programs, will take place in the heart of Hollywood at the Taglyan Complex on February 7, 2019 at 6 p.m.

02/05/19

New Mexico has a 400-year history of winegrowing. Spaniards first brought vines to the region in the 17th century and Italian wine culture was imprinted there when Jesuit priests arrived in the 1860s. By the end of that century, the state was among the top five winegrowing regions in the country. Prohibition and a crippling 100-year flood of the Rio Grande were severe setbacks for the industry until commercial production resumed again in the late 1970s.

02/05/19

B.E.V. NY is developed and hosted by the Finger Lakes Grape Program and Cornell's Enology Extension Program. This is the sixth iteration of this joint venture between the two programs. This year, the New York Wine & Grape Foundation will be hosting their annual Unity Luncheon at the conference on Wednesday.

02/05/19

The company represents more than 300 wineries around the world for sales, marketing and distribution to airlines and cruise lines. Last year, Intervine sourced and supplied more than 1.4 million cases of wine to fly on 30 airlines in Asia, Europe, Middle East and North America and sail on more than 15 major cruise lines.

02/05/19

Winemakers and grape growers looking to innovate in all phases of their operations can gain cutting-edge advice from Cornell University and other experts at the 2019 B.E.V. NY [Business.Enology.Viticulture] conference Feb. 27 to March 1 at the Rochester Institute of Technology Conference Center.

02/05/19

I've spent much of the last two weeks at wine industry symposia: first the Direct to Consumer Wine Symposium in Concord, CA, and then the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium another hour north in Sacramento. I spoke on panels at both, at the first on measuring ROI on winery events, and at the second on technical and market challenges and opportunities for rosés. But I also took advantage of being there already -- and the free passes that come with being a speaker -- to sit in on some of the other sessions. Both events began with "state of the industry" reports, with quite different outlooks.

02/05/19

David Bernhardt, currently Interior's acting head, would replace Ryan Zinke if the Senate approves his nomination. Zinke resigned in December amid ethics investigations.

02/05/19

Even the most astute wine-country observers can't keep track of every new brand to hit the market in Santa Barbara County each year. That's where the Garagiste Festival: Southern Exposure comes in to shed light on the latest labels and small-batch winemakers.

02/05/19

Napa County says Oakville-based B Cellars winery appears to overemphasize food service in violation of county laws for wineries in unincorporated areas, with the winery disagreeing. The county allows food-and-wine pairings at wineries, but requires that food service be incidental to wine tasting. Wineries are to be primarily agricultural processing facilities, according to county policies. On Jan. 31, the county issued what it calls an "apparent code violation" notice to B Cellars saying meal service there is such that the winery functions as a café or restaurant. Also, the winery's marketing efforts emphasize food too much.

02/05/19

Trying these popular bottles, I thought, would etch in stark relief the yawning chasm between mass-produced industrial bottles, which happen to be enjoyed by millions of people for whom wine is not a particular priority, and our usual topic, wines that are agricultural products, often made in small lots, which are cherished by people for whom wine is important enough to commit to learning more about it. It may well be that a small group of consumers is able to enjoy both types of wines, but I would say these consumers are more the exception than the rule.

02/05/19

For more than a year, the worldwide campaign by winemakers to bring justice to the world by bringing a white-wine emoji to our keyboards has been raging.

02/05/19

Wine bars and restaurants across the country are highlighting women winemakers via events, dinners and special sections on their menus.

02/05/19

Sogrape Vinhos has acquired the Quinta da Romeira winery and vineyards, in the Bucelas region near Lisbon

02/05/19

VT senior farmers face succession planning challenges head-on with help from local groups -- In Vermont, senior farmers age 65 or older operate 28% of the state's farms. Of these 2,076 senior farmers, just 9% of them have someone under age 45 managing the farm with them. The 363,600 acres and $1.2 billion in land and agricultural infrastructure they own will transfer ownership in the next 10+ years in one way or another.

02/05/19

Snow levels could lower to 400 to 1,000 feet by Tuesday morning, with a mixture of snow and rain down to even lower elevations, although it may not stick, the Weather Service said Monday afternoon. This would be the lowest snow level in Napa County since 2011.

02/05/19

Champagne house Louis Roederer is going to launch a rosé version of its Brut Nature cuvée later this year it has been announced, while its UK importing arm is working to fully integrate new agencies Delas and Billaud-Simon into its portfolio and keeping an eye out for the right opportunities in the New World.

02/05/19

In its 2018 Cost of Living index, The Economist Intelligence Unit compares more than 50,000 individual prices across 160 products and services including categories like food, drink, clothing, household supplies, rent, transport, and utility bills.

02/05/19

Historic Japanese sake brewer Nishi has secured Overseas Investment Office approval to purchase Wairarapa-based vineyard Urlar Farms for NZ$8.75 million.

02/05/19

Both the Liv-ex 100 and its broader counterpart, the Fine Wine 1000, recorded minor dips last month, which for the FW 1000 was the first month of non-positive growth in over two years.

02/05/19

Have the vision to look beyond the Rioja and Ribera del Duero mainstream, and the rewards can be great indeed. Hidden in rural corners and on inhospitable slopes, you will stumble across those who prefer to carve their own path, mixing new methods with old, breathing new life into traditional grape varieties and wine styles as they go. Sarah Jane Evans MW explains the fascination behind nine of her favourites among Spain's new guard...

02/05/19

US officials said that the two 'continuity' deals would ensure no disruption to trade in wine and spirits after the UK leaves the European Union, which remains set for 29 March amid ongoing political wrangling in London and Brussels. Both deals were signed in Washington DC by the US chief agricultural negotiator, Gregg Doud, and the UK's ambassador to the US, Kim Darroch.

02/05/19

The Distilled Spirits Council has welcomed the US and UK government's promise to protect the trade of wine and spirits between both countries after the UK leaves the European Union in March, regardless of whether a deal with the EU is reached.

02/05/19

Constellation Brands has made another move in the craft spirits sector, acquiring a minority interest in Rochester, New York-based Black Button Distilling for an undisclosed sum.