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02/06/19

Mary Ann Graf, a trailblazing female in the world of wine, passed away after a battle with pancreatic cancer on January 30, 2019. Graf has many "firsts" to her credit. These include being the first woman to earn a degree in Enology (Fermentation Sciences earning her degree in 1965) at UC Davis, the first woman winemaker of the modern era in California, and the first woman on the Board of Directors of the American Society for Enology and Viticulture.

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Read interviews with Mary Ann Graf conducted by Martin Meeker in 2017 for the Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library at the University of California Berkeley.

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The Master of Professional Studies in Wine Management degree is designed to go beyond wine production, the New York-based institution announced Tuesday. The coursework is designed for beverage-professional advancement, aficionados seeking another career and hospitality or culinary graduates who want to specialize in beverages, including spirits, cocktails and nonalcoholic options.

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Sometimes simply knowing what it you don't know is the key to understanding and the starting point for fresh research. In this paper that was just accepted for publication, Rousserie and her co-authors pose a simple question which I would paraphrase as, 'When are seed tannins ripe and how do we know they are?' Like any good review of the published scientific literature on a subject, Rousserie and company pose more questions than can be answered. I think that this is a topic worth keeping an eye on.

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Retail store sales of the state's wines rose 12.4 percent in dollar value in 2018, the Oregon Wine Board said Tuesday, far outdistancing overall industry growth of 1.5 percent. California sales were up 1.3 percent, according to data from Nielsen.

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At a time in which Amazon has become all things to all people, providing them with everything from silver foil to movies, it has become increasingly difficult for many wine retailers to keep up with the corporate kingpin. The Seattle-based corporate giant bought Whole Foods in August of 2017 and plans to use it as its primary wine-delivery service.

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The wine industry has long salivated over the millennial generation. The problem we're starting to see? Millennials are almost all now of drinking age, but so far at least, they are not becoming wine drinkers.

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Fine wine merchants expect the secondary market to rise this year if only by a small amount, with Burgundy, classic vintages of Bordeaux and Champagne leading the way.

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The unique Bordeaux barrel made by the Lalique crystal works and costing hundreds of thousands of euros takes pride of place in the cellars of Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey in Sauternes. It is the result of two years of meticulous craftsmanship. In some ways, it is taking technology to the extreme.

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Rosé sales are on the rise and so, too, is the production of the pink drink. The 2019 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium (UWGS) focused its tasting session on Rosé, with a panel of winemakers who discussed both their production and marketing methods.

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The San Luis Obispo Wine Country Association (SLO Wine) today announced that it has hired Anne Steinhauer as its new executive director.

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DAOU Vineyards & Winery today announced the addition of two veteran wine industry executives to the winery's marketing team-Alexis Walsh as Senior Vice President of Marketing

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DAOU Vineyards & Winery today announced the addition of two veteran wine industry executives to the winery's marketing team-Isaac Herrera as Vice President of E-Commerce and Digital Strategy.

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The Champagne Academy has appointed Alice Archer as its new chair for 2019 taking over from Marcus Little.

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The research abstract states (and cites studies to back it up) that, "…trained panelists and experts can adapt an analytical strategy that helps them to distinguish different components of wine flavors, compared to panelists without training." The researchers claim when tasting wine sommeliers activate regions of the brain involved in high-level cognitive processes, such as working memory and behavioral strategies. Conversely, novices tasting wine activate the primary gustatory cortex and areas of the brain's emotional processing.

02/06/19

Every facet of the wine and grape industry, from science and technology to trends and markets, was examined and discussed during the last week of January at the 25th Unified Wine & Grape Symposium (Unified) in Sacramento, CA.

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Current estimates are that 10 percent of total winery sales are via this channel, with the percentage much higher for wineries producing less than 50,000 cases. The vast majority of wineries - approximately 96 percent - fall into this category, ensuring that direct sales can only become more important in the coming years.

02/06/19

Since jumping the pond in 2012, nakedwines.com has grown to be the largest 100% DTC winery in the US. A growing community of over 100,000 loyal customers, called Angels, crowdfund independent winemakers worldwide - backing everything from planting vineyards to production costs and machinery. In return, nakedwines.com's winemakers sell their wines exclusively to the Angels at insider prices.

02/06/19

Winemaker Lot18 has teamed up with Playboy Enterprises, Inc. to produce the 'Playboy California Red Wine', a limited edition, high-quality blend crafted for wine aficionados and Playboy fans alike.

02/06/19

Very positive numbers for Lugana DOC, which closes 2018 with a definite "plus" registering a growth trend of more than 8.6% compared to the previous year, for a total bottle production of 17,578,533. Astonishing numbers which reconfirm the success of Lugana white in international markets with a turnover of 70% in exports, led by Northern Europe and the USA.

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Today the Oregon Wine Board released the state's wine growth numbers for 2018 as tabulated by Nielsen, which reflect national retail store sales. The data show the state's wineries have experienced growth in dollar value of 12.4% in 2018 versus total overall category growth of 1.5%.This equates to Oregon wine growing more than eight times faster than the overall category, which experienced an almost flat dollar growth in 2018.

02/06/19

Baker Wine & Grape Analysis (BWGA) announced that it was offering three new sensory evaluation of wine services: trouble shooting, sensory evaluation, and wine stylizing. Sensory analysis is conducted by sensory specialist, Sherrie Holzer.

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In 2018, the production potential of the eight Crémant appellations should reach 107 million bottles. "These are still preliminary estimates, and will have to be confirmed", warned Olivier Sohler, director of the national Crémant producers' organisation (FNPEC). But even when the figures are taken with caution, the 2018 harvest should set a new production record and, more importantly, exceed the 100 million bottle mark.

02/06/19

In a year when total grocery store dollar growth only reached 2%, organic fresh produce once again surpassed the status quo, according to new information released by the Organic Produce Network and Nielsen. In total, organic produce sales reached $5.6 billion in 2018, with the year ending on a particularly high note as sales increased 13% the final week of the year.

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A relatively dry January caused the statewide snowpack to fall to 75 percent of normal on Feb. 4. It was 89 percent of normal at the start of January.

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A lot of concerns and misunderstandings about WPS led EPA to revise the entire program in 2015 to reduce the risk of exposure or injury to workers, Luis Urias, program specialist with Idaho State Department of Agriculture, said during this year's Agri-Action.

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Some supermarket owners have opted not to open locations in New Jersey because of this nonsensical law that directly threatens their success. Many supermarkets, such as the former A&P in Fanwood, have since shuttered and turned to rubble when ownership was switched and grandfathered liquor licenses vanished.

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That's half a million shy of the price he asked last year, records show. The property, which he bought in 2004, spans 10 tree-filled acres of gardens and hiking trails. Structures include a European-inspired country house, a detached studio, a garage/barn and a workshop.

02/06/19

Court documents say the corporation that produced, marketed and sold wine from a Beamsville-based winery, which closed somewhere around April 2018, owes the Masters champion golfer about $2.2 million and RBC about $4.3 million.

02/06/19

The Global Wine Market statistical surveying report tracks huge realities related with business confinements and procedures that include innovative progression Wine acquisitions, and mergers, presentation, an introduction of new products, different business details of the Wine market processed over the forecast period 2019-2024.

02/06/19

Sixty-eight per cent of Ontarians support the government's decision to keep liquor stores open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily, according to a new poll by Abacus Data.

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The Lodi American Viticultural Area has some 110,000 acres planted to wine grapes, by far the largest amount of wine grape acreage in the country, greater than Napa Valley and Sonoma combined.

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Adopted last December by the State Water Resources Control Board, the plan would redirect 30 to 50 percent of "unimpaired flows" in three San Joaquin River tributaries-the Stanislaus, Tuolumne and Merced rivers-in the name of increasing fish populations in the rivers. The flows plan would sharply reduce the amount of water available to irrigate crops in regions served by the rivers.

02/06/19

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), in cooperation with the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), is accepting nominations for new members to serve on its agricultural trade advisory committees. Nominations received by Friday, March 1, 2019, will be considered for the next round of appointments.

02/06/19

The American Soybean Association (ASA) is now accepting applications for the Ag Voices of the Future program, sponsored by Valent USA. This program is for young people interested in improving their understanding of major policy issues that impact soybean farmers, the importance of advocacy, and careers that can impact agricultural policy. The Ag Voices of the Future class will be held in conjunction with the ASA Board Meeting and Soy Issues Briefing, July 22-25, 2019, in Washington, D.C.

02/06/19

When Clive Kaiser sprayed his patent-pending coating on a Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard, he wasn't worried about spotted wing drosophila. Wine grapes are too tough for the flies, unless they've split or otherwise been damaged. However, the coating, which acts like an extra cuticle, cut water demand in the vineyard by about 25 percent with no impact on fruit quality or yield, Kaiser said. Hence its name: HydroShield.

02/06/19

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers recently announced a proposed change to the Clean Water Act that would reduce the types of waters currently protected. Bill McDowell, professor of environmental science at UNH, NH Agricultural Experiment Station researcher and fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, helps us understand what this could mean for the country's waters.

02/06/19

British Columbia produces a mere drop of the world's total wine production, and less than 5% of this makes it outside Canada. Can the cream of the BC crop stand up against top wines from around the world? Michaela Morris reports...

02/06/19

A temporary insurance provider has created a digital calculator that can help party-planners and Brexit stockpilers save money on wine and beer by driving to France.

02/06/19

Dry January failed to dent booze sales in the UK, the latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel showed, as sales of alcohol rose 10% during last month. Although around a third of consumers claimed to be 'open' to Dry January, according to the retail analysts, booze saw double-digit growth in the four weeks to 27 January.

02/06/19

The association of grower-winemakers in Champagne have been promoting the fine French fizz through a marketing campaign in Europe - but some believe it may be damaging the upmarket image of the product.

02/06/19

Margaritas have topped the list as the most valuable cocktail in the US on-trade, according to new stats by Nielsen that chart the evolving tastes of consumers across the day and in different states.

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Berkmann Wine Cellars has signed a deal as the exclusive UK distributor for Italian producer Umani Ronchi. The deal, which takes effect from 1 March, would give Berkmann customers access to a range of "exceptional wine that deliver at all price points and across all channels", said Berkmann.

02/06/19

Bottles of wine labelled with foil stickers awarded by the International Wine Challenge (IWC) can sell seven times more than an identical bottle of wine with no sticker, a study by the IWC has revealed.

02/06/19

It is here, in this sleepy little town along Interstate 82, where much of Washington's wine history began. This is where Dr. Walter Clore lived and did much of his work on recruiting farmers to grow wine grapes in the 1950s and '60s, and where Washington State University established a research station to support agriculture in the Yakima Valley.

02/06/19

Contributing to the emergence of more diverse grapes may be that millennials (ages 23-38) are drinking more wine than other age brackets and more than half have active social media accounts making getting the "word out" much faster and efficient.

02/06/19

The last official USDA survey, sponsored by the Arizona Wine Growers Association, is now five years old, but even back in 2014 the first set of comprehensive statistics showed statewide production was already totaling well over $2 million in the thousand or so acres then being planted with the top five varieties being Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Grenache, Zinfandel and Merlot.

02/06/19

In this age of readily available high-end analytics, vintners remain interested, by and large, in a handful of diagnostic parameters, among them titratable acidity, volatile acidity, and free and total sulfur dioxide, all of which are accessible through titration.