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02/07/19

A bipartisan bill was introduced Wednesday in the U.S. Senate to make the alcohol excise tax cuts approved in 2017 permanent. The U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives in December 2017 approved a comprehensive tax reform package that included provisions to lower excise taxes wineries and other alcohol producers pay. The tax reform provisions, which had been introduced originally under the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act, were due to expire at the end of the year.

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The San Francisco-based trade association is one of 57 organizations that recently received funding from USDA's Agricultural Trade Promotion Program to "identify and access new export markets." USDA distributed a total of $200 million to the organizations to mitigate "the effects of unjustified trade retaliation against U.S. farmers and exporters," according to a USDA-written statement issued Jan. 31.

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Moving forward, there will be no changes to the Scott Labs' team, portfolio, or operations. The team announced that the partnership will give the U.S. and Canadian Scott Labs teams a global reach, which Lallemand provides.

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The Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (CBMTRA) was reintroduced in the U.S. Senate today with strong support from a broad group of industry trade associations including the beer, wine, spirits, and cider sectors.

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Act now and register to attend Central Coast Insights on March 12 and WiVi Central Coast, the premier wine and viticulture symposium and trade show, on March 13. Sign up by February 15 for the best savings and unlock two-days of industry conferences.

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Texsom International Wine Awards (Texsom IWA) has extended its submission deadline until February 10. Entries can now be registered by Feb 10 through the Texsom IWA website. Entered wines must be shipped and received at Texsom IWA by Feb 12. The submission fee during this period is $105. The deadline was extended due to the inconveniences of the recent government shut down as well as unusually cold weather across the United States in January. Late expedited entries can be submitted and received to Texsom IWA by February 14 for a fee of $145.

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Until last week, it seemed as though U.S. retail employment had recovered from its apocalypse - the wave of store closures headlined by last year's implosion of Toys R Us - and was nearing another record high. Then came Friday's jobs report. Upon further review, the Labor Department revealed in its annual revisions, there were about 138,000 fewer retail industry jobs in 2018 than previously thought.

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Scholars and court watchers believe Tennessee's strict rules on wine store licenses are in trouble, but are less sure about broader bans on wine shipping

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Donovan inoculated a wine with brettanomyces, a spoilage yeast that most winemakers here spend their careers desperately trying to avoid. That's a sacrilegious notion in some circles, especially Napa Valley, where Donovan lives. Here, brett is regarded as an uncontrollable agent of destruction.

02/07/19

NOAA and NASA discussed 2018's global temperature and climate in a joint news conference Wednesday; both agencies maintain independent data that goes back to 1880 to monitor temperatures around the globe. The announcement was delayed several weeks due to the government shutdown that resulted in many NOAA and NASA employees being furloughed.

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This group of Oregon winemakers are using diverse clones, sustainable farming practices and more techniques to push the state's viticulture to new levels.

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A decade-old lawsuit in which a French farmer with neurological problems accuses Monsanto of not providing adequate safety warnings for a weedkiller returns to court on Wednesday, adding to health claims faced by the Bayer-owned firm. An appeal court in the southeastern French city of Lyon will hear arguments on Wednesday before giving its verdict at a later date. Francois, who says he has suffered memory loss, headaches and stammering, blames Monsanto for not giving sufficient warnings on the product label.

02/07/19

Diageo has been revealed as the exclusive sponsor for the Creative Equals 'Returners' scheme - #CreativeComeback.

02/07/19

North Coast wineries and coopers may soon have a new line of defense against dreaded cork taint: former drug sniffing dogs from Chile. Based in Santiago, Chile, TN Coopers has used Labrador retrievers for the better part of a decade to hunt down the elusive spots where TCA and TCB begin, from drains to wood and conspicuous spaces in between.

02/07/19

Grover "Cleve" Joiner was making wine in his home 15 years ago, experimenting as he went and testing the results with friends, before he decided to take his wine public. In 2015, he and his wife, Gillian Goldthorpe, opened Larue Winery in Lewisville, and it quickly became a hot spot in the community.

02/07/19

A company called Sovereign Wines plans on opening its first tasting room near in Skaneateles, according to NYupstate. What makes this wine so unique its that it's the first of its kind to be fused with hemp. With New York being one of the top wine regions in the world, plus with the state moving closer and closer to recreational marijuana being legalized, it makes sense. But this new hemp wine goes back quite a few years. And it had to clear a lot of hurdles to make it to the public.

02/07/19

With more then 6,800 entrants from across the United States, Canada, and Mexico, these wines, marked only by a coded number tag, could come from anywhere. It's a truly blind tasting, and, inevitably, there are surprises. What were the chances that my panel's first sips at the competition still dominated by California wine would bring a little bit of Pennsylvania pride?

02/07/19

It's a simple concept and the motivating factor for Dry Fly Distillery in Spokane, WA. Dry Fly became Washington State's first craft distillery in 2007. They have earned numerous awards for their products and have seen loyal followers grow across the country, but at the end of the day, it all starts with the grain.

02/07/19

Eastside Distilling, Inc. today announced that the new reserve Redneck Riviera Whiskey, "Granny Rich Reserve," has started to ship. Granny Rich Reserve is a premium priced blend of traditional corn whiskey, aged three years or more, blended with American single malt aged at least four years. It is designed to meet the expectations of the most critical whiskey drinkers, including Granny Rich herself.

02/07/19

On February 4 and 5, 2019, sommeliers and wine professionals from across the United States convened in Kansas City to battle for a coveted title - The Best USA Sommelier. After a challenging two-day competition, first place was awarded to Dustin Chabert, Illinois Market Manager for DNS Wines and Sommelier at Spiaggia.

02/07/19

Tickets are now available for the third annual Napa Valley RoséFest at Sterling Vineyards, strictly limited to 1,000 guests, including 150 special VIP packages.

02/07/19

ProWein 2021, International Trade Fair for Wines and Spirits, will mark the premiere of a revised hall concept and other notable new conveniences for exhibitors and visitors. After a period of improvements to Messe Düsseldorf's exhibition grounds, the new South Entrance and adjoining Exhibition Hall 1 are slated to open in autumn 2019 and will make their ProWein debuts at the trade fair to be held March 21 - 23, 2021.

02/07/19

Alara Cellars, a new winery located in Gilroy, CA has been selected as one of Wine Business Monthly 2018 Top 10 Hot Brands. According to Wine Business Monthly, this list delves into what it means to be a part of the American Wine Industry.

02/07/19

Serendipity Wines has entered an agreement to acquire a majority and controlling stake of the California wholesale assets of Maritime Wine Trading Company, and to represent their brands in the state of California effective immediately. Maritime will continue to operate separately as a stand- alone national importer for wines like Graham Beck and Jules Taylor and continues to own Nine North Wine Co. based in Napa.

02/07/19

All these companies are working to develop consumer-friendly cannabis drinks that can compete with alcohol but there's one problem: Pot is nothing like booze.

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The honor recognizes a career of publishing, innovation and philanthropy

02/07/19

Valentine's Day 2019 - Wente Vineyards is tickled pink(!) to announce the inaugural release of the 2018 Niki's Pinot Noir Rosé (SRP $30), just in time for Valentine's Day. Wente Vineyards remains the country's oldest, continuously operated family-owned winery, and this bottling marks the newest addition to an internationally respected stable of top quality, appellation-driven California wines.

02/07/19

Steve Blais joins ERMITAGE-BERTHOMIEU, LA GRANGE & OENOSYLVA as North American Sales Manager.

02/07/19

The California State Board of Forestry and Fire Protection and the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection-or Cal Fire-announced last week their intention to expedite forest-management projects and prescribed burns, by creating a single, streamlined environmental-review process for activities conducted on private land.

02/07/19

Steinhauer comes to SLO Wine from Napa Valley, where she ran 6539 Consulting. In that capacity, she was the consulting executive director of the Napa Valley Cannabis Association. She previously conducted community relations for the Napa Open Space District and was the interim executive director for the Napa Valley Coalition of Nonprofit Agencies.

02/07/19

Herbicide use, vineyard certification and slowing sales are all causing concern for growers, Caroline Henry reports.

02/07/19

Here's an introduction to the winery and its philosophy through the answers of co-proprietor Peter Mondavi Jr.

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Active Club Solutions, Inc. is a leading provider of DTC solutions (Mobile Winery POS, Club, Web Design, eCommerce) since 2003, and is pleased to welcome Sean Sullivan to the team, as Sales Executive.

02/07/19

Early look at consumer spending in December, with retail sales delayed by the shutdown

02/07/19

The world's best sommeliers, arguably some of the most influential voices in the world of wine, visited Cape Town last week under the flag of the International Association of Sommeliers (Association de la Sommellerie Internationale, or ASI). This visit formed part of this global industry body's strategic session ahead of the 2019 Best Sommelier of the World competition, which will be taking place in Belgium later this year.

02/07/19

In the world of organic viticulture, Bordeaux isn't particularly the frontrunner. However, amongst a slew of grand châteaux working with chemicals, Benoît and Delphine Vinet are pioneering the world of organic Bordelais biodiversity, encouraging not just the implementation of organic farming practices, but also the simultaneous existence of a thriving ecosystem, creating an oasis of wildlife, flora, and fauna, all within eight hectares on the region's Right Bank.

02/07/19

Jane Anson examines the DNA of Léoville Las Cases wines following a tasting of older vintages at the Decanter Shanghai Fine Wine Encounter. Scroll down to go straight to the tasting notes.

02/07/19

Sauvignon Blanc producers in Marlborough should ditch the idea of highlighting individual terroirs and instead take a "Champagne approach to blending", according to American wine critic Matt Kramer.

02/07/19

American wine critic Matt Kramer kicked off the Sauvignon 2019 Celebration in Marlborough last week with a characteristically controversial speech in which he claimed there is no culture of Sauvignon Blanc anywhere in the world.

02/07/19

Hailing from a high-elevation area called Puquillay Alto in Colchagua, the new wine will cost £40; contain just Cabernet Sauvignon, and will be released in the summer to promote the fine wine potential in this part of Chile.

02/07/19

The Real Wine Fair is set to represent around a third more countries when it returns to London for its sixth year in May, as interest in natural, low-intervention, organic, and biodynamic wines grows.

02/07/19

French spirits producer Pernod Ricard has raised its profit growth expectations, and set out a new three-year strategy plan to increase profit margins, following the release of its H1 2019 results, which saw net sales total €5.2 billion - an organic rise of 7.8%.

02/07/19

In the final extract from this year's shortlisted drinks books in the André Simon Awards, Jamie Goode argues the notion that not all wine faults are necessarily complete negatives.

02/07/19

A bill requiring Oregon government agencies to protect against "rollbacks" of federal environmental regulations has been dismissed as "political theater" by farm, ranch and timber organizations. Under House Bill 2250, state natural resource agencies would have to monitor whether changes to federal air and water regulations have fallen short of standards enacted under the Obama administration.

02/07/19

Pay raises of nearly 5 percent for top executives in the New Hampshire Liquor Commission will be on hold at least until the fall, thanks to a 3-2 vote of the Executive Council. Wednesday's vote came after Democratic councilors Mike Cryans and Andru Volinsky peppered liquor commission Chairman Joseph Mollica and Chief Financial Officer Christina Demers with a series of questions on the agency's performance in recent years.

02/07/19

Supported by a slide show that included a number of "creatives" - visual and text-blended memes and graphics that help tell such stories - O'Leary used the event to roll out Sonoma County Tourism's latest effort to draw folks to partake of the many pleasures of Wine Country. As was evident from the presentation, wine is very much the focus of the new branding campaign, revolving around the slogan "Life Opens Up."

02/07/19

Severe flooding or storms have affected more than half of all UK farms in the past decade. Drought and extreme heat last year resulted in a 20% drop in yield for potato farmers; as a result chips were 3cm shorter.