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03/07/19

The Planning Commission on Wednesday recommended that property owners still be allowed to improve access roads on slopes that are 30 percent or greater. The commissioners also said that setbacks along municipal reservoirs be 500 feet instead of 200 feet as proposed in the draft ordinance.

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WiVi Central Coast will feature winemaker trials on the tradeshow floor, giving attendees the perfect chance to see how different methods change the final outcome of the wine. The experimenting winemakers will be on hand to pour the trial wine, answer questions and discuss results.

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The first day of the second edition of the event, which is dedicated to the discussion of climate change response measures, especially those related to the wine industry, saw some of the world's foremost wine climatologists host a selection of winery executives, whose companies have significantly contributed to better understanding how the wine sector can mitigate and adapt to climate change through numerous sustainability efforts.

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Introducing a session on 'Wineries of the Future' at the conference, Jamie Goode said that the wine industry was, "exquisitely sensitive to climate change," and that if the industry was serious about tackling the issue, a vital step was, "wineries need to be carbon zero."

03/07/19

Today Nielsen (NYSE: NLSN) and Headset, the leading data & analytics service provider for the legal cannabis industry, announced the formation of a U.S.-specific strategic alliance to deliver a read into the U.S. legal cannabis market for consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies.

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In 1998, winemaker Anne Parent and her sister Catherine Fages-Parent took the helm of Domaine Parent, when their brother decided he no longer wanted to be a winemaker. Since 1803, it had been run by the men of the family. Based in Pommard, France, Domaine Parent has almost 25 acres of its own vineyards, all of which are farmed organically.

03/07/19

This past weekend, Austin hosted the Wonder Women of Wine conference, the first national conference advocating gender equality in the wine industry. Founded by Advanced Sommelier and wine educator Rania Zayyat with the purpose of advocating gender equality in the wine community, its mission is to create balance in leadership through the advancement of women into decision-making positions. WWOW is a newly-formed nonprofit entity in Texas, awaiting 501c3 status.

03/07/19

Chene is a steep parcel, just four miles from the Pacific, with soils full of red volcanic rock and compressed white ash. Hildebrand is a resourceful farmer, driving over to the neighboring cattle ranch with grape picking bins to collect manure that forms the basis of her main compost pile, and keeping a separate "barrel compost," a subterranean soil habitat that she dilutes into a compost tea. (A happy frog has taken residence in it.)

03/07/19

Robin Daniel Lail, founder of Lail Vineyards, has been appointed the U.S. representative for The Porto Protocol. She is currently the only U.S. representative - and one of three representatives worldwide.

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These six trailblazers each became "the first" to achieve a high accomplishment in the wine industry.

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The most visually striking blow to transportation is a landslide that buried a remote stretch of Skaggs Springs Road east of Annapolis under about 20 feet of dirt.

03/07/19

Every year Forbes publishes its list of the world's wealthiest individuals - not those that have made millions, but billions - highlighting the movers and shakers of the business world and where they have made their money.

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Vinexpo New York made its debut in 2018, with a second, larger edition hosted in New York, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center from 4-5 March. The 2019 edition also saw several new additions, including the WOW! World of Organic Wines pavilion, which hosted more than 20 organic wine producers from five countries; a Wine & Spirit Education Trust Pop-Up classroom; Uncork New York, sponsored by the New York Wine & Grape Foundation; and the Wine Spectator 90+ Showcase and Tasting Bar, highlighting wines to have earned 90 points or higher in its blind tasting reviews.

03/07/19

Today, winemakers don't just make wine. They must also attend winemaker dinners, where they are expected to deliver a memorable speech about the wine. It's not easy. What makes Anthony Giglio able to do it, he said, is that he grew up not seeing wine as something special. "I grew up in a pretty Italian-American family in Jersey City, New Jersey, that drank a lot of wine. It was always on the table when I was growing up, right in front of me," he said. "But I didn't even see it as something special - I just knew it belonged there."

03/07/19

Proof Network Ventures purchased Drync seven months after completing its acquisition of Tipsi, another provider of private-label mobile ecommerce solutions. Financial details of this latest purchase are not being disclosed.

03/07/19

Hancock, which is one of only three community colleges in the state that can make and sell their own wine, received six more write-ups in Wine Enthusiast's online buying guide since the October magazine ratings.

03/07/19

Aridus Wine Company has been named a "Hot Brand" by Wine Business Monthly in its February 2019 issue. "We are enormously honored and thrilled," said founder/proprietor Scott Dahmer, "to be recognized by this honor, which comes on a national scale and in a field of very distinguished other contenders."

03/07/19

The Los Angeles-based SOMMELIER COMPANY and New York-based Colangelo & Partners announce today a strategic partnership created to provide the global community of wine promotion associations and institutions with the best combination of services available in the industry: professional sommelier-guided live tasting events integrated with industry-leading PR and communication services.

03/07/19

Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch, is proud to announce its 2019 Live Fire Guest Chef Series, with the first event taking place on March 23, 2019. Each year, some of the world's most acclaimed chefs join Executive Chef Stephen Barber and his culinary team at St. Helena's celebrated Farmstead restaurant as they roast, smoke, and sear a family-style feast over the outdoor fire pit.

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Vinexpo New York's 2019 show more than lived up to the high expectations set after last year's successful debut, securing its position as North America's leading international exhibition exclusively for the wine and spirits trade

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On March 7th-9th Blackbird Vineyards will be in Park City, Utah for Red, White & Snow 2019, the National Ability Center's premier fund raising event. Celebrating it's 15th year, this weekend-long culinary, wine and ski festival celebrates the empowerment of people of all abilities through adaptive recreational activities.

03/07/19

Liqui-Box, a portfolio company of Olympus Partners, has agreed to acquire DS Smith plc's Plastics Division to create a comprehensive and innovative leader in flexible and rigid packaging.

03/07/19

Drinks design specialist Denomination announces the appointment of Roy Tahtinen (pictured right) as Creative Director of its San Francisco studio, and Giles Darwin as Managing Director of the UK office, further strengthening the agency's strategic and creative design expertise in the international drinks industry.

03/07/19

The sellout SIFF/Devour! Chefs & Shorts is back! This year's event features highly regarded culinary luminaries who will each prepare a dish inspired by short food-focused films from around the world.

03/07/19

Taste Washington 2019 officially kicks off at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 28 with the sixth annual Red & White Party at AQUA by El Gaucho on Seattle's Pier 70 on the waterfront.

03/07/19

Proof Network Ventures Inc., a technology development and data solutions company serving the beverage alcohol industry, today announced its acquisition of Drync, a private-label mobile application and ecommerce solution for beverage alcohol retailers.

03/07/19

Researchers are studying people's physiological reactions to wine aromas

03/07/19

The Internal Revenue Service will waive the estimated tax penalty for any qualifying farmer or fisherman who files his or her 2018 federal income tax return and pays any tax due by Monday, April 15, 2019. The deadline is Wednesday, April 17, 2019, for taxpayers residing in Maine or Massachusetts.

03/07/19

For more than 31 years, the Texas Ag Forum has increased stakeholder knowledge of policy and market issues important to Texas agricultural producers and commodity leaders by providing informative analysis, said Dr. Joe Outlaw, Texas Ag Forum secretary and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist, College Station.

03/07/19

A project to install 'colossal' wind turbines in the heart of the Chablis vineyards will 'completely spoil' the landscape, according to wine grower Jean-Marc Brocard.

03/07/19

Jane Anson compares and contrasts these two Bordeaux appellations from the 2009 vintage at an exclusive tasting held for Decanter Premium members in New York....

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The discounter has appointed Andrew Clarke, who joins the team from Greene King, where he was purchasing manger. Clarke previously spend two years as wine buying manager at the Spirit Pub Company, before it was acquired by the pub giant, and prior to that he worked as a wine writer after starting his wine career at Majestic.

03/07/19

The discounter has added an exclusive signature white Bacchus-Pinot Blanc blend from Lyme Bay Winery into its Exquisite Collection, which will be available in store and online from 18 March. The 48% Bacchus, 26% Pinot Blanc, 9% Solaris and 17% other varietal blend comes of the back of a new partnership with the innovative Axminster-based winery, and made in collaboration with Lyme Bay's head winemaker Liam Idzikowski.

03/07/19

Members of the independent merchant-owned Vindependents have voted to issue a new round of share options in the company, allowing new members that take up the offer to have a say in how the buying group is run.

03/07/19

Soave is ramping up its UK focus, targeting independents and restaurants this summer with a #SummerofSoave campaign.

03/07/19

In the largest land conservation bill passed by Congress in 10 years, vast areas of California's desert are headed for new protections that would prohibit mining, roads and off-highway vehicles, and enlarge two national parks, Death Valley and Joshua Tree. The bill would designate 1.3 million acres of federal land across the American West as wilderness, the highest level of protection, establish four new national monuments, and set aside more than 600 miles of rivers from dams and other development.

03/07/19

CleanFund, a Marin County-based provider of long-term financing through assessments on commercial property, is eying the beverage alcohol as an untapped market for capital. While such property-assessed clean energy (PACE) financing was originally conceived for water- and energy-efficiency upgrades and renewable-energy generation, it has been extended under California's implementation to seismic retrofits.

03/07/19

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection released a list of 35 priority fuel-reduction projects it wants to start immediately across the state over roughly 90,000 acres. That's double the acreage the agency aimed to cover in the current fiscal year, CalFire Deputy Chief Scott McLean said.

03/07/19

The 2015 agreement is intended to stabilize the level of the Lake Erie-sized Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer so that surface water users and groundwater pumpers have a reliable source of water.

03/07/19

An Oregon timber company is arguing the Obama administration's 2017 expansion of Oregon's Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument must be struck down in federal court because much of the new acreage consists of former Oregon & California Railroad lands reconveyed to the government and specifically devoted to timber harvest by Congress.

03/07/19

Like a phoenix rising from the wildfire's ashes, the Oregon Solidarity project was born. Under this new coalition label, four wineries came together to buy abandoned grapes and create three wines - a rosé, a chardonnay and a pinot noir - funneling all profits back to the growers.

03/07/19

Wine.com held its annual summit recently at Sonoma State to much fanfare, good music, wine and data sharing. It was attended by the online retailer's key wine producers and wholesalers, and focused on highlighting data from the company's database as well as showcasing a panel discussing best practices for producers who do business with the retail behemoth.

03/07/19

Putting wine in cans has proven to attract new customers to the beverage and provide more opportunities to drink it on the go, but winemakers learned last week that canning brings its own complications. Attendees at the annual BEV-NY conference, held in Henrietta, heard several presentations on the marketing, chemistry and taste of canned wine.

03/07/19

Although the temperatures are forecasted to warm up in the coming days, the extended period of bitter cold this winter is likely to have a lasting impact on Wisconsin wineries, including Wollersheim Winery in Sauk County.