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03/13/19

WiVi Central Coast 2019, the region's largest industry conference and tradeshow, starts today, March 13. You can register for educational seminars with a regional focus on viticulture, winemaking, finance/business strategy and DTC/winery marketing addressed by today's top industry leaders at the Paso Robles Event Center.

03/13/19

There are more than 4 million gallons of Cabernet Sauvignon for sale on the bulk market statewide. "it is available from everywhere. We've seen pricing come down as much as 50 percent or greater," William Goebel, broker at Turrentine Brokerage, said Tuesday at Central Coast Insights in Paso Robles. Goebel and Audra Cooper, broker/partner at Turrentine Brokerage, were among the speakers who gave an overview of the bulk and grape market

03/13/19

Vintner Agustin Huneeus Jr. was charged in connection with a bribing scheme to help their children enter elite universities, according to federal prosecutors. A federal judge in San Francisco on Tuesday ordered Huneeus released from custody on $1 million bail, according to court records. Chief Magistrate Judge Joseph Spero also ordered Huneeus to surrender his passport and to appear at 2:30 p.m. on March 29 at the John Joseph Moakley U.S. Courthouse in Boston, Mass. Huneeus faces charges that include wire and mail fraud charges, according to court filings. In all 50 people were arrested in six states in connection with the scheme ...

03/13/19

TTB has targeted small businesses, family-owned companies spanning generations, and the small importer arm of a German brewery. Not one of the publicly disclosed offers in compromise or stipulated suspensions relates to a major industry member.

03/13/19

This past weekend, Austin hosted the Wonder Women of Wine conference, the first national conference advocating gender equality in the wine industry.

03/13/19

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) and the National Consumers League (NCL) recently sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin criticizing the Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) for not providing more detailed information about wine's alcohol content, calories and ingredients. The Secretary did not respond in time with comments for this story.

03/13/19

Ecological farmlands help protecting bird populations and reducing the effects of global change on the environment, according to a study published in the journal Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment by the experts Joan Real, Àlex Rollan and Antonio Hernández-Matías, from the Conservation Biology Group of the Faculty of Biology and the Biodiversity Research Institute of the University of Barcelona (IRBio).

03/13/19

Consumer preference or aversion to wines made from native grapes -- such as Concord, Niagara and Catawba, which are grown in North America -- may depend on early exposure to the fruits' sweet, ultra 'grapey' taste and aroma, according to researchers who conducted sensory tests with wine drinkers in Pennsylvania and California.

03/13/19

After a partnership spanning over 50 years, Banfi Vintners and Riunite have mutually agreed to part ways. Following a transition period ending June 10, 2019, Riunite and GIV brands will be marketed in the USA by Frederick Wildman and Sons.

03/13/19

Distinguished Vineyards & Wine Partners is proud to announce its continued support of the James Beard Foundation's Impact and Women's Leadership Programs. Building on the groundwork established by its 2018 partnership with the Foundation, the wineries of Distinguished Vineyards will continue to serve as the exclusive wine partners for these progressive and effective initiatives.

03/13/19

The El Dorado Wine Grape Growers Association has announced the meeting agenda for March 20, from 6:00-8:00pm at the Placerville Veteran's Hall located at 130 Placerville Dr., Placerville. There is no charge to attend.

03/13/19

Members of the Rhone Rangers will make their Washington DC debut on March 26-27 to celebrate the 22 Rhone grape varieties that are produced by a growing number of maverick American winemakers.

03/13/19

Nestled on California's gorgeous Central Coast, the Santa Ynez Valley wine country is a destination where visitors can embrace new beginnings and try something new.

03/13/19

Since 2015, Bertrand's Wines, has worked tirelessly to put together a Burgundy-centric portfolio built around producers that represent established family-owned Burgundy Estates.

03/13/19

Wildfires bring devastation to land and property, and in wine growing regions the smoke can affect the quality of the crop. The impact of this smoke taint is the focus of the Washington Advancements in Viticulture and Enology (WAVEx) research seminar on April 17, 2019 in Richland, Washington.

03/13/19

British lawmakers have resoundingly rejected Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit divorce deal for a second time, leaving the country's planned March 29 departure from the bloc in chaos and doubt

03/13/19

The Caldwell Vineyard winery case is returning to the Napa County Planning Commission with Board of Supervisors guidance on how to balance traffic and visitation in an area served by a narrow, rural road.

03/13/19

Thomas Kenefick and his family have won Napa County approval to add a 20,000-gallon-a-year winery to their Calistoga-area ranch tucked amid the volcanic foothills near the Palisades.

03/13/19

In a relatively short time, Tipton and her husband Rodney have built Acquiesce Winery into one of the most popular and talked-about spots in the Lodi wine scene. Theirs is one-of-a-kind, in that there isn't a still red wine or oak barrel anywhere on their property on North Trethaway Road in Acampo. White wines only (and a rosé of Grenache noir) - from Tablas Creek Vineyard cuttings originating in the Southern Rhone - are what consumers have come to find and appreciate since Acquiesce opened in 2012 with the 2010 vintage.