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04/05/19

Three years ago, the father-and-son grape-growing team of Andrew and David Beckstoffer harvested a gondola of sunny publicity when they unveiled a novel plan to raise the profile of their Lake County vineyards. They recruited 10 winemakers and offered each a free acre of cabernet sauvignon for three successive vintages starting with the 2016 crop. The first wine from the exercise is just now being rolled out, the fragrant, svelte and gracefully layered Spoto Wines 2016 Lake County Red Hills Amber Knolls Vineyard Special Select Cabernet Sauvignon.

04/05/19

SND understands that the companies have decided to move on, due to the Federal Trade Commission dragging its feet. With legal fees mounting, RNDC and Breakthru opted to withdraw their application to the FTC. Origin

04/05/19

The research, which used data from a 160,000-strong cohort of Chinese adults, many of whom are unable to drink alcohol due to genetic intolerance, found that people who drink moderately - consuming 10 to 20 grams of alcohol a day - raise their risk of stroke by 10 to 15 percent.

04/05/19

After 85 years in San Francisco, the Wine Institute has decided to move its headquarters to Sacramento to be closer to lawmakers and save money

04/05/19

The cold February extended into March for much of the country, resulting in an overall colder than average month in the US. Conditions in the western US were closer to normal, except in the inland PNW and northern Rockies where temperatures were up to 10 degrees below average for the month.

04/05/19

After two years on the market, the Kozlowski Farms property in Forestville is close to being sold after the family recently got permission to operate a winery on the land.

04/05/19

including a new classification for 'old vines' and a new vineyard being planted at over 700 metres, having just released a new single vineyard wine from the region named 'Mas de la Rosa'

04/05/19

Lede Family Wines, which encompasses Cliff Lede Vineyards in the Stags Leap District of Napa Valley and FEL Wines in the Anderson Valley, has announced an equal partnership with Mas Doix, a family-owned winery in the Priorat D.O.Q. of Spain.

04/05/19

A collection of small-scale, high-quality properties from Piedmont and the Veneto. The properties include Lo Zoccolaio in Barolo, La Toledana and La Doria in Gavi and Elém in the Veneto, and join a portfolio that represents more than 60 wineries throughout Italy.

04/05/19

The Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) announced today it is investing $250,000 to expand the JobCare occupational health program run by Adventist Health St. Helena. The clinic is currently used by over 7,500 employees from Napa County a year and in 2018 had direct referrals from 629 Napa County businesses

04/05/19

"The biggest complaint I get from wineries is that their ecommerce platform doesn't offer a feature they need," says WineGlass founder and president Susan DeMatei. "It may be unique and critical to their job or their business and it leaves them unfulfilled and coming up with work-arounds."

04/05/19

Berlin Packaging, the largest full-service supplier of glass, plastic, and metal containers and closures, announced today the acquisition of Verrerie Calvet, a packaging supplier strategically located in Aimargues, France

04/05/19

USDA launches new Farmers.gov features to help with H2A process, managing loans

04/05/19

The following statement concerning congressional efforts to provide disaster assistance for farmers and ranchers was released by American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall.

04/05/19

Thousands of students have the opportunity to participate in innovative educational projects, thanks to a long-standing program funded by the California Table Grape Commission (commission) on behalf of California table grape growers.

04/05/19

Te Hera Estate Vineyard is small by anyone's standards and its output is destined to become even smaller this year after a spring frost wiped out approximately half of its potential grapes for the 2019 vintage.

04/05/19

One can feel serious FOMO (fear of missing out) when wine tasting on the North Fork, unable to fit more than a handful into a day. As you whiz by wineries, at least one label might fly under the radar, given its low-key signage: Hound's Tree, which announces itself quietly outside Sherwood House Vineyards in Jamesport.

04/05/19

In its 40th year, the winery said goodbye to longtime winemaker Eric Fry, who helped the company establish itself as a respected producer of meticulously made estate-grown varietals.

04/05/19

More than 35 years after Tony and Herta Peju founded Peju Province Winery in Rutherford, daughters Lisa and Ariana Peju are opening Calmére Estate Winery and tasting room in the Carneros region of Napa Valley.

04/05/19

In a rare show of bipartisanship, Congress has approved a broad package of public land projects that includes authorization for water supply and fisheries improvements in Washington's Yakima Basin, one of the most productive specialty crop production regions in the country.

04/05/19

Described as a "breakthrough in the move to enhance sustainability in the wine making process", the new methanisation processing area will be located in the South of Chablis where 700 winemakers, belonging to the FDAC, will be able to bring the by-products of wine making to be processed in the system.

04/05/19

Plus: Vinny Eng, translucent Grenache and more, in this week's Drinking with Esther newsletter

04/05/19

"Both companies seem to believe they can benefit by purchasing existing large brands and building them up to the next level. Constellation is doing this now with The Prisoner and Meomi. Gallo did it with spectacular success with Barefoot"

04/05/19

Wine Enthusiast partners with Amazon Alexa app for food and wine pairings

04/05/19

Founded in 1969 by Norman and Rosa Lee deLeuze and Gino Zepponi. The winery's name comes from their last names and from "Zero Defects," an engineering quality control term. (Zepponi and deLeuze were aerospace engineers.)

04/05/19

"Been trying to find words for this since yesterday. There really aren't any other than ignorance is alive in Alabama. Especially at Cat-n-Bird Winery," Jennifer Ellison wrote in a Friday post that went viral ...