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04/08/19

This weekend, the fourth annual Willamette Valley Wineries Association WILLAMETTE: The Pinot Noir Auction raised more than $1 million, surpassing all previous records. The auction comprised 92 lots from 89 winery participants with 86 one-of-a-kind Pinot noir lots, and six collaborative Chardonnay lots, all from the 2017 vintage. More than 450 members of the trade and media attended with 128 bidders representing 26 states and three countries

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Professor Larry Williams retired from UC Davis in June 2018 after 36 years in the Department of Viticulture and Enology. In his honor, the department is organizing a special seminar, honoring Larry, focused on irrigation and water management, topics. The day will consist of presentations focused on the latest research regarding optimal vine water management, a grapevine water status technology panel, and a vineyard management panel. The day will conclude with a keynote lecture from Emeritus Professor Larry Williams

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The county Board of Supervisors on March 26 endorsed the Water Quality and Tree Protection Ordinance and are scheduled to take the final vote on Tuesday.

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There was a flurry of filing ahead of the March 29 deadline for owners of winery, vineyard and other properties to voluntarily straighten out differences between what's allowed in their use permits and actual operations, but what fell on the planning department counter by that afternoon was but a dusting of the hundreds anticipated. By the 2 p.m. deadline, 54 applications were filed, including 33 for use permits or modifications to them and 21 for status determinations ...

04/08/19

water isn't the real issue; traffic is. It's just a much harder issue to use to make a legal case for development restrictions. For wine quality, it would be better not to restrict developing the best potential vineyard sites, but if not those, what can growth opponents restrict?

04/08/19

Total exports were down 4.8% in value and 1.2% in volume because of the strong dollar, retaliatory tariffs, competition from foreign wine producers who are heavily subsidized by their governments and benefiting from free trade agreements in key markets

04/08/19

Recent months have seen a flurry of trend stories about Millennials-currently about 22 to 38 years old-getting sober ... What some have been quick to characterize as an interest in being sober might actually be more like a search for moderation in a culture that has long treated alcohol as a dichotomy: Either you drink whenever the opportunity presents itself, or you don't drink at all. Many Millennials-and especially the urban, college-educated consumers prized by marketers-might just be tired of drinking so much ...

04/08/19

Mike Benziger will speak at the Sonoma Valley Cannabis Enthusiasts meeting Tuesday. The focus, will be on biodynamic farming with cannabis and how crucial it is to be a good neighbor ... "Chardonnay pairs with Cookies & Cream because Cookies & Cream has aromas of bread dough, vanilla and cream. ... Pinot Noir pairs with Blood Orange. ... This strain is good with pinot because it's spicy and fruity while making you relaxed. Cabernet pairs with Bubba Kush because cabernet is robust and muscular and Bubba Kush is a heavier strain with aromas of coffee and herbs

04/08/19

"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 ... Ellison posted an email she received from the Chelsea winery where the business told her they don't "do same-sex marriages here" and then sent her a link to LGBT-friendly wedding venues in Alabama ... Still, Cat-n-Bird Winery then extended an invitation to Ellison and her partner to help celebrate its two-year anniversary further down in the email

04/08/19

The winery that was shamed on social media for declining to host a same-sex wedding and then urging the couple to patronize its business made an about-face and declared its premises will be "inclusive of all people." ... The owners of the Cat-n-Bird Winery in Chelsea said they made their decision after talking with the LGBT community but added that they still hold their religious beliefs against same-sex marriage

04/08/19

"Harvest Season" captures a year in the lives of three Latinos in the wine world - a winemaker, a vineyard worker and Vanessa Robledo. The camera follows them from January through the harvest of 2017, which includes the devastating October wildfires, an event that never could have been imagined when the filming began

04/08/19

Just as the weather begins to heat up in much of the country, well-known wine company Franzia has just announced its latest (and cutest) offering: mini versions of some of their best-selling products.

04/08/19

With Eugenia Keegan at the helm in Oregon, JFW is guiding the valley's evolution into an elite, luxury region. In return, the valley is doing the same for JFW

04/08/19

C. Mondavi & Family appoints Riana Mondavi as Director of Chains Off-Premise, West and Spencer Tirschek as Director of National Accounts On-Premise. C. Mondavi & Family further welcomes new hire Christopher Mouriski as Sales Vice President - West

04/08/19

Vivino, the popular wine app with 35 million subscribers worldwide, says the best wine in the world is the Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, from Napa Valley in California. That's based on Vivino's data mining of the 40 million reviews and 120 million ratings its members posted online last year

04/08/19

E. & J. Gallo Winery has grown its Napa Valley foothold by another brand, this time Franciscan Estate, as part of a $1.7 billion deal to acquire 30 of Constellation Brands' wine and spirits brands. The deal also included six winemaking facilities spread across Washington, New York and California

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"It's not very often that I'm awestruck ... "

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Dinners at an expensive restaurant in Maui - with ocean views. Tickets to professional sports games. A free screening of "Black Panther" at a Sacramento IMAX theater. And a $250,000 donation to a group that funds the governor's travel. That's just a sampling of the $11.8 million that soft drink companies and their lobbyists spent at the state and local levels in two years ...

04/08/19

The California wine region of Lodi is one of the most energetic in promoting its wines. That is little surprise in that they seemingly have something new and substantial to report every year. At a tasting in Dallas this week the Lodi Winegrape Commision (the trade body to promote Lodi wine) demonstrated three things to me.

04/08/19

"Though all of Starr's wines are intentional, vibrant and very balanced, I favor the Crocker & Starr Cabernet Francs"

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It's more of a rewards club where spending on tasting tours, wine, and other goodies from the gift shop earns you points towards next-level experiences usually reserved for the rich and powerful. ... In March, Jordan debuted the chateau's remodeled private dining room with a modern, earthly take on its 18th Century French design

04/08/19

The science behind the latest (non-)drinking trend.

04/08/19

The cards are stacked against us, but we can work toward change

04/08/19

"The top end of the Chilean wine market, the ultra-premium sector, is growing well at around 15 percent per year," says Eduardo Chadwick, president of Viña Errázuriz and the maker of some of Chile's most famous premium wines such as Seña and Viña Chadwick. "But the entry-level wines are falling in revenue by about the same amount. This is pushing down grape prices in some cases to 50 US cents per kilo or even lower.

04/08/19

Whether called natural or lo-fi, these winemakers are part of a global crusade to reject conventional thinking and raise important questions

04/08/19

Mr Amorim is the current president of ANCEVE, the Portuguese Association of Wines & Spirits, as well as the founder of Viniportugal, the interprofessional organisation that promotes Portuguese wines worldwide. He also founded the G7 - Group of Seven (top wineries in Portugal), among many other projects. In 2007 he founded Wine Vision. He caught up with Felicity Carter at ProWein

04/08/19

There is a well-known philosophical thought experiment that provokes questions about people's perceptions: "If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?" It can be related to a person's own sense of self; if they are not noticed, recognized or given a secure role in life, do they exist?

04/08/19

Breck's is opening little by little at the corner of Clement and Arguello

04/08/19

Though several research projects have already studied the impact on wine flavours of smoke from bushfires and controlled burns, there has been little analysis of the lasting impact of stubble fires from nearby grain fields.

04/08/19

The Bellas made headlines in March when they announced on their E! reality show "Total Bellas" that they would no longer be delivering devastating Bella Busters and rack attacks in the World Wrestling Entertainment ring.

04/08/19

Pulling out all the stops in honor of Gifford's last day of hosting the show's popular fourth hour on Friday, the two close pals faced off for a little trivia showdown.

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but will remain on the board as a non-executive director

04/08/19

How serious is Constellation Brands, the third biggest wine company in the US, about slimming its portfolio to focus on more expensive wine, plus premium beer and spirits and legal marijuana?