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04/12/19

District 11, which includes Lodi is the largest growing region for Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, according to analysts. District 11 produced 127,069 tons of Chardonnay and 198,838 tons of Cabernet Sauvignon, according to the crush report. That's about 14.6 percent more Chardonnay and 21.4 percent more Cabernet Sauvignon than in 2017.

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Global wine output rose to near-record highs in 2018 after a sharp rebound from a poor harvest the previous year, though consumption stopped growing, the International Organisation of Vine and Wine said

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An upscale Long Island vineyard that was owned and operated by late Hollywood mogul Michael Lynne has been put up for sale with an asking price of $17.9 million ... Bedell Cellars - in Cutch­ogue, LI, about 90 miles east of Manhattan - has made small batches of wine for 35 years, all from grapes grown on the Bedell properties. The winery boasts 75 acres of planted vines offering 10 different varieties of grapes

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Facing a wave of opposition over proposed fees for using well water, the directors of a little-known public agency backed away from a decision Thursday and agreed to consider an alternative plan that would exempt rural residents and cost other groundwater users far less overall.

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"The case for synthetic N as a climate stabilizer goes like this. Dousing farm fields with synthetic nitrogen makes plants grow bigger and faster. As plants grow, they pull carbon dioxide from the air. Some of the plant is harvested as crop, but the rest-the residue-stays in the field and ultimately becomes soil. In this way, some of the carbon gobbled up by those N-enhanced plants stays in the ground and out of the atmosphere. ... That logic has come under fierce challenge from a team of University of Illinois researchers. In two recent papers, they argue that the net effect of synthetic nitrogen use is to reduce soil's organic matter content. Because, they posit, nitrogen fertilizer stimulates soil microbes, which feast on organic matter. Over time, the impact of this enhanced microbial appetite outweighs the benefits of more crop residues ...

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"In the last ten years the number of wineries in Idaho has doubled, but I don't think we can measure how much the quality has improved in that time." ... According to the Idaho Wine Commission, the state is now home to 56 wineries, 1,300 planted acres of wine grapes, crushed 3,000 tons of grapes during the 2018 harvest - and continues to see consistent growth in grape growing and winemaking

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Food halls have become wildly popular with today's consumer and for good reason. They offer a variety of food options, paired with a unique dining experience

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The plan Saturday is to release 180,000 salmon fry into the Sacramento River 75 miles downriver from the Coleman National Fish Hatchery. A tanker truck will take the young salmon from the hatchery outside Anderson to Scotty's Landing in Chico for the fish's intended journey to the ocean under the Golden Gate Bridge

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The third took place at Ridge Vineyards. Instead of studying consumer perception over a few days or months, this study took a number of years and focused on evaluating the wine itself that was subjected to screw cap, cork and glass bottle closures.Eric Baugher, Ridge's Chief Operating Officer/Winemaker says, "Prior to screw caps, we had experimented with plastic corks." Baugher embarked in 2003 on a screw cap study using both breathable lined and airtight caps. In 2006, he included the Vinolok glass closure in the trials. The trials consisted of cellaring the same Ridge wines under cork, screw cap and glass; then, blind tasting the wines annually ...

04/12/19

"On Monday Rep. Devin Nunes sued The Fresno Bee and McClatchy for $150 million. It follows a lawsuit Nunes recently filed against Twitter, in which he seeks $250 million and accuses the social media giant of defamation and shadow banning his tweets so no one can see them. ... Nunes has no hope of winning either suit." ... Story that rehashed 2016 winebusiness.com report about Alene Anase's lawsuit against former employer Alpha Omega Winery never said Nunes was on the boat - just that he was an investor in Alpha Omega ...

04/12/19

St. Francis Winery in east Santa Rosa, founded in 1971 by Joe Martin and now owned by the Kopf family of New York, was awarded the top prize - Best of the Best award - in the 2019 North Coast Wine Challenge for its St. Francis Winery 2016 Old Vines Zinfandel, Tres Viejos, Sonoma County, which scored 99 out of 100 points.

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In the 1990s, some researchers observed that French people-despite eating lots of saturated fat-tended to have low rates of heart disease. Dubbing this phenomenon the "French paradox," the researchers speculated that regular wine consumption may be protecting their hearts from disease.

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The job description says the hire must be able to "persuade and inform" and also work with state government and regulatory officials, trade associations and consultants.

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In a statement on its website, the French watchdog said it had carried out the raids on Tuesday 9 April at a number of companies suspected of anti-competitive practices

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France's anti-trust watchdog said on Wednesday it had targeted companies suspected of possible anti-competitive practices, not disclosing the names of those involved or the specific rules that may have been violated

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The Maryhill Winery tasting room is set to make its grand debut at The Waterfront Vancouver this weekend. Owners Craig and Vicki Leuthold kicked things off Thursday with a media and industry preview night.

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It's a sound analogy. For wine, the Old World is considered a place of intricate rules, intended to preserve traditional styles and combat fraudulent use of appellation names. But it can also be a place where rigid bureaucracies stifle all creativity.

04/12/19

In a grim forecast to Gov. Gavin Newsom, a public policy analyst warned Wednesday that PG&E's rates could double if it's found liable for another round of wildfires on the same scale as the disasters that drove the utility into bankruptcy

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This is a coherent, commanding and well-structured vintage that lacks wincing tannins. It drinks well now and will last for decades. The juice acts as though it is already two or more years old-mature far ahead of its time-yet still playful and voluptuous. The red wine, like that 2015 and 2016, is stellar but distinct

04/12/19

After two weeks in Bordeaux tasting more than 1,100 wines from the 2018 vintage, visiting 67 chateaux and talking to hundreds of vintners and winemakers, I can tell you that 2018 is an exceptional year for Bordeaux wines.