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05/22/19

The Shaulis Symposium, entitled "Digital Viticulture: New Tools for Precision Management," will take place July 17-18. The two-day program and vineyard tour will allow participants to explore the tools and concepts of precision viticulture.

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IQ 2019 is the fifth annual forum for ultra-premium wineries focused on cutting-edge innovations that advance wine quality.

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That is because selling wine often means demystifying wine, and it is a process that can be best served by face-to-face interaction with the consumer, said Lorena Ascencios, wine buyer for Astor Wines and Spirits, a prominent retailer in New York.

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Huneeus, 53, of San Francisco, faces 15 months in prison under the terms of the plea agreement, according to the written statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 4 in Boston. Prosecutors will also recommend to the court that Huneeus spend one additional year of supervised release and pay a $55,000 fine.

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Unbound by the shackles of convention and attuned to the desires of millennial consumers, this emerging vanguard produces racy, exciting and even avant-garde bottlings, often at stunningly fair prices. Its efforts have reinvigorated respect for this geographically blessed cross section of California, where a diverse array of microclimates and soil types can produce a brilliant rainbow of wine styles.

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The new model Sommelier reflects a minimalist ring profile that provides not only a simple and more fluid figure, but also generates real functional benefits for its consumer.

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The vineyards are part of a new sub-AVA -- the Van Duzer Corridor. Wind, temperature, water and soil in different amounts can give you very different grape and the microclimate just west of Salem -- about 60,000 acres in Polk and Yamhill Counties -- falls along a natural break in the coast range just got the special recognition.

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Terravant Wine Company, Santa Barbara County's largest winery announced today it has opened a new corporate office in South Napa which will be the base for its executive sales and marketing operations.

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Researchers who have been investigating the impacts of the Camp Fire and other urban fires in Northern California will gather June 4 in Chico to share what they have learned. Members of the public are invited to attend the Camp Fire Water Resources Monitoring and Research Symposium, which will be held at the California State University, Chico Farm located at 311 Nicholas C Shouten Lane, Chico, CA 95928.

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The Auction of Washington Wines (AWW) announces its largest Private Barrel Auction to date will be held at Novelty Hill-Januik in Woodinville, Washington on Thursday, August 15, 2019. Now in its fifth year, the 2019 Private Barrel Auction will feature a record 47 lots.

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U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today held a hearing titled, "Climate Change and the Agriculture Sector."

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While he worried about the low temperatures, Callaghan hoped the wind would keep up overnight. While strong winds could break the green shoots that will sprout this year's grapes, he said the windy conditions can also help.

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Idaho Gov. Brad Little, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden and a financial expert will examine how the Idaho Land Board should invest $240 million from the sale of hundreds of residential home sites as well as commercial real estate properties.

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This study aims to evaluate the influence of different agriculture practices on macroinvertebrate diversity and in the productivity of the vineyards. Comparing these variables, we hope to determine the most sustainable agriculture practices, to suggest conservation measures to enhance sustainability and improve biodiversity in the vineyards.

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Lauren Friel is the owner of Rebel Rebel, a feminist natural wine bar that opened in Somerville, Massachusetts, in 2018. With the recent passing of the Alabama abortion ban (House Bill 314), the bar's mission as a place of community engagement comes into even sharper focus. Here, Friel describes her own reaction, and the action she and her community has taken, as a result.

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When you think 'cool climate' Sauvignon, Portugal certainly does not automatically spring to mind. But as Dr Paul White found out, unique weather patterns and adventurous wine growers are combining to produce some offbeat Sauvignons in the most unlikely locations.

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Winebow has undergone a sweeping transformation in recent years, assembling a bicoastal wholesale presence while continuing to build its portfolio of imported wines and spirits. The Virginia-based company now represents 1,200 producer partners in 20 states that cover 70% of the country's wine consumption, and its revenues total $770 million a year.

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According to Whitmer, wine has become a major contributor to growing the economy and tourism across the state. The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development says Michigan's wine industry has a $5.4 billion impact, including $253 million in tourism spending alone.

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California is home to dozens of distinct wine regions, including some of the world's most famous destinations. But hidden among even the high-profile appellations are the wine roads less traveled, featuring stunning rural scenery, delicious wines and, often, fewer visitors. To help wine lovers discover new wine roads and wineries this summer, Wine Institute's California Wine Country Back Roads series highlights off-the-beaten path wine roads and regions. The five-part series begins with the back roads of California's North Coast.

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Compared to the same period in 2018, exports of Beaujolais have risen 35% in volume overall and 9% in value. From a small base, exports of rosé increased 194% in volume and 120% in value while exports of Beaujolais Villages have increased 22% in volume and 15% in value.

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Meiomi Wines Becomes "Official Wine" of the PGA TOUR and PGA TOUR Champions

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The trailer of Wine Masters Season 2 ITALY has been released today. The five full episodes of season 2 will be released next week.

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Market St. Spirits, a division of Opici Wines, continues its move into high gear with the addition of world-renowned Highland Queen Blended Scotch Whiskies.

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The Stomping Ground and Makers Market are collaborating to bring Gilroy a new take on an Open Air Market. There will be 20+ local makers selling All-American Handcrafted goods from 2-8pm at The Stomping Ground on the 2nd Saturday of every month- June 8, July 13th, August 10th (With more dates to be added).

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The 16th edition of Sicilia en Primeur - held in Siracusa from May 6th to 10th - was the perfect opportunity to present data and trends of the 2018 harvest.

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The strategic alliance between American Freedom Distillery, a producer of artisanal spirits, and FFW, the owner of, and agent for, a portfolio of craft spirits, leverages the strengths of both organizations. FFW will lend marketing and promotion expertise while the dedicated sales organization and wholesaler network will be responsible for further expanding the AFD portfolio in markets across the U.S.

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In its second year, the report took a deeper look at the business climate in the Northwest by adding employees' perspectives. While employees and business leaders disagree on some business and workforce issues, both groups want the Northwest to be a great place for families and they want to drive growth and help local communities.

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Maison Martell unveiled Martell the Journey, an interactive and immersive visitor experience at its historic Gâtebourse site in Cognac. Once again, the oldest of the great cognac houses is demonstrating its ability to move with the times, interpreting its 300-year legacy of audacity, integrity and excellence with true vibrancy and modernity.

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ZIEMANN HOLVRIEKA offers storage, process and transport tanks as well as turnkey storage terminals especially for the fruit juice industry. The portfolio includes process technology, engineering, project management as well as service and consulting.

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Champagne Paul Launois will make history next month with its new Single Barrel concept, offering for auction ten complete barrels of Chardonnay which will become Grand Cru Champagne to industry professionals and collectors.

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The Castel group is expanding its portfolio of Bordeaux Crémants, an appellation where it is already a major player, with Cru la Maqueline. Its Malesan trading brand currently generates sales of under 500,000 bottles annually in super/hypermarkets, at a recommended retail price of 6 to 7 euros a bottle. For its launch, Cru la Maqueline is a whole new ball park, with just 6,000 bottles marketed in restaurants and wine shops at a recommended retail price of €12-13. In the commercial launch phase at Vinexpo Bordeaux, the label reflects the Castel group's approach to the category.

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A special vineyard tour and symposium titled "Digital Viticulture: New Tools for Precision Management" will be featured as part of the annual American Society for Viticulture and Enology-Eastern Section (ASEV-ES) conference at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY, July 16-18.

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He originally agreed to plead guilty in April. Under sentencing guidelines, he could face up to 20 years in prison, but prosecutors previously recommended a 15-month prison term, financial penalties of $95,000, and 12 months of supervised release.

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Summer water supplies in the watersheds are expected to be less than 75% of normal, according to the Department of Ecology. The governor declared an emergency in three other watersheds in early April.

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The Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance's lineup of guest winemakers for Celebrate Walla Walla Valley Wine - The World of Cabernet Sauvignon includes Nicolò D'Afflitto, director of winemaking for Frescobaldi in Tuscany, Italy, Elizabeth Vianna, general manager and winemaker of Chimney Rock Winery in Napa Valley, and Christopher Tynan, winemaker for Cliff Lede Vineyards in Napa Valley.

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As hotels across the globe continue to elevate their food and dining options to keep up with the gastronomic desires of travelers, a number of hotels are introducing signature cocktails inspired by their location. In addition to these signature sips, some hotels have upped the ante even further and now offer their own wines, craft beers and spirits.

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Napa Valley cabernet swirling into a glass at a black tie party is downright glamorous. But PBS Documentary "Harvest Season" chronicles one vintage in the life of two industry stars who pride themselves on getting their hands dirty. It's a fairly quiet film but its power lies in its unflinching eye on a world rarely seen. The story unfolds against the backdrop of the conditions of the migrant workers and the brutal elements of nature that vintners, growers and pickers battle each day.

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A small number of potential bidders for the company's 200 stores, including private equity firm OpCapita, a US-based investor and another turnaround firm, are in the running to acquire Majestic's retail network, Sky News reports.

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While no wineries are pulling up grapevines to plant pot just yet, the two industries are already beginning to cross paths in Napa and elsewhere because cannabis is now legal in California as of last year. Recent investments by large beverage companies in the cannabis industry might also telegraph a move toward a diversified pot and wine portfolio for some companies.

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Housed in the same building, but with separate entrances for each winery tasting room, the new facility offers an exceptional wine experience with bright, spacious interiors where guests can enjoy tastings at the bar or seated tasting service with a selection of flights. Guests are welcome to purchase wines by the glass or by the bottle to enjoy outside on the front and back covered porches. Both Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards and Wedding Oak Winery tasting rooms will offer private lounges for wine club member tastings and seated tastings for 12 to 14 people.

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The UK remains the world's second biggest importer of still and sparkling wine, analysts have confirmed - despite the era of high volume wine sales being "over for good"--volume sales of wine in the UK are down a total of 12% since 2009 and decline is expected to accelerate over the next couple of years.

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Accolade Wines has installed a 2.5MW wind turbine to help run its Accolade Park DC. The wind turbine, which is 130m high, will convert kinetic energy into electricity, saving Accolade 2,540 tonnes in CO2 equivalent emissions every year. It will provide over 50% of the electricity Accolade uses on the site.

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UK glass manufacturers have warned the Scottish deposit recycling scheme, which includes glass, will "prompt a switch to plastic packaging" and could result in "plant closures and job losses". It also expressed disappointment that the views of industry and retailers have been "ignored" and that post-DRS, the current glass collection rate will be cut from 67% to 60%.

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Fairtrade wine is becoming increasingly popular, with 39% of Fairtrade shoppers seeking out the Fairtrade label on wines and spirits, up 10% on 2010.

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Léoville Barton and Grand-Puy-Lacoste led this morning's 2018 releases, two of the more notable labels to appear post-Vinexpo. St Julien second growth Léoville Barton was out at €61.80 per bottle ex-négoce, up 17% on the 2017 opener and giving it a case price of £758 per dozen.

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More than 1,000 bottles of high-value Burgundy, including Echezeaux and Clos de Vougeot wines, have been stolen from the winery of Vosne-Romanée-based Domaine Forey.

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Hart Davis Hart's biggest Burgundy auction to date, featuring more than 200 of the region's domaines, netted record receipts of US$7.7m, versus a pre-sale high estimate of $7.5m.

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Eric Sklar, CEO and founding board member of the Napa Valley Cannabis Association, also the owner of cannabis company Fumé, on Monday evening updated farmers, cannabis business people and other professionals on the effort to put the matter before the county's voters. He later told the Business Journal that his organization started collecting signatures Friday and had 3,500 as of Sunday night. That's out of 5,300 valid signatures needed by late September to qualify for the March ballot.

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Even with its backdrop and video screens yet to be installed, the main stage for Napa's BottleRock music festival looms large.

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The proposal has faced opposition from the Maine timber industry. Members of the industry say it would take a useful tool away from them in managing the state's working forests. The Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry is going to revisit the issue on Thursday.

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During the next four weeks, much of the Washington wine industry's focus will be upon Red Mountain. The Auction of Washington Wines will stage its annual Vineyard Dinner on Friday, May 31 at Kiona Vineyards on Red Mountain with the 2019 Honorary Grower - Scott Williams of Kiona Vineyards. Then on Saturday, June 1, the Auction's Wine and Music Festival at Col Solare will showcase more than 20 wineries - many from Red Mountain - along with live music from Dakota Brown Band and Jack Rothwell. Proceeds from both weekend events will benefit Seattle Children's Hospital as well as viticulture and enology research at Washington State University.

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New statistics released on April 23th by Canada's national statistics agency confirm that wine is increasingly gaining popularity. Canada is a remarkable producer of wine, but Canadian consumers' attention seems to be drawn to foreign products: 70% of the total wine consumed between 2017 and 2018 was imported.

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With just AU$274,386 worth of revenue in twelve months, we don't think the market considers Digital Wine Ventures to have proven its business plan. As a result, we think it's unlikely shareholders are paying much attention to current revenue, but rather speculating on growth in the years to come. Investors will be hoping that Digital Wine Ventures can make progress and gain better traction for the business, before it runs low on cash.