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Tuesday, June 4th

06/04/19

Amador County grapegrower Ann Kraemer understands that her relationship with her grape customers doesn't end when the grapes are delivered to the crush pad. She knows the success and reputation of her vineyard depends on the success of the wines it produces. Kraemer is well-respected for her viticultural experience and attention to detail, and she works closely with winemakers to give them the best grapes possible for their desired wine styles. But she takes the relationship a step further, hosting an event where the winemakers come together to meet and compare wines, and to promote their brands to the wine trade.

06/04/19

The JUSTIN and J. LOHR Center for Wine and Viticulture includes a state-of-the-art, 5,000-case bonded 15,600-square-foot Winery, which includes a fermentation hall, bottling room, barrel rooms and a research lab - all providing students with a learning environment like what they will experience in the wine industry. The winery is anticipated to be open in 2020.

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The American Vineyard Foundation (AVF) is pleased to announce new funding for twenty-six projects addressing critical viticulture and enology research needs.

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Chris Sawyer has been engaged as the keynote speaker and will open the meeting.

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ASEV has selected 38 scholarship recipients to receive $107,500 in financial support for their pursuit of scientific research and advancement in enology or viticulture at the 70th ASEV National Conference's Student-Industry Mixer on June 20 in Napa, California.

06/04/19

Jon Moramarco, managing partner, bw166 LCC, will lead The Continuing Evolution of the Wine Market session in which he will discuss how Lodi grapegrowers can get out of the "commodity rut" and begin a path for premiumization of their quality fruit.

06/04/19

Following a successful 10-year hiatus running their business, Chronic Cellars, the brothers Beckett are excited to return to the family winery to manage the cellar, national sales and marketing, daily operations, as well as oversee the farming of the five westside estate vineyards in Paso Robles.

06/04/19

Napa Valley Vintners' celebrated charity wine event raises nearly $12 million for children's health nonprofits

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Last week, a group called the Napa Valley Cannabis Association submitted what they believe are enough signatures to put the question of cannabis cultivation on the March 2020 ballot. Although California legalized marijuana in 2016, Napa - perhaps wary of threatening its lucrative monoculture - has banned pot farming

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The bill will go to President Trump, who is expected to sign, and includes relief for Oregon agriculture affected by severe wildfires and storms. The disaster relief package allocates $3 million for those affected by the grape contract cancellations in 2019. This will be the first time Oregon winegrowers have received federal disaster aid funds and this aid, in conjunction with the Oregon Solidarity wine sales, could make the Rogue Valley growers whole again.

06/04/19

A former employee of celebrated chef Thomas Keller is suing him and his three-star Michelin restaurants - Per Se in New York and the French Laundry in California - for discrimination, saying she was denied a job transfer and ultimately let go because she was pregnant

06/04/19

May brought a first half that was quite warm over the entire western US, followed by cool and wet conditions in the south and warm and dry conditions in the PNW during the second half of the month. A stuck pattern in the jet stream created a trough over the western US allowing systems to push further south than typical for this time of year.

06/04/19

A roster of rare gems from the rarest vintages of JJ Prum, Fritz Haag, Zilliken, Schloss Lieser, Robert Weil, von Hovel, Karthauserhof, Egon Muller, Schloss Johannisberg, Von Simmernand many more, plus beauties from France, Italy and the best of Bordeaux.

06/04/19

Join participants from 7 countries and 10 states (and counting) this July 24th, at the 1st Annual International Canned Wine Competition.

06/04/19

Recent research by WICresearch.com which involved a survey of 1,700 respondents, along with our proprietary database of over 300 winemakers who offer nearly 800 SKU's of wine-in-a-can, reveals that while 79% of consumers prefer smaller sizes of wine-in-a-can; only 58% of producers of wine-in-a-can are offering their wine in these smaller sizes.

06/04/19

The results of the 2nd International Brut Experience Contest were announced at the Marriot Hotel in Lisbon, during the event with the same name, which brought together 30 producers of Portuguese and international sparkling wines.

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The "1924 Prosecco" is made from 90% Glera grapes and 10% native white grape varieties.

06/04/19

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 starting in July.

06/04/19

Following a successful 10-year hiatus running their business, Chronic Cellars, the brothers Beckett are excited to return to the family winery to manage the cellar, national sales and marketing, daily operations, as well as oversee the farming of the five westside estate vineyards in Paso Robles. Chronic Cellars was acquired by WX Brands (Novato, CA) in 2014 and Jake and Josh have continued to work with WX to guide the brand and the winemaking for the past five years.

06/04/19

American Agri-Women will host its 26th annual symposium in Washington, D.C., starting at 9 a.m. on June 10th, with the focus on private and public land use agreements.

06/04/19

Colombia and Panama are among the fastest-growing markets in the Western Hemisphere for U.S. farm and food products. American exporters seeking to tap that potential will join Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney in Bogotá for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's largest-ever international trade mission June 4-7.

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The legislation was approved 354-58. All those who opposed it were Republicans. The Senate already passed the bill overwhelmingly and it heads to the president's desk for his signature. President Trump has said he backed the measure, even though it did not include border money he urged Congress to add. With Trump's signature, the legislation would help speed relief funds to communities hit by tornadoes, wildfires, volcanoes, drought, flooding and other disasters. It also includes money for Puerto Rico, which is still rebuilding after 2017 hurricanes devastated significant portions of the island.

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The finding adds to the evidence that human societies have been affecting Earth's climate for thousands of years. However, these past changes are dwarfed by the current global warming, which is caused by greenhouse gas emissions.

06/04/19

Li Liu at Stanford University and her colleagues analysed the residues left on 8000- to 7000-year-old pottery sherds unearthed at two early farming sites in north China. At both sites, some of the residues contained cereal starch granules with signs of physical damage similar to that caused by fermentation.

06/04/19

A simultaneous increase in potential evapotranspiration (ETp, the amount of water that could potentially be evaporated from soils and transpired by plants due to changes in climatic factors such as temperature, vapour pressure deficit, radiation and wind speed) is assumed in many cases, which would alter soil and plant water relations. However, the same underlying principles also predict an increase in precipitation by 1-2% per degree warming.

06/04/19

Fourth Wave has launched a range of lighter-style wines called Tread Softly, in partnership with drinks design outfit Denomination. It said Tread Softly was created as a "next generation wine for the next generation of drinker in response to the increasing appetite for light wines that taste good, whilst having minimal environmental impact".

06/04/19

The latest Sola report from Wine Intelligence has highlighted the opportunity for the industry to produce more alternative wines. The Sola report, which stands for sustainable, organic, lower-alcohol and alternative wines, tracks how the alternative wine market has changed over the year.

06/04/19

Jeroboams has announced its first Summer tasting for press, customers and clients in over 10 years. Over 28 producers will present 300 wines, including Moss Wood, Antonin Guyon, Castello dei Rampolla, Podere le Ripi, Bouza, Krug and Ruinart.

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Sarah Ahmed looks at the latest-release Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Mornington Penisnula pioneer, Stonier.

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Wines on offer included the Windsor Great Park Vineyard 2014 sparkling wine, Queen Elizabeth's sparkling wine made from a vineyard managed by Laithwaite's in Windsor Great Park. Château Lafite Rothschild 1990 was also served at the dinner, as well as Louis Jadot's Domaine Duc de Magenta, 1er Cru Morgeot Clos de la Chapelle Monopole, Chassagne-Montrachet 2014. These were followed by servings of Churchill's 1985 Vintage Port.

06/04/19

Château Léoville Las Cases 2018, a wine given a 98-point score by Jane Anson, has been released with an ex-Bordeaux price of €180 per bottle. That's 25% up on the 2017 release price, and flat compared to 2016, with Liv-ex noting that the wine is being offered by the international trade at £2,172 per 12-bottle case.

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The Liv-ex Fine Wine 100 index continued its glacial downward turn in May but it was a good month for the 'La Las' and the wider market saw a small uptick.

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California has a new level of cooperation with the Pentagon as it tries to avoid another deadly, destructive fire season, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday, downplaying friction with President Donald Trump's administration.

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The amount of snow blanketing the Sierra Nevada is even larger than the 2017 snowpack that pulled the state out of a five-year drought, California water officials said.

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Mexico launched a counteroffensive Monday against the threat of U.S. tariffs, warning not only that it would hurt the economies of both countries but also could cause a quart

06/04/19

Nine refugees who have been allowed to stay in France have followed a training programme at the Amboise school of viticulture. The men, who come from Afghanistan, Sudan and Eritrea, learned how to prune and do canopy management, took part in the harvest and were introduced to welding and driving specialist machinery.

06/04/19

One more piece of the history of Sonoma Valley winemaking is on the verge of disappearing, years after it faded from public view due to its remote location and changing technology

06/04/19

The Napa County Farm Bureau selected Peter Nissen as the 2019 Agriculturalist of the Year and Supervisor Alfredo Pedroza as the 2019 Friend of Agriculture. Nissen and Pedroza will be honored at the Napa County Farm Bureau's Annual Dinner on July 27 at Black Stallion Winery in Napa.

06/04/19

The famous sweet wine region is looking to a change of style to stay relevant to consumers.

06/04/19

There is storytelling in natural wine's cultivation. Each bottle has the ability to speak a language of robust flavor and punchy distinction. This is part of the mystique and appeal for me. In my Muslim upbringing, alcohol was forbidden. For many, it still is. But recently, natural wine has taken on new meaning for me: It's become a part of my self-care routine.

06/04/19

Devotees of the trendy, low-intervention beverage are making their drink of choice more accessible through D.I.Y. publishing.

06/04/19

If you love red wine with structured tannins and intense black fruit, you have an abundance of choices. This primarily includes international grape varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Merlot. Yet discerning wine lovers are increasingly adding the Malbec-based wine of Cahors, France to their repertoire of delicious wines to enjoy with everyday dinners.

06/04/19

Dale Horst, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board's director of marketing and merchandising, told legislators that in 2018 the prices it paid suppliers increased on 455 items and decreased on 307. The agency in turn increased retail prices on 570 items and decreased them on 167.

06/04/19

As a new wave of Aggies graduate from Texas A&M with winemaking skills from the Viticulture and Enology program, the demand for wine and grape production continues to grow in Texas. These students are graduating with the knowledge and skills necessary to enter Texas' $13-billion wine industry.

06/04/19

A South African farmer whose vineyard in the Stellenbosch wine region had been occupied by shack dwellers since last year has been shot and killed in his home, heightening tensions amid a contentious national debate over the ownership of land

06/04/19

There were over 2,800 wines entered in the 19th Finger Lakes International Wine Competition held on April 13 and 14 in Rochester. This event has become the largest charitable wine competition in North America, as each of the entries contributed over $50 to Camp Good Days and Special Times, a camp dedicated to bringing smiles and memories to children with cancer.

06/04/19

Grape things are happening this June in the Gem State. That's the goal when restaurants, wineries, cideries, vineyards and grocery stores around the state host special events and tastings to celebrate the 10th annual Idaho Wine and Cider Month. The month-long celebration will help support various businesses and highlight a significant industry with an annual economic impact of ...

06/04/19

What started out two years ago as an effort by President Trump to wring better terms from China on the nuts and bolts of foreign trade now threatens to become a far wider and more ominous confrontation.

06/04/19

As more wines flowed from France to China, more Chinese nationals also began purchasing French wine estates. The Chinese now bring not only investment funds to France, but also wines.

06/04/19

From parcels of a mere 45 vines to full-production vineyards, Sweden has a growing wine scene. The thing is, you've got to be there to get a taste of them, as many of the wines aren't exported to the U.S. These four vineyards are worth a visit for both their wines and hospitality offerings, and they'll give you a real feel for the southern portion of the "Land of the Midnight Sun."

06/04/19

In several regions of the wine-producing countries subject to significant water stress (e.g., Australia, California-USA, Spain), wastewater recycling appears to be the most accessible alternative, both financially and technically, for the agricultural uses that notably not requiring drinking water. Therefore, this research was planned to quantify the contribution of treated wastewater (TWW) to fertilization-needs of the vine, evaluate the impact of irrigation with TWW on the soil, vegetative growth, yield, and wine and grape juice composition.

06/04/19

When Sanjay Shringarpure took the Chief Information Officer of E&J Gallo, like CIOs of many private companies, he found that IT was more of an afterthought than a strategic driver for the company. In the four years since he took over IT, Shringarpure has shifted the order-taking organization to one that is a strategic partner to the business, aligning IT with the business functions in new ways. The precursor to this shift was a modernization initiative.