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06/11/19

Former California Governor Jerry Brown, now a Sacramento Valley farmer, just can't stop campaigning. No, he isn't running for governor of the proposed rebellious State of Jefferson, which would include Colusa County where Brown now grows olives at his 2400-acre Rancho Venada, but he continues to stump on the issue with which he is most closely identified-climate change. That mission brought Brown and his wife Anne Gust Brown to the University of California at Davis for a talk ...

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During the session How Lodi Can Compete in the E-Commerce Marketplace, a group of experts will discuss how wineries can create an online experience that's on-brand, tells a unique story, but also focuses on e-commerce sales and nurturing a wine club.

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Scott Laboratories, a leader in fermentation, filtration, packaging and equipment offerings to the wine industry, is excited to announce the first ever FERMENT event to be held at The CIA at Copia in Napa on June 27, 2019.

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Beverage alcohol sales at Costco were $4.4 billion last fiscal year, marking a 6% increase over the year prior. The company is one of the largest wine retailers in the world, with wine making up roughly half of its total beverage sales-more than $2 billion last fiscal year. Spirits and beer split the remaining half relatively equally.

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The line includes 40 items ranging from chairs to tables, plates to wallpaper, and are all custom made (meaning the customer chooses from among 100 fabrics material and a dozen finishes). It is all so custom-made that no prices are available except for the bedding (the Sonoma Valley duvet is $500). In describing the new line, the RL website states that "the rustic romanticism of California's landscape inspires a warm, casual elegance defined by an earthen palette, natural textures and refined craftsmanship."

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The case was argued in January, and the decision must come soon. There are only two days left on this year's Supreme Court calendar to announce decisions: June 17 and June 24. The court usually saves the most controversial cases for last and, even though this case could force most states to rewrite their alcohol laws, it's not really political

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He was defending his use of tariffs on China during an interview with CNBC when he cited other examples where he believes the U.S. is being treated unfairly on trade. "You know, France charges us a lot for the wine and yet we charge them little for French wine"

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There were no witnesses to the incident. A vineyard employee heard the collision and discovered the man unconscious with a head wound.

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EASplash Wines, Inc., one of the fastest growing direct-to-consumer wine marketing companies in the USA, today announced the appointment of Bruce Cunningham as its President effective June 1, 2019. Cunningham, a native of Australia and a graduate of The University of Adelaide's International Wine Marketing program, has 23 years of experience in the US wine industry, including founding AWDirect, a major wine producer for some of the foremost and influential wine clubs in the country. He sold that company in 2018.

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Chatting with Flora Cash: Go Forward Slowly ... many music lovers will know Flora Cash for their breakout 2018 hit "You're Somebody Else" ...

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This year, 2,811 California wines were judged over three days. The Wine Judges are selected from respected winemakers, wine merchants, writers, promoters, and educators from across the country. For the past four years, the judging has been led by Mark Chandler, a 30-year veteran of the wine industry. This is Chandler's 20th year participating in the CA State Fair Commercial Wine Competition.

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Foreign investors acquired at least 1.6 million acres of U.S. agricultural land in 2016, the largest increase in more than a decade, according to a review by the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting of the latest available federal data.The data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show that foreign investors control - either through direct ownership or long-term leases - at least 28.3 million acres, valued at $52.2 billion. That area is about the size of the state of Ohio.A 1978 federal law, known as the Agricultural Foreign Investment Disclosure Act, requires foreign entities to report transactions of farmland to the USDA's Farm Service Agency. The data covers years 1900 through 2016.

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Two-day festival passes for both Sonoma Harvest Music Festival weekends at B.R. Cohn Winery range from $249 for general admission to $499 VIP. Weekend passes will be available beginning Wednesday, June 12 at 10 a.m. at www.sonomaharvestmusicfestival.com. Single-day general admission and VIP festival passes will be available at a later date.

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Georgos Greek Wine was thrilled to once again be a host and sponsor at the 2019 Los Angeles Greek Film Festival,whose mission is to represent and celebrate Greek cinema, culture and a new generation of Greek filmmakers.

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With the rise of ethical consumerism from niche to mainstream, consumers are now increasingly paying attention to the impact of their purchasing habits on their own health, and that of the environment generally.

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The July issue of Wine Enthusiast includes an unprecedented number of ratings and reviews for over 100 wines produced in the Traverse City area. It's the largest collection of ratings of Michigan wines ever published in a national magazine and marks a watershed moment for the Traverse Wine Coast.

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Organic winegrowing continues to expand in France. In 2018, the number of hectares committed to organic winegrowing (certified + in the switch-over phase) reached 94,020 ha, a 20% increase on 2017. This brings the national total up to 12% of overall acreage. "In terms of surface area, this year has seen the highest level of commitment ever", explained Dorian Fléchet, from the National Observatory of Organic Agriculture at Agence Bio. In 2018, 13,968 ha started the first year of the switch-over phase, an increase of 61% on 2017.

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we look at the rise in organics and both the opportunities and the challenges there are in making and selling organic wine ...

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A latest round of legal wrangling has upheld the 2012 St-Emilion classification, again, but how does the ranking translate to bottle labels and why does Jane Anson describe it as a 'rebuke' to those who claim Bordeaux isn't interested in terroir?

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Canadians are facing a likely future without products like plastic cutlery, cotton swab sticks or plastic plates after the country on Monday joined a growing global movement to ban single-use plastics blighting the environment

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The state's most acclaimed restaurants are all clustered in the Bay Area.

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Gov. Gavin Newsom and Democratic legislative leaders announced Sunday the broad outlines of a new state budget, one that provides a boost for California's low-income adults and children but excludes a controversial tax to pay for clean water in distressed communities

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The Caporal family recently planted a truffle orchard in Lake County called Clos Racines. Last month, they finished planting 3,600 oak trees on 26 acres

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It's long been suspected that many of the grape varieties used for wine today, particularly the likes of Pinot Noir, are genetically identical to those used centuries ago or even in Antiquity. Now, researchers have tested that idea by comparing a modern grape genetic database with 28 archaeological seeds from French sites dating back to the Iron Age, Roman era, and medieval period.

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Apart from the easily avoidable presence of elemental dusting sulfur in crushed musts, the primary cause of H2S and other sulfides in primary fermentation is production by yeasts during cycles of protein dismantling and re-synthesis. Linda Bisson of UC Davis has done much to elucidate fermentation kinetics and the causes of sulfide production.

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HALL Napa Valley announced details about two regional events celebrating the release of its flagship wine, Kathryn Hall Cabernet Sauvignon. The events will take place in both Nashville, TN on September 10 and Phoenix, AZ on September 12.

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On Saturday, July 13, 2019, Angeleno Wine Company - who last fall received the city's first permit to make wine in Los Angeles in 100 years - will open the doors to history by effectively returning California winemaking to its urban birthplace: Downtown Los Angeles.

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Miller Lite showed its support for the combination by creating the ultimate way to enjoy the two counterparts. On Monday, the Milwaukee-based company announced a new device that can be a gaming controller or a can of beer, depending on your mood.

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With sales of rosé skyrocketing in recent years and even luxury giants like LVMH investing in Provence wineries, Alexis Cornu, the head oenologist of southern French group MDVC, claims that pale pink wines will soon be on par with Champagne.

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"Forty percent of the white wine market in Spain is Rueda, and the next biggest is less than 10%, so we know the consumer likes Rueda; it has created a new category of wine - people ask for a Verdejo from Rueda when they want a white wine from Spain," he began, referring to the region's emblematic grape, along with its strong position in its domestic market.

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This is a huge deal for Salesforce as it continues to diversify beyond CRM software and into deeper layers of analytics. The company reportedly worked hard to - but ultimately missed out on - buying LinkedIn (which Microsoft picked up instead), and while there isn't a whole lot in common between LinkedIn and Tableau, this deal will also help Salesforce extend its engagement

06/11/19

"We believe FDX's strategic break-up with AMZN is a watershed moment for the Parcel industry that signals AMZN's emergence as a significant player in the industry and brings a new level of risk to numbers at both UPS and FDX," wrote Morgan Stanley equity analyst Ravi Shankar..

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Once wine growers find a variety that works, the study reinforces, they'll stick with it for centuries, or even millenniums.

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According to a new study in Nature Plants published Monday, many of the most popular wine varieties sold today are extremely genetically similar to the wines that ancient Romans drank - and may have existed for thousands of years longer

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Of the industry's 3.17 billion nine-liter cases of spirits, the top 100 brands, measured by case volume growth, represent 690.5 million cases

06/11/19

There's a global move to get people to drink less alcohol. WHO is behind the move, and that is not a question, who being the World Health Organization.