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Tuesday, July 23rd

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The legendary Charlie Barra of Redwood Valley and Calpella died this weekend. He was 92. ... In 1960, he made what was perhaps his greatest contribution to the California wine industry--the idea of spraying vines with water to protect them against frost. He got the idea while he was in the bathroom reading a National Geographic article about Israeli farmers who protected vegetables this way. ...In the mid 1980's, after growing organically for 40 something years. his neighbors at Frey Vineyards encouraged him to get certified ...

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TWE's Corporate Affairs Director, Carolyn Coon commented: "As a leading global wine producer and custodian to some of the most prized viticultural regions in the world, it is critical to ensure the success of our business is underpinned by being sustainable in everything we do. "Our commitment to preparing for and adapting to climate change is integrated into our business operations, and the signing of the Porto Protocol will provide a platform for us to share best practice on climate change mitigation and adaptation techniques."

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The number of mergers and acquisitions has increased steadily since 2008, a trend that is expected to continue through 2020. Potential acquisition targets include Pernod Ricard, the number two alcohol beverage company, one of a number of transactions that could take place in the near future. "The consensus here is that the wine division is on the market,"

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Wine Communications Group (WCG), the parent company of Wine Business Monthly (WBM) and Wines Vines Analytics (WVA), is hosting a new Pacific Northwest event, Wine Business Northwest, held Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville, Washington. Featuring two seminars, a global tasting, dinner and networking, the event is the first for WCG in the Northwest.

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More than 150 Washington wineries will pay new fees and presumably have higher operating costs because the state Department of Ecology says that while they have not polluted groundwater, they could. Large and mid-sized wineries will need a wastewater-discharge permit similar to those required of manufacturers. Ecology finalized the rules last year, but didn't set fees until June 26. The fees go into effect July 27.

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Oregon Wine Tonnage Tax Fairness Act will require out-of-state wineries holding Oregon wine licenses to pay the same $25-per-ton grape tax that Oregon wineries pay when buying Oregon grapes

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The non-profit Research Oenovation Collective, the ROC, will hold a regional meeting for wine industry professionals from the Willamette Valley region on Wednesday July 10 from 4 to 6 pm at the Crush2Cellar facility at 214 West Hancock Street in Newberg, OR. Like all regional chapters of the Research Oenovation Collective, ROC-Oregon will meet five times yearly outside of harvest months.

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Researchers analyzed responses from 8,750 adults interviewed in 2015 for the National Alcohol's Harm to Others Survey and the National Alcohol Survey. Subjects were asked whether they experienced any of the 10 types of harms - caused by someone who had been drinking alcohol - in a 12-month period. The damages included everything from traffic accidents, physical abuse, marital problems, property damage and financial issues

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Ten years after the end of the Great Recession, Napa County is "the star example of how to recover," after such an economic catastrophe, according to economist Rob Eyler.

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Less than a year ago, the finance and marketing veteran was 10 years into her role as director of international marketing at the Wine Institute, a wine industry advocacy group in San Francisco. She traveled the world, championing California wines to about 25 countries and managing a global team that included about 15 international offices.

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Starting on Wednesday, July 3, the Center, in partnership with the Seneca Lake Wine Trail will launch Wine Wednesday wine tastings.

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The 29th edition of SITEVI, the international exhibition of equipment and expertise for vine-wine, olive and fruit & vegetable professionals, will be held from 26 - 28 November 2019 at Montpellier Exhibition Centre, France.

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Nation's largest digital adult beverage network nearly doubles store count, bringing 60-minute-or-less delivery, unmatched selection and full price transparency to more of metro area

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Thursday, July 11th at the Institute for Enology and Viticulture at Walla Walla Community College.

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Lodi, CA-based winery Scotto Cellars is designed to complement all sorts of delicious grilling: sweet heat barbecue ribs, sizzling steaks, glazed pork chops and gourmet cheeseburgers.

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HORIBA Scientific, global leader in fluorescence instrumentation and other spectroscopy solutions, is proud to announce that our fluorescence and TCSPC products are the subject of a complete chapter in a new book, 'Fluorescence in Industry,' one of a series of books put out by Springer.

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Rachelle Mudaliar & Emily Floyd Open New Era of Elevated Guest Experience & Collector Reach

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Though it enjoys a long history, Chenin Blanc is finally receiving the global recognition it deserves. The variety arrived in France's Loire Valley more than a thousand years ago was firmly established by the 15th century. Yet, it never enjoyed the same caché as other storied French grapes.

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Tim Moore, who with his wife Diane founded Inspire Moore winery at the south end of Canandaigua Lake, has died following a battle with brain cancer.

07/02/19

Executives have projected that by selling off the lower-margin wine and spirits brands, they'll return that segment to faster growth and rising profitability. Investors saw hints of success on that score as the company's "power brands" -- which include Svedka vodka and Kim Crawford wine -- grew depletions by 4% this quarter compared to negative depletions for the brands that are being divested

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what happens inside the egg? Academic studies on this topic have only just begun. Therefore, understanding of the processes of heat transfer and liquid mixing seem to be based on theoretical assumptions of winemakers and tank manufacturers, although these theories are backed up by field testing of ferments and finished wines. A study of fluid dynamics published in May 2019 by Miller, Oberholster and Block in The Australian Journal of Grape and Wine Research throws a spanner in the vortex. It suggests an insulated (jacketed) cylindrical stainless steel tank has better mixing properties ...

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"Burnt. The leaves, the grapes - as if someone has passed down the rows with a blow-torch."

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W. Blake Gray follows up on reports out of France that France's national oversight body, INAO approved the use of seven new wine grapes in Bordeaux .... "Don't expect to see these variety names on a Bordeaux bottle anytime soon. Growers are only being allowed to plant up to 5 percent of their vineyards with them, and can only add up to 10 percent in their final blend of any bottling"

07/02/19

As Europe reels from some of the highest temperatures it has seen in recorded history, so the impact of climate change moves higher and higher up everybody's agenda. Familia Torres, which is 150 years old next year, has already been setting and meeting some ambitious targets in terms of reducing CO2 commissions and investing in alternative energies to help try and play a part in combatting climate change. Part of this strategy is also to start planting vines on higher ground - its latest acquired sites in Catalonia are at least five degrees cooler ...