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Wednesday, December 11th

07/08/19

A new Italian machine is being introduced in the United States to reduce maceration time and boost texture color and flavors. The new machine by Della Toffola reduces maceration time by up to 50 percent and improves the extraction of polyphenols and anthocyanin. Viticulturist Richard Smart said the new winemaking technology makes better wine faster ...

07/08/19

This comes as the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) is considering eliminating many of the restrictions that currently exist. Its website is inviting public comment on this plan until Aug. 30. You may comment at https://www.ttb.gov/wine/wine-rulemaking.shtml

07/08/19

"This is really important to our wine industry," Schumer said Wednesday at Fox Run Winery in Penn Yan, "to be able to sell wine in the size can they choose, which would most likely be the ordinary 12-ounce, or the single portion 8.4-ounce, neither of which the TTB allows them to do." ... "This proposal would allow to us to use cans that are readily available to our business."

07/08/19

"Artificial intelligence reads and interprets the content and augmented reality projects the new text back onto the label, right in front of you."

07/08/19

Carlton McCoy Jr. discusses new plans for Heitz with Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher

07/08/19

The closing confirmed rumors of the store's demise, in part because vendors haven't been paid. According to a May 2018 Bisnow Media story, Dean & DeLuca continued to shrink its brick-and-mortar stores, from 42 to 18 across the United States and battled lawsuits from suppliers claiming they haven't been paid. New York City bakery Elenis says it was owed $86,000 for cookies sold to the store and Ceci Cela Patisserie saying it is owed $70,000. Thailand's Pace Development Corporation bought the Dean & DeLuca chain in November 2014 for $140 million. The purchase included the supply chain and operations of 11 outlets and two commissaries in the United States as well as licensing agreements covering 31 countries

07/08/19

A raised middle finger posted on social media, excessive drinking and allegations of intellectual property theft are at the centre of a legal battle to clawback a $1.3 million bonus paid to the former head of Asia at Treasury Wine Estates.

07/08/19

"In the grand scheme of things, we may have occasionally punched above our weights but both Red Squirrel and The Knotted Vine were really small businesses.

07/08/19

This week The Australian has made multiple reports about French drinks company Pernod Ricard ...

07/08/19

Will that be Absolut or Smirnoff in your Cosmopolitan, Madame? Investing can be as simple as ordering a drink at the bar. But as with the after-effects of certain cocktails, the results can vary.

07/08/19

June brought conditions that seesawed as May did with a very warm first half of the month, even record-breaking in many locations, followed by near normal to cool second half of the month. However, overall June ended up warmer than average over most of the western US. The month also brought moderate to extremely dry conditions, increasing drought concerns in the PNW and concern for fire risk across the west.

07/08/19

After terrifying wildfires threatened their homes and livelihoods, locals worked together to rebuild and to better protect their landscapes for the future.

07/08/19

"State governments should take preemptive steps - before they potentially face litigation - to reform their alcohol shipping laws"

07/08/19

This year, Vanessa Vineyard master winemaker Howard Soon has been honoured with The Order of Canada, for his leading role in shaping, expanding and elevating British Columbia's wine industry.

07/08/19

The first ever artificial intelligence analysis of 5mn hectares of Australian vineyards using satellite imagery has found that the total number of vine rows will wrap around the world 11 times.

07/08/19

Having nursery suppliers with virus-free grapevines is crucial to the success of Niagara's grape and wine industry, say some of Niagara-on-the-Lake grape growers. And last week's announcement that the Canadian government is spending millions on vine research is good news, they say.

07/08/19

It's not just a grassroots movement. Newly re-elected president Cyril Ramaphosa has pledged to amend the constitution to enable the government to seize land from private, predominantly white, owners and give it to black South Africans. "It is going to be done within our constitution," he said, aiming to reassure landowners. "It's not going to be land grabs."

07/08/19

Rabo AgriFinance names Jill Jelacich as general manager of the company's new, fourth territory. The new territory focuses only on California's food, agriculture, renewable energy and wine sectors.

07/08/19

Here is an early look at the various regions in Sonoma County

07/08/19

Sunshine Wine Distribution, LLC has appointed Michael Dennehy as General Sales Manager effective July 1, 2019.

07/08/19

Our new catalogue for 2020/2021 is available now and is full of clear and concise product information.

07/08/19

Miami-based wine educator and Wine by the Bay owner, Stefano Campanini received the prestigious, Italian Wine Ambassador pin and certification, at the New York City presentation of the Vinitaly International Academy (VIA) Ambassador Course.

07/08/19

A wine consumer's guide to understanding and enjoying wine without the confusion and mythology. Tips, tricks and truths to make wine easier and more fun.

07/08/19

When President Donald Trump's administration announced a $12 billion aid package for farmers struggling under the financial strain of his trade dispute with China, the payments were capped. But many large farming operations had no trouble finding legal ways around them ... one Missouri soybean farm legally collected nearly $2.8 million

07/08/19

'La Champagne, refined art de vivre'

07/08/19

Sonoma lost a visionary and entrepreneur July 1 when Jerry Seltzer died after a long battle with pulmonary fibrosis. Seltzer lived a variety of lives, as owner of a roller derby league, co-founder of BASS Tickets, a prolific philanthropist and the co-founder of the Sonoma International Film Festival

07/08/19

Too much greenhouse gas in the atmosphere has led to warmer springs and, in much of the temperate U.S. and in Europe, more humid air and more frequent rain. While warmer temperatures help grapes ripen faster, humidity makes them more prone to pests and diseases, like fungal diseases, mildew and cluster rot

07/08/19

Collaborating with local farmers, Hasey conducted research on tree pruning, pest management, walnut rootstocks and varieties, water quality, cover crops, and irrigation management. "Janine has been a tremendous asset to our entire agriculture industry during her 38-year tenure with UC Cooperative Extension," said Sandra Gilbert, Rio Oso walnut grower.

07/08/19

Nine current and former tenants from The Barlow in Sebastopol on Wednesday sued the owner of the outdoor market district, seeking damages in connection with February flooding that destroyed several businesses.

07/08/19

Called cocuy, the alcoholic beverage was first produced by indigenous groups 500 years ago. It has long been stigmatized as moonshine for drunks and poor people. But with hyperinflation driving up the cost of beer, wine and conventional spirits, many Venezuelans are turning to this drink of their ancestors

07/08/19

The U.S. Postal Service, facing pressure from Congress to propose initiatives to ensure the agency's long-term viability, is floating a business plan that would include significant cuts to employees' take-home pay and benefits.

07/08/19

As general manager of Napa Valley vineyards for Jackson Family Wines, Chris Carpenter is a prolific California vintner. He heads up winemaking at Oakville's Cardinale Estate and does the same for Lokoya, Mt. Brave and La Jota Vineyard ...

07/08/19

Coturri is a well-known organic farmer and viticulturist who owns Winery Sixteen 600. He will discuss the importance of using organic principles in cannabis farming.

07/08/19

A U.S. judge will reconsider a jury's $80 million damage award to a California cancer victim who used Monsanto's Roundup weed-killer. U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria said at a San Francisco hearing Tuesday that he will reduce but not entirely eliminate punitive damages for what he called the company's "reprehensible" conduct, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

07/08/19

"Cathy Huyghe's recent piece in Forbes mirrors this piece somewhat and concludes that wine professionals need to talk the same language as those who use "smooth" as a descriptor but this rather misses the point that formalized tasting notes are, by design, meant to be, at the very least, a nod to a universal laguage based on the science of taste. I, on the other hand, think we just need to encourage people to taste more"

07/08/19

Nearly one-quarter of Americans say they never plan to retire, according to a poll that suggests a disconnection between individuals' retirement plans and the realities of aging in the workforce. Experts say illness, injury, layoffs and caregiving responsibilities often force older workers to leave their jobs sooner than they'd like.

07/08/19

Michael Ward, the global head of innovation at Diageo, the beverage company that produces Guinness, has said that a non-alcoholic version of the Irish stout is being developed but there are "a lot of challenges to work through."

07/08/19

Restaurants and stores across Louisiana are expected to start home deliveries of alcoholic beverages in the next two months, after Gov. John Bel Edwards signed a pair of bills allowing deliveries

07/08/19

We specifically review recent research that expands upon the role of keystone microbial species, phytohormones, and abiotic stress, and in how they relate to plant driven dynamic microbial structuring.

07/08/19

The tongue-twister Bordeaux producer talks about climate change, global markets and an official abbreviation at last.

07/08/19

The meteorological calamity led to the classification by Meteo France of most of the country as being at the second-to-worst 'level orange' weather threat on Saturday. But Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes, located on the border with Switzerland and Italy, was hit the hardest.

07/08/19

Prosecco has become the most popular Italian wine abroad, with its exports seen rising by a record 21% in 2019 in foreign markets

07/08/19

The recent events are what's known as strike-slip earthquakes, which occur when two blocks of Earth shift side-by-side, grinding past each other. They seemed to have occurred along the same set of faults, located in an area known as the Little Lake fault zone

07/08/19

"This is by far - by thousands of times - the cheapest climate change solution"

07/08/19

In a review paper published this week in the journal Trends in Plant Science, University of California, Santa Cruz's Professor Lincoln Taiz and colleagues argue against the suggestion from 'plant neurobiologists' that plants possess consciousness

07/08/19

"I'll take a few well-chosen glasses over an encyclopedic list any day ... When you serve individual portions, versus the entire bottle, you're entitled to charge more, especially with sparkling wine, the most fraught category in the by-the-glass universe. I'll lay out $30 per glass if the value is there; it just usually isn't"