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08/05/19

New tools and agricultural technologies are making it possible for growers to identify variability within a vineyard and to adapt viticultural processes on a vine-to-vine basis to achieve management objectives for that entire vineyard

08/05/19

"As the planet warms we anticipate that the warmer air, which holds more moisture, will lead to more evaporation and precipitation," said Tom Huntington, the study's first author and a research hydrologist at USGS. "If those processes are increasing, it is evidence for an intensifying water cycle. But no one had really shown that trend quantitively." Until now.

08/05/19

Growing degree-day accumulations slowed some during July, but continue 50-250 GDD above average in all but portions of the north and central coast of California and eastern Washington, which are closer to average or slightly below average. Véraison reports and estimates point to an average to slightly delayed vintage. The forecast through mid-month indicates a warm start to August ...

08/05/19

The wine industry in the Sierra Nevada foothills likely wouldn't be what it is today if it weren't for Chuck Hovey, the former longtime winemaker of Stevenot Winery - which introduced Spanish grape varietals that weren't typically grown in the foothills - tempranillo, graciano, garnacha and verdelho

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according to court papers, the grapes used to make those wines "were harvested and in indoor storage tanks before the wild fire in question ... Westside says it's owed $400,000

08/05/19

Sébastien David announced the creation of the Nature'L' producers' organization and ... a draft charter for these "currently undocumented" wines. Winegrowers who wish to comply with them must abide by a certain number of commitments: 100% organic grapes, hand picking, native ferments, no winemaking inputs and no use of "brutal and traumatic techniques (reverse osmosis, filtration, tangential filtration, flash pasteurisation, thermovinification....)". The draft charter states that no sulphites may be "added before and during fermentation". However, there is a "possibility of adjustment", with a maximum of 30 mg/l before bottling, and an obligation to provide information on the label

08/05/19

In its 26 years, the V Foundation has awarded more than $225 million in cancer research grants nationwide. Because of research, there are earlier diagnoses, a better understanding of what causes some cancers, more positive prognoses of some cancers, and therapies designed to kill cancer while preserving the patient's overall health

08/05/19

"Wine Institute's team views our partnership with the Institute of Masters of Wine as an important element of our global wine education strategy, and a clear opportunity to work with leading wine educators to better inform industry influencers about the quality, character and diversity of California wines," said Honore Comfort, Wine Institute Vice President, International Marketing

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The meeting is set for Thursday August 15th from 4pm to 6pm at the beautiful Shone Farm facility of Santa Rosa JC at 7450 Steve Olson Ln, Forestville.

08/05/19

There's plenty of construction going on off Old Redwood Highway right now as the 23,000-square-foot winery and 6,500-square-foot hospitality center and patio are being built.

08/05/19

This month, J. Lohr is debuting a new wine, Pure Paso Proprietary Red Blend ($27), in select markets. Pure Paso consists of 70.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 26.5% Petite Sirah, sourced from Paso sub-regions El Pomar and Estrella District, respectively. Small quantities of Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Malbec round out the blend, which was aged for 18 months

08/05/19

It stems from a litany of environmental violations tied to unpermitted work by Rhys Vineyards on owner Kevin Harvey's ranch near Laytonville. Rhys' lawyer said in a statement that the company "deeply regrets the mistakes made." Harvey, a San Francisco Bay Area venture capitalist, could not be reached for comment.

08/05/19

An $8 million campaign to raise the perception of Australian wine in the USA is at the heart of Wine Australia's Annual Operating Plan 2019-20 for the fourth and final year of the Australian Government's $50 million Export and Regional Wine Support Package An $8 million campaign to raise the perception of Australian wine in the USA is at the heart of Wine Australia's Annual Operating Plan 2019-20 for the fourth and final year of the Australian Government's $50 million Export and Regional Wine Support Package, the $50m Package ...

08/05/19

The 11 finalists due to compete in the Wines of South Africa Sommelier Cup competition have been unveiled. The finalists are as follows: Andrew Forsyth (Canada); Richelle van Gemert (UK); Maja Hempel (Sweden); Taku Iguro (Japan); Adam Knoerzer (US); Derek Li (Greater China); Takura Makadzange (Zimbabwe); Martien Marcelissen (The Netherlands); Samuel Ndichu (Kenya); Maximilian Wilm (Germany); and Chek Wong (Singapore).

08/05/19

The news follows research by chemists at the University of Toulouse who revealed that the wine contained E133, also known as Brilliant Blue FCF, a synthetic dye also used in the production of curacao.

08/05/19

... in the Meritage Resort at Vista Collina from 3 pm to 6 pm. There will be a reception and a Vintner dinner. There will be wine from all 16 Vintners, food and live entertainment by Don Gato Jazz Band, a silent auction and a Live Art Walk ...

08/05/19

Steven Spurrier, a renowned author and consulting editor for Decanter Magazine, acted as master of ceremonies for this year's celebration. Spurrier is best known in America for organizing the 1976 "Judgment of Paris" wine tasting portrayed in the movie "Bottle Shock," about the California wine industry's rise to international prominence. Spurrier is now making wine, including pinot noir, with grapes from his Bride Valley Vineyard in Dorset, England.

08/05/19

In the International Canned Wine Competition this Edmond, Oklahoma winery beat out over two hundred competitors for the, "best flavored -- white wine," with their summer favorite, "Sinfully Sweet Peach Watermelon."

08/05/19

This B.C. Day raise a glass to West Kelowna's Mission Hill Family Estate, awarded Winery of the Year, and Osoyoos-based Moon Curser Vineyards, named Best Performing Small Winery.

08/05/19

Yes, wine water is a thing, and no, it's not just watered-down wine. Wine water is water infused with the flavor from discarded grape skins used in winemaking. Purveyors claim it has the antioxidants of a glass of red wine, but fewer calories. None of them contain any alcohol.

08/05/19

The California State Board of Food and Agriculture will host a public listening session on California's Water Future on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 in Redding. The meeting will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Redding Hotel at the Sundial Bridge, 820 Sundial Bridge Drive, Redding, CA 96001.

08/05/19

President Donald Trump intensified pressure Thursday on China to reach a trade deal by saying he will impose 10% tariffs Sept. 1 on the remaining $300 billion in Chinese imports he hasn't already taxed. The move immediately sent stock prices sinking. The president has already imposed 25% tariffs on $250 billion in Chinese products, and Beijing has retaliated by taxing $110 billion in U.S. goods.

08/05/19

The new location, WALT Napa Oxbow, marks the second tasting room location for the prominent, luxury wine brand led by General Manager Jeff Zappelli and Winemaker Megan Gunderson Paredes.

08/05/19

Santa Julia Winery was awarded first prize for the best empanada in Argentina at the Federal Empanada Championship in Buenos Aires.

08/05/19

After an outstanding twelve-year run as Executive Chef of Veraisons At Glenora Winery, Orlando along with wife Natacia has purchased Graft with the intention to continue to bring locally-focused cuisine and drink to Franklin Street

08/05/19

Founded in 2015 by Gina Schober and Jake Stover, Sans Wine Co. produces organic canned wines. Their wines have consistently rated high with thirsty reviewers. In February, they were named a Wine Business Monthly 2019 Hot Brand and in May, they were featured in The New York Times.

08/05/19

Jim Gordon from South Carolina is visiting Tobin James Winery - and like many are now choosing to do, skipped Napa and other wine regions and headed to the Central Coast.

08/05/19

Jean-Georges Restaurants will be reaching new heights in Philadelphia, as the team opens two venues Aug. 12

08/05/19

At the debut of its Area Two fermentation and aging facility in March 2019, Two Roads Brewing welcomed visitors with Table Terroir, an ale made with 100 percent Connecticut-grown ingredients and yeast captured in the brewery hop yard. This delicate table beer joins a list of terroir-driven brews made with ingredients grown or harvested within a brewery's own property or state

08/05/19

The King of Beers is making a huge commitment to renewable energy

08/05/19

The U.S. central bank on Wednesday cut its short-term interest rate for the first time since 2008. Fed Chairman Jerome Powell described the widely anticipated 25-basis-point monetary policy easing as insurance against downside risks to the 10-year old economic expansion, the longest in history, from trade tensions and slowing global growth.

08/05/19

China, which has historically controlled its currency, the yuan, allowed it to fall to its lowest level against the dollar in more than a decade. The onshore yuan broke above 7 per U.S. dollar and traded at 7.04

08/05/19

Several hundred people walking down from Place de Clichy, near the Moulin Rouge, to Place de la Republique in central Paris on Saturday could be heard chanting the word "revolution" as they made their way to their final destination.

08/05/19

This station will dispense cleaned-up water from the Napa Sanitation District sewage treatment plant. People will be able to sign up, pull up and fill up.

08/05/19

When White Claw hard seltzer broke into the scene in 2016, it joined Bon & Viv's Spiked Seltzer as a "healthy" low-calorie alternative to boozing that capitalized off of the millennial obsession with non-alcoholic seltzers ...

08/05/19

The misogynist notion of "bitch beer" has long kept men away from low-proof malt beverages - until now

08/05/19

All four flavor varieties of High Noon have been specially crafted with real vodka and real juice, which is a key differentiator

08/05/19

While California and Oregon producers took their share of honors, many of the 37 gold medals went to wines from less prominent regions. Benmarl Winery of New York took home three gold medals, as did Leelanau Cellars from Michigan. Insomnia Wines scored big, winning three golds and walking off with Best of Show Red Wine for their California Pinot Noir. Sans Wine Co. 2017 Rutherford Napa Valley Riesling was awarded Best of Show White Wine.

08/05/19

Hess is finally turning a profit in Argentina, helped in no small part by the peso's dramatic collapse. Seeking expansion beyond his Napa Valley assets, Hess bought Bodega Colome in the picturesque Calchaqui valley in 2001 to produce wine at up to 3,100 meters (10,170 feet) above sea level. For years, the export-led operation ran at a loss ...

08/05/19

More than 10 Chilean wineries looking for investor or co-investor ... investors will be able to coordinate private meetings with owners and winemakers that have shown interest to show their infrastructure in a confidential visit ... oriented to know the advances in wine grape growing of ancient vineyards of more than 100 and up to 150 years in production ...

08/05/19

An overview of the impact of climate change on the wine industry. Listen as Pancho Campo and others explain the effects of change and the future of wine

08/05/19

Dr. Jonathan Foley, Executive Director of Project Drawdown, explains that while there are amazing innovations being developed, there are hundreds of others that are already here and ready to scale.

08/05/19

John Wick, co-founder of the Marin Carbon Project, was just trying to find a way to get rid of weeds on his ranch when he stumbled upon a powerful climate change solution. He learned about an approach to farming helps sequester carbon in the soil

08/05/19

the most remarkable and commendable part of Bodegas Torres is the commitment to reduce CO2 emissions by 30% during the period between 2008 and 2030. The company is carrying out a demanding internal process to reduce consumption energy (especially fossil fuels), bet on renewable energy and help their suppliers to do the same.

08/05/19

... "The climate math is brutally clear: While the world can't be healed within the next few years, it may be fatally wounded by negligence until 2020," said Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, founder and now director emeritus of the Potsdam Climate Institute.

08/05/19

Chardonnay grapevines exhibit small differences in their properties and the quality of grapes they produce. Scientists now show that small mutations in the DNA of these plants can be linked to these properties. In addition, they show that the Chardonnay family tree is a lot more complicated than expected.

08/05/19

This wave of health claims has professionals on edge.

08/05/19

Adapted and reprinted from Natural Wine for The People: What It Is, Where to Find It, How to Love It by Alice Feiring, copyright © 2019.

08/05/19

The bid:offer ratio, which indicates the strength of the market, was at 1.3, up from 1.09 last October which suggests price stability as anything over 0.5 is considered a good ratio.

08/05/19

"We also created a how-to video on the Jordan Winery blog"

08/05/19

A spokesperson for the Chinese Ministry of Commerce said Chinese companies have stopped purchasing U.S. agricultural products in response to President Trump's new 10% tariffs on $300 billion of Chinese goods