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08/12/19

His accomplishments in the province's wine industry included founding Sumac Ridge Estate Winery in Summerland, See Ya Later Ranch in Okanagan Falls and Time Winery in Penticton. He was also a key figure in forming the B.C. Wine Institute, the Vintners Quality Alliance Canada, the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society and the B.C. Hospitality Foundation. The celebration of life showcased McWatters' love of wine, with wines for those in attendance and toasts to McWatters' legacy

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Last month, the Department of Ecology implemented a new general permit that outlines and monitors the discharge of wastewater by winemaking operations that produce at least 7,500 cases of wine, or 17,835 gallons of wine, a year. The permit, which lasts until July 1, 2024, outlines approved methods of discharge. Wineries covered under the permit need to comply with several requirements, including monitoring discharged wastewater and determining best practices for managing wastewater

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A Wine Business Monthly survey indicates Jackson Family Wines still grows the most fruit in Sonoma County, followed by E&J Gallo. Other top growers include the pension fund owned by TIAA-CREF, Treasury Wine Estates and Rodney Strong Vineyards. The survey was completed by phone, email and analysis of Sonoma County Agricultural Commissioner records and other public databases

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The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau is announcing a 60-day extension of the public comment period for its proposals to eliminate all but a minimum standard of fill for wine containers and all but a minimum and maximum standard of fill for distilled spirits containers

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) reminds producers in Idaho, Oregon and Washington states to apply for crop insurance coverage for the 2020 crop year before the sales closing dates.

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Nora Feeley has been named director of marketing and communications and Lauren Martins has been promoted to associate marketing manager. Tom Markakis is also joining the winery as the new assistant retail operations manager

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Chinese megalopolis Shenzhen is getting a taste of Northern California luxury courtesy of chef Christopher Kostow, the force behind the three-Michelin-starred Restaurant at Meadowood. Kostow's new project, which follows his more casual St. Helena business, the Charter Oak, opens in Shenzhen this weekend. It's called Ensue ...

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Five countries and the European Union have signed on to a letter complaining the way the commonwealth prices alcohol is too opaque and amounts to "stealth taxes."

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The U.S. president is threatening to impose tariffs on French wine in response to Macron's digital tax. It's not going down smoothly.

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The Cumby's proposal would lift the caps on traditional off-premise sales licenses over time, until they are eliminated entirely in 2024. Meanwhile, it would establish a new kind of "food store" license for beer and wine, to be doled out at the municipal level.

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Amazon's latest foray into the brick-and-mortar world its business model has helped decimate is reportedly a San Francisco liquor store.

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California, New York, Massachusetts, Washington, Maryland and Vermont argued in court documents that chlorpyrifos, a common pesticide, should be banned due to the dangers associated with it.

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The Trump administration has told companies not to warn customers about products that contain glyphosate, a decision targeted at a California regulation that requires labels to warn consumers that the Roundup ingredient is potentially cancer-causing.

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While we enjoyed glasses of Mondavi's Charles Krug Generations wine on the porch, Peter shared the story of how such crates of grapes-packed in ice-were sent east from California via rail cars.

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Is this zeitgeisty, customizable workhorse going to roll oak and steel out of town?

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In association with Feast it Forward Foundation, the premiere series of events presents interactive experiences, including "A Perfect Evening," a prestigious 1,000-point dinner with The Wine Advocate and Robert Parker's Editor in Chief Lisa PerrottiBrown and the Finale BYOB Dinner.

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Gelardi previously practiced at Davis Wright Tremaine in Portland and Hershner Hunter in Eugene.

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"It's not like any farming neighbor we've ever had, and this is all happening very quickly," said Kathy Joseph, owner of Fiddlehead Cellars and Fiddlestix Vineyard. "No one anticipated the visual impact, nobody in the region had ever experienced cannabis in this quantity

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Establishing a welcoming cannabis culture in Napa Valley could help convert younger generations into wine drinkers ...

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With great care, Alejandro Lopez moved red-hot soldering copper across the outer edge of a long brass countertop, leaving a narrow bead of solder that will hardly be visible after grinding.

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This approach - known as precision agriculture - has been especially helpful in tackling fertilizer loss, a particular concern for farmers, as nitrogen fertilizer is one of their biggest expenses. It's also a major contributor to water pollution and climate change.

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The broadening of the fine wine market beyond Bordeaux to not only Burgundy in France, but also Italy, Spain, the U.S., and beyond, is evident in Liv-ex's latest "classification," the London wine-tracking firm's effort to rank the world's best wines according to their trading value.

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Maggie Kruse might be young, but the 35-year-old has worked alongside Davis for the last 13 harvests and has been responsible for all aspects of barrels and bottling plus day-to-day cellar management since she was promoted to assistant winemaker in 2009

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Harvey's Rhys Vineyards spans 4,591 acres over 41 parcels in and around the North Fork Ten Mile River watershed and nearby outlying areas of Mendocino County. In addition to the Clean Water Act, the infractions violated the state's Water Code, North Coast Water Quality Control Plan, and Fish and Game Code.

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Construction on Pacheco Reservoir near Pacheco Pass would start in 2024

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A celebration at a Napa church was the occasion for those who serve the wine industry to themselves be served - and honored.

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After failing to make a big splash with a hard seltzer targeting women, Anheuser-Busch InBev NV is taking another run at the buzzy category with a seltzer aimed at a very different group: college-age drinkers of Natural Light

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The beer does fall under the umbrella of a hybrid beer.

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Columbia Crest replaced the mechanical partition inserter with a robotic one from Pearson in 2017. The system features four six-axis robots in total: three Fanuc M-10iA/12S robots and one Fanuc LRMate 200iD. Pearson also provided a continuous-motion side-belt case conveyor that provides smooth case transport from the case packer to the infeed of the insertion station to reduce damage to the glass bottles.

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It typically takes longer to sell a multimillion-dollar residential property than the more common tract house. So it is no surprise that most of Oregon's highest priced dwellings linger much longer on the market, sometimes for years.

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The Barsys 2.0 can make thousands of different drinks, measured with precision, using your own alcohol and mixers!

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Released August 8, 2019 with the launch of The Penfolds Collection 2019, the 2015 Grange is the highlight in a collection that contains numerous bottles of excellent quality. There has been a procession of excellent full-bodied South Australian red wines from the warm and dry 2015 vintage and this latest release lives up to expectations.

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Australian wine made a name for itself years ago with Shiraz, and the country soon became synonymous with the big, bold red.

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Organic and bio-dynamic winemaker, Vanya Cullen was named Winemaker of the Year at the 2020 Halliday Wine Companion Awards.

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It is dry July and thankfully McWilliam's and the Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference have snuck this event in to disrupt the best laid plans of the god botherers and the wellness gospellers. I want to assure all of you that I didn't embark on a Tom Gleeson strategy of winning this Logie nor will I use the event or the award to sully its reputation.

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Argentine wineries, already grappling with an economic downturn that has cut deeply into domestic sales of their Malbecs and Bonardas, are now trying to figure out whether a blockbuster trade deal with Europe will prove a boom or a bust to their vineyards

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The Trump administration is currently considering adding tariffs to a bunch of items shipped over from the European Union - including most foreign cheeses, according to Modern Farmer. That means the cost of popular cheeses such as Italian Parmigiano-Reggiano and Dutch gouda would skyrocket, becoming up to twice as expensive.

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Wisconsin lived up to its reputation for award-winning cheeses in the recent American Cheese Society competition, with the Dairy State capturing more awards than any other state or country.

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In addition to taste imparted by inland salt, Bayonne ham includes high sources of B vitamins, proteins, essential fatty acids such as Omega 6, and is relatively low in cholesterol. Additional factors that contribute to its uniqueness, quality and flavor derive from impacts of low-density farming, sustainable raising of corn as feed, and aging for nine months.

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Years in the making, the feat could lead to the development of avocado varieties more resistant to extreme environmental conditions.

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Editing of plant, animal, and human genomes has never been easier, as this country's scientists are rapidly demonstrating.

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One entrepreneur is hoping to turn some of the small nation's famous slopes into lush vineyards

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Wanderlust Wine Bar has leased space on East Sixth Street

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Consumers will not understand how agricultural systems work (and what we must do to maintain them), without being taught and agribusiness will not cede power without the strong insistence of the public and political will.

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New research has revealed that the plant compound resveratrol, which is found in red wine, displays anti-stress effects by blocking the expression of an enzyme related to the control of stress in the brain, according to study that was led by the University at Buffalo

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The debate over alcohol and health gets a positive boost from a detailed analysis of 8,000 older Americans

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The action came in response to a sharp increase in the level of force employed by Hong Kong's embattled police. Hours before the airport shutdown, two police officers elsewhere in the city had pinned a black-clad demonstrator to the concrete, one officer's knee pressing the young man's face into a pool of his own blood.

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The 15,000 sq ft club, which will be situated the centre of Singapore on Orchard Road, will feature 5,000 carefully-selected bottles from 42 countries, with 1,000 wines available by the glass.