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08/29/19

Eric Sklar, CEO of Napa Valley Fume, a cultivation and delivery service, who has spearheaded the commercial cannabis movement in Napa County, said on Wednesday that the proponents voted Tuesday night to withdraw the initiative. He cited the "good faith" of the supervisors in their efforts to work on a cannabis ordinance. "We want to encourage them to do so," said Sklar, a member of the Napa Valley Cannabis Association

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Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey are the Managing Members of Footnotes Press LLC, the Founders of Barefoot Wine, and co-authored the book chronicling the beginnings of the world's largest wine brand, a case study in more than 50 schools that teach entrepreneurship. The New York Times Bestselling paperback has been transformed into a dramatically performed audiobook

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Castle Brands includes Jefferson's Presidential Select™, Jefferson's Reserve®, Jefferson's Ocean Aged at Sea Bourbon®, Jefferson's Wine Finish Collection and Jefferson's Wood Experiments, Goslings® Rums, Goslings® Stormy Ginger Beer, Knappogue Castle Whiskey®, Clontarf® Irish Whiskey, Pallini® Limoncello, Boru® Vodka, Brady's® Irish Cream, The Arran Malt® Single Malt Scotch Whisky, The Robert Burns Scotch Whisky and Machrie Moor Scotch Whisky ...

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"As members of this community, raising money and giving back has been important to us from the start," said Gina Gallo, Honorary Co-Chair, of E. & J. Gallo Winery. "I'm always impressed by the unique and personal auction lots offered by Sonoma County's wineries and growers. It's also quite touching to see the generosity of the Sonoma County Wine Auction community and their commitment to raising funds and supporting those who truly need it. It is definitely the most fun you can have while raising money!" "Gina and I look forward to welcoming guests to what we hope will be our most successful auction to date," said Honorary Co-Chair Christopher Jackson of Jackson Family Wines. "In addition to the incredible auction lots, this year's Fund-A-Need paddle raise is dedicated to helping build a Boys & Girls Club in one of the most underserved neighborhoods in Sonoma." Adds Jackson, "this will provide educational services, experiences and opportunities that will have a lasting impact on the children and community for decades to come."

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Firesteed Winery was acquired in 2017 and is a volume and dollar growth powerhouse for Vintage Wine Estates. Firesteed Pinot Noir is 100% Pinot Noir, something which Vintage Wine Estates believes keeps the wine true to its varietal character, texture and color. It is the number one selling Willamette Valley appellation Pinot Noir and considered the "Best Value" Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley. The suggested national retail price is $16.99.

08/29/19

'Although Shauna Rosenblum had been the face of Rock Wall for years, and had been solely in charge of the winemaking since its inception, her father's death still thrust her into uncharted waters. "Right after my dad passed away I became president and chairman of the board overnight," she says. "And it was learning on the go." To add insult to injury, the next week Rock Wall's general manager suffered a heart attack (he lived, but did not return to his job), and soon afterward, the company's chief financial officer left'

08/29/19

WD offers what it calls its inaugural Direct-to-Consumer (DtC) Wine Sales Report, the result of a survey of 1,200 wineries representing over $1 billion in DtC sales across the U.S., Canada and Australia. The report digs into transactional data, mobile volume sales and an analysis of wine club, tasting room and overall online sales.

08/29/19

The suit, a countersuit filed against Bank of the West in 2015, seemed destined to fail until late December 2017, when the bank produced documents that lent enough credence to the Sterlings' argument to keep it going in California Superior Court. Many of those documents the bank had earlier denied having, according to filings in a related bankruptcy case

08/29/19

In case you missed it: The Suisun Valley Vintners and Growers Association has formally requested California Department of Food and Agriculture to petition for amendment to boundary definition of Grape Pricing District

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This is a proactive solution to wineries and vineyards in the western regions of the United States.

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The company reported over $6.7M in auctioned wine, with over 58,000 bottles "experienced" by winning bidders.

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This marks Forgeron Cellars third Tasting Room location, joining the Cellar & Winery in Walla Walla and Tasting Room in Woodinville.

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The 2019 Lake County winegrape harvest is underway and growers in the high-elevation winegrowing region are once again pleased with this year's growing conditions and optimistic about the grape quality.

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Guests will enjoy a selection including Predominantly Poodle Sauvignon Blanc, Rescue Dog Wines Rose and Beloved Mixed Red Red Wine Blend.

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Nieuwoudt is wine tourism manager for Vinpro that represents 2,500 of the country's wine producers, cellars and industry stakeholders.

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Propelled by rosé wine's unequivocal momentum, Young Red balances the body and structure of a red wine with the dryness and refreshing profile of a white.

08/29/19

Round Lake was awarded a silver for its Marquette Reserve and bronze for both Frontenac Gris and Skinny Dipping Temptation.

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"There are only so many French wines you can drink before you start chasing that feeling those bottles gave you after you had grown tired of California Cabernet"

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Wine professionals discuss pigmentation, extraction, and how color can affect everything from appearance to ageability

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Napa Valley's Sans Wine Company sought to expand the category to include premium wines. Launching in 2015, Sans produces their wines from organically (some certified) farmed vineyards, using only stainless steel fermentation and aging, feeling oak overpowers canned wines, believing this allows the true expression of each grape, vineyard, and AVA to be fully expressed. Our contribution is "premium wines packaged in cans-vineyard specific, variety specific, vintage dated wines," explains Gina Schober, Co-founder, Sans Wine Company, adding, "We have found when tasted blind, our wines hold their own against bottled wine, no one can tell our wine was poured from a can."

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the EPA's proposed rule, expected this week, would no longer require the oil and gas industry to install technologies that monitor and limit leaks from new wells, tanks and pipelines. Methane is a major contributor to climate change.

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For more than 600 years most harvests occurred after September 28 - early ones were the exception. Since 1988 the start date has shifted to an average of 13 days earlier, indicating much hotter conditions.