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Wednesday, September 18th

09/03/19

AB 5., which would curb the widespread use of independent contractors across the California economy, moved closer to final passage in the Legislature Friday even as Uber, Lyft and other gig economy companies mounted a campaign to sidestep its reach. The legislation could set a precedent in a national battle to improve pay and benefits for low- and middle-wage workers. It would change the employment status of more than a million Californians ...

09/03/19

Chad H. Van Iddekinge of Florida State University and colleagues reviewed 81 studies to investigate the link between an employee's prior work experience and performance in a new organization. They found no significant correlation between the two. Even when people had completed tasks, held roles, or worked in functions or industries relevant to their current ones, it did not translate into better performance. The conclusion: Experience doesn't predict a new hire's success

09/03/19

Don't miss the wine industry's forum dedicated to HR professionals

09/03/19

"In the past, vines could be pulled that needed replanting, moderating additions to supply. Growers could also drop fruit they might let hang in better times. And in a doubling-down approach, some growers crushed uncontracted fruit and hoped for a return when price improved in a year or two. ... This time is it all depends on seeing better demand growth but making projections of increased demand in the next couple of years is becoming harder. Without that prediction, the traditional strategies won't work this time"

09/03/19

John and Michele Truchard, whose JaM Cellars brand is white hot, made an offer to buy the Napa Valley Opera House and the board that controls the nonprofit that holds its title accepted, but it could take a few months for the process to be complete, according to report in Paul Franson's NapaLife ...

09/03/19

"Our fans love sparkling wine, but wish it could be less pretentious, less delicate and more flavorful," said Heather Austin, Apothic's Director of Marketing. "Apothic Sparkling Red is a complete departure from all things conventional sparkling wine. It's not white, it's unexpectedly red and surprisingly refreshing. It's not arrogant or pretentious; it's rocking out with friends or watching your favorite streaming show. And most importantly, it's seriously good."

09/03/19

1,750 wine and food lovers attended Taste of Sonoma Saturday afternoon at the Green Music Center in Rohnert Park. ... This year, there was more live music - five bands - and more lounges where folks could chill while drinking and eating in the shade. The temperature only hit a high of 90 degrees ...

09/03/19

A Santa Rosa Junior College agriculture instructor and two of his students worked on a sunny afternoon last week, trimming the spiky-leafed plants and spraying them with organic fertilizer in the midst of a sprawling garden, orchard and vineyard surrounded by a 6-foot fence under 24-hour camera surveillance.

09/03/19

W. Blake Gray on the Douro Boys' upcoming wine auction in Portugal on October 10 and the Sonoma County Wine Auction September 21 ...

09/03/19

Earlier this summer, the Italian spirits company announced plans to purchase the French company Rhumantilles SAS, which produces three rhum labels in Martinique at La Mauny distillery. According to the Distilled Spirits Council, sales of super premium rum, which encompasses rhum agricole, went up 28.5% in 2018.

09/03/19

The new office is located just off Sonoma's downtown plaza at 635 Broadway, Suite 100, Sonoma, CA 95476 and can be reached by calling 707 931-2760.

09/03/19

The latest figures from New Zealand Winegrowers show that the world is still reaching for Kiwi wine.

09/03/19

For the third year in a row, the profit before tax of the MPI/NZW Viticulture Benchmarking Marlborough model has shown a marked decrease.

09/03/19

As reported by Chilean newspaper El Mercurio, the San Antonio Valley association was formerly established last week and will become an official part of the government-funded Wines of Chile.

09/03/19

These vineyards comprised grapes grown in Chile long before international varieties like cabernet sauvignon came to dominate the export market. They include red grapes like cinsault, carignan and pais, known in the United States as mission. Most of them are farmed without irrigation, and most are grown on their own roots, unlike 99 percent of the world's commercial grapevines, which are grafted onto American rootstocks that are immune to the phylloxera aphid.

09/03/19

Strike action has been tabled for September 5th. It comes after several hundreds of growers from three grower associations and unions took to the streets of Vilafranca del Penedès in August to protest against what they described as economically unsustainable cost-cutting measures.

09/03/19

Aerospace technology executive Philippe Petitcolin and consumer goods executive Esther Berrozpe Galindo have been appointed to Pernod Ricard's board - a move that will be submitted for shareholder approval at the AGM.

09/03/19

Flying Goat will host its annual Harvest Lunch and Barrel Tasting at the winery on Saturday, September 14, from 11:30am - 2:30pm.

09/03/19

The National Association of Wine Retailers is urging the legislature to repeal the ban on wine shipments from out-of-state wine retailers and wine stores that a Federal judge ruled unconstitutional…for a second time.

09/03/19

The event generated nearly $1.7 million for Asante Children's Miracle Network and other health care programs supported by Asante Foundation.

09/03/19

The Institute of Masters of Wine has announced eight new Masters of Wine, from five different countries.

09/03/19

in case you missed it: Large swaths of France were hit by spring cold snaps that killed off young grape clusters or stunted their growth, in particular in the west. The country then experienced a series of heatwaves, including a fierce episode in late July when temperatures soared to over 40C in places, withering grapes on the vine, especially in the south. European and US researchers later determined that July had been the hottest month on record across the globe.

09/03/19

Research led by Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, will help crops resist global heating

09/03/19

Hot summers once considered exceptional have become more normal for Burgundy winemakers, bringing harvest dates forward, says a review of data back to the 14th Century

09/03/19

Climate change is creating new challenges for Greek wine producers. The grape harvest is down 30 per cent since 2018 and 50 per cent from 2017, according to one Santorini winery's chief oenologist. Increasing temperatures are also changing the character of the remaining grapes - Santorini wines are famously sharp but higher temperatures change the acidity of the grape and lead to a more fruity, sweeter wine.

09/03/19

Vineyards adapt by growing vines at higher altitudes or using new varieties of grape; traditionalists chafe at changes

09/03/19

The move to rescind environmental rules governing emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, brings to 84 the total number of environmental rules that the Trump administration has worked to repeal

09/03/19

There's an old belief among farmers that on a quiet night, if you listen closely, you can hear the sound of corn growing. A new exhibit at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden proves that theory to be true. Take a listen:

09/03/19

Although yields in the region are officially limited by the Comité Champagne, which governs all aspects of production in the appellation, this year's vintage is being restricted by nature, not man

09/03/19

We tasted more than 350 Champagnes in July, visited several dozen wineries and met with many winemakers. We just couldn't get enough of the best Champagnes we tasted this summer - we believe Champagne is delivering some of the highest quality and best value premium wines in the world at the moment.

09/03/19

Champagne Armand de Brignac is adding to its Blanc de Noirs Assemblage line with a new, expensive limited edition Champagne made from three separate vintages.

09/03/19

MTV star Theo Campbell experienced the very real danger popping a bottle of champagne can pose firsthand this week when he says an unfortunate accident with a champagne cork left him unable to see in one eye

09/03/19

The Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) in Adelaide has secured a major infrastructure funding boost from a combination of Federal and State Government sources

09/03/19

Attica wine director Jane Lopes proved her mastery as a sommelier, only to have the recognition stripped away.

09/03/19

Wine critics are constantly seeking the pinnacle of perfection. They shouldn't bother, Oliver Styles maintains.

09/03/19

A rare success story of three vignerons: friends, competitors and collaborators

09/03/19

Beverage directors share tips for organizing inventory, analyzing costs, and educating staff

09/03/19

Data is coming at investors from every angle with so-called recession indicators flashing signs of an economic slowdown brought on by slower growth abroad and the U.S.-China trade war.

09/03/19

The windy roads to Avivim in the Upper Galilee were eerily quiet on Monday. Lone cars drove past roadblocks manned by IDF troops, and the tension felt like it could be cut with a knife.

09/03/19

If food waste were a country, it would be the third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases behind China and the United States. NewsHour Weekend's Megan Thompson sat down with Elizabeth Balkan, director of food waste for the Natural Resources Defense Council ...

09/03/19

What values are behind the wine you're drinking?

09/03/19

The iconic chart of elements has served chemistry well for 150 years. But it's not the only option out there, and scientists are pushing its limits.

09/03/19

Apothic announced the national release of its first-ever limited-edition Apothic Sparkling Red, available in wine retailers beginning today.

09/03/19

The event generated nearly $1.7 million for Asante Children's Miracle Network and other health care programs supported by Asante Foundation.