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10/01/19

The court said Napa County did not properly evaluate environmental impacts of the proposed Walt Ranch project when it approved the project in 2016. At the same time, the court rejected other arguments ... Craig and Kathryn Hall of HALL Estates of St. Helena want to develop 316 acres of property into 209 acres of vineyards. Plans indicate most of the Halls' 2,300-acre property in the eastern hills of Napa would remain undeveloped. ... The case whipped up a storm of protest in Napa County and lengthy hearings before it was approved in 2016. Environmental groups and neighbors filed three separate lawsuits in 2017

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Researchers from the universities of Melbourne and Adelaide have trialled a non-invasive model for detecting smoke contamination in grapevines, helping farmers to ensure quality production in increasingly challenging environments.

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State control is supposed to be a dead hand on the tiller. But is it really?

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Records going back 700 years show that Burgundy's wine grapes have been feeling the heat of the past three decades.

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Harmony Cellars owners Chuck and Kim Mulligan are longtime cruisers. Kim says they readily agreed when approached by tour company Food and Wine Trails, which connected them with Azamara Cruise Lines. They chose Croatia as a destination because of their commitment to the Zinfandel grape, which in Croatia is known as Crljenak kaštelanski.

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An official industry body for best practice around 'tipping' and service charges in the hospitality industry has been created.

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The county Board of Supervisors wants to define "earth tones" with a color palette. Supervisors said this would end case-by-case arguments that they don't care to have the county engaging in. "I don't want to become the color police," Board chairman Ryan Gregory said at last week's Board meeting. Supervisor Diane Dillon described a winery just north of the city of Napa that could only be Ashes & Diamonds, though she didn't name it. Ashes & Diamonds, which opened in 2017, is white and is visually prominent from Highway 29. Dillon said she's been contacted by constituents who say the winery's color is contrary to what Napa County has been doing for the past 30 years.

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Proposed changes to the H-2A-visa foreign guestworker program don't incentivize use of E-verify, don't meet administration goals and violate federal law, a farm labor association says.

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Master of Wine Nova McCune Cadamatre seemed to achieve everything that any winemaker would want to accomplish: earning the Master of Wine, working at one of the most well-respected wineries in the world (which was located in Napa Valley) as well as working with one of the most famous vineyards in the United States. She had the dream job at a relatively young age becoming one of Wine Enthusiast "Top 40 Under 40" in 2014 and so it would seem from the outside that she had everything that any winemaker would need to feel fulfilled. This is why she shocked the wine industry when she and her family moved to the Finger Lakes, in New York, to make their own wine.

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The fuller picture of Pennsylvania's contemporary wine scene also includes the past experience and future intentions of the next generation, the daughters and sons of the mostly family wine businesses, who are currently stepping into their roles. Today's post considers their "root to grow" future potential, as well as their educational preparation, both formal and informal, where the hands-on hard work of family farms meets viticultural incubator, and where the latest technologies of agricultural science meet old-fashioned mentorship from elders.

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An Oregon judge has invalidated Lincoln County's prohibition against aerial pesticide spraying because the ordinance is pre-empted by state law.

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There is some debate among winemakers about the overall benefits to wine, so Eleanor Danenberg invited winemakers from the Hunter Valley, Great Southern, Piccadilly, and Central Otago to have their say on why they cold soak, what varieties they cold soak, how they do it, and what results they notice.

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The world of food and wine in the Napa Valley has never been as challenging as it is today. With tectonic shifts in demographics, changing consumer preferences, growing environmental instability, labor shortages and ever-increasing competition, it seems as though new obstacles are revealed on a weekly basis.

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A new investment fund that enables wealthy wine lovers and institutions to buy vineyard stakes in both renowned and up-and-coming regions, from Piedmont to Kent, is being launched.

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After having equipped Malibu and Boen Californian wine bottles this summer, now Guala Closures unveils its complete range of connected caps at the Monaco Luxe Pack exhibition.

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The Exhibition is due to take place from 19 to 22 November 2019 at Fiera Milano Rho

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Preparations for the next edition of ProWine China, International Trade Fair for Wines and Spirits, is going strong and the organizers expect over 800 exhibitors showcasing wines and spirits from 35 countries and regions.

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The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is partnering with the state Department of Agriculture and the Pennsylvania Winery Association to promote October as Pennsylvania Wine Month. And they are asking residents to help celebrate it.

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By launching its Net Zero Carbon programme, Kuehne + Nagel actively contributes to the reduction of CO2 in transport and logistics worldwide.

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Serving as a strategic counselor to its public relations and events accounts, Rodriguez brings deep knowledge and experience in the beverage trade, giving Fast Forward a unique approach to working with wine and spirit clients.

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In October, $5 for each 6 bottle bundle of Rose Jolee sold is donated to Asante for Mammography Screening and Education in the Rogue Valley. Rose Jolee is a beautiful semi-sparkling rose and a natural pairing for the cause.

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Based in Gevrey-Chambertin, the Domaine Pierre Damoy holdings include approximately one third of Grand Cru Chambertin-Clos de Bèze and 40% of Grand Cru Chapelle-Chambertin, with their oldest vines dating back to the 1920s and are located in Clos de Bèze and Gevrey-Chambertin Clos Tamisot.

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Bombay Sapphire's master distiller Dr Anne Brock, who holds a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Oxford, will be sworn in as grand rectifier on 11 October.

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Chapel Down, the English sparkling wine, spirit and beer producer has reported sales of 21% for the first half of the year alongside increased losses as it forges ahead with vineyard expansion and investment.

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Simon Field MW looks at the new Clos des Goisses 2010 and Clos des Goisses Rosé 2008 releases from Champagne Philipponnat, and gets to taste two rare and long-aged cuvees from the early nineties.

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October's Pennsylvania Wine Month is a celebration of wine made by more than 300 licensed wineries across the state, including scores of them in Western Pennsylvania. The nonprofit Pennsylvania Winery Association points out that ours ranks fifth among states for the grapes it grows, with the wine industry having $1.4 billion dollars in economic impact.

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Commissary officials have stepped up their efforts to beef up the the savings, convenience and overall shopping experience for military customers, so we checked in on some those efforts.

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Chardonnay and Riesling were early leaders as local vintners searched for varieties that perform well in the eastern reaches of our sprawling state. However, a less-familiar European grape is proving itself exceptionally well-suited to our local terrain and climate - grüner veltliner, a white wine variety of Austrian origin.

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Starting this fall, Whiplash debuts their new label along with the addition of three new wines to their existing portfolio. Whiplash Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay join the popular Whiplash Red Blend, Zinfandel and Malbec on shelves. All six of Whiplash's expressive wines retail for $12.99 and are available nationwide.

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A 25-year-old Calistoga man was discovered dead in his car Monday morning after driving off Silverado Trail near St. Helena Saturday morning while on his way home from work, the California Highway Patrol reported.

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Tex Wasabi's, the downtown Santa Rosa sushi and barbecue restaurant co-founded by Food Network star Guy Fieri, abruptly closed Monday after nearly two decades. A sign at the Fourth Street restaurant said, "After nearly 20 years, we are sorry to announce that Tex Wasabis had closed its doors. Thank you to all for your support and patronage over the years."

10/01/19

Researchers from the universities of Melbourne and Adelaide have trialled a non-invasive model for detecting smoke contamination in grapevines, helping farmers to ensure quality production in increasingly challenging environments.