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10/10/19

The number of Napa Valley wineries closed for business Wednesday was unclear. Robert Mondavi Winery, The Prisoner, Conn Creek Winery, Beringer, Sterling Vineyards and Mumm Napa posted signs or blocked driveways, indicating they were closed to the public. Others welcomed visitors, including Inglenook, Raymond Vineyards, Titus Vineyards, Louis Martini, Alpha Omega, V. Sattui and Castello di Amorosa.

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Regional wineries ramped up emergency plans for PG&E's scheduled power outage by securing generators and electricians ...

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Just before Pacific Gas and Electric Co. intentionally turned off power to prevent fires for the first time ever two months ago, one sheriff learned the utility had potentially life-saving information.

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State Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo), whose district lies within the blackout area, acknowledged there is a fire danger that requires the shutting down of some power lines, but he called the extent of the possible outage troubling. "I think it is excessive," said Hill, a longtime critic of the utility. "PG&E clearly hasn't made its system safe. These shutdowns are supposed to be surgical. But shutting down power to 800,000 people in 31 counties is by no means surgical."

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The question is, what will winter 2019-2020 look like in California? Will we have a second straight year of big snows and periodically heavy rains? Or is California headed for the start of another drought?

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The Winesecrets' Team used our Test Track to create bench trials of smoke taint removal from UC Davis wine. Dr. Anita Oberholster's Team will perform extensive chemical and comparative sensory assessment of wines treated with a spectrum of available methods for smoke removal

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The overall strong performance across wine and spirits helped the group post double-digit revenue growth, with overall sales up 11% year-on-year on an organic basis to €13.3bn, as the world's largest luxury group shrugged off the global trade war

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The Agency is considering hiking untreated water rates for agricultural uses by about 50% over the next three years. If that happens, the increased costs might force grape growers to let their land go fallow or switch to other crops, such as pistachios, which use less water. The area could go into decline as a wine region, impacting the tourism industry which is built around tasting rooms, tour buses, and wine country weekends, Sandy Figuers, Zone 7 Water Agency's board president, said.

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Some wineries have put grape-picking on pause as utility giant PG&E Corp. carries out unprecedented blackouts across Northern California. While leaving grapes on the vine may have been bad if conditions were rainy and frosty, the current pause coincides with cool and sunny weather. That means a richer, more balanced vintage could be in the offing.

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Tresomm was founded in 2017 by Taylor Grant, Conner Mitchell, and Christopher Miller. The trio first met through the Los Angeles sommelier community, and after a group jaunt down to Mexico, their shared passion for Baja's viticultural diversity led to talks about starting a vineyard. After numerous glasses of wine and a life-changing meeting with one of the region's wine pioneers, the group was all in.

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HADM 4300: Introduction to Wines centers around "understanding the wine laws, regions and grape varietals of the world," according to Stanley. Students learn about wine culture, geography and social etiquette and use a range of wines to demonstrate climate and location, giving students a taste of the world. Although the course is offered in the Hotel School, Stanley teaches students from every one of the seven undergraduate colleges.

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Wineries require power to run equipment for crushing grapes and to keep fermentation tanks cold. Many need electricity to keep their tasting rooms open to the public

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as the founder and president of Alain Junguenet Selection, a wine importer, he was among the first to champion the wines of France's Southern Rhone Valley, most notably Châteauneuf-du-Pape. This dedication to a specific region led legendary wine critic Robert Parker to dub Alain, 'Mr. Châteauneuf-du-Pape' in The Wine Advocate

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Founded in 1985, Thiénot "combines the very best of viticulture and tradition from the iconic wine regions of Bordeaux and Champagne and has evolved to become a significant influence in the international marketplace."

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The renowned chef's collective of chefs to reimagine recipes and partner with elite Napa wineries to raise funds for Children's Museum of Napa Valley.

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Only a few wines utilize yeast post-fermentation to add novel aromas, flavors, and textures that become a hallmark of the wine ...

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In addition to traditional credit and debit card purchases, Rabble Wine Company now offers all US customers the option to purchase wine with digital currency payments, such as Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum and XRP through an integration with the CoinPayments platform.

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This service will feature the new Orion r line of temperature controlled packaging, featuring high performance vacuum panel insulation encased in a lightweight, rugged EPP shell for maximum durability and thermal duration.

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The new Gary's Napa Valley location will feature over 380 Napa wines, 40 sparkling wines, and 280 international wines, which is the largest and most diverse selection of hand-selected imports in the area.

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A limited amount of tickets are sold to this personalized food and wine experience that features 10 wineries, offering three carefully chosen wines. Each winery expertly pairs their wines with cuisine to enhance the robust flavors of this region. All tastings include either a barrel or tank sample, and guests often have a chance to talk with the winemakers and winery owners.

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Celebrating its Fourth Anniversary, Sonoma County Vintners shares exceptional programming for Sonoma County Wine Month in October. With more than 60 varietals of wines, unique special offers and extraordinary regional events there are more reasons than ever to honor Sonoma County Wine Month this year. Wine lovers can celebrate at home with stunning wines and start planning their next Sonoma County wine country visit in October with inspiring emerging details.

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The issues that divide the world's two biggest economies - mainly over allegations that Beijing deploys illicit tactics in a drive to acquire and develop cutting-edge technology - are likely too daunting to produce the kind of "big deal" that Trump says he wants.

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With the 2020 winegrape season in full swing, more than 300 producers and viticulturists equipped themselves with the latest developments in wine grape cultivation at a series of Winetech Vinpro information days - from effective water usage to soil health and the management of pests and diseases.

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Research winery NIAB EMR, which has been trialling the variety at its East Malling vineyard for the past three years, believes the Swiss-developed Divico grape could be the "much sought after game-changer" for red wine production in the UK as it produces "quality red wine and thrives despite the challenges of the UK climate."

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Power outages imposed by energy company PG&E to reduce wildfire risks in northern California have seen wineries turn to generators and reschedule grape picking.

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Bordeaux winemakers may need a 'seriously brilliant' 2019 vintage given the problems in major markets, says Jane Anson, who reports in-depth on how the vintage is shaping up now that most grapes have been picked.

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Hail caused some damage in the north but, overall, producers are happy with the quality of the grapes.

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Speculation is mounting over UK discounter's Lidl's online ambitions - which db understands will include wine - after it started to advertise for a digital project manager to head up the online platform.

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The ASA ruled that two separate emails offering a £10 discount on a case of wine send to customers on two consecutive days in April mislead consumers by making them think the original offer was being extended, even though the mechanics of the second deal was different.

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About 2 million Northern Californians - including 2 in 5 Sonoma County residents - braced for a second day without power, after they were plunged into darkness early Wednesday because of heightened wildfire risk, part of an unprecedented shutdown across nearly three dozen counties. The sweeping outage cut electricity to about 66,000 PG&E customers in large swaths of Sonoma County as part of a preemptive move in anticipation of strong winds not seen since the 2017 North Bay firestorm that destroyed thousands of homes and killed 24 people in Sonoma County exactly two years earlier.

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Emilia-Romagna is one of Italy's most epicurean destinations. Not only is it the birthplace of cherished foods like Parmigiano Reggiano, Prosciutto di Parma and Aceto Balsamico di Modena, it's also the region that brought us lasagne, tortellini and tagliatelle. As per tradition, these hearty dishes are usually washed down by a chilled glass of Lambrusco, the region's signature sparkling red wine. But now there are new bubbles in town: Bolé.

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He said the little bit of concern are the grapes that aren't quite yet ready for harvesting and still remain on the vine. Even then, he said, it's likely going to accelerate their harvesting.

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Harmon Skurnik, President of Skurnik Wine, a New York-based importer and distributor that works with both foreign and domestic brands, said he plans to speak with his distributors as well to see if they might help with the burden so that "consumers don't feel the full brunt of what is essentially a new tax." "Keep in mind this tariff was foisted on all importers very suddenly-and we are still strategizing," he told me via email. "That said, there is a strong likelihood that consumers will at least see modest increases in Spanish, German and French wines," though Skurnik also said they planned to push any price increase off until at least December.

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"I've got a bunch of businesses that are impacted," Newsom said during a bill-signing ceremony in San Diego on Wednesday when he was asked why he said Californians should be "outraged" by the wave of blackouts. "I'd rather criticize Donald Trump than act like him talking about my businesses in Northern California," the governor said, "but we're in the middle of wine crush and folks are running around trying to get generators right now, in the middle of crush. I mean, it's very consequential."

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According to the announcement, all employees were retained by Vintage Wine Estates. David O'Reilly will direct winemaking and operations and assume the new position of regional winemaking director for the Pacific Northwest.