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Peter Chiang, who manages Kanpai Wines and Meadowbrook Farm, partnered with brother-and-sister authors Shin and Yuko Kibayashithe on an online interactive wine club named after the manga. The Drops of God Wine Salon sells wine labels popular among young wine lovers. The list includes: Matthiasson; Massican, Marietta; Ashes and Diamonds; Scribe; Noria, Kanpai and Failla ...

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The wine industry has been there before. "When the industry gets pushed up against the wall, they'll finally admit that they have an issue and they will adjust," McMillan said.

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Two enormous properties under separate ownership in southern Napa County - one 858 acres and the other 950 - are for sale for the first time in more than 40 years. Although they're only 10 miles apart, each has a very different and fascinating backstory.

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The reports include some of the strongest criticism of the industry to emerge from the county's prolonged look at wineries' rural footprint, including the profusion of events and promotional activities now held by many winemakers. About 450 wineries exist in unincorporated Sonoma County.

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Permit Sonoma will bring the Winery Events policy item for the entire county to the Board of Supervisors in early 2020. In the meantime, three local advisory groups associated with the three local areas of concentration have formed and are setting their own criteria for evaluating winery event applications. Sonoma County's wine tourism industry has attracted an increasing number of visitors resulting in significantly higher levels of vehicle travel along rural County roads, especially in the three areas of local concentration: Dry Creek Valley Westside Road Sonoma Valley

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Last week, The New York Times wrote about a rising star in that world, a sommelier who was accused by four women of assaulting them or trying to do so. That sommelier has since resigned. NPR interviews Marissa Ross, a columnist and wine editor for Bon Appetit

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Acting on community concern and demand, Yountville arrived at an answer: the Retail Diversity Ordinance, which the town council signed into law in 2009. It requires downtown tasting rooms to dedicate a fourth of their available space to "secondary retail".

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Ste. Michelle is reloading with four new launches slated for 2020. Altered Dimension, sporting a "visual perception-bending package," will carry a suggested retail price of $15 for its Cabernet Sauvignon and $13 for its Sauvignon Blanc and rosé. Fruit & Flower Chardonnay will retail for $12 a 750-ml. and will also be available in cans. Liquid Light, a single-SKU Sauvignon Blanc, will sell for $13 a 750-ml. Finally, Ste. Michelle will extend Borne of Fire, initially a $25 Cabernet Sauvignon, to include a Chardonnay, priced at $17

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Gian Annibale Rossi di Medelana, the owner of Castello del Terriccio in Tuscany, died aged 78 last Thursday night in Rome

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In honor of Veterans Day, Rombauer Vineyards is donating $25, 000 to the Gary Sinise Foundation as a tribute to all military veterans. The Gary Sinise Foundation, established by actor and philanthropist Gary Sinise, supports our nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families and those in need. This foundation creates and supports unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen and build communities among the veteran population

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That's according to data from the National Weather Service, which predicts more than 300 record cold temperatures could be tied or set from Monday to Wednesday.

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The Arctic blast engulfing the eastern half of the Lower 48 will make mid-November feel like mid-January. Between Sunday and Wednesday, temperatures will sink to levels 15 to 30 degrees colder ...

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If you're worried that wildfires might have created shortages of Northern California's 2019 cabernet sauvignon, or even just imparted it with an undesirable smoky flavor, you can relax. The wine is just fine. For now.

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These systems fully integrate the unloading and delivery of product flavors, the routing of empty supply trays and the final packaging of the variety pack.

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The range of wines will be complemented by presentations from nearly 400 international spirits producers - from large international brands to small artisanal producers.

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Trade show ProWein has entered into a strategic partnership with data platform Bottlebooks, which will enable exhibitors to enter their spirits and wines into an online database.

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The Foley family, Foley Family Wines, the Las Vegas Golden Knights, and City National Bank are donating over $500,000 to aid in the fire recovery and support efforts following the Kincade Fire.

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The aim of the D.O. Project is to highlight the quality, differentiation, origin and prestige of Cava.

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Sudden oak death reasserted its grip on Sonoma County this year, doubling its presence in the wake of a wet winter, while the pathogen that has sickened and killed millions of trees cropped up ...

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The Cava Regulatory Council has consulted six renowned professionals from the world of wine during its review of its future proposals of segmentation and zoning

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"What we're really looking for is two good rains," Stein said. "The first one to just kind of get a little bit of the stuff moved around and then the second one to kind of clean everything up."

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But often, the wines have little meaningful association to the brands or people fronting them, and the clubs are simply too good to be true. You're hooked with a low-priced introductory offer and, by the time you realize you're on the hook for another shipment at twice the price, it's too late to cancel.

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And PG&E estimates that those claims - combined with factors including potential liability for the Kincade Fire, customer credits the company has promised for its first round of "public safety power shutoffs" this October and its bankruptcy restructuring - will cost the company $6.3 billion over an unknown timeline

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... the incredible Soda Rock team turned the barn that doubles as a private event space into an ad-hoc tasting room and rolled out the warm welcome, declaring: "Recovery Starts Now." The hashtag #SonomaStrong is trending.

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Applebee's, Chipotle, IHOP and more chains have major deals for veterans and military personnel.

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A state of emergency has been declared in parts of Australia following the outbreak of wildfires, with the Greater Hunter, Greater Sydney and Illawarra Shoalhaven areas on the highest alert level.

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The growth has been rapid: Denmark now boasts 90 commercial vineyards, up from just two 15 years ago, and around 40 have sprung up in Sweden.Nearly a dozen vineyards are operating ...

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One of the world's leading wine writers once worked a gig as an astrologer. She says astrology is one big word association game ...

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Politics and whiskey rarely mix well, but there is a new schism emerging in the United States dividing people into two distinct classes of state - and it's all down to whiskey

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Trends include: adopting innovative technologies (while also respecting traditions, and the value of family run operations), diversifying products, amplifying organic techniques, expanding regional accommodations and improving ease for visiting wineries. These peaceful acres quietly buzz with winds of dynamic change

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Taking the issue to court will likely backfire, officials say they told Psagot, just before verdict is announced; company denies it was warned but decries Jerusalem's defeatism

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Alpine Country Club member Maryana Beyder sued the establishment in October, following repeated out-of-court efforts to get the club to correct the issue, which she says left her discontinued pink Hermes Kelly bag ruined beyond repair