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September had plentiful sunshine, and only about half of the rainfall that the region usually gets in that month and while there was some rot this year, it was primarily Botrytis, not sour rot, and there were hardly any fruit flies. ... Most grape prices in the Finger Lakes this year did not change significantly from those in 2018. A total of 47 varieties had an average price change of 0.5% or less compared with 2018

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Wine grape industry hits period of oversupply, lower prices.

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The ResDur project was started in 2000 by France's National Institute for Agricultural Research , with the specific goal of creating new wine grape varieties that would be resistant to fungal diseases-in particular, downy and powdery mildew

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Buellton-area Ccannabis operations wings were clipped ... three approved cannabis operations - all slated for Highway 246 just outside Buellton - were taken to the Planning Commission on appeal, two by vintner Blair Pence, an especially outspoken critic of cannabis operations. Although all three operations were received differently by the commissioners, all had their wings clipped ...

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Reflecting the top wines purchased on the website during 2019, the Wine.com 100 is the industry's only list based exclusively on consumer purchasing behavior. With over 41,000 vintage-specific wines purchased at Wine.com over the past year, from 440 growing regions and 96 grape varieties, the Top 100 is an exclusive group representing the top 0.2% of wines offered on Wine.com.

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Total Wine & More, the Maryland-based retailer with roughly 200 stores in 23 states and revenue of more than $3 billion, recently launched a completely overhauled website ... The company has a full staff dedicated to running its website, app, and other technology initiatives, a testament to its commitment to staying at the forefront of emerging retail sales tools.

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SGWS appointed Scott Oppenheimer as President of East Region, and Mark Chaplin as Vice President, Sales & Marketing, effective January 1, 2020.

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About one-third of the 8 million liters of wine produced is exported, and two-thirds are consumed locally ... Through export activities, wine producers strive to put Armenia on the world map to gain recognition and to become a competitive player in the global wine trade

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In a land resembling a cross between rural Utah, inland California and South Pass, Wyoming, with a capital city (Yerevan) that is safe, attractive and progressive, modern Armenian winemakers are a diverse and hardy lot. Representative backgrounds include that of a Berkeley chef, a Milanese fashion guru, an Argentinian infrastructure billionaire, a Moscow MBA graduate and the family of a Bostonian victim of past Bolshevik repression

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Now in its 7th year, the competition invites "wine" students from all Northern California's colleges and universities that have a wine related program to participate in 2 elimination rounds. The final 4 students compete and are rewarded with cash and other prizes during the event. This year the final four represented UC Davis and Santa Rosa Junior College in the very tough competition that included 14 questions on viticulture; winemaking; the business of wine; and a blind tasting of two wines where students were asked to indentify varietals, country of origin, percentage of alcohol, etc.

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Compliance Service of America (CSA) purchased The Digest, known in the industry as the "Red Books," from Mary Kramer in early 2018 when she retired. "As long time subscribers to The Digest, we wanted to keep this valuable resource available to the industry," says CSA's founder, Sara Schorske.

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Douglas Green Jnr, one of the legends of the South African wine industry and synonymous with one of the country's leading brands, has passed away at the age of 89. He died on 10 November at his home in Somerset-West after a recent illness

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Join us in congratulating our 2019 Drinks Innovators.

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Global drinks groups including the likes of Diageo and Pernod Ricard are targeting the Indian market, but how is the country's complex regulatory system and alcohol pricing impacting performance?

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Wines made from Marquette, a cold-hardy hybrid developed by the University of Minnesota, can now be classified as "VQA Ontario," just like wines made from traditional vinifera varieties, according to the Vintners Quality Alliance, the regulatory agency that enforces winemaking and labeling standards in Ontario.

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Written by Vince Vasquez, independent economic analyst and executive director of the Policycraft Institute, an economic think tank based in Carlsbad, the report relies on survey data, economic modeling software, California ABC licenses, and San Diego County records to calculate the economic health and expansion of the wine industry in San Diego County.

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A Russian company associated with Roman Abramovich has backed a plan by local wine industry veteran Denis Polyakov to launch a new importer in the country, according to sources close to Polyakov. Separately, it is understood that Abramovich has become an investor in the Gai-Kodzor winery in southern Russia.

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After nearly 50 years of legal practice he retired from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman but still maintains an office at Pillsbury. Carrie Bonnington now heads the firm's Wine, Beer and Spirits Law practice. Seff is a director of Hahn Family Wines and is a director of four non-profit boards ...

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Wilson will attend the event to answer questions or just talk to viewers after the movie.

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The CSWWC is the most important international competition dedicated exclusively to sparkling wines.

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Toppan will demonstrate how its expertise in security and packaging enables connected products as part of the digital transformation in packaging.

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The winners of the 2019 Green Awards -now celebrating its 10th version- will be revealed on December 11th during an official ceremony in London, United Kingdom.

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The fellowship includes hands-on classes for an intimate cohort of small-business leaders plus one-on-one mentoring from Uptima Business Bootcamp's CEO Rani Langer-Croager, a respected advisor on strategic and financial planning.

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All three wines are available for purchase online at www.kenefickranch.com/Shop and can be purchased locally at select restaurants in Calistoga.

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vinSUITE has partnered with ShipCompliant by Sovos, the leading alcohol compliance software, to bring destination sales tax to vinSUITE clients.

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New class also includes Dr. Maya Angelou, RuPaul Charles, Brandi Chastain, Tony Hawk & George Lopez.

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Due in no small part to his contributions, Missouri wine has in some ways gone from laughable to laudable over more than a half century.

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Unequalled Vintage Brought to Life by America's #1 Chilean Import,[1] Casillero del Diablo

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In Chile, protesters led a massive national strike Tuesday, as they condemned the government's plans to rewrite the country's Constitution, which dates back to Augusto Pinochet's military regime. Chile's interior minister announced Sunday the government would draft a new constitution, which Congress would then rewrite and put to a public referendum. But protesters say the people should be involved with the rewriting process from the beginning and that this is an attempt by Sebastián Piñera's government to delay political and social reforms in Chile.

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Data helps planners, leaders, first responders tackle disasters, wildfires from afar

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Since June, China has been imposing 93 percent tariffs and taxes on American wine, up from 48 percent before the hostilities began, according to the Wine Institute, a trade group for 1,000 California wineries and related businesses. Unless the two countries reach a ceasefire - and they're working on it - the levies on U.S. wine in China will ratchet up to 106 percent on Dec. 15

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The economic effects of global warming may arrive sooner and with a bigger impact than previously thought, according to Oxford Economics in a report that compares recent scientific research with the economic literature on the costs of climate change.