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11/19/19

Data indicate temperatures in global wine regions have increased 1.5 to 3.8 degrees Fahrenheit over the last 50 to 100 years. In Jones' home wine region, the Willamette Valley, known for its Pinot Noir wines, he noted that growers might experience a rise in temperatures of 2 to 6 degrees Fahrenheit between 2040 and 2060, based on his latest research. Other varieties will be more suitable for the region, according to his models.

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Based on a previous trial, and pending results, this trial should show that STARS-XF significantly decreases stabilization time (microbial and tartrate stability) by approximately 80 to 95 percent, offers potential advantages by eliminating wine losses, multiple tank transfers, color and phenolic loss, as well as the need for seeding and diatomaceous earth/pads/cartridges, and provides an overall faster processing speed.

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The new AVAs, which should be formalised over "the next six to 12 months", according to Washington State Wine's Doug Marshall, follow a significant psychological landmark for the industry, which reached 1,000 wineries this autumn, having expanded from just 200 back in 2003.

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While women are underrepresented in the winemaking ranks in Washington, the country's second-largest wine-producing state, the story is quite different when it comes to its vineyards. Women manage some of Washington's premier sites, where they oversee the production of grapes that go to hundreds of wineries. Their shared experience and passion for grape growing bind them together.

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Wine Institute announced today the appointment of Danielle Giroux as its new Director of California Wines Canada, responsible for marketing and promotion in the largest single-country market for California wines. Giroux brings 15 years of wine industry sales and marketing experience to the role, including marketing and communications strategy, brand development and event management. She most recently served as Vice President, Marketing at Colio Estate.

11/19/19

French drinks group Pernod Ricard has denied claims made at an employment tribunal, during which a former staff member said that there was a "constant pressure" to consume alcohol.

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Improving your staff's wine education elevates the customer experience. Business people entertaining corporate clients appreciate staff who behave with appropriate decorum - and expertise while speaking about your cellar selections. Honeymooning couples looking for that perfect bottle for a special occasion love discovering new finds based on recommendations. By teaching your employees the following seven things about wine, you can wow your guests and drive repeat visitors.

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The endless grind of Brexit uncertainty is promising a gloomy Christmas period for the UK trade.

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No one needs a virtual Toyota. We need to give users good reasons to leave their reality behind and immerse themselves in a new one.

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This month, the company began publishing a monthly newsletter focused on that data, with observations and comments on market segments and insights from other industry sources.

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The project comprises three key objectives; helping to find mechanical alternatives for use in hillside vineyards to minimise environmental impact; providing low cost solutions for producers and, encouraging the use of indigenous mixtures of herbaceous species, to prevent soil erosion and preserve and increase biodiversity.

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Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. CEO Bill Johnson was set to testify during the legislative oversight hearing at the state Capitol. Johnson has defended the company's actions as "well planned and executed," arguing the power shutoffs have saved lives during the lengthy wildfire season.

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When the vineyard was planted on campus in 2010, on a hill next to the racquetball courts, the idea was to teach students real-life lessons about growing grapes. The conversion of those racquetball courts into a working winery introduced hands-on experience making wine. By 2015, the Southwest Wine Center at Yavapai College opened a tasting room offering the public a chance to sample its offerings in a setting that let students hone customer service skills. Now the students will be learning a new lesson: How being named the state's best wine affects sales. Judges in the 2019 azcentral Arizona Wine Competition named the 2018 Southwest Wine Center Viogner as Best In Show, the top wine in the statewide competition.

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His Napa Valley resume includes such esteemed names as Robert Mondavi, The Napa Valley Reserve and Harlan. Most recently, Faury worked at Napa's iconic Merryvale as Head Winemaker, where he closely collaborated with Crown Point's Consulting Winemaker, Philippe Melka.

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Last week, on the evening of Tuesday 12th November, the worst tide in half-a-century devastated Venice and flooded Venissa's famed Mazzorbo island vineyard - where the region's last-surviving parcel of the indigenous Dorona grape is grown - with more than six feet of destructive, salty water. By Wednesday morning, the water had begun to recede, but it will be months before Venissa knows for sure if its vines survived.

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A recent entrant in the alcoholic beverage industry, Spa Girl Cocktails has created product differentiation by providing women, a vastly underserved group, the delicious-tasting, clean, low-cal, low-sugar, vegan and gluten free vodka drinks they crave.

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Instead of bringing just a bottle of wine, the Portable Bar Cart includes everything you need to craft the perfect cocktail at any holiday party.

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Neil brings more than 16 years of experience within the wine industry, and will be consulting with clients in British Columbia, Oregon, Washington, and throughout California.

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Led by winemaker Kevin Willenborg, their production team of 12 crushed enough to make 60,000 Vina Robles cases, plus just over 1,000 tons for custom crush programs, in only 56 days.

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The February dinner will feature an evening of culinary delights and Sonoma County's finest wines. It will also feature an auction to raise money to support GSSA's work to keep strong salmon populations in California.

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Unique to other wines in this category, the 2017 Chardonnay is a Single Vineyard wine and comes solely from Hudson Vineyards.

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The value marked an increase of 484.4% over the previous quarter and a rise of 212.5% when compared with the last four-quarter average, which stood at $3.94bn. Comparing deals value in different regions of the globe, Asia-Pacific held the top position, with total announced deals in the period worth $11.5bn. At the country level, Australia topped the list in terms of deal value at $11.3bn.

11/19/19

The idea is to use 25% of the profit from each sold bottle to support the LGBT+ movement in the countries where the community is oppressed. Pedro Bentancour Garin, a Swedish historian, started the project to unite the positive and uniting qualities of Champagne to this global movement.

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The DTC Wine Symposium has announced four confirmed keynote presentations for the wine industry's national summit on direct to consumer sales and marketing, scheduled for January 22-23, 2020 at the Hilton Concord Hotel in Concord, California.

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Sonoma Wine Country is unquestionably breathtaking in spring and summer, but the winter months hold a charm all their own. Along with less traffic and smaller crowds, the season brings a host of only-in-Sonoma County events, plus special deals at some of the region's most celebrated wineries, restaurants, and hotels.

11/19/19

The strategic partnership was signed on November 14 in Sichuan, where Pernod and China's largest Baijiu producer, Wuliangye International, agreed to share infrastructure and develop their regional sales channels. This will focus on the wider Southeast Asia market at first, but they are already in talks to expand to other markets globally at a later stage.

11/19/19

Consorzio Barbera d'Asti e Vini del Monferrato has declared 2019 a "classic and traditional" vintage with the quality of Piedmont grapes "impressive", leading to a double digit drop in yields.

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Hosted by Christie's at the famous 15th century hospices on 17 November, the 589 barrels sold for a total of €12,013,100, an average price of €21,823 per barrel.

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Launching for the first time next February, Vinexpo Paris aims to go head-to-head with ProWein as the world's most important wine trade fair, according to Vinexpo's new CEO, Rodolphe Lameyse.

11/19/19

The 26th generation and first female president of the wine dynasty Antinori told the drinks business that the family's attempts to grow Sangiovese in California and other regions had never produced wines of "notable quality," lacking the finesse and elegance of Tuscany's best examples.

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Michael Druitt, a veteran of the UK wine industry, former director of Mentzendorff and co-director of Hallgarten-Druitt has died aged 87.

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High fire-risk weather and wind conditions are expected to begin early Wednesday morning and continue throughout Thursday, the utility stated. These preemptive cutoffs of power are intended to lessen the possibility of fires started by live power lines.

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Week three of Great Northwest Wine photojournalist Richard Duval's tour of 2019 harvest takes him throughout the Pacific Northwest wine community.

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In place of the expected line of questioning about his wines and career, I gauged Walkenhorst's interest in some real-time food-and-wine pairings with Kim Crawford's 2019 sauvignon blanc, pinot noir, and rosé.

11/19/19

Here on the East Coast, cold-weather-loving gamay grapes are rare - they're grown by just a handful of wineries, including a few on the Finger Lakes of New York, and none of ones we contacted seem to sell a nouveau. But in 2017, Ankida Ridge Winery - high in the Blue Ridge mountains in eastern Virginia, where they're already known for their excellent pinot noir - planted some of the only gamay grapes in Virginia.

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The 110-foot-tall grain elevator, the tallest building in the county, was home to the Madsen Grain Co. until 2003, when winemaker Ken Wright, a key figure in Oregon wine history, purchased it and turned it into a storage facility. A few years later, Doerschlag, who owns two vineyard sites in the Willamette Valley, was driving from town to town with his wife, Julie, looking for a location for their winery.

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Blaufränkisch originated in Austria in the 1700s but has more recently been popping up in the Garden State.

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Gallo also agreed to lease the Pahlmeyers' Waters Ranch vineyard on Atlas Peak, a property developed in 1999. As part of the deal, Gallo will run Jayson, the tasting room at The Village at Vista Collina Resort, a hotel development on the southern edge of the city of Napa.