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11/20/19

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.

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The team of researchers has uncovered a key step in the synthesis of natural tartaric acid in wine grapes - identifying and determining the structure of an enzyme that helps make tartaric acid in the grapes. Estimates have suggested that this costs over $10 million to the Australian wine industry each vintage, so understanding what controls the natural levels of acids like tartaric in the grape berry has the potential to save the industry significant sums of money.

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A new machine is now available to help winemakers retain the aromas that normally escape, along with carbon dioxide, during the winemaking process. For the past two years, Alpha Omega Winery, known for barrel fermenting most of its wine production, has used a prototype from AromaLoc, a company based in British Columbia, Canada, to capture more aromas during active fermentations through crush.

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Participate in a winemaker panel discussion during WiVi on March 25, 2020 exploring innovative wine styles, varieties and trends along California's Central Coast.

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The seminal finding of the report is that banning glyphosate will lead to technical challenges and prove costly for farmers and winegrowers. For winegrowing, the alternative to glyphosate is tillage. But as the report points out, "even before considering the cost of [the] transition, French winegrowing would face three immediate practical obstacles:

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Addressing as many as 30 Masters of Wine at a seminar in Chile yesterday, Dr Olga Barbosa, from Chile's Austral University, said that viticulture "can be a partner to solve the problem of mass extension." Barbosa, who works at the Chilean university's Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity, said that it was vital that agricultural landscapes were used to enhance species' richness, with wine estates proving especially powerful potential drivers of biodiversity.

11/20/19

Average wind speeds rose about 7% since 2010 in northern mid-latitude regions, reversing a trend of slowing winds in the decades prior, according to a group of researchers from institutions including Princeton University. The findings, published Monday in Nature Climate Change, forecast that wind farms will produce significantly more energy than anticipated as a result of the shift in the coming years.

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Proceeds from the auction will fund Dream Big Darling's 2020 professional events and second annual Dream Big Darling Leadership Retreat next fall.

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One study published in 2017 found that after Uber's arrival in Portland, Oregon, alcohol-related car crashes declined by 62%. But at the same time, the spread of ride-hailing apps may have tempted people to drink to excess, knowing that they won't be at the wheel. A new study by three economists finds that the widespread availability of ride-sharing apps has indeed made it easier for the late-night crowd to binge.

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The utility said Monday it was sending notices to more than 303,000 customers in 25 counties, including nearly 40,000 in Sonoma County. PG&E has cut power to county customers five times since Sept. 25. "The scope is still changing, as it's a fluid situation," said Deanna Contreras, a PG&E spokeswoman.

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The National Weather Serviced received reports of brief periods of heavy rain in parts of Windsor, Healdsburg and Guerneville, meteorologist Spencer Tangen said.

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The world's largest winery has expanded in recent years mostly by buying up vineyard land, and the wine brands that come with it. But Gallo this week did the opposite: it bought the high-end Pahlmeyer wine brand, even though the deal (for an undisclosed price) included no vineyards.

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'For Melbourne, the last time it reached 39 degrees was in 2012 and the all time record for November is just over 40,' Bureau of Meteorology senior meteorologist Richard Carlyon said. 'Normally at this time of the year we start to see some summery weather with temperatures reaching the mid 30 degrees, but it is unusual to see them into the high 30s,'

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Consumers are becoming more confident but less knowledgeable about their wine choices, possibly because of the way technology is affecting the way in which we access, store and filter information to inform our purchase decision, and also because wine retail environments are getting more sophisticated. If this is the way things are going, who stands to benefit - and who is in trouble?

11/20/19

For "How to Quit Your Job and Follow a Dream," I've interviewed former lawyers, bankers, and consultants who have walked away from the hours - and money - to attempt life-altering feats like grow coffee on a volcano in Panama, make wine on the Sonoma Coast, and found a coffee roastery and café in Bordeaux.

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The viticulture and enology program at the Highland Community College Wamego campus is the only one of its kind in Kansas. Not only does it teach students how to grow grapes and make wine, it also helps them prepare to open their own wineries.

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Another sign of an increasing race among retailers to grab a piece of the nascent alcohol delivery market, The Kroger Co. is offering shoppers an opportunity to "build-their-own" wine packs at a special price. The retailer also announced a new promotion to align with Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals that open the holiday selling season: From Nov. 25 through Dec. 9, customers can use the code CYBER50 to receive $50 off all 12-pack wine collections, excluding the Discovery and Winter White packs. The discount equates to wine for as little as $8.50 a bottle, with shipping included.

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As the Winery transitioned into a by-appointment hospitality model in January of 2019, the company saw a need for the newly developed Director role in which Fay will oversee all hospitality, marketing, and business development strategy for the winery.

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From beachfront tasting rooms to storybook backroads, here is what's shaking in SLO Coast Wine this season

11/20/19

CK Mondavi and Family Large-Format Offerings are Celebration-Ready, and Available in Seven Varietals

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Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, although it is expected to close at the end of 2019, pending approval from government regulators, as well as co-owners in New Belgium's Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). Once closed, the transaction will mark the end of New Belgium's 100% employee-owned status, which was fully implemented in 2012, and the end of the company's status as a small and independent craft brewer as defined by national trade group the Brewers Association (BA).

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Located at the north end of Oliver, BC, District Wine Village will serve as the gateway to Canada's Wine Capital and will give 16 artisan producers the chance to create their own brand with a low capital investment and operational assistance along the way.

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The El Dorado Wine Grape Growers Association is pleased to announce Dave Komar of Top-Notch Grafting and Vineyard Services in Kenwood as the guest speaker at the December 18, 2019 grape grower meeting.

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A native of France, Faury brings extensive experience and knowledge to his new role with Crown Point.

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Along with meetings of the Board and State and Regional Association Advisory Council, WineAmerica used the occasion to unveil its revamped website. Streamlined to better serve its membership and the public, the website hosts the issues which WineAmerica is currently advocating for in Washington, D.C., including: excise tax reform, trade and tariffs, agricultural labor, and music licensing. The design and execution was performed by web designer Mari Kane, The Studio.

11/20/19

The e-WAK, the connected version of Guala Closures' WAK® screw cap for wine, has just received the "New Technology" award of the Innovation Challenge SIMEI 2019. A new intelligent technology that enables each bottle of wine to become a "connected bottle": the chip, placed inside/on the top of the closure , can be read by any smartphone, providing a certificate of authenticity and all information on the product, engaging them directly and promoting brand loyalty.

11/20/19

Join correspondent Tom Wilmer reporting from Lodi, California, where he visits with two-time James Beard Award-winning chef Bradley Ogden. Chef Ogden came to national attention in the early 1980s at Kansas City's famed The American Restaurant shortly after graduating from the prestigious Culinary Institute of America.

11/20/19

Hedgerows bordering farmland - plantings with native trees, shrubs, bunch grasses and wildflowers - support bug-eating birds, helping with on-farm pest control, according to research by recent UC Davis graduate Sacha Heath and UC Cooperative Extension advisor Rachael Long. The study was published in the October 2019 issue of the online journal Ecosphere.

11/20/19

The Plant California Alliance, launched in March 2019, represents a unification of farmers, wholesalers, retail garden centers, landscape suppliers, manufacturers and other experts who work together to advocate for nurseries, horticulture and the California lifestyle. Included on the new website are details about Plant California Alliance's activities, programs and mission. Nursery industry members can also learn more about how to join Plant California Alliance and the many benefits of membership.

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Now, however, as we learn more about the complex science of winemaking, there's some skepticism about the actual advantages of the practice. Dr. James Harbertson, Associate Professor of Enology at Washington State University and an expert on tannins, believes that "the benefits are really about aroma."

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Federal agencies are headed back to the drawing board on water management plans for the Klamath Project after the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation says it received "erroneous data" from an outside source.

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Idaho law is in conflict with federal law regarding hemp transportation on interstate highways.

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Cascade Mountain water reservoirs serving the Yakima Basin are refilling but still below average after a moderate summer drought that caused some crop losses. Winter snowpack outlook is uncertain.

11/20/19

Grupo Rioja comprises 55 wineries from the three areas of the Qualified Designation of Origin (DOCa) in the Rioja region - Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Oriental. Founded in 1968 as 'Grupo de Criadores y Exportadores de Rioja', it was originally a consortium focused on the export of Rioja wines, being the first organisation to promote the overall Rioja brand to the international market. It now represents more than 75% of the region's sales.

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The organisers of the show said Wine Paris 2020 would be tackling three key topical issues as part of its Wine Talks conference programme - 'flavour', 'organic and ethical' and 'innovation'.

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After applying to be part of the five-year Médoc Crus Bourgeois classification (due to be unveiled in February 2020, with three levels: Cru Bourgeois, Supérieur and Exceptionnel), Château Rollan de By has decided to withdraw from the selection process. "I entered an application and when I got the feedback from the blind tastings, I was told that my wines were classified as 4, outside the Crus Bourgeois rankings. But a week after I paid 500 euros [for a new tasting on appeal], I was suddenly told that my château could become a Cru Bourgeois after all. Who are these tasters? This is not professional!" ranted Jean Guyon, who heads up Rollan de By estates.

11/20/19

Matt Walls reports on the wines of the Southern Rhône in 2018, covering Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Beaumes de Venise, Rasteau, Cairanne, Vinsobres, Lirac and Tavel...

11/20/19

The new "consumer-centric" department store, which opened this week, is offering the bookable two-hour wine master class in its 'dedicated Discovery Room', for £30, which will walk through six 'star wines' in the autumn/winter range, along with a complimentary bottle and the chance to talk home leftover drinks.

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Vincent Chansault, winemaker at Domaine Gayda in the Languedoc, had enough wine from one of his best plots, and enough empty containers, or different "vessels", to try it. He put the wine in nine different containers with the intention of keeping it there the normal time for this wine, two years.

11/20/19

From composting waste and recycling water in California to planting cover crops and using organic materials to combat pests in Oregon, many winemakers and winery owners believe the use of natural products and reduction of their carbon footprint is not only better for the environment and the vines, but also results in a higher quality wine.

11/20/19

The edgiest of actors has become a quirky boutique producer in Provence; a visit turns up a surprising cast of wines

11/20/19

McBride Sisters Collection is proud to announce recipients of its 2019 SHE CAN Professional Development Fund. Created and funded by McBride Sisters Collection, the scholarships provide financial assistance and resources to women advancing their careers and pursuing leadership positions in the male-dominated wine industry.