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11/26/19

The blaze started around 4 p.m. off Highway 154, along East Camino Cielo near Painted Cave in the Los Padres National Forest. So far, the blaze, dubbed the Cave Fire, has burned 3,300 acres. Containment is at 0%. Mandatory evacuations have been issued, with boundaries expanded from Ontare Road to Fairview Avenue north of Cathedral Oaks, according to Santa Barbara city officials.

11/26/19

Winemakers only have until December 13, 2019 to send in trial descriptions for a chance to present their work at the premier industry event focused on raising wine quality standards through applied research and technology.

11/26/19

Many consumers, especially the affluent young people prized by advertisers, hate ads so much that they are paying to avoid them. As a result, the advertising industry faces an "existential need for change," a recent report states.

11/26/19

Lazy, sunny days in the 60s are predicted to give way to rain, high temperatures struggling to reach 50 and possibly even snow on local peaks. Thanksgiving Day could be partly cloudy, cold and windy, possibly with scattered showers.

11/26/19

Rep. Mike Thompson has filed to run for re-election in the 5th Congressional District, which includes all of Napa County and parts of Lake, Sonoma, Solano and Contra Costa counties. "It is my highest honor to represent the place where I was born, grew up, raised my children, and still live today," said Thompson, D-St. Helena, in a press release.

11/26/19

In anticipation of the World Bulk Wine Exhibition (WBWE) in Amsterdam this coming December 2-3, the California-based global wine and grape broker, Ciatti, released its 2019 harvest and bulk wine report.

11/26/19

Venture financing was the leading category in the quarter with 31 deals which accounted for 58.5% of all deals, followed by M&A with 22 deals which accounted for 41.5% of overall deal activity in the country's drinks industry during the quarter.

11/26/19

"If it weren't for a few remaining transactions of medal-winning or organically certified batches, the data would be much worse", sighed a Bordeaux broker, referring to the latest bulk transaction statements issued by the Bordeaux wine marketing board CIVB.

11/26/19

Vinehealth Australia together with Wine Yarra Valley is hosting 35 wine industry members to the Yarra Valley this week, to see the impacts of the grapevine killer phylloxera firsthand. The 2019 Phylloxera Immersion Tour will also allow participants to hear the latest science and learn how they can avoid infestation.

11/26/19

Westlands was too late to California's water game to nail down classic water rights. It has operated for nearly 60 years on a series of temporary supply contracts with the federal government's Central Valley Project. Meanwhile, it used its political clout and its money to seek more permanent allocations of water and/or increase overall supplies through construction of new storage and conveyance facilities. That put it in conflict with environmental groups that have long sought to reduce agricultural diversions from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

11/26/19

Wine Speak 2020 spans three days in the Paso Robles wine country, kicking off with a regional open house, followed by two days of winemaker-sommelier panels.

11/26/19

"The term 'natural wine' is an insult to the humanity of wine," said Chilean winemaker François Massoc during a discussion with db in Itata last week. The winemaker, who is well-known in Chile for his wines using grapes from the historic vineyards of Chile, particularly those from the Itata Valley, made the comment when discussing his work to preserve a fast-disappearing legacy of small-scale viticulture in the south of the country.

11/26/19

With today's Fruit Grower Report, I'm Bob Larson. High quality, well priced wines. That's what Washington's 1,010 wineries take a lot of pride in creating. And, according to Washington Wine Commission president Steve Warner, that's why supporting these "locally" produced wines could be a win-win for everyone …

11/26/19

There are many examples of innovative wine tourism experiences around the world, such as dog-walks in the vineyard, river-rafting with wine picnics, and bathing in wine at a spa. However, on the ancient island of Crete, the 33 wineries that make up the Wines of Crete association have developed a trilogy of wine tourism experiences that capitalize on the unique aspects of their island.

11/26/19

"This is just such a tragedy," said Tim Leach, Habitat's board president. "But I am adamant this is not a fold up the tent and go home. This is a suspension of our building operation, while we try to regroup and figure out how best to relaunch, how to best serve low-income families in Sonoma County." The move to suspend operations comes after a brief but rapid expansion of home construction projects and a staffing increase made possible by significant gifts and donations following the 2017 North Bay wildfires.

11/26/19

Travelers who visit russianrivervalley.org/special-offer and use the code RRVW at member wineries will discover 2-for-1 tastings, upgraded tastings, discounts on wines, and more. Offers vary by winery and most will be honored through the end of February.

11/26/19

Drizly conducted an in-depth study of more than 200 adults who manage or own independent liquor stores during May 2019, including retailers both on and off the Drizly platform.

11/26/19

The purchase consolidates production to join the 100 acres of Protocol 2010 rootstock and scionwood mother blocks already located there.

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Italian wine exports are making ready to celebrate ten consecutive record-setting years at the end of 2019, posting 6.36 billion euros in value and growth.

11/26/19

SVMA members are invited to shop early, from 10-11 a.m., and enjoy mimosas and donuts.

11/26/19

LOUIS XIII Cognac and Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry will toast at a red-carpet event on December 4 at Rosewood Sand Hill, where they will formally unveil North America's largest publicly displayed decanter of LOUIS XIII Cognac.

11/26/19

The Women of the Vine & Spirits Global Symposium 2020 is the anchor event of Women of the Vine & Spirits which is a year-round organization supporting its members and advocating for gender equality in the industry as a whole.

11/26/19

Expansion brings on-demand beer, wine and spirits with under 60-minute delivery to over 1 million Sacramento and Lake Tahoe residents.

11/26/19

The 4th Annual Past, Present and Future Dinner at Presqu'ile Winery is open to the public; seating is very limited, and reservations are required for this once-a-year dinner.

11/26/19

Idaho wineries and vineyards have finished their annual harvest intake process. Grape growers and winemakers say the 2019 grapes will produce balanced wines with lower alcohol content and good structure.

11/26/19

Revelette takes over as Siduri celebrates its 25th harvest. Revelette will assume all winemaking responsibilities for the renowned winery as Lee transitions into a consultancy role with Jackson Family Wines.

11/26/19

Le Serre Nuove dell'Ornellaia 2017 will be released in the U.S. during November through Ornellaia's exclusive importer, VINTUS, and will be priced at SRP: $82.00.

11/26/19

The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) is excited to announce the launch of its Regional Pledge, which provides the framework for sustainable tourism in the region for all visitors.

11/26/19

These virtual webinars cover important topics such as grassroots marketing, food safety, social media, hot trends, elevating a coffee program and more.

11/26/19

Thanks in part to an annual grant from Farm Credit, California students are able to attend the Avian Bowl and other national competitions and conferences, said Mary Ciricillo, director of the California 4-H Foundation.

11/26/19

September began with a hailstorm that caused substantial damage in two localized areas on the hills around Alba, missing most of the Barolo & Barbaresco region. Harvest commenced for Nebbiolo during the second half of October and exhibited fruit with good sugar levels and a superb polyphenol profile.

11/26/19

In all, the agricultural sector is also responsible for 18% of employment in the province. But climate change threatens to decimate the sector, which has prompted the provincial government and industry players to scramble for long-term solutions to ensure it remains sustainable.

11/26/19

Chile gets plenty of sunshine. More and more businesses are using it as a cheap source of power. They are getting support from the German-Chilean Chamber of Commerce, which offers training in the efficient use of renewable energies.

11/26/19

The Michelin Guide said it has become the 100% shareholder of influential American wine publication Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, having initially bought a 40% stake in the Advocate in 2017. Nicolas Achard, the newly appointed CEO of Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (RPWA), said of the deal, 'We got to know each other for the past two years before we decided to complete the acquisition and we realised that Michelin and the Wine Advocate had the same culture in regards to the importance of their independence.'

11/26/19

High scores aplenty confirmed there is very good quality in California's 2015 Cabernets, with a consistent standard overall, though a tendency to super-ripeness persists, says Stephen Brook...

11/26/19

As 30 MWs finished a seven-day tour of Chile on Saturday evening, it was announced that they had tasted as many as 1,224 bottles from 7,344 glasses.

11/26/19

Alyn Williams, the chef behind Michelin-starred Alyn Williams at The Westbury, is threatening the London hotel with legal action after he was accused of "gross misconduct" and dismissed from his position. In a statement, Williams said he was sacked after hosting a party for his friends at the restaurant on a Sunday, when it was closed to the public.

11/26/19

All three parties have made pledges to review alcohol duty in the UK, while business rates were also key on the agenda for Labour, the Conservatives, and the Lib Dems.

11/26/19

Overall the sale was 84% sold by lot and 89% by value with a final total of HK$28.9m (US$3.7m). Christie's reported that there was "global interest" with bidders from 13 countries, across four continents. As might be expected, the top two lots came from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti; a six-bottle case of Romanée-Conti 1999 (HK$937,500/US$120,836) and some of the 1989 (HK$750,000/US$96,669).

11/26/19

The agreement between the two companies will see LVMH buy Tiffany for $135 per share in a deal that is expected to close in the middle of 2020, subject to approval both from regulatory authorities and Tiffany's shareholders.

11/26/19

Famed for its fortified and warm-climate reds, Portugal's star region is changing.

11/26/19

Cakebread's newly unveiled visitor center has 12 concrete eggs, 10 more than they previously had, deploying the vessels for Sauvignon Blanc. The varietal tends to be a popular choice for the use of concrete.

11/26/19

This month, Clint Carter of the Tillie's restaurant in the Texas Hill Country town of Dripping Springs offers two of his favorite selections. Located about 20 miles west of Austin, Tillie's is a New American restaurant housed in a century-old building that was once a town hall in Vietnam on a sprawling rustic-chic guest ranch, Camp Lucy.

11/26/19

The concept is simple: wine lovers sign up on their website at GrandReservesRewards.com, and whenever they use their credit card to buy wine, visit a winery, join a wine club or go on a wine tour, they earn points, which they can redeem for wine-related merchandise. Consumers can only sign up with credit cards, not debit cards, but it is free to join. It is the first program of its kind.

11/26/19

Croatian Premium Wine Imports, Inc. (CPWI), today announced availability of its boutique wines in its online shop at www.croatianpremiumwine.com. All inventory, currently from the Dubrovnik county, including Zinfandel, Pošip and Plavac Mali will be available to ship to consumers in states that allow direct to consumer shipments by out-of-state retailers.