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11/27/19

"The status quo at PG&E is unacceptable," State Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, told about 115 people gathered at the Veterans Memorial Building in Sonoma. "We need systemic and structural changes there. We cannot have a utility that does not have safety at its core values in the board room, in the executive suites," he said, to applause.

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Recent wildfires have scorched communities in California leaving a new group of victims filing claims against a utility under bankruptcy protections. Thousands of wildfire survivors have filed claims against Pacific Gas & Electric, the utility whose equipment has been blamed for sparking deadly blazes. As the count of homes destroyed ticks up, some fear their chance for a payout from the bankrupt utility is dwindling.

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Executives said they saw a strong local economy but voiced some concern over changing interest rates in the new year. While much of the financial landscape is dominated by larger institutions, executives at mid-sized area companies are looking to consolidate their customer base and better serve their customers. They voiced little concern about newcomers moving into the area in a bid to gain market share.

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Among other provisions, the bill, known as H.R. 5038, would allow undocumented agricultural workers to apply for legal status along with their dependents. The bill seeks to streamline the program and reduce growers' costs to house farmworkers in part through grants. It would also create a year-round guest worker program and set aside another 40,000 green cards annually for agricultural workers.

11/27/19

Developer and winemaker Dave Phinney imagines that Vallejo's Mare Island will one day have as much bustle and busyness as it did during World War II. Phinney, a partner in the Nimitz Group, which is charged with redeveloping Mare Island, envisions an island with "tens of thousands" of new housing units and upward of 1,000 businesses. There will be schools - possibly a college campus - and copious waterfront parkland. As many as 60 historic buildings will be lovingly restored. It will be bike- and pedestrian-friendly. Water taxis and ferries - the island already has ferry service - will whisk residents and workers to San Francisco and elsewhere.

11/27/19

The Idaho Wine Commission estimated that vineyards harvested only 70 percent of their normal crop, due to lower fruit yields overall and a hard freeze across Idaho and parts of Oregon starting Oct. 10. Although numbers aren't final yet, Dolsby estimated that Idaho vineyards yielded roughly 2,000 tons of grapes this year, compared to 2,800 tons in 2018.

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"To create hailstones, you need a particle in the centre of it and it's called a hail nucleus - it can be anything that's in the atmosphere. Where there's a lot of smoke around the particle, then the smoke particle encourages hail to form, especially if there's a lot of particles in the air."

11/27/19

The contract wine packer has invested more than over £2 million in the equipment, which manufactures 200ml and 250ml slimline cans. It hopes to boost production from 100 million litres in 2018 to between 300 - 400 million litres by early 2020. The new line can fill around 17,000 cans per hour, the company said.

11/27/19

An agreement between Napa's city and county governments lays out the locations for rainy-season water samples that will drive a study of the health of watersheds for Napa's local water sources - and, officials hope, monitor the potential impacts from farming and development.

11/27/19

Sonoma County got an early taste of winter Tuesday as the season's first storm arrived with wind, rain, cold weather, storm-triggered power outages and a dusting of snow on the highest peaks.

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Conversations with some of the state's top vintners further solidify why these wines have such strong appeal to collectors. Ahead, meet the producers whose bottles are worth the hunt-because isn't that part of the fun?

11/27/19

In the last several years, however, a distinctly Southern wine scene has emerged, bringing urban wineries, tasting events, and destination wine bars to Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee. While the South might not be home to America's most famous wine growing regions, it has another homegrown asset: the art and culture of hospitality.

11/27/19

The cabernet blend labeled Long Dai debuted at the company's winery in Qiu Shan Valley, in China's northeastern Shandong Peninsula, in September. It won't arrive in the U.S. until 2020, and only 100 cases will be imported. They'll be available at a few top shops and restaurants, but the majority of the 2,500-case inaugural release will be sold in China.

11/27/19

Remi Cohen, chief operating officer at Lede Family Wines, has worked in the wine industry since 2001. But that wasn't always her plan. Born and raised in East Brunswick, New Jersey, Cohen migrated to the West Coast and attended UC Berkeley with plans to become a doctor or genetics professor.

11/27/19

A new all-natural protocol is showing very promising results.

11/27/19

In honor of the Thanksgiving holiday, we will not send the Daily News Email on Friday morning, to allow our writers and editors more time with their families. The next edition will reach your inboxes on Monday, Dec. 2. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

11/27/19

Winerytale is an app and platform that lets every winery and wine producer create, manage and market an augmented reality experience for their own labels via a smartphone app. App creator and Winerytale founder Dave Chaffey said 524 wineries from across the world were already part of the trial and accessing the marketing potential of a marriage of artificial intelligence and augmented reality.

11/27/19

Craft cocktails are a huge trend for holiday gatherings and beyond, and both still and sparkling wines can be a part of that experience. Not only does wine provide a lighter alternative to spirits, it pairs exceptionally well with a variety of cocktail components. California wines make a particularly fitting match for the state's bounty of local, sustainably grown produce and fresh herbs.

11/27/19

Some, like Andrew Cates of family-owned Segassia Vineyard in Napa County, are struggling to get much of anything done-down to the most minuscule repair jobs. "It's been over two years since the fire and only just last month was I able to get a well dug," Cates tells Fortune. "That's how backed up the contractors are. It's hard to find work. It's hard to get anyone to do anything for a fair price."

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Competition provides an opportunity to showcase ideas and innovations in agriculture

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Today, Washington produces a dazzling array of top wines, from almost 70 different grape varieties. On top of zesty Rieslings and elegant Chardonnays, the state has made a name for itself with red wines made from what are termed the Rhône varieties - mainly Syrah, but also featuring Grenache and Mourvèdre.

11/27/19

A biblical message has been chosen to adorn the label of the 1855-classified First Growth Château Mouton Rothschild (84 hectares in Pauillac). The 2017 vintage is signed by artist Annette Messager, with a painting that certainly makes a striking impact. In the beginning was the verb, stresses Annette Messager, superimposing layers of the word Hallelujah, the name of her painting, which reveal a celestial female bosom welcoming a glass of wine carried by a hand recalling Michelangelo's The Creation of Adam (Vatican).

11/27/19

Rare South African wines from top producers will form two 'superlots' to be auctioned by Christie's in London on 28 November, in collaboration with the Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction. Christie's auctioneer Charlie Foley said the 17 wines that made up the two superlots offered a variety of wine styles from some of South Africa's most reputed producers.

11/27/19

Who could argue? All wines, Champagne included, age better in and taste nicer from a larger bottle, correct? Peter Liem sets the scene for a fascinating, and highly enjoyable, two-tier tasting...

11/27/19

Announced last night, this year's Rioja Recognises winners are Fiona Beckett, Camino founder and MD Richard Bigg, The Sampler founder Dawn Mannis and head of buying at The Wine Society Pierre Mansour.

11/27/19

Boasting filler speed of 17,000 cans per hour and offering both still and carbonated filling for wine, soft drinks and RTDs, the state-of-the -art equipment is the UK's first large-scale wine canning line, according to Greencroft - a sister company to Lanchester Wines.

11/27/19

Spirits and mixers purchases and consumption have also risen by 200% since 1993, from 1 unit to 3, while wine and champagne consumption has increased by 77% as more Brits entertain at home, and cider and perry rising 68%, and lager and continental beers rising 39%.

11/27/19

Wine and spirits trade show Vinexpo has revealed further details of its Be Spirits concept, an area dedicated to spirits and mixology due to debut at the Vinexpo Paris event in February.

11/27/19

Environmentalists have called on state lawmakers to strengthen Oregon's wildlife protection statutes in the wake of revised federal Endangered Species Act regulations.

11/27/19

A federal judge in Washington, D.C., has determined the 2017 expansion of Oregon's Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument was largely invalid, contradicting an earlier ruling by a federal judge

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VineSleuth is a machine learning platform that asks customers about their taste preferences, such as how sweet they like wine or how hoppy they like beer, and then recommends beverages available at grocery stores, bars or restaurants. VineSleuth, however, has a different business model than other wine apps, such as Vivino, in which consumers who download the app can take a picture of wine bottles to learn about the wine, rate it and buy the bottle to be shipped to their home.

11/27/19

Where the sparkling sections of by-the-glass lists used to be dominated by Champagne, now many lists are highlighting petillant naturels (pet-nats) instead. Rather than traditional Prosecco styles, you might see the more rustic Col Fondo Proseccos. Local wineries are increasingly experimenting with ancestral-method sparklings, ditching the traditional-method fuss.

11/27/19

The 16-month dispute between the world's two biggest economies has nothing to do with wine. The Trump administration accuses China of stealing U.S. technology and forcing American companies to hand over trade secrets and has slapped tariffs on more than $360 billion worth of Chinese imports. China disputes the allegations.

11/27/19

Garçon Wines was launched in 2016 as a B2C U.K. subscription service, offering bottled wine that could be mailed through a letterbox. However, a significant amount of media attention surrounding the launch of the company's unique flat wine bottles, at the time covered only by U.K. IP protection, generated a surge of global business enquiries.