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01/03/20

His descriptions of grapevines were based not on the fruit clusters but on the shoots and leaves of the vines and concentrated on the leaf structure and the hairiness of the growing tips ... His first book on ampelography, Précis d'ampélographie pratique, was published in 1952. The fourth edition, published in 1976, was the basis in 1979 for, A Practical Ampelography: Grapevine Identification, the English translation and adaptation of Galet's work, by Lucie Morton, his first American student, now an internationally recognized ampelographer and consultant

01/03/20

Oil prices soared early on Friday morning after U.S. forces in Iraq assassinated Iran's most powerful and visible military leader, Qassem Soleimani ... Iranian leaders are expected to be gathering within the next couple of hours, and a firm response from Tehran can be expected within the next few days.

01/03/20

In 2018, Trump issued an executive order to create a postal task force, led by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. The group was charged with figuring out how to make the postal service a more profitable entity. They recommended that the agency roll back collective bargaining rights for postal workers and sell off pieces of the service to private industry.

01/03/20

In the worst-affected state, New South Wales, fires have burned more than 4 million hectares (40,000 sq km or 9.9 million acres) destroying more than 1,300 houses and forcing thousands to seek shelter elsewhere

01/03/20

"The fires have burned so hot and so fast that there has been significant mortality of animals in the trees, but there is such a big area now that is still on fire and still burning that we will probably never find the bodies."

01/03/20

On Friday, officials in the state of New South Wales drastically expanded their estimate of the amount of land at risk.

01/03/20

Brazilian winemakers will receive a hand from the government to face rising international competition as a trade deal between the European Union and Mercosur further opens the door to more traditional producers from the other side of the Atlantic.

01/03/20

The California Consumer Privacy Act, or CCPA, is a state-level law that requires, among other things, that companies notify users of the intent to monetize their data, and give them a straightforward means of opting out of said monetization.

01/03/20

Coming on the heels of cannabis-infused kombucha, cannabis-infused seltzer - really, cannabis-infused everything - the latest beverage trend threatens to take the category to a new extreme: Welcome to the age of cannabis rosé.

01/03/20

No- and low-alcohol beer is the fifth-fastest growing type of beer in the U.S., according to Nielsen. According to IWSR data, the most frequent consumers of low- and no-alcohol drinks are between 21 to 44 years old - an age bracket that mostly includes millennials, with some Generation X consumers - and male

01/03/20

The high plains of Colorado, where you are more likely to dodge tumbleweeds than traffic, may not offer rugged mountain scenery the state is known for, but it can provide quite a bit of peace and solitude compared to the rushed and overcrowded Front Range. While it might not seem like much at first, there's plenty that lies east of I-25 waiting to be discovered, including a few Colorado wineries that call the high plains home. While most travel to the Western Slope or the North Fork Valley for their Colorado wine adventures, there are four wineries of the eastern plains worth a visit.

01/03/20

Our US editor picks over the implications of two wine industry takeovers and finds plenty of intrigue.

01/03/20

The fact that it has been over two years since the Nuns fire swept through the Sonoma Valley is not lost on the survivors who still deal with the disaster, and its aftermath, every day of their lives

01/03/20

"We really did see the results of good weather in tourism, and consumer visits to the bench," Baird said. "We definitely saw the benefits of no smoke."

01/03/20

Jim Bernau, founder and CEO of Willamette Valley Vineyards, has been a part of the Oregon wine industry for most of its meteoric growth. Bernau founded the Salem-based vineyard in 1983, after securing the hillside property that hosts the vineyard two years earlier.

01/03/20

Once, the division between Old World and New World wines was a whole lot clearer. With profound transformations in winemaking and weather, how will oenophiles establish their bearings in the decades to come?

01/03/20

Despite concerted marketing efforts from the wine industry, Nielsen data shows millennials are drinking more spirits and beer as well as embracing cannabis. For them, for now, wine is an afterthought. As a result, you can expect to see more premium wines in cans and other packaging innovations made to shift standard - some might say, elitist - marketing practices to appeal to emerging consumers. These won't be novelty products. They'll be authentic wines packaged for convenience and have the added benefit of reducing producers' carbon footprints.

01/03/20

A looming 100-percent tariff will be a disaster for anyone who loves European wines. Here's what you can do to help stop it.

01/03/20

Wildfires and wild schemes, tariffs and Supreme Court hearings, Bordeaux futures and the future of wine packaging, P!nk wine and Poehler's wine movie … these were among our most-read articles from the past year