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Monday, September 28th

01/20/20

Sonoma County has become the exclusive testing ground for a pilot climate adaptation certification program. It's developed by Napa-based California Land Stewardship Institute, which manages the Fish Friendly Farming certification program and consults on environmental regulatory compliance for farmers in Northern California

01/20/20

"We are ready to make steps toward the United States, and we have already proposed a certain number of measures. We hope to reach a resolution by Wednesday," French economy minister Bruno Le Maire said Monday, adding he would meet U.S. counterparts at the Davos World Economic forum in Switzerland this week. Le Maire wants a U.S. commitment in Davos to the international tax reform and is also pressing Washington to lift a threat of tariffs on French champagne, cheese and luxury handbags made in retaliation for France's own digital tax

01/20/20

Catena illustrated book was first published in Spanish in 2017. It was so successful, she decided to have an English edition under the title "Gold In The Vineyards" ... Catena also recently presented "As Wine Flows By," a play by brother-in-law Gustavo Dias Ballejo on the history of Malbec that tells the story of its migration from Europe to Argentina

01/20/20

This year, State of the Wine Business 2020: An Outlook for the New Decade, is hosted by Michael Swanson, senior vice president and agricultural economist and consultant for Wells Fargo and Company who will discuss key market trends and the opportunistic approaches wineries and wine brands can take to form a successful growth strategy and build brand equity.

01/20/20

Madrid's 10th edition of Enofusión concluded last Wednesday with a first-ever tasting presentation on the impact of climate change on wine by Pancho Campo, and included an unexpected American wine, Black Ankle Vineyards - Syrah Leaf-Stone 2016 - from Maryland ... 68 members of the trade and media from Spain with some from Poland, Slovakia, Italy, and Argentina attended.

01/20/20

The quiet, confident Volnay winemaker produced elegant Pinot Noirs from old vines

01/20/20

The Walls Vineyards, a boutique winery in Walla Walla, Washington, has acquired the 10-acre Rockgarden Vineyard in The Rocks District of Milton Freewater AVA, located in the Southern portion of the Walla Walla Valley.

01/20/20

As previously reported, Vintage Wine Estates and Kunde filed a joint lawsuit last August. A case management conference is set regarding Kunde's lawsuit for Jan. 31

01/20/20

Winery websites are increasingly implementing live chats, essentially portals that connect customers directly with a representative. They're fairly ubiquitous in the world of online retail but rather new to wine, though chats are quickly becoming a critical customer service tool.

01/20/20

In the past two years, the local population has declined by an estimated 4,700 people, according to the state Department of Finance. ... "We would have loved to have made it work, but we started thinking about the future and the kids"

01/20/20

Previous studies have focused on smoke events around the time of harvest - the AWRI research began this week by taking leaf and berry samples from three varieties - Chardonnay, Shiraz and Pinot Noir - from eight vineyards. Three of the vineyards are in the direct fire zone, three are in areas outside the zone that were exposed to significant smoke drift and two are at the other end of the region, some 40km to the south, and are being viewed almost as control sites

01/20/20

"we're hopeful - the position of other individuals who have been more highly impacted will be different"

01/20/20

Photographs of charred koalas, apocalyptic red skies and poor air quality have haunted Australia since the bushfire crisis. The government is now investing millions in its tourism industry to turn around its image

01/20/20

Australia has been hit by bushfires, flooding and gigantic hail storms in recent weeks. Footage has now shown how dust storms are the latest weather phenomena to batter the country

01/20/20

... It's not entirely clear what exactly the institute will do, but UC Davis Provost Ralph Hexter described a host of lofty goals during the announcement, including finding ways to reduce carbon emissions that lead to climate change, improving the understanding of organic agriculture, and encouraging environmental education; hosting conferences that address challenges facing the food system; and leading projects that support farmers and ranchers who adhere to regenerative practices

01/20/20

Avalara announces the retirement of Rachel Dumas Rey as general manager of the Avalara for Beverage Alcohol business unit. Rachel is a well-known industry veteran who built Compli from the ground up over 22 years ... Effective December 2, 2019, Jeff Carroll was promoted to fill her role ...

01/20/20

The Wine Technology group responsible for VinWizard tank and winery control is pleased to announce a new dedicated sales and support platform to back accelerating growth in North America. VinWizard will now be sold and supported in the U.S.A. by Wine Technology America Inc., (WTA). Increasing demand and a very impressive client base now requires dedicated local resources says Managing Director, Bob Richards.

01/20/20

Vistaar Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of pricing and promotion software in the beverage alcohol industry, today announced that Santa Rosa, California based Foley Family Wines, has selected Vistaar to empower its sales organization and drive its revenue growth management strategy in the marketplace.

01/20/20

Taransaud employs the French National Institute for Agricultural Research to verify oak sources by species and region through DNA testing ... Jackson Family Wines uses optical sorters to classify oak staves and ensure only very fine-grain wood is selected for its barrel program

01/20/20

The California Brut is a non-vintage wine sourced from grapes grown in the River Junction AVA of California and will be available next month in time for Valentine's Day, complementing the inaugural 2017 vintage of the Napa Valley Blanc de Noir that Paula Kornell released last October.

01/20/20

adds details ... Angelina Mondavi, 37, will be a partner in the business and will oversee all vineyard and winery operations, with plans to launch the first wines under the Harrow Cellars label with the 2020 vintage ... Ken and Stacy Mattson's other properties in Sonoma include a house overlooking the Ravenswood property, as well as the Sonoma's Best deli and cottages on East Napa Street, Boyes Food Market and the "Lanning Structures" on Highway 12, the General's Daughter event center, Ramekins culinary school and catering, Cornerstone Sonoma, Leland Fishing Ranch, the former Cocoa Planet building on Broadway, Cottage Inn & Spa downtown, a portion of the Mercato property on the Plaza, the Sojourn tasting room building downtown and numerous residential properties

01/20/20

Some say it takes 300 shots to learn to love baijiu. Beijing loves it so much it recently spent three times its defense budget on the drink.

01/20/20

With virtually no public notice, state officials quietly gave away a significant portion of Southern California's water supply to farmers in the Central Valley as part of a deal with the Trump administration in December 2018.

01/20/20

The $65 per bottle price is "still the most courageous price we ever charged for a wine," said Don Weaver, Director of Harlan Estate. "We probably didn't make any money at that price, but if you don't position yourself then the market will position you."

01/20/20

For the last few weeks we have been drinking California syrah ... It was generic fruitiness that people found to be an issue rather than the more distinctive qualities of syrah that can be polarizing. The three bottles I recommended were: Stolpman Vineyards Ballard Canyon Estate Grown Syrah 2016; the Ojai Vineyard Santa Barbara County Syrah 2016 and Arnot-Roberts Sonoma Coast Syrah 2015. They ranged in price from $28 for the Stolpman to $45 for the Arnot-Roberts

01/20/20

"the very best you can do is drop around 5% abv to the EU minimum level before you lose that texture and the effects of the "secondary chemical interactions" of alcohol in wine, from the feel of the tannins to the complexity of its aromas

01/20/20

L'Auberge du Pont de Collonges, on the outskirts of Lyon, said it had been downgraded to two stars by inspectors from Michelin's secretive culinary rating guide on Friday, just two years after Bocuse's death at the age of 91. It's the latest controversy to hit Michelin, which has been criticized by European chefs who say the rating system is putting too much pressure on their staff and has too much power in the world of haute cuisine

01/20/20

Every Wednesday through Feb. 26, Il Cortile will partner with a different Paso Robles winery who will pour three of their signature wines, paired with a special menu created by Chef Santos MacDonal that will highlight the flavors and textures of the wines. The finale will feature three of Paso Robles' young and upcoming winemakers in a special collaborative dinner.

01/20/20

Two K Farms of Suttons Bay, MI was awarded the Best of Class Riesling Trophy (sponsored by the International Riesling Foundation) and a Triple Gold Medal for its 2017 Riesling at the judging held in December 2019.

01/20/20

Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box and Vitop, experts in comprehensive Bag-in-Box® packaging solutions, are official sponsors of the Concours International 'Best Wine in Box' contest once again this year.

01/20/20

Handwritten Wines celebrated the opening of its new location in South Yountville with the inaugural event, A New Year's Eve Progressive Celebration, in partnership with Bardessono Hotel & Spa's Lucy Restaurant.

01/20/20

The 2020 masterclasses will be hosted by Bree Stock, MW, OWB education manager; Chris Tanghe, MS, chief instructor at Guild of Sommeliers; and Evan Goldstein, MS, president & chief education officer of Full Circle Wine Solutions.

01/20/20

The winery and horse center are located on adjacent Coombsville properties totaling about 23 acres and are both owned by David and Alice Alkosser. The Planning Commission on Wednesday considered both projects at the same time because of the links

01/20/20

Back in the '90s, the race was on the make the biggest, ripest, oakiest wines possible, often chasing high scores from a particularly influential reviewer at the time. Every trick in the book was done to concentrate flavors and pile on the new oak

01/20/20

Create impromptu blind tasting Whether it's a casual gathering or a serious dinner party, surprise your guests by rigging up a simple blind tasting. Stop in a wine shop and buy some brown bags and bottlings you've been curious to try. Then uncork three bottles of whites or reds, slip them in the bags and voila - you're set with a lineup. The side benefit? It will give you a welcome break from politics and let your palates debate for a change.

01/20/20

The Steam Pump Ranch and its iconic 1800's ranch house is quite the backdrop for more than 25 vineyards and wineries, local fare from a variety of AZ food trucks, live jazz music performed by the Pete Swan Trio and local artisans.

01/20/20

Friday's move came just one day after Ontario's online pot store quickly sold out of all edibles and beverages on the first day of sales, leaving Canopy to potentially miss out on strong consumer demand. Canopy, which is the largest cannabis company by market value, said Friday that it hasn't finished scaling up its beverage production facility in Smiths Falls, Ontario.

01/20/20

Canopy Rivers (RIV.TO), a venture capital firm with links to cannabis giant Canopy Growth (WEED.TO)(CGC), said it's seen about 1,800 pitches in the past 16 months and identified over 115 cannabis beverage brands that could disrupt the drinks industry.

01/20/20

Terry Brandborg will tell you that running his Brandbord Vineyard & Winery in Elkton is difficult enough without having to worry about the threat of a trade war with European wine producers.

01/20/20

"We have been evaluating many biofungicide candidates in field trials over the past few years, and this product clearly stands out in its level of consistency and efficacy in powdery and downy mildew management programs," said Wilbur-Ellis Key Actives and Biopesticides Portfolio Manager Jesse Rosales

01/20/20

Low-end estimates for Oregon and Washington show chlorpyrifos use spiked in the early 2000s, before gradually falling to rates similar to the early 1990s. Orchards and grapes remain the dominant use. ... Beginning in early 2020, California banned the sale of the chlorpyrifos ...

01/20/20

Bayer AG may be only weeks away from settling more than 75,000 cancer claims over its Roundup weed-killer, after a surge in claims to almost double the number disclosed by the company in September, according to the court-appointed mediator in the litigation.

01/20/20

Many seeds in the U.S. come precoated with neonicotinoids, one of the most common insecticides in the world ... Bees are the canary in the cornfield ... The science linking pesticides to the extinction crisis has grown ... CropLife America, among other groups backed by pesticide companies, has financed research and advocacy designed to muddy the conversation around pesticide use. The stunningly successful campaign has kept most neonic products in wide circulation in commercial agriculture as well as in home gardens. The result is a world awash in neonics - and massive profits for companies such as Syngenta and Bayer, which now counts Monsanto as a subsidiary. ...

01/20/20

The Swiss-based food giant said in a statement that it will invest in technology to source more recycled plastic for packaging its products and it will reduce its use of new plastics by one third in the next five years

01/20/20

The regional government has approved a new law that restricts the sale of alcohol in popular tourist destinations and bans bar crawls

01/20/20

including a new column, themed issues and focuses on emerging wine regions

01/20/20

How much should diners be expected to know about wine? What happens if a diner doesn't want to engage with a sommelier? Robert Joseph weighs in on a contentious debate.

01/20/20

Purveyors of fine wines and cheeses, many of which come from Europe, have already been grappling with a 25 percent tax increase on $7.5 billion worth of goods that hit in October as payback for EU subsidies for Airbus that hurt Boeing. But the industry was thrown into a full-on panic in December

01/20/20

The looming threat of 100 percent tariffs is already costing jobs, hurting businesses, and causing instability as the wine industry braces for a decision from D.C.

01/20/20

Robert Joseph says that, increasingly, wine writers have little experience of fine wine to draw on.

01/20/20

Today is the U.S. federal holiday that honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He was born January 15th, 1929. He was assassinated April 4, 1968, at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. He was just 39 years old. While Dr. King is primarily remembered as a civil rights leader, he also championed the cause of the poor and organized the Poor People's Campaign to address issues of economic justice. Dr. King was also a fierce critic of U.S. foreign policy and the Vietnam War. We play his "Beyond Vietnam" speech, which he delivered at New York City's Riverside Church on April 4, 1967, as well as his last speech, "I Have Been to the Mountain Top," that he gave on April 3, 1968, the night before he was assassinated.

01/20/20

Most retail and grocery stores, restaurants are open. You'll have plenty of options to choose from if you plan on using the day to do some shopping or eating out, as most big restaurant chains, retail stores and grocery stores will be open