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02/14/20

The 19-acre lot off Mee Lane is planted with 15 acres of vines, according to public records. The seller is Rutherford Vista Vineyards LLC, a partnership headed by Larry Bettinelli and Michael Browning ...

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Meet the "densimetric sorting table," a Rube Goldberg-like machine with conveyor belts, funnels and chutes to transport freshly harvested grapes through a hopper of water treated with a sugar solution and calibrated so only fruit of a desired ripeness sinks and then is retrieved for fermentation. Picture the slides, tubes, pipes and pools of a water park, only on a smaller scale.

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Once the European Union approved its use, it was fairly easy for US wineries to be granted a variance to "experiment" with the additive. The most recent Unified Wine and Grape Symposium had a session on tartrate stability that is worth a listen. Anyone curious about what can be used in wine production, in the US, should refer to 27 CFR part 24

02/14/20

A weather vane topped with a pig stands outside Ripken Vineyards & Winery. Someone once said to owner Richard "Rip" Ripken that quality wines would come from Lodi when pigs fly. The vane was his tongue-in-cheek response to that misguided opinion ...

02/14/20

An application filed with the county Planning Division asks for stops at Robert Mondavi, Louis M. Martini and V. Sattui wineries. In addition, the Wine Train wants recognized evening stops at Grgich Hills Estate

02/14/20

Through its partner 3Degrees, WineDirect is offsetting 100% of emissions from shipping packages through all five of its U.S. fulfillment centers by supporting landfill gas and dairy methane reduction projects. This has a greenhouse gas reduction impact equivalent to growing 66,667 tree seedlings for 10 years, not using 9,261 barrels of oil or taking 850 cars off the road for an entire year

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The economic casualties from China's coronavirus epidemic are mounting as Asian and European auto plants run short of parts, free-spending Chinese tourists stay home and American companies brace for unpredictable turbulence.

02/14/20

Even the seemingly indestructible LVMH, whose profits growth steams on like a super-tanker, is only "cautiously confident" about its 2020 profits. The Honk Kong protests had already shaved some of Moet Hennessy's buoyancy. Cognac volume growth was down to 6% in 2019 against 10% in the nine months to September.

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"Responsibility is what is encouraging us to continue to work within a context of serenity and common sense. We have three months left before the fair to be held at the end of May"

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This competition will take place in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on April 24th, 2020.

02/14/20

Women for WineSense Napa-Sonoma, the founding chapter for the national organization, welcomes six new board members and three coordinators to support the board.

02/14/20

Matt Freeman was hired for the position of Director of Sales for the Pacific Northwest for Torii Mor Winery in Dundee Oregon, a premier Pinot Noir producer. His primary responsibilities will be sales and distributor management.

02/14/20

As part of Quintessential's continuing investment to evolve its structure and resources in an effort to successfully market and sell the wines of a growing roster of producers, the fine wine family owned-and-operated company has brought onboard Dewey McBride in the newly-created role of Director of California Retail Chains.

02/14/20

Fine wine import, marketing and sales company, Quintessential, has increased its sales power around the country with a new manager for the company's Desert Region, a promotion to head up the Northern California salesforce, and a new team member to handle CA's North Bay territory.

02/14/20

The recently formed Los Angeles Vintners Association will put LA wine front and center at Angeleno Wine Company on Friday, February 21st from 5 - 9pm.

02/14/20

The cidery is celebrating its 40th birthday in 2020, after vanguard founders Ivor and Susie Dunkerton were inspired to craft organic ciders in Herefordshire like a vineyard and work in harmony with the environment instead of using any concentrates or chemicals. The organic 'Craft' cider incorporates the famous Dunkertons deep apple flavor, combining the perfect balance of sweetness, acidity and tannins with a well-rounded finish

02/14/20

Empson USA is proud to announce that effective February 1, 2020 is the exclusive importer for Torraccia del Piantavigna from Piedmont, Italy. Wines will be distributed nationwide.

02/14/20

Avery Dennison announces the launch of its rPET content liner, reinforcing the company's commitment to sustainability by offering converters the first rPET liner in North America available for paper facestocks.

02/14/20

Classic Wines Auction, a Portland-based nonprofit benefiting children and families in Oregon and SW Washington, will hold its 36th annual Gala Auction presented by Mercedes-Benz of Portland and Mercedes-Benz of Beaverton at the Oregon Convention Center on Saturday, March 7 at 5 pm. Limited tickets are available now.

02/14/20

The El Dorado Wine Grape Growers Association is pleased to announce Lexi Boeger, President of the El Dorado Wineries Association (EDWA), as the special guest speaker at the next grape grower meeting to be held on February 19, from 6:00-8:00pm at the Placerville Veteran's Hall located at 130 Placerville Dr., Placerville. There is no charge to attend. Grape growers and El Dorado Wineries Association members are encouraged to participate.

02/14/20

The Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) trade association announced $1.8 million in grant funding to help families in Napa County get and stay healthy, become self-sufficient and build strong family units. The funds are made possible by proceeds from the NVV's annual community fundraiser, Auction Napa Valley. With this latest round of funding, the NVV has invested $200 million in community health and children's education in Napa County.

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Top British Columbia producers include Gehringer Brothers, Hester Creek, Tinhorn Creek and Vanessa Vineyard.

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One thing is clear - the well-financed start-ups have a fight on their hands. The promise of digital is that anybody can launch an online business and tackle the giants, but it's not true. HAWESKO has the brands, the longstanding relationships, the depth of inventory and the logistics capacity to stay at the top of the Google rankings.

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The funds are made possible by proceeds from the NVV's annual community fundraiser Auction Napa Valley

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A new study from researchers at the University of California, Davis, finds that while wildfires and smoke exposure are recognized by farmworkers and employers as a growing threat and safety concern, the means to address these concerns differs between the two groups

02/14/20

Things could not have gone much better for Wine.com in 2019. This year, they expect more customer experience improvements, a boost from the Golden State and an effort to keep a new generation of wine connoisseurs engaged.

02/14/20

The tightening of supply is contributing to increased value for the sector according to the report, which showed that wine production in 2018-19 was just under 1.2 billion litres. Although this is in line with the 10-year average it is six per cent below the 2017-18 figures.

02/14/20

Using Sauternes to make cocktails, from mulled wine to the 'saujito', has divided opinion among châteaux and drawn strong criticism from the ex-owner of Château d'Yquem.

02/14/20

The government plans to adopt a strategy for the development of the wine industry in the country in the period between 2020 and 2030, in which it envisages investments of about 300 million euro, Brnabic said on Thursday, as quoted in a government statement.

02/14/20

A Chilean vineyard has prevailed in a UK trademark dispute with the Peruvian IP office, as part of a long-running dispute over the rights to the name of pisco, a brandy produced in the region. In the decision, issued on Monday, February 10 the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) ruled that consumers would not necessarily associate the term 'pisco' with the country of Peru.

02/14/20

Over the past five years, natural wine in America has become a trend, the beverage of choice for the kind of aspirational city dweller who thinks a lot about things like taste; it is to the beginning of the 2020s what the craft cocktail was to the onset of the 2010s