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Ex-wine distributor used investor money for his house and securities-trading account

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It was one of the fastest-growing and most honored small businesses in the Charleston region, but even as Terressentia's revenue soared in recent years a bitter feud was being waged between the liquor manufacturer's corner office and board room.

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Growers and wineries would pay more in property taxes, according to agricultural trade associations.

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"Going out to eat with members of your household this weekend? Don't forget to keep your mask on in between bites," read the tweet, accompanied by an illustration of someone doing just that.

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Vinkova is the eighth acquisition to be made in Europe since 2016. Customers and suppliers of both companies will benefit significantly from this acquisition and the combined operations of Europe's most important packaging distributor.

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In 2019, the 58 members of the French cooperage federation sold 658,000 units generating turnover of €494.4 million.

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The new rules set out by ANSES on Friday are part of a push by the French government to phase out glyphosate by 2021 and reflect a global debate about the safety of the weedkiller, first developed by Bayer's Monsanto unit under the brand Roundup.

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"If you go back to 2014 in Napa, we had the earthquake, then a series of floods and wildfires, the pandemic, and now this. Don't count us out, there is so much creativity and passion in this little valley."

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It has become cliché to ask of this year, "What else could possibly happen?" And yet the inconceivable continues to happen.

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"We've heard this for years, we need to diversify our economy," Supervisor Ryan Gregory said. "It's just that it's so much easier said than done."

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"We've been having lots of conversations about somehow trying to make farmworkers whole in this situation," Wolf, who sits on the board of the valley's Farmworker Foundation, said. "They're the ones who are really going to get beaten up by this - the men and women who pick."

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This past April, after museums from San Francisco to Maine shut their doors due to the pandemic, the Association of Art Museum Directors announced that for two years, works could be sold and the proceeds used for "direct care," with each institution defining what that means.

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Vicky Scharlau, executive director at the Washington Winegrowers Association, says researchers with the West Coast Smoke Exposure Task Force are looking for ways to protect wine grapes from smoke taint …

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Contributions to the American Red Cross, Napa Valley Foundation and Sonoma County Resilience Fund help provide food, shelter and other needed assistance to local residents directly impacted by the fires

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The Schwartz family bought the 20-acre winery and tasting room at 2030 Tryon Road from the Anderson family for an undisclosed sum. Shady Creek Winery serves dry whites, dry reds, sparkling wines and sweet wines made with grapes from California and Michigan.

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Sales of wine have taken a hit from global closures of bars and restaurants to curb coronavirus, but online tastings and drinks parties help make up for that

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Referred to as the "Great Reshuffling," the North Bay residential real estate market is undergoing a transformation with many remote workers moving in and longtime residents burned out from fire threats considering moving out.

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Bledsoe-McDaniels Winery, a unique collaboration between proprietors Drew Bledsoe and Josh McDaniels focused on comparing and contrasting the popular Burgundian and Rhone varietals of Pinot Noir and Syrah, has announced the Oct. 14 limited allocation of the winery's first release including a 2018 Willamette Valley Ribbon Ridge Pinot Noir and 2018 Walla Walla Valley Lefore Vineyard Syrah.

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2Hawk Vineyard & Winery will be releasing 9-1-1 c.2 to raise funds for victims of the Almeda Fire tomorrow, October 6, 2020. This wine represents their humble efforts to help those affected by this crisis rebuild their lives and homes. All proceeds from the sale of this wine will be donated to this cause.

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The two wines come from complementary vintages: a dry and sunny 2017 was followed by 2018, which replenished the water supplies in the soil that had been put to the test the year before. Despite the different conditions, both wines display extraordinary balance, which comes from the essence of the Masseto estate: the unique composition of the soil.

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Distinguished Vineyards & Wine Partners (DVWP) announced the launch of Dough Wines in support of the James Beard Foundation (JBF) and its work to drive positive systemic changes in the culinary arts and beverages professions. Through its first-ever winery partnership, JBF will receive an annual donation from Dough Wines, benefitting areas such as restaurant recovery, promoting equality in the kitchen and heightening food sustainability.

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Bubble Butt is made from classic California wine grapes, Burger and French Colombard, which are harvested at low sugar levels of 16 to 17 degrees Brix (wine grapes are generally harvested between 21 and 26 degrees Brix). The lower Brix translates to more vibrant acidity and crisp and refreshing flavors. Seltzer is added immediately before canning, to lower the alcohol to 8.4% and to create a superior sparkling profile.

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She and her husband, Lucien, helped put Bandol on the wine map; her Provençal cooking inspired Alice Waters

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With President Donald Trump's coronavirus diagnosis early in the month and many in Trump's inner circle coming down with the virus, the United States has been on edge about the disease.

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Three-quarters of Napa wineries are considered "small" producers, meaning recovery could be long or not at all. A small producer is 5,000 cases or less, sometimes a family or a boutique business.

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Delta roared over Lake Charles, which was still recovering from Hurricane Laura

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Phase One clean-up is the state Department of Toxic Substances Control removing household hazardous materials, such as pesticides and gasoline, for free. Ninety percent of this cleanup has been done for the Hennessey Fire. Van Orsdol had his lot cleaned a week ago. That leaves the much-bigger Phase Two job of ash and debris removal.

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Golden Knights owner Bill Foley felt the effects of the wildfires in Northern California, as several of his wineries were temporarily shut down and one of his properties sustained extensive damage.

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St. Julian Winery has been owned and operated by the same family for four generations, and will be celebrating its 100th birthday in 2021, making it the oldest in Michigan.

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Once stuck in a supporting role to Cabernet and Merlot, Malbec is now carving its own niche.

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In a world where dorught is an increasing threat to agriculture, what effect does irrigation have on terroir?

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The fire has burned 67,484 acres and destroyed more than 600 single-family homes between the two counties since it broke out before sunrise Sept. 27, near the Deer Park area Upvalley.

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Dry Creek Vineyard has announced the release of a bold new package for the winery's flagship varietal, Fumé Blanc. The 2019 vintage features increased transparency about the grape origins, winemaking techniques, and the family winery's viticultural philosophy.

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At a rally organized by the local trade association in the French capital on Thursday, the protesters staged the mock funeral procession with the words "Bars - restaurants - clubs" written on the coffin.Others held up a sign "Restaurant industry 1686-2020, RIP," referring to the year when the first café-type business was opened in Paris. Some of the protesters have been seen brandishing smoke flares.

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Wine and War and Wine Crush (Vas-y Coupe!), out this week, feature a harrowing journey into Lebanon's winemaking amid civil war, and the travails of a cult Champagne grower

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When Italian winemaker Valentina Passalacqua became embroiled in controversy, her former supporters quickly turned their backs. Simon Woolf investigates - and discovers it's the natural wine world that needs to answer some questions.

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Some Napa Valley winemakers say they hope to attract visitors soon to uphold the region's reputation for making some of the world's finest wines. Fairwinds Estate Winery is one of them.