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11/12/20

Insurers would like to be allowed to use new models to help them set premiums. Consumers have fought this idea, fearing their policies would suddenly become much more expensive, but insurance companies insist that won't happen-or, at least, it won't necessarily happen. "Catastrophe models are more scientific and precise."

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Napa County supervisors are looking at ways to help the wine industry recovery from recent fires and the pandemic.

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California voters gave the state's landmark 1978 law to limit property taxes a makeover Wednesday, passing a measure that gives exemptions to older homeowners, the disabled and wildfire victims and strips breaks from people who inherit homes but don't live in them.

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Amazon could face heavy fines in the European Union (EU) for allegedly misusing third-party seller data and unfairly favoring certain sellers.

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Mark Anthony Brewing today announced plans to build a new, state-of-the-art brewery and production facility in Richland County. The company's $400 million investment will create 300 new jobs and represents one the largest economic investments in Richland County history. This will be one of the largest breweries built in the U.S. in more than 25 years.

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Person of the Year - Heidi Scheid, Executive Vice President, Scheid Family Wines; Chairperson, Wine Market Council - Lifetime Achievement - Alan Dreeben, Partner, Republic National Distributing Company - American Wine Legend - Gary Eberle, Partner / Enologist, Eberle Winery - Wine Executive of the Year - Gerard Thoukis, CMO, Foley Family Wines - Social Visionary of the Year - Julia Coney, Founder, Black Wine Professionals; Wine Writer, Educator and Consultant - Innovator of the Year - Cory Rellas, CEO and Cofounder, Drizly - Sommelier / Wine Director of the Year - Victoria James, Head Sommelier, Beverage Director and Partner, Cote - Wine Educator of the Year - Cristie Norman, Founder / CEO, The Online Wine Course; Cofounder/President, The United Sommeliers Foundation - American Winery of the Year - Michael David Winery, Lodi, CA - European Winery of the Year - Domaines Paul Mas, Languedoc, France - New World Winery of the Year - Casillero Del Diablo, Chile - Importer of the Year - Quintessential Wines - Retailer of the Year - Albertsons - Wine Region of the Year - Trentino, Italy - Winemaker of the Year - Greg Brewer, Cofounder and Winemaker, Brewer-Clifton - Viticulturist of the Year - Miguel Luna, Partner, Silverado Farming Company - Spirit Brand / Distiller of the Year - Uncle Nearest / Nearest Green, Shelbyville, TN

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NDC has been on a sustained growth trajectory. Last year, it added ten western states and more than $3 billion in revenues through its new joint venture with the Underwood family's Young's Holdings. That deal brought RNDC's total footprint to 32 states.

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Grapes exposed to smoke for shorter periods of time may not cause negative impacts to wine

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Innovators to keep your eye on in the year to come.

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Liesl Wolf Heinemann can tell you everything you need to know about the smell of mildew in wine. Never mind that she isn't even old enough to drink it yet.

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Wine Enthusiast Magazine announced today that Michael David Winery has been named 2020 American Winery of the Year. Each year, Wine Enthusiast Magazine honors the individuals and companies that have made outstanding achievements in the wine and beverage world with the annual Wine Star Awards

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San Luis Obispo County continued an alarming trend in new coronavirus cases on Tuesday while its weekly state metrics suddenly surged to levels that threaten its red-tier status under California's Blueprint for a Safe Economy. In the course of a week, the adjusted case rate ballooned from 4.1 cases per 100,000 residents per day to 7.2, moving from the bottom edge of the red tier into the purple tier for that metric. The other two state metrics also increased substantially. Read more here: https://www.sanluisobispo.com/news/coronavirus/article247100357.html#storylink=cpy

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The eastern French region, having already experienced a mild autumn and winter in 2019, with only seven days in six months registering below 0°C, then enjoyed beautiful weather from March to September, which led to bud break three weeks earlier than average and one of the fastest starts in 25 years.

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Other areas are imposing curfews and facing off with restaurateurs in court as COVID counts soar.

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Touriga Nacional is Portugal's signature grape, its international vinous calling card. It's close to entering the hallowed territory of Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir in red wine renown.

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No one likes mistakes, but not all blunders are bad ones.

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From an innovative American wine region, to grape varieties and winemaking styles that deserve more attention, here are 12 trends that might be coming to a wine store or restaurant nearby.

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While often shrouded in mystique and employed in marketing copy, terroir is grounded in agricultural realities. Soil, elevation, climate and other conditions indelibly affect wines that seek to communicate a sense of place.

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"Visionaries and lunatics both get the same feedback when they first get started."

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In three of the past four years, major fires driven by a changing climate have devastated parts of the world-famous, tourism-reliant region.

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Hugh Johnson staunchly believes these numerical ratings are meaningless.

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"Restaurants are nowhere near parity with the kind of business model we had before. I have half my staff that I used to, and sales are probably not even half. I would venture to guess that no one in the restaurant business is making money."

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Winemaker Kaitlin Childers' 2018 Sauveteur Rouge, released under her Camp Rose Cellars label, is a tantalizingly light blend of Alexander Valley Zinfandel, Carignan and Petite Sirah.

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Cohn Vineyard turns 50 this year, and its old grapevines have come to embody a similar sort of historic significance as the buildings that Enid Sales worked her entire life to preserve.

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It's a name that's as well known in the world of top-quality wine as any of the grands crus, and its products grace tables from the most exclusive white-cloth establishments to those of the wine enthusiast at home. Georgina Hindle reveals the history and expertise that lie behind Austria's famed producer of fine crystal glassware.

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The cause of concern is a "second wave" in cases seen since the second half of October not just locally but also in other Bay Area counties, statewide, nationally and globally, Willis said.

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This summer, Penfolds released the second wine in this series, Penfolds g4 (MSRP $2,500). The limited release cuvee numbers just 2,500 bottles.

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"The fast-growing and evolving clean food landscape presents opportunity for food ingredient manufacturers, investors and retailers," said Rob Wilson, managing director at LEK. "As interest has dramatically picked up in recent years and shows no sign of slowing down, major players must capitalize on the clean label mega-trend to stay ahead."

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Amelia Singer is keen to take the debate around diversity and inclusion forward and look at how the drinks industry as a whole can do more to work together and take real, meaningful action that makes a difference