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The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear a property rights challenge to a 45-year-old California labor law that allows union organizers to go on farmland to speak with workers at the start of their day or during a lunch break. Several growers backed by the California Farm Bureau contend the law should be struck down as unconstitutional because it amounts to the government taking private property. "The Constitution forbids government from requiring you to allow unwanted strangers onto your property. And union activists are no exception," said Joshua Thompson, a senior attorney at Pacific Legal. "California's regulation that allows them to do so violates property owners' fundamental right to exclude trespassers."

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There were numerous winemakers from up north poking around Santa Barbara County vineyards come harvest time. Especially in search of high-end pinot noir, but also ready for everything from syrah to cabernet sauvignon, these out-of-town producers helped boost grape prices for many Santa Barbara growers. Most still earned less than the usual price per ton, and plenty of fruit was just left unpicked, as the market remains flooded and pandemic-spooked. But the doom days that were predicted mellowed out considerably by harvest, while those growers from up north who'd otherwise lost everything found some solace in Santa Barbara.

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"At the end of spring, as we put the first wave of Covid-19 behind us, we were very much afraid the crop would be very large. Fortunately, this huge harvest did not materialise", explains Thierry Coste, chairman of the Copa-Cogeca wine group.

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Local governments are reinstituting measures-including a halt on indoor dining-in an effort to help control the spread of the virus. Chicago banned indoor dining Oct. 30 and San Francisco followed suit Nov. 14. Today, new shutdown rules went into effect for indoor dining at restaurants and bars in Michigan and Oregon. New York, New Jersey and Minnesota have implemented 10 p.m. curfews for restaurants.

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Friday the 13th of November, Pamela MacLellan, operations director of Dusky Goose Winery, got the news that Oregon was going into a second lockdown.

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The nouveau wine craze takes an interesting turn in 2020, and more in this week's Drinking with Esther newsletter

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Ostrovsky has proven that skewering stereotypically white culture (and then co-opting all the cynicism that tumbles out) isn't just funny, it sells. It helps explain the popularity of his latest product, Babe Wine, and it may even partially explain his latest gambit-entering Babe into the monster-truck circuit, not as a sponsor that simply sticks its name on one of the vehicles, but by building an actual Babe Monster Truck.

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The 30-second commercial set to debut on Nov. 19 hopes to garner 200 million impressions throughout the holiday season. Airing on Bravo, Food Network, HGTV, TLC and Lifetime networks plus Roku streaming devices across prime time, daytime and weekend dayparts, the commercial was created to resonate with Millennial and older Gen Z female audiences and fuel the brand's 20 percent growth seen over the past six months.

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Running from 23 November until 4 December, the platform has been set up to enable producers to showcase their portfolios to a broad audience of international professionals despite the exhibition not going ahead this year due to Covid-19 restrictions. The organisers say this year will see one the largest portfolios of bulk wines, which buyers can browse using a personalised search system that will enable them to zone in on the right products for their portfolio and link with producers from across the world via the WBWE Connect digital meeting hub.

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The private cellar of the late Joseph Phelps, spanning over 5,000 bottles of Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rhône, Champagne and Napa wines, is to be auctioned off by Hart Davis Hart this December. The collection will be offered at HDH's sale on 18-19 December. An active collector for decades, he even kept original receipts and note cards of purchases over the course of 50 years which the family were able to hand over to the auctioneer. Phelps had a career in the construction industry before he cam to wine, founding his eponymous estate outside St Helena in Napa Valley in 1973.

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The Monson family operates one of the Northwest's largest winery production facilities, and the centerpiece is its 2,200 acres of vineyards. They have asked the federal government to establish the planting as nested within the proposed Goose Gap American Viticultural Area. Public commenting on their petition is Dec. 22.

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The Tehachapi Mountains AVA encompasses approximately 58,000 acres, it will be at one of the highest elevations in the country.

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Naked Wines has reported an 80% jump in revenue to £157.1m for the half year ending 28 September 2020, boosted by lockdowns as customers stayed home and ordered delivery. It recorded a pre-tax loss of £8.9m, an increase of £2.7m on the same period last year, which the company put down to a non-cash write down. It said its cash position had been strengthened by £21.6m, taking it to £76.3m.

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First planted in New Jersey in 2015 as ECO1 at the Rutgers Agricultural Experimental station, the Teroldego x Lagrein cross was created in 1993 by Marco Stefanini of Italy's Foundation Edmund Mach.

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While Venge gets the opportunity to execute his own vision at his two properties, Venge Vineyards and Croix Estate, he's also one of those rare people who enjoys helping others realize their often quite-specific wine dreams. Because he works with some of the most highly sought-after vineyards in the world (think Baciagalupi, Beckstoffer, Platt, Antinori, Stagecoach, Dutton, Renteria), he has at his fingertips anything a newer winemaker might be interested in acquiring. And between his two brands, he makes wine from pretty much every grape variety grown in Napa and Sonoma. Current clients include the aforementioned Eleven Eleven, Macauley, Hunnicut, B Cellars, Jax, and Mirror.

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At the age of 15 years old, Joseph Wagner helped establish a Pinot Noir vineyard at Taylor Lane, previously an old apple orchard, while working with his family wine business. He is now releasing a bottling of the 2011 Belle Glos Taylor Lane Vineyard after it has been cellared in magnum.

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This particular vintage has just been awarded Bibenda's coveted Five Grapes, the highest score given by the prestigious wine guide published every year by the Italian Sommelier Federation.

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The 29th annual fundraising season included the Summertime E-Auction from July 14 to 16 and the just-completed November Auction, which spanned November 9 through 16. Both events were bolstered by ongoing fundraising efforts during an especially challenging year for vineyard workers and their families. In total, ¡Salud! raised $1,021,581 in 2020.

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he Rhone Rangers, a national not-for-profit membership organization dedicated to the education and the promotion of American Rhone varietal wines, has launched a virtual tasting series featuring wineries throughout their membership.

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The U.S. has over 8,700 wineries, but less than 1% are Black-owned or have Black winemakers. Two sisters, Andréa and Robin McBride, started the McBride Sisters Wine Collection with the goal to transform the industry.

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The wine, which will be sold exclusively at the Beaverton-based wine bar, will be available starting on Nov. 20 and will retail for $45. With each bottle sold, Syndicate will donate $15 to The Reser, the first performing arts center of its kind to be built in the Portland-metro area in more than 30 years.

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Under the current Tier restrictions, the trade bodies warned that 72% of hospitality businesses expect to become unviable and close in 2021, according to a members survey of UK Hospitality, the British Beer & Pub Association and the British Institute of Innkeeping. Under Tier 1 restrictions, only 25% of operators said they could turn a profit, while under Tier 2, 76% said they would be unviable or operating at a loss. Moreover, for those hospitality businesses having to operate under Tier 3 restrictions, the survey found 94% would be unviable or operating at a loss.

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James Symington, who is credited with playing an instrumental role in reviving the Port wine industry in the second half of the 20th century, has died.

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Uco Valley is a name that both fine wine lovers and budget-conscious shoppers need to know. Alejandro Iglesias offers a guide to the region, its grapes and wine styles - and recommends a dozen bottles to try

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France is the second biggest Covid hotspot in the wine world at the moment, with over 1.8m active cases in the country. It also has one of the highest death rates, with over 45,000 people having died from the virus in France. The world's number three winemaking nation - Spain - also has the third highest number of active Covid cases at the moment, at over 1.5 million.

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The conversion involves 175 hectares of the 285 hectares managed by the group in Champagne and will take a minimum of three years. As part of the conversion, the Champagne house will use no synthetic fertilisers, herbicides, insecticides or fungicides on its vines. The decision to make the conversion to organics follows years of organic trials and experiments.

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Chardonnay has long dominated in Burgundy, but local vignerons are now promoting Aligoté, too.

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An independent watchdog agency that advocates for California utility customers is continuing to press state regulators to impose roughly $166 million in fines on PG&E over the utility's handling late last year of widespread planned power outages meant to reduce wildfire risks.

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n a win for California's struggling cannabis industry, a Fresno judge has dismissed a lawsuit by 24 cities seeking to invalidate state regulations allowing delivery of cannabis to homes in communities that have outlawed sales in shops.

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Napa Valley Vintners, a nonprofit winery trade group with 550 members, announced on Tuesday it will switch gears for major fundraising, after earlier this year rescheduling the event to June 2021 with statewide shelter-in-place orders in effect. Organizers plan to take a year to come up with a replacement for the even that has resulted in donations of more than $200 million to health care, education and other local efforts. Reserve funds from the even will be used for more giving to local groups in 2021, the organizers said.

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Availability dropped in recent years as truckers retire, and now it is especially tight due to COVID-19, Malheur County Onion Growers Association President Paul Skeen of Nyssa, Ore. said. A bit of relief could come when Christmas-tree shipments end. Higher shipping costs are eroding profits. "Almost every truck that leaves this valley is costing more for the truck than the value of the onions that are on the truck," he said.

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When connoisseurs of the grape think of the world's greatest wine regions, Ohio probably doesn't immediately come to mind. Truth be told, Ohio may not even be on their list. But don't let the Buckeye State's lack of recognition by sommeliers fool you. Ohio offers a wide variety of wines that will please even the most discerning palates. In fact, there are 280 commercial wineries operating in Ohio, and there are five designated American Viticultural Areas partially or completely located within the state.

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Aron Weinkauf is both vineyard manager and winemaker at the storied Spottswoode estate, whose team he joined in 2006 (as assistant winemaker). He is only the fifth head winemaker in Spottswoode's history.

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The winery is actually in Ashville, North Carolina on the estate of George Vanderbilt. While Biltmore Winery's celebrating its milestone, the Biltmore Estate itself is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year.

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With the expansion, The Wine Shop is now available to customers on the Instacart marketplace across 39 states and Washington D.C., giving them access to specially selected 3, 6, or 12 bottle wine packs shipped to their door via FedEx in 1-3 days.

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But now that you have more time to think about your purchases, it's the perfect opportunity to be more conscious about the brands you're supporting with your money.