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01/15/21

According to estimates by wine brokerage firm Ciatti, the 2020 Sonoma County harvest of Pinot Noir came to roughly 30,000 tons, 36% less than in 2019 and half of what was picked in the bumper harvest of 2018.

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The January 20th hearing is about implementing State Water Resources Control Board requirements that wineries notify regional boards about their process water management systems. Most wineries that treat process water with a septic/subsurface system will be required to make costly upgrades to meet proposed effluent limits. Larger wineries will be required to install groundwater monitoring wells and regularly monitor groundwater.

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Many wine conferences and educational programs have switched to virtual schedules. Online sessions aren't the same as being there in person, but there are advantages: Conference organizers have the option to include presenters based on their knowledge of the topic, not how much it would cost to bring them to a specific location. From enology, to viticulture, wine marketing and business, there are a wide variety of virtual programs anyone in the industry can attend. Check out this extensive, up-to-date conference roundup.

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Central Coast Insights conference to be held digitally on March 30, 2021; WiVi Trade Show to be postponed until 2022

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This effort builds on the reputation of Sonoma County Winegrowers as a leader in sustainability and climate adaptation. "Think of it as 'Shark Tank' comes to wine country. An advisory group will decide whether our organization will partner in their company and match winning proposals with local growers."

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The company compliments McCall's other Seattle-area venture, Pollen Systems, a vineyard monitoring company that uses drones, sensors, and swaths of data to help winemakers assess vineyards and analyze for crop growth, over or under watering, and the presence of pests or diseases.

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Since 2012, everyvine has offered enhanced mapping of wine regions, vineyards, wineries and tasting rooms

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The property covers 160 acres and contains a compound with a 7,400-square-foot main house and two guest houses designed by Howard Backen of Backen & Gillam Architects.

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Watch the Zoom recording replay video and register to watch Part II next Thursday.

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Additional analysis from the Silicon Valley Bank State of the Industry report and videocast ... On average, both regions had subpar vintages, but statistics don't tell the whole story.

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When it comes to the extensive farmland portfolio of Bill and Melinda Gates, the question should be, "Ever hear of Michael Larson?" For the last 25 years, the Claremont McKenna College alum has managed the Gateses' personal portfolio as well as the considerable holdings of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Larson himself operates primarily through an entity called Cascade Investment LLC

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The phrase "minority stake" doesn't do justice to the significance of the deal, however. It's the first step in a succession plan.

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This is a deeply personal and harrowing account of what it has been like as a South African winemaker, producer and employer of hundreds of desperate employees in a country that continues to ban the sale of any alcohol to devastating effect.

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Alert Level 3 in South Africa has been indefinitely extended and continues to prohibit the sale of any alcoholic drink for on- and off-consumption. This means our wine region is effectively shuttered.

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Standard Bank has positioned itself as a provider of trade solutions between Africa and China through its partnership with the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC)

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"We estimated 21 000 job losses with the first alcohol ban; this ban could be worse: Maryna Calow - Communications manager, Wines of SA."

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More French and German wines have been hit with retaliatory US import tariffs this week, as France's government promises fresh aid for winemakers and an alliance of American retailers and merchants looks to president-elect Joe Biden to solve the impasse.

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Mira winery and hospitality house opened last fall on the 16-acre estate just south of Yountville. Thralls was general manager at Benovia Winery and before that director of consumer sales & marketing for Flowers Vineyards & Winery and Huneeus Vintners.

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Cerio worked for Diageo in senior supply chain and operations roles. He joined Treasury Wine Estates, where he was promoted to vice president, supply chain development. Cerio served as vice president of operations for The Wine Group and vice president, wine supply & operations for Terlato Wine Group.

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As previously reported, CDFA took the rare step of issuing a stop-use order for Agro Gold WS - made by Florida-based Agro Research International, LLC (ARI) - when it was found to include diquat and glyphosate.

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... making use of irrigation and nutrition modelling, combining soil and plant-based sensors, historical climate data and forecasts, and satellite imagery as well as the observations and knowledge of their viticulturists to make more informed decisions in the vineyard.

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Entries have opened for the eighteenth edition of the Decanter World Wine Awards...

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In South Lake Tahoe, the California-Nevada state border cuts the town in half. Here, the state border is not a highway sign welcoming you to California or Nevada. Rather, it's a loud, obvious convergence of casinos, crowds, traffic, hotels, nightclubs, a ski resort, tourist gift shops and breweries.

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Between January 6 and March 2, 2021, Whole Foods Market shoppers will be able purchase Sans Wine Co.'s bottled Carignan. Sans Wine Co. is being highlighted for their commitment to natural winemaking (nothing added, nothing removed) and for making wines from organically farmed vineyards. Select Whole Foods Market stores across the country also carry Sans' Wine Co.'s canned wine options.

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Segura Viudas will transition operations to qualify for the organic distinction for all their wines over the next two years. The Cava Made with Organic Grapes joins the flagship Segura Viudas Cava Brut, Segura Viudas Brut Rosé, and the opulent Segura Viudas Reserva Heredad.

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Big Daddy is a tribute to both Brian's winemaking success over 40 vintages as well as the outstanding performance of Washington State during the past decades. During Brian's expansive career, Washington state has grown from an almost unheard wine growing area, to an internationally recognized region with 16 AVAs and 60,000 acres planted.

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When Jill Mott returned home to Minneapolis after she received her sommelier certificate in Chicago in 2011, she wanted to change the city's wine scene. She felt that, outside of Chicago, the Midwestern market for low-intervention wines lagged behind places like New York City and Los Angeles.

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German deeptech start-up SmartNanotubes Technologies presents its multi-channel gas detection platform Smell Inspector at CES 2021.

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Jane Anson speaks to an academic expert about the challenges of breaking into the upper echelons of Bordeaux's wine industry, and shines a light on women in senior roles at classified châteaux.

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The coronavirus pandemic has forced famous tourist destinations to question their business model, though economic realities are likely to stand in the way of major changes.

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"The emission reductions of 2020 have come with an enormous toll of significant economic damage and human suffering," says the report by the Rhodium Group, an independent research firm. "Without meaningful structural changes in the carbon intensity of the US economy, emissions will likely rise again as well."

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The Vaccination Credential Initiative, announced on Thursday, is formulating technology to confirm vaccinations in the likelihood that some governments will mandate people provide proof of their shots in order to enter the nation.

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Jane Anson found less consistency in Pomerol than in St-Emilion after tasting the recently-bottled Bordeaux 2018 wines but says there are still some brilliant bottles here if you know where to look.

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By its own regulations, TTB never permits wineries to do anything that creates marketplace confusion - yet what is the practical relationship between and 375 and the 355 if not utterly confusing?! Don't expect TTB to resolve this any time soon.

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The class-action lawsuit would require a number of counties, and the state to give the restaurants back money paid in fees, licenses, and permits.

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Distillers in the U.S. can now use the smaller 700ml bottle that is standard in most parts of the world. So, what does that mean for consumers in America?

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Faiveley family's minority stake positions them to potentially take over one of Sonoma's most celebrated wineries

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After each group leaves, the pods are sterilized to make sure they're ready for the next wine tasters.

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