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Sunday, September 19th

07/19/21

Grape contracts should either define smoke taint and specify how it is measured or refrain from using the word "taint" in the contract, industry stakeholders heard Friday.

07/19/21

good reporting in the new york times ... 'If any nook of American agriculture has the means and incentive to outwit the climate crisis, it is Napa Valley. But so far, vineyards here show the limits of adapting to a warming planet.'

07/19/21

Amid California's drought, desperate landowners and managers are turning to those who practice an ancient, disputed method for locating water.

07/19/21

Opinion ... "The VSL system change may seem innocent today, it may even look like a rare opportunity to innovate in a region where innovation is often shunned. But there is no denying that adopting the VSL system will industrialize the champagne vineyards."

07/19/21

Lawsuit challenging Rhode Island's ban on direct-to-consumer alcohol sales has survived a big procedural challenge. ... Article parrots wholesaler talking points ...

07/19/21

True Provenance gives the consumer assurance of the wine's origin and the wine producer the opportunity to tell their story instantly and accurately at the point of purchase."

07/19/21

A new database aims to cut the number of counterfeit wines ripping off Australian producers.

07/19/21

"Releasing in August, PJF is the first customs approved cross-border platform using direct-shipping to allow Chinese consumers to purchase premium imported wines, while paying only Cross-Border eCommerce tax rates."

07/19/21

Presented by and a fundraiser for Free the Grapes!, the popular Direct to Consumer Wine Symposium will take place January 19-20, 2022 at the Hilton Concord Hotel and virtually via livestream. The Symposium is the industry's national conference on winery DTC sales and marketing.

07/19/21

The fire has forced hundreds of residents from their homes in 14 small communities in the fire-stricken region southwest of South Lake Tahoe

07/19/21

The destructive Bootleg Fire just north of the California border grew to more than 476 square miles (1,210 square kilometers), an area about the size of Los Angeles.

07/19/21

As temperatures again rise, 80 large wildfires were burning across nearly 1.2 million acres in the West Sunday - 10 more than the previous day, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.

07/19/21

Floods swept Germany, fires ravaged the American West and another heat wave loomed, driving home the reality that the world's richest nations remain unprepared for the intensifying consequences of climate change.

07/19/21

Flash flooding in parts of Europe have brought another threat to France's already troubled growing season.

07/19/21

Farmers across the upper South Island are on clean-up duty and counting up the costs as damaging floodwaters recede, and the agriculture minister has reminded farmers to take a thorough look at resilience in the face of climate change.

07/19/21

The hot temperatures will help one industry this summer. Y Knot Winery says the heat tends to help the winemaking process.

07/19/21

The move came after Los Angeles County once again mandated the use of masks indoors amid a similar rise in COVID-19 cases there. Bay Area jurisdictions now recommending the indoor use of a mask also include Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties and the city of Berkeley.

07/19/21

Many restaurants were rushing Friday to respond to a new public health recommendation in seven Bay Area counties that advises vaccinated people to again wear masks indoors.

07/19/21

"It was a major undertaking," von Mandl admits. "Really intense, and then fired up by my spending those days in northern Italy seeing and tasting the difference, tasting organic and biodynamic wines around the world, and also understanding the challenge. We had to have a plan to make it happen without losing a percentage of our minds-and our crops-along the way."

07/19/21

Robb Report spoke to Christophe Danneaux, MMPJ's VP of Champagne on challenges past, present and future.

07/19/21

Emergency water releases from reservoirs upstream of Lake Powell are underway to preserve the nation's second-largest reservoir's ability to generate hydroelectric power.

07/19/21

The city of Napa Planning Commission on Thursday approved a new set of AT&T antennas for cell phone and data service which will be housed in a cupola on the roof of the Best Western Plus at 100 Soscol Avenue.

07/19/21

A federal judge in Texas on Friday ordered the Biden administration to halt the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program going forward

07/19/21

Water supplies in Lake Mendocino are shrinking at a faster rate than they were a month ago, raising the risk the reservoir could be depleted by fall and setting regulators up to halt diversions from the Russian River for about 1,600 water rights holders before the end of July.

07/19/21

The birth of his daughter should have been a joyous time for Brooklyn bar owner Jonathan Ehrlich - instead, it was nearly the beginning of the end for his beloved watering hole.

07/19/21

"There are always wineries being sold and at the current moment it just happens to be two larger ones that are up for sale."

07/19/21

"If you think about our generation, we've really messed it up,"

07/19/21

In Bordeaux, France, wine vintages for 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019 and 2020 were all excellent. If you can sample 2017 wines-considering that most grapes succumbed to a wicked frost that year-you will find some reds exceptional, while whites from that vintage may be the best produced in Bordeaux in perhaps 50 years.

07/19/21

'Local, organic, sustainable' are common buzzwords on American menus now, but it wasn't always that way

07/19/21

The battle to claim a march in the burgeoning hard seltzer market has moved to the US courts.