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Tuesday, June 27th

04/13/17

The Wine Industry Technology Symposium (WITS) is taking place on June 13 in Sonoma. Take advantage of early-bird pricing and save.

04/13/17

National Association of Wine Retailers and Top New York Wine Stores Announce Support for Assembly Bill 5991.

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National buyer bidding totals $88,300, an increase for the second annual wine futures auction.

04/13/17

Organizers point to California groups as models for raising money and regional reputations.

04/13/17

The Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance is excited to announce a new partnership for the local Barrel Full of Money fundraising campaign. Seguin Moreau, famed French barrel manufacturer, will be joining the efforts to raise money for the Blue Mountain Action Council Food Bank by donating a portion of money from barrels purchased by Walla Walla Valley winemakers.

04/13/17

Washington state's proposed winery wastewater permit system is expected to be applied to only 19 percent of the state's wineries. That figure comes from Tuesday's release of the Washington Department of Ecology's draft permit documents. The state proposes making an annual production of 7,500 cases as the lower threshold of requiring a permit.

04/13/17

Shinn Estate Vineyards, whose founders pioneered the art of pairing homemade, sustainably grown wines with local food at their four-bedroom vineyard inn, has been sold to a New Jersey financier and his wife for an undisclosed amount.

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She has worked with Hahn Family Wines, Foley Family Wines and most recently with New Zealand's Mt. Beautiful Winery.

04/13/17

Nell Sweeney, Proprietress of Vine Cliff Winery, has announced the appointment of Michael Heliotes as National Sales Director for Vine Cliff wines. He will be responsible for wholesaler, broker, fine wine retailers and restaurant accounts throughout the US and Canada.

04/13/17

Monvera Glass Décor, an industry leading supplier of wine bottle decoration with a specialty in screen printing, has opened a second office in the prestigious Napa Valley Commons, at the entrance into the Southern District of Napa Valley. With this move, Monvera joins the local corporate and professional services firms that operate out of Napa Valley Commons to support the Northern California wine industry.

04/13/17

3 Badge Beverage Corporation's Mixology division has introduced an innovative new oak barrel aging program for its Masterson's Rye Whiskey. Masterson's Barrel-Finished Expressions offers consumers the option to buy Masterson's small-batch, 100% Rye that has been finished in American, French or Hungarian oak barrels.

04/13/17

Events in New York, Chicago, Atlanta & Nashville Bring Together South Africa's Up and Coming Winemaking Talent with #SAWineWeek.

04/13/17

Chris Howell, winemaker and general manager, Cain Vineyard & Winery; Sally Johnson-Blum, winemaker, Pride Mountain Vineyards; Nate Weis, winemaker, Silver Oak Cellars; Alan Viader, winemaker, Viader Vineyards & Winery.

04/13/17

Shares in LVMH (LVMH.PA), the world's biggest luxury goods group, hit a record high on Tuesday after the French company beat sales forecasts in the first quarter and said demand from Chinese customers had picked up.

04/13/17

Wine Talks is one of the first all-audio wine books available online. Laura Levy Shatkin's book was recorded in the Napa Valley during the monsoon rainstorms in winter of 2017.

04/13/17

Among the most-seasoned growers in Arizona's young and up-and-coming wine industry, Rod and his wife, Jan, own and operate Keeling Schaefer Vineyards. The Keelings use the fruit to make their estate-grown-and-bottled Rhone-styled wines.

04/13/17

The value of New Zealand wine shipped to the U.S. jumped 11 percent last year to $400 million -- the biggest gain among the top eight importers -- and exceeding Australia's earnings there for the first time, according to figures from Gomberg, Fredrikson & Associates. Aussie shipments dropped 8 percent and Argentina's fell 4 percent.

04/13/17

Largely overlooked, the Arroyo Grande and Edna Valleys illustrate the triumphs and challenges faced by California's many wine regions. Here's what to know.

04/13/17

The Consorzio di Tutela della DOC Prosecco (Prosecco DOC Consortium, (www.prosecco.wine) is proud to announce the formation of 'Casa Prosecco DOC USA,' which will serve as the denomination's official source of news and information in the United States, the second largest importer of Prosecco in the world.

04/13/17

Stewart Cellars is proud to present their first annual Stewart Cellars Spring Soiree on Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. The event will feature their first vintage of Sonoma Mountain Rosé, live music, flower crown creations, and plenty of Southern inspired snacks to enjoy. Alongside their newly released Rosé, the Stewarts will also showcase their 2016 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc and 2015 Sonoma Mountain Chardonnay wines. In addition, Stewart Cellars will pair these spring wines with seasonal bites from their very own Gather Café.

04/13/17

Launched in California in early 2016, D. George Benham's Sonoma Dry Gin is handmade at the Graton Distilling Company at its custom-built distillery in Western Sonoma County California.

04/13/17

Even though the calendar turned to spring more than three weeks ago, the impact of winter storms lingers in California orchards, vineyards and farmland near the state's swollen streams.

04/13/17

As Gov. Brown declared an official end to the California drought emergency last week, reservoir operators continued preparations to handle runoff of a Sierra Nevada snowpack that stood at roughly 170 percent of average at the start of the week.

04/13/17

Senate Bill 1, approved by the Legislature last week, seeks to raise $52 billion in fuel and vehicle taxes to fund road and other transportation repairs and improvements.

04/13/17

California Governor Jerry Brown has declared that the drought state of emergency is now over for all of California accept four counties: Fresno, Kings, Tulare, and Tuolumne. In the same executive order that lifts the state of emergency, Gov. Brown reinforces water conservation set in place in 2016 to help weather the next inevitable drought.

04/13/17

The region along the Columbia River east of Portland produces wines that match the changing climate and topography.

04/13/17

A bill requiring water measurement devices for Oregon irrigators has passed the House Energy and Environment Committee.

04/13/17

The Idaho Legislature this year approved $500,000 in annual funding to help farmers implement best management practices to improve water quality.

04/13/17

Idaho has led the nation in job growth for the past six months...

04/13/17

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation boosted San Joaquin Valley farmers' water allocation to 100 percent of requested supplies for the first time since 2006. But many growers already made their planting decisions months ago.

04/13/17

Previous 2017 CVP allocation was 65 percent for agricultural water contractors South-of-Delta

04/13/17

Earlier this year, some of the men in my family met in Arizona to commune in the desert, burn things, share philosophies, do the one-arm hug and generally bro-down. There was grilling, too. I thought we could use some wine. So at the edge of town, before we ventured out into endless sand, my brother and I collected rations at a supermarket. I had trouble finding any Arizona wines, so I flagged down a store employee who spent the next 30 minutes with me, walking up and down the wine aisles looking for Arizona bottles, calling people on his cellphone for help - even leading me to another part of the store, where he was sure there had been an Arizona food products display.

04/13/17

Italian chef Stefano Masanti created a four-course luncheon for about 100 people last Thursday, celebrating the 10 years that founder Dario Sattui's Castello di Amorosa has been open to the public.

04/13/17

The Maryhill Winery will open a tasting room this fall in the Kendall Yards neighborhood this fall.

04/13/17

The craft beer industry must resist and fight the imposing threat of large beer corporations who are seeking to monopolize the beer market, president and CEO of the Brewers Association (BA), Bob Pease, said at the Craft Brewers Conference in Washington D.C.

04/13/17

Craft producers need to be familiar with this sophistry and ready to speak up and challenge and defeat these irrational arguments.

04/13/17

The 27 judges of the 2017 North Coast Wine Challenge were joined by nine young associate judges Tuesday at the Hilton Sonoma Wine Country Hotel in a new program that allowed the judges to share their knowledge while tasting through the record-breaking 1,107 wines entered in this year's contest.

04/13/17

"Every year, ProWein and Vinitaly are both firmly fixed in my diary. I wouldn't miss either of them, but it's the Italian fair that leaves my brain fizzing," says Robert Joseph.

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The task force is also working with program heads inside the agency to identify climate rules that they believe impede job growth and impose more costs than benefits.

04/13/17

The Director General of the OIV, Jean-Marie Aurand, presented information on the potential wine production, assessment of the harvest, and state of the market and international trade.