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Sunday, November 19th

08/31/17

Key to a good direct-to-consumer wine program is continual customer engagement

08/31/17

partners with Shaw-Ross and Vintus, thanks Michael Mondavi and his team for their efforts on the portfolio over the years, says the main reason for the move is to divide portfolio to ensure each winery is getting proper focus ...

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Paul Wagner will remain a strategic consultant to the agency, but leave the ongoing management of the company in the hands of Wangbickler.

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The new BLASS collection includes a Chardonnay, a Cabernet Sauvignon and a red blend from premium vineyards in some of South Australia's top regions.

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"Growers look forward to this time of the year with great anticipation, "shared Kim Stemler, Executive Director of the Monterey County Vintners & Growers Association. "Following winter rains, the weather has been temperate for the greater part of the year, producing ideal conditions for Pinot Noir from the northern AVA's and Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grown in the southern AVA's and Carmel Valley. The 2017 crop looks to be of average to slightly light load, estimated at approximately 170,000 tons."

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"In our county code, we do not have a requirement that says, 'Thou shall be hooked up to PG&E.'"

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The thieves stole the wine from the cellar of a high-end apartment building close to the leafy Jardin du Luxembourg. Detectives believe they drilled in through the limestone wall of the catacombs and pilfered around $300,000 worth of valuable grand cru bottles

08/31/17

WaterFire Vineyards near Torch Lake, Michigan becomes the first vineyard outside of California to achieve certification from Sustainability in Practice (SIP) Certified. SIP Certified authenticates sustainability practices for vineyards and wineries through a thoughtful and rigorous third-party program.

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Ryan Frederickson, founder of ArT Wine Preservation, has developed a method designed to keep wine in opened, unfinished bottles fresh for weeks by using argon gas to stop the oxidation process. ArT Wine Preservation allows wine drinkers to spray a small amount of argon, a safe non-toxic, non-flammable inert gas, into a bottle of wine. Because argon is heavier than oxygen, it forms a blanket over the wine to prevent oxidation, sealing in the flavor and aroma. Wineries use argon to protect large vats of high-quality wine from oxidation before bottling.

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In many cases, we are deluding ourselves to think "life will be easier if I were to farm full time." I suspect the challenges would be no different, and we would not find ourselves with a surplus of free time if we were to work full time on the farm.

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Washington hot, dry summer expected to get even hotter in September

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Change is afoot, but the annual industry report indicated Oregon wine retains its market niche of high quality coupled with upscale price.

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Victim was standing a 40-foot irrigation pipe on its end to move it when the pipe touched an overhead electrical wire.

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It was the best showing since a 3.2 percent gain in the first quarter of 2015.

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A hop merchant in Washington has filed for bankruptcy, which may be a symptom of broader imbalances in the hop industry.

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Gruet Winery set a new record by bringing in 340 tons of New Mexico fruit to its cellars. This year marks Laurent Gruet's 30th harvest in New Mexico.

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The uptick for both of these states makes sense given the quality of the wines and the increasing number of high-scoring bottlings and award-winning wineries dotting their landscapes. But there are other factors at play, too.

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Taking the test was a lot of fun, and I got results I wasn't necessarily expecting that have made me more adventurous in trying new wines, especially reds. But I'm not going to take my results too seriously. I shouldn't necessarily hold my results from Vinome to the same standard I would a test that looks at my hereditary risk of cancer. The tests, while both based on my genes, have vastly different effects on my health.

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That single acre of approximately 1,200 vines will be replanted this spring with five core northern Michigan varieties, under the direction of newly-hired Michigan State University Extension service viticultural specialist Thomas Todaro and Dr. Paolo Sabbatini, from the Department of Horticulture at MSU. Todaro, who started his job at the MSU Extension Office on Aug. 7, said re-planting the wine grape plot at the Research Center will "zero in" on grape varieties specific to northwestern Michigan. Cabernet Franc, chardonnay, pinot gris/pinot grigio, pinot noir and rieslings will replace previous plants from the multi-state NE1020 project.

08/31/17

For many, the biggest struggle is obtaining the required liquor licenses needed to sell on premise. It is a complicated process that can be different depending on the license an establishment is going for.

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Here are ten favorite wines that I tasted during my recent visit, along with a few notes on what I saw in them.

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For most Niagarans, there's one festival that's synonymous with September: Grape & Wine. Known more formally as the Niagara Wine Festival. Each year, the region comes together to celebrate Niagara's grape and wine industry, hailing a new grape grower as Grape King and tasting out the new vintages offered up by Niagara's many world-class wineries. From the annual grand parade through St. Catharines' downtown core to the big party in Montebello Park, the festival brings people together each year. Barry Katzman understands that perhaps better than most, as chairman of the board of the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival for the past nine years, and a member of Niagara's wine industry for 19 years.

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Have we pilgrimaged to this unlikely town in the middle of Catalunya for a splash in chlorinated waters? In fact, yes: the pool party is one aspect of H2O Vegetal, a two-day tasting that features small natural winemakers from Spain and beyond

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Jazz drummer T.S. Monk, the son of jazz great Thelonious Monk and administrator of the late pianist's estate, filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Fort Bragg, Calif.-based North Coast Brewing Company over its popular abbey ale, Brother Thelonious. North Coast has been brewing Brother Thelonious for over ten years

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How an idiosyncratic, 60-year old, family-run wine shop in southern California has stood the test of time

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Beverage Alcohol Leader Deepens Commitment to Responsible Drinking in Second Installment of Groundbreaking VR Series

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The firm has stated that production will cease at its plants in Birmingham, Alabama, Chatsworth, California, and Longview, Texas. Existing customers will be supplied by other Ball facilities

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A testament to business building, culinary vision and imaginative entrepreneurship

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From huge corporations to a new brewery, here's how the food industry is lending a helping hand in the aftermath of the hurricane

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Here's a rundown of the restaurants hosting fundraisers this week ...

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Hurricane Harvey did more than transform cityscape by turning highways into rivers; it also upended life for farmers and ranchers across dozens of counties that Gov. Greg Abbott declared disaster zones

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The devastating human toll from Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey has rightly dominated news coverage. Growers and those who work with them, however, should also think about how this historic storm will also affect specialty crop growers in the region and across the U.S.: shipping will be disrupted and freight costs will rise, imports and exports may be slow to rebound and more.

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"We at TTB recognize that the devastation caused by natural disasters may severely impact the operations of some of our industry members ..."

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Accountants and winery owners also should enjoy seeing the 10 percent growth in case sales and seven percent increase in direct-to-consumer sales

08/31/17

The dicamba system, approved for use for the first time this spring, was supposed to break the cycle and guarantee weed control in soybeans and cotton. ... dicamba has drifted from the fields where it was sprayed, damaging millions of acres of unprotected soybeans and other crops in what some are calling a man-made disaster.