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Don Carano, who parlayed his investments in a Reno hotel and casino into the creation of the Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery in Healdsburg and later took ownership of the Vintners Inn, died Tuesday at his home in Reno after a long illness. He was 85

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A pioneer in the gaming, law and wine industries, Mr. Carano was also an entrepreneur, hotelier, restaurateur, husband and father. Mr. Carano is celebrated as a family-oriented, compassionate leader in his businesses and communities, which included both Reno, Nevada, and his wine country home in Geyserville, Alexander Valley, California. Ever passionate about Sonoma County, Mr. Carano said, "This is a very special way to live."

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California law has finally been amended to include "electronic or digital rebates" in the list of permitted alcohol supplier marketing tools ...

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The European Commission said production of pressed juice, or must, in Spain was set to be down 16 percent from 2015/2016 volumes. In France it would be 17 percent lower and in Italy down by 21 percent. In some areas, such as Sicily, the reduction could be as much as 35 percent.

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Event to include tasting of selected wines from extreme wine regions and old vine rescue projects

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Palacios and Richards join new leadership team led by industry veteran Dan Zepponi, who joined the company in November of 2016 as president and CEO

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This year's total represents a significant increase from the $325,000 raised at the event in 2016, and the highest amount ever raised at this annual event. In addition, this year brings the total raised over the event's history to approximately $5 million.

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There are currently as many as 33 tasting rooms operating in the broader Plaza area, according to city staff; another five are in the process of opening

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For each Pink barrel rack sold in the program, $10 will be donated directly to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Each rack is powder coated pink and adorned with a pink ribbon sticker signifying support and participation in the program.

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"Engineered exclusively for use with the Coravin Wine Preservation Opener, wine lovers can now pour perfectly aerated wine in any amount"

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Partnership Celebrates the Pursuit of Excellence - On the Field and in the Bottle

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On Monday, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) introduced his Agricultural Guestworker Act of 2017 Bill, which would replace H-2A with an H-2C program. Rep. Goodlatte introduced the bill to the House Judiciary Committee, which he chairs. The committee vote was originally scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 4, a mere day after most committee members had a chance to review the 49-page document. But the vote has been postponed, according the Judiary Committee page. At press time, the vote had not yet been rescheduled. Initial revisions to the bill has been posted, however, and as the bill moves forward, more may be added.

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The University of California's Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources and AgStart will use the money to cultivate the Verde Innovation Network for Entrepreneurship, which will provide assistance for businesses.

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Receiving a Michelin star doesn't always guarantee instant success. In some cases, a restaurant's business suffers.

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As long as Amazon sold alcohol online, things were fine (sort of). But as a brick-and-mortar retailer, Whole Foods has to comply with local regulations, and in most states these days there's a holdover from the repeal of Prohibition that doesn't permit "manufacturers" (i.e., wineries) to be in the retail sales business.

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The wine industry's total benefit to the American economy adds up to $219.9 billion in 2017, according to a report released by WineAmerica, the National Association of American Wineries' lobbying organization.

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Faced with a shrinking beer market at home, Japanese brewers are shoring up sales by targeting women with a range of fizzy, fruity canned cocktails, but the strategy hasn't been without some hiccups along the way. Brewers had to learn old marketing strategies that relied on gender stereotyping weren't going to persuade modern Japanese women to buy their drinks.

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Mr. Carano passed away peacefully on October 3, 2017, surrounded by his family at his home in Reno, Nevada. He was 85

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Iconic Napa Valley Wine Estate Renews Hosting Duties as Lead Sponsor

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The 2017 wine grape harvest in the Santa Lucia Highlands appellation, which started in early September, is nearing its end with vintners waiting on the last of the grapes to wrap up a wild and compacted harvest.

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Fall surge in wine sales continues with October Signature Sale set to exceed $2 million Oct. 13-14 in Beverly Hills

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Among the scheduled educational sessions are: "Issues Facing Organic Farmers Today," "Clean and Renewable Technology" and "Tools for Plant and Soil Health." The keynote presentation Grower Roundtable is titled "From Wall Street to Main Street, Organic Means Good Business" and features Scott LaRue of Piper Jaffray as moderator and Bill Reiman of Gladstone Land Corp; Stan Pura, founder of Mission Ranches and Jeff Huckaby, President of Grimmway Farms.

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The Dierberg family is proud to announce the debut of CCL, a reserve tier of wines showcasing each vineyard's most outstanding blocks. The initial release includes the 2014 "Steven" Pinot Noir ($95, 65 cases) from the Dierberg Vineyard in the Santa Maria Valley, and the 2014 "Ty" Pinot Noir ($95, 62 cases) from the Drum Canyon Vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills.

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Champagne Piper-Heidsieck has recently introduced new packaging for its Champagne range and a name change for its signature and vintage cuvées. Piper-Heidsieck Brut has been renamed Piper- Heidsieck Cuvée Brut and Piper-Heidsieck Vintage Brut has been renamed Piper-Heidsieck Vintage.

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Donald Louis Carano, founder of Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery, Eldorado Resorts Inc., and McDonald, Carano & Wilson, LLC law firm; passed away peacefully on October 3, 2017, surrounded by his family at his home in Reno, Nevada. He was 85.

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With the goal of passing federal tax reform legislation by the end of the year, congressional Republicans and President Trump are moving forward with plans laid out in a framework released last week, which includes lower taxes for businesses and individuals and, analysts say, could likely benefit farmers and ranchers.

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The Trump Administration is preparing to restart negotiations on a new Columbia River Treaty, and the stakes are high for Idaho's Upper Snake River irrigators.

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Expanded uses of dinotefuran, a neonicotinoid insectide, were approved by California in 2014 but recently reversed by a state appeals court.

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A bill that would enable landowners to install their own water measuring devices.

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A joint report by China Alcoholic Drinks Association and research company EXACT Data showed that the majority of Chinese wines consumed in the country are low-end, posing a challenge for Chinese producers who are trying to alter the image of domestic wine.

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Introducing in London yesterday the 2014 vintage release of Vérité - a collection of three Sonoma-sourced Bordeaux blends - Seillan expressed his strong belief in the possibilities for creating class-leading results from Sonoma using Pinot Noir, but also, significantly, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and, above all, Cabernet Franc.

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This year's theme is "Discover Your Local Crush." You'll have the chance to do just that at more than 230 events at wineries and restaurants throughout the state, including wine pairings and music festivals and "pop-up pairings" at venues, many of them throughout Northern Virginia.

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In the Italian valley where his family has made wine for 30 generations, Lamberto Frescobaldi says his growth plans are being hampered by new European Union rules. He asked to extend the vineyards where he produces Chianti, Sangiovese and Vermentino wines by 50 hectares (500,000 square meters) this year, but was granted only 9,000 square meters by the Agriculture Ministry in Rome.

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Former Vice President of Operations at Naked Wines leans on wine experience to unlock direct-to-consumer cannabis

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The United States says it wants Canadian province British Columbia to stop discriminating against imported wine through its regulation of allowing only provincial wine to be sold on regular grocery store shelves.

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Mr. Horgan, who in the past has voiced support for bringing existing operators on board, seemed to suggest on Tuesday that B.C.'s robust marijuana industry means the province is already well-positioned to begin legal retail sales by the federal government's July 1 target.

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Extreme weather, including heavy hailstorms, hard frosts and drought, has pushed the EU wine grape harvest to an historical low in 2017, the EU department for Agriculture and Rural Development has revealed.

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"We started with that experiment and then the smoke turned up throughout the summer."

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San Luis Obispo County made a critical error when creating the ballots for the special election currently underway to determine whether landowners around Paso Robles, San Miguel and Creston should form a water district, County Clerk-Recorder Tommy Gong said

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"The PLCB recognizes the difficult budget situation the commonwealth faces and the need to support Pennsylvania's schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives with sustainable revenue sources

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The application deadline for grants is Dec. 8, and the process can be done online.

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Vinome, launched this August, works in partnership with Silicon Valley-based internet platform Helix, a genome sequencing company. Customers pay $80.00 for gene sequencing, which can then be used in tandem with their other products, to offer insights into things like ideal sleep patterns, ancestry or health and nutrition information ... and wine preferences

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UC Davis researchers study oral surface interactions to understand mouthfeel perception