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11/01/17

Bacchus has been owned by the Merinoff family since 1994. While this acquisition will formally bring the full Bacchus business into Breakthru, Bacchus will operate independently and maintain its current team, name and distinctive approach to servicing customers and suppliers

11/01/17

''He's the reason I'm here,'' said sommelier-turned-winemaker Rajat Parr, a recent transplant to Santa Barbara from San Francisco. ''We had a discussion about the intricate flavors of Syrah that I took as a challenge, and I never left. He even helped me find my house.''

11/01/17

The Kunins began building a new winemaking facility on Aero Camino in Goleta, and were nearly finished with the 2017 vintage when tragedy struck. This week, a team of winemaking friends that Kunin mentored, including Graham Tatomer, Josh Klapper, and Drake Whitcraft, are working to ensure that his 2017 wines are properly finished

11/01/17

"To develop Cense, we leveraged an innovative technology that captures the compounds that make up the flavor and aroma of a wine, holding them aside while removing excessive alcohol; this process allows us to reduce both calories and SmartPoints per serving without compromising on taste or bouquet," said Phil Hurst, Co-Founder, President and CEO of Truett-Hurst, Inc. "After two years of product research and testing with Weight Watchers, we have created a wine that is truly a first of its kind - one that wine lovers will appreciate and enjoy."

11/01/17

ALDI has partnered with acclaimed artist, designer and illustrator Timothy Goodman for the upcoming release of a limited edition reserve wine collection. Known for his bold, text-based murals

11/01/17

A decade ago, the state passed up a chance to embrace a cheaper, single water diversion tunnel in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Now a groundbreaking vote by a Silicon Valley water agency could turn the tide

11/01/17

"We are truly proud to be one of just eight wineries recognized from the entire Americas region in the first class of Wine Advocate honorees."

11/01/17

"Roger's dedication and passion for the premium and luxury wine business has been a significant part of E. & J. Gallo Winery's strategic direction into this sector," says distributor David C. Drucker of Empire Merchants in New York City.

11/01/17

TEXSOM Co-founders and Master Sommeliers Drew Hendricks and James Tidwell today announced that the TEXSOM International Wine Awards is accepting entries for the 2018 competition to be held February 12-14, 2018 at the Grapevine Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas

11/01/17

The total of insured losses from Sonoma County alone has climbed to $2.8 billion so far, which surpasses the 1991 Oakland Hills fire with $1.7 billion in costs at the time, according to the Insurance Information Institute, a national industry trade group that compiles claims data. The 2015 Valley fire in Lake County had been ranked as the sixth costliest at $921 million in damages.

11/01/17

The proposal, which returns before the board on Nov. 7, also would allow temporary disaster housing as a compatible use on agricultural land under a California Williamson Act compact

11/01/17

Wine Business Institute hopes to release preliminary findings in early 2018

11/01/17

Economists and Executives Lead Effort to Determine Facts of Impact, Draw Roadmap for Recovery as Model for Wine Regions Worldwide

11/01/17

Linda Donovan, of Pallet Wine Co. and the Urban Cork tasting room in downtown Medford, said she had three different groups, including one from Texas, arrive this month who had not originally planned to visit the Rogue Valley

11/01/17

Franti and his band and Vintage Trouble are generously donating their time to the cause. Local vendors are likewise donating their efforts. In addition to providing the concert venue and staffing, Robert Mondavi Winery will donate 10 percent of all wine sales made that day to the fund

11/01/17

Wine company with a heart doubles down on giving with Tough Enough To Wear Pink; Heart of the Vine Fire Relief Fund

11/01/17

"... people have heard it's all burned to the ground, but 91 percent of the area is completely unaffected."

11/01/17

"We expect to start removing debris probably by this Friday on private property in Napa," said Robert Fenton of the Federal Emergency Management Agency during a Monday evening meeting on the Atlas Fire.

11/01/17

Most of the cameras and reporters have departed from Napa and its wineries to other locations. Before we do so, let's pause and reflect on this unusual industry in this unusual place.

11/01/17

Maintaining traditions, while incorporating social media platforms to reach customers, form the keys to success for agritourism businesses.

11/01/17

Caro is Lafite-Rothschild's low-key collaboration with Catena Zapata. W. Blake Gray caught up with the family behind it.

11/01/17

The Bushue Family Farm, east of the Portland metro area, grows berries and vegetables, and has a seasonal pumpkin patch.

11/01/17

FEMA Administrator Brock Long says challenge presented by hurricanes Irma, Harvey, Maria and recent wild fires is unprecedented in the history of his agency.

11/01/17

U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte says blocking frivolous lawsuits and boosting emergency spending on wildfires would help restore Montana's forests to better health

11/01/17

A group of naturists braved the inclement French weather to pick grapes completely nude, with only a plastic poncho to protect themselves from the elements.

11/01/17

"Now is the time to visit Wine Country," wrote Visit California President and CEO Caroline Beteta in a statement. "If you're already planning a trip, don't cancel - Wine Country residents need your business now more than ever."

11/01/17

City Winery will open in Ivy City with a concert hall, Mediterranean restaurant, and winemaking facility.

11/01/17

This year, several of California's most notable wine producers are celebrating anniversaries that are important not just as special occasions themselves, but because they give wine-lovers a chance to consider just how substantially the industry has changed since each of them began producing wine decades ago. There are also substantial lessons for success in business in general to be gleaned

11/01/17

Wine woes blamed on LDB's new computer system, distribution practices

11/01/17

The Master Sommelier shares his tips and strategies for overseeing a large-scale program