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01/11/18

"It's going to be a partnership," Steve Girard said, referring to the deal. "I wanted to stay involved and Huneeus has been so kind to let me do that," Girard said. His involvement, he said, will be "off and on."

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"Moving forward, all of Russell Ranch will be tested annually for grapevine red blotch virus (GRBV), and for grapevine leafroll associated virus-3 (GLRaV-3) by composite testing," Al Rwahnih said. In addition, the vineyard will be visually inspected for virus symptoms and vectors more frequently. Under CDFA R&C Program requirements, every Foundation vine is required to be tested only once every five years for red blotch and leafroll, and the vineyard is required to be visually inspected twice a year.

01/11/18

Sparkling wine isn't just for celebrations anymore. That's not to say we shouldn't be drinking sparkling on a momentous occasion or for holidays-if you ask Vicky Farrow and Ashley Herzberg, we should be drinking it every day of the year.

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GuildSomm convenes panel of producers at Carneros-based Artesa to discuss how the region is evolving and what sets its Pinot Noirs apart from other California producers and appellations

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Almost 10 years after the original Copia center for food, wine and the arts filed for bankruptcy, the final piece of the former Copia campus has been sold. Wayne O'Connell of Napa purchased the property, currently used as a parking lot and garden space, paying $6.5 million for the almost 5-acre lot

01/11/18

The venture capital fund Sonoma Brands has launched one of its companies, Smashmallow, as a freestanding entity and named food industry finance veteran David Lacy as CEO. Smashmallows are snackable marshmallows. They will be distributed through Target

01/11/18

Crimson Wine Group (OTCQB: CWGL), which crafts benchmark wines from exceptional vineyards in premier wine-growing regions throughout the U.S., today announced the retirement of Ian M. Cumming from the company's Board of Directors. Cumming has been a director since 1994, and served as the chairman of Crimson's Board of Directors from 2008 - 2015. His seat will remain vacant until a successor is elected

01/11/18

Devon Broglie and Matt Stamp assume Chair and Vice Chair Positions on the Board of Directors for the Court of Master Sommelier, Americas

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Christian Ahlmann of Six Sigma Ranch, Jessie Zielsdorf of Langtry Estate (Foley Family Wines), and Randi Sedrick of Wildhurst Vineyards. Returning directors include Gregory Graham of Gregory Graham Wines, Cindi Olof of Olof Cellars, Matt Hughes and Amanda Bolla of Brassfield Estate Winery, Raven Sprague of Steele Wines, Richard "Kaz" Kasmier of Kaz Winery, and Nick Buttitta of Rosa d'Oro Vineyards

01/11/18

The Causal Impact of Medals On Wine Producers' Prices and the Gains From Participating in Contests by Emmanuel Paroissien (University of Bordeaux & University of Paris-Saclay) and Michael Visser (University of Paris-Saclay & University of Paris 2) claims the average French wine price increase after having won a medal hovers around 13 percent

01/11/18

Wedding Oak Winery has hired Seth Urbanek as assistant winemaker. Urbanek, a Texas native, is responsible for cellar management and assisting with all aspects of production working with head winemaker and viticulturist, Penny Adams, and her winemaking team.

01/11/18

Congress's tax reform has had an unintended consequence for those who don't appreciate high-alcohol wines.

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Posted in the January 2018 American Association of Wine Economists (AAWE) online journal, the research paper, The Causal Impact of Medals On Wine Producers' Prices and the Gains From Participating in Contests submitted by Emmanuel Paroissien (University of Bordeaux & University of Paris-Saclay) and Michael Visser (University of Paris-Saclay & University of Paris 2) claims the average French wine price increase after having won a medal hovers around 13 percent

01/11/18

A man rammed an armored personnel carrier into a shop window before climbing through the rubble to steal a bottle of wine in a town in northern Russia on Wednesday morning, according to local media and video posted on social media.

01/11/18

A new generation of wine drinkers isn't afraid of the pop-top.

01/11/18

Canada's Brock University is to create the world's first augmented reality, virtual reality and sensory reality consumer wine lab; which will explore how drinkers chose the wine they drink and buy.

01/11/18

Constellation Brands (NYSE: STZ) delivered mixed results in its recent quarterly earnings report. While raising its profit outlook for the year, the alcoholic beverage giant lowered its sales target in the wine and spirits division and forecast a profitability drop in its booming beer segment.

01/11/18

Rat poison from marijuana farms is sickening and killing owls, fouling wildlife habitat and allowing rodents to spread contamination through large swaths of Northern California's most famous cannabis-growing region, University of California researchers said

01/11/18

Retailers near one of the new Lidl US stores set prices for key staples up to 55% lower compared to markets without a Lidl, according to a new study by the University of North Carolina

01/11/18

CSWA is a nonprofit organization incorporated in 2003 by The Wine Institute and the California Association of Winegrape Growers to develop and promote sustainable practices, tools for education and outreach, partnerships with key stakeholders, and prioritizing research

01/11/18

Since its launch, the brand has reached sales of 130,000 cases and is distributed in more than 60 countries, with Zamora's aim to turn Lolea into a leading lifestyle brand that moves "beyond the premium sangria category", using cocktails to drive consumption

01/11/18

This follows news in December 2017 that the English wine producer had raised £18.53 million through the issue of new shares to accelerate the growth of its business. Chapel Down also announced in December that it would launch a further open offer for existing shareholders to raise a further £1.47m.

01/11/18

One of London's leading restaurants will today start pioneering a new pricing model based on the travel industry, with different charges depending on the day of the week and time of your booking

01/11/18

appointing its vice-chairman Zhou Hongjiang as its new chairman, the first change at such a high level in 20 years

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His tenure, first as the company's president and now as CEO, has spanned a two-decade-long relationship between FIU and SGWS, which hosts the annual Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival benefiting FIU's Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management.

01/11/18

Not just the highest profile figures like Baroness Philippine de Rothschild (Mouton), Corinne Mentzelopoulos (Ch. Margaux), May-Eliane de Lencquesaing (Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande), Florence Cathiard (Smith Haut Lafitte), all formidable women in charge of major estates who have influenced the course of Bordeaux in the 20th and 21st centuries, but also some of the lesser-known names along the way

01/11/18

Breweries incorporate oak and pomace to make one-of-a-kind ales