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Wednesday, February 21st

02/02/18

"Corey has been an integral part of this company since joining nearly 20 years ago," said Francis Ford Coppola. "His passion for winemaking and dedication to the staff are unmatched and I'm proud to appoint him as CEO."

02/02/18

So-called I-9 audit notices were delivered to businesses in San Francisco, San Jose and Sacramento, said ICE spokesman James Schwab. He would not name the businesses.

02/02/18

Through Tangled Sheets, LLC, the Itkins purchased a 23-acre vineyard in the Dry Creek Valley appellation from Edward and Jane Sbragia Revocable Trust on Dec. 1, according to public records. Planted to sauvignon and chardonnay, it's one of Sbragia Family Vineyards's "Home Ranch" properties in the valley

02/02/18

The matter came before the board after the initiative had enough signatures to qualify for the June 5 election. Under election rules, the Board of Supervisors could have adopted the measure outright Tuesday or immediately placed the "Initiative to Disallow the Use of Personal Airports and Helipads" on the ballot.

02/02/18

Session at Unified Wine & Grape Symposium takes a look at how AVAs change and their importance to the consumer--as well as what happens when you change the labelled AVA on an established brand

02/02/18

Initial findings of SSU survey to counter misconceptions on 2017 vintage

02/02/18

Donations have been given to the Redwood Credit Union North Bay Fire Relief Fund, the Sonoma County Grape Growers Foundation's Wildfire Housing Support Fund, the Sonoma County Community Foundation Resilience Fund and other relief funds

02/02/18

Now in its fourth year, the California Green Medal: Sustainable Winegrowing Leadership Awards provides recognition to vineyards and wineries who are leaders in implementing the 3 E's of sustainability (environment, economic and social equity). The Green Medal inspires others in the industry and highlights the benefits of participating in a sustainability program. It's a great opportunity to showcase the amazing commitment many California growers and vintners have made to protecting the environment and enhancing the communities in which they live and work

02/02/18

Hess Select's updated, eye-catching packaging design reflects an authentic evolution that captures the essence of Hess Family Wine Estates - a proud, family-owned California winery with a rich past and dynamic future now entering the fifth generation of family management.

02/02/18

The prestige rosé will join the brut, extra brut, blanc de blancs, rosé and blanc de blancs prestige cuvée 2008 in the current collection, all of which are kosher

02/02/18

Sourced from prized vineyards in the San Lucas AVA at the southern end of Monterey County, these unique grapes reach optimal ripeness as the San Lucas AVA is believed to have the largest diurnal temperature shift of any California winegrowing region.

02/02/18

Entering the market just as the sparkling wine category is seeing significant and rising demand, VOLAGE is a new sparkling rosé poised for rapid growth.

02/02/18

We analyze the causes for the introduction of these GIs ('terroirs') and for changes in their delineation (expansion) later on. Our analysis shows that trade played a very important role in the creation of the 'terroirs' but not always through the same mechanisms.

02/02/18

upplier sales were up 4 percent, rising $1 billion to a total of $26.2 billion, while volumes rose 2.6 percent to 226 million cases, up 5.8 million cases from the prior year

02/02/18

The paper's authors find that pesticide demand is inelastic and all types of winegrowers are risk-averse.

02/02/18

This paper in Nature describes a mechanism that helps Xylella fastidious escape the grapevine immune response, colonize grapevines and cause Pierces' Disease. The project was funded by the CDFA PD board and was a collaboration between the laboratory of Caroline Roper at UCR and the Cantu lab at UC Davis

02/02/18

A new study pushed grapevines to the brink of dehydration to find out how much water they need to survive

02/02/18

Columbia Distributing spokeswoman Lindsi Taylor confirmed that the Oregon-based wholesaler, which operates a distribution warehouse in Santa Rosa that carried Mendocino offerings, hasn't received product from the brewery since December and believes it has shut down operations. ... Meanwhile, the financial and legal trouble for the two breweries' owner, Vijay Mallya, continue as he continues to fight extradition from London back to India, where he is facing charges of fraud and money laundering in excess of $1 billion

02/02/18

Wine imports could suddenly become a lot more desirable to the entire three-tier system, because the new law effectively frees up margin, and allows imported brands to compete better with domestic products.

02/02/18

Presented by Seattle DINING!, February is for Foodies loads the calendar with events, including prix-fixe menus at most of the top local restaurants, food, wine, and chocolate pairings, as well as special lodging discounts at some of Walla Walla's most notable hotels.

02/02/18

The Gala celebration is a strolling wine tasting through the barrel cellar of Mer Soleil, a venue not normally open to the public.

02/02/18

Fifteen of BC's top wineries will all come together to celebrate a Spring Release Tasting of Okanagan Falls wines, for the first time, on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at the Hotel Eldorado in Kelowna.

02/02/18

Hospice du Rhône's bi-annual conference creates the largest gathering of Rhône wines on the planet

02/02/18

Deborah brings 25 years of wine sales experience, including a 20-year tenure with Republic National Distributing Company during which she rose from a Sales Representative to Senior Vice President for Florida On-Premise Sales.

02/02/18

Galbraith practices in the areas of estate planning and administration, trusts, charitable giving and sophisticated income, gift and estate tax planning. She has experience with transition planning for families with ranches, vineyards and other real estate holdings, and closely-held businesses including wineries.

02/02/18

As part of his duties, Keith will work with the company's existing distributors, overseeing and managing education, inventory control, pricing, promotions, incentive programming and market visits.

02/02/18

Ask Aurelio Hernandez where he keeps his Shawnee Hills Wine-grape Association's 2018 Grape Grower of the Year plaque. "It is by my chair in the living room. In all of my 63 years, I've never won any kind of award. This is pretty great," Hernandez said.

02/02/18

Workers are starting to see more take-home pay as employers implement the new withholding guidelines from the IRS, which dictate how much employers withhold from pay for federal taxes. Those whose checks have remained the same shouldn't fret - employers have until Feb. 15 to make the changes.

02/02/18

Electronic sensors show snow levels are about one-third of normal.

02/02/18

County officials say the current dry and warm winter could lead to severe drought conditions, which would cause an economic blow to farmers and ranchers in southern Oregon

02/02/18

Agricultural groups see the agencies' action as a death knell on the controversial rule they contend greatly and unlawfully expanded federal authority under the Clean Water Act.

02/02/18

International Agri-Center to hold its 51st World Ag Expo farm show on Feb. 13-15

02/02/18

Direct-to-consumer wine sales rose 31 percent for Oregon wineries in 2017, which led all regions in the country.

02/02/18

The San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board on Tuesday approved four advisory programs to help grape growers comply with regulations the board passed last year aiming at limiting the amount of sediment that runs off of watershed properties into the Napa River or Sonoma Creek.

02/02/18

Last year, Wine Access told us that as a group, Millennials are the largest wine buying bloc, and that remains the case, but the latest report claims that among the three adult wine-buying groups, at $4,163 annually, Millennials spend the least on wine per person : Baby Boomers spend $4,900 and Generation Xers spend the most, $5,717

02/02/18

Washington State University receives $344,500 for viticulture and enology research; SOS Health Services of Walla Walla receives first Industry Grant for $10,000

02/02/18

Crowd-sourced iHEARu designed to help guests find quieter spaces

02/02/18

If the forecast holds, it would be the strongest quarter since the economic recovery began and would more than double the typical annualized growth during the period.

02/02/18

Having decided to sell your winery, you have hired a broker or adviser to help you market the property, circulated marketing materials to prospective buyers, and invited those buyers to submit an expression of interest. Having received various letters of intent, you have chosen the best offer and perhaps you have negotiated the terms. Now having signed a letter of intent, you decide it is time to call your lawyer to help you with the sale documentation. Right?

02/02/18

A proposed rule from the federal authority on the issue, the U.S. Department of Treasury's Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, or TTB, is poised to end the practice of allowing wineries that hold a certificate exempting a wine of theirs from label approval (called a COLA exemption) to buy out-of-state grapes, make the wine in their state and label it with the origin of the grapes, as long as the wine is then sold only in the state where it was made.

02/02/18

The Granholm decision didn't cover shipping by retailers, so while winery direct shipping has grown, the number of states permitting out-of-state retailer direct-to-consumer shipping has fallen from 18 states in 2005 to 13 today ... Until recently, common carriers like FedEx and UPS often made the deliveries for retailers. But that's no longer the case. ... Many suspect wholesalers are behind these new crackdowns, with the help of their lobbying arm ... alcohol wholesalers spent more than $107 million on state political campaigns in the past five election cycles