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Tuesday, December 11th

03/02/18

Inside our March issue you will find: 2018 Winery Equipment Survey Report Tanks Likely Most Common Winery Purchase in 2018 Two-thirds of wineries expecting to buy are increasing capacity Curtis Phillips UCD Researchers Begin 100-year Cork Bottled Wine Aging Study Ted Rieger SEO 101: The Fundamentals of Website Optimization Simple tools and tricks to boost your website's Google profile Erin Kirschenmann

03/02/18

Beacon Economics estimates the county will need 8,143 new housing units by 2020. That includes 6,204 single-family units, 1,473 multifamily units and 466 mobile and other units, Of those, 5,010 would be owner-occupied, and 3,133 rentals. The county permitted 730 units in 2016 and 609 in the first three quarters of 2017

03/02/18

Price for Petit Verdot, Grenache Noir and Pinot Gris surges 11% ... Washington's 2017 wine grape production totaled 227,000 tons, a 16% decrease from 2016. Cabernet Sauvignon was the top producing variety grown in the state at 62,200 tons or 27% of the total. Chardonnay was ranked second, at 39,300 tons or 17% of the total. Red varieties accounted for 57% of the total production, compared to 58% in 2016. The top 3 red wines crushed, representing nearly 90% of red wines, grew 5.4% (compound annual growth rate) over the last 5 years. Growers received an average of $1,198 per ton for all varieties in 2017, an increase of $41 from the previous year. Of all the published varieties, Petit Verdot received the highest average price per ton at $1,700.

03/02/18

Measure D does not affect public safety or commercial helicopters. Local rules already prohibit commercial helicopters from landing at wineries in Napa County

03/02/18

Lulie Halstead describes a series of 'shifts' in demographics and consumption behavior that are impacting on the way the world buys and consumers wine.

03/02/18

According to the Evening Standard, the buyer plans to invest a further £8.7 million on renovating the property, which includes a theatre, chapel, wine cellar, vineyard and olive groves

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the Sonoma Planning Commission will review the proposed renovation and redevelopment of the Sonoma Cheese Factory as a 25,000-square-foot multi-tenant food marketplace. Developer Steve Carlin plans to save the 2 W. Spain St. orange tile façade, but gut and reconstruct the rest of the building - more than doubling its space in the process

03/02/18

The new Members of the Institute - two from the USA and two from the UK - are Cassidy Dart MW, Caroline Hermann MW, Simon Milroy MW and Martin Reyes MW. There are now 370 Masters of Wine living in 28 countries.

03/02/18

A shocking 80% of female restaurant workers have experienced harassment. OpenTable CEO Christa Quarles on how the industry can fix itself

03/02/18

Ledger David Winery's owners David Traul and Lena Varner, like yours truly, have a passion for food and wine. Unlike me, their dream place is their vineyard, winery and the Le Petit Tasting Room in Talent, Oregon.

03/02/18

Dick Boushey, who farms his vineyard in the Yakima Valley, as well as several on Red Mountain, pointed out the wet winter and spring also led to mildew pressure, damaging mostly white varieties. He observed this to be a widespread problem

03/02/18

Airlines had canceled more than 2,000 flights Friday as a powerful nor'easter brought rain, snow and severe wind to much of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. Most carriers were waiving change fees for fliers there.

03/02/18

Scientists suggest warming temperatures are eroding the polar vortex, the powerful winds that once cushioned the frozen north. The alarming heat wave is causing scientists to reconsider even their bleakest forecasts of climate change. According to a leaked draft of a scientific report by a United Nations panel of scientists, "The risk of an ice-free Arctic in summer is about 50 per cent or higher," with warming of between 1.5 and 2.0 degrees Celsius.

03/02/18

Mallory Uran McEligot, Silver Trident Winery's Membership & Industry Relations Manager, has been awarded the 2018 Rising Wine Star Award for Marketer of the Year by The Luxury Marketing Council of San Francisco.

03/02/18

Sardinia is one of Italy's best-kept wine secrets, as its bottles are much less visible on the international scene today than those of Sicily, Italy's other big wine island

03/02/18

"Vineyards have become stalking horses for houses, and for ways for lifestyle vintner wannabes to get a toehold," Conaway told me by phone from his home in Washington, DC. "The valley is over-planted for the water table. The hillsides and mountainsides are part of the historic provenance of this place. It is time to say, no more carving out of vineyards in the watershed, for environmental reasons and aesthetic reasons."

03/02/18

Napa County voters will decide June 5 on a ballot measure that backers say is needed to limit tree removal in the name of vineyard development

03/02/18

aybe others will also find a way to capitalise on the current US passion for sweet baking. Some could certainly offer a tasty accompaniment for brioche - Robert Joseph

03/02/18

Beyond a pressure cooker, Murphy's red wine recipe requires little extra equipment. The instructions call for a bottle of grape juice, a packet of wine yeast, a cup of sugar, a funnel, and a roll of tape. His batch spent two days in the Instant Pot and more than a week fermenting on the kitchen counter

03/02/18

Thank you for recognizing my work with the Doritos product development team. I was honored to give those gentlemen my ideas about developing a whole new Dorito for Ladies like myself who are embarrassed by the ghastly noises of crunching and who find bags of chips too large and unwieldy to put in our purses. I know those valuable comments attracted the attention of you gentlemen on the Johnnie Walker product development team because you, too, are curious about the opinions of Ladies in regards to your fine product ...