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03/08/18

Before he was a vintner, Hahn was a successful business man in Paris, New York and London. He arrived in Monterey County in the 1970s in search of a new area to transform into an acclaimed winemaking region. In 1979, he purchased the Smith Vineyard and Hook Vineyard, which were planted to Cabernet Sauvignon at the time. The following year, the family made their first vintage of wine. Hahn spent the next four decades dedicated to building a stellar reputation for what he identified as a unique winemaking area. The journey to making others see the same was not without adversity, but Hahn's determination eventually led to consensus of the area's quality among neighboring vintners and outsiders alike.

03/08/18

Word of the pending ruling was the talk of the day at the ninth annual wine law seminar that Seattle-based Law Seminars International hosted in Vancouver on Feb. 26, days after Alberta called off a ban on imports of B.C. wine implemented in response to B.C.'s opposition to construction of a pipeline carrying bitumen from Alberta to processing facilities in Vancouver

03/08/18

State Shipping Laws for Wineries Provides Improved Access & Current Compliance Information

03/08/18

Columbine has nearly 7,000 acres of farm land, a state-of-the-art cold storage facilities, and other operating assets. Columbine Vineyards has been owned and operated by the Caratan family for four generations

03/08/18

This week's Vinexpo New York wine and spirits tradeshow, held March 5-6, showcased 500 exhibitors from 23 countries, drawing a total attendance of 3,446. Given the extraordinary success of the 2018 event, the organizers will return to the Javits Center with an expanded show on March 4-5, 2019. Registration will open September 2018

03/08/18

Internationally renowned festival introduces a whole new line-up of hard-to-find, high-quality, handcrafted 'garagiste' wines from California, including Sonoma, Livermore, Lodi, Mendocino and Napa

03/08/18

Bogle Vineyards will host the first-ever Swish and Swirl wine-pairing dinner featuring Sacramento Kings legend Doug Christie on May 5 to raise funds for six charities making an impact in the greater Sacramento community.

03/08/18

"We've been working on this for a long time," says Wardell, a veteran of A16 and Flour + Water. "This is the direction we wanted the Bergamot Alley brand to go." Their existing wine clubs have been growing, and with two children at home, growing that business while running the bar seemed too onerous. "We knew we'd be coming to a junction point in our careers and our time schedules at one point."

03/08/18

More than 1,300 wine industry professionals were on hand to celebrate the accomplishments of colleagues throughout the state who continue to champion the advancement of Oregon wine. Nine awards were presented, including newly-designated Oregon Wine Leadership Award, awarded in its inaugural year by the Oregon Winegrowers Association to Winters. The award recognizes Winters' lengthy list of accomplishments and record of advocacy for the Oregon wine industry.

03/08/18

Friends Beverage Group of Miami today announced the successful launch in the New York City Metro Area of its 750 ml Graffiti-designed "FRIENDS FUN WINE" bottles, with introductory 5.5% ABV flavors that include Coconut Chardonnay, Strawberry Moscato and Sangria. With just over 30 days in the marketplace, the company is thrilled to have surpassed its sales goals. Retail partners have responded with great enthusiasm, reporting excellent results from tastings and exponential sales growth week-over-week, as well as a significant number of re-orders.

03/08/18

Members of the U.S. agriculture industry are hopeful recently confirmed chief agricultural negotiator Gregg Doud will address key trade issues.

03/08/18

The U.S. Justice Department is challenging three California laws that, among other things, bar police from asking people about their citizenship status or participating in federal immigration enforcement activities.

03/08/18

Oregon lawmakers clarified laws related to hemp, seed contracts and "granny flats" in . . .

03/08/18

Environmental attorneys say that USDA loans to "factory farms" are a potential target

03/08/18

The new executive director of the Washington FFA Foundation will work "tirelessly" to ensure Washington FFA and agriculture education are represented and supported by the state's agriculture industry, FFA advisor Dennis Wallace says.

03/08/18

Washington lands commissioner lobbies for Dreamers

03/08/18

If they know petit verdot at all, a typical consumer will know it as primarily a blending grape in Bordeaux; one taster commented that "the challenge of petit verdot is that you never have it in its naked form." Even the most enthusiastic consumer is unlikely to have tasted a wine that's all or mostly petit verdot, which means Virginia producers of this grape are behind the eight ball before they even start.

03/08/18

according to reports suggesting that China Resources Beer - the Hong Kong-based investment group that owns the world's biggest beer brand, Snow - is in talks with the Dutch brewer over a deal worth US$1 billion

03/08/18

It's not even in the town of Cadillac itself, where there is in fact another 'Château de Cadillac', but over on the Right Bank in Cadillac-en-Fronsadais (which sounds like it should be in AOC Fronsac, but let's not go there…).

03/08/18

California has adopted regulations addressing agricultural pesticide applications near public schools and licensed daycare centers which provide minimum distance standards for certain pesticide applications and require annual notifications

03/08/18

"Retail partners have responded with great enthusiasm, reporting excellent results from tastings and exponential sales growth week-over-week, as well as a significant number of re-orders"

03/08/18

The Herald Sun reported earlier ths week that a woman named Sue was charged the whopping sum at Stillwater at Crittenden to have a BYO sponge cake cut and served for her friend's birthday luncheon.

03/08/18

"Personal fragrance is a no-no in the world of judging wine, as it interferes with others' ability to evaluate aromas. As a lover of fragrance as much as wine, this has been the hardest part of my journey. ..."

03/08/18

Producer associations are proliferating, but few of them have any relevance, James Lawrence argues.