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12/11/18

The future of the wine excise tax reform approved late 2017, tariffs on US wine exports, Brexit are among the issues on the Wine Institute's to-do list, according to a recent hearing focusing on the wine industry before state legislators. Wine Institute's top priority is to extend the provisions of the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act, Tim Schmelzer, vice president of California state relations for the trade association, told legislators on Nov. 29 at a hearing in San Diego

12/11/18

GI owned Napa Valley's Duckhorn Wine Company from 2007-2016, when the firm sold Duckhorn to TSG Consumer Partners and purchased Far Niente Wine Estates, also in Napa Valley

12/11/18

The price tag is set at 2.45 million euros, which is the value estimated by the authorities, taking into account recent incidents that caused extensive damage to the chateau's west wing. Last April, the Occitania regional council and the Gérard Bertrand Group agreed on a 75-year long-term lease.

12/11/18

Washington State wine grape growers and wineries are invited to participate in the Washington State Wine Commission's annual Research Review on January 16-17, 2019, at the Clore Center in Prosser. Industry members will provide input on the research proposals seeking grant funding through the statewide research program.

12/11/18

Among Davis' new responsibilities are internal wine education with masterclasses, spearheading the Wilson Daniels luxury offerings, supplier and customer relationships, motivating financial objectives, maintaining brand standards and applying general leadership and decision-making skills wherever needed.

12/11/18

Santa Rosa Junior College is offering a new class as part of the Wine Studies Department for Spring 2019. Wine 123: Causation and Detection of Wine Faults is a six-week introductory wine sensory course designed to teach basic analytical wine tasting techniques and expose students to the causes and effects that result in flaws and faults in wine.

12/11/18

UNH Extension will offer a series of three webinars this winter on various farm succession and estate planning topics. This Future of the Farm webinar series begins January 8, 2019 with Estate Planning: Wills, Trusts, and Long-term Healthcare, presented by attorney Kathryn Williams of KSW Law. The webinar series will continue on February 12 with Inheriting a Farm-Passing the Farm on to the Next Generation, presented by Kelly McAdam and Mike Sciabarrasi. The final webinar of the series will be held on March 12th with the topic of Gifting versus Selling as a Means of Transferring Farm Assets. All webinars will take place from noon to 1 pm.

12/11/18

Dry Wells And Sinking Ground As State Struggles With Groundwater Crisis ... "The vineyards are killing us ... That's the problem, you know. They suck up all the water."

12/11/18

To further the philanthropic spirit of their partnership, the Marley 'Rainbow' Country White Wine will support the efforts of Farm Up Jamaica, a non-profit formed to assist Jamaican farmers in the cultivation of organic food and reduce the importation of conventional, inorganic and genetically modified (GMO) foods.

12/11/18

Shed in Healdsburg will shut its doors at the end of 2018, closing the book on a charmed five-year run for Sonoma County's most ambitious combination restaurant, marketplace, event space and fermentation bar.

12/11/18

After federal authorities objected, Joe Wagner agreed to change his labels for Elouan, but some Oregon vintners and politicians remain unsatisfied

12/11/18

The best wines of the year were not always the most profound, but the bottles that captured a moment. Sometimes, the moment was long ago.

12/11/18

Let's look at the whites and reds and the varieties used for production of the finest Etna wines.

12/11/18

It just doesn't get the respect it deserves. Even here at Wine-Searcher, we've never run a list of the 10 best Chardonnays, so it's time we fixed that. Chardonnay deserves better.

12/11/18

From the oldest Cabernet Sauvignon vines in the county, Rotta Winery is releasing the 2016 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine is a collaboration of Rotta Winery owner Sebastian Budeguer and Rotta Winemaker Christian Tietje.

12/11/18

The Oregon Water Resources Department released its latest water conditions report Dec. 3, showing average temperatures for the month of November were 2 to 5 degrees above normal in most of western and northeast Oregon. Precipitation was also well below normal statewide, as much as 1 to 3 inches in parts of northeast and northwest Oregon.

12/11/18

Due to Oregon's pesticide testing regime for marijuana and its high value, growers of more conventional crops worry about getting blamed for contamination that renders the mind-altering flowers unsalable.

12/11/18

A Benton County, Wash., judge concluded last month that Ecology made up a rule when it barred Loyal Pig LLC from drawing from the Columbia River to irrigate 89 acres of wine grapes. Loyal Pig obtained the water from another farm that had cut back on irrigation. Ecology argued the water-right transfer was based on outdated information that didn't show whether the farm still had the water to give.

12/11/18

"I'm trying to make sure that everyone feels empowered to try wine, and to feel confident when tasting," Zidanelia Arcidiacono, the 36-year-old assistant winemaker at Sonoma-Cutrer, says.

12/11/18

Alabama's has one of the highest excise taxes on wine in the country, according to the Tax Foundation. Alabama's excise tax on wine is tied for the fifth highest in the country. Kentucky has the highest at $3.47 per gallon, followed by Alaska ($2.50), Florida ($2.25), Iowa ($1.75), and Alabama and New Mexico (tied at $1.70). The lowest rates are found in California and Texas (20 cents), Wisconsin (25 cents ), and Kansas and New York ($30 cents).

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