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07/18/18

In advance of the Council of Federation meeting set to begin tomorrow, the Canadian Vintners Association (CVA) and its members are calling on the premiers to lift inter-provincial trade restrictions on alcohol. The group is also reiterating its support for Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister's call to his colleagues to end these restrictions.

07/18/18

The new Fapas Wine Proficiency Tests provide testing laboratories - from those in small, independent wineries to large multi-site operations - with access to an ongoing quality assurance tool for evaluating performance. The tests span the range of red wine, white wine and sparkling wine and cover more than 60 analytes

07/18/18

Johnson Brothers will focus on growing Deutsch Family's portfolio of leading brands, including the number one imported wine brand in the U.S., [yellow tail], America's fastest growing wine brand, Josh Cellars, premium 90+ Sonoma wine brand The Calling and many more outstanding wine and spirits brands.

07/18/18

This seminar will be appeal to those interested in learning more about the winemaking process. Upcoming seminars in Napa, CA, Paso Robles, CA, and Santa Rosa, CA

07/18/18

2018 Event to Take Place on Friday, September 7th & Saturday, September 8th on the Mendocino Coast of Northern CA

07/18/18

Smith Story Wine Cellars, a small family producer of highly rated old-world inspired wines made from California and German vineyards, welcomes their first full-time employee Andy Bartee as their first National Sales Ambassador. Andy will take over daily management responsibilities from Co-Founder Alison Smith Story. Andy brings well over a decade of wine sales management experience to Smith Story Wine Cellars.

07/18/18

Central California is slowly collapsing under its own weight as farmers suck out groundwater, emptying vast subterranean aquifers and disrupting one of the state's key water-delivery networks. ... One of the casualties is the Friant-Kern Canal, a gravity-operated concrete waterway that stretches 152 miles down the valley's eastern side, supplying Fresno and smaller cities as well as thousands of farmers.

07/18/18

Critical permits and legal challenges are still pending, and some farming groups still haven't committed to paying for part of Gov. Jerry Brown's controversial $17 billion Delta tunnels project. But even with the uncertainty, backers of the project are poised to ask the Trump administration for a $1.6 billion federal loan that millions of Californians ultimately would have to repay through increases in their water bills.

07/18/18

In 2014, a subsidiary of Harvard's $37 billion endowment purchased 8,700 acres in Cuyama Valley, then planted an 850-acre vineyard and drilled 14 wells.... The future of the vineyard - and Harvard's investment - is at the mercy of a Groundwater Sustainability Agency. GSA officials could say that if Harvard's basin has water, it should have to somehow share some of that water with the rest of the overdrafted basin to make up its deficit ...

07/18/18

Saying the state water board appears to have ignored or discounted the significant impacts on people from its plan for stream flows in the San Joaquin River watershed, water agencies, farm organizations and other groups organized opposition to the plan in advance of its potential adoption next month.

07/18/18

The headlines about a huge new regulatory proposal for the upper San Joaquin River have me thinking about all of California's rivers, the water rights Farm Bureau members hold and use on those rivers, and a concept called "reasonable use."

07/18/18

The mountainside winery Burgess Cellars breaks its "elevation" norms for the 2014 Topography Red Wine. The 46-year family owned winery heads to both hillside and benchland vineyards in crafting this topographical red blend.

07/18/18

Mostly from Bordeaux and Burgundy, but also from Alsace, Champagne, Languedoc and Provence, the renowned properties and negociants have decided to take Health Minister Agnès Buzyn to task, suspecting her of wanting to display "lugubrious and morbid information on labels" of French wines.

07/18/18

Having received little to no water from the federal Central Valley Project in recent drought years, farmers in a western Stanislaus County irrigation district have partnered with cities to purchase tertiary-treated recycled water, to help secure a more certain water supply.

07/18/18

The VDP. Sekt classification mirrors the VDP.Origin pyramid for wine classification in Germany. Traditional bottle fermentation is compulsory for all four VDP origin categories for Sekt. Two of these - VDP. Gutsekt and VDP. Ortsekt must remain at least 15 months on the lees.

07/18/18

Heilongjiang, the northernmost province along China's rust belt, has been tipped to become China's high altitude ice wine production base, the country's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs has announced.

07/18/18

A book on winemaking and viticulture written by Sally Easton MW for the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has won the Viticulture and Oenology category at the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) Awards 2018.

07/18/18

Abundant precipitation, recharge efforts and reduced water use boosted the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer

07/18/18

After achieving an eco-friendly first with its Napa Valley winery, the Cabernet house notches another milestone with the completion of its Sonoma County facility

07/18/18

The county Planning Commission last week wasted little time in increasing the wine production cap for the Rutherford-area winery. ZD Wines can now produce 120,000 gallons annually instead of 70,000 gallons

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