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12/17/18

Luxury goods maker LVMH agreed to buy Belmond, the owner of hotels including Venice's landmark Cipriani, for a $3.2 billion to raise its profile in upmarket hospitality. The deal reflects LVMH's belief that "the future of luxury is in luxury goods and in luxury experiences"

12/17/18

A trademark dispute between Delicato Vineyards and Treasury Wine Estates Americas Co. over a new brand the Australia-based wine company introduced this summer may be settled, according to court records.

12/17/18

The Board of Supervisors will consider adopting the Napa County Strategic Plan 2019-2022 on Tuesday. It meets at 9 a.m. in the county administration building, 1195 Third St. in Napa

12/17/18

The Bordeaux native enjoyed a career that spanned 50 years and four continents, crafting wines at iconic estates like Château Mouton-Rothschild and Château Lascombes in Bordeaux, Château d'Esclans in Provence, Almaviva in Chile and Opus One in Napa Valley

12/17/18

The Van Duzer Corridor AVA in Oregon's Willamette Valley has been officially approved by the TTB, the US regulatory body. The announcement came on Friday after seven years in the TTB approval process.

12/17/18

The Van Duzer Corridor AVA committee announced today that the TTB approved the newly formed Van Duzer Corridor AVA effective December 14th 2018. The Van Duzer Corridor will become the 19th AVA in Oregon and remains part of the larger Willamette Valley AVA.

12/17/18

Judge O'Connor did not rule the law has to be enjoined immediately. Saturday was the last day of open enrollment for the ACA in most states. People can still enroll in health plans in states with extended deadlines. Even the newest ACA insurance policies will go into effect until more legal action plays out in courts. The federal site for insurance, Healthcare.gov, is running a banner that reads, "Court's decision does not affect 2019 enrollment coverage."

12/17/18

The talks in Poland took place against a backdrop of growing concern among scientists that global warming on Earth is proceeding faster than governments are responding to it. Last month, a study found that global warming will worsen disasters such as the deadly California wildfires and the powerful hurricanes that have hit the United States this year

12/17/18

This year marked the 50-year anniversary of Napa County's Agricultural Preserve-the first of its kind in the nation. This landmark set of zoning laws, which encompasses agricultural preserve and agricultural watershed lands, established agriculture as the highest and best use of the land in Napa County.

12/17/18

A large and impressive field of cutting-edge, cost-saving, and resource-managing products were submitted for the contest by exhibitors of the largest annual agricultural show of its kind. The contest judges were made up of farmers, ranchers and industry professionals. The Top-10 New Products competition is once again sponsored by Bank of America, which has an industry leading agribusiness group that delivers end-to-end banking and finance solutions to ag producers and related businesses.

12/17/18

Specifically, the agreement was signed by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, WGA Chair and Governor of Hawai'i David Ige, and WGA Vice Chair and Governor of North Dakota Doug Burgum. The MOU commits the USFS and WGA to a "more integrated approach to prioritizing investments where they will have the greatest impact and will work together to set priorities that address risk across broad landscapes." Following the signing, Secretary Perdue and Governor Ige issued these statements:

12/17/18

"Our cooperative winemakers have no grapes left for ice wine. As far as I know, it has not been produced by any private winemaker this year," explains Harald Beck, viticulture consultant at the Vinsmoselle cooperative. "For ice wine you need several days of severe frost, preferably in November or December. In the face of climate change, the risk is very high that these conditions will not be met."

12/17/18

The Belmond deal is LVMH's largest since it spent 4.3 billion euros in 2011 to buy Bvlgari and 6.5 billion euros in 2017 to gain full control of Christian Dior.

12/17/18

His tenure included working for the Gallo Winery, Sebastiani, Heublein (Inglenook), the Coors Brewery, Old Brooklyn Soda, Hype Energy Drink, Aroniaberry and Mattoni Water. The last 14 years he has been employed by Ganau America, Italian cork producers as the Northwest regional manager and presently as Southwest regional manager.

12/17/18

Wines of Substance founder Charles Smith announces that Ron Janowczyk has been promoted to Executive Vice President of Sales, Britt Dimmick as Vice President - West and Lisa Kaplan as Vice President - East. Dimmick and Kaplan will each report to Janowczyk in this new sales structure and will manage the domestic sales team.

12/17/18

Almost all vines are now grafted onto rootstock to prevent the return of the deadly phylloxera louse. In the Loire Valley, Henry Marionnet has chosen to try to do without this usually necessary precaution in part of his vineyard. David Cobbold reports on the results of his experiments.

12/17/18

It's a surprising move by two (primarily) coal-powered utilities in the American West, but get ready for more. Economics, and politics, are fast converging on a consensus. Committing to a 100% carbon-free goal, even before we quite know how to reach it, is good for business.

12/17/18

Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) announced the opening of its expanded warehouse and distribution facility at Penfield, South Australia on Friday December 14th, 2018

12/17/18

"Biodynamic practitioners are sometimes considered to be 'crazy dreamers' but in fact, biodynamics is a philosophy and a process for organizing life and looking for balance and harmony"

12/17/18

VdA endorsed The Porto Protocol as a founding member of this initiative designed to encourage and enable companies in reducing the impact of climate change and to step up for the global warming challenges.

12/17/18

Prosecco, the fruity sparkling wine made in the northeastern hills of Italy is gaining in global popularity - and producers of Champagne, for so long the dominant bubbly wine, are taking note

12/17/18

309 students from the Inter Wine & Dine School of Oenology (IWD) and the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) wine society gathered on December 11 in the Belgian capital for the largest tutored wine tasting in the world. Although Spain still holds the record for the world's largest wine tasting (5,095 people gathered at the Plaza de Toros in 2006), the previous Guinness World Record for the largest tutored wine tasting was attended by 271 Americans in Seattle in 2016

12/17/18

the new winery was started in part because sister winery Ponte has become pretty crowded on weekends. The result, he said, was that certain high-end clientele from Los Angeles and Orange Counties were detracted from returning. That's not a challenge unique to Ponte Winery

12/17/18

Lebamoff Enterprises, which owns 15 Cap n' Cork liquor stores in Fort Wayne, Ind., prevailed in the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals last month, allowing it to reopen a 2016 lawsuit against Illinois for the right to sell and ship wine across state lines

12/17/18

a team of researchers from Australia, Britain and the US have identified some potential sources of hydrogen sulfide (H2S), a volatile sulfur compound that is produced naturally during fermentation. Now, a team of researchers from Australia, Britain and the US have identified some potential sources of this stinky compound.