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09/19/18

ad hoc committee could include language in the county's Right To Farm ordinance empowering officials to penalize those who misuse bird cannons

09/19/18

A. Humberto Izquierdo, Alameda County's agricultural commissioner since 2016, is familiar with Napa County. He worked for 14 years for the department he will now lead. His positions in the department included assistant and deputy agricultural commissioner

09/19/18

The winery is hosting the Sept. 20 kickoff of the Sonoma County Wine Auction with the "Best Party Ever," showcasing Paradise Ridge as the poster child for the county's rebirth. "We're a survivor and Sonoma County is a survivor, but we're coming back bigger and better," said winery co-owner Sonia Byck-Barwick. "We're not just healing, but we're coming back a stronger community."

09/19/18

Guests at the first annual IQ Connect, an opening night soiree for the lauded Innovation + Quality (IQ) event, the only forum for ultra-premium wineries focused on innovations that advance wine quality, raised $5,000 for enterprising smoke taint research.

09/19/18

The legislation prohibits criminal penalties for sidewalk vending. Vendors will also be able to clear pending citations and be retroactively relieved of previous convictions. Cities will be able to establish a permit program for sidewalk vending ...

09/19/18

The new wines' labels are based on 400-year-old engravings that show a faceless hero reaching for the moon. "Our goal is to inspire consumers to trade up."

09/19/18

An ambitious new vineyard atop one of Washington's top AVAs is on a different path

09/19/18

The 10 percent additional tariff on wine disproportionately hurts California, which accounts for 90 percent of U.S. wine production. Chinese tariffs on U.S. wine had already increased from 48.2 percent to 67.7 percent in April

09/19/18

The U.S. spirits category is expected to expand once again this year, albeit by a modest 2% to 233 million 9-liter cases, achieving its 23rd consecutive annual gain, according to The U.S. Spirits Market: Shanken's Impact Databank Review & Forecast, 2018 Edition. By comparison, wine consumption is projected to increase by a mere 0.2% this year, while total beer volume is expected to register a 1% decline, excluding flavored malt beverages

09/19/18

Larger winemakers stress the importance of the three-tier system even as they work to develop a stronger DTC presence. "Three-tier is critical to our success, as is DTC," says Peter Mondavi Jr. of Charles Krug Winery. "They're complementary. The wines we're selling for DTC are higher-priced, small-production items that don't move very fast within the three-tier system."

09/19/18

Since successfully developing existing and new avenues of what the winery had to offer, the Morellis are now looking forward to retirement. With that, their mission has shifted to finding the right successor to carry on with reaping the benefits from the lucrative winery lifestyle

09/19/18

Joe Wagner doesn't deny that he vinifies and finishes his wine in California, but he rejects allegations that he buys bulk juice for Elouan or the other labels. The fruit, he says, is kept cool with dry ice and shipped south in refrigerated trucks from the Willamette, Umpqua and Rogue valleys. "We believe we're working within the regulations with the way we're appellating things as 'Oregon,'" Wagner said, adding he's also been in touch with the TTB and is confident he's in the clear.

09/19/18

since the government must approve all labels on alcoholic beverages, you might think that intentional or accidental violations would be caught by the Tax and Trade Bureau's (TTB) label approval specialists - the "experts" who grant Certificates of Label Approval (COLA) for every wine, beer, and spirit. But as with many branches of government, some bureaucratic confusion always is a part of the process.

09/19/18

, the show is expected to draw 40,000 visitors from 150 countries and some 2,000 exhibitors. The Bordeaux convention and exhibition centre is currently being renovated and next year's Vinexpo will be held in a new 16,500 metre squared facility that has replaced Hall 2 (at the cost of €37 million). Hall 1 will be

09/19/18

The show next year will take place from 17 to 19 March 2019 in Düsseldorf and will be a special 25th anniversary edition of the trade fair for wine and spirits

09/19/18

After the difficult global harvest in 2017, buyers and producers will be relieved the world of wine has largely re-calibrated itself in 2018. So far at least. But what sort of trading conditions can we expect at this November's World Bulk Wine Exhibition.

09/19/18

recognition of authors and publishing houses who enrich the global vitivinicultural library ...

09/19/18

Nearly 100 million acres of U.S. farmland will change hands in the next few years, but most of it will go to investors and developers. Now, two online tools aim to help a new generation of farmers find land and demystify the cost of owning it

09/19/18

In many ways, as a wine-producing country, Chile is a lot like Australia. This makes it important to understand the Chilean wine sector, and how it rates as a competitor when it comes to global wine customers

09/19/18

Market research company eMarketer estimates the company will pull in $4.61 billion in U.S. digital ad revenue this year

09/19/18

Subdued by communism and then overshadowed by the Australian market, some of the wines of eastern European are now making a comeback-this time in terms of value and uniqueness rather than blandness and quantity.

09/19/18

Forecasters are seeing a high possibility the winter season will kick off with an El Niño. And while this weather pattern has brought torrential rains to the San Francisco Bay Area in some instances, it has also delivered a relatively dry winter in others.

09/19/18

The CEO of the Yealands Wine Group and now the 54th chairman of the IMW takes over from Jane Masters MW whose tenure came to an end on 12 September

09/19/18

The Primetime Emmy Awards featured some familiar honorees-Game of Thrones, 96-year-old national treasure Betty White, and Napa's Sterling Vineyards and Italy's Ferrari Trento costarring as the official still and sparkling wines of the Emmy Awards Season.

09/19/18

Industry professionals share the most awkward and obnoxious situations they've encountered at winery tasting rooms