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Damaged Grapes Most at Risk From Fruit Fly

March, 05, 2015 Damaged Grapes Most at Risk From Fruit Fly

(Wines&Vines) - The tiny insect pest spotted wing drosophila has cast a large shadow over wine grape growers since 2008, when it was first identified in North America in a patch of strawberries at Watsonville, Calif. Known scientifically as Drosophila suzukii, the fruit fly was identified am...

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Spain's Wine Exports Soar 22 Percent — But Profits Fall

March, 05, 2015 Spain's Wine Exports Soar 22 Percent — But Profits Fall

(NPR) - Spain's wine industry had a record year in 2014, posting numbers that could propel it past Italy as the world's biggest wine exporter. Annual results have not yet been reported in Italy, which was the top exporter last year. The growth is due to a bumper crop at Spain's vineyards in 2013...

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Gallo Glass sued by state for use of hazardous materials in wine bottles

March, 03, 2015 Gallo Glass sued by state for use of hazardous materials in wine bottles

(KCRA) —Dangerous dust? That's what the state attorney general's office claims Gallo Glass Company used in the manufacturing of glass wine bottles at its plant in Modesto. According to a lawsuit filed on behalf of the Department of Toxic Substance Control, California's top prosecutor accuses...

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Is A Wine's Year Really That Important?

March, 03, 2015 Is A Wine's Year Really That Important?

(HuffPost) - Buying wine isn't easy. Okay, let's rephrase that, because buying wine by aimlessly pointing at a shelf is actually quite easy to do. Buying wine knowledgeably isn't easy. Between the kind of grape, the region and the elusive tasting notes, the seemingly simple task of selecting ...

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How to drink Tequila like a Mexican

March, 03, 2015 How to drink Tequila like a Mexican

(TDB) - While a hurried shot, lick of salt and wedge of lime might be representative of many people’s experience of Tequila, its reputation as a slammer spirit is slowly disappearing. The world is waking up to Tequila with the category quickly becoming the choice of drink for a new genera...

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Blind-Tasting a Mini-Stave Trial

March, 03, 2015 Blind-Tasting a Mini-Stave Trial

(Wines&Vines) - Winemakers attending the Wines & Vines Oak Conference on Feb. 11 had an unusual opportunity to blind-taste winery trials utilizing oak barrel alternatives in young wines from Sonoma County and Napa Valley, Calif. Presenting the tasting were Eglantine Chauffour, winemaker for...

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Questioning Wine Perfection: What Does A 100-Point Score Really Mean?

March, 03, 2015 Questioning Wine Perfection: What Does A 100-Point Score Really Mean?

(Forbes) - What does a perfect 100-point score mean with regard to wine? I had an interesting conversation regarding this very question with winemaker Heidi Barrett recently. Barrett, who is no stranger to 100-point wines (having earned as many as five in her career), observed to me that a 90-point...

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US: Wine exports hit near record levels

March, 02, 2015 US: Wine exports hit near record levels

(VTD) - Despite a pair of significant challenges, U.S. wine exports in 2014 hit near-record levels in volume and dollar value — important benchmarks since 90 percent of all exports come from California, according to the San Francisco-based Wine Institute. Exports reached $1.49 billion in 2...

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