Wine Industry News

August, 19, 2019 The latest casualty of Trump’s trade war with China? California wine

(LATimes) - Hank Wetzel’s vineyards stretch to the horizon, a swath of green straddling Sonoma County’s Russian River, farmed by generations of Wetzels for half a century. It is a long way from Shanghai. Nonetheless, seated outside his tasting room on a recent morning, the 68-year...

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August, 19, 2019 How Portugal Became the Epicenter of Sustainability for the Wine Industry

(Fortune) - While climate change is affecting every industry across the globe, the agricultural sector—wine in particular—is reeling from it. Wine growers constantly face new adversaries in the vineyard—such as hailstorms, heat waves, and disease pressure—that are unpredicta...

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August, 18, 2019 Trump says French wine may face ‘100 percent tariff’ in response to tax on US tech firms: report

(FoxNews) - During his visit to New York’s Hamptons for a  fundraiser  Aug. 9, the president reportedly told attendees he was thinking about hitting France where it may hurt most – by slapping a 100 percent tariff on French  wine . The president’s remar...

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August, 17, 2019 Love it or hate it, oak is important in wine. Here are 5 things to know.

(WP) - Last month, in my list of five things to know about chardonnay, I argued that the wine “should not taste like a tree.” That was my lament not just that too many winemakers overdo the oak treatment so the wine tastes more of the barrel than the grape, but also that we consume...

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August, 16, 2019 How to Order Natural Wine Without Sounding Ridiculous

(Eater) - Back in 2007, Joe Campanale could barely give away the natural orange wine on the menu at his first restaurant, Dell’anima. Now, at his Prospect Heights hot spot Fausto, serving regional Italian fare, and LaLou, a buzzy new natural wine bar, orange wine outsells rosé. ...

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August, 16, 2019 Would You Drink the First (New) Chernobyl Vodka?

(WS) - No, you won't need a hazmat suit to stir your martini, and no, it's not a questionable merch exercise from a recent hit series: But yes, Chernobyl vodka is here. After years of research, rye grain grown on an experimental plot in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, where agriculture is otherw...

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August, 08, 2019 California's Largest Legal Weed Farms Face Conflict In Wine Country

(NPR) - The Santa Rita Hills, nestled in Santa Barbara County, are ideal for pinot noir, a notoriously finicky grape. That's why Kathy Joseph came here to plant Fiddlestix Vineyard. "The plants are over 20 years old, which comes through in the wines we make. The topography is just right; the pro...

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August, 08, 2019 A New Way to Determine When to Pick Grapes

(WB) - A new hand-held device that reads color accumulation in berry skins may become key to monitoring fruit maturity in the vineyard – and to determining when to pick the grapes. 360 viti, a division of Fruition Sciences, has begun selling the hand-held sensor known as a “bacc...

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