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January, 14, 2018 Napa’s Wine Train speeds up — but can it match new owners’ ambitions?

(SFChronicle) - When Scott Goldie was just a boy, he waited by the railroad tracks in Montana and as the Milwaukee Road rolled by, his grandfather — a train engineer — would hoist him onto the locomotive. Now, Goldie is operating his own train, one where tickets sell for h...

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January, 11, 2018 Tax Changes Hit Wine's Alcohol Levels

(Wine-Searcher) - Congress's tax reform has had an unintended consequence for those who don't appreciate high-alcohol wines. If you like high-alcohol wines, you won't care about this story. But if you don't, take notice: a US federal agency is about to make a monumental decision that will cha...

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January, 11, 2018 Spot the difference: Tirage and dosage in Champagne – ask Decanter

(Decanter) - Ben Jenkins, Sidmouth, asks: What is the difference between tirage and dosage in the production of Champagne? John Stimpfig replies: Both additions are key elements in the winemaking process for Champagne and all bottle-fermented sparkling wine. Liqueur de tirage is a liquid solu...

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January, 11, 2018 Jon Sebastiani's Sonoma Brands Raises $60 million

(Forbes) - The venture capital fund  Sonoma Brands  has launched one of its companies,  Smashmallow , as a freestanding entity and named food industry finance veteran David Lacy as CEO. Smashmallows are snackable marshmallows. They will be distributed through Target st...

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January, 11, 2018 Huneeus Vintners Purchasing Benton-Lane Winery in Oregon's Willamette Valley

(WB) - Napa-based  Huneeus Vintners  LLC is purchasing  Benton-Lane Winery  in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, according to the seller. Steve Girard, known for founding Girard Winery in the Napa Valley with wife Carol, on Wednesday confirmed the sale of the Oregon wine...

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January, 11, 2018 As climate changes, so will wine grapes

(HarvardNews) - To adapt to warmer temperatures, vintners may have to plant lesser-known varieties If you want to buy good wine, Elizabeth Wolkovich says, you’re going to want to stop looking at labels and just listen to your taste buds. An assistant professor of organismic and evolutio...

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January, 08, 2018 The Old Vine: The world's oldest grape-producing vine has survived four centuries of turmoil and even has its own anthem.

(Atlasobscura) - A grape vine in Maribor, Slovenia, clings to the outside of a building in the city center. Its lush leaves form a verdant stipe along the wall, creeping outward from the gnarled cordons. When in season, Žametovka grapes dangle from the plant like sweet, sugary ornaments. The Ol...

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January, 08, 2018 Why is wine not vegan?

(Metro) - Many of us love a glass of wine at the end of a hard day. While we all think we know what goes into our wine (surely just grapes, right?) there are actually plenty of other things being added. Some of those things are animal products, which is bad news for vegatarians, vegans or anyone...

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