Wine Industry News

October, 21, 2019 Sonoma County wine industry seeks to sway county planners on land-use regulations

(PD) - Leaders of Sonoma County’s wine industry on Monday fired a new volley in the protracted, cyclical battle over the expansion of their industry, hosting political appointees and county staff for a “mobile educational workshop” in an effort to inject industry-friendly language...

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October, 21, 2019 ‘Zero pesticide residue’, an endorsement that aims to reassure wine consumers

(Vitisphere) - In the realms of wine marketing, the quest for the Holy Grail involves finding a simple tool for publicising sustainability commitments to consumers. From the vineyard to the trade, the quest currently seems to revolve around two certifications: organic winegrowing and High Environme...

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October, 15, 2019 Decision on Fate of Walt Ranch Could be Determined by San Francisco Appeals Court

(WB) - The fate of Walt Ranch may again be heard before a court of appeal in San Francisco. Napa County on October 15 filed a petition asking a state appellate court to re-consider its recent ruling that it failed to properly analyze the environmental impacts of a proposed vineyard developm...

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(TDB) - As reported by Wine Spectator, the sale includes the 14-acre estate in the Anderson Valley, which boasts 6.5 acres of organically grown Pinot Noir, Balo’s 7,000-case production capacity winery, and it tasting room. Neither the Balo brand nor its existing inventory were included i...

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October, 14, 2019 How Will Climate Change Alter Agriculture. Winemakers Are Finding Out.

(NYTimes) - Wine, which is among the most sensitive and nuanced of agricultural products, demonstrates how climate change is transforming traditions and practices that may be centuries old. Around the wine-growing world, smart producers have contemplated and experimented with adaptations, not on...

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October, 14, 2019 PG&E wants to seize private vineyard property for liquid natural gas plant in Calistoga

(NVR) - PG&E is taking Calistoga vineyard owner Terry Gard to court, to seize a portion of his land for a liquid natural gas plant.  Since the beginning of the year, the utility has tried to reach an agreement with Gard, who steadfastly refuses to cede any of the property his family has...

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(TDB) - Former basketball star Michael Jordan, along with four NBA partners, is launching an ultra-premium Tequila brand. Called Cincoro, there are four expressions of Tequila in the range, each of which comes with a hefty price tag. The bottles start at US$70 for Blanco (unaged), $90 for R...

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September, 22, 2019 Sonoma County Wine Auction raises record $6.1 million

(PD) - The Sonoma County Wine Auction on Saturday raised a record-breaking $6.1 million for charitable causes, with the county’s recent designation as the “Wine Region of the Year” adding a jolt of excitement to the annual event. “The timing couldn’t be better,...

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