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Is California Facing a Grape Shortage?

| March 12, 2012

The Wine Spectator has a news story about rising California grape prices: California’s grapegrowers finally have something to cheer about—grape prices are going up. But does that mean higher prices for consumers? Winery owners are trying to cut costs so they can keep prices low at a time when drinkers still want value. After nearly […]

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Napa Wine Producer Ernest Van Asperen Dies at 96

| March 12, 2012

Wine Spectator has a news item on the passing of Ernest Van Asperen: In a wine career that spanned more than five decades, Ernest “Ernie” Van Asperen blazed his own trail. He was involved in all aspects of the industry, and his résumé read vintner, retailer, négociant and restaurateur. Van Asperen was an avid flyer […]

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Fine wine market to rise 10% in 2012

| February 17, 2012

The Drinks Business has an article on the future of the fine wine market: Taking in the opinion of 120 leading fine wine merchants, auction houses and investment fund managers in Asia, Europe and the Americas, the survey shows an overcorrection in the second half of last year has led to attractive opportunities for buyers. […]

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Calistoga Council to consider wine regulations

| February 17, 2012

The Napa Valley Register has an article about wine tasting room regulations: Calistoga City Council will consider a set of long-debated regulation of wineries and tasting rooms at a public hearing at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21. Council will take public comment on a proposal to require that at least 75 percent of grapes used […]

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Does Nitrogen Cause Pinot Leaf Curl?

| February 17, 2012

Wines and Vines as an article on this mystery vine ailement: In the past three years, the vine sickness Pinot Leaf Curl has struck more often and with greater severity in Sonoma County’s valuable Pinot Noir vineyards. The ailment also can affect Pinot Blanc vines and has been observed less frequently in Pinot Meunier. Pinot […]

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Grape prices rise in California, ‘Sideways’ effect reversed

| February 15, 2012

Decanter has an article on California Grape Prices: Grape prices in California have hit a new high after a smaller than expected crop in 2011, amid rising demand for the state’s wines around the world. There are also signs of a reversal of the so-called ‘Sideways’ effect, with Pinot Noir prices falling and Merlot prices […]

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San Francisco gets a serious dose of Burgundy

| February 15, 2012

SFGate has a feature on the upcomming la Paulee. Here is an excerpt: Even with Wine Country being general all over, Californians remain huge fans of Burgundy. It is why, when Daniel Johnnes, wine director for Daniel Boulud’s New York-based Dinex Group, devised his La Paulee event, he ultimately chose to alternate it between San […]

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Record year for French wine, spirits exports

| February 15, 2012

AP via Yahoo! has a story regarding a good year for French wine exports.  Here is an except: France set a record for its wine and spirits exports with more than 10 billion euros in 2011, a 10.5 percent annual increase, the Federation of Wine and Spirits Exporters said on Tuesday. “The sector has weathered […]

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Kermit Lynch talks about Burgundy

| January 25, 2012

Follow the link below to listen to an interesting interview with legendary importer Kermit Lynch: http://kermitlynch.com/blog/2012/01/25/the-bourgogne-sessions/

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Appeal court upholds Red Bicyclette sentences

| October 20, 2011

Decanter reports about this fraud case: The French appeal court in Montpellier has upheld the sentences handed down in the notorious Red Bicyclette fake Pinot Noir case. The Court has however made considerable changes to the sentences, imposed by a court in Carcassonne in February 2010. Ringleader Claude Courset of the négociant company Ducasse, based […]

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California’s 2011 vintage poses key dilemmas

California’s 2011 vintage poses key dilemmas

| October 20, 2011

SFGate writes about challanges with the 2011 vintage: California. Land of endless sun and ripe bounty, right? For wine, 2011 stands to rewrite that notion. Anyone who’s been in Northern California this year doesn’t need to be reminded of the summer that wasn’t. Grapes were delayed first by frost, then by rain and cool weather […]

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Wineries hit by worker shortage

| October 14, 2011

sanluisobispo.com reports on the issue: Local wineries that employ temporary harvest workers say they are having a tougher time getting the crews they need this season. When last week’s rains interrupted picking, Lino Bozzano found he couldn’t get the same workers back the next morning. “Here at Laetitia, it’s all hand-picked,” said Bozzano, vice president […]

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Wine Institute Hails Passage of U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement

| October 14, 2011

The Wine institute is happy with the new US/Korea Free Trade Agreen: Congress approved the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) which eliminates tariffs and other barriers to trade in most goods and services within five years. The agreement immediately removes the 15% tariff on U.S. wines imported to Korea, and repeals the 45% tariff on […]

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Tree clear-cut sparks vineyard conversion furor

| October 14, 2011

The Press Democrat reports about problems winemaker Paul Hobbs is having with a clearcut christmas tree farm. An excerpt: Efren Carrillo, chairman of the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, has come out swinging against a winemaker with a recent history of controversial tree removals. The winemaker, Paul Hobbs, in turn says he’s being unfairly pilloried, […]

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Winery wastewater becomes fruit of their labor

| October 13, 2011

SFGate has an article on the use of water in wineries. An excerpt: “Conserve water, drink wine,” quips a common bumper sticker. If only that were true. Making a gallon of California wine, by various estimates, requires anywhere from a few dozen gallons of water to a few hundred. Most of that water goes toward […]

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Huge forest-to-vine project near Annapolis threatened

| October 13, 2011

The Press Democrat is reporting the CalPERS is ending its relationship with a large vineyard management company and thus putting a large vineyard project on hold: The California Public Employees Retirement System, the giant state workers pension fund, is severing its investment ties with a Napa-based vineyard management firm pushing one of Sonoma County’s largest […]

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Mendo Winegrowers: Damp but Determined

Mendo Winegrowers: Damp but Determined

| October 12, 2011

Wine and Vines has an article on the Mendocino harvest. Here us a preview: Despite a summer that never seemed to get hot, and a drenching rainstorm that swept through the region at the onset of crush, Mendocino County grapegrowers remained confident and optimistic about the 2011 harvest. “The biggest problem was the delay,” said […]

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2011 Oregon vintage could be the latest ever

| October 12, 2011

The Wine Spectator has an article about the late 2011 harvest in Oregon.  Here is an excerpt: Oregon vintners are a nervous bunch these days. They’re looking at one of their latest vintages ever in 2011. None of the major Pinot Noir producers expect to pick before Oct. 15, more than two weeks later than […]

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Rains bring rot to Sonoma County vineyards

Rains bring rot to Sonoma County vineyards

| October 11, 2011

The Press Democrat has an article on rot pressures in Sonoma. Here is an excerpt: A week after unwanted rains began to hit vineyards in Sonoma County, some grape growers are reporting significant signs of damage to the county’s $400 million crop. For many growers, it’s too early to quantify just how much of the […]

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New law streamlines storage-pond process for California wineries

| October 10, 2011

The Press Democrat has a news article on this development: Winegrape growers and environmental groups are both applauding the approval of what supporters are calling a streamlined application process that would allow vineyard and orchard operators to establish off-stream water storage ponds without waiting years for state approval. Currently, applications to establish off-stream water storage […]

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Washington State Wine Commission head to step down.

Washington State Wine Commission head to step down.

| October 10, 2011

Decanter has the following to say in their article: Her resignation comes less than four months after the sudden departure of Jeanette Morgan as executive director of the Wine Board of neighbouring Oregon, less than seven months after her appointment. Morgan was replaced in Oregon on an interim basis by experienced wine marketing specialists Steve […]

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California needs sunshine and drying breezes

| October 7, 2011

The Napa Register has an article on the recent rains in wine country and how they have effected harvest: Although this week’s rain was not welcome in the Napa Valley vineyards, most of the white grapes, which are the most susceptible to rain, have been picked. To Stuart Smith of Spring Mountain’s Smith-Madrone, though, the […]

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Study: Climate change to impact where wine grapes can grow

| October 7, 2011

USA Today has an article on climate change and viticulture: To the litany of changes being wrought by global warming, we may be able to add one more: where wine grapes can and can’t be grown. Within 30 years, the areas where California can grow fine-wine grapes could shrink because of climate change, while little-known […]

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Sauternes surprised by ‘earliest ever’ harvest

Sauternes surprised by ‘earliest ever’ harvest

| October 7, 2011

Decanter has a news item on the 2010 Sauternes harvest: Vintners in the celebrated sweet wine growing regions of Sauternes and Barsac are amazed at how early the 2011 harvest has been. Climens: ‘earlier than 2003′ ‘It is the earliest I have ever seen, with a very sudden spread of botrytis,’ consultant Denis Dubourdieu of […]

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Constellation shares jump as profits rise

Constellation shares jump as profits rise

| October 7, 2011

Decanter reports about increased profits at Constellation Brands: The world’s second-largest wine company reported earnings of US$162.7m, up from US$91.3m in the second quarter of 2010. The reasons given were the low tax rate and continuing strength in demand for the company’s high-end wines. Shares rose US$1.68, or 8.97%, to close at US$20.40 on Thursday, […]

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