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Wine industry meeting organizers: please steal this idea!

On Friday, I spent six+ hours actually enjoying a wine industry meeting — the Nomacorc|Vinventions meeting at the Carneros Inn– that was as remarkable for what it didn’t have as for what it did.   Sadly, most wine industry meetings have developed the same charm and necessity as a colonoscopy: necessary, but to be avoided as […]

National Geographic Confused Over Trump Rollback of Clean Water Rule.

With its publication of “The Potential Big Impact of Trump’s Clean Water Rollback,” National Geographic has joined a prominent list of publications that have confused the Clean Water Rule (which Trump is rolling back) from the Clean Water Act and its enforcement.   The Rule had already been suspended in 2015 by several federal courts — […]

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Liberation Distribution (LibDib) Launches the First Web-Based Three-Tier Alcohol Distribution Platform

NEWS RELEASE March 22, 2017   New distributor uses technology to open alcohol distribution to any winery, brewery or distillery, while giving restaurants, bars and retailers access to a larger variety of boutique craft libations.   San Jose, CA, — Alcohol distribution has not changed since the inception of the three-tier system at the repeal […]

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Wine Grape Industry Pioneer, Rich Smith, to be Honored as 2017 Distinguished California Agriculturalist

NEWS RELEASE Woodbridge, CA:  The late Richard R. Smith will be honored at the Outlook 2017 Agribusiness Conference in Fresno on March 30th as the Distinguished California Agriculturalist of the year. The award, annually recognizing an individual who has, through accomplishment, contributed in a significant and highly visible way to the betterment of California agriculture, […]

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No Surprises in Final 2016 California Crush Report: Just over 4 million Tons of Wine Grapes

California Grape Crush Final Report 2016 (Full Document: PDF) NEWS RELEASE   United States Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service Pacific Region Grape Crush   SACRAMENTO – The 2016 crush totaled 4,227,110 tons, up 9.3 percent from the 2015 crush of 3,868,459 tons. Wine grapes accounted for 4,031, 147 tons of that. The total […]

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San Joaquin Valley Wine Pioneer Angelo Papagni, 95, Passes Away

NEWS RELEASE March 3, 2017 1st Recipient of San Joaquin Valley Winegrowers’ Lifetime Achievement Award, Angelo Papagni, passes at 95 Angelo Papagni, innovative and dynamic pioneering California farmer and winemaker, passed away on Monday, a few weeks before his 96th birthday, in Fresno.  Noted for a lifetime passion for all things related to the vine, Mr. […]

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Macedonian Thrace Brewery files €100 million-plus lawsuit against Heineken and Greek operating company Athenian Brewery

Amsterdam, Friday 24th February 2017: Macedonian Thrace Brewery (MTB), a leading independent brewery in Greece, has filed a major legal action against Europe’s largest brewer, Heineken NV, and its 98.8%-owned Greek operating company, Athenian Brewery (AB), for nearly two decades of anti-competitive market abuse.   This follows a 12-year-long investigation by the Hellenic Competition Commission […]

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Wilson Artisan Wineries Acquires Anderson Valley’s Greenwood Ridge Vineyards

March 31, 2016 – Geyserville, CA–Wilson Artisan Wineries announced it has purchased Greenwood Ridge Winery in Anderson Valley’s Philo in Mendocino County. Wilson Artisan Wineries will take possession of the Greenwood Ridge tasting room, brand and inventory.   Specializing in late harvest Riesling, Greenwood Ridge was established in 1980 by Allan Green, and with an […]

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Jeffry Hill Court & Professional Updates

An exclusion order is being prepared by the U.S. Attorney’s office in connection with the trial of Jeffry Hill, according to federal court records. He did not appear at the court hearing which, according to the court docket, lasted 2 minutes. No details have been released regarding the subject of the exclusion order.   Hill […]

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Bill Collins, former Secretary-Treasurer of the Napa Valley Vintners and one of the founders of the Napa Valley Wine Auction, dies

Obituary and photo provided by the family. William David Collins, Jr., born April 6, 1927 in Amarillo Texas, the eldest of seven children of William D. Collins and Florence Kelly Collins, passed away on February 1, 2017 at home in St. Helena, CA.   He is survived by his wife Kathy, children Dave (Chris), Kitty, […]

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