Amador Vintners’s Big Crush

October 3, 2017

Winemaking in Amador county dates back to the California Gold Rush, and the local fall harvest festivals date back decades. But the Great Crush as it exists today is celebrating its 25th year. This weekend’s Great Crush will feature 41 wineries and welcome 4,000 guests. Click headline for full story.

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Wineries Challenge Minnesota Grape Quota in Federal Court

September 5, 2017

Two Minnesota wineries are suing their state’s public safety department in Federal Court over a law requiring them to source 51 percent of their grapes from inside the state. A ruling in favor of the plaintiffs could set the stage for challenges to home-grown fruit quotas in others states, their attorney told Grape Basin News. Click headline for full story.

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“Wineries of the Sierra Foothills” Reveals Risk Tolerance and Grit as Key Ingredients

July 30, 2017

Longtime wine writer Barbara Keck’s guide to the wineries of the Sierra Foothills shines a light on the business stories behind these winemaking ventures. Keck’s book drives home that risk and hard work are key elements in the vintner’s craft, which is often portrayed as strictly a labor of love.

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State Law Roundup: Sampling Legislation from Across the Nation

March 8, 2017

State house squabbles continue over proposed alcohol laws. Connecticut is getting sued for alleged price-fixing, and minors could be allowed to order beer and wine in Illinois. Click headline for the full story.

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Legislative Round-Up: States Weigh Changes to Alcohol Laws

February 25, 2017

State lawmakers around the nation are considering bills that address everything from higher wine taxes, to serving size for wine-infused ice cream, to liquor licensing at beauty salons.

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“Unprecedented” Alcohol Coalition Pushing Craft Beverage Tax Reform on Capitol Hill

February 5, 2017

President Trump and the Republican Congress have promised tax reform at the same time a beverage industry tax reform is gathering steam on its own. The proposal expands tax credits for all producers of alcohol. The wine sector has additional concerns as Washington changes direction. Click headline to read more.

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Filmmaker Set Out to Capture Passion and Culture of Napa Valley: “Filmmaking and Winemaking are So Similar.”

February 5, 2017

Filmmaker Nicholas Kovacic set out to explore the culture of the nation’s premier winegrowing region. The documentary features visually pleasing aerial vineyard shots, lots of harvest-to-cellar action, and stories from successful vintners. The “you are there” moment comes during a scene at the 2015 Napa Valley Premiere, an annual auction produced by the Napa Valley Vintner’s Association, where the viewer is able to eavesdrop on the tasters in a jam-packed pre-auction tasting. Click headline to read the full story.

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Vino 100 Bottle Painting Party Was Packed

October 22, 2018

November’s bottle painting party at Vino 100 drew the largest number of attendees yet, said Ann Valdes, who specializes in “traveling art parties,” and has been hosted throughout 2018 by the south Reno wine shop. On-site painting parties will resume at Vino 100 after the new year. Meanwhile, here are a few photos. (Note that wine and cocktails are part of the fun, served with a smile by Vino 100 proprietor Karen.) Click headline to see bottle painting photos…