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Supreme Court Comes Down in Favor of Interstate Commerce Over State Regulation

July 1, 2019

Wine pundits are cheering a U.S. Supreme Court opinion handed down last week, with some going so far as to predict the death of the three-tier system because of it. While the case had nothing to do with distribution, many believe the Court has paved the way for other challenges where interstate commerce is at issue, including prohibitions on direct shipping. Photo: Sang Hyun Cho

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Successful Reboot at UNR Valley Road Vineyard; Committed Volunteers Needed

June 28, 2019

Two vineyards owned by the University of Nevada are responding to care under a recently-hired program director with viticulture expertise. Newly planted vines will soon peek over their sleeves in the north vineyard. The older south vineyard is expected to produce a useful harvest.

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Lincoln County Grower’s First Commercial Harvest Produces Winning Wine

June 18, 2019

An award-winning white blend produced by up-and-coming winemaker Tim Burke came from the first commercial grape harvest in Lincoln County’s Pahranagat Valley. Grower Betsy Whipple is the valley’s pioneering viticulturist.

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Bulk Wine Sales to Estate Distilleries Approved by Nevada Lawmakers

May 31, 2019

A new Nevada law will permit estate distilleries to purchase bulk alcohol products from the state’s wineries or craft brewers, for the purpose of distilling or blending. Winemakers are weighing whether the new law creates a good business opportunity.

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Volunteers Needed to Revive University’s Valley Road Vineyard

April 30, 2019

The Desert Farming Initiative at UNR has put out a call for volunteers to help replant the north vineyard at its Valley Road property in Reno. Volunteers will help replace one acre of nine-year old Chardonnay that struggled and failed with other grape varieties that have done well on the Valley Road property, primarily Merlot and Cabernet Franc.

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Vegas Valley Winery, Twin Mustang Vineyard Grab Top Honors at Expanded Vines & Wines Competition

April 30, 2019

A bid by Nevada Vines & Wines to enhance its annual winemaker competition played out on Thursday, with 132 attendees at a show that featured comedy sketches, mock commercials by winemakers, and dozens of award-winning wines.

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Engine 8 Hits the Fast Track After a Long, Uphill Chug

April 28, 2019

Engine 8 Urban Winery celebrated its long-awaited grand opening on Saturday, packed with well-wishers.

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Grape Quota Case Moves to Eighth Circuit Court: Nationwide Implications for In-State Fruit Mandate

March 17, 2019

An update on the 2017 lawsuit filed against the state of Minnesota by two of its licensed wineries. The lower court ruling was appealed in the Eighth Circuit, and the decision could have implications for other states, including Nevada, which has an in-state fruit quota for commercial wineries.

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Engine 8 Opening Delayed Again. This Time, it’s Discrepancies in the Law

March 13, 2019

With a week to go before opening day, the Engine 8 Urban Winery got a surprise inspection by the Nevada Department of Taxation, which ordered the winery to return a shipment of wine delivered 24 hours earlier, and to relinquish their on-premise license to the City of Sparks.

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Industry Associations Show Up at Unified Symposium

February 6, 2019

More than a half-dozen industry support organizations were present at the 25th Unified Wine & Grape Symposium in Sacramento, billed as the nation’s largest wine industry trade show. The groups vary in structure and focus.

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