“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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Small Farm Conference to Offer Sessions on Agritourism, Using Weather Data

January 30, 2017

The Nevada Small Farm Conference will feature four intensive workshops and 20 sessions delving into soils, pest control, and other farming issues. Those, and several other sessions are relevant to viticulture, the conference organizer says.

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Beer and Wine, Mighty Fine

January 22, 2017

In December, Matt Robison whipped up a dopplebock, in preparation for an upcoming beer festival. Then he added muscat juice. The five-gallon batch is still fermenting, but he can tell you what he thinks it will taste like. CLICK HEADLINE TO READ MORE.

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Predictive Analytics and the Art of Winemaking

January 22, 2017

A Reno company has brought the Internet of Things to winemaking, with connected bung devices that alert winemakers to quality-killing elements inside the barrel. The founders say the data facilitates decision making. CLICK HEADLINE TO READ MORE.

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Wine Coalition Outlines 2017 Legislative Initiatives

January 16, 2017

Paving the way for legal wineries in 2015 was a victory for Washoe and Clark County wine producers. Now, they’ll ask the 2017 legislature for five additional changes to encourage wine investment in the region.

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Wine Academy to Launch – Invites Name Suggestions

January 16, 2017

Two veteran Nevada wine producers are throwing open their vineyards to teach a year-long class to serious students of grape growing and winemaking. Students who finish the program will earn a certificate endorsed by Nevada Vines and Wines.

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Washoe Wine Pioneers Say Business License Is Only Half the Battle

January 5, 2017

Tasting rooms are legal now in Nevada’s second-largest county, but opening one is a complicated matter. For wine commerce to achieve its regional potential, there’s more lawmaking to be done.

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News Tips Welcome at Grape Basin News

January 5, 2017

Grape Basin News has just launched. Look for comprehensive coverage of Nevada’s wine industry. You can send news tips from the contact page.

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Check out the Grapevine

December 18, 2016

Grape Basin News has a gossip page, of sorts. It’s the good kind — no unconfirmed rumors, just newsy items encountered around town. It’s vetted and verified, and so far, the subjects are the sources of the information. You can submit to the grapevine by using the contact page.      

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Enter the Nevada Vines & Wines Competition: Entry Deadline March 18, 2019

December 22, 2018

Nevada Vines & Wines is proud to announce a new category of competition for the state’s growing ranks of commercial winemakers — and a new and improved awards show. Get your wine to us by March 18, and mark your calendar for the 2019 Nevada Vinny Awards on Thursday April 25 at 7 p.m. We encourage all the state’s winemakers to get in the game! Home and commercial winemakers will be judged separately. Home winemakers will not lose the prominence they’ve enjoyed as the heart and soul of the Nevada winmaking community. Home winemakers will receive feedback from the judges to help improve their approach to winemaking. Nevada commercial wines will be judged by wine professionals from the Nevada beverage and hospitality industries. Wine awards put the spotlight the wines and potentially aid in product placement. See complete rules and entry instructions here: http://www.nvandw.com/2019-winemakers-competition/