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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Vineyard Advice After a Wicked Winter: Don’t Prune, Do Weed

February 16, 2017

Too soon to prune. That’s the advice from Danny Hopper on the first sunny day in February of 2017. The number-one vineyard chore is to start watching for weeds. Click headline to read more.

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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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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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