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Viticulturists and scientists battle latest vineyard virus: red blotch

Image 1of/2<p>Caption<p>Close<p>When he was hired by Halter Ranch in 2012, Lucas Pope knew there was a lot to tackle. With 283 acres of wine grapes on a more …

Wine & Spirits

California farmer tries new strategy in fight with federal government over $2.8 million plowing fine

Northern California farmer John Duarte, facing millions of dollars in fines for plowing a Sacramento Valley wheat field, previously sought help from …

Scientists dim sunlight, suck up carbon dioxide to cool planet

"If you want to be confident to get to 1.5 degrees you need to have solar geo-engineering," says one scientist<p>* World on track to overshoot Paris …

Cask strength — Berry Bros. & Rudd Wine Blog

Planks of American oak being seasoned at Bodegas Vega Sicilia, Ribera del Duero. In time, these will be made into barrels that will hold a vintage of …

Wine & Spirits

Wine Industry Leaders Take on Climate Change at Vinexpo

<i>Wine Spectator</i> kicked off Vinexpo, the international wine-trade fair held biennially in Bordeaux, on Sunday by gathering experts and industry …

Agriculture

United Arab Emirates to tow iceberg from Antarctica to relieve drought: report | NOLA.com

In the midst of a scorching drought that climatologists say may last another 25 years, the United Arab Emirates is planning to tow an iceberg from …

United Arab Emirates

Entire Burgundy wine region to be covered by hi-tech 'hail shield' to kill storm clouds

The vineyards of Burgundy are about to become the first in France to be totally covered by a "hailstone shield" to kill destructive storms that have blighted the famed wine growing region in recent years.<p>By June, the entire area will be protected by a network of 125 ground generators that cause …

Steven Spurrier declared ‘the great man of wine’

Wine critic and producer Steven Spurrier was declared ‘the great man of wine’ at Le Gavroche last week, where his vinous achievements were celebrated …

The Taste Of Wine Isn't All In Your Head, But Your Brain Sure Helps

What do listening to music, hitting a baseball and solving a complex math problem have in common? They all activate <i>less</i> gray matter than drinking wine.<p>According to Yale neuroscientist Gordon Shepherd, the flavor of wine "engages more of our brain than any other human behavior." The apparently …

Wine

South Australia to get $1bn solar farm and world's biggest battery

System will include 3.4m solar panels and 1.1m batteries, with operations set to begin by end of 2017<p>A huge $1bn solar farm and battery project will be built and ready to operate in South Australia’s Riverland region by the end of the year.<p>The battery storage developer Lyon Group says the system …

Australia

California’s Drought May Be Over, But Its Water Troubles Aren’t

In the years before California’s civil engineers got around to confining the Sacramento River, it often spilled over its banks, inundating huge swaths of the Central Valley. Sometimes the floodwater would stand for a hundred days at a time. The botanist William Henry Brewer, writing in 1862, after …

Water

Advances in Cork Quality: An IQ Session

<b>The Innovation & Quality Conference</b> <i>Cyril Penn opening IQ</i>The annual IQ (Innovation & Quality) Conference happened in St Helena last week bringing …

In California, a Move to Ease the Pressures on Aging Dams

WALNUT GROVE, Calif. — Until a few weeks ago, the McCormack-Williamson Tract in the California Delta was an island of low-lying farmland, more than two square miles protected from the surrounding rivers and sloughs by earthen levees.<p>Today the tract is an immense lake, up to 15 feet deep, with fish …

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Wine & Spirits

Fresno State Professor Emeritus of Enology Kenneth Fugelsang Dies

Ken Fugelsang, Professor Emeritus of Enology at California State University, Fresno, passed away on February 20.<p>Ken Fugelsang joined Fresno State in …

Skelton: Does California really need more dams?

Does California really need more dams?<p>GEORGE SKELTON IS A COLUMNIST FOR THE LOS ANGELES TIMES. | February 22, 2017<p>You hear this every time there’s a …

Disturbing deficiencies seen in California’s dam safety efforts

Image 1of/9<p>Caption<p>Close<p>The dam burst on a warm afternoon, unleashing nearly 300 million gallons of muddy water on a Los Angeles neighborhood. Five …

Oroville Dam

Three Consecutive Years of High Honors for Pisoni in The Wine Advocate

Three Consecutive Years of High Honors for Pisoni in The Wine Advocate Jeb Dunnuck, who reviews wines around the world for Robert Parker’s <i>Wine</i> …

Advocacy

A tequila for billionaires

<b>The bottle:</b> Gran Patrón Burdeos, $525<p><b>The back story:</b> Just in time for National Margarita Day on Feb. 22 (in case you haven’t marked it on your …

Tequila

Lake Oroville timeline: $100 million in damage, evacuees returning but more rain on the way - Los Angeles Times

Authorities lifted mandatory evacuation orders Tuesday for communities below the Oroville Dam. At a news conference Tuesday afternoon, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea announced the order had been changed to an evacuation warning after he said the risk of flooding had been reduced.<p>"We have concluded …

Wine by design: Beautiful cellars around the world - CNN Style

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State should let emergency drought regulations expire

At a recent workshop to discuss whether the state’s emergency drought regulations should be extended beyond February, two government agencies …

Chicken farmers say processors treat them like servants

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Former chicken farmers in five states have filed a federal lawsuit accusing a handful of giant poultry processing companies that dominate the industry of treating farmers who raise the chickens like indentured servants and colluding to fix prices paid to them.<p>The farmers …

Agriculture

Red blotch disease alters grape berry development and metabolism by interfering with the transcriptional and hormonal regulation of ripening | Journal of Experimental Botany

<i>Grapevine red blotch-associated virus</i> (GRBaV) is a major threat to the wine industry in the USA. GRBaV infections (aka red blotch disease) compromise …

Northern California

California considers ending emergency drought rules

Defining drought in California can be a tricky business, especially when five years of severely dry conditions are abruptly followed by torrents of …

A Wet Year Won't Beat California's Never-Ending Drought

Storm after storm has pummeled California over the past few weeks as a series of so-called atmospheric rivers has come ashore. Given the massive …

5 trips every wine lover should take

And while more and more wine destinations seem to sprout up every year, some places will always set the standard for wine lovers.<p>Whether you want to taste your way across Burgundy, Piedmont, Sonoma, or the Douro Valley, these 10 essential trips will inspire you to explore the wide world of …

Wine