Historic Wine Reform Effort Closer to Success

#winebiz: There is a good chance that the Pennsylvania House of Representatives will vote today on a proposal to privatize that state’s alcohol sales and distribution system. If the measure passes the house, it will move to the Senate. If the proposal successfully passes through the PA Senate, it will…

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Vintage Oregon – Exploring Oregon’s Wine Regions

Vintage Oregon will be taking place at the Leftbank Annex, a unique event space situated in the heart of Portland, Oregon. Located on all the major transportation lines and right next to the Rose Quarter, the multi-level floor plan allowed our creative team a chance to envision an interactive floor…

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Three examples of humble gratefulness in California wine

Hubris is the ancient Greek concept whose meaning can be roughly equated with the old saying, Pride goeth before a fall. Hubris is always a danger for high achievers in any field, including business, politics, sports and, yes, wine. The opposite of hubris is what may be called humble gratefulness.…

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Report: Kaiser wrongly denied mental health care

#winebiz: State investigators say Kaiser Foundation Health Plans improperly denied some patients timely access to mental health care, which may have worsened their conditions. Local News from The Press Democrat

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YouTube now serving videos to 1 billion people

#winebiz: YouTube says more than 1 billion people are now visiting its online video site each month to watch everything from zany clips of cute kittens to sobering scenes of social unrest around the world. Local News from The Press Democrat

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The Wine Lover’s Hierarchy of Needs

#winebiz: Having lived among the Wine Lover now for 25 years and having observed them in their various form, it has become clear to me that this creature is motivated by a very specific hierarchy of needs; a categorical set of needs, if you will, ranging from the Wine Lover’s…

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How do you know if you’re being authentic?

“Did you stop beating your wife?” is the classic Catch-22 question. If you say “Yes” you admit to having beaten your wife. If you say “No,” you admit you’re still beating her. Either way, you lose. It must feel the same way when a winery owner is told that he’s…

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Live Music Saturdays

Our final Live Music Saturday for the summer features one of the most popular local bands The Mighty Croon Dogs. Come enjoy the music and sunshine while tasting our great Broken Earth wines which will be available for purchase by the bottle or by the glass. Fed By: Paso Robles…

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Judge Approves Sale of Rights to Hostess Brands, Including Twinkies

A bankruptcy judge has approved the sales of several major Hostess Brands product lines, including Twinkies, fetching about $800 million for the bankrupt baker.Source:http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2013/03/19/judge-approves-sale-of-rights-to-hostess-brands-including-twinkies/DealBook» Food & Beverage

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Meet the new meme: terroir as marketing

What I wrote yesterday isn’t to say that all Bordeaux tastes alike. Lewin doesn’t go there and, in fact, goes out of his way to point out distinctions between chateaux (e.g. Haut Brion and La Mission Haut Brion) that must be due to something–although he cautions the reader that “the…

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