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Put a Cork in It or Screw It: The Practicality of Wine Closures

Natural corks, often used as wine enclosures, have been used for centuries by winemakers and have been shown to contribute to the sustainability for habitats of certain endangered species. The Cork Quality Council reported that conservation and development of cork forests can inhibit desertification of cork forests through North Africa and the Mediterranean region. Cork […]

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When May A Brewer Market Its Beer As “Craft Beer”?

When May A Brewer Market Its Beer As “Craft Beer”? The Brewer’s Association defines a “craft brewer” as being “small, independent, and traditional.” “Small” meaning with “annual production of 6 million barrels of beer or less.” “Independent” meaning “less than 25% of the craft brewery is owned or controlled by an alcoholic beverage industry member […]

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Napa County, California: Land Use Regulations And The Debate Over Tourism Versus Agriculture

In an effort to alleviate concerns regarding the rate of Napa Valley’s expansion, officials in the region are considering whether to increase the minimum parcel size required for establishing new wineries. In a hearing held on April 27, 2015, Napa County’s Agricultural Protection Advisory Committee aimed to “address the balance between winery tourism and agriculture,” […]