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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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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,” […]

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New Law Would Allow Distillers To Make Limited Retail Sales To Consumers During Tastings

Assembly Bill 1233, introduced in February 2015, proposes to allow distillers to make limited retail sales to consumers during authorized distilled spirits tastings. If passed, the proposed law, introduced by Assembly Members Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) and Susan Eggman (D-Stockton), would amend California Business & Professions Code § 23363.1 to benefit regional California distilleries, allowing […]

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California Drought Brings Afloat New Legislation

On January 17, 2014, Governor Jerry Brown declared a State of Emergency for California, due to the State experiencing what is “perhaps the worst drought that [it] has ever seen since records (began) about 100 years ago.”[1] As a part of this Proclamation, Brown mandated that water consumption be reduced by 20% by 2020, ordered […]