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The boycott of B.C. wines threaten the lives of families that have worked to build the province's wine industry, said Trade Minister Bruce Ralston. Photo: Jeff McIntosh

The B.C. government notified Alberta that it is requesting consultations under the Canadian free trade agreement’s dispute settlement process. The challenge comes after Alberta announced a boycott of B.C. wines in retaliation for regulations that could block a west coast oil pipeline.

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“We have become aware of a number of copycat operators that are taking illegal and unfair advantage of the success of iconic brands such as Penfolds,” said TWE chief executive officer, Michael Clarke.

Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) has filed legal action against “copycat” producer Rush Rich in Australia over trademark infringements that it claims “exploit TWE’s iconic Penfolds brand”, as well as its Chinese transliteration of Ben Fu.

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Sommeliers Paz Levinson and Andrés Rosberg along with MWs Tim Atkin and Madeleine Stenwreth help select the wines.

Argentina is hosting 40 Masters of Wine this week to create “new ambassadors” for the country, according to Trapiche’s Duncan Keen, who has masterminded the trip.

During an opening address on Saturday evening at Trapiche’s winery outside the city of Mendoza, Keen outlined his motivation for inviting more than 40 MWs to visit Argentina.

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Vinexpo New York will be held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on 5-6 March.

Vinexpo has announced its schedule of conferences set to take place at its exhibition in New York, which includes sessions led by the IWSR’s US president Brandy Rand, and Wine Spectator executive editor Tom Matthews.

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Vines growing against black lava on the isle of Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain.

The center of our planet a distance which, as the crow flies, is about the same as taking a flight from Pittsburgh to Paris in France is about 11,000 degrees Fahrenheit (6,100 degrees Celsius), or about as hot as the surface of the sun.

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Many great wines come from the Soave region of Italy, including San Vincenzo.

Ask three wise sommeliers to name a few wine regions noteworthy for consistent value and you'll get no shortage of intriguing answers. Surprisingly, you also may get very little overlap. That's how big the wine world has become. I conducted the exercise recently and was directed all over the map (or, rather, almost all over; predictably, there were zero votes for California, Burgundy and the Médoc).

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 For a shopper hoping to buy a bottle of wine from their local grocery store while they pick up dinner on the way home from work, their options are limited to what is known as “light wine”.

As our economy evolves in the 21st century, consumers are placing greater demands on retailers to offer more choices, greater convenience and lower prices. Too often, though, businesses trying to meet these demands run into antiquated local policies that restrict their ability to compete and offer what consumers say they want.

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Premium wine sales (above $10 per bottle) will grow in the range of 4 to 8%, down from the estimate of 10 to 14% in 2017.

While the US has experienced a boom in wine sales over the past two decades, that growth is now levelling off, according to the Silicon Valley Bank’s (SVB) 2018 State of the Wine Industry Report, with retiring baby boomers and “frugal” millennials driving a “rotation” of consumer preferences.

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Sill Family's 2015 Atlas Peak Estate très Cabernet Sauvignon received the coveted DOUBLE gold medal award, and USA Wine of the Year at the 2018 CWSA Hong Kong International Wine Competition.

HONG KONG, Feb. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/

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Vinotemp’s Private Reserve Residential Wine Coolers are the first to feature patent pending features including unique wine racking and innovative Backlit® interior lighting.

Irvine, California, Jan. 03, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE)

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The total harvest in 2017 was 3.5 million hectolitres, down 40 percent on 2016. Photo: AFP

Wine production in the French region of Bordeaux shrank by 40 percent in 2017, the Bordeaux wine council said Wednesday, with severe frost sapping yields in a year that nonetheless produced a good vintage.

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A spotted lanternfly, found on a trap. The insects have now been seen in at least five East Coast states, threatening the region's fruit and hardwood industry. (Pa. Dept. of Agriculture)

The spotted lanternfly was first seen in Pennsylvania in September 2014, according to the state Department of Agriculture. That took place in Berks County, where the most serious concentration of the pests now exist, prompting a quarantine.

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