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Wine Promotion Rules a Minefield

Wineries are still struggling to work out what's legal and what isn't when it comes to wine promotions. (Wine-Searcher)

Napa’s first zero-emission vineyard faces heavy opposition. Here’s why

Le Colline Vineyard in Angwin, set on narrow Cold Springs Road in Napa’s eastern hills, is the latest front in an increasingly contentious debate over the region’s future in the face of climate change. The wine industry, the driving force of Napa Valley’s economy, wants to continue to grow. But locals fear that further vineyard and winery development is a threat to wildlife, watersheds and surrounding communities. (San Francisco Chronicle)

The strange history of beer — ‘that wicked brew’ — and Washington baseball

In his first month in the White House, Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a bill allowing the sale of beer and wine with up to 3.2 percent alcohol. But on April 6, 1933, Washington Senators owner Clark Griffith told FDR that beer would not be sold in the Senators' ballpark.  That year was also the last time the Senators won the World Series and pretty much marked the end of contending Washington baseball teams in the 20th century.  (Washington Post)