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News Briefs for July 21, 2014

July 21, 2014

•Some 200 grapegrowers in California’s Lodi region are trying to figure out what is damaging their grapevines, and local authorities are investigating whether a company that sprayed herbicides to clear vegetation from an island in the nearby Sacramento River Delta is to blame. While so far there has only been evidence of damage to leaves and shoots, the farmers worry that lab tests may find chemical traces in fruit, rendering their grapes unfit for sale. Wine Spectator has the full story.

•Trinidad’s House of Angostura is commemorating its 190th anniversary with the launch of a new signature amaro in the U.S. Unveiled at last week’s Tales of the Cocktail event in New Orleans, Amaro di Angostura marks Angostura’s first foray into the amaro category. The 35%-abv liqueur is made with a base of Angostura’s flagship aromatic bitters, as well as additional spices and neutral alcohol. Imported in the U.S. by International Beverage Co., Amaro di Angostura will be available nationwide this fall, priced at $24.99 a 750-ml.

•Malibu Coast has officially been awarded American Viticultural Area status. The region, which is approximately 46 miles long and 8 miles wide, is comprised mainly of the Santa Monica mountains and has 198 acres of vines in production across 52 winegrape growers. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot and Chardonnay are the main grapes planted in the area. The Malibu Coast AVA is also home to two previously established appellations, Saddle-Rock Malibu and Malibu-Newton Canyon.

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