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Inside Wine (Apr 15th, 2019)

1. Long Island’s Bedell Cellars, which was owned by former New Line Cinema executive Michael Lynne, is on the market for $17.9 million. The 35-year-old winery was instrumental in raising the profile of the region and the property, with its historical cottage, 4,000-square-foot event space, and 75 acres of vineyards, was a popular stop for visitors. Lynne passed away last month at the age of 77, which is most likely the catalyst for the sale. — NEW YORK POST

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2. Familia Torres is urging other winemakers to be more aggressive in finding solutions to climate change. Noting that only 20 Spanish wineries have joined the Wineries for Climate Protection group since its inception in 2011, Miguel Torres recently partnered with Jackson Family Wines to form the International Wineries for Climate Action. Torres is particularly focused on finding technology innovations in the cellar, such as turning the CO2 produced during fermentation into natural gas, which can fuel winery operations. — DECANTER

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3. A new study published in the American Journal of Enology and Viticulture found that organic and biodynamic wines were considered to be “more complex, vibrant and textural with greater fruit character,” according to one of the researchers. The quality assessment was a pleasant surprise to professor Cassandra Collins, one of the study’s principles. Findings also revealed organic farming results in higher levels of soil nutrient cycling and an increase in biodiversity. — WINE AUSTRALIA

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4. The number of wineries in Idaho has doubled in the past ten years and winemakers from California are setting down roots. There are now 56 wineries cultivating 1,300 acres of vines and 16 percent of the 20,000 people who move to the state’s winemaking region come from California. Citing names such as Leslie Preston (Stag’s Leap) and Melanie Kraus (Chateau St. Michelle), the region hopes the influx of experienced winemakers will help ramp up quality. — WINE BUSINESS

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5. Wine experts share their tips for traveling with wine, whether it’s packing a couple of vacation finds in a suitcase to flying with six or more bottles. — VINEPAIR

6. Hard seltzers — those low-calorie and low-ABV canned beverages — are seeing rapid growth in the market. Much of their popularity can be attributed to their appeal to health-conscious drinkers. — SEVENFIFTY DAILY

7. Sparkling wine super-company Henkell Freixenet’s sales grew 56.5% from last year, making Freixenet the most widely distributed sparkling wine in the world. Henkell & Co. bought a majority stake in Freixenet last year and the two companies now operate under the singular Henkell Freixenet umbrella. — THE DRINKS BUSINESS

8. Although the Willamette Valley has been inundated with heavy rains in the beginning of April — not to mention a snowstorm in February — King Estate Winery is optimistic this will be a good vintage, as long as bud break doesn't occur too late in the season. — KVAL

9. Following Symington Family Estate’s declaration of a 2017 vintage port, Niepoort also declared the vintage. Winemaker Dirk Niepoort even went as far to say it’s the best wine he’s ever created. — HARPERS

10. From the Podcasts: Sophie and James Gray talk about their partnership, both personal and professional, and how they founded Sophie James Wine Co. At the 11:30 mark, hear how their upcoming nuptials became the impetus for getting their operation up and running. — CRU PODCAST

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Inside Wine is written and curated by Shana Clarke. Shana is a freelance journalist and regularly contributes to a variety of consumer and trade publications, including Wine Enthusiast, Playboy, HuffPost, USA Today’s Eat Sip Trip, and SevenFifty Daily, among others. Follow her on Instagram at @ShanaSpeaksWine and see more of her work on www.shanaspeakswine.com.

Editing team: Kim Lyons (Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside); Susmita Baral (senior editor at Inside, who runs the biggest mac and cheese account on Instagram); and David Stegon (senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology).

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