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Pernod Ricard USA Celebrates Kenwood Wines Acquisition
Bryan Fry, President and CEO, Pernod Ricard USA, said Kenwood's premium Sonoma County wines will greatly benefit the company's Wines and Champagnes division
Pernod Ricard Seeks More Buys in U.S. to Boost Growth
Drinks Group Acquired Kenwood Winery to Bolster Position There
Pernod Ricard USA Expands Relationship with Southern Wine & Spirits to 33 States
Pernod Ricard USA, the premium spirits and wine company in the U.S., today announced that, effective July 1, 2014, it will expand its relationship with Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. (Southern), the nation's largest spirits and wine distributor, to 33 markets, while further strengthening ties between the two companies.
As Wine Fetches Staggering Sums, Fakery Claims Rise
When the Atlanta wine collector Julian LeCraw Jr. spent $91,400 on a single bottle in 2006, he was convinced that the 1787 vintage from the renowned Chateau d'Yquem in France was worth the lofty price, then the highest ever for a white wine. Now, Mr. LeCraw says he has been left with the bitter aftertaste of a fake
Hope Family Wines appoints on-premise national accounts distributor
Hope Family Wines has named The Mark Wine Group as their representative for on-premise national accounts. Kevin Eyster, vice-president of sales for Hope Family Wines, says he's thrilled to forge a new relationship to further bolster representation of their diverse portfolio of brands.
Southern farmers team up to create organic network
A group of small farmers network to provide field-grown organic vegetables to a growing number of Southeastern grocers who want more organic produce.
The Wilson Family with St. Anne's Crossing Winery Teams with SSU's Sonoma State Cellars Wine Program
Sonoma State Cellars, a wine venture started by students of Sonoma State's Wine Business MBA program, has added an additional industry partner with the Wilson Family and St. Anne's Crossing Winery. Community members are invited to buy wine and be a part of this first release of Sonoma State Cellars Dry Creek Valley Sauvignon Blanc.
Early bunch counts point to smaller raisin grape crop
Warmer than normal temperatures have pushed much of California's raisin grape crop off to a fast start.
The New California is an Old Story
The move from power to finesse in Californian wine is the next big thing, but also a very old story, explains Mike Steinberger.
Feds buoy wine research with $2 million in the Okanagan
It takes two hands to count all the research projects the BC Wine and Grape Council will support thanks to an influx of funding from the Canadian government announced on Earth Day. Kelowna-Lake Country MP Ron Cannan visited Grey Monk Estate Winery, Tuesday, for a press conference trumpeting a $2 million dedication from the five-year Growing Forward 2 initiative, fostering innovation in agriculture.
Napa's Oak Knoll District marks 10 years
The Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley will this week celebrate 10 years since it was officially recognised an American Viticultural Area.
Good vine growth starts season for Lodi grape growers
Favorable spring weather, including temperatures pushing into the mid-80s during the day before cooling down to the mid-40s at night, has resulted in good vine growth
Washington Dept. of Ecology releases instream flow river rule draft
The Washington Department of Ecology has released its proposed instream flow rule for the Spokane River. Agricultural impacts are expected to be minimal, says Keith Stoffel, Ecology water program manager in Spokane.
Ag leaders wary of Clean Water Act 'power grab'
Republican opponents have described the proposal as an "EPA power grab" that would dramatically expand the federal government's oversight over water and impose new burdens on property owners. EPA officials, however, insist the changes would in no way broaden the agency's regulatory authority and would retain - and even expand - exemptions for agriculture.
IWSC pairs up with BBC Good Food Show
The International Wine & Spirit Competition will show off its trophy winning wines through a tie in with the BBC Good Food Show in London this November.
IMW set for record breaking Symposium
The Institute of Masters of Wine has reported a "phenomenal" response in the run up to its largest ever symposium, which takes place in Florence next month.
Beer could lower arthritis risk in women
Women who drink two to four beers a week have a lower risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, a new study has claimed.
Naked beer festival planned in PA
A nudist resort in Pennsylvania is preparing to host its annual "Bare Beach Beer Bash" where nudity is not only encouraged, it's required.
South Africa's 2014 wine harvest set for 'mild decline'
South Africa's harvest is set for a "mild decline" in 2014, as the picking season draws to an end.
UK: Spend on eating out grows
Consumer spending on eating out has risen in the last quarter, according to the latest Deloitte Consumer Tracker.
Moderate wine consumption may benefit kidneys
New research links moderate wine consumption with a lower prevalence of chronic kidney disease (CKD); and, for those who already have CKD, the study indicates some wine consumption may be linked to a lower risk of cardiovascular disease.
As Wine Culture Gets Older, the Sommeliers Get Younger
Now the buyers at the tastings tend to be considerably younger, and the Instagram tag #birthyearwine has become more common as sommeliers are serving wines as old (or older) than they are. But what has happened to bring this about? What are the factors that have contributed to lowering the age bar in a field that ostensibly values knowledge and experience with wine?
Chronicle Wine Competition director to head up 2014 Lake County Competition
Bob Fraser, adjunct instructor and recently retired head of the Santa Rosa Junior College Wine Studies Program will preside as director for the 2014 Lake County Wine Awards Competition professional judging. He also is associated with the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition and the Sonoma County Harvest Fair.
How today's rising-star Oregon winemakers are making it in a tough market
Before the Great Recession, the proliferation of local labels, and the Willamette Valley vineyard-land grab, aspiring young winemakers with a bit of experience, a few connections and a decent loan could start up a winery in Oregon and make a go of it. Today, the competition is fierce, the vineyard land isn't available, and small-business loans are much harder to come by.
Convenience stores selling alcohol would lead to more underage drinking: The Beer Store
"The research is very clear: allowing convenience stores to sell beer, wine and hard liquor would lead to harmful consequences in our community," said Jeff Newton, President of Canada's National Brewers.
Opinion: The Drinking Age Is Past Its Prime
Learning how to drink responsibly is a basic lesson in growing up - as it is in wine-drinking France or in Germany, with its family-oriented beer gardens and festivals
Geneva's Ferrante Winery reports losing 100 percent of 2014
The winery reports losing a significant part of the vines to the massive influx in temperatures this winter
Meeting to focus on San Joaquin County winery ordinance
Proposed ordinance defines types, sizes of marketing events
B.C. Industry Prepares for Shake-Up
Small and mid-size wineries want equal representation in British Columbia Wine Institute
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