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  Daily News for Wednesday, September 29th
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09/29/10
Wineries: Bottle Renewal Starts in October

What's now regarded as an innovative, environmentally friendly business but was once the norm is scheduled to begin operation mid-October. It's Wine Bottle Renew, which will clean wine bottles for commercial re-use.

09/29/10
Wine Institute Makes a Strong Case to Reject HR 5034
"H.R. 5034 is a drastic solution to a problem that does not exist," said Genesen in concluding her testimony. "This committee should decisively reject it."
09/29/10
Wine Institute Makes a Strong Case to Reject H.R. 5034
"... it is becoming well understood on Capitol Hill that this legislation serves to protect the economic interests of the wholesalers."
09/29/10
Why Is Congress So Afraid of Mail Order Wine?
Accordingly, wholesalers have been spending millions in PAC donations to members of Congress, pushing them to pass H.R. 5034.
09/29/10
Thompson Testifies on Threat to Wine Industry
Why would Congress want to turn back these decisions and deprive family businesses of their constitutional right?
09/29/10
HR 5034 Hearing: Underage Access Cries Fall Short on Deaf Ears
In the post-hearing teleconference, Genesen said that, during the hearing, there was a lot of crying about "underage access" from the opposing side, but the cries were falling on deaf ears.
09/29/10
JOINT BEER, WINE AND SPIRITS PRODUCER AND IMPORTER STATEMENT ON H.R. 5034
Beer, Wine, Spirits Producer and Importer Associations Oppose Bill Allowing States to Discriminate Against Consumers
09/29/10
Hearing on H.R.5034 - contact your representatives
within the wine industry, only alcohol wholesalers, who wrote the Bill, support it.
09/29/10
HR 5034 witness list released for today's hearing
Hearings at 11:00 in DC. - check back for testimony, etc
09/29/10
Wine Retailers Oppose Radical Wine Bill Set For Congressional Hearing
Wine Retailers Excluded From Testifying on Bill Damaging To Retailer Rights and Consumer Access to Wine
09/29/10
Air Resources Board Turns its Spotlight on Ag Equipment
Get ready--the state of California is in the process of developing and implementing new regulations to control air pollution. The new regulations will affect many, especially the owners of engine-powered equipment currently used in vineyard and winery operations.
09/29/10
Grape growers are making up for lost time
Sonoma County harvest begins in earnest after high temps ripen fruit
09/29/10
Harvest Tweet of the Day 9/28/10
WineBusiness.com is now featuring harvest updates from across North America. Today's Harvest Tweet of the Day comes from Sonoma County.
09/29/10
Graeser Winery Foreclosed
Richard L. Graeser Winery just outside Calistoga on the "back" side of Diamond Mountain has closed. Former owner Richard Graeser says that he couldn't make the mortgage payments with the downturn in the economy. He says the mortgage holder is attempting to sell the property.
09/29/10
October is Texas Wine Month
The Texas Department of Agriculture has declared the entire month of October as "Texas Wine Month." It is time to celebrate this year's bountiful harvest. The entire month of October will be loaded with events celebrating Texas wines.
09/29/10
Texas Hill Country named fastest-growing wine destination
The Texas Hill Country was ranked the top "hidden-gem" among U.S. wine regions, according to travel planning site Away.com, which provides information on more than 35,000 global destinations.
09/29/10
Grapevine Moth Spotted in Santa Clara
Pest puts 93 square miles under quarantine as California harvest begins
09/29/10
Sales of Virginia wine in fiscal year 2010 increased nearly 13 percent from 2009
Total sales of Virginia wine amounted to $1,604,387
09/29/10
Save the Date: Napa Valley Viticultural Fair -- November 4
This year's focus is products and services geared towards increasing efficiency and improving your bottom line.
09/29/10
Local Virginia Wineries Say Business is Good
Stephan Heyns, the winemaker at Crosskeys Winery in Mount Crawford, says wineries in the Valley are thriving.
09/29/10
Saddleback Cellars Appoints Frank Mirenda as National Sales & Marketing Manager
In this new role, Mirenda will manage national distribution, open new channels and further direct the Winery's direct to consumer sales program.
09/29/10
Vin Divino Hires Matt Szura as Area Manager
In this capacity, he will be responsible for market development in California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada and Arizona.
09/29/10
Vintner Agustin Huneeus Honored by Chilean President Sebastian Pinera
Vintner Agustin Huneeus, owner of the Quintessa estate in Napa Valley and a San Francisco resident, received highest civilian honors from Chilean President Sebastian Pinera in a ceremony in Los Angeles on Friday.
09/29/10
The Napa Valley Destination Council names Allison Lane Simpson as Vice President, Communications
The Napa Valley Destination Council (NVDC) has announced the appointment of Allison Lane Simpson to the position of Vice President, Communications, leading the public relations and social media activity for the organization.
09/29/10
Araujo Estate Wines Appoints Nigel Kinsman as Winemaker
Araujo Estate Wines, producer of estate wines from the iconic Eisele Vineyard in Napa Valley, is pleased to announce it has appointed Nigel Kinsman, formerly of Krupp Brothers, as Winemaker.
09/29/10
Napa 2010: long cool summer promises 'European' vintage
Napa vintners are gearing up for one of the coolest harvests on record - and many are saying wines will be more balanced, elegant and lower in alcohol as a result.
09/29/10
Pesticide case rocks status quo in French vineyards
A woman who claims vineyard pesticides ruined her health and prevented her from working again has taken her employer and the French health system to Court.
09/29/10
Vineyard Express: Exploring the Hill Country wino rootstock
It's harvest time in the Hill Country, and I'm ready for a winery tour. Among my faves are the Sister Creek Vineyards north of Boerne and Becker Vineyards outside Stonewall, two pioneers in the region.
09/29/10
Prosecco gains popularity amongst UK wine drinkers
Prosecco is rapidly becoming a favourite tipple among UK wine drinkers, according to the latest consumer research from Wine Intelligence
09/29/10
Branding varietal grapes key to wine marketing
Commodity wine makers strive to provide wholesalers a palette for all palates, so their factories crank out bottles of all or almost all of the big varietals, even ones they don't make so wel
09/29/10
Four new books focus on Northwest wine
combine great information and beautiful photography to spotlight the Pacific Northwest's wine industry
09/29/10
Diageo sets Asia for spirited fightback
Diageo is turing to China, Vietnam and Indonesia to drive growth in the Asia-Pacific region after falling sales in spirits in Australia
09/29/10
Safer Campuses Equals No PLCB Wine Vending Machines
The union claims the PLCB and industry are one
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