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  Daily News for Monday, September 24th
Wineries' Direct Shipments Reach $1.4 Billion

Small wineries had 74% market share but larger wineries grew more rapidly

Napa Vintners Launch Harvest Live TODAY
beginning today, Monday, September 24 and throughout the week
Tributes paid to 'charming' wine industry leader, Patrick Sandeman, after tragic skydiving accident
Witnesses told how Patrick Sandeman collided with a fellow skydiver in mid-air
Jerry Brown signs bills on party buses, alcohol promotions
Another measure (AB 2184) will allow celebrities to hold promotional events at liquor stores. Until now, strict rules have prevented a celebrity endorser or high-profile winemaker from showing up at a liquor store to sign bottles.
2012 brings a healthy crop of options
Is it possible that in 2012 everyone can breathe again? Sure seems that way
New Book: The NapaLife Insider's Guide to Napa Valley: A Travel Guide for the Connected Age
By Paul Franson, editor and publisher of NapaLife, the Insider's Guide to Napa Valley
Wine's nice, liquor's slicker
Sonoma made its name on wine and the miles of rolling vineyards that surround the town are an omnipresent reminder of the Valley's biggest industry
Count George: Who do you need him to be now?
If you'd let him, Count Haraszthy would trumpet his accomplishments all afternoon, but he surrenders the stage so that George Webber, the middle-aged man currently inhabiting his skin, can list his.
The French Connection: He reinvented Raymond, rebuilt Buena Vista, and now Jean-Charles Boisset is going to reacquaint us with our own history.
He is entrepreneurial and innovative, impulsive but calculating, a little brash but very businesslike, fully capable of saying outrageous things that sound innocent, nevertheless, because they escape his mouth wrapped in an insouciant smile.
A toast to wine legend Joseph Berkmann
By Jancis Robinson, 'A lover of the good life, a great raconteur, a voracious general reader and remarkably modest'
A Pinot a Day: Is a Little Wine Really Good for You?
By Lettie Teague, My favorite by far was a study published this summer in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs that found "moderate" wine consumption correlated with higher levels of contentment.
English wine sales soar: Mintel
Soaring sales of English wine, the growing popularity of low-alcohol wine and an acceptance of boxed wine are the three key conclusions of new research on the UK wine market from Mintel.
Patrick Sandeman: leading UK wine merchant dies in skydiving collision
One of Britain's leading wine merchants, Patrick Sandeman, plunged to his death in a horrific parachuting accident after colliding with a fellow skydiver in mid-air, it emerged tonight
Some winners, some losers in liquor sales privatization
Customers at the West Richland Liquor Store don't have any uncertainty about what their bottle of liquor is going to cost at the register
Southern Shore yields fine wines
Cape May County wineries make splash.
NY Wineries laud quality of this year's grape crop
Weather limits harvest, but result will be sweet
Summit Lake Winery to close after foreclosure
"R.I.P., February 1, 2002-September 20, 2012."
Australia: No decision yet on fatal winery blast prosecution
WorkCover says it is determining if it is in the public interest to initiate prosecution proceedings in response to a fatal Hunter Valley winery blast
'India can become one of world's leading wine producers'
If a lot can happen over coffee, a lot more can happen over a chat as Swedish sommelier Cecilia Oldne discovered
The wine in Spain is hard to explain
If you thought red rioja was all the same, think again. In Spain, 'reserva' and 'gran reserva' point the way to distinctly delicious wines - just follow the signs
Morocco wine, forbidden fruit
After three sober months in Morocco, my liver was healthy - but my teeth were in trouble
Monterey wineries: taste of something new
It's been a busy year throughout Monterey's wine country. New tasting rooms have opened and several others have changed locations.
Gunier retires as president of Lake County Winegrape Commission
Shannon Gunier, president of the Lake County Winegrape Commission, is retiring after 20 years with the trade group to pursue other interests
PR: California Vintage Wine Bars Gain Traction Serving California Wines in Hong Kong
Wines from boutique California vintners are attracting a growing number of enthusiasts half a world away in cosmopolitan Hong Kong
Eric Asimov: A Gentle, Complex Style in a World of Bold Fruit
... a few years ago, some Spanish wine experts were suggesting that the gran reserva style of Rioja would fade to extinction
The Five Most Ass-Kicking Wine Regions: 2012 Edition by Joe Roberts
Traveling the world on other people's dimes visiting beautiful vineyards and tasting wine doesn't sound like a bad life. And it isn't, once you subtract near-endless hours of butt-numbing, cattle-class plane travel and Great Lakes quantities of bad wines that have to be imbibed before getting to the good stuff
Rompin' good time at Willamette Valley Vineyards' Grape Stomp
More than 160 teams vie for prize trip to world championships
French vintners want US chateaux kept out of EU
Drinking a Bordeaux wine from a "chateau" is as French as swigging Kentucky bourbon is American
How Gallo Brings Analytics Into The Winemaking Craft
E. & J. Gallo, the No. 5 company in the InformationWeek 500, brings silos of data together for analysis and adds insights from social networks.
Glazer's Takes First Step Toward Global Growth With Joint Venture Deal In USVI
Texas-based distributor Glazer's Inc. has formed a joint venture with USVI-based Premier Wines and Spirits to distribute beer, wine and spirits in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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