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  Daily News for Wednesday, September 26th
Farm Bill Stall Imperils Wine Research
Will lame-duck Congress limp to plate in time to rescue budgets?
Winemakers look for high-end turnaround
Optimism and economic uncertainty peppered conversations Thursday at the annual Wine Industry Financial Symposium in Napa, where the theme was "Thinking Positive - A Bright New Day for the Wine Industry."
PR: California wine industry on upswing despite grape and labor shortages, survey finds
"Industry leaders agree that while the somewhat giddy wine-buying days of 2006 and 2007 are not likely to return in the near future, there remains a strong and growing consumer base for California wines," said Robert Smiley, an emeritus professor and former dean of the UC Davis Graduate School of Management.
Pancho speaks out on Campogate and his plans for the future
The Drinks Business spoke to Pancho Campo in his first interview with the wine press since Wine Future Hong Kong closed its doors and the Jay Miller scandal erupted
Matt Lane appointed Vice President, Peter Lehmann Wines Americas for Peter Lehmann
Lane, most recently with Treasury Wine Estates as the America's Sales Director for the luxury Heirloom Wine Group, will be based in Napa at The Hess Collection Winery
EU delays decision in U.S. "chateau" wine claim
French fears of competition from a flood of U.S. wine bearing the word "chateau" on the label eased on Tuesday, after EU officials delayed a decision on a plan that has left Bordeaux winemakers seeing red
Women winemakers hit stride in California
23 percent of California wineries with women winemakers made it into "Opus Vino" compared to 14 percent of wineries with male winemakers
Closure sought on closures
"Wine Buzz" has previously touched on a wine-enclosures study that could have huge ramifications for the global wine industry
Wall-Ye wine robot takes bow in Burgundy
The Wall-Ye V.I.N. robot, brainchild of Burgundy-based inventor Christophe Millot, is one of the robots being developed around the world aimed at vineyards struggling to find the labour they need
Alcohol and Breast Cancer Link Challenged
Study finds the risk is much greater when mixed with hormone replacement therapy, further complicates debate on alcohol
Upstate N.Y. Sees Fewer Wine Grapes, Higher Quality Wine
Up in wine country around Seneca Lake, the vineyards and farms are right in the middle of harvesting their grapes. The harvest is not only underway; it's ahead of schedule because a dry summer ripened the vines early.
Playboy launches online wine club: Bottles range in price from $13 to $60
Playboy has launched a wine club that includes packages like Gentlemen Prefer Blondes for cases of white wines and Sexy, Spicy, Spanish Reds, targeting a segment of their fan base that with images that hearken back to cigar-toting, wine-sipping gents in smoking jackets, à la Hugh Hefner.
Great European wine grapes, just not many to harvest
Europe is in the midst of another crisis: not debt, but grapes. Yields are sharply lower, down nearly 40 percent in some of parts of Portugal, which means winemakers will have fewer grapes to blend and, in the end, fewer bottles to offer.
Harvest time for New Jersey's wineries
As Fall approaches, winery owners turn to the task of harvesting their grapes, and they wonder, "Will this be a good year?"
Washington Hills' Sales of Pink Label
In honor of October's National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Washington Hills, an award-winning Washington State winery, announces the return of its Pink Label promotion to benefit breast cancer research, education and awareness programs across the country. redOrbit (
BC: Wines being sipped & spit this week in Kelowna
A record number of entries into this year's B.C. Wine Awards means every table and inch of floor space in the 'working' room at Manteo Resort was filled with cases of wine waiting to be poured for judging this week.
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. But now tempers are flaring across the vineyards of France. The United States wants to sell some of its wines in the European Union with-sacrilege-a ''chateau" or "clos" label.
Hello Vino: Find wine the easy way
Pairing food and wine is an art that I wish I were good at on my own. Sure, I can do the basics of making sure to pair my meat with something red, and fruit with whites. But anything more advanced (like exactly WHICH red to pair) is not my specialty.
Saint-Emilion's 2012 wine rankings leave mark on price, brand
After Jean-Luc Thunevin received the letter informing him his Chateau Valandraud had been elevated to Saint-Emilion premier grand cru classe B, he celebrated by opening many bottles of Dom Ruinart champagne
Kansas wineries don't like new grape law
The new law cuts the amount of Kansas products required in Kansas wine to 30 percent from 60 percent. The measure went into effect in May.
High volume, high quality, Dan Berger
Although they differ in the amounts of wine they produce, two of the best larger wine brands in America are Kendall-Jackson and Bonterra. The parallels are interesting, and the wines are pretty much stellar and excellent values.
Ann Colgin, California's Wine Master, Reveals How To Eat, Drink & Throw A Party: My LA
"The art and auction world provided me with good contacts and a great appetite for finding the very best"
21 Brix Winery wins gold at NY Wine, Food Classic
The New York Wine and Grape Foundation recently announced the results from the New York Wine and Food Classic, their annual New York State wine and spirits competition
Virginia: Fauquier wineries say county is stomping on their assets
Several vintners and local farms are challenging a Fauquier County land-use ordinance that they call an assault on economic freedom and a clear violation of state law
Chateau Bellefont-Belcier to be sold to Chinese investor
Chateau Bellefont-Belcier, a Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classe, is the latest property - and the first classified growth - to be sold to a Chinese purchaser.
Wrongful death suit against Busch IV will stay in Cape Girardeau
The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a lower court decision in July that a wrongful death suit against former Anheuser-Busch CEO August Busch IV should remain in Cape Girardeau.
In the Future, Your Champagne Will Come From England
Wine growers in the U.K. are banking on the anticipation that within decades, the wine growing regions of the U.K. -- found largely south of London -- will have the same climate as the Champagne region does today
The best Texas wines - all made from Texas grapes
Although supplies aren't enough to penetrate the national market, many Texas wines have been winning over critics and bringing home bling from competition
Sugary grapes harvested this fall will make smoother, palatable wine at vineyards
Those who enjoy sipping sweet-tasting wine to complement spaghetti dinners will be pleased by the grape harvest's results in the north country this fall
Lawmakers question Maine liquor bidding process
Two Republican lawmakers are expressing concern over the way the LePage administration is proposing to directly negotiate a contract for more than $100 million a year in liquor sales in Maine
Senate reauthorizes pesticide registration law
The latest bill offers new decision-making time frames for labels, new chemical categories and a new electronic tracking program. It also enhances species impacts data collection to help the agency better comply with the Endangered Species Act.
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