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  Daily News for Thursday, September 27th
Washington State Liquor Control Board Adopts Illogical and Inequitable Treatment of Distributors
Interpretation conflicts with I-1183 language and plain English
WBM Announces Results of Annual Salary Survey
The Wine Business Monthly 2012 Salary Survey Report has found that wineries are hiring more often and employees are earning higher salaries and bonuses, especially for key employees that wineries do not want to lose.
Jean Taittinger, French political figure and Champagne heir, dies at 89
Jean Taittinger, a longtime French legislator and heir to the Taittinger Champagne legacy, has died. He was 89.
Three Biggest Wineries Take Half the Growth
Financial Symposium attendees hear details of who benefits most from ongoing sales boom
'Headwinds and tailwinds' of wine business seen at symposium
Whether winemakers, sellers and distributors see their industry's glass as half full or half empty, many see only one constant - change.
Report: Amazon ready to jump into online wine business Inc., which seriously considered a move into the online wine business several years ago, is back in the game, according to Sonoma's Wine Industry Insight, an online wine industry news site run by journalist and book author Lewis Perdue.
House bill would change who oversees H-2A farm worker program
The bill also would make a series of reforms to improve the program for producers that rely on it for farm labor
Consumer demand for beverages rises
Renewed and intensified interest in beverages represents a big growth opportunity for restaurants, industry research firms have found, and many chains are eager to cater to this new demand
Dunstan Wines: One of Sonoma's hidden jewels
All of the wines are incredibly well balanced and structured
NW Wine: Malbec is Washington's new big thing
Just a half-decade ago, few could have predicted that Malbec would be the next big thing in Washington.
Bitter weather ruins 2012 Beaujolais output
Bad weather that hit French vineyards last winter has more than halved this year's output of Beaujolais wine and is likely to raise prices of the traditionally cheap wine that kicks off the new vintage season worldwide.
Indian summer leads to '15% wine' says Halfpenny Green Vineyard
A vineyard in Staffordshire has produced a red wine with an alcohol level of 15%, owners say.
NY: 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.
America's best harvest festivals
This year's Sonoma County Harvest Fair in California begins with a grand tasting of 100 of the county's top wineries like Hanna, Balletto and Alexander Valley Vineyards
TX: Wineslinger: Growers, vintners excited with year's grape harvest
"We harvested a lot of grapes in Texas this year and on the high plains we're still at it," said Bobby Cox, Lubbock-area viticultural consultant.
Harvest Fair judges working their way through 951 different wines
The judges faced a tsunami of wine on Wednesday as they began a daunting challenge - to taste a pool of 951 wines in three days for this year's Sonoma County Harvest Fair Wine Competition.
Harvest Report: With red harvest under way, growers monitor sugar levels
The harvesting of red varietals has begun in some appellations. But with persistently mild weather, most growers report that their cabernet sauvignon still needs some hang time.
Established Michigan wineries groom the next generation
As the number of Michigan wineries climbs toward the century mark, the generation of vintners that built the earliest ones is facing another key issue: Succession
China's Fine Wine Counteroffensive
Serious vintners see huge potential. Chinese bought 156 million cases in 2011, making the country the world's fifth-largest wine market
Local grape growers thrilled about this year's harvest
Earlier this summer this vineyard looked green and vibrant up until last week. Then the weekend hit...the temperature dropped to 25 degrees and within 24 hours the vineyard looked like this.
UK: Online wine sales to double over five years, says economist
Grocery sales in convenience and discount stores and online will increase massively over the next five years, creating radical new challenges for the drinks business, a leading retail economist said
Bodegas Bretón for sale
Bodegas Bretón in Navarrete, Rioja is up for sale after a difficult few years' trading.
French vignerons ask government for insurance against bad harvests
Independent winegrowers across France are calling on the government to underwrite an insurance scheme to protect them from the effects of bad harvests or currency fluctuations.
Alcohol and Breast Cancer Link Challenged
Study finds the risk is much greater when mixed with hormone replacement therapy, further complicates debate on alcohol
Objections to Scottish minimum pricing now Europe-wide
Spain, Italy, Portugal and France have joined Bulgaria in formally objecting to the Scottish government's legislation introducing minimum unit pricing on alcohol
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