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  Daily News for Wednesday, October 10th
USDA Grants Benefit California Wine

Vintner and grower groups in El Dorado, Lake and Sonoma counties receive 2012 awards

Registering Wineries as "Food Facilities"
It's time to try to register your winery with FDA
Grape harvest looking bountiful at mid-point
A bounty of plump grapes are making their way from the vineyards into tanks and barrels, as the 2012 grape harvest hits the halfway point in Sonoma County.
California Governor acts on agricultural bills at deadline
As his deadline approached to act on bills passed at the end of the 2011-12 legislative session, Gov. Brown signed a number of measures supported by farm organizations and vetoed two bills that would have imposed inflexible heat illness-prevention rules on California farmers and ranchers.
America's Beer, Wine & Spirits Retailers Create 1,449,850 Jobs, $184.7 Billion in Economic Impact
2012 Economic Impact Study of America's Beer, Wine and Spirits Retailers underscores the significant role that retail beverage licensees have
Barbaresco winemaker Angelo Rocca dies
Celebrated Barbaresco wine producer Angelo Rocca has died in a plane crash.
Thieves Ransack Murphys Winery Hours After Annual Grape Stomp
Very rarely do we ever hear of wineries being broken into, especially in the small town of Murphys where streets are filled with welcoming shops in a city surrounded by ranches on rolling hills
Explosive growth in sudden oak death
The number of oak trees in California that died from the virulent forest disease known as sudden oak death has increased tenfold in just a year's time
25 years of Le Cigare Volant
It takes a big personality to overshadow Randall Grahm, so I'm glad I was sitting next to his mom at Monday's luncheon
ONEHOPE delivers wine with a purpose, supports National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Recent history has seen a flood of cause-related marketing and brands. TOMS Shoes and Newman's Own are great examples and successful because they share common attributes.
New World rises to the challenge of Europe's poor wine harvest
North American winemakers are having a near perfect harvest this year in stark contrast to their European counterparts, who have suffered from bad timing and worse weather.
Taking the trauma out of recorking wine
The more age-worthy a wine, the more likely it's going to need recorking at some point in its life. And, while the procedure is something you can try at home, it's not a procedure to be done carelessly or taken lightly.
Why does wine pair well with cheese?
Scientists say cheese and wine provide an ebb and flow of lubrication and dryness to one's mouth, making for balanced mouthfeel.
Drinks distributors pick up extra business after WaverleyTBS collapse
Drinks distributors are rallying around former customers of WaverleyTBS in the wake of the firm's collapse.
England's newest vineyard to target export market
The owners of Domaine de Sainte Rose in France have bought 35 hectares in East Kent with the view of targeting its sparkling wines at the export market.
California wineries with Halloween-themed labels
The current go-to beverage option for Halloween parties is a spiked punch with chunks of dry ice added to create a mysterious layer of fog. It's a fun option, but don't let your beverage selection stop there.
Pavie considers Italian investment
Château Pavie's owner, Gérard Perse, is said to be considering buying land in Tuscany.
Château Brown releases 2012 (honey) vintage
Château Brown has released the first batch of honey from hives installed near its vineyards in Pessac-Léognan.
Sonoma State's Wine Business Institute Releases Fall Seminar Schedule
The Wine Business Institute has released their fall seminar schedule and is now accepting enrollments.
Wash. liquor sales show continued strength
Washington liquor sales are showing signs of continued strength after the state moved to a privatized system
Liquor prices fell through summer, still above last year's
Liquor prices in Washington fell gradually through the summer, taking the edge off higher prices that surprised some drinkers - and voters - when private retailers began selling spirits June 1. Spirits sales increased in July and August after falling in June.
PR: Paso Robles Growth In Popularity For New Wineries And Tourists
95 Year Old San Antonio Winery Making its Mark in the Region
The pros and cons of online wine sales
Velvet Palate specializes in time-limited sales on selected wines. (Velvet Palate) If jumps into the wine business, as I discuss in my column this week, it could give a dramatic boost to online vino sales.
Seneca County company turns discarded Finger Lakes grape seeds into top-shelf cooking oil
It's not a new idea. Wineries in Italy, France and on the U.S. West Coast have long turned their discarded seeds into extra-virgin grape-seed oil
Bring on the crush: Central Valley wineries in full harvest mode
Nathan Cardella plans to release several new wines, including a Barbera, Syrah and Merlot
Margaux hires Foster to revamp cellars
Château Margaux has hired British architect Sir Norman Foster to redesign its cellars and create new facilities for visitors.
A French winemaker who saw a world-class rally driver skew off the road and into the heart of his vines has played down the damage caused
Norwegian rally driver Petter Solberg lost control of his Ford Fiesta RS WRC and plunged into vineyards in Alsace during the Rallye de France event
Winery, brew pub coming to former Kuhl's Bell Tower Market in downtown Jackson
"We're going to make it an entertainment destination."
Hopes of London wine harvest destroyed after greedy birds take grapes
Dreams of producing the first wine in a part of London for 300 years have been left crushed after the grapes were taken - by a flock of birds.
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