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  Daily News for Monday, October 15th
Winegrape harvest could be biggest in three years

Wineries scramble for tank, barrel space

Grape Market Insights: North Coast grape harvest headed to big win
Yields 10%-20% over projections; many wineries want it all
Maryland Wine Pioneer Dies
Jack Aellen, founder of Linganore Winecellars, was pivotal in establishing state's first AVA
Argentina: Why Melbec doesn't Flood the US
There's no substitute for visiting a wine region to get a true sense for the business. Tasting doesn't tell you strategy. Reading won't describe scents in the air. A travelogue gives you no indication of the heart of the people. Why do they make wine?
22 saved from sinking 'wine-tasting room' on boat near Alcatraz
The boat's captain tried to steer the stricken vessel to San Francisco's Pier 39. But the boat started having rudder issues and began to sink about 300 feet from the pier
A Vineyard Bargain Hunter Builds an Empire
Bill Foley built Fidelity National into one of the most successful mortgage-title companies in the world. But because he's also a wine lover, Mr. Foley bought a few wineries, too
Margrit Mondavi: Napa Valley doyenne
The word "doyenne" is often used to describe the gravitas that Margrit Mondavi wields amid the Napa Valley
California conservation investment on farms hits $250 million
"Despite the difficult economic times, California's farmers, ranchers, non-industrial private forest owners, and conservation partners prioritized conservation in their 2012 operating plans."
Cheryl Indelicato and HandCraft Artisan Collection Wines Support Bay Area Komen Affiliate with Challenge Grant
The Bay Area affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure announced that it has received a $10,000 challenge grant from HandCraft Artisan Collection Wines.
WAWGG: Grape Growers Set Meeting Focused on Bottom-Line
For the second year, the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers is hosting a Grower Caucus to be held Thursday, November 15 at the Pasco Red Lion. Washington grape growers and wineries believe better information about the marketplace can help their bottom-line.
Aaron Pott Named a 2012 Food & Wine "Winemaker of the Year"
"Winemaker of the Year" is selected by the magazine's editors
Jefford on Monday: The Total Experience
I haven't yet dared post a Monday blog about bottle closures. Like 'natural wine', the subject rouses such strong, intransigent and forcefully prosecuted views that discussing it sometimes seems pointless
Bubbly makers add pop to the season
From large sparkling wine houses to smaller wineries, the Napa Valley boasts a variety of opportunities to indulge in some world-class sparklers
12 Days of Christmas at Meadowood
For most, the Twelve Days of Christmas conjures up a catchy traditional holiday song. But for Christopher Kostow and his staff at the Restaurant at Meadowood, it means 12 nights of multicourse meals, each coordinated with a different top-rated chef from Paris to San Francisco
Utah: Liquor turf war
When a Senate committee recently balked on confirming Gov. Gary Herbert's troubleshooter, Francine Giani, to the newly expanded Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission, speculation about the politics behind the move was rampant
Sommeliers at Press stock vintage wines
Three years ago, Kelli White and Scott Brenner were neck-deep in New York's wine culture
Press Democrat Viticulture Briefs
Napa Valley has been recognized with Geographic Indication (GI) status in China, according to the Napa Valley Vintners. The region is the first outside of China to be recognized with this designation
Industry sues over NYC crackdown on sugary drinks
Soda makers, restaurateurs and other businesses sued Friday to try to block the city's unprecedented move to restrict sales of super-sized, sugary drinks, an effort the city called a coup for public health but the businesses view as wrong-minded meddling
Richland's Barnard Griffin Winery expands
Award-winning Barnard Griffin Winery recently has grown into a second-generation business, but the family long had realized it needed to renovate and expand its 15-year-old facility in Richland
Read This Before You Hold Your Wine Tasting: John Mariani
Such a slog is not only hard work but palate fatigue sets in early, so that the 46th wine you taste is never going to have quite the luster of the third, and by number 75, you are in agony and in need of a shower
Australia: Wine sales to China boom
Wine Australia's quarterly Wine Export Approvals Report September 2012 showed bottled wine exports to China grew by 16.3 per cent in volume and 23.1 per cent in value, for the year ending September 2012
Early harvest allowed many area vineyards to beat the frost
Southcentral Pennsylvania received enough of a breeze and sunshine the past few days to dry out the grapes
Australia: Grape glut end in sight as South Coast industry stays firm
International demand had been forecast to be big, we had the space and the climate to service the demand, and famers everywhere madly planted grape vines - some to supplement their existing farming, others to open a new winery all together.
Liquor Giant Beam Inc. Probes India Unit
The Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission jointly enforce the FCPA. An SEC spokeswoman didn't immediately respond to a request for comment, while a Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment
American AgCredit plans new 50,000sf Santa Rosa headquarters
With $6 billion in assets, region offers talent pool for future growth
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