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  Daily News for Friday, October 19th
WSU Wine Science Center dedication in Richland

Once the $23.25 million project is completed, the facility and land will be handed over to WSU and become the focal point of the university's viticulture and enology program

Farmworkers union sues California regulators, saying agency fails to enforce heat rules
The United Farm Workers of America sued California's work safety division Thursday, saying state regulators aren't enforcing heat regulations, leading to continued illnesses and deaths in fields
World Wine Shortage of 1.3 Billion Bottles Looms
The world faces a wine shortage next year after production slumped in France, Italy and Spain, the main suppliers, according to the biggest French wine cooperative. The global shortfall is expected to be at least 264 million gallons.
Sharp decline in EU production requires new measures, says Copa-Cogeca
As the latest figures reveal the full impact of poor weather conditions on this year's European wine crop, pan-European agricultural organisation Copa-Cogeca has called for the creation of a market observatory to enable producers to anticipate demand more efficiently
Old Sugar Mill Hits Critical Mass
Former processing plant houses 10 California wineries and growing
Delta farmers to fight tunnel project
Delta landowners have refused to grant access to state crews doing preliminary soil testing for the project. They have demonstrated against the proposal in Sacramento, pitchforks in hand. They have organized a vocal coalition that has produced a documentary film - airing at public forums around the state - to drum up support for their cause
PR: Changing of the Guard at Vinitaly
As Vinitaly Tour Russia (29th-30th October) and Hong Kong (8th-10th November) approaches, a busy programming of series of events is under way for the Ambassador of Italian Wine abroad - Vinitaly in the World. Yet, the latest developments are taking place at the very core of the organisation as Mr. Gianni Bruno will succeed Mrs. Elena Amadini as Brand Manager of Vinitaly effective as of the month of October
Top U.S. Wine Destinations: TripAdvisor Names Travelers' Choice
Sonoma County wins TripAdvisor's 2012 Choice Wine Destination Awards. Winners were determined based on their popularity as wine destinations, taking into account traveler's reviews and opinions for local wineries, restaurants, attractions and accommodations.
PR: Wine Spectator presents its Distinguished Service Award to Nicolás Catena Zapata
Previous winners include: Francis Ford Coppola, Piero Antinori, Baron Eric de Rothschild, Robert Mondavi, Ernest and Julio Gallo, Wolfgang Puck, Emeril Lagasse and Julia Child
Celebrating a Hearty 2012 Wine Harvest in Arizona
Better than usual rainfall, fewer hail storms, and generally all-around good farming has resulted in some of the nicest grapes and highest yields for Arizona winemaking in years.
Wine Gets in the Spirit With New Liquor Blends
Hard liquor is showing a softer side as producers shake things up with new blends that put wine and spirits in the same bottle.
Pairing Yoga and Wine Blends Complementary Health Benefits
As yoga rises in popularity, yoga and wine retreats are also making an appearance as some of the most sought after vacations in the world of self-pampering spa-like escapes.
Despite Critics, Wine to Stay in NH State Liquor Stores
A wine with a four-letter vulgarity as its acronym will stay on display after two Executive councilors questioned the State Liquor Commission's judgment in prominently displaying a wine with a "shock label" at several state stores.
Nightwish Unveil Own Brand of Wine and New Trailer for "Imaginaerum" Movie
Finnish symphonic metal masters Nightwish are creating their own wine and film to accompany the release of a new album.
Harvest Report: Merlot Crop Both Large and Late
Correspondents from a few appellations report being finished with this year's harvest, but work continues in most parts of the valley.
At Veritas Vineyards and Winery, Wine Dogs Play Important Role
The vineyard employs wine dogs to keep deer and small animals away from the fruit by chasing and barking at them. Their scent also deters bears from coming into the vineyard.
Tasting Notes: Volunteers Harvest Grapes
More than cutting costs, it educates consumers about what it takes to produce wine, and the hard work can be entertaining.
Wine Experts: Worst Grape Harvest in Half Century
France's Champagne and Burgundy regions were hard hit by weather conditions that particularly affected the prevalent Chardonnay grape, used to make the world's most famous sparkling wine and the luxurious whites from those regions.
Lodi's Got it Going on With Wine Stroll, Wine & Roses
The Lodi Wine Stroll features pours from more than two dozen wineries in the School Street area of downtown Lodi. Local shops will double as wine bars as vintners show off their latest bottlings, along with music and appetizers at many.
7 California Wine Experiences You Can't Get Anywhere Else editors created a list of seven California wineries that offer unforgettable experiences.
Total Wine & More to Open First Eastern Washington Location in Spokane on Nov. 2
After entering the Washington state market in Bellevue in June and opening its second location in Tukwila in October, the new store will feature a collection of more than 8,000 wines, 3,000 spirits and 2,500 beers, including more than 1,450 Washington wines, 55 Washington and Oregon distilled spirits and 540 Pacific Northwest beers.
Italian family Forms New Company, Agricola Gaetano Bertani e Figli
The new firm aims to produce echelon wines and expand its 54 acre Tenuta Santa Maria estate's range of wines. To celebrate the formation of the company, the Bertani family will release four wines in fall 2012.
UK: Canadian study 'backs minimum alcohol price benefits'
Supporters of minimum pricing for alcohol claim new research from Canada provides further evidence that it would reduce consumption in Scotland.
Chemical weed control soon to become obsolete in France?
Half of France's area under vine used grass cover in 2010 whilst one-fifth of the nation's vineyard was totally weed killer free
Chiquita drops California grapes, deciduous fruit
The decision, coming on the heels of the early October hire of Edward Lonergan as Chiquita's new president and chief executive officer, is designed to raise profits, according to an e-mail from Tiffany Breaux, spokeswoman for the Charlotte, N.C.-based company
PR: Swanson Vineyards: First Napa Valley Winery to Ask, 'What's Your Vinotype?"
Guests visiting the Sip Shoppe at the Swanson Vineyards Napa Valley tasting room can discover their Vinotype, free of charge, in a brand new interactive iPad experience that the winery has introduced as the first such profiling system in the world
Gold Seal's new owners to turn former winery into lodging, event space
"Renovating an historically significant property is not our only goal," John Giglio said in a news release. "We want to stimulate development in this region as well."
Clean Water Act celebrated
It's hard to imagine now - 40 years after passage of the federal Clean Water Act - that many open bodies of water once served as the nation's toilets and dumps
Sineann Winery sorting crew volunteers because they believe in the wine
About a dozen people show up to volunteer each year during grape harvest, processing and crush at Sineann Winery outside Newberg
Could the Next 'Cult Wine' Come From Manhattan?
These so-called "garagistes" - named for French winemakers who worked out of their garages - weren't just making rookie-level homemade wine; they were drawing praise from highly regarded wine critics
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