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  Daily News for Monday, October 29th
The Strategy of Pricing Wine

Panel of experts review process behind pricing at SSU

Many wineries struggle with too many price points, which others try to simplify with one FOB price that fails to account for market difference


PR: Sutter Home Family Vineyards Launches Two New Products: Pink Pinot Grigio and Red Moscato
"Pink Pinot Grigio and Red Moscato will resonate with wine drinkers -- especially Millennial of legal drinking age -- as these wines are accessible, in both price and style."
Wine: the Web's Final Frontier
Chief among the hurdles is a patchwork of U.S. and state regulations governing alcohol sales that makes shipping bottles directly to consumers' doorsteps a mind-boggling proposition.
SVB on Wine: Can You Sue A Wine Writer?
So what do you do with negative reviews?
Cork supplier chooses premium highway spot
The project should be completed by the end of the year, said Amorim General Manager Pedro Fernandes. "This investment is in line with our strategy to better serve our customers and address expected growth in the near future," he said.
John Radford dies
John Radford, writer, broadcaster and Spanish wine specialist, died on 19 October aged 65.
Pioneer of Prince Edward County wine industry dies
Ed Neuser passed away Wed., Oct. 24 in Toronto at the age of 76 after a battle with cancer, according to the Waupoos Estates Winery and Gazebo Restaurant.
Partnership buys Christopher Creek winery
it had been on the market for $3 million to $5 million
'Somm' to debut at Napa film festival
The 100-minute film, directed by Los Angeles-based director Jason Wise, shows never-before-seen footage of the exam process, long kept under secretive wrap. The Master Sommelier, or M.S., exam, is notoriously known as one of the toughest tests in the world of wine, with one of the lowest pass rates.
Saving California's heritage, one vine at a time
Hayne is hallowed ground, the source for revered bottles from Turley Wine Cellars and Chase Family. Cabernet goes to Cathy Corison and Nickel & Nickel
'Daily deals' a risky business for wineries, warns academic
A survey showed a sense of disdain among wineries for daily deal wine sites and their customers
CA "cult" wines see high resale prices, new market in China
California "cult" wines are increasingly being "flipped," or bought and then resold for a much higher price instead of ever being imbibed. Industry analysts call the trend "unhealthy," saying that certain wines have become "a pure instrument of speculation."
Champagne sales swell after three-year lull
The London on-trade is ordering vast quantities of top brands, while the trend is also being replicated globally as Liv-ex and Bordeaux Index also posting record increases.
Jancis Robinson scoops award for services to Portuguese wine
Robinson was awarded the Commendador do Ordem do Mérito Empresarial - Classe do Mérito Agricola - at an ambassador's reception at his London residence on Wednesday night.
Beer, wine industry getting a helping hand from state
The state will initially provide $1 million for a new advertising campaign to promote the industry. The state will increase funding - leveraged on an industry match - by up to $2 million, bringing the total marketing campaign to $5 million.
Best's Shiraz cleans up at Royal Melbourne Wine Show
Best's Great Western Bin 1 Shiraz 2011, was awarded the Victorian Government Trophy for Best Victorian Table Wine, the Trevor Mast Trophy for Best Shiraz in Show and the Australian wine industry's most prestigious prize, the Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy for the Best Red Wine of the 2010 and 2011 Vintages.
Another wine center closes
The Finger Lakes Wine Center in Ithaca, N.Y., has closed for reorganization, and other proposed wine centers around the country have been delayed or abandoned because of the weak economy.
Washington U study shows pill using compound in red wine may not be so beneficial after all
The study found that resveratrol, the compound found in red wine, does not appear to reduce the risk of heart disease, improve insulin sensitivity or increase longevity in healthy women, at least when taken in supplement form.
Promotion Council Seeks Reinvention, Transportation & Tourism Boosts
Noted tourism expert Lalia Rach will make an appearance on the North Fork in November to fire up business community and longstanding promotional organization.
Skinnygirls find PET fashionable
The popular brand expanded into new territory when brand owner Beam announced it had extended the Skinnygirl Margarita line to 200-ml PET Bottles, and sales boosted nearly 388 percent in the last year.
BMG to come up with new online search tool 'The Cellar'
The online platform features a navigation tool SommSearch and offers B2B service, which allows sommeliers and retailers to place orders online directly with distributors. It can be completely integrated with wholesale inventories.
Grupo Estevez chooses Liberty Wines as UK agent for Valdespino sherries
Valdespino is known for their very old sherries that are aged for over 20 years and very old rare sherries that are aged for over 30 years. The brand was purchased by Grupo in September 1999 from the Valdespino family.
Biggest ever ad spend for Bargain Booze
The new £1 million national TV and radio Christmas ad campaign will break on December 11 and aims to build on the off-licence and convenience store group's recent sales growth.
Ashland vineyards expect banner year
This year's wine grape harvest is producing some of the best fruit Ashland-area vintners have seen, but yields are falling short at some vineyards.
Villa Maria celebrates 50 years
Today, Villa Maria employs over 250 permanent staff and exports wine to more than 50 countries. It remains the cornerstone of a market that contributes over a billion dollars to New Zealand's economy every year.
Pennsylvania: Liquor Control Board chief uncorks private-label probe
Brion's call for answers was made amid criticism that the LCB was wrong to spend public funds to dabble in the private sector and unfairly compete against the companies whose products it sells.
Brit in China breaks wine glass handling record
A British sommelier Saturday smashed the world record for the number of wine glasses held in one hand, according to organisers of the event, handling 51 glasses to surpass the previous record of 39
Lake County, Napa's Neighbor, Gains Respect
the past 10 years have been a time of resurgence and regrowth. There are now more than 8,000 acres of vineyards
Pa. lawmakers fail to act on wine delivery
Bills allowing shipment of wine await action. "It's mind-boggling," a sponsor said of the failure.
Amazon gets back in the wine business
charging wineries a 15 percent referral fee, a cooperative fee of $49 for every $350 in sales, and a subscription fee of $39.99 a month
Virginia Wine Summit a success
For those of us who missed the first Virginia Wine Summit, we missed more than just a wine tasting and educational opportunity
Oregon: Winery opponents, not LUBA, muddle land-use law
LUBA's decision in the Stoller case affirms a land use process that counties have used for more than 20 years. This local conditional use process lets wineries effectively market their products while preventing impacts to surrounding farmland.
Edna Valley Vineyard still enjoying fruits of purchase by Gallo
"We're talking about markets east of the Mississippi River where many consumers are seeing the brand for the first time," and are now trying and enjoying it."
PR: Zinfandel from Heritage Vineyard Harvested
With photographs taken during harvest by Napa photographer Jasmine Kelley, ZAP created a video
The world's rudest wine names
The wine is called If You See Kay, which sounds like the spelling of a four-letter expletive when said out loud, and this has ruffled feathers in the US state of New Hampshire
"Port will overtake sherry by 2020"
Port will leapfrog sherry to become the UK's leading fortified wine by 2020, according to a leading importer
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