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  Daily News for Wednesday, October 31st
Sandy Delivers Blow to Northeast Wineries

Winery and vineyard owners from New York and New Jersey consider themselves fortunate

Thirsty? Sorry! Sandy causes Pa. to suspend liquor sales
From Philly to Pittsburgh, Erie to Scranton, not a single bottle of hooch could be purchased Tuesday from the government monopoly that controls the sale of wine and liquor in Pennsylvania and forbids its residents from bringing it home from neighboring states
World Wine Output to Fall to 37-Year Low, Depleting Stocks
Global wine production will slump to the lowest in 37 years after weather damage to grapes from France to Argentina, forcing a draw down of stocks, the International Organisation of Vine and Wine said.
BevMo! to Open Four More Locations in Washington State
The new stores will include tasting rooms; beer growler stations; and thousands of wines, spirits and beers that have been carefully chosen by BevMo!'s team.
Liquor King opens; plans to be southeastern Kentucky 'megastore'
Liquor King, located on Cumberland Falls Hwy. in the old Marine Myers auto dealership building, represents an investment of over $2 million
No wine in 2012 for Chateau Hourtin-Ducasse
The announcement comes just weeks after Thierry Coste, an expert from the European Union farmers' union admitted the difficult weather conditions had contributed to the smallest grape harvest in 50 years.
Retailers enjoy increased sales and improved economic conditions
Retailers across all sectors enjoyed a strong rise in sales volumes in the year to October and expect to see that growth continue in to next month, according to the latest figures from the CBI.
Wine gaining ground with Canadian drinkers, report suggests
Canada's wine industry, according to a report released Tuesday by BMO Economics, has grown 3.1 per cent on average since 2005 -- outpacing the country's overall economy.
Omaha Steaks adds wines to product portfolio
The range of wines includes full-bodied Cabernet to smooth Chardonnay, which are available for purchase at its website
NZ Winegrowers elects new chairman
Carrick Winery boss Steve Green has been named to takeover from Stuart Smith, who's leaving the role after six years.
Author T.C. Boyle on Bottles and Best-Sellers
Award-winning writer finds inspiration in the wines produced near his Santa Barbara home
Australia: New Report Bats for Federal Wine Tax Reforms
A new study is advocating a switch from wholesale tax levied on wine, likely increasing the cost of alcohol-based drinks for the average Australian but reducing at the same time problems directly attributed to the product
Wine industry stunted in Salinas County
The county's vision for a winery corridor along River Road, a winding route along the Salinas River south of Salinas, has been slow to take shape, even though new policies set forth in the county's 25-year General Plan are meant to encourage proliferation of small, artisanal winemaking operations. ?
PwC's wine tax guru Greg Scott identifies top trends
Greg Scott comments on consolidation, moscato excitement, acquisitions and international opportunities for Bay Area wineries.
New work: Tall Horse 'The Truth About Wine'
Created by AUGUST for Tall Horse wines to promote their unpretentious take on wine, the videos show Kurt as he weighs in on topics like 'terroir,' food pairing and adding ice to wine.
True Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon shows Argentina's vineyard diversity
Argentina's wine industry is extremely hot right now, but its popularity is centered around Malbec, though Cabernet Sauvignon is a perfect reflection of what the country can offer.
Trinchero Family Estates expands Sutter Home brand portfolio
Trinchero Family Estates, the owner of California-based family run winery Sutter Home Family Vineyards, has expanded the Sutter Home brand portfolio with the addition of two new wines - Pink Pinot Grigio and Red Moscato.
Small 2012 harvest sparks supply fears
PLB buying director Paul Meihuizen has warned that 2013 is set to be "one of the most challenging for the global wine industry".
Club Corp's Commerce Club an Early Adopter of TopCellar App
The Commerce Club, located in downtown Greenville, South Carolina, will begin using TopCellar App upon its planned launch in iTunes slated for this November.
EU beer brewers refuse to swallow French suds tax
France, the land of wine, is planning heavy taxes on beer, and that is not going down well with brewers - even in other nations.
Russia may set minimum price for wine
The Russian government may set a minimum price of 110 rubles for wine due to poor grape harvests in Russia and Europe.
Low-abv wine 'important' category, says Asda
The supermarket has reported a 135% year-on-year increase in sales of low-alcohol wine, and a 33% growth in low-alcohol beers and cider.
Top Wine Events for November
From Napa to Washington, the wine festivals and parties you don't want to miss.
Red Wine Won't Help Healthy Women, Study Says
Researchers from Washington University School of Medicine have discovered that healthy middle-aged women do not benefit from taking resveratrol supplements.
California grocery chain seeks worker concessions
A major Northern California grocery chain trying to avert a possible strike said in a recent memo to employees that it is losing millions of dollars a year and needs wage concessions from workers
Busch Heir Settles Wrongful Death Case for $1.75 Million
Busch was accused in a lawsuit last year of carelessness and negligence in the death of Martin, who died while a guest at Busch's home
UK: Is unit reduction growing or shrinking the market?
The group and its members have pledged to take 1 billion units out of production by 2015 but will this help grow or shrink the market Wilson?
Brazil 'to double wine consumption' with supermarket deal
The Brazilian government has sidestepped a campaign to put quotas on imported wines by striking a deal to give wine more shelf space in the country's supermarkets
Getting wines to the market
Dan Berger, "Unless a winery affiliates with a wholesale company, gaining distribution can be overwhelmingly expensive. Wineries without distributors can try to sell wines themselves, but sales trips can be so expensive that they are impractical"
Carla Bruni-Sarkozy and Gerard Depardieu to host Hospices de Beaune
Former French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy will preside over the 152nd Hospices de Beaune auction next month.
France plans huge beer tax increase
France is planning a 160% tax increase on beerDesperate to lower France budget deficit while funding his struggling social security programmes, President Fran├žois Hollande is pushing through legislation to increase taxes by 160%.
Glass Packaging Institute Announces 2012 Clear Choice Award Winners
Leading Consumer Products Packaged in Glass Recognized for Innovation, Design and Shelf-Appeal, Skinnygirl Vodka Selected Overall Winner
Pass the Wine: Our Writers Review Rolling Stones Merlot
Rocks Off gets bottles of wine here at the office every few weeks. We once had an AC/DC tasting at the office with middling results, though I finished off the Highway to Hell bottle at home by my lonesome, so it wasn't so bad
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