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  Daily News for Tuesday, November 6th
Aridus Bets on Growth of Arizona Winemaking

State's first winery focused on custom crush opens in time for excellent vintage

11/06/12 Launches Third-Party Marketplace to Take on Amazon
In a preemptive measure, opened an online marketplace on Monday for third-party sellers to sell and distribute their wines amid reports that Amazon is planning to launch a similar business later this year.
Founders of Chaddsford Winery step away after 30 years
Vice president and general manager Bob Brock, a 14-year veteran there, is now in charge of the daily grind, with national sales manager Spurlock, a veteran of the Kendall Jackson and Forest Glen wineries in California, spearheading growth for the sweeter Chaddsford wines - a newer focus for the vintner- into regional markets.
Confusion clouds California groundwater regulations
But regulators appear to have backed off some requirements that could have greatly boosted the cost to farmers
Restaurants aid post-Sandy recovery efforts
After millions of East Coast residents were left without power in the post-Sandy aftermath last week, restaurants stepped in to help provide relief to customers, from serving food and supplying power to raising funds for recovery efforts
Calif. Winemaker Wins Limited Diageo Ban In Trademark Tiff
A Diageo PLC subsidiary will be barred from selling its "Stark Raving" wines in Sonoma County, Calif.
South Texas vineyards starting to sip at success
Through research over the last 15 years at Rio Farms Inc. and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the work of determined growers like Jorge Jaber, wine-grape production is mushrooming in a region where many once thought it impossible.
Sylvie Cazes to leave Pichon, UGC
Sylvie Cazes, president of the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux and co-owner of Chateau Lynch Bages, will be stepping down from her role as director of Chateau Pichon Comtesse de Lalande, it was announced yesterday.
Global Beverage Forecasts September 2012
The signs so far in 2012 indicate more difficult times ahead for the global economy and on-going challenges for the beverages industry.
County winery rules revised
Conflict arising from proliferating events at wineries pushed the Board of Supervisors to propose setting a moratorium on adding new events at wineries before new rules could be put in place.
'Perfect' North Coast grape harvest coming to a close
Most grapes have been brought in from the vineyards, though a few outliers still hang on the vines, waiting for tank space to open up in wineries that have absorbed more grapes than expected over and over again since harvest began 12 weeks ago.
Board to hear winery proposal
The proposal includes developing a vineyard and wine production facility, including a 3,000-square-foot tasting room in Santa Barbara
Lodi Winegrape Commission adds, promotes staff
The Commission named Matthew Hoffman its grower program coordinator and promoted Jenny Heitman to marketing and communications coordinator.
China's Changing Wine Demand Sees Bordeaux Attack Mid-Market
With the wine market in China evolving - as more middle-class drinkers uncork modestly priced imports while demand for top-tier Bordeaux cools - French winemakers are following their New World counterparts in looking to occupy the Chinese mid-market.
Ex-Waverley wine boss joins Australian Vintage
Moran, who was wine controller at WaverleyTBS prior to its collapse last month, will look after the Sainsbury's and Waitrose accounts for the company.
Naked Wines Opens in Kenwood
Naked Wines opened its doors to the public recently with a daylong sampling of its wines, live music and a barbeque.
Apple Creek Vineyard & Winery opening this weekend
The vineyard, first planted in 2006, includes 6 acres and six varieties of grapes. Wine is produced on-site by vintner Matt Gamel.
BevMo! Opens New Store in Lodi
Opening weekend festivities include tastings of wine, beer and gourmet food;First 500 shoppers in line before 9 a.m. to receive gift bag valued at $50
A rich holiday crop of books on drinking
Want a sign the recession is receding? After several dry years, serious writing is afoot about wine and spirits.
What does your label say about your wine?
A wine label should communicate your brand, your uniqueness and increase the perceived value of your wine. A wine label is your biggest piece of advertising and the first contact most people will have with your wine. I
Mystery shoppers scope out Wine Country
Wineries are increasingly adopting the mystery shopper practice as a way to identify opportunities to drive more sales in the profitable direct-to-consumer channel. Shoppers are paid $40 for the visit, their tasting is comped, and sometimes bottle purchases are comped, depending on the winery.
New Yorkers Rally to Raise Funds for Hurricane Sandy Victims
As volunteers mobilize to reach the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy, groups across the city are organizing benefits to raise money for victims of the devastating storm.
Micro-winery brings new life to building in Olympia's core
Classic Winemakers, a 10-year-old micro-winery that has relatively new owners, has moved to downtown Olympia from Lacey, completing an upgraded picture for a recently renovated building and a corner downtown.
$15,000 fine for worker's fatal electrocution at Mudgee winery
An electrical contractor from Mudgee has been fined for failing to appropriately supervise and direct a worker who died on the job from severe electric shock.
Wine Importers Battle Advertising Ban, Import Tariffs
The measure is part of a wider ban on alcohol advertising that comes into force on Jan. 1 next year, which itself is just one element in the biggest crackdown on drinking and smoking since the end of the Cold War.
McLaren Vale community welcomes Protection Bill which restricts building on rural land
"Because we've now protected the areas, it's a great opportunity for people to come into McLaren Vale and see the vineyards and the produce through here, rather than urban sprawl gobbling up all the historic sites."
Wine is the new coffee
The use of new French oak, and sometimes barrels that have been deliberately charred, will impart coffee characteristics into red wine.
Vineyards lose battle with cold
Some Central Otago vineyards have lost as much as 50 percent of their crop after devastating frosts hit the region over the weekend - and the fight against unseasonably heavy frosts is not over yet.
Harry & David Holdings ventures into wine business
The company has partnered with southern Oregon-based Pallet Wine winemaker Linda Donovan to develop a collection of wines that includes five reds and four whites.
Tukwila liquor superstores offer more choices, low prices
With voters' decision to privatize liquor last Nov. with I-1183, the state is out of the liquor business and private companies have full-reign of the liquor-selling playing field.
New Zealand to host international wine trade meetings
Two important international wine meetings will be held in Auckland this week - the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Wine Regulatory Forum and the World Wine Trade Group meeting.
EU wine regions lobby against vineyard extension
Wine grower associations from 15 EU member states will gather in Brussels this week to lobby against a European Commission reform that would increase vineyard plantings.
The Near-Accidental Brilliance of Shafer Vineyards
John Shafer and his family brought a surprisingly haphazard and improvisational approach to learning the winery trade, but Jay McInerney finds that the results are some of Napa Valley's finest wines.
Local Liquor Stores File Lawsuit After I-1183
it hasn't exactly been an easy transition, and because of that today Spokane Attorney Kevin Roberts filed a lawsuit on behalf of several current and former liquor stores
Utah profits from relaxed alcohol rules
After decades of resistance, Utah, a state run by teetotalers, discovered alcohol and found it was good, or at least profitable
Chile's future is Cabernet Franc
Chile should focus on Cabernet Franc for its future fine wines according to Santa Rita winemaker Carlos Gatica, following plantings in a newly-created region.
Charlie Trotter's wine collection on the block
Chef Charlie Trotter's famed wine collection is going, going and soon to be gone in the next month at a Christie's New York auction
Private liquor stores from now on, minister says
On Monday, the government said it would give the green light to three more privately-owned liquor stores - one in Regina and two in Saskatoon.
Accolades pour in for Niagara College Teaching Winery
The Niagara College Teaching Winery is in the spotlight this month after receiving an international wine award and recognition as one of the country's leading wineries
11/06/12 Launches New Marketplace to Expand Consumer Access to Wines With Limited Distribution, the nation's leading online wine retailer, today launched the Marketplace, which will allow domestic and imported wines with limited distribution channels the opportunity to reach additional consumers in the United States.
PR: Ledson Winery Salutes the 2012 World Champions with Second Release of "Baby Bull" Orlando Cepeda Zinfandel
Hot on the heels of the San Francisco Giants' world championship 2012 season and World Series win, Ledson Winery is re-releasing limited quantities of its wine collaboration featuring legendary former San Francisco Giants baseball player and Hall of Famer, Orlando Cepeda.
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