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  Daily News for Friday, November 9th
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11/09/12
Lowest global wine crop since 1975

Confirming a raft of estimates published over the last few weeks, official figures released this week by the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) revealed that global wine production in 2012 is likely to range between 243.5 and 252.9 million hectolitres (248.2 mhl mid-range estimate), its lowest level since at least 1975.

11/09/12
Wine Industry Luminary David S. Taub Passes
The C.E.O. of Palm Bay International and a wine-and-spirits industry leader died November 8 at age 72.
11/09/12
Wine Importer David Taub Passes Away
Taub built Palm Bay into a leading wine player by building brands like Cavit
11/09/12
California Food & Ag Board Examines Impacts of Farm Bill Expiration
After hearing about the benefits from federal farm bill programs for California agriculture, the state's economy and job creation from agriculture and wine industry representatives at a meeting Nov. 6, members of the California State Board of Food and Agriculture were urged to contact Congressional representatives to promote passage of the 2012 Farm Bill, or an extension of programs prior to the end of 2012.
11/09/12
2012 California Wine Harvest Report: Ideal Growing Season Assures Outstanding 2012 Vintage
The 2012 California wine grape harvest yielded generous amounts of high quality fruit, and winemakers across the state are describing this year's vintage as "excellent," "outstanding" and "ideal."
11/09/12
Wine legend celebrates birthday
Peter Mondavi Sr. celebrated his 98th birthday yesterday at the Charles Krug Winery. Mondavi noted that climbing the stairs to his office and drinking a glass of red wine every day has yielded good results
11/09/12
Viticulture Fair attracts larger, enthusiastic crowd
The 120 vendors of everything from chemicals and services to tractors reported much large crowds and interest than at the last fair two years ago
11/09/12
Constellation Brands Inc : Constellation Brands to Donate Up to $100,000 for Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts
~Company provides two-to-one match for employee donations American Red Cross relief efforts~
11/09/12
From Star Chefs to Food Trucks, Culinary New York Lends a Hand to Sandy Victims
Find out which restaurants, bars, and food and wine companies are providing disaster relief and which fund-raisers are yet to come.
11/09/12
Hurricane Sandy Creates Top-Shelf Liquor Shortage In New Jersey After Storm Surges Flood Warehouse
New Jersey residents with refined liquor palates seem to be out of options
11/09/12
USDA Report Confirms Significant Growth in Michigan's Wine Grape Industry
While acreage of Concord and Niagara grape varieties - used primarily for juice, jams and jelly - have remained steady at approximately 12,000 acres over the past 10 years, acreage of wine grapes increased from 1,300 to 2,650 acres.
11/09/12
Justice Department Rejects Kurniawan's Illegal Search Accusations
Court filing asserts that FBI agents had reason to sweep his home; includes photos of alleged "counterfeiting lab"
11/09/12
Governor Brewer Proclaims Arizona Wine Week
Governor Janice K. Brewer announced that Nov. 11 to Nov. 17 will be Arizona Wine Week with the signing of a recent proclamation.
11/09/12
"I Support Idaho Wines" Campaign Aims to Bolster Local Support of Wineries, Boost Economy
Idaho Wine Commission program will give back to local wineries, wine makers and local eateries.
11/09/12
New Zealand: Wine sector senses a whiff of recovery
The wine industry is on the mend after a gruelling few years that prompted a string of closures and collapses, New Zealand Winegrowers says.
11/09/12
Lehigh vineyards aren't keen on jumping into online wine sales
Owners would rather customers buy directly from the wineries.
11/09/12
Syrian Winemakers Defy Revolt Taxing Grapes for Sampling
From a base 150 miles across the border in Beirut, a pair of brothers are defying the violent conflict that's left more than 35,000 people dead by continuing to produce their Domaine de Bargylus from a Syrian mountain vineyard where the Romans made wine more than 2,000 years ago.
11/09/12
Treasury Wine Estates unveils Be. wines in Australia
Launched for the first time in the U.S. in February 2012, the Be. range of wines include Sauvignon Blanc (Be Fresh), a Moscato (Be Luscious) and Rose (Be Breezy).
11/09/12
Domaine Lucien Albrecht bankrupt
The winery reported €9m of debt.
11/09/12
Chinese fake bottle cache not Chateau Lafite
The house where 10,000 bottles of fake Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) wines were found had been under surveillance by Chinese police for some time.
11/09/12
HK wine fair opens on a high
Hong Kong's growing stature as Asia's wine hub was stressed today at the opening ceremony of the city's annual wine and spirits exhibition.
11/09/12
How Canadian wineries are bottling success in Asia
Canadian wine exports have increased steadily over the past few years - from $19 million in 2009, to close to $38 million in 2011. A large part of that bump in sales is due to the emergence of a vibrant Asian market, and its appetite for Canadian icewine.
11/09/12
Wines of Portugal Releases 2012 United States 50 Great Portuguese Wines List
Program's first execution in the US selected by Doug Frost, MS and MW
11/09/12
New Age Leads The Way For Wines In A "Cocktail Culture"
For the past six years, Quintessential salespeople all over the country have been demonstrating and promoting "The Tincho" to distributor salespeople, retailers, wine buyers, sommeliers and restaurateurs.
11/09/12
Envolve Winery Wraps Up "Real Men Drink Pink Campaign"
A $3,452 donation was made to the Sonoma Valley Hospital Foundation to support free mammograms.
11/09/12
New release from Chivite after boardroom upheavals
Leading Navarra producer Chivite is launching a second wine from its top estate, Arínzano.
11/09/12
China: Supply chain concerns rival wine fraud
Supply chain failings are not only exacerbating China's counterfeit wine problem, but threatening the quality of authentic products across the region.
11/09/12
Artist creates nude portraits with wine corks
Artist Conrad Engelhardt has created a series of racy portraits using old wine corks donated by London restaurants.
11/09/12
WA: Wine sparks academic pursuit
Walla Walla's wine industry is certainly a nice addition to the town for parents and seniors, but its emergence and growth also hold academic promise.
11/09/12
Washington: Former contract liquor stores sue state
The owners of 11 liquor stores say the state owes them losses of $7.5 million because of the way it handled the transition to private liquor sales
11/09/12
China: Eastern love affair with grape shows promise
If you had told UK drinkers in the 1970s that the future of wine was screwcapped, labelled by grape variety and Australian, they'd have laughed their flares off. So, what if you were to tell them now that the future of wine is genetically modified, comes in plastic bottles and is made in China?
11/09/12
Mumm's cup runneth over in Asia
One of France's best known Champagne houses, G.H. Mumm, will turn its attention to booming markets in Asia, especially China, as double-digit growth in sales of bubbly across the Pacific counters an expected slowdown in western Europe under the weight of that continent's continued economic malaise
11/09/12
Les Vignobles Foncalieu purchases Haut Gleon estate in Languedoc, France
Les Vignobles Foncalieu, a France-based co-operative union that exports and manufactures wines, has purchased Chateau Haut Gleon from Duhamel family, who owned the estate since 1991
11/09/12
Diageo and United Spirits Finally Reach a Deal
After months of negotiations, Diageo, the world's biggest spirits company, has reached a deal with United Spirits of India
11/09/12
Tips for restaurant insurance claims in hurricane's aftermath
Restaurateurs affected by the East Coast's recent "superstorm" can follow a few basic steps to make the insurance-claims process easier, insurance-recovery experts from the Pillsbury law firm said in a recent client alert
11/09/12
'Fine wine' hoard highlights China's problem with fakes
Police in China have discovered 10,000 bottles labelled as one of the world's most expensive wines in a deserted house
11/09/12
Pernod Ricard: US court dismisses suit by Colombia
- "These allegations have always been vigorously denied by the defendants and Pernod Ricard therefore welcomes the dismissal, " the company said in a statement.
11/09/12
Napa: Wine officials raise concerns over county's climate plan
Concerns ranged from whether the plan would be fair to grapegrowers, and whether it was too burdensome on wineries because of the emissions associated with cars driving back and forth for wine tastings and events
11/09/12
Diageo's $2 Billion Bet on India's Drinkers
Diageo PLC said Friday it will spend up to $2 billion for as much as a 53.4% stake in India's United Spirits Ltd., as the U.K.-based liquor giant expands its footprint in lucrative, fast-growing emerging markets
11/09/12
New guide to Spanish for the wine industry
An updated, expanded edition of "Spanish for the Wine Industry" is now available from Napa Valley author Josefina K. Adriance
11/09/12
J Vineyards & Winery Holds A "Name That Pinot Noir Wine" Contest
Coming up with an original, proprietary name is one of the toughest challenges a winemaking team faces. The name needs to be inspiring and should capture the winery's artful and celebratory personality
11/09/12
New Respect for an Italian Red
While scientific evidence of direct links may be sketchy, local producers are convinced that these grapes were brought to Campania by the ancient Greeks. Yet now they are considered Italian - two of the hundreds of indigenous varieties that give the country's vineyards their extraordinary diversity
11/09/12
Leese-Fitch Igniting Growth For The Other Guys
Leese-Fitch is the top selling brand in TOG's overall portfolio, which is expected to near the 300,000-case-mark this year
11/09/12
A Vineyard's Feathered Friend
A University of California, Berkley study shows that songbirds such as western bluebirds, tree swallows and violet-green swallows may be important grower partners.
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