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  Daily News for Wednesday, November 14th
Conference Explores Science of Wine Terroir

Davis, Calif.-Exploring the topic "What Science Does and Doesn't Tell Us about Terroir," last week's Terroir 2012 conference presented by the Robert Mondavi Institute (RMI) at the University of California, Davis, indicated that science shows terroir and wine character are more directly linked to climate than to soils or other vineyard site factors.

Champagne Harvest Worst In 40 Years After Bad Weather Wrecks Crops
Hail to the bubbly! No, literally -- hail has been falling all over grapes made to make champagne and it's cutting into the French output of the effervescent beverage.
PR: Ste. Michelle Wine Estates Concludes Stellar Harvest in Washington, Oregon and California
Bumper crop, outstanding quality mark 2012 harvest throughout West Coast wine-growing regions.
FBI defends Kurniawan house search
The US Justice Department has accused Rudy Kurniawan of attempting to suppress evidence and has filed a motion defending its search of the alleged wine fraudster's home.
Stark Wine Wins Injunction Against Diageo
U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers has granted Stark Wine LLC a preliminary injunction against Diageo Chateau and Estates, requiring Diageo to cease the advertisement, promotion, distribution and sale of its Stark Raving wines throughout Sonoma County, California.
Santa Ynez planning panel OKs Vincent winery project
The go-ahead, on a 3-2 vote Wednesday, came with a number of limitations on the project, including the number of people who can attend organized gatherings, as well as limits on food operations and the levels of lighting and noise.
Announcing Wine Enthusiast's 2012 Wine Star Award Winners
The winners are noted for their energy and groundbreaking vision, but this year, another theme is apparent: family.
Chilean Wines Struggle To Shed Their Budget Image
"When consumers think of Chile they think about wine and the Andes and maybe something else. Chile lacks material in the global imagination."
"Commonwealth Quality Alliance" Program Unveiled at Virginia Wineries Association Annual Membership Meeting
Nineteen Virginia wineries have already joined the Commonwealth Quality Alliance, pushing all wineries to achieve a standard of excellence.
Laithwaites Wine to expand Turkish wine portfolio
The decision to expand the wines came after founder Tony Laithwaite and global wine director Justin Howard-Sneyd attended the European Wine Bloggers Conference (EWBC) held at Izmir, Turkey.
Construction of Germany's Controversial Mosel Bridge Continues
Seven months after work halted, reportedly due to problems with engineering plans, workers began placing foundations Oct. 23 in preparation for raising the first pier of the 525-foot bridge.
Gruelling, but kind harvest in Champagne
Reports from Mumm and Perrier-Jouët have described a difficult year in Champagne but one that has left both houses hopeful of good quality.
DRC 'world's most important wine producer'
Acker Merrall & Condit's CEO, John Kapon, has called Domaine de la Romanée-Conti "the world's most important producer" following a record-breaking sale in Hong Kong.
A 'rare but precious 2012' for Burgundy
Burgundy winegrowers have said this year's weather has helped to produce a "rare but precious vintage".
1816 Yquem goes under the hammer in New York
Rare bottles of 19th century Yquem will line up against equally rare Bordeaux and Burgundy at a Sotheby's auction in New York this weekend
Book: NZ Wine Industry Through the Eyes of its Pioneers
Wine writer, journalist, author, teacher and wine lover, Joëlle Thomson shares stories from the vineyards to the wine glass, in her new book "The Wild Bunch: Movers, shakers and ground-breakers of the New Zealand wine industry."
North Carolina wine merchants not worried about Amazon incursion
"If you know exactly what you want, maybe buying through Amazon makes sense, but I don't think Amazon is going to affect our sales."
NEw Guide to Spanish for the Wine Industry
An updated, expanded edition of "Spanish for the Wine Industry" manual is now available from Napa Valley author Josefina K. Adriance.
Citigroup Former Boss Parsons Eyes Profit in Italian Wine
Twelve years after buying Il Palazzone, a Montalcino vineyard perched on the ancient trail to Rome, Parsons is getting serious about winemaking, turning a hobby into a business.
Chateau Ste. Michelle Now Most Honored American Winery by Wine & Spirits
Wine & Spirits magazine named ?Chateau Ste. Michelle? as one of its "Wineries of the Year" for the 18th time.
Willamette Valley Vineyards Posts a Profit for the Third Quarter 2012
The leading Pinot Noir producer generated net profits of $268,228 for the third quarter of 2012, a decrease of 28.2 percent from the comparable prior year period. Sales revenue decreased 7.8 percent and gross profit decreased 4.9 percent compared to the prior year period.
A Case Study in Balance: Zinfandel
The model for Pinot Noir cannot apply to every grape
NH Liquor commission restructuring among changes panel recommending
Other recommended changes would get rid of three executive jobs the Legislature had created three years ago, would make the commission comply with legislative rulemaking requirements and permit liquor licensees to first be warned for any infraction before they are fined or have their licenses suspended
South African Grape-Farm Workers Suspend Strike Pending Review
South African farmworkers in the grape growing region of Western Cape Province suspended a week old strike to allow the government to review minimum wages after protests that saw vineyards and houses set alight
Over the Top NYTimes Restaurant Review: Guy's American Kitchen & Bar in Times Square
Have you pulled up one of the 500 seats at Guy's American Kitchen & Bar and ordered a meal? Did you eat the food? Did it live up to your expectations?
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