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  Daily News for Friday, November 16th
DtC Wine Shipments on Record Pace

Direct-to-consumer shipments of wine continued their rapid growth by posting a record $222 million in sales for the month of October. If sales pick up through November as they have during the past two or more years, according to the Wines & Vines/ShipCompliant Model, another record will fall

PR: Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America PAC Achieves 95% Success Rate in Election
PAC Will Hit Record $2 Million Level by Year-End; Contributions Doubled Over Last Three Cycles
Kundes selling Saralee's Vineyard and Richard's Grove to Jackson Family Wines
Jackson Family Wines announced a deal Thursday to buy the sprawling Russian River Valley ranch owned by Saralee and Richard Kunde, who hosted some of the region's most popular fundraisers among their vineyards and helped raise millions of dollars for the agriculture community
Top Oregon Pinot Noir Auction Funds Healthcare Access
¡Salud! Assists Seasonal Vineyard Workers
Prosecco's Current Growth Just Scratching The Surface, Says Mionetto USA's Ceola
"We're just starting to scratch the surface of potential Prosecco consumers in the U.S.," Ceola says. "Our core consumers are women from 40-50 years old. The younger drinkers are more experimental in their choices, but as they make more money we see them consistently trading up to Prosecco from cheaper Cava brands."
Extreme weather ends Europe's cheap-wine era
Drought, frost, floods and heavy rain this year have hammered grape harvests in Europe's biggest wine-producing countries, prompting a spike in grape prices and marking an end to almost a decade of extremely cheap wine from the Continent.
Colorado Winemakers Set to Welcome New State Lawmakers to Denver
With 32 new politicians set to take state office in January, the Colorado Association for Viticulture and Enology will showcase several of its member wines at a first-of-its kind event geared toward emphasizing the importance of locally produced craft wine, beer and spirits to the newest members of the state senate and congress.
Snipp Interactive Inc., eWinery Solutions and Nxt-Wine Mobile Sign a Cross Marketing Agreement
The solution is focused on enabling wineries to capture Customer Relationship Management data, drive additional sampling and sales, shipment tracking by cell phone and shipment alerts to the customer.
Planning panel considers suggestions for allowing wineries in rural Boulder County, CO
Boulder County's Land Use Code, which lists the potential uses of properties outside the boundaries of the county's cities and towns, now treats winemaking as a kind of industry and only allows wineries in general industrial and light industrial districts.
Wine Enthusiast Names Israel's Golan Heights Winery "New World Winery of the Year"
The magazine's citation states:"Golan Heights Winery is at the top of its game, using state-of-the-art equipment like vineyard meteorological stations and electro-conductivity soil scanning to aid in its viticultural success."
Christopher Creek Winery Under New Ownership
The 11 acre Russian River winery produces 3,500 cases for estate wines form the hillside property and farms an additional 27 acres on Bradford Mountain in Dry Creek. The Wassermans sold the winery after 15 years of operation in order to enjoy retirement.
2012 Vintage Report: United States
The sun came out for a warm, dry growing season in the Pacific Northwest; East Coast winemakers managed to dodge a hurricane.
Rodney Strong Winery Donates to Project Bread
Rodney Strong donated $7,000 to East Boston-based Project Bread, which aims to provide approximately 14,000 means during the holiday season to those struggling to put food on the table. This is the third year the winery has made a donation.
Between the vines: Livermore Valley's Crooked Vine's got Moxie
A quick look at Livermore Valley's Crooked Vines and Stone Ridge winery.
Tacoma's Wingman Brewers hooks up with 21 Cellars winery
Wingman Brewers will release two beers - White Betty, a Belgian-style tripel, and Black Widow, an abbey-style beer - at the end of November, using wine must from 21 Cellars.
Nine wineries in South Central Indiana kick off Uplands Wine Trail
The Indiana Uplands Wine Trail begins today at nine wineries, including Bedford's Carousel Winery, which will unveil its Winter Jewel.
$9 'supermarket' wine wins gold at New Zealand tasting
Air New Zealand announced the winners of its wine award gold medals yesterday, and one went to Lindauer Rose, which often retails at $8.99.
Up to producers to promote Portugal
Portugal needs to shout about its wines more and grow a solid identity through links to its produce, according to UK wine buyers.
Top-end bubbly hits all-time high in UK, China
Sales of top-end fizz have hit record highs as consumers "tired of austerity" splash out on affordable luxuries, according to leading trade players.
Harvest news - sustainable irrigation system aids TWP's Italian vintage
McGuigan tops IWSC 2012
Neil McGuigan, CEO of Australia Vintage, was crowned Winemaker of the Year for an unprecedented third time at the International Wine & Spirit Competition awards banquet last night.
Total Wine & More to open Folsom, CA location
Total Wine & More continues to set up shop around the Sacramento area, with a new Folsom location set to open on Nov. 29.
TWIST Adjustable Wine Aerator, New Innovative Wine Accessory, Gives Ultimate Control to Aerate Wines Expertly
The new TWIST Adjustable Wine Aerator by HOST is different from other aerators available because it uses six different settings to allow a controlled rate of aeration to a wine poured through it.
Bulk wine shipments impacting on South African wine industry
As global trade flows have changed over the past two decades, supply chain logistics have had to evolve accordingly and developing the ability to ship wine in bulk has had increasing implications for the way in which the wine industry operates.
Louis Vuitton releases new wine range
The renowned French family of fashion has diversified its portfolio with the release of its "XLV" wines.
South Australian experts debate reducing alcohol in wine
A wine symposium in Adelaide has been debating whether wine should have the same alcohol content as beer.
Moët et Chandon unveils new winery
used for the first time this year
Burgundy: growers triumph over challenging vintage
Weather conditions will have more than tested the patience, and expertise, of winegrowers in Burgundy this year. Despite serious shortgivings about the resultant wines, however, the first set of tastings has reassured the region's wine industry
Bordeaux unveils 'Cité des Civilisations du Vin'
The planned wine cultural centre for downtown Bordeaux has finally unveiled its name, three years after the project was first announced.
Wild Party Kicks Off 30th Anniversary Launch of Duboeuf and Deutsch Beaujolais Nouveau
Also in Unfiltered, Madonna indulges in her favorite Champagne, and Yao Ming brings his Cabernet to America
Beaujolais Nouveau French Wine Fans Take Red Wine Baths To Celebrate Its 2012 Launch (VIDEO)
A huge waste of good alcohol or a wine lover's fantasy? Tell us what you think of the red wine bathing ritual below.
Temple to Fine Wine
"Is De Beers vulgar?" asks Alistair Viner, the man who last June was pried away from his position as wine and spirits buyer for Harrods to assemble the "best wine shop in the world."
Wine to Water to promote clean water in third world countries
The University of Tennessee is now one of the few college chapters to be home to the nonprofit club, Wine to Water, a nonprofit organization focused on providing clean water to people in third world countries.
High Priestess of Pinot Grigio
Not many wine professionals are likely to tie their reputation-or, for that matter, allot much of their time-to Pinot Grigio
WA State Liquor Control Board will draft rules & regulations for marijuana
While the Washington State Liquor Control Board works on the regulations of Initiative 502, many are left wondering what's legal come December 6th
Of Turkish Wine and Backward Logic
There some 800 varieties of grape in Turkey, 30 of which are cultivated commercially. The country is the sixth-largest producer of grapes, but most end up eaten as is or as raisins. Only 3 percent are turned into wine. For now
Good bye, Twinkie - Hostess Brands liquidates
About 18,500 workers will lose their jobs.
Andrew Jefford: Source/The Wine Writer Is Dead
This is a written version of the speech Andrew gave at the EWBC Digital Wine Communications Conference on November 9th in Izmir, Turkey
Wine writers symposium set for February
Early registration for the Symposium for Professional Wine Writers at Meadowood, Feb. 19-22, 2013, is available at wine
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