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  Daily News for Monday, November 19th
Santa Cruz Winery Group Picks Director

Former Mendocino director Megan Metz to focus on marketing local wineries to Bay Area visitors

Napa County officials take Wappo fight to Washington
Having lost a series of legal rulings in court, Napa County has turned to lobbying in Washington, D.C., in its ongoing dispute with the Mishewal Wappo tribe of Alexander Valley, which aims to regain federal recognition.
Diageo introduces new wine brand Butterfly Kiss
Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines has released a new wine brand - which consists of four wines: Pinot Grigio, Pink Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay and Moscato - with grand opening event 'Coast to Coast Ladies' Night Out' for women from New York, Chicago and Los Angeles on Nov. 15, 2012.
Fresno State winemakers celebrate first harvest
The event is the culmination of the current year's release of light and fruity Fresno State wines, a Nouveau Ridge red wine, and a Nouveau Blanc white wine.
Supplier News: Global Package LLC Launches New Corporate Identity
Global Package LLC is currently rolling out its new brand identity, with an official launch date of Jan. 29-31, 2013 at the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium.
Supplier News: Onset Announces Green Roof Monitoring System
Onset, a leading supplier of data loggers and weather stations, announced the HOBO® Green Roof Monitoring System, a research-grade system for measuring the performance of green roofs.
A Promising Vintage for Monterey Wine Country
Winemakers and vineyard managers across the region's nine American Viticulture Areas agree that the quality and flavor concentration in grapes from the 2012 vintage are extremely high.
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.
New Zealand winery wins Mouton trademark battle
New Zealand's Osawa Wines has successfully defended its 'Flying Mouton' wine brand against a complaint by Chateau Mouton Rothschild in the country.
Frank Family Vineyards Buys Rutherford Property
Former Disney executive expands his Napa winery with addition of Wood Ranch Vineyard
2012 Vintage Report: France
Winegrowers earned their paychecks as they dueled tough, wet growing conditions all year
Ravenswood founder predicts a 'strong future for Californian wine'
California's godfather of Zin, Ravenswood founder Joel Peterson, predicts a strong future for the region's wine as the next generation of winemakers usher in "a whole new world".
New Thierry's owner moves to reassure wine suppliers
The new owner of Thierry's - now Watermill Wines - has moved to reassure suppliers he will do the best he can to pay their outstanding bills.
Russia may lift embargo on Georgian wine
Moscow is considering allowing Georgian wine back onto the Russian market.
Jefford: The wine writer is dead
Award winning wine writer Andrew Jefford has hailed the wine writer to be "dead".
California welcomes bumper crop
California's producers are celebrating a bumper crop, which comes after several lean years and promises much in terms of quality.
Alsace: Wolfberger buys collapsed Lucien Albrecht brand
A bankruptcy judge in Alsace has approved the sale of Domaine Lucien Albrecht's brand and five hectares vineyards to local cooperative Wolfberger.
China wine fund eyes California targets
A U.S. $100 million wine investment fund set up by China's Hina Group has no shortage of potential targets among top wineries in California, according to an adviser.
Stonehaus Farms Vineyard & Winery taps improving climate for Missouri winemakers
Supporters hope the recent establishment of the Kansas City Wine Trail will draw tourist traffic to match the existing winery corridor near St. Louis.
Colorado's Talon Wine Brands wins 21 medals at international wine competition
Talon Wine Brands, which includes St. Kathryn Cellars, Talon Winery and Meadery of the Rockies, recently won 21 medals - 10 gold, five silver and six bronze - at the 2012 Denver International Wine Competition held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in downtown Denver.
More Chinese wine producers will use screw caps instead of corks
In China, where people are quickly gaining a deeper appreciation for wine, most still associate a cork with value. Presenting a bottle of wine with a screw cap could be perceived as cheap and inelegant.
Harper Government Creating New Opportunities for Canadian Vintners
An investment of $160,000 will support the Canadian Vintners Association's ongoing international market development and trade efforts to increase the awareness of the value, quality, and diversity of Canadian wines.
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.
Tawse named Canada's top winery for third year in row
Tawse wines were awarded 32 medals in the recent competition held by Wine Access Magazine, setting a record with both their overall medal count and their nine gold medals.
Obama's Wine Gift to Boehner Could Violate House Ethics Rules
There are some exceptions to the gift rule laid out in the Ethics Manual if Obama and Boehner are personal friends or if President Obama could be considered a "government entity."
Chateau Ste. Michelle Wins "United States Wine Producer of the Year"
In addition, the Chateau Ste. Michelle 2009 Canoe Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon was awarded the Warren Winiarski Trophy for Cabernet Sauvignon in the IWSC competition.
Napa Valley vintners release harvest film
The Napa Valley Vintners trade association has released the finale of its 2012 harvest video series with an outtake reel of the spokespeople's bloopers and more whimsical commentaries.
Spirits Industry Applauds House Passage of Russian Trade Bill
PNTR Will Ensure Improved Market Access for American Distillers
French wine auction raises record 5.9 mn euros
Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, France's former first lady, added a touch of supermodel sparkle to Sunday's auction, held for the 152nd time in what was a hospital for the poor founded in the 15th century
PR: Experts at the Beverage Testing Institute Discover the Best Wine for Thanksgiving Turkey
is...Zweigelt? Austrian Wine and Food-Pairing Ideas for the Holidays
Welcome to Bottlewood, by Jancis Robinson
Despite punitive taxation, India now has a thriving wine culture - or at least its vast middle class and 'upper crust' do
Growing Your Own Grapes Isn't the Only Way
Today's top n├ęgociants-whose spiritual home may be in Burgundy but who work all over the world-are producing higher-quality wines and are often engaged with the winemaking and the viticulture
Bonny Doon vintner's Santa Cruz roots
Randall Grahm admits to being a product of Santa Cruz
Gamay finally finds its New World roots
On a trip last year to the Sierra foothills, I noticed a bundle of budwood sticks sitting outside Ron Mansfield's office
George Barnwell Obituary
George Barnwell, a former newspaperman, lifelong outdoorsman and respected grape grower in the Russian River Valley, died Nov. 14 of complications from Parkinson's disease. He was 85.
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