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  Daily News for Tuesday, November 20th
Grapes (and raisins) of wrath: Supreme Court may hear farm program cases

The legal questions seem arcane, while the consequences affect the real world. They represent the latest fronts in a long-running dispute between farmers who like programs that promote collective action and those who prefer to go their own way

Napa and Sonoma Estimate Harvest
Grapegrower representatives project healthy 2012 crop is up 30 percent or more.
Conference: Where Wine and Tourism Can Meet
A new conference looks at potential synergies between the two industries.
Moon Mountain on course for AVA status
Winemakers on the mountainous eastern slopes of Sonoma Valley may soon be part of California's newest American Viticultural Area (AVA), which contains some of the country's most historic vineyards.
Miguel Torres scoops Wine Intelligence award
Miguel Torres, president of Bodegas Torres, has been awarded the latest Wine Intelligence 10 for 10 Business Award for the Penedès region.
Stacked Wines adds Cabernet Sauvignon wine to portfolio
The new wine is now stacked along with Merlot, Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio in 'four pack' stem-less wine glasses that are vertically arranged to form one full bottle of wine.
Kendall-Jackson Selects MWW To Launch New Consumer Campaign
Acclaimed California winery looks to MWW's Los Angeles office to lead communications initiatives for K-J's "Goes Well With Friends" campaign.
Highly acclaimed Okanagan Valley winery Nk'Mip Cellars named #1 Winery in British Columbia
Nk'Mip Senior Winemaker Randy Picton is one of the most esteemed in the region, and is renowned for his commitment to making every vintage spectacular.
Own-label wine sales flat
Despite huge investment in own-label wines by the major retailers, volumes are flat across the trade in the past year.
Maryland to Host Fifth Annual DrinkLocalWine Conference
DrinkLocalWine will hold its fifth annual conference April 12-14, 2013 in Baltimore, focusing on Maryland wine. The state's industry is one of the fastest growing in the country, nearly doubling in size over the past two years with more than 60 wineries.
Liquor sales stagnate, industry says Marylanders going out of state
Liquor sales in Maryland have stagnated in the past year, showing almost no growth since 2011, a change the industry attributes to an increased alcohol tax driving Marylanders to cross state lines in search of cheaper booze.
Winegrape Association Plans "Superior Quality by Design" for 2013 Convention
The Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers' released a sampling of seminar events for its four-day annual February Convention, which is to be held in Kennewick, Washington, Feb. 5 through Feb. 8.
Northwest wine industry meeting to discuss mechanization, Dream Act
or the 2013 Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers annual convention, which will be held Feb. 5-8 at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick
Liquor store numbers continue to rise in Oklahoma
The number of liquor stores in Oklahoma continues to rise despite recent efforts to change state law and allow grocery stores to sell wine.
Uncorkings: Domaine Clarence Dillon Acquires a Parcel Near Château Haut-Brion
While the purchase price was not divulged, the land was appraised and valued at approximately $1.4 million in March 2008.
Bordeaux's New Kids on the Plateau
Having achieved great success in their home appellations, the owners of Haut-Brion, Pingus, Le Pin and Kendall-Jackson look to duplicate their achievements in Saint-Émilion
Sherry Returns to Trendy Bars, Old Bodegas, Thanksgiving
This fortified wine, once derided as the drink of blue- rinsed aunts, is a new passion for New York's trend-conscious wine lovers.
Chile focusing more on regional wines
Major brands, who more than a decade ago might have been more inclined to keep flooding our shores with cheap Merlot, are now increasingly focused on regional wines of origin.
Poplar Forest hosts Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival
Tents stood around Jefferson's octagonal home, housing vineyard representatives ready to satisfy thirsty attendees.
Experts say booming grape yield bodes well for Lodi winemakers
Grape growers in the Lodi Appellation are having a booming year, but experts say it's too soon to reveal the great prices Lodi winegrapes are earning.
Jackson Family Wines Buys Key Russian River Vineyard
Saralee's Vineyard provides Pinot Noir and Chardonnay for Acacia, Arrowood and others.
2012 Vintage Report: Italy
A wet spring and a hot, dry summer across the Italian peninsula kept winegrowers working hard
Vinexpo 2013 to take place from June 16-20
Vinexpo has confirmed that its 17th trade show will be held from June 16 to 20, 2013, at Bordeaux's Lake Exhibition Centre.
Majestic Wine profits grow as customer numbers jump
Majestic Wine's profits are up by 3.9 percent, driven by an 11.2 percent jump in customer numbers, according the the group's half-year results to Oct. 1, 2012.
Register now for Chile Summit 2012
Time is running out to register for Harpers' upcoming Chile Summit 2012, giving UK drinks buyers a unique chance to learn more about premium Chilean wine and the opportunity it offers your business.
Aussie vines reach 165-year milestone
A Barossa vineyard is to celebrate its 165th birthday on 4 December with a lunch party on the "unique patch of dirt".
Burgundy tries to avoid 'Bordeaux example' as Asian buyers flock to Beaune
There were 30 percent more Asian buyers at this year's Hospices de Beaune compared to last year, auction house Christie's said.
Northwest wine industry meeting to discuss immigration reform
Immigration reform, how it is driving mechanization and the potential impact of the Dream Act are scheduled agenda items for the 2013 Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers annual convention, which will be held Feb. 5-8 at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick.
Southern Wine & Spirits Applies Multi-Level Relief Effort for Those Impacted by Hurricane Sandy
Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc., the nation's leading wine and spirits distributor with operations in 35 states, has announced that it will be leveraging its caring culture and the generosity of its 12,500 employees from across the country in implementing a multi-level relief effort for those affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Wine prices set to rise after poor grape harvest, warns Majestic boss
Majestic Wine boss Steve Lewis says supermarkets are likely to increase the price of a £5 bottle by 50p or £1 next spring.
Centennial may be closing more liquor stores in North Texas
Centennial Fine Wine & Spirits, a Dallas-based chain of 45 stores, is struggling with financial issues and may soon close another round of stores.
There's One Thing You Left Out
IT'S the absolute last minute. All your Thanksgiving preparations are in order. Almost. "Oh no! I knew I forgot something ... the wine!"
Wine magazine names Joseph Gallo of Modesto its person of the year
Gallo, 71, has led the Modesto company - the world's largest family owned winery - since 2001. His father, Ernest, and uncle Julio founded the firm in 1933
What Does Harley-Davidson share with wine?
... if you can't back away from day-to-day duties and get a grasp of the environment changing around you and then strategize for the long run, you might be in the wine business for the short run.
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