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  Daily News for Tuesday, November 27th
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11/27/12
Foley Family Wines buys Ramal East Vineyard of Sonoma County
The purchase includes around 206 acres of vineyards planted mainly with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir varietals.
11/27/12
Sonoma County Regions Compete in Holiday Toy and Coat Drive
Jordan and J wineries host competition between Alexander Valley and Russian River Valley to fill grape gondolas with donations
11/27/12
Annual Wine Shipping Virtual Seminar Brings Key Industry Updates to Wineries Nationwide
Online seminar addresses wine shipping rules changes and important guidelines for working with third-party marketers
11/27/12
Applications Now Being Accepted for the Taub Family Vinitaly Italian Wine Scholap
To promote the continued growth and development of Italian fine wine in the U.S. on-premise sector, VeronaFiere is pleased to offer the Taub Family Vinitaly Italian Wine Scholarship.
11/27/12
Josh Cellars Teams with Operation Homefront to Provide Assistance to New York-based Military Families
Ft. Drum area military families get helping hand this holiday season
11/27/12
Brand Blur: Wines with similar names spark trademark disputes
Brands are as important in the wine world as anywhere else, and now and again there are disputes over infringements, or alleged infringements. A week ago, a ruling settled a years-long legal wrangle between Château Mouton Rothschild, the prestigious French producer, and Osawa Wines, a small New Zealand winery.
11/27/12
DNA sleuth hunts wine roots in Anatolia
There are easier places to make wine than the spectacular, desolate landscapes of southeast Turkey, but DNA analysis suggests it is here that Stone Age farmers first domesticated the wine grape.
11/27/12
Wine Channel TV Expands Programming to Hospitality Market with Millennial Focus
Wine Channel TV content will begin to appear in December 2012 in the San Francisco, Napa Valley and Sonoma markets and over the following months will reach over 500,000 hotels rooms via its own proprietary in-room channel, electronic program guide and Wi-Fi portal pages in up to 1000 hotels, as well as access to over 5,000 hotel business centers and leading US based timeshare locations.
11/27/12
Will New Jersey Have Wine This Holiday Season?
One of the state's biggest wine-and-spirits distributors was wrecked by Hurricane Sandy; Fedway and its importer partners are scrambling to keep wines in stores.
11/27/12
Wisconsin's Wine-Buying Power
After their home state, Washington winemakers say that Wisconsin is the second biggest market for their wines.
11/27/12
Las Positas College Vineyard and Winery; Livermore Students Get the Full Vino Deal
The vineyards and other parts of the enology program are part of a vast, impressive array of lecture halls and classrooms, laboratories, performance halls, playing fields, and more, that are a community asset.
11/27/12
People News Recap from 11/12 -- 11-26
Wine industry people on the move from November 12 to November 26.
11/27/12
Pinot Noir producer TDE acquires Nugent Vineyard in Russian River Valley
The Donum Estate (TDE), a Carneros-based producer of Pinot Noir, has purchased the 20 acre Nugent Vineyard for an undisclosed amount.
11/27/12
New group winemaker for Waipara Hills
Kiwi winery Waipara Hills has appointed former Lion New Zealand director Ben Glover as its new group winemaker.
11/27/12
The Terlato Wine Group Selects Vistaar to Manage Distributor Pricing
Vistaar Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of price management solutions, today announced that The Terlato Wine Group has selected the company's pricing solution to optimize distributor price management throughout its organization.
11/27/12
Wine writer 'not dead'
Far from being a dead profession, Tom Bruce Gardyne insists that the wine writer remains very much alive and has an important role to play.
11/27/12
Alcohol holds back Chilean Pinot Noir
Alcohol levels represent "the big challenge" for Chile's ability to produce top quality Pinot Noir, according to Cono Sur winemaker, Matias Ríos.
11/27/12
Year-Round Farmers Markets Keep New Yorkers Eating Local
While many of the city's 138 farmers markets close just before Thanksgiving, a handful stay open all year round, making up for a relative lack of produce by providing other cold-weather staples such as butter, cream, baked goods, wine and hot apple cider.
11/27/12
Windsor wine warehouser plans third building
Wine Country Shipping plans to more than double the size of its Windsor facilities next year to satisfy vintner demand for casegoods storage. Continued growth of direct-to-consumer sales of wine, particularly for smaller producers struggling to gain the attention of a dwindling number of distributors, is fueling a number of expansions of wine storage and shipping businesses.
11/27/12
Australia's iconic Cambewarra winery up for auction
A 21-year love affair with winemaking might end for Louise Cole. Mrs Cole. owner and operator of Cambewarra Estate Winery's listed the 20-acre property for auction on Dec. 8 with Marylou Parker of Integrity Real Estate.
11/27/12
Ohio Wineries Team Up For Barrel Tasting
Eight wineries in the Ohio River Valley have joined together for the Annual Barrel Tasting on Saturday, Nov. 24.
11/27/12
Oregon winery president denies marijuana trafficking link
The president of a well-known winery linked to a federal investigation into marijuana trafficking denies any involvement in the drug trade. A 223-acre parcel owned by the Fellowship of Friends, a spiritual organization that owns the Renaissance Vineyard & Winery, was among seven properties targeted in search warrants obtained by federal agents in September.
11/27/12
Public meetings scheduled for Santa Barbara winery ordinance revision
The county Planning and Development Department is hosting the meetings to get public comment about controversial issues that have pitted the local wine industry against neighbors of various wineries who complain about noise and traffic created by "special," or "winery" events.
11/27/12
Man hurt in Brisbane winery explosion
A man who suffered acid burns in an explosion at Sirromet Winery received first aid from four of the workers as they waited about 20 minutes for paramedics to arrive and be cleared to enter the scene.
11/27/12
Novia Scotia wineries eye European price rise
Nova Scotia's fledgling wine industry may get a boost next year from a price spike in European imports. However, some people in the provincial industry said Wednesday they are by no means enthused about problems with drought, frost and hail devastating the crops of their wine-producing European colleagues.
11/27/12
João Portugal Ramos releases exclusive wines
Portuguese producer João Portugal Ramos has launched a premium Albariño, to be stocked exclusively by Marks & Spencer, and a red called F'OZ, to be stocked by Waitrose.
11/27/12
Sisters in art: Mondavi show presents art from two worlds that meet in friendship
When Margrit Mondavi approached Layla Fanucci about doing a show at the Mondavi Winery, the local artist asked if she could share the show with an another artist, Wafaa Mezouar. That's how the current exhibit at Robert Mondavi Winery became a story of the friendship between two women from different worlds, one from St. Helena and the other from Casablanca, Morocco.
11/27/12
Craft + Estate to Import Chapoutier's Domaine Tournon
Craft + Estate, the national import operation for Virginia-based The Vintner Group, announces an agreement to exclusively represent Michel Chapoutier's Australian project Domaine Tournon in the United States.
11/27/12
Tahoe City Downtown Association seeks 2013 Wine Walk producer
TCDA is seeking a contractor to manage the signature event of the Tahoe City Solstice Festival: The Tahoe City Wine Walk. This special event holds enormous potential for growth in both attendance and sponsorships to benefit ongoing programs for the Tahoe City Downtown Association.
11/27/12
Richard Longman looks at how the New Zealand wine industry is evolving as it grows to support its export focus
The New Zealand wine industry remains relatively young in its development compared to many other wine producing nations. The industry has experienced rapid growth and continues to evolve, with substantial structural change occurring in various areas.
11/27/12
Oregon wineries prepare for holiday sales
An overview of the different sales plans Oregon wineries are taking during the holiday season.
11/27/12
Australian wines overflow at Chinese tables
Over the past four years, China's enthusiasm for Australian wine has flourished. Between 2007 and 2010, total sales to China increased by 34.7 million liters, or 260 percent, according to Wine Australia.
11/27/12
Mark Driver, Founder Of The Rathfinny Estate Winery, Tells Of His Journey From Hedges To Vines
Former hedge fund manager Mark Driver left the heady world of finance in 2010, and after a bit of soul-searching set up on his idea to build the UK's biggest and greenest vineyard.
11/27/12
Asimov: Rolling With the Changes in the Languedoc
If it seems that the Languedoc is always on the way but never quite arriving, that's only because the region has had so far to go, and the destination, like the completion of New York City, will always be elusive. Nonetheless, the progress is real.
11/27/12
Wales Manor Winery in McKinney, TX offered reality TV show amid growing popularity
The owner was recently contacted by a production company in Hollywood about the prospect of starting his own reality show based on the business. There are also plans for expanding the winery in order to offer more concert seating.
11/27/12
Bad Prison Wine Blamed for Landing Seven Arizona Inmates in Intensive Care
According to information from the county, four prison-wine connoisseurs got super-sick around the same time on Saturday, and by noon Sunday, seven inmates were in intensive care.
11/27/12
Washington grape grower Zirkle Wine now also crushing, pressing and fermenting
The Tri-City Herald reports Zirkle completed a $4.5 million custom crush facility just in time for this year's harvest. It crushed and pressed the juice out of about 5,000 tons of grapes.
11/27/12
Cheap wine under threat due to poor harvests
The days of the five pound bottle of supermarket plonk is under threat as poor harvests around the world send prices soaring.
11/27/12
Unfiltered: The Timberlake-Biel Wedding Cuvée
Plus, Hip-hop star Timbaland introduces a sparkling blend of wine and vodka, Adam Carolla introduces Mangria and more Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts.
11/27/12
Canada Uncorks Export Funding
Agri Marketing Program grant encouraging wine associations to cultivate interest in Asia, the U.S. and U.K.
11/27/12
Russian River Pinot Is the Star
A former chemistry professor who took up viticulture "to make money" in his retirement, Joe Nugent might seem an unlikely filmmaking auteur, but his first release, "From Obscurity to Excellence: The Story of Grapes & Wine in the Russian River Valley" will debut on the big screen in Santa Rosa on Dec. 1.
11/27/12
UK wine offer falls short
The CEO of London's newest steak house has criticised the UK's wine offer as being unnecessarily expensive and limited in scope.
11/27/12
Santa Rita to host South American wine workshop
Santa Rita Estates has unveiled plans for its South American wine workshops, which will take place in London in January 2013.
11/27/12
Alexandra Harper named Young Wine Writer of 2012
The Circle of Wine Writers announced in a ceremony on Monday that Alexandra Harper is this year's winner of the Young Wine Writer of the Year award.
11/27/12
I'm Thankful for... Thomas Fogarty Wines
t this holiday season, the kind of wines I am most thankful for are those made by dedicated, small producers in relatively tiny quantities based on particular, distinctive vineyard sites. One that I visited in recent months that not only fills this bill but also makes the kind of food-friendly wines that are ideal for the holidays is Thomas Fogarty Winery.
11/27/12
Coppola's transformation of Rubicon to Inglenook complete
Francis Ford Coppola is close to completing the restoration of California's Inglenook, after using the name to rebrand his Rubicon wine for the release of the 2009 vintage.
11/27/12
Tree lighting at Mondavi Winery
The Robert Mondavi Winery in Oakville rings in the holiday season with its annual tree lighting celebration and holiday party, which includes horse and buggy rides through the To Kalon vineyard, hot apple cider, carolers, Italian cookies, cheese, charcuterie and a visit from Santa Claus. It takes place on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 3 to 5 p.m. The tree lighting is at 4:45 p.m.
11/27/12
Treasury banking on demand for top wines
The wine sector is ready for turnaround after years of oversupply as global wine stocks are depleted and demand continues to surge for premium and luxury wines, Treasury Wine Estates told analysts yesterday.
11/27/12
Wine Spin-off Could Decant Penfolds True Value
Analysts at Macquarie think the Penfolds brand risks stagnating if it remains trapped within Australia-listed Treasury Wine Estates.
11/27/12
France: Beer Lovers Fear an Unequal Tax Bite in Wine Country
Simon Thillou likes to think of La Cave à Bulles, his shop here devoted only to beer, as a place where beer lovers can gather to taste new brews and, of course, discuss the state of the world. But this was one controversy he never saw coming, and wishes he never had: a proposed 160 percent increase in the tax on beer.
11/27/12
Doubt about value of new Chilean denominations
The new denominations cover the entire range of Chile's viticultural regions, from Malleco Valley in the south to Elqui Valley in the north.
11/27/12
Lake County: 2012 Graduates of the Master Vigneron Class
Ten individuals representing Lake County's professional vineyard work force received accolades when the Lake County Winegrape Commission presented its first graduating class of the Commission's Master Vigneron Academy.
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