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  Daily News for Friday, November 30th
Wine investment standards body launched
The four founder members of the Wine Investment Association are Hugo Rose MW of Culver Street Ltd, David Jackson of Albany Portfolio Management, Adrian Lenagan of Provenance Fine Wines and Peter Shakeshaft of Vin-X Ltd. All are wine portfolio managers and investment advisers.
TWE boss pans lack of acumen; calls Australian wine indsutry lazy
Treasury Wine Estates chief executive David Dearie has criticized the Australian wine industry for being lazy, with poor marketing and lack of innovation and little understanding of the consumer.
Economic Impact of Napa's Wine Industry More Than $13 Billion to Napa County
he Napa Valley Vintners released today the updated and most comprehensive report to date on the value of the region's wine industry titled The Economic Impact of Napa County's Wine and Grapes by Barbara Insel, founder of Stonebridge Research.
Report: Napa wine business pumps $13B into local economy
The total economic impact of Napa County's grape and wine business last year was $13.3 billion inside the county line, $25.9 billion in California and more than $50 billion in the U.S., according to a study released today by a local trade group.
PR: American Wine Society Honors Jim Bernau As Award Of Merit Recipient
The American Wine Society (AWS) has awarded its 2012 Award of Merit to winery owner and environmentalist Jim Bernau. The Award of Merit, the Society's highest honor, recognizes substantial and meritorious contributions to the wine industry.
Darker and heavier bottles can protect the quality of white wine, new study finds
The research conducted at the National Wine and Grape Industry Centre (NWGIC) at Charles Sturt University (CSU), in collaboration with Dr Daniel Dias at The University of Melbourne, examined the impact of light on the quality of white wine, with the ultimate aim to improve its shelf life.
Tennessee still fighting for wine in grocery stores
Proponents of selling wine in Tennessee grocery stores say it would mean savings and jobs for residents and revenue for the state. Despite repeated attempts in the General Assembly, Tennessee, unlike many states, does not allow wine to be sold in the local Kroger or Publix.
China's "Wine & Cheese Boom" Gains Strength
Optimistic cheese producers see China as a golden opportunity.
Higher alcohol prices could curb health-care, crime costs in Canada, report says
The report recommends hiking minimum prices for booze in some provinces and implementing minimums where there are none, like in Alberta liquor stores. The author of the report hopes that government uses liquor prices to affect social factors, like health and crime.
Tasting Planned to Help Red Hook Winery Rebuild After Sandy
Winemaker Studio owner Anthony Nappa has a plentiful stock of Red Hook Winery wines at his Peconic tasting room, and he's ready to liquidate them all to help the Brooklyn winery, which was destroyed after hurricane Sandy last month.
Chinese industrialist buys top wine estate in landmark deal
A Chinese industrialist has completed the landmark purchase of Chateau Bellefont-Belcier, a leading estate in France's prestigious Saint Emilion wine-making area, sources involved in the sale said today.
French down to a glass of wine a day, survey finds
Fewer than one in five French adults now drink wine almost every day as health concerns and a sluggish economy maintain a long-term pattern of sharply falling consumption, according to research carried out every five years for the ministry of agriculture.
Foley Family Wines does new flurry of Wine Country deals
Foley Family Wines, presided over by billionaire Bill Foley, has nabbed several new wine-related properties, including Sonoma County's 206-acre Ramal East Vineyard and Langtry Estate & Vineyards, including the Langtry and Guenoc brands.
Sheriff: Sex Offender Swindled 13 Napa Valley Wineries Posing as Doctor
A winery worker's internet detective work was the undoing of Gregory Michael Evans, accused of posing as a surgeon or veterinarian and bullying employees at 13 wineries into giving him cash and goods, Napa County Sheriff's Capt. Leroy Anderson said.
PA: Stargazers Vineyard to put accent on season with Gluehwein
Starting Saturday, Stargazers will offer tastings of Dornfelder Gluehwein. According to the e-letter, they are making it with its Dornfelder wine and every spice they saw mentioned in several recipes, except anise.
Kirrihill Wines appoints new head winemaker
Kirrihill Wines, from South Australia's Clare Valley, has appointed Hamish Seabrook as its new head winemaker.
Vancouver Urban Winery Releases Their Own "Roaring Twenties" Wine Label
Vancouver Urban Winery officially has launched their first wine label: Roaring Twenties Wine Co.. Currently available throughout the BC market, the label will initially release a Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand and a Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina, both with suggested retail of $14.99
Pernod Ricard UK appoints new spirits channel director
Pernod Ricard UK has appointed Chris Shead as channel director for spirits in the off-trade.
Majority of U.K. consumers against minimum pricing, reveals new poll
The majority of people in England and Wales do not think there should be a minimum price of alcohol, according to research commissioned by retail and consumer analysts, Kantar.
B.C. Broker Negotiates Wine Surplus
With the British Columbia Wine Institute estimating the province's grape crop reaching 35,000 tons this year, some observers are talking about the potential for a surplus.
DWWA winners tasting returns to The Sampler
The popular pre-Christmas tasting of award-winners from the Decanter World Wine Awards returns to London wine merchant The Sampler from tomorrow.
Black Friday wine and spirits sale brings in $5.9 million in Virginia
Nearly one-third of the 338 state liquor stores doubled or more than doubled sales from the same day in 2011, according to figures released Wednesday by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
Five must-see Livermore wineries
Christmas lights are grand, but you'll likely want to take refuge from the rain -- and sip some of Livermore's finest -- at a handful of the area's wineries this weekend. Here are five not-to-miss spots.
East Texas winery widens their wine selection
Kiepersol winery in Tyler has been selling Texas wine, and only Texas wine, in their store since 1999. But now that Tyler has passed a law allowing the sale of alcohol for off-premise consumption, Kiepersol is widening their wine selection to include bottles from vineyards worldwide.
Ancient Peaks a star in Paso Robles and Detroit
Ancient Peaks, a label out of the Paso Robles AVA near the Santa Lucia Mountains, is the buzz in wine 'zines and it's cropping up around Metro Detroit. Wine Spectator blessed three of its wines - the 2009 Zinfandel, 2009 Merlot and 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon - in the April 30 feature story on "Best of the West for $25 or less."
Girls Night Out offered at Mayers Lake Ontario Winery
Mayers Lake Ontario Winery will be hosting a "Girls Night Out" starting at 6 p.m. Friday. Admission is free to the event, which will feature free wine tastings and hors d'oeuvres, food and drink specials, live entertainment and door prize drawings.
Australia's Taylors Wines extend Open sponsorship
Golf Australia is pleased to announce that Taylors Wines have extended their partnership as the Official Wine Sponsor of the Emirates Australian Open for an additional three years.
California sun can turn cab franc into a star
In California's warm, sunny climate, the grape can mature, grow riper and more nuanced, with intense, juicy fruit and aromas from cassis to black plums to tart cherries.
Ontario wine sales expected to soar after banner harvest
The Ontario wine industry is projecting soaring demand for its product next year, on the strength of a record output and European shortfall.
Florida-based Island Club Brands to add Carnaval Brazilian Brut to portfolio
To produce the wine, Island Club partnered with Brazil-based winery Cooperativa Vinicola Aurora. The 11.8% ABV Carnaval Brazilian Brut is a blend of Reisling and Semillon grapes that are sourced from Serra Gaucha region in Brazil.
Three company directors leave U.K. wine supplier Bibendum
Three company directors have left wine supplier Bibendum this week - but managing director Michael Saunders insists the move is just "streamlining the management team".
Drive to restore British gin to 'former glory'
The former founder of Tyrrells crisps is rolling out a British gin in the wake of new figures that show an annual 11.6 percent increase in gin sales.
Emerging Languedoc region targets UK for exports
Producers from the emerging Saint-Chinian appellation in the Languedoc in southern France are to target the UK in early 2013 in the hope of gaining listings and a foothold in the UK wine market.
What's hot in Hong Kong
There is a burgeoning wine industry in Hong Kong where consumer demand is rising and tastes are changing.
Treasury Wine Leasing Napa Vineyards to Meet Premium Demand Jump
Treasury Wine Estates Ltd., the world's second-biggest listed wine producer, is renting vineyards in California's Napa and Australia's Barossa valleys to get hold of grapes amid surging demand for high-end vintages.
Top new products from November
From a 30-year-old single malt whiskey from the Isle of Jura distillery to a Cognac Frapin from the McKinley Vintners, get some seasonal inspiration from The Drinks Business' list of new products.
Dates set for El Bulli cellar auction
Dates are set for the auction of El Bulli's wine cellar, which could fetch up to US$1.6m for the now-closed restaurant's new research foundation.
NMSU Dean Garrey Carruthers issues $10,000 challenge for wine academy
Garrey Carruthers has issued a $10,000 challenge for others to help support the university's Bobby Lee Lawrence Academy of Wine.
Napa vintage 2012: 'a magic season'
Judging from the harvest where yields per acre were up as much as 10 to 20 percent, the 2012 vintage is already being touted as super-excellent in quality as well as quantity. Maybe even the best ever, some growers say.
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