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  Daily News for Monday, December 3rd
Accolade Wines North America Announces New Napa Headquarters
"From an international perspective, Napa is the global icon as the home of America's wine industry. It offers a greater radius of recruitment prospects for all levels of positions and provides easy access for national and international travel."
CEO Troy Christensen Departs Accolade Wines
The Board of Accolade Wines announced that by mutual agreement Troy Christensen will be leaving his position as Chief Executive Officer on Nov. 30, 2012.
NY Gov's booze-reform plan sobering news
State health advisers to Gov. Cuomo will approve a plan later this week pushing for an increase on "sin" taxes on booze, limiting the numbers of new bars and liquor stores, and restricting the hours of gin joints
Prospects brighten for wine in Tennessee groceries
The latest proposed overhaul would allow counties that currently permit liquor sales to hold a referendum on whether to remove liquor stores' exclusive right to sell wine
Winemakers blend tradition and technology
Winemakers embrace tech with live video chats where they discuss the nuances of their latest vintages. QR codes on wine bottles also provide food pairing ideas.
7th Annual Sonoma Valley Winery Gingerbread Competition Rings in Season Long "Holidays in Sonoma Valley" Celebration
Sonoma Valley's Vintners & Growers Alliance (SVVGA) has announced the contestants in the 7th Annual Sonoma Valley Winery Gingerbread Competition where wineries create edible replicas of their wineries.
Haddon Heights restaurants partner with NJ wineries
State law now allows for the sale and promotion of New Jersey wines at BYOBs - even in dry towns like Haddon Heights - once the eatery applies for a permit. Diners can still bring their own bottles, but now have an option to purchase wines.
Dry, hot summer a mixed blessing for Tennessee's wineries
This year's dry, hot summer actually helped in a sense, but some vineyards had already been hurt by an early frost and were struggling heading into the drought.
Niagara wineries team up with authors
The Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library has teamed up with the Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake to present Wine & Words, a new author series featuring celebrated Canadian authors paired up with Niagara wines.
Breadth of wine's local influence evident in new report
If you think of the latest report on the economic impact of Napa County's wine industry as a check-up at the doctor's office, the findings indicate a clean bill of health.
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.
2012 growing season: A strange year for Ontario grapes
First, March brought record-shattering heat, which fooled ornamental and fruit trees into blossoming early and when frost cruelly came back in April, the end result was lots of lost peaches, pears and apples. But then we had summer drought and a prolonged heat wave.
Orange County-based Best Wines Online debuts
Two longtime veterans of Wine Exchange in Orange, Kyle Meyer and Tristen Beamon, have just opened an online wine shop based in Santa Ana called Best Wines Online.
In France, juice and soda push wine drinking to record low
As wine becomes more a weekend event, the number of occasional drinkers who sip a glass once or twice a week is up slightly to 45 percent from 41 percent, according to the report.
"Wines of the Southern Hemisphere" Wins Gourmand's 'Best Wine Book' 2012
The desire to introduce -- and familiarize -- people with the wines of the Southern Hemisphere was the motivation behind writing the nearly 600-page tome. Mike and Jeff have traveled to each and every wine-producing region in the Southern Hemisphere.
Ontario Grape Growers expect demand for 2012 Ontario wine to soar following record harvest and global wine shortage
A record 2012 grape harvest and a global wine shortage have Ontario grape growers optimistic that 2013 will see more wine lovers than ever from Ontario and around the world enjoying award-winning Ontario wines.
Startup takes on wine bottle 'tyranny'
Former online advertising executive Scott Tavenner has spent the last 15 years honing a solution to the sometimes-awkward decision of whether to break out a new bottle.
What Wine Goes Best With Toad?
Anthony Davie is charged with expanding the company's presence in Asia, where a growing middle class is developing a thirst for wine
Turkish Wine Renaissance Promotes Rock-Aged Whites
At a tasting in a World War II cement bunker in Gali winery's vineyards on Turkey's Gallipoli peninsula, the 2010 bright, juicy cabernet franc-merlot blend is a big and very pleasant surprise.
Chronicle Top 100 Wines: Cabernet and Merlot
What's assuredly true is that 2009 was a great year for Cabernet, whether in the heart of Napa or the reaches of the Northwest
Chronicle Top 100 Wines: Rhone-style reds
Let's momentarily put aside the grumbling about the state of Syrah (still ... complicated) and the esoteric nature of Grenache (even if it's the basis of all those Chateauneufs du Pape) and just take a moment to enjoy how well the inspirations of southern France have taken hold on the West Coast
Chronicle Top values from top wineries
Some additional wines, $30 and under, from Top 100 Wines producers:
Top 100 Wines: Zinfandel and other reds
If you believe that California's future can be defined by its past, just take a look at these selections
Starbucks Grows Up With a Wine and Beer Menu
The store on Agoura Road is one of few Starbucks nationwide to serve lagers alongside lattes.
N.S. wineries benefit from unique soil, climate conditions
'Tidal Bay reflects the unique terroir we have'
Natural wine? Serve it to the tooth fairy, say sceptics
"These are all things that don't exist - natural wines, the tooth fairy and Father Christmas," says Robert Joseph, a wine trade veteran who is one of the most prominent naysayers.
Santa Rosa Press Democrat: Viticulture Briefs
Vineyard pruning workshops in Spanish -- Wineries compete in charity drive -- Study documents economic impact of wine in Napa Valley
France: downward spiral in consumption shows no signs of abating
Confirming the need for French wine firms to tap into overseas wine markets to ensure their long term future, latest figures released this week at Bordeaux trade show Vinitech reveal that the French are indeed drinking less wine and turning increasingly to fruit juices and fizzy drinks.
Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board spent $475K to hype own brands
The LCB spent more than $474,600 with Philadelphia-based Harmelin Media to place ads for its private brands, records obtained under the state's Right to Know Law indicate.
Sketch of Monte Sereno slayer released
Los Gatos/Monte Sereno police have released a sketch of one of several assailants wanted in connection with the slaying of a former winery owner inside his mansion
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