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  Daily News for Tuesday, December 4th
Bordeaux launches winemaker and estate matchmaking service

The Bordeaux government is launching a new initiative to match young winemakers looking to buy their first estate with properties owned by older winemakers approaching retirement

Vandals destroy six vintages of Case Basse in Montalcino, an online source for wine news in Italy, is reporting that in the night, vandals entered the cellars of Case Basse, an acclaimed producer of Brunello di Montalcino, and simply turned on the spigots, emptying the casks onto the floor. Six entire vintages -- 2007 to 2012 -- have been lost.
Where Is China's Wine Market Going?
As he hands over the reins of the country's top wine importer, Don St. Pierre says China is evolving.
Garagiste Festival in Paso Robles grows attendance and image in second year
By extending the schedule from three days to four, total attendance increased from 500-700 at the inaugural fest in 2011 to more than 1,000 this year
People News Recap from 11/27--12/3
Ex-Mountain Winery owner killed in home
An early-morning robbery Friday at a stately brick mansion in an upscale Santa Clara County community left a former winery owner dead, his wife injured and police wondering whether it was a random home invasion or a targeted assault.
A year in, Buddy Boy Winery becoming a household name in central Pennsylvania
Buddy Boy, one of Pennsylvania's most unique wineries, just celebrated its first year operating off routes 11/15 in Duncannon, 16 miles north of Harrisburg. Visitors came from all over the area and from as far away as Washington state, to taste Buddy Boy's wine list of largely sweet and fruit wines.
Record grape harvest on the South Plains
In a record year for Texas grape production, the High Plains once again leads the way and most growers believe they've just begun making an impact. Local grape consultant Bobby Cox said about 5,000 tons of the fruit was harvested from the High Plains, including Terry, Garza, Yoakum, Hudspeth and Lubbock counties.
Canadian wineries cheer premium harvest
Conditions included the mild winter, spring frost that didn't damage buds nearly as much as its devastation of Ontario apples. The hot, dry summer that concentrates prized sugars and a fall harvest yielding such high-quality grapes.
New winery opens in Smithsburg, Maryland
Red Heifer Winery offers a variety of sweet and dry wines, which include a dry vidal blanc, semi-sweet red heifer white (vidal blanc with 3 percent residual sugar), blueberry and Catawba. A dry French oak barrel-aged cabernet franc is coming soon.
Missouri County Council establishes new Agricultural Tourism District in wine region
The St. Charles County Council has created a new zoning district in the wine region with the hope of ensuring future development there preserves the area's natural beauty and rural atmosphere. The new Agricultural Tourism District puts architectural- and site-design requirements on new buildings that are part of a tourist attraction - for example, a small inn added to a winery.
How Burt Williams Became Pinot's Patron Saint
Just as the farmer/winemakers of Burgundy tend to be far earthier than the tweedy, aristocratic proprietors of the grand châteaux of Bordeaux, the Sonoma-bred Mr. Williams in no way resembles the typical Napa Valley wine baron-a wealthy entrepreneur venturing on his second or third act.
Bodega Luigi Bosca from Mendoza Enters Wildman Family of Wines
Frederick Wildman and Sons, Ltd., announced their appointment as national importer for Bodega Luigi Bosca, wines of Mendoza, Argentina, as of January 2013. The addition of this reputed winery to the Wildman group blends with the remainder of its expansive family-driven portfolio.
Turkish Wine Renaissance Promotes Rock-Aged Whites
Lucien Arkas, chairman of Arkas Holding A.S., discusses his LA Wines property at Swissotel Grand Efes in Izmir. Arkas bought out his partners in 2010, renaming it LA Wines. Its vineyards are now certified organic.
New Zealand wineries have improved their profitability
The most profitable category in this year's survey was wineries earning $10 million to $20 million in revenue, with an average profit of 17 percent.
California's South Coast Winery receives consent to build new facility
The new 5,470ft² winery, which will also house a tasting room, is a part of the project that includes construction of 23 buildings on 42,000ft² of space for resort, spa and office. The space will also be used for a pool and parking lot.
Treasury Wine Estates leases vineyards to increase wine production
Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) is leasing vineyards in California's Napa Valley and Australia's Barossa valleys to retrieve grapes and produce wines to meet their growing demand in global market.
China Officially Recognizes Napa Valley Wines
Beijing grants Geographic Indication to Napa, protecting producers from counterfeiting in a rapidly growing market.
New Pest Invades Western Vineyards
The Virginia Creeper leafhopper (VCLH) is related to the familiar western grape leafhopper in behavior, appearance and appetite-but unfortunately, VCL (Erythroneura ziczac Walsh) apparently is not on the menu for the beneficial Anagrus wasps that parasitize the eggs and inhibit the spread of native leafhoppers.
Bibendum directors leave as business "streamlined"
Michael Saunders, managing director of Bibendum, has called the departure of three directors, "streamlining" as the company sought to cut costs.
Krug collection 100% sold in NY
A collection of Krug direct from the house's cellar was 100% sold at Sotheby's New York auction this weekend. The collection made US $782,285, 50 percent above its pre-sale estimate of $522,100, with three lots of Clos du Mesnil making it into the sale's top 10 lots.
Napa wine industry generates over $50 billion to U.S. economy
A new report has indicated that the Napa wine industry contributes over $50 billion a year to the US economy.
French wine consumption at 30-year low
The French are drinking less wine on a regular basis than ever before, a new survey has found.
Brutocao Family Seeks to Realize Founder's Dream of Developing Event and Hospitality Destination
Cornish & Carey Commercial Newmark Knight Frank announced that Brutocao Family Vineyards is actively promoting the sale of an approximately seven-acre site, known as the Hopland Schoolhouse Plaza, in an effort to create a destination venue to complement the existing tasting room, bocce ball courts, restaurant, chapel and event center.
Prospects brighten for wine in Tenn. groceries
The top two Republicans in the Tennessee General Assembly support allowing the sale of wine in supermarkets, and the influx of new GOP lawmakers is giving them the opportunity to reshape key committees where efforts to make that change have long been blocked by opponents.
Accolade Wines loses CEO, moves U.S. headquarters to Napa
Accolade Wines, which used to be the European and Australian portion of giant Constellation Brands, is moving its U.S. headquarters from Healdsburg to Napa, just as its corporate HQ in Australia announced that CEO Troy Christensen has left the company by "mutual agreement."
Washington Wine's Profile Rises, With Acreage Up Nearly 50% Since 2005
Washington's leading wine brands were up nearly 7% to over 7 million cases last year, according to Impact Databank, and have shown total volume growth of nearly 2.5 million cases since 2005.
Natural wine? Serve it to the tooth fairy, say sceptics
Natural wine? Who could possibly object? But according to some experts, the unregulated use of the term 'natural' is misleading gullible consumers as well as polarising the wine trade.
Hello Vino Wine App Gets iPhone 5 Support, Enhanced Image Recognition, More
The Hello Vino wine recommendations app has been updated with iPhone 5 support, enhanced image recognition, new food & drink recommendations, and a wine database update.
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