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  Daily News for Thursday, December 6th
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12/06/12
Wine.com doubles its Thanksgiving weekend mobile sales
Mobile commerce sales were up 100% year over year for the weekend at e-retailer Wine.com Inc., and 22% of total sales for the period ranging from Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday came through Wine.com's m-commerce site, its iPad app and through customers shopping the Wine.com e-commerce site on a tablet.
12/06/12
Wine.com Releases Annual 2012 Wine.com 100
Now in its sixth year of publication, the list has grown to become a benchmark for illustrating major online wine purchasing trends - and is now an indicator of what people are actually drinking throughout the year.
12/06/12
Viticulture 2013 Schedule Released
Wine marketing, policy and a day-long symposium about cold-climate varieties.
12/06/12
New winery event rules approved by Santa Clara County
In a move that Santa Clara County says will help spur local "agri-tourism," the county board of supervisors on Tuesday unanimously voted to overhaul regulations governing local wineries and the events that they put on.
12/06/12
Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approve controversial 10,000-case winery
A wealthy financier's embattled proposal to construct a small winery in the hills north of Santa Rosa earned final approval Tuesday in front of the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors.
12/06/12
Acquisition of Château Bernadotte by King Power Group from Champagne Louis Roederer
Château Bernadotte operates a 40-hectare vineyard in Saint-Sauveur near Pauillac
12/06/12
18th-century French chateau demolished 'by mistake' when builders confuse it with separate building
"The damage has been done," Mr. Stroskin said. He has promised to "rebuild an identical Bellevue" including the château's grand hall, which could hold up to 200 people. A Polish architect has already drawn up plans and local masons have received a €1.5-million ($1.9-million) contract to rebuild it over two years.
12/06/12
Sequin Moreau Napa Cooperage Appoints Marion Ghiringhelli Oak Alternatives Sales Manager
Seguin Moreau Napa Cooperage general manager Christopher Hansen has brought Marion Ghiringhelli to join the sales team, in a new position handling oak alternative products.
12/06/12
Red Heifer gives western Maryland a second winery
Owned by Yvonne and Kevin Ford, Red Heifer will be opened four days a week through the end of December and then Saturdays and Sundays only through the first couple months of 2013. It will join Knob Hall and soon-to-open Big Cork Winery to form the Antietam Highlands Wine Trail.
12/06/12
Livermore's AuburnJames Winery to trial Axios Mobile bio-based pallets
In Livermore, AuburnJames Winery has selected Axios Mobile Assets to provide their bio-based pallets for a logistics trial program within the winery's distribution network.
12/06/12
Montalcino Winery Says 62600 Liters of Brunello Lost in Raid
Vandals destroyed 62,600 liters (16,537 gallons) of future Brunello di Montalcino when they raided a cellar in the wine-rich Tuscan hills, the producer said.
12/06/12
Former winery owner murdered
A venture capitalist and one-time winery owner has been killed during a break in at his Silicon Valley home.
12/06/12
Vancouver Urban Winery imports in bulk and bottles in-house
The founders of Vancouver Urban Winery, a cool multi-function space with a tasting bar introduced a new idea to Vancouver earlier this year - importing good wines in bulk and packaging them locally. First, they put wines in kegs for a wine-on-tap trade they started.
12/06/12
Saskatchewan winery owners win national agriculture award
Lester and Echlin won the regional award, which recognizes excellence in agriculture, in June and went to the national week-long competition in P.E.I. last week.
12/06/12
Fernando Pighin & Figli selects Kobrand for US launch of Sauvignon Blanc
Pinot Grigio producer Fernando Pighin & Figli has selected Kobrand Corporation, a US-based importer of wines and spirits, to launch the 2011 vintage of its Sauvignon Blanc in the US.
12/06/12
English sparkling wine sales soar in the run-up to Christmas
Corks are popping for English sparkling wine sales in the run up to Christmas.
12/06/12
Counterfeit distilling and bottling plant seized in Liverpool
An illegal distilling and bottling plant set up to produce branded counterfeit spirits and wine has been seized by Trading Standards officers and Merseyside Police in Liverpool.
12/06/12
Wine and spirit sales volumes down, says WSTA report
Wine and spirit sales volumes have fallen in the last year, according to the Wine and Spirit Trade Association Market Report. Total alcohol sales fell 2 percent in the off trade and 3 percent in the on-trade.
12/06/12
Earliest known vintage Cognac to be sold in Harrods
Harrods is to showcase a 233-year-old cognac, which has been recently recognised as the earliest known vintage.
12/06/12
Top 50 most powerful women in wine: 50 - 41
Which game-changing women hold the most power in the wine world today?
12/06/12
UK alcohol sales fall as consumers cut costs
Sparkling wine and cider offered rare glimpses of positive news in the latest WSTA Market Report, which shows volume declines across both UK wine and spirit sales.
12/06/12
Soldera family defiant after vandalism
Top Brunello di Montalcino producer, the Soldera family, has vowed to stand firm after vandals destroyed six vintages of Case Basse.
12/06/12
Libourne signs wine-tea agreement with China
The city of Libourne in Bordeaux, and Pu'er, a tea producing region of China, have signed a trade agreement to promote each other's products.
12/06/12
New Evidence That Red Wine Compound Curbs Cancer Risk
In a study that's bound to be popular with red wine drinkers, British researchers from the University of Leicester have found that resveratrol, a chemical found in the popular beverage, could reduce the risk of cancer.
12/06/12
Irish Bet on Bond Market Return as Wine Tax Helps Cut Budget
Irish Finance Minister Michael Noonan said he is confident that the country can return to the bond markets as he reins in the European Union's biggest budget deficit by taxing wine drinkers and mansion owners.
12/06/12
Pennsylvania Alcohol Board Promotes California Wine Above Locals
The chairman of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has launched an internal investigation to find out why our state is spending money to promote a certain kind of wine made in California. This, while many wineries in Pennsylvania get no help from the L.C.B. at all.
12/06/12
Regulations make shipping your wine gifts difficult, but not impossible
Federal regulations forbid the shipping of alcohol in the U.S. mail, and UPS and FedEx require licenses for wine shippers.
12/06/12
Treasury Wine raises a glass to global travel
making a pitch at the duty-free traveller market, hiring three senior executives to lead a push into a sector long dominated by spirits.
12/06/12
Diageo Renews Distribution Agreements with Johnson Brothers and United Brokerage
Under these agreements, Johnson Brothers will continue as the exclusive distributor for the Diageo portfolio of wines and spirits in North Dakota and South Dakota. They will also continue as the exclusive distributor for Diageo wines in Minnesota. United Brokerage will continue as the exclusive broker for Diageo Spirits in Minnesota.
12/06/12
Wineries use social media, telemarketing to connect with customers
In Wine Country, where vintners boast rich family histories and vineyards are described as steeped in tradition, it may not seem natural to scour Twitter posts to find new customers.
12/06/12
Country Life: Wine barrel laments
Pity the poor wine barrel. A beautiful oak barrel is the keeper of the valley's nectar one day; and, once used, too quickly sent to unknown exile.
12/06/12
Supreme Court will review crucial biotech seed patent case
What has the agricultural law community talking, however, is the planting of seeds not "saved" by the farmer from the previous growing season, but rather the purchase of soybeans from a grain elevator (known as "commodity seed") and the subsequent planting of those seeds.
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