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  Daily News for Friday, December 7th
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12/07/12
SJV wine meet focuses on stepped-up production
A record wine grape crush in California for 2012 should not dissuade growers from stepped-up production, a wine industry leader told those who attended a San Joaquin Valley Winegrowers Association Wine and Grape Industry Forum in Fresno
12/07/12
BMO Harris Bank Issues Report on U.S. Wineries
Cautious Optimism the Mood Among Wine Producers
12/07/12
Winemaking Students Learn Overseas
Internships program has placed 18 from Northwest grape and wine colleges.
12/07/12
Napa commission expands access to Fulton Lane winery
The commission granted a request by Fulton Mather, the great-grandson of winery founder David Fulton, to allow tours and retail sales between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on any day of the week, and to increase the number of guests allowed to 60 per week, with no more than 15 guests per visit.
12/07/12
New winery event rules approved by Santa Clara County
The new ordinance will implement a sliding fee system for event permits, based on size and type of event. There would be no fee for events with 50 or fewer attendees, or 100 guests on lots 5 acres or larger. Permit fees would top out at $14,732 for events with more than 250 people.
12/07/12
N.C.'s Silver Coast Winery Wins 8 Medals At 3 Wine Competitions
The winery won a total of eight additional medals from 3 wine competitions, Wines of the South Wine Competition, American Wine Society 2012 Commercial Wine Competition and Tasters Guild International Wine Competition which brings the total medal count up to 375.
12/07/12
Treasury Wine Estates to expand global travel retail presence
Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) intends to increase the distribution of its wines into airports, airlines, cruises, ferries and duty free stores over the next five years.
12/07/12
NakedWines.com provides $3 million investment for two California winemakers
NakedWines.com, a UK-based online winery, has brought together over 100,000 Angels to provide $3m investment for Tim Olson and Jeff Stai - two independent winemakers in California.
12/07/12
Tesco's Dan Jago takes on global wine role
The UK wine industry is facing "seismic change", says Dan Jago, the man now charged with spearheading Tesco's overall global wine strategy.
12/07/12
Northern Chile offers great potential for non-traditional grape varieties
Chilean producers in the northern valleys of Elqui and Limari are reporting "commercial promise" for a range of off-the-wall varieties outside Chile's top five most planted grapes.
12/07/12
U.K. wine duty to more than double by 2017, says Wilson Drinks Report
Duty on wine will more than double over the next five years, due to the HM Treasury expecting the increase in economic growth to be matched by a rise in the sales of wine, according to the Wilson Drinks Report.
12/07/12
Louis Roederer sells Bordeaux property to HK group
Louis Roederer has sold one of its Bordeaux properties, Château Bernadotte, to the Hong Kong-based King Power Group
12/07/12
Right Bank value continues to hold steady
Liv-ex's Right Bank 100 and Right Bank 50 posted increases for the fourth consecutive month in November.
12/07/12
Irish reel under 'savage' tax increase
Wine merchants and restaurants in Ireland have been left reeling by the government's shock decision to put a €1 tax increase on a bottle of wine from midnight on Thursday.
12/07/12
Don't lose sight of the west in the drive for China, says Krug
Fine wine and Champagne houses should not lose sight of what the west can offer as they scramble to serve wealthy drinkers in Asia, says Olivier Krug.
12/07/12
1855.com important shareholder pulls out
Jean-Pierre Meyers, an important shareholder in internet wine company 1855.com is reported to have pulled his money out of the company.
12/07/12
Massachusetts wine auction bill uncorked while whine shipment bill bottled up
The charity wine auction bill was substituted for more sweeping legislation (H 1883) that would have allowed consumers to buy wine online and have it shipped directly to them - a proposal that has failed to win legislative approval since the Romney administration.
12/07/12
Tourism Australia to push wine to attract foreign tourists
Tourism Australia and Wine Australia will link up in a partnership to encourage more visitors to Australia, Mr Cheesman announced at the organisation's annual general meeting in Sydney on Thursday. "If the two sectors can work together to close that gap, there will be significant in-market and export benefits to both industries, and in particular our regional communities."
12/07/12
Beer Makers Cry Foul on French Levies as Wine Gets a Pass: Taxes
The French government passed this week a law that adds 480 million euros ($628 million) in new taxes on beer, while leaving wine unscathed.
12/07/12
Winestyr Makes Online Wine Buying Easy
It has been reported that the Amazon wine website was a pain in the neck to use; eight times out of 10 you wouldn't be able to buy the wine you'd clicked on because of the strange laws governing interstate wine sales. Luckily, Winestyr, a Chicago-based startup that launched this week, is here to help.
12/07/12
Wine sales in Tennessee grocery stores uncorked again
State Sen. Bill Ketron is ready to pop the cork on another bill allowing the sale of wine in grocery stores, and he is promising to let package stores sell mixers and ice to offset losses.
12/07/12
Hello Vino Introduces Groundbreaking Mobile App for Holiday Wine Shopping Season
Mobile app uses image recognition to deliver recommendations by taking photos of wine labels.
12/07/12
What wine writers keep to themselves
In The New Yorker magazine years ago, the brilliant Montreal-raised American writer Adam Gopnik chided people in my line of work for a glaring failure. "Remarkably," he wrote, "nowhere in wine writing … would a Martian learn that the first reason people drink wine is to get drunk."
12/07/12
Bag-in-box wine drinkers advised to keep it cool
Bag-in-box wines are likelier than their bottled counterparts to develop unpleasant flavors, aromas and colors when stored at warm temperatures, a new study has found. Researchers have emphasized the importance of storing these popular, economical vintages at cool temperatures.
12/07/12
Planners approve Trefethen winery project
The Trefethen family has received approval to build a new 30,000 gallon winery near its existing winery on Oak Knoll Avenue
12/07/12
Winiarski speaks at Smithsonian about proportion
Napa Valley vintner Warren Winiarski spoke at a fundraising dinner celebrating the Smithsonian Institution's opening of the first major exhibit on American food and wine, "Food: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000," in Washington, D.C.
12/07/12
Bordeaux's new wine centre to transform city skyline
... Despite initial delay and a measure of scepticism given the scale of the project and the amount of funding needed
12/07/12
Copia's Future
The Napa Planning Commission gets its first look at a concept plan for redeveloping the former Copia site on First Street when it meets Dec. 20. A hotel and housing are among the possible new uses. Copia shut down four years ago. Register file photo
12/07/12
Eric Asimov: Deft Hands Behind the Bubbles
For less than that, the world of sparkling wine beckons. As winter and holiday midnights approach, the summer smile of prosecco is not quite right, nor is the ruddy, gently earthy grip of Lambrusco or the zestiness of sekt
12/07/12
Tories still 'don't know' if private liquor sales would increase revenues for Ontario
Ontario's Progressive Conservatives admit they don't know if private alcohol sales would increase government revenues, but say the idea is worth looking at.
12/07/12
Sutter Home Family Vineyards to Donate $50,000 to Superstorm Sandy Relief Efforts
Sutter Home Family Vineyards, today announced the winery will donate $50,000 to the American Red Cross (http://www.redcross.org) towards relief efforts to help those impacted by October's storm
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