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  Daily News for Wednesday, December 12th
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12/12/12
Oregon wine industry racks up record 2011 sales and production figures
For the first time in its nearly 50-year history, the $2.7 billion industry exceeded the two million case mark, according to the 2011 Oregon Winery Census Report
12/12/12
States Get Friendlier to Direct Wine Shipping
But restrictions and reporting requirements for wineries still loom large, says ShipCompliant
12/12/12
Supplier News: Mavrik Announces Patent Pending Process Removes More Than 30 Percent of VA per Pass
Mavrik's current capability is up to 20,000 gallons/day. Mavrik's Eclipse series DIY systems for rent (or purchase) can gently handle lots down to single barrels. Systems are also available for sale
12/12/12
PR: Constellation Brands Leads Wine Marketing Innovation with Mobile App Program for Holidays
Constellation Brands will utilize push notification and sponsorship features through the Hello Vino mobile platform
12/12/12
Newly flush with wine, Facebook Gifts rolls out to all U.S. users
With two weeks of Christmas shopping left, Facebook is making Facebook Gifts available to all users starting today. "Now you can instantly send real gifts, digital gift cards, charitable donations and wine to your friends right from Facebook," the company said in a short blog post.
12/12/12
New ProWein Study Provides Insight to Asian Wine Markets
China will remain the most attractive Asian market for wine exporters in the next five years. But the wine industry should also take advantage of opportunities in Japan, South Korea, Singapore and even Taiwan - the other key Asian countries studied in the report.
12/12/12
Napa County Planning Commission approves Trefethen winery project
Napa County Planning Commission (NCPC) has given green signal to California-based Trefethen Family Vineyards to expand its operations under a new winery project near the existing winery at Oak Knoll Avenue.
12/12/12
Keith Bishop Honored as 2012 Connecticut Wine Person of the Year
Keith Bishop, co-owner and winemaker of Bishop's Orchards in Guilford, was chosen as the 2012 Connecticut Wineperson of the Year by Amenti del Vino.
12/12/12
Big growth in exhibitors to World Bulk Wine show
The World Bulk Wine Exhibition held in Amsterdam in November saw a 30 percent increase in exhibitors on last year.
12/12/12
U.K.'s Lurton family giving New World wines 'more roots and identity'
New World wines 'need to find more roots and identity', says a member of the Lurton family, at the same time as his cousin expands his operation to California.
12/12/12
Maison Louis Latour expands in Beaujolais
Maison Louis Latour has taken control of Château des Labourons in Beaujolais and is calling on other companies to buy land and launch new estates in order to build the region's reputation.
12/12/12
Champagne Taittinger UK brand ambassador Justin Llewelyn dies
Champagne Taittinger UK brand ambassador Justin Llewelyn, who played a pivotal role in the development of the sales and image of the brand over 40 years, has died.
12/12/12
Tesco's U.S. problems have 'no financial impact' on Copestick Murray
One UK wine importer with strong ties to Tesco's US arm Fresh & Easy has moved to reassure its customers that its UK business is unaffected by the supermarket's difficulties stateside.
12/12/12
Justin Howard-Sneyd MW launches wine consultancy
Justin Howard-Sneyd MW, global wine director of Direct Wines, is to set up a new wine consultancy, The Hive Wine Consulting. Howard-Sneyd, who has been with Direct Wines for three years, will launch the consultancy in January 2013, and will sidestep into the new role of global wine consultant for Direct Wines, where he will provide advice to the wine team and wider business.
12/12/12
Beaujolais forges ahead with classification
The Beaujolais region is working to introduce a vineyard-based classification system within the next decade.
12/12/12
Freezing temperatures bode well for Eiswein
Freezing temperatures across Germany in the nights of December 8-9 have ushered in a promising Eiswein harvest - for some estates the first for many years.
12/12/12
Ferrari moving to higher vines as climate change effects felt
Italian sparkling producer Ferrari Fratelli Lunelli is actively encouraging its growers to plant vines higher in Trentino to avoid the effects of climate change.
12/12/12
South African spa offers baths in wine
A spa in South Africa is attracting customers by offering a luxurious bath in wine. The treatment has become a popular trend in the area.
12/12/12
SW Wine Center could be reality by fall 2014
When completed, the Southwest Wine Center on the Clarkdale Campus of Yavapai College will be a state-of-the art teaching winery. The winery will have both production areas and barrel and case storage that will produce 3,000 cases of Yavapai College-labeled wine per year.
12/12/12
Montreal collector sues Canada's SAQ for $1m
A Montreal wine collector is suing the Societe des Alcools du Quebec for nearly CA$1m after his collection was allegedly exposed to harmful bacteria. Robert Chiraz had been storing his 3,000-plus bottles since 2009 at a Quebec storage facility operated by Société des Alcools du Québec (SAQ).
12/12/12
Will private liquor stores take liquor revenue away from SK or not?
Saskatchewan is in the process of getting three new, private, liquor stores, and a new ad from the SGEU says that's going to take money away from the government. The Saskatchewan Party government argues that this is not the case.
12/12/12
Oregon high schoolers break ground by earning college credit for viticulture
It's all part of an effort conjured by Yamhill County's exploding constellation of vintners to provide opportunities for teens to find good-paying local jobs in an industry that continues to flourish. Using a curriculum developed by Chemeketa Community College, students will be on their way to a two-year viticulture certificate by the time they graduate high school.
12/12/12
Livermore wine tasting room bitter for neighbors
Developers will move ahead with a wine tasting room planned for south Livermore, despite objections of neighbors worried about increased traffic. On Monday, the City Council voted 4-1 to reject an appeal of plans for a new Mitchell Katz Winery tasting room and retail space.
12/12/12
Find the Perfect Bottle of Wine With This App
Looking for the perfect bottle of wine can be a daunting task, especially if you're not exactly sure what you're looking for
12/12/12
Cool storage especially important for bag-in-box wines
When it comes to wine, if you bag it and box it, you better keep it cool, advise researchers at the University of California, Davis.
12/12/12
The Best Sparkling Wine Under $20: Our Taste Test Results
We took a trip to New York's Warehouse Wines & Spirits
12/12/12
Ferrari moving to higher vines as climate change effects felt
Italian sparkling producer Ferrari Fratelli Lunelli is actively encouraging its growers to plant vines higher in Trentino to avoid the effects of climate change.
12/12/12
Boxed Wine More Vulnerable Than Bottled Wine, UC Davis Researchers Find
Researchers employed chemical analyses and a panel of trained tasters to analyze storing wine at three different temperatures and in different containers. California chardonnay was analyzed in glass bottles, with corks from trees, synthetic corks or screw caps and two kinds of bag-in-box containers.
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