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Thursday, October 23rd

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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

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But restrictions and reporting requirements for wineries still loom large, says ShipCompliant

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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

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Constellation Brands will utilize push notification and sponsorship features through the Hello Vino mobile platform

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The World Bulk Wine Exhibition held in Amsterdam in November saw a 30 percent increase in exhibitors on last year.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Beaujolais region is working to introduce a vineyard-based classification system within the next decade.

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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.

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Italian sparkling producer Ferrari Fratelli Lunelli is actively encouraging its growers to plant vines higher in Trentino to avoid the effects of climate change.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Looking for the perfect bottle of wine can be a daunting task, especially if you're not exactly sure what you're looking for

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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.

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We took a trip to New York's Warehouse Wines & Spirits

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Italian sparkling producer Ferrari Fratelli Lunelli is actively encouraging its growers to plant vines higher in Trentino to avoid the effects of climate change.

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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.