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  Daily News for Friday, December 14th
Robert Parker Singapore investor named as Soo Hoo Khoon Peng
A source close to the deal that Robert Parker has struck with a group of Singapore businessmen to sell Wine Advocate have confirmed the main shareholder is Soo Hoo Khoon Peng, formerly of wine importers Hermitage.
Troubled Wine Startup Lot18 Has A New CEO
promoted its chief marketing officer, Jay Sung, to CEO
Santa Barbara vintners argue for 'balance' in winery rules
"Balance" was the word of the day as Santa Barbara County staff members led about 40 representatives of the wine, agriculture and hospitality industries and a few Santa Ynez Valley residents through a discussion of modifying the county's winery ordinance.
Ontario Wine Council pushes private stores online
It's meant to be an inviting way to uncork your dream wine store - while making a point the time has come for independent wine stores. In an innovative campaign that started mid-November, the Wine Council of Ontario is asking visitors to to create their own shops that sell domestic and import vintages.
Real meaning of descriptors, by Dan Berger
"It's a big, bold wine." It has 16.5% alcohol and ought to carry a warning label that says "Flammable."
Winemaker Nova Cadamatre Joins Robert Mondavi Winery
Robert Mondavi Winery has appointed Nova Cadamatre as Winemaker, beginning January 7. Cadamatre most recently served as a winemaker for Souverain, Chateau St Jean, Beringer Knights Valley and Emma Pearl in Cloverdale, California. With this move she will join Genevieve Janssens, Director of Winemaking, and Rich Arnold, Winemaker, as a part of the award-winning Robert Mondavi Winery winemaking team
Jim Hall Retires After 33 years with NABCA
"For over 33 years, Jim was an integral part of NABCA and played a huge role in helping us provide professional services to our members," said Jim Sgueo, NABCA President & CEO
Constellation Brands deploys Hello Vino mobile app
As part of its business strategy, Constellation Brands has introduced its wine brands in the app and will use the push notification and sponsorship features of the app to give wine recommendations to shoppers along with contextual messages.
Hamel Family breaks ground on new estate winery
Hamel Family Wines, a Sonoma Valley-based family winery that produces wines from estate-grown organically farmed grapes, has commenced construction work on its new estate winery, barrel storage caves and hospitality center.
Maison Louis Latour to revitalize Beaujolais region of France
Maison Louis Latour, a France-based family-run company that produces red and white wines, has taken up the task of revitalizing Beaujolais region in France by taking control of Chateau des Labourons in the region.
Louis Latour Agencies looks to bolster portfolio
Louis Latour Agencies is looking to boost its portfolio with producers from Champagne and Spain.
BAR offers full British drinks service to event organisers in 2013
Event and venue organisers will be able to offer a full range of award winning British drinks and produce thanks to a new service launching early in 2013.
Winery proposed for Germantown, Wisconsin
The winery proposal received unanimous approval Monday night from the Plan Commission. The Village Board is to review the proposal at its January meeting.
Burgundy 2011 en primeur barrel samples on show
Fine wine merchant Goedhuis & Co will be providing a snapshot of the Burgundy 2011 en primeur offering at its tasting early next year.
British Columbia Ice Wine Intentions Rise
The number of wineries planning to make ice wine in British Columbia this winter is up, but odds are in favor of lower overall production. British Columbia Wine Authority general manager Steve Berney told Wines & Vines this week that 30 wineries registered by the end of October to pick grapes for ice wine production, up slightly from 27 last year.
Chile: A taste of things to come
Viña Errázuriz and the drinks business staged a tasting for top sommeliers, showing that Chile can make ageworthy wines well-suited to fine dining.
PR: Announcing the Release of the Second Edition of The Slow Wine Guide
One year after its English-language debut, Slow Wine, the guide to Italian wineries approved as good, clean and fair by Slow Food Italy is premiering a new and updated edition.
Ron Ramsey says he wants to give wine-in-supermarkets a "fighting chance"
Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey says he wants to do enough for proponents of wine-in-grocery store legislation to give them a shot at passing a bill in 2013, but he also acknowledged Thursday that the issue is a low priority for many, despite its popularity.
Liquor lawyer: Wine in TN grocery stores 'may be doomed - again'
There is renewed conversation in Tennessee about the possibility of wine sales in grocery stores, but not so fast, says alcohol beverage law attorney Will Cheek.
Registration Opens for Annual Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon
The 4th Annual Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon ( opened for registration on Wednesday, December 12.
Wine still extremely popular in France
Despite coming under constant fire from temperance lobbies, wine is still an iconic and popular drink in France. Better still, according to the results of a recent opinion poll, 79 percent of the French tout its health benefits.
Winery in Temecula opens brewery
Even before they opened their winery in Temecula six years ago, the Wiens family was fermenting plans for a brewery
The winemaker as messenger
Aaron Pott brushes back talk of his recent celebrity as instinctively as he shoos away the nagging fruit flies buzzing the uncorked bottle of his prized cabernet sauvignon.
Big brands to start making money from social media in 2013, says new report
2013 will be the year that big brands and advertisers can finally expect to start making money from social media sites, according to media analysts Millward Brown.
Chinese businessmen buy stake in Langhorne Creek winery Project Wine
Two Chinese businessmen have bought a strategic stake in Langhorne Creek winery Project Wine, in a sign of the growing wine trade with the Asian giant.
Suspicion Surrounds Accidental Demolition in Bordeaux
Plus, Courvoisier's oldest Cognac on sale in London, California's creepy new vineyard pest, and the wines of the Nobel Prize banquet
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