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  Daily News for Monday, December 17th
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12/17/12
Massive Napa do-over prompts grape plant shortage

"I've never seen anything like this," said Michael Monette of Sunridge Nurseries, one of the industry's biggest suppliers of plants. "What's totally phenomenal for me is I'm focusing on 2014 and 2015, which is absolutely nutso. We have no more space in our greenhouses."

12/17/12
Paul Hobbs Winery Acquires 90-Acre Vineyard In Napa Valley, Coombsville AVA
Paul Hobbs, founder of Paul Hobbs Winery, and Richard Magnuson, of GI Partners, announced the purchase of the 90-acre Tourmaline Vineyard located in Napa Valley's new Coombsville AVA. The property was first planted to Bordeaux varietals over a decade ago, and has been a source for producers such as Cardinale, Merus, Chappellet and Paul Hobbs Winery.
12/17/12
Oregon Wine Industry Symposium Set for Feb. 19-20 in Portland
The largest gathering of Oregon's wine-producing industry is set for Feb. 19-20, 2013 at the annual Oregon Wine Industry Symposium. This will be the second year the conference has been held in Portland at the Oregon Convention Center.
12/17/12
Off-Premise Wine Sales Grow by 6%
Volume grew just 2%, but that meant that the average price per bottle rose by 21 cents
12/17/12
Sonoma Wineries Fill Grape Gondolas with 2,600 Pounds of Toys for Toys for Tots
Russian River Valley beats Alexander Valley by 20 pounds in first-annual wine country gondola toy drive
12/17/12
Exhibitor Space Selling Fast for WiVi Central Coast - March 19-20, 2013
WiVi Central Coast 2013, presented by WINE BUSINESS MONTHLY and Precision Ag Consulting, has sold nearly 40 percent of its available booth space within the first week of registration. The remaining booth space is expected to sell out before discounted pricing ends on Jan. 11.
12/17/12
Wine Business Monthly Launches Online Unified Guide
There will be over 500 exhibitors at the 2013 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium in Sacramento this year. This will be the most ever for this trade show, making it even more difficult to locate companies that sell the products you are looking for. To help you do find them, Wine Business Monthly has created the online Unified Guide.
12/17/12
Russian River Vineyards set to emerge from bankruptcy
A federal judge has approved a plan by Russian River Vineyards, the financially troubled Forestville winery, to emerge from bankruptcy, the company announced Friday.
12/17/12
Low-Priced Malbec Wine May Disappear From Shelves
Fresh concerns about the effects of new regulations on Argentine wine producers
12/17/12
New law expands winery sweepstakes marketing audience
"Sweepstakes and contests provide a winery with an important tool to build brand awareness with its consumer base. ..."
12/17/12
Cadamatre joins Mondavi Winery
Robert Mondavi Winery has appointed Nova Cadamatre as winemaker, beginning Jan. 7. Cadamatre most recently served as a winemaker for Souverain, Chateau St Jean, Beringer Knights Valley and Emma Pearl in Cloverdale. She joins Genevieve Janssens, director of winemaking, and Rich Arnold, winemaker.
12/17/12
Dickenson Peatman & Fogarty adds five attorneys in Napa
Responding to growth in numerous practice areas, the law firm Dickenson Peatman & Fogarty has added five attorneys over the last six months as it seeks to bolster its ranks for what it hopes to be a busy 2013
12/17/12
Santa Barbara vintners argue for 'balance' in winery rules
The specific topic of the meeting Thursday morning at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott in Buellton was food service at wineries - why it's important, what level is appropriate and how it can be balanced with maintenance of agricultural activity on agriculturally zoned land.
12/17/12
Gourmet restaurant, winery proposed in Green, Ohio
A city-owned lodge and 8.71 acres of land surrounded by Southgate Park soon might be transformed into a gourmet restaurant, banquet center and winery.
12/17/12
Beveragetradenetwork.com launches BTNBevBrokerConnect
BevBrokerConnect is a smart system designed by BTN which helps supplier members connect with brokers in the beverage industry (wine, beer, spirits and non-alcoholic beverage).
12/17/12
Temecula's South Coast Winery Resort & Spa Uncorks Big Expansion Plans for 2013
South Coast Winery Resort & Spa recently revealed its highly anticipated plans for its 2013 expansion efforts when it received approval from Riverside County to proceed with plans to build a new winery in the region. The new winery is set to be named Carter Estates.
12/17/12
TGIC Importers goes online with new wine shop
TGIC Importers, a California-based importer of South American wine, has launched a new online wine store - WineOfaKind.com - that offers consumers with direct access to highly sought after wines.
12/17/12
Giving the Gift of Wine via Facebook
Facebook Gifts enables members of legal age to buy and ship wine to one another
12/17/12
McGuigan Wines joins forces with MasterChef's John Torode
McGuigan Wines has teamed up with celebrity chef John Torode to work on a wine and food-matching project aimed at making wine enjoyment more accessible to the consumer.
12/17/12
Chase vodka calls for end to 'fake distilleries'
Chase Vodka founder William Chase has accused large and smaller distilleries of passing off mass-produced spirits as "homemade" and hiring PR firms to come up with "twee" stories so they can pretend to be something they're not.
12/17/12
Penfolds releases £1.2m vertical
The centrepiece of the one-off 'Penfolds Collection' is a complete vertical of Grange from its first experimental vintage in 1951 (pictured) through to the current 2007.
12/17/12
Napa Valley's Wine Tech lives
Daniel Baron, the director of winemaking for Silver Oak Cellars,said that the Napa Valley Wine Technical Group, which was founded in 1947 by Andre Tchelistcheff, Louis Martini, Bob Mondavi, Peter Mondavi and eight other members, is still active.
12/17/12
Amazon wine delivery now available in Maryland
Amazon.com customers in Maryland will soon be able to cozy up with both a book and a bottle of wine purchased from the online retailer.
12/17/12
Wine Preference May Indicate Personality, According To Wines With Style Report
Experts found that the social habits of red wine drinkers were markedly different from those who preferred white wine or rose.
12/17/12
NY wine industry toast one of best-ever years
New York's wine industry is celebrating a good year, with an early harvest, superb quality, and numerous medals. The New York Wine and Grape Foundation says 17 new licenses were issued in 2012, bringing the number of wineries to 328 with nine more still pending.
12/17/12
Online Wine Retailer TastingRoom.com Launches Sleek New Website
New features include ability to share, rate and discover wines by varietal or by product type.
12/17/12
Price Hikes Likely For Imported Wine Amid EU Supply Squeeze
With European Union wine production expected to fall 10 percent to 144 million hectoliters this year, producers are warning that price hikes on exports to the U.S. are likely in 2013, especially at the lowest and highest ends of the market.
12/17/12
EU: High Level Group on Wine presented its final conclusions
The final meeting of the High Level Group on Wine planting rights was on Friday, 14 December. Industry representatives from 27 Member States, observersfrom the Council, from the European Parliament and from Croatia and Commission's experts conducted a report accompanied by conclusions.
12/17/12
Technomic's Top 10 Adult Beverage Trends for 2013
As reported on PR Newswire, the fact-based consulting and research firm Technomic weighed in on the Top 10 Adult Beverage Trends for 2013.
12/17/12
Napa: New sparkling wine venture launches first wines
One of the valley's newest wineries, Knot Wines, is releasing two youthful sparkling wines made with grapes from vineyards in Napa Valley, Sonoma and Monterey counties. Six years in the making, the wines are produced and bottled in the Napa Valley.
12/17/12
Lot18, The Troubled Wine Startup, Has A New CEO
Closing out a tumultuous year, online wine seller Lot18 has promoted its chief marketing officer, Jay Sung, to CEO. It's not clear who most recently held the position.
12/17/12
Top 50 most powerful women in wine: 30-21
The third installment of The Drinks Business top 50 powerful women in wine reveals those ranked from 30 to 21.
12/17/12
Italian winemakers take on France in Chinese market
That's what Italian winemakers are telling their French colleagues who have, in the years of China's ascent to economic prosperity, dominated the Chinese market with their Bordeaux and Burgundy vintages.
12/17/12
Portuguese wine exports expected to grow
Portuguese wine exports grew by 9.9 percent during the first six months of 2012, on figures from the same period of 2011, national wine promoters ViniPortugal said, as it was revealed that seven million euros have been set aside for promoting them abroad in 2013.
12/17/12
China 'driving global wine market'
Hong Kong's wine auction market is becoming more sophisticated, with local buyers more knowledgeable about the wine itself, and how to buy it. "It's a healthier and more discerning market [now]," Robert Sleigh from Sotheby's tells the BBC.
12/17/12
US wine consumption runneth over
According to Lamy's research, Los Angeles and New York City areas are far and away the areas where most wine is purchased. But Seattle is one of the nation's fastest growing imbibers of wine. Wine consumption increased nearly 28 percent to 17.6 million gallons between 2005 and 2011, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
12/17/12
High Country Winegrowers host Viticulture Educational Series
The High Country Winegrowers Association will sponsor the Viticulture Educational Series beginning in February 2013. The series will consist of 12 class meetings and two field days.
12/17/12
Elevating the 'Unacknowledged Grape' of Champagne
poor pinot meunier grape. It's the third member of the Champagne trinity
12/17/12
A holiday cheer for the 12 wines of Christmas
Last year, to sort things out, I devised the 12 Wines of Christmas. A reprise seemed timely, with a few tweaks to keep things fresh
12/17/12
Hopes stir for Russia-Georgia export ban thaw
Two developments the past week have stirred hopes for Georgia's wine producers, who have been banned from exporting to Russia for more than six years.
12/17/12
Nashua firm contests warehouse contract for NH Liquor Commission
Law Warehouses, Inc, a family-owned business, has filed a petition in Superior Court under New Hampshire's Right to Know law to compel the New Hampshire Liquor Commission to release information relative to the Commission's competitive bid process for a 20-year liquor warehousing service contract
12/17/12
EU Grape producers toast results of planting rights talks
Recommendations agreed by a special advisory group follow nine months of discussions on the fate of the EU's common market organisation, or CMO, that for years has allowed government intervention to prevent a glut of grapes grown for wine.
12/17/12
Wine Advocate role change stuns readers
"While rumors about me retiring have circulated for years, nothing could be further from the truth," Parker wrote. "I am still in this profession for the long term."
12/17/12
Italy's Antinori Sisters Prepare To Run A Wine Empire
Albiera, together with sisters Allegra, 42, and Alessia, 37, are the first women in 26 generations of the Antinori lineage to have any significant role in the family's winery
12/17/12
Top Real Estate Projects 2012: Gallo North Coast offices, Healdsburg
the Madera-based company ultimately opted for a substantial reconstruction to preserve the bricks and beams of a 109-year-old building
12/17/12
Giving the Gift of Wine via Facebook
Facebook Gifts enables members of legal age to buy and ship wine to one another
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