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12/17/12

"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."

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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.

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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.

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Volume grew just 2%, but that meant that the average price per bottle rose by 21 cents

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Russian River Valley beats Alexander Valley by 20 pounds in first-annual wine country gondola toy drive

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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.

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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.

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A federal judge has approved a plan by Russian River Vineyards, the financially troubled Forestville winery, to emerge from bankruptcy, the company announced Friday.

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Fresh concerns about the effects of new regulations on Argentine wine producers

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"Sweepstakes and contests provide a winery with an important tool to build brand awareness with its consumer base. ..."

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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Facebook Gifts enables members of legal age to buy and ship wine to one another

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Experts found that the social habits of red wine drinkers were markedly different from those who preferred white wine or rose.

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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.

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New features include ability to share, rate and discover wines by varietal or by product type.

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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.

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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.

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As reported on PR Newswire, the fact-based consulting and research firm Technomic weighed in on the Top 10 Adult Beverage Trends for 2013.

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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.

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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.

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The third installment of The Drinks Business top 50 powerful women in wine reveals those ranked from 30 to 21.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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poor pinot meunier grape. It's the third member of the Champagne trinity

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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"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."

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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

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the Madera-based company ultimately opted for a substantial reconstruction to preserve the bricks and beams of a 109-year-old building

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Facebook Gifts enables members of legal age to buy and ship wine to one another