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  Daily News for Tuesday, December 18th
Record DtC Sales Continue
November total hits $224 million; flash offers grew by 22%
Supervisors looking for ways to restore Paso Robles groundwater basin
County Public Works staff is recommending that supervisors develop requests for proposals to look at alternatives for stabilizing the basin which is in decline. Options that would be examined include conservation, finding new water sources and recycling
Paul Hobbs Winery Acquires 90-Acre Vineyard In Napa Valley, Coombsville AVA
Located off of East Imola Avenue, southeast of the town of Napa, the Tourmaline Vineyard is situated on gently slopped terrain. The property has 63 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot vines.
Madera County vineyard brings almost $25,000 per planted acre
press release - A 144-acre Madera County vineyard has brought one of the highest prices per acre ever in California's Central Valley, selling for a total of $3,115,000 -- $24,920 per planted acre
Taking a Temperature on a Challenging Year
2012 brings welcome sales upticks and new challenges
Dan Walters: Old liquor law faces a new test in California Legislature
When Prohibition ended 79 years ago, California replaced the bootleg liquor trade with a legal monopoly - a series of laws that locked in industry marketing practices and enforced industry-established retail prices
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.
People News Recap from 12/11-12/17
Wine industry people on the move from December 11 to December 17 .
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
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.
With 108 wineries, is Missouri tapped out? : Stltoday
In 2000, the U.S. boasted 2,688 wineries, and by 2010 that had risen to 7,626. In Missouri during the same period, the number more than tripled, from 31 to 108. Most of these wineries, according to University of Missouri research, are small, and many are in emerging wine regions.
Louis Latour Agencies to expand product portfolio
Louis Latour Agencies, a UK-based importer of wines from family-owned wineries in Australia, Chile, New Zealand, South Africa and France, is to expand its portfolio by adding producers from Champagne and Spain.
Penfolds rolls out Grange collection worth £1.2m
Penfolds, an Australia-based wine producer owned by Treasury Wine Estates, has released Grange collection in the UK with a price tag of £1.2 million.
Yquem Will Not Produce 2012 Sauternes
Rain ruined harvest for top property; neighbors argue that buyers should not dismiss vintage.
Giving the Gift of Wine via Facebook
Facebook Gifts enables members of legal age to buy and ship wine to one another.
Call for entries for the third International du Gamay competition
Inter Beaujolais is calling for entries to the third International du Gamay competition, which this year will also feature a new category for sparkling wines.
Kingsland Wine closes Stratford's headquarters
FE Barber, which trades as Kingsland Wine & Spirits and Legacy Wines, is to close Stratford's Wine Agencies Cookham office following its purchase of the firm back in September.
Tour de Belfort opens Manchester wine and cookery school
French winemaker Muriel Lismonde, owner of Tour de Belfort, has opened wine and cookery school Le Vin La Table in Hale, Cheshire, which aims to offer variety of wine tastings, cookery classes and workshops.
Off-Premise Wine Sales Grow by 6 Percent
Retail sales of domestic table wines maintained a growth rate of 6 percent during the 52 weeks ending in November. Volume grew just 2 percent, but that meant that the average price per bottle rose by 21 cents, according to the latest data from the Symphony IRI Group (SIG.)
Top 50 most powerful women in wine: 20 - 11
The fourth instalment of our top 50 powerful women in wine reveals those ranked from 20 to 11.
Jacob's Creek to launch biodynamic Shiraz
Jacob's Creek is to release its first biodynamic wine through its visitor centre in the Barossa Valley.
Jeff Koons designs 2010 Mouton Rothschild label
Chateau Mouton Rothschild has unveiled a wine label designed by controversial modernist artist Jeff Koons for its 2010 vintage.
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.
CA: New law expands winery sweepstakes marketing audience
Napa Valley wineries should benefit from being able to offer sweepstakes and contests to California residents, thanks to a new state law that takes effect Jan. 1. Wineries, among other alcohol producers, can offer sweepstakes and contests currently, but not to California residents, which hampers the local wine industry because it draws heavy amounts of tourists from within the state.
Best end-of-the-world wine picks
Could the Mayan's actually be right? As the clock ticks toward Dec. 21, 2012, people will be bracing for the end of the world --or at least finding a good excuse to party. While you may not believe in the Mayan prophecy, your wish this week could be to try out an exquisite bottle of wine.
Beer/wine hybrid drink tested in Coors Field
In an effort to see if the beer/wine hybrid would now be received by the mass market, Vintage Blonde Ale was released in five test markets -- Chicago, western New Jersey, Denver, Seattle and San Francisco -- last year. It sold out.
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. They will eventually head the business when their father retires.
Well Known Writer Has "Pay-for-Play" Wine Review Scheme
A Palate Press editorial about copyright infringement by wine critic and author Natalie MacLean has unearthed new allegations of unethical behavior by the well-known wine writer. Winery proprietors described a pay-for-play system for wine reviews.
Napa wine growers can't find enough rootstock for vines
Napa Valley, one of the world's premier wine-growing regions, has an uncommon problem these days: not enough new grapevine rootstock is available to supply the massive replanting that's under way there.
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.
Japan: Younger Wine Drinkers Provide Fresh Impetus
Japan's reputation as a conservative market which has reached a natural plateau is looking increasingly outdated, according to a Wine Intelligence report - and it's the 20-34 age group that's doing most to shake things up.
Washington model helps predict cold injury to grapes
Washington State University has established critical cold hardiness temperatures for about 20 varieties of wine and juice grapes and posted them on a website,, according to a news release.
Police Arrest Former Winery Employee in Probe on Montalcino Raid
Italian police arrested a former employee of a Tuscan winery who allegedly destroyed 62,600 liters (16,537 gallons) of Brunello di Montalcino after he was fired from his job.
Australia: Petaluma to invest $10m on Adelaide Hills winery at Woodside
The Lion group-owned company has announced after a lengthy process it will spend more than $10 million on a new winery at a 36-hectare Woodside farm which it bought in 2007
Australia: In the red: Buller Wines in administration
The fourth generation, family-owned winery with vineyards in Rutherglen and Swan Hill appointed Sydney-based financial advisers Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu last Thursday, with more details about their financial woes expected to be revealed at a creditors meeting in Melbourne on Friday.
Historic Australian winery collapses into administration
The causes of the winery's collapse are still not clear but Australia's wine industry has been struggling as a result of exports which have been hurt by recession in key export markets and a soaring Australian dollar, which has made wine exports uncompetitive against rising competition from new low-cost wine producers.
Wine Auctions Drop 19%, Chinese Demand Cools for Bordeaux
Wine sales by the biggest auction houses plunged 19 percent in 2012 as economic and political uncertainty in China cooled demand for trophy-name Bordeaux.
No Sweet Wine From Famed Chateau D'Yquem This Year
Chateau d'Yquem will not be producing a 2012 vintage after harvest rain prevented the grapes from reaching the levels of concentration required to make the world's most famous sweet wine.
Centennial says it's restructuring, not liquidating
Centennial Beverage Group, the Dallas-based liquor retailer that last week closed a undisclosed number of stores and promoted an "inventory liquidation," issued a statement dated Friday that said it "has been strategically restructuring in recent months but is not shutting down operations."
Parker clarifies role as TWA investor named
Robert Parker has stressed that he is not stepping down from The Wine Advocate as details emerged about the magazine's new Singaporean investor.
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