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  Daily News for Wednesday, December 19th
Raising the Bar for Frost Protection
Grapevine cordon heights may be critical to protecting vines from freezing
New UGC president Olivier Bernard calls for closer cooperation between chateaux and negotiants
he replaces Sylvie Cazes, who resigned last month at the head of the UGC's 134 members, mostly classified growths
Restaurant Sciences' Data Shows Significant Price Variance For Most Popular Wine Varietals by Glass
Restaurant Sciences, a leading provider of restaurant industry information and analytics based on individual guest checks, today released the nation's first-ever study of wine-by-the-glass consumption in United States restaurants, nightclubs and hotel bars.
May trials set in two California grape cases
May trial dates are set in two cases against the California Table Grape Commission that involve the commission's right to charge assessments and the federal government's patents on two grape varieties.
Nantucket Wine Festival Announces La Fête and the 2013 Presenting Winemakers & Chefs
The 17th annual Nantucket Wine Festival will take place May 15-19, 2013. With more than 50 events over five days, the Nantucket Wine Festival attracts an elite group of leading winemakers from around the world, renowned chefs, and wine and food enthusiasts from all over the country.
An Arrest in the Vandalism of Soldera Wine
A former employee of Case Basse di Soldera, the great Brunello di Montalcino estate, has been arrested on charges of destroying more than 60,000 liters of wine, the Italian daily Corriere della Sera reported.
Nevada City Council to consider winery permit
During a regular meeting set for 7 o'clock, tonight, in council chambers, 120 S. Ash, Nevada, the Nevada City Council will consider the first reading of a general ordinance amending Chapter 3 of the city code to add a license to permit the operation of a winery in the city limits.
Top 10 Stories From 2012
It has been a bumper year for, but which have been The Drinks Business' most popular stories?
Boxed Wine Spoils Quicker
In a new study, researchers from the University of California, Davis, stored unoaked California Chardonnay in five types of packaging and three different temperatures. Temperature proved to be the most important factor when it came to spoilage, the team reported in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
New York's booming wine industry: More than 300 wineries, winning recognition
New York state's wine industry continues to grow and prosper, with new wineries opening at a rapid pace and, according to recent reports from the New York Wine & Grape Foundation, capturing a record number of medals in international competitions.
Jeff Koons Creates Wine Label
The Drinks Business blog reports that Jeff Koons has been tapped to create the label for Château Mouton Rothschild's 2010 Pauillac first growth. Previous artists to have that honor include Warhol, Picasso and Dalí.
Yquem Will Not Produce 2012 Sauternes
Pierre Lurton, managing director of Château d'Yquem, said that the legendary 250-acre Bordeaux estate will not produce a 2012 Sauternes due to insufficient quality. "We tried everything possible, but nature didn't give us a choice," Lurton told Wine Spectator.
Police arrest suspect in Soldera wine sabotage
Police have arrested a former employee of Brunello producer Soldera in connection with the destruction of thousands of litres of wine.
Chateau d'Yquem will not make 2012 vintage
Chateau d'Yquem has pulled out of making a Sauternes in 2012 after the vintage failed a post-harvest taste test.
WSTA warns that Christmas prices will soar in UK
The Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has warned consumers that they could face a huge price hike for Christmas drinks, if the government's plans for minimum alcohol pricing go ahead.
Tasmania attracts further investment
Michael Hill-Smith MW's decision to launch a new wine brand from Tasmania is further proof the island has grabbed the attention of Australia's leading winemakers.
New wholesaler champions best of British
A London-based drinks wholesaler will target "phenomenal" growth in the UK's events industry with a specialist focus on British produce when it begins trading in the new year.
Corks Out wins Emporia Spirit Merchant of the Year award
North west based independent merchant Corks Out has won the Emporia Spirit Merchant of the Year Award for 2012 in recognition of its successful work selling premium spirits.
Looking back on 2012 for the U.K. wine trade: part 1
A quick run-down picks up diverse themes incorporating everything from the Olympics, companies collapsing, generic bodies coming up with new approaches, UK-based firms taking closer looks at overseas markets in order to maximise returns, a host of changes at the top within the UK's leading wine businesses and the unstoppable juggernaut that is the alcohol duty escalator.
Wines from Rioja names Retailer of the Year
Wines from Rioja has announced the winners of its Retailer of the Year Competition 2012 as Cambridge Wine Merchants, with the Longship, Orkney, as runner-up.
Starbucks adds beer, wine in south OC
A Starbucks in Rancho Santa Margarita is one of two California cafes testing a theory that consumers want their local Starbucks to give them a jolt of espresso in the morning followed by a chilled brewski after dark.
After opening in Dallas and Fort Worth, Total Wine & More plans to open next in….
The Maryland-based national chain of wine, beer and liquor stores came to Texas earlier this year with a store in Dallas on North Central Expressway just north of Park Lane.
Fortified Wine Market in East Europe to 2017: Market Guide
Synopsis Canadean's, "Fortified Wine Market in East Europe to 2017: Market Guide" provides in-depth detail on the trends and drivers of the Fortified Wine market in East Europe.
Starbucks Goes Stealth for SoCal Testing of Beer, Wine Sales
We can only imagine the sophisticated levels of market analysis that preceded the decision to start testing "Starbucks Evenings" beer and wine sales in California at just two SoCal locations: Calabasas and Rancho Santa Margarita.
Blog: Will BC Wine Laws Intoxicate Ontario?
The group has recently launched a fun education website on this topic,, where any interested adults can design their own wine retail space; from theme to name -- even the location where they'd open it -- the website gives John or Jane Q. Public the virtual power to make it happen.
Constellation Brands Makes Wine Shopping More Rewarding with Innovative Mobile App for the Holidays
The free shopkick mobile app, with more than 4 million iPhone and Android users, is designed to reward shoppers for simply visiting traditional brick and mortar retailers and engaging with products while there. Wine shoppers earn redeemable points - or "kicks" - in several ways.
Arizona Wine Continues to Garner National, International Acclaim; Arizona Stronghold Recognized with 30+ Awards at Esteemed Competitions
Arizona Stronghold honored for label's high elevation wines at Arizona Republic Wine Competition, Jefferson Cup Invitational, Sunset and Houston Rodeo International Wine Competitions.
Wine Auctions Plunge 19% as Chinese Bordeaux Demand Cools
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. Sales by Acker Merrall & Condit, Christie's International, Sotheby's, Zachys and Hart Davis Hart Wine Co., excluding Internet business, raised $322 million with fees this year, down from the record $397 million achieved at equivalent events in 2011, according to data compiled by Bloomberg News.
Innovation in wine branding the key
Richard Tattam says modern wine marketing is "boring." That's why the Repertoire Wines director decided to stray down an artistic path to get his small wine brand on the national and international radar.
Blue Moon's ice fruit wine a first for the Valley
Blue Moon Estate Winery has created a Comox Valley first: ice apple cider. Similar to ice wine, a sweet after-supper treat made from grapes frozen on the vine, ice cider is made from frozen freshly pressed apples. The result is a golden, sweet, spiced dessert wine that tastes intensely of apples.
Petaluma building new Adelaide Hills winery
The new site, located at Woodside, has stunning views of the region's rolling hills and vineyards. [continues below]
Forbes: 30 Under 30: Food And Wine
The net result: a list that will help shape our palates for decades to come.
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