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  Daily News for Thursday, December 20th
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12/20/12
New competition has hit liquor chain Centennial hardest so far
If it can't reorganize in bankruptcy, Centennial will be the first big casualty in a market that turned hypercompetitive after Houston-based Spec's and national chain Total Wine & More opened stores in Dallas and Fort Worth over the past year.
12/20/12
WSWA Joins Coalition Calling for Presidential Action to Prevent Strike at U.S. Ports
"Failure to reach an agreement resulting in a coast wide shutdown will have serious economy-wide impacts."
12/20/12
Oregon Wines Expand Reach
As sales figures escalate statewide, a popular gift basket company is contracting for its own wine label.
12/20/12
Appellation Update: Alsace, Beaujolais and Chile
Alsace has two new communal AOCs, Alsace Bergheim and Alsace Coteaux du Haut Koenigsbourg, bringing the total to 13. Chile has added three new broad-based, complementary appellations--Costa (coastal areas), Andes (mountain areas) and Entre Cordilleras (between Chile's two mountain ranges).
12/20/12
Natalie MacLean: 'What I am doing is legal and right'
"Had she genuinely wanted to attribute them correctly she would not have bothered to strip off all the correct attributions given by the LCBO.'"
12/20/12
Vineyard Vandal Confesses
Police arrested a man in Italy who confessed to destroying millions of dollars worth of Brunello di Montalcino wine.
12/20/12
Clos Du Val Announces Departure of Head Winemaker, John Clews
Adam Torpy, CEO of Goelet Wine Estates (GWE), the global family owned wine company whose holdings include Napa Valley's Clos Du Val Winery, the Languedoc's Domaine de Nizas and Australia's Taltarni Vineyards, announced today his acceptance of the resignation of former Clos Du Val COO and head winemaker, John Clews.
12/20/12
A taste for cabernet sauvignon
the assessments were varied, with panelists commenting on the lower alcohol levels in the 2008s, the ripeness of the 2009 wines, and appreciation for how the 2010s are developing
12/20/12
PR: Trinchero Family Estates Announces the Launch of Echo Bay New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc
Trinchero Family Estates announced Wednesday that it will launch a new wine brand on Jan. 1, 2013. Echo Bay's first vintage is a 2012 100% New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc with a Marlborough appellation and a suggested retail price of $12.99.
12/20/12
Envolve Winery Moves & Ben Flajnik Returns From Europe A Year After His Engagement
A year since his engagement on ABC TV, "Bachelor" Flajnik enjoys the Matterhorn region with a friend and prepares to 'spread his wings' with a new winery location.
12/20/12
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.
12/20/12
Napa couple happy to have winery as a neighbor
"The Hess Collection is a wonderful neighbor, in addition to being a top-notch winery and art museum. We had the true pleasure of attending their annual holiday party recently, which is hosted primarily for their wine club."
12/20/12
Nevada council mulls over winery licensing
The new ordinance does not grant a license to the prospective winery; but simply creates the licensing mechanism and sets the fee at that authorized by the state -- 1.5 times the charge made by the state. That figure was not available at press time Tuesday.
12/20/12
Paul Hobbs Winery buys Napa Valley's Tourmaline Vineyard
Paul Hobbs Winery in Sebastopol bought Tourmaline Vineyard in Napa Valley. The winery's owner, Paul Hobbs, bought the 90 acre vineyard off East Imola Avenue from GI Partners, a Menlo Park private equity firm.
12/20/12
Petaluma to build new winery on Adelaide Hills
Petaluma, an Australia-based winery owned by The Lion Group, is to build a new winery on the Adelaide Hills at Woodside farm in South Australia.
12/20/12
Winery collapse heightens industry fears
A wine industry leader has warned it is too early to expect improvements in business conditions, after the collapse of a fourth-generation family winery in Victoria's north-west. Buller Wines, based in Swan Hill and Rutherglen, has gone into voluntary administration, appointing Deloitte to take over the business's management.
12/20/12
Wine Buzz: Three Bogle wines named to Wine Spectators 'outstanding values' list
File this one under "unintentional oversight." "Wine Buzz" mentioned last week some big accolades for Terre Rouge & Easton Wines of Amador County, which earned a spot on Wine Spectator's list of 100 outstanding values of 2012 for its Easton 2010 Zinfandel Amador County ($18).
12/20/12
Hostile Takeover of Portugal's Largest Wine Company Defeated
Sogrape, the company behind Mateus and Sandeman, is now firmly under the control of one of its founding families.
12/20/12
Christmas sales bonanza for Virgin Wines
Virgin Wines has sold more wine this week than ever before - shipping over 31,500 cases to households around the UK.
12/20/12
Avignonesi Winery acquires third vineyard in 18 months
The Italian-based biodynamic producer Avignonesi Winery has acquired its third vineyard in 18 months, making it one of the region's largest producers of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.
12/20/12
Marisco Vineyards acquires 2,000 ha Marlborough estate
Brent Marris, the owner and winemaker behind New Zealand's Marisco Vineyards, which produces the Ned and the King's Series wines, has bought a 2,000 ha property in the Waihopai Valley, Marlborough and is on the lookout for more sites to buy.
12/20/12
Looking back on 2012 for the wine trade: part 2
Next on the list we take a look at online marketing, and how drinks brands are managing it, was (and indeed still is) very much at the forefront of engaging with consumers and more...
12/20/12
Champagne market unlikely to pick up until 2014
The Champagne market is unlikely to pick up in 2013 - and not before 2014/15 - according to Dr Steve Charters MW, professor of Champagne management at Reims Management School.
12/20/12
Leventhorpe launches Yorkshire's first sparkling rosé
The Leventhorpe vineyard near Leeds has launched Yorkshire's first sparkling rosé wine in time for Christmas and end-of-year celebrations.
12/20/12
New Zealand Winegrowers appoints Chris Stroud to head up Europe
Stroud, who has worked with NZWG for the past 18 months, will take up the role of marketing manager for Europe, acting as an ambassador for the country's wines and figurehead for the media.
12/20/12
Champagne slowdown blamed on Eurozone
With Champagne reporting a 6.5% decline in shipments for the first half of 2012, a report has called on producers to reduce their reliance on European markets.
12/20/12
Natalie MacLean: 'What I am doing is legal and right'
Canadian wine critic Natalie MacLean has denied offering wine reviews in return for website subscriptions, but has promised to fully reference third-party reviews amid growing scrutiny of her practices.
12/20/12
New film features 'Outsiders' in Languedoc
A new film following the fortunes of 12 Languedoc-Roussillon winemakers is released next month.
12/20/12
New UGC president Olivier Bernard calls for closer cooperation between chateaux and negotiants
Olivier Bernard, owner of the renowned Graves property Domaine de Chevalier, was unanimously voted today as president of high-end Bordeaux's top marketing arm, the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux (UGC).
12/20/12
TEMECULA: Wine Country plan exception for Calvary Chapel
There was a moment during this morning's Riverside County Planning Commission meeting when Chairman John Snell expressed doubt that we were ever going to finish this final review.
12/20/12
Starbucks Evenings Menu, Featuring Beer, Wine & Small Plates, Expands Across Country
Starbucks announced Tuesday that it had started selling beer and wine in its Dulles Airport location in Washington, D.C.. The outpost joins 16 other locations in six states that serve alcoholic beverages after 4 p.m. every day.
12/20/12
Wine and tea are key ingredients in South African plan to grow domestic research
The South African government is investing in scientific research to foster production of agricultural products like pinotage (the country's signature red wine) and honeybush (source of a tea so fragrant that a potful can perfume an entire house) to create jobs and boost the economy.
12/20/12
Virginia ABC Issues 2012 Annual Report Reflecting Record Sales
The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) has released its annual report, Mission in Review 2012, highlighting gross sales of $734 million, up $41 million from the previous year, and profit transfers of more than $132 million.
12/20/12
Darden Takes New Tack With Restaurant Chains
The owner of Olive Garden and Red Lobster is determined not to be left behind by posh gastro pubs and glorified fast-food chains
12/20/12
Editorial: Beware the Back-Door Farm Bill
Surprise! The bill to avert the fiscal cliff might get a rider. It's a big one -- and it might hurt American farmers.
12/20/12
Cool climates can save syrah, Dan Berger
A decade ago, syrah was a grape on the rise. Winemakers tweeted its greatness, wine lovers seemed to appreciate it as a saner-priced alternative to pricier red wines, and all was looking up for a grape that essentially didn't exist in California 30 years earlier.
12/20/12
Winemaker keeps great-grandfather's dream alive
For Fulton Mather, running a winery is about keeping a dream alive, one that was started by his great-grandfather in the mid-1800s
12/20/12
Presidential report evaluates agriculture research
The report prioritizes the top seven scientific challenges facing agriculture: the need to manage new pests, pathogens, and invasive plants; increase the efficiency of water use; reduce the environmental footprint of agriculture; adapt to a changing climate; and accommodate demands for bioenergy
12/20/12
Top 50 most powerful women in wine: 10-1
The Drinks Business' final instalment reveals the top 10 most powerful women in wine. Can you guess who took the top spot?
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