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  Daily News for Wednesday, December 26th
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12/26/12
To Reach Younger Buyers, Vintners Think Outside the Bottle
Those in the millennial age group, between 21 and 34, are the target because they have grown up drinking from plastic and are less wedded to traditional wine rituals. And some 51 percent of them drink wine at least once a week, according to data from the Wine Market Council.
12/26/12
Jackson wines buying 877 acres for vineyards in Mendocino County
There are currently no vineyards planted on the hilly property, but there are more than 280 acres with a slope below 30 percent grade that can be planted to grapes, according to John Bergman, broker with Bergman Euro-National.
12/26/12
French wine 'should be protected' by French law
Backed by prominent journalists, the industry says wine should be officially recognised as part of the cultural and gastronomic heritage of France
12/26/12
Interest in off-vintages spreads
The Liv-ex 50 has continued to rise thanks to a steady increase in interest for weaker vintages of the first growths.
12/26/12
Wine Science Center at Tri-Cities seeks design-build proposals
The State of Washington's Project Review Committee approved use of the design-build contract method for the project. The request for qualifications (RFQ) is expected to be issued on or about Jan. 3, with statements of qualification due on or about Jan. 23
12/26/12
Olivier Bernard elected UGC president
Olivier Bernard has called for greater co-operation between châteaux and négociants as the owner of Domaine de Chevalier was confirmed as president of Bordeaux's Union des Grands Crus.
12/26/12
Virginia Wine: No farms, no booze
"People don't make the connection that wine is an agricultural product," says Jennifer McCloud of Chrysalis Vineyards. Yet, simply to acknowledge it as an agricultural product is just scratching the surface.
12/26/12
Accolade plans Hardy's relaunch
Accolade Wines is to relaunch the Hardy's brand in June next year to highlight its heritage and promote its top tiers.
12/26/12
Clos Du Val Announces Departure of Head Winemaker, John Clews
Adam Torpy, CEO of Goelet Wine Estates, announced today his acceptance of the resignation of former Clos Du Val COO and head winemaker, John Clews. Clos Du Val, in the midst of widely-acknowledged resurgence within the luxury wine tier sparked by Project Evolution, continues to look toward the future.
12/26/12
SteadyRain Announces Mobile Application Development with America's Wine Trails
America's Wine Trails sought a mobile solution that could provide an easy way for mobile users to access wine trails and winery information on their mobile device, based on the content that currently exists on the America's Wine Trails' website, americaswinetrails.com.
12/26/12
Montes Wines' Donates $50,000 to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Montes Wines and its distributors in nine states conclude their month-long "Angels in Action" fundraising program, donating a portion of September's wholesale proceeds to the charity
12/26/12
Marisco Vineyards buys Leefield Station property
New Zealand-based Marisco Vineyards has acquired the 2,000ha Leefield Station property in the Waihopai Valley, Marlborough for an undisclosed amount, making it the owner of 2,265ha of property in the valley.
12/26/12
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.
12/26/12
U.K.-based Leventhorpe Vineyard adds sparkling rose wine to portfolio
The wine is a blend of Seyval Blanc, red Triomphe and Pinot Noir, which are sourced from the Leventhorpe's 2ha vineyard located in the city of Leeds. It possesses a creamy mousee of bubbles with smell of strawberry, brioche and biscuit and hints of apples and honey on the palate.
12/26/12
South Africa May Produce Third-Biggest Wine-Grape Crop in 2013
South Africa will probably produce the third-biggest wine-grape crop on record in 2013 as favorable weather and better planting practices boost yields, an industry association said.
12/26/12
Is the World's Drink Window Up?
Unfiltered's guide to what to eat, what to drink, and where to stay if the Mayan calendar apocalypse comes to pass. Plus, the Brunello vandal is behind bars.
12/26/12
Iron Ladies of Champagne
When it was unheard of for Frenchwomen to run big businesses, these visionaries introduced nearly every innovation in Champagne-making this side of bubbles.
12/26/12
James Murray to leave LIWF in the new year
James Murray, director of the London International Wife Fair, has confirmed to Harpers he is to step aside in the new year and look at new opportunities ahead of a potentially challenging year for the exhibition.
12/26/12
Chilean winery Undurraga switches distribution to Gonzalez Byass
Chilean winery Undurraga has switched agency from Moreno to Gonzalez Byass in the UK.
12/26/12
Looking back on 2012 for the wine trade: part 3
In the third and final part of the 2012 review, Harper's looks at what the main generic bodies have been doing throughout the year - many have implemented changes away from their usual marketing plans; good news in the form of Harpers new awards recognizing industry talent and the launch of the London 2013 business show on wine.
12/26/12
Bordeaux's new UGC president urges top chateaux to up their involvement
Bordeaux's new Union des Grands Crus president Olivier Bernard, of Domaine de Chevalier, has called for the grands crus estates to work more closely with negociants and commit more fully to trade missions.
12/26/12
Wine Australia to hold global wine forum
Wine Australia is holding a global Australian wine forum in September 2013, which is hopes will usher in a "new era" for Australian wine.
12/26/12
Alpen Cellars Builds Its Own Grid
A remote Northern California winery, Alpen Cellars, is powered by creek waters.
12/26/12
Scottish National Party to consider ban on online alcohol sales
The Scottish National Party is said to be considering banning online alcohol sales as part of its drive to cut down on anti-social drinking.
12/26/12
Petaluma, Australia to build new winery
Australia's Petaluma is to build a new winery in the Adelaide Hills in time for the 2015 vintage as the lease on its current site comes to an end.
12/26/12
Chateau Rieussec will make no 2012 vintage
Chateau Rieussec, the Sauternes estate owned by Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) has joined Chateau d'Yquem in announcing that it will not be making a 2012 vintage wine.
12/26/12
Blue Moon's New 'Ale' Is Half Wine
At 51 percent beer, 49 percent wine, the new products are 8.5 percent alcohol by volume-more than the average beer, but less than wine.
12/26/12
Study shows how red wine compound slows aging
A compound found in red wine, fruits and vegetables can help slow aging by making two anti-aging genes work together better, scientists in Hong Kong report. While they were working in mice, they hope their findings can shed light on efforts to slow aging in people.
12/26/12
Concrete Wine Bunkers Let You Get Drunk Even After the World Ends
Etsy shop Decratelier is offering a set of modular Concrete Wine Bunkers-undoubtedly your best bet in protecting hooch from asteroid, flood, and Horseman alike. Each block is sold separately, so you can stack and expand to make the fallout wine cellar of your dreams.
12/26/12
TEMECULA: Wine Country plan could leave Calvary Chapel exception
Calvary Chapel could get to build its school, even though a proposal that would ban it is sent to the Board of Supervisors
12/26/12
From Porn Star To Italian Wine Maven
There's a good chance that you might recognize Natalie Oliveros, a.k.a. Savanna Samson, from her roles in such award-winning adult films as The Masseuse with Jenna Jameson, The New Devil in Miss Jones and Debbie Does Dallas… Again. (We'll spare you the hyperlinks). But would you believe us if we said we knew her instead from her work with acclaimed winemaker Roberto Cipresso of Fattoria La Fiorita?
12/26/12
Peller Estates Winery launched new flavours for ice wine
Every wine lover across the world, for at least once, wants to visit the beautiful city of Niagara in order to taste one of the most delicious Ontario Ice Wine. Ice wine is brewed from the frozen grapes thus named as Ice Wine. To pamper the taste buds of wine lovers came here, proper Ice Wine Festival in Niagara is celebrated every year in the month of January.
12/26/12
Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits and Vintage Wine Estates Revamp Cigar Zin With Bold New Campaign To Get Consumers Fired Up PR Newswire (http://s.tt/1xtMO)
Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits, in a joint venture partnership with Sonoma's Vintage Wine Estates (VWE), is taking on the Zinfandel category with the relaunch of Cigar Zin, boasting a hot new package, riper wine style and bold new marketing campaign.
12/26/12
Salon.com partners with leading online wine merchant The Wine Spies to launch wine of the day store
Each day, the store (salon.com/thewinespies) will feature one carefully curated and attractively discounted wine offer that goes live at midnight Pacific. Wines are selected and reviewed by The Wine Spies, a leader in online wine retailing for nearly six years. The Wine Spies will also conduct the sale and handle shipping and customer service from their wine country headquarters.
12/26/12
10 percent of all Bordeaux wines bound for China
China's thirst for Bordeaux's first growths may be waning, the popularity of the region's wines across-the-board has been confirmed by the Bordeaux Wine Council (CIVB)
12/26/12
Sotheby's 2012 Wine Auction Sales Plunge 25 Percent
Sales reached $64.5 million the New York-based auction house said today in a press release. The company had a low pre-sale estimate of $49.3 million and a $67.1 million high estimate. The estimates do not include buyer's premium of 22.5 percent
12/26/12
Wineries to watch in 2013
Historic Buena Vista continues revival by Jean-Charles Boisset
12/26/12
Eleventh-Hour Wine
It is around this time of year that my inbox fills up with correspondence from friends, family and readers all asking for last-minute wine advice. From experience, wine is usually at the bottom of many people's holiday to-do list and as most wine merchants and mail-order companies have stopped taking orders for Christmas, this weekend is notoriously frantic
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