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01/02/13
Herbicide Scarcity Expected in California

Weed specialist reports that active ingredient in Rely 280 could be in short supply until 2014

01/02/13
Regulating Water Quality in North Coast Vineyards: One Conditional Waiver Proposed, a Second is Under Development
Rhonda Smith, UC Cooperative Extension Viticulture Advisor, Sonoma County David Lewis, UC Cooperative Extension Watershed Management Advisor, Marin and Napa Counties
01/02/13
A Mondavi branches out to water witching
Marc Mondavi is standing in the middle of his vineyard, talking to two copper rods. "Find water," he tells them as he walks slowly down a row of vines holding the rods pointed in front of him.
01/02/13
Centennial wants to sell 13 liquor stores to Pilot Point company
Five liquor stores in Tarrant County would be sold by Centennial Beverage Group to Cheers Spirits & Liquors of Pilot Point as part of a deal submitted for approval in U.S. Bankruptcy Court
01/02/13
"Summertime in a Glass," a sauvignon blanc advocacy group, is forming to reach consumers and industry
The Lake County Winegrape Commission is a primary partner, the group said. The initial effort will be funded by a grant by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture and the California Dept. of Food and Agriculture
01/02/13
Online wine writer feels wrath of grape lover
An Ottawa wine writer used reviews from other writers on her website without properly crediting them. And as if that's not ripe enough, a U.S. online wine magazine says she requires some wineries to buy a subscription to her website before she'll review their wines.
01/02/13
Controversy swirls over popular Ottawa wine writer's alleged misuse of others' work
"MacLean feels comments about her posted to a U.S. website in December were so nasty that they have damaged her reputation and presented unnecessarily harsh personal descriptions of her. She is considering launching a lawsuit against some of her fellow wine writers in response."
01/02/13
Trends for 2013: Wine: Grape supply to drive wine M&A in 2013
Brisk mergers-and-acquisitions activity for North Coast wineries, vineyards and brands in 2012 is expected to continue into 2013, even if the estimated huge size of the recent harvest moderates supply pricing underlying a number of the deals, according to deal brokers
01/02/13
The biggest wine stories in 2012
2012 was a perfect year for growing wine grapes
01/02/13
01/02/13
Climate change threatens French wine
Fluctuating weather and warmer temperatures mean soon you may have to pay more for your favorite Bordeaux - if you can find it
01/02/13
The $168,000 bottle of wine
Just in time for the New Year, a wine that costs almost as much as the average American home. Wine.com is selling one of 12 limited edition bottles of "Ampoules of Penfolds 2004 Block 42 Cabernet Sauvignon."
01/02/13
Demand Falls for Fine Wine
I've yet to tackle wine investment on this blog, so I'll definitely come back to this and the whole wine fund market next year
01/02/13
Oils Made With Wine Grapes
With access to the raw materials right nearby, Valentin and Nanette Humer have been making their Salute Santé! grape seed oils in Napa, Calif., for 15 years
01/02/13
Washington winemakers upbeat about 2012 wine-grape harvest
Overwhelmingly, the word I'm hearing most often about the 2012 grape harvest is "normal." That's good news when you consider how challenging the 2010 and 2011 vintages played out in Washington. But more on that in a bit
01/02/13
Idaho wine industry targets state residents
The Idaho Wine Commission's "I Support Idaho Wines" campaign is the group's latest effort to increase local support of the state's booming industry
01/02/13
Wine Sales 2012: Acker Merrall Still Top Dog, Burgundy Going Strong
A look at wine sales in 2012 at major auction houses shows lower-than-expected results, while Bordeaux prices continued to slide. Meanwhile, Burgundy prices reached new highs, with record-breaking moments.
01/02/13
Maryland Law To Allow Online Kosher Wine Buying
State Del. Sam Arora, D- Silver Spring, told the Washington Examiner that he wants to give kosher wine consumers "the ability to live out their faith." Arora's district has a large population of observant Jews
01/02/13
PR: Clarksburg's Chenin Blanc Vouvray Style 2010 Hits Chronicle Top 100 List
Clarksburg Wine Company president John Beckman said, "We are getting outstanding reports from the field about this wine, and now we get the judges to confirm their reactions. And the next two vintages are even better!"
01/02/13
Argentina forecasts stronger 2013 grape season
Argentina should expect 26% growth over 2012 output for grapes, the country's National Wine Institute (INV) forecasted
01/02/13
Privatizing liquor sales in Washington hasn't brought price down
The cost of liquor in Washington went up six months ago, right after the changeover, and has mostly stayed that way
01/02/13
Canada: Will we shop differently for wine in 2013?
June saw the passage of Bill C-311, an amendment to the 1928 Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act that decriminalized interprovincial wine sales.
01/02/13
Champagne sales lose fizz in Europe
Sales this year through September fall 4.9% in France and 5% elsewhere in the EU compared with a year earlier. But exports rise 3%.
01/02/13
Consumer Reports tests 11 sparkling wines
When it comes to sparkling wines it turns out there's cause for celebration. Wine experts at Consumer Reports tested 11 sparkling wines costing anywhere from $5 to $37.
01/02/13
Even in Same Vineyard, Different Microbes May Create Variations in Wine Grapes
Differences in the microbes present on grapes even in different parts of the same vineyard may contribute to flavor fluctuations
01/02/13
Odd labels help sell Napa wine
Any wine on any shelf in any store is an exercise in Darwinism. Look at some of the names of these wines. You think actors have a hard time getting noticed?
01/02/13
Restaurant Performance Index Improved in November But Remained Below 100 For Second Consecutive Month
Same-store sales rose; Restaurant operators remain uncertain about the economy
01/02/13
Ontario pilot project will allow booze sales in supermarkets
Ontario will launch 10 pilot "LCBO Express" kiosks within grocery stores to make wine, beer and liquor purchases more convenient to customers,
01/02/13
A Critic Who Favors Finesse Over Power
"Tanzer played Phil Mickelson to Parker's Tiger Woods"
01/02/13
Dunne on Wine: Resolve to try mondeuse
It isn't too late to add a resolution to the New Year's list, is it?
01/02/13
Top stories of 2012: Happier times for wine
Befitting one of the world's leading wine regions, wine played prominently in the Top 10 Stories of 2012 selected by the Business Journal editorial staff
01/02/13
01/02/13
From NASCAR to rum, the 10 weirdest parts of the 'fiscal cliff' deal
Congress currently levies an excise tax worth $13.50 per gallon on all rum produced in or imported to the United States
01/02/13
Wine Underpants Join Space Whisky on Sale: Elin McCoy
The extraterrestrial terroir taste in Meteorito, a cabernet made at Chile's Tremonte winery, comes from a 4.5-billion-year- old meteorite from the asteroid belt between Jupiter and Mars.
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