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01/03/13
Exhibitor Space Selling Fast for WiVi Central Coast 2013

Discounted rates for the March 19-20 event are available through January 11.

01/03/13
Specialty crops in limbo after U.S. farm bill extension
"We in the specialty crop industry have not been told exactly what is being continued and what is being continued with funding."
01/03/13
California Wine Confronts Fracking
Monterey grape growers suspicious of groundwater contamination as state releases draft of new oversight rules
01/03/13
Paso Robles winery makes big acquisition of neighboring vineyard
One of the fastest growing newer wineries on the central coast is digging it's roots deep into the history of this area's wine country with a purchase just announced today. Daou Vineyards has purchased what is largely considered the oldest existing modern winery in the Paso Robles Wine Growing Region.
01/03/13
People News Recap from 12/18-1/2
Wine industry people on the move from December 18 to January 2
01/03/13
Top Wine Videos of 2012
Favorite clips-from the amusing to the informative-from the past year of visits with winemakers, chefs and sommeliers
01/03/13
Thunderbird Artists Offers Patrons the Exclusive Opportunity to Sample Wines from Across the United States
The 2013 Thunderbird Artists' festivals, not only provide an array of world renowned artists, but also a catalog of wineries that gives their patrons access to some of the most established and oldest wineries in America. $10 entitles visitors to a complimentary 20th anniversary Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival glass and 6 wine tickets.
01/03/13
Newfoundland's Twillingate winery lands Chinese contract
A small winery on the northeast coast of Newfoundland is about to expand its production to ship thousands of cases of its products to China. "We've just signed a deal and we're pretty excited," confirmed Grant Young, the owner of Auk Island Winery in Twillingate.
01/03/13
Hard yards behind NZ wine label's rise
It is not every New Zealand wine company whose product is served up on prime BBC viewing, The Graham Norton Show, every week. Co-founders of Invivo Wine, Rob Cameron, winemaker, and Tim Lightbourne, marketer, approached Norton when they read in an interview that he liked New Zealand wine.
01/03/13
South Australian winery Tomich Wines to open cellar door in Shanghai, China
Adelaide Hills winery Tomich Wines will open a cellar door in China in the new year to serve the country's expanding middle and upper classes. In April, the family-owned business will establish a high-end premises in Shanghai, after finalising a joint venture deal with Chinese businessman LiMing Zhu.
01/03/13
Oregon family winery celebrates 25 years
This year, the winery's 25th vintage accounted for about 30 tons of grapes and stands a good chance of aging into some of the best wine Weisinger's has ever produced, says Eric, the winemaker now.
01/03/13
Retired dentist with Memphis roots sees success with small wine label
Turner, an affable retired dentist with a trim mustache who lives part of the year in Memphis and part in San Francisco, owns the Robert Turner label and makes the wines, which are available in six restaurants and three retail stores in Memphis. He doesn't own vineyards or a winery, buying grapes and making three wines, a chardonnay and a pinot noir from Sonoma County's Russian River Valley and a cabernet franc from Napa Valley, in a rented facility.
01/03/13
China Sprouting Homegrown Wine Culture
International wine organizations estimate that 85 percent of all grape wine consumed in China is grown domestically, mostly in the tens of thousands of small vineyards and distilleries that have emerged in the past decade in places like the Hebei, Ningxia and Shandong provinces. Wine has become an important status symbol for newly wealthy Chinese.
01/03/13
With 108 wineries, is Missouri tapped out?
In 2000, the U.S. boasted 2,688 wineries, and by 2010 that had risen to 7,626. In Missouri the number more than tripled, from 31 to 108, during the same period. Most of these wineries, according to University of Missouri research, are small, and many are in emerging wine regions.
01/03/13
Farmers markets give Massachusetts wineries an economic boost
A state law passed in 2010 that allows Massachusetts vintners to sell bottles of wine at farmers markets has opened up new venues for fledgling local wineries, and has also spurred the opening of new wineries.
01/03/13
Texas: Oak Cliff winery, cider brewery await City Council vote next month
The zoning matters are scheduled to go before the City Council on Jan. 23. And the council's approval would need them lacking only a Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission permit to get going.
01/03/13
LCBO to launch two new store formats to buy alcohol
One among the new store formats is LCBO Express stores, which will be smaller in size and will allow LCBO to meet consumer demand for products like Ontario wine, spirits and beer, whereas, the LCBO VQA Destination Boutiques, a full-size LCBO store, will offer consumers an expanded range of Ontrario's VQA wines.
01/03/13
Martine Saunier Sells Her Import Company Martine's Wines
Martine Saunier, whose import and wholesale company Martine's Wines, Inc. specializes in French wineries, sold her business in December to partners Gregory Castells and Kate Laughlin for an undisclosed price. The deal includes the inventory, staff and a one-year lease on the warehouse.
01/03/13
2012: In Memoriam
A tribute to wine industry leaders who died this year.
01/03/13
Health Watch: Alcohol in Moderation May Lower Risk of Depression for Women
Other studies find evidence that resveratrol can be a weapon against cancer
01/03/13
The Society of Vintners welcomes new members
The Society of Vintners has swelled its ranks with the addition of three new members.
01/03/13
WSET announces shortlist for Educator of the Year awards
The Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has revealed the names of its top course providers shortlisted to receive one of two Educator of the Year trophies.
01/03/13
English wine producer goes under
An English producer that saw its wines served to the Queen during last year's Jubilee celebrations has gone into administration.
01/03/13
Architectural Cognac heads for HK
Martell's latest Architect Special Edition highlights the cognac's natural colour perfectly.
01/03/13
Decanter World Wine Awards 2013 opens
The Decanter World Wine Awards - the world's biggest wine competition - opened for entries Wednesday with a host of new chairs and a new vice chair to assist Steven Spurrier.
01/03/13
E.M. Tharp and World Ag Expo's "We Believe in Growing" Scholarship Deadline Approaching
World Ag Expo and E.M. Tharp, Inc. have teamed up for the seventh year to provide the "We Believe in Growing" scholarship, created to support agricultural education. High school seniors from Madera, Fresno, Tulare, Kings and Kern counties are encouraged to apply by Jan.18, 2013 to be considered.
01/03/13
Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas Announces New Members of the Board of Directors
Greg Harrington, chairman of the Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas, announced that Master Sommeliers Laura Maniec, Andrew McNamara, Keith Goldston and Brett Zimmerman will join the CMSA's Board of Directors beginning in January 2013.
01/03/13
New Jersey, the Ultimate "wrong" Wine Region
Every great winegrowing region needs one or two larger-than-life winemakers who think light years outside the box and are willing to go the extra hundred miles to find out where the limits of the possible really lie.
01/03/13
David Rosengarten Launches Wine Business
For his newly launched wine import business, pioneering food and wine critic, cookbook author and culinary explorer David Rosengarten is making three legendary Michel Gonet champagnes available in the U.S.
01/03/13
A Stunning Visualization Of America's Wine Industry
America's wine industry is booming, but a new study from Michigan State Professor Philip Howard shows "industry" maybe something of a misnomer. While you may see a wide variety of American labels at your local wine shop, the vast majority are merely offshoots of mega producers, most of them concentrated in California, Professor Howard found.
01/03/13
Climate Change Threatens French Wine
The changing climate is affecting the delicate balance of weather, soil and other factors that are central to the production one of their main commodities, something that's already had a visible effect elsewhere around the globe.
01/03/13
Best of the best Northwest wine from 2012
Wine Press Northwest reviewed 552 wines under blind conditions from 205 wineries. Of these, 14 earned unanimous Double Platinum awards, and 80 were awarded Platinums. The total production of the 552 wines represented 3.5 million cases and the average price per bottle was about $27.
01/03/13
Tennessee liquor stores rebuff grocery stores' wine proposal
An effort to reduce opposition to supermarket wine sales has so far failed to change the minds of the liquor store owners who stand to lose the most out of the proposal. Under the bill taking shape before the Legislature convenes this month, local referendums would determine if wine could be sold alongside beer in grocery and convenience stores.
01/03/13
The weird and wacky year in wine and spirits
A review of some of the more wild wine stories reported on in 2012.
01/03/13
Vanguard Wine Bar Opens in Kips Bay, NJ, After Signing 12-Year Lease
The bar and restaurant, which features a full liquor license and menu, quietly opened its doors late last week to friends and family.
01/03/13
Supermarket, wine maker partner for hunger relief
Stater Bros. Supermarkets, in conjunction with Gallo Family Vineyards, recently partnered to assist those in need this holiday season. Through an in-store product promotion Stater Bros. and Gallo Family Vineyards donated over 100 turkeys to Second Harvest Food Bank Serving Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.
01/03/13
A Swiss Region Where the Gold Comes in Solid and Liquid Forms
The Swiss like to think their country is to gold what Bordeaux, France, is to wine. Thanks to a dark red merlot produced in the hills surrounding this town in the south of Switzerland, it has both, the real gold and the wine.
01/03/13
The Future of French Wine: Overcoming 'Terroirisme' and Stagnation
In defiance of marketing trends in the wine industry, many French winemakers continue to identify and market their wine based on terroir.. This desire to perpetuate tradition maintains a degree of complexity in understanding French wine, limiting its accessibility to new consumers and hindering sales.
01/03/13
Kansas Chamber wants grocery stores to be able to sell wine, liquor and full-strength beer
Kansas law allows only retail liquor stores to sell wine, liquor and full-strength beer, while groceries and convenience stores can sell only so-called weak beer, also known as cereal malt beverage. Chamber Vice President Kent Eckles said the chamber views the issue as free enterprise.
01/03/13
The German roots of California wine
In 1875 the German Beringer brothers were among the first people to start producing wine in the United States. Their business, based in California, is still going strong and has established itself as a global player.
01/03/13
Digital Imaging Can Improve Wine
Researchers have created a new way to peer inside a grape to identify its composition and variety through computer imaging. This could cut back on laborious chemical analysis for winemakers.
01/03/13
'Catastrophic' fire risk for South Australia
Several parts of South Australia are facing 'catastrophic' fire risks over the next few days as temperatures across the region are expected to hit near-record levels.
01/03/13
The Vintner Group Expands Multi-State Footprint To Georgia
The company already distributes more than 1,500 labels across its units in Delaware, Maryland, Washington, D.C., West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina (doing business as The Country Vintner) and Florida (doing business as Stacole Fine Wines)
01/03/13
Farm bill extension excludes specialty crop funding
The Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance will continue to communicate the importance of specialty crop programs to lawmakers on Capitol Hill as this process moves forward in the 113th Congress
01/03/13
PR: National Survey Reveals Decline in Style
"Fashionable Wine Brand Ecco DomaniĀ® Champions a Style Revival"
01/03/13
Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant signs lease in Missouri
Cooper's Hawk, an upscale-casual restaurant and winery, will open in about a year next to Target and Whole Foods in the Town & Country Crossing shopping plaza. The shopping center's owner, Michigan-based Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust, announced this month that the new restaurant would be about 9,000 square feet, made up of existing vacancies as well as new development next to the plaza.
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