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Thursday, July 24th

01/04/13

Wine board director claims strong ties with Washington, says biggest challenge is distribution

01/04/13

A surprisingly healthy Bay Area wine grape harvest in 2012 is bolstering spirits of local vineyard and winery owners, while weak harvests in France and other competitors is another short-term boost

01/04/13

Todd Alexander has become the new winemaker for the Bryant Family Vineyard at the Pritchard Hill estate

01/04/13

The recent St Émilion reclassification leads Mark Savage MW to question whether terroir is still valued as an indicator of quality.

01/04/13

As bulk wine shipments worldwide continue to surge upwards, international, non-governmental organisation OIV has put forward a proposal to redefine the definition of bulk wine

01/04/13

Daou Vineyards owner George Daou told ksby.com that the purchase of the vineyard will allow them to completely plant the vineyards with their vines and continue the vision of Dr Stanley Hoffman and Andre Tchelistcheff, who founded the winery in the 1960's.

01/04/13

The National Wine Agency will focus on marketing strategy for Georgian wines and finance activities to increase Georgian wine awareness in selected markets, including the US.

01/04/13

Maryland lawmaker Del Sam Arora, D-Silver Spring is drafting a bill in the state court that will allow locals to buy kosher wine directly from stores outside the state and from online retailers like kosherwine.com.

01/04/13

We 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

01/04/13

A team of eleven people hand-picked nearly one ton of Riesling grapes from 3 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. on the morning of January 3, marking the official close to the 2012 harvest (based on the growing season year).

01/04/13

Favorite clips-from the amusing to the informative-from the past year of visits with winemakers, chefs and sommeliers.

01/04/13

The restaurant business was polarised both over the festive season and throughout 2012, with good service and value being rewarded, according to Soren Jessen, owner of 1 Lombard Street and 1776.

01/04/13

Cool-climate wines made from experimental varieties could be the next big thing for Chile - but a strong marketing message is needed if the wines are ever to gain a loyal following in the UK.

01/04/13

John Buck, chairman of Te Mata Estate Winery, has been awarded a Companion of New Zealand Order of Merit (CMNZ), for leadership in the New Zealand wine industry.

01/04/13

New Zealand's Marisco Vineyards has appointed a new winemaker for 2013 and announced it will now bottle a range of its wines in screen-printed glass.

01/04/13

Supermarket chain Waitrose has said that shoppers stocking up on Champagne have helped it to enjoy record festive sales.

01/04/13

The Drinks Business considers the fast-growing interest and investment in Tasmania in the second of ten installments on Australia's evolving wine industry.

01/04/13

Are you planning a visit to the Napa Valley in 2013? Avoid the most common of mistakes - the speed racer visit.

01/04/13

John Buck, chairman of Hawke's Bay winery Te Mata Estate, has been awarded a Companion of New Zealand Order of Merit (CMNZ) for his work in wine and the arts.

01/04/13

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.

01/04/13

Marisco Vineyards owner Brent Marris has bought the historic Leefield Station estate in Marlborough to feed growing international demand for the company's wines.

01/04/13

Sheldrake Point Vineyard and Knapp Winery are two Finger Lakes wineries that have already started harvesting frozen grapes for ice wine. Meanwhile, early Thursday morning crews also began picking at Casa Larga Winery in Perinton, and Heron Hill's Ingle Vineyard in South Bristol, Ontario County.

01/04/13

A relatively small but vocal number of county residents, primarily in the Santa Ynez Valley, are becoming an increasingly large obstacle for wineries that are trying to get county approval for tasting rooms or other special events that vintners say are important to their economic survival.

01/04/13

Keith Allen Brown, Steven Thompson, Woodrow Grant, Cory Baugh and Jeremy Brown all claim that alcohol led them to their crimes and they should have been warned of the beverages' addictive nature.

01/04/13

While that sure is a whole lot of wine, it seems many of these firms can be traced back to parent companies such as E&J Gallo Winery (Carlo Rossi, Barefoot Cellars, etc), The Wine Group (Franzia, Almaden, etc) and Constellation Brands (Woodbridge, Arbor Mist, etc), which altogether control 51.5 percent of US wine sales.

01/04/13

The nonprofit Lehigh Valley Wine Trail has released the following events for its eight-member wineries this year.

01/04/13

A study recently released by a Maryland group found approximately $100 million in new business revenue could be generated from sales of beer and wine in chain stores.

01/04/13

A while back, Starbucks announced plans to quietly unveil a test program-dubbed Starbucks Evenings-in a number of their cafes (including spots Calabasas and Rancho Santa Margarita), expanding the usual coffee and tea menu to include beer and wine alongside some upscale food offerings.

01/04/13

The Boston Harbor Hotel's 24th Annual Boston Wine Festival, which kicks off Jan. 11, is a full 12 weeks long, with 39 evening events of wine and three themed brunches, ending March 29 with a final reception.

01/04/13

An introduction to new wine bars and restaurants opening in Kips Bay, Cobble Hill, Astoria and the Upper West Side.

01/04/13

Lompoc's pioneering vintner, Richard Longoria, will soon break ground on his dream of owning and building his own wine processing facility, bringing the art of grape crushing to Lompoc's inner city.

01/04/13

The ice-wine grape harvest has begun in Ontario's Niagara Region. The Niagara Falls Review reports that temperatures dropped below minus-10 degrees Celsius (14 degrees Fahrenheit) earlier this week, which is the point at which the harvest can start.

01/04/13

Wine sales have been on a steady increase in Jamaica over the past few years. A number of factors contribute to this, including, but not limited to, a more informed wine consumer, importers carrying a wider range of 'better' wines, retailers improving how they merchandise the products.

01/04/13

Microbrews have been added to Altrusa International of Pendleton's Feed the Child wine tasting and hors d'oeuvres fundraising event. Deborah Wagner, event chairwoman, said the husbands of many of the attendees and Altrusa members suggested adding beer tasting.

01/04/13

For three weekends, from January 11th through the 27th, the annual culinary event will showcase Niagara's finest wineries and the talents of its best chefs. Attend tastings and pairings near this Niagara Falls hotel, and learn from the experts at seminars including All You Need is Cheese, where Deborah Levy from Dairy Farmers of Canada will show you how to pair your favorite cheese with wines and Icewines.

01/04/13

Anyone who is concerned about the falling value of fine wines from the Bordeaux region should look at the price drop as an opportunity. That is according to Schroders senior adviser Alan Brown, who has suggested that a wine which has lost its value may well regain it over time.

01/04/13

WINE Victoria will seek to develop a supportive relationship with the government under the guidance of its new executive officer. The board announced the appointment of Rachael Sweeney last week.

01/04/13

Delaying global action on climate change by 20 more years will put the goal of keeping the world relatively cool out of reach forever, no matter how much money humanity later spends to try to solve the problem, a new study finds.

01/04/13

Niagara can reinvent itself and take its rightful place in the global economy. Thankfully, a significant consequence of the seismic global economic restructuring over the past two decades has been a growing recognition of cities and regions as the main centres of economic development and job creation.

01/04/13

I am at a loss to understand what exactly it is about the USDA National Organic Program's certified-organic label that makes Steve Brown believe it clarifies what's in organic wines ("Labels clarify what's in organic wine" Capital Press, Dec. 21). By the USDA's own admittance, there is basically no testing to ensure prohibited substances are not being used on organic farms or in processing facilities

01/04/13

One of the region's staunchest defenders of agriculture has taken issue with a South Okanagan winery's bid to expand its drink menu. The owners of Tinhorn Creek Vineyards near Oliver are seeking a new food-primary liquor licence for their Miradoro Restaurant that would allow them to serve alcoholic beverages other than B.C. wine.

01/04/13

"The LCBO changes, in the works for some time, blunt Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak's recent promise for beer and wine in corner stores." That's from a Toronto Star report on the Ontario government liquor concern planning to open 10 "express" outlets in or near supermarkets.

01/04/13

The union representing more than 7,000 LCBO workers has endorsed the Crown agency's decision to open 'Express' stores in several large grocery stores and to inaugurate boutique outlets for the sale of Ontario quality wines.

01/04/13

Virginians bought more alcohol in the state's beverage control stores and restaurants as the state agency saw a record profit in the last fiscal year. The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control said the agency has seen retail sales increase to record levels consecutively for the past 14 years, even as discussions continue about privatizing the state's liquor stores.

01/04/13

Jackson Family Vineyards has completed the acquisition of an 877-acre property in California's recently created Pine Mountain-Cloverdale Peak AVA.

01/04/13

The annual Hospices de Beaune wine auction in November revealed the extent of the shortage

01/04/13

While the Urban Dictionary defines "hipster" according to geographic location, hairstyle and attire, there is no indication as to a preference in wine. And yet there are wines that can definitely be called hipster-centric-and it's not a surprise that they can be found on some of the best wine lists in Brooklyn

01/04/13

Efforts to change the liquor laws in Kansas so that shoppers can buy a bottle of red wine to go with the meat they just purchased in the same store have failed in recent years, but supporters plan to try again

01/04/13

Unfiltered boldly foretells the future, from pop-star wines to reality TV to Chinese investment in Napa to a shocking turn in Rudy K's counterfeiting case

01/04/13

Growers can now access all vineyard information, create work orders, fertilizer and irrigation programs, graphs and use a whole host of other viticultural tools within these databases from a tablet or smartphone in the vineyard