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  Daily News for Tuesday, January 8th
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01/08/13
California Wine Exports in 2013
Wine Institute global promotions continue in the new year
01/08/13
What Impact Could Fracking Have on California Vineyards?
The energy industry's growing interest in a controversial extraction technique has growers worried about water problems and other environmental concerns.
01/08/13
Lot18 Sours on Flash Sales, Lays Off 25 as It Shifts to Wine Subscriptions
Online wine seller Lot18 is shrinking and refocusing its business in an effort to become profitable. This morning, the New York-based company handed out pink slips to about 25 employees, or about 35 percent of its staff, according to a source familiar with the matter.
01/08/13
Treasury Wine bidding war could net more than $4bn
while global wine players would undoubtedly be interested in TWE's portfolio of premium labels, including Penfolds, investors from China -- the world's fastest-growing wine market -- are likely to lead the charge
01/08/13
Wine Market Council Elects Dennis Cakebread as Board of Directors Chair, Releases Luxury Wine Market Research in Advance of Upcoming Conferences
Wine Market Council, a non-profit wine trade association, announced today that Dennis Cakebread has been officially elected as the chair of Wine Market Council's board of directors. Xavier Barlier of Maisons Marques & Domaines/Roederer Estate, who served as Wine Market Council's chair from 2010-2012, has been elected to the position of immediate past chair.
01/08/13
Veteran Wine Journalist/Marketing Strategist Team Up on Winery PR Consultancy
Longtime wine writer Alan Goldfarb and wine marketer Carl Giavanti have announced a partnership that will offer media outreach to wineries as they employ traditional and social media platforms in a new public relations consultancy.
01/08/13
Merryvale Vineyards & Starmont Winery Hire Mark Evans as New Chief Operating Officer
Starmont Winery, built in 2006, is a state-of-the-art, solar powered winery whose mission is to produce exceptional Napa Valley varietal wines from sustainably farmed vineyards.
01/08/13
People News Recap from 1/3 - 1/7
Wine industry people on the move from January 3 to January 7
01/08/13
Moth quarantine lifted for most of Sonoma County
The state on Monday dramatically scaled back the size of a quarantine area created to stop the spread of the European grapevine moth in Sonoma County, marking the latest victory in the wine industry's battle against the pest.
01/08/13
Grape Vine Moth Eradicated in Santa Cruz County
A portion of the county, Aptos and the northern part of Watsonville, was placed under quarantine in June of 2011 following the capture of two moths in a vineyard.
01/08/13
One of Chianti Classico's largest estates bought by Argentina's Bulgheroni
One of Chianti Classico's largest estates, Dievole, has been purchased by Argentinian billionaire Alejandro Pedro Bulgheroni, owner of several wineries in Argentina, Uruguay, and California.
01/08/13
Winery Exchange Acquires Our Daily Red & Orleans Hill
Winery Exchange announced the expansion of their National Brands Division with the acquisition of a portfolio of certified organic and sulfite-free wine brands. In addition to category leaders, Our Daily Red and Orleans Hill, the deal includes several private brands that also feature organic certification and contain no sulfites.
01/08/13
Canada'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.
01/08/13
VIDEO: "Missouri Viewpoints" - Missouri's Wine Industry Grows Despite Drought
Missouri's Wine and Grape Tax Credit is praised by wine makers as one of the reasons that industry is growing in the Show Me State. The industry has an impact of over a billion dollars a year on the state and directly or indirectly impacts over 14,000 jobs, according to Mt. Pleasant winery owner Chuck Dressel.
01/08/13
Spanish winery Protos signs distribution deal with PLB
Bodegas Protos, a Spain-based winery that produces premium Ribero del Duero, has signed a distribution deal with UK-based distributor PLB to distribute its products to independent merchants and the on-trade units in the UK.
01/08/13
Wine Alliance welcomes applications for 2013 Wine Auction proceeds
The board of directors of the Lake County Wine Alliance invites nonprofit organizations, agencies and programs in Lake County to apply for a share of the proceeds from the 2013 Lake County Wine Auction.
01/08/13
Winery Exchange adds certified organic, sulfite-free wine brands to portfolio
Winey Exchange, a California-based beverage alcohol company that sources wines, spirits and beers from different parts of the world, has added certified organic and sulfite-free wine brands such as Our Daily Red and Orleans Hill to its National Brands Division.
01/08/13
Scotland Food & Drink event encourages Amazon link up
Not-for-profit organisation Scotland Food & Drink has launched an event to encourage Scottish whisky and spirits distillers to grow its sales through online retailer Amazon.
01/08/13
Bancroft Wines lines up newcomers for annual tasting
Bancroft Wines is claiming to hold its "most comprehensive portfolio tasting ever" on February 5 in London.
01/08/13
Call for entries to Moët UK Sommelier of the Year
The Academy of Food & Wine Service is calling for entries to the Moët UK Sommelier of the Year 2013.
01/08/13
Vinance collapsed owing £5m worth of wine
When wine investment company Vinance went into administration in November last year, it owed £5 million in wine to its 1,300 investors.
01/08/13
Aussie wine trends: 7. Sub-regional recognition
While Australia is well-known for its attempts to highlight regional distinctions, today the focus is also on the country's sub regions and single vineyards.
01/08/13
Right Bank is best performing Bordeaux over 2012
Liv-ex's Right Bank 100 was the strongest performer on the Bordeaux 500 index over the course of 2012.
01/08/13
Backyard vineyards take off in Santa Clarita
Amateur winemakers are growing, crushing and fermenting their grapes into a few dozen gallons of, say, Syrah and Grenache. Some win regional awards.
01/08/13
Fires destroy Tasmanian vineyard
Yaxley Estate Vineyard in Tasmania has lost three quarters of its vines to the wildfires that have been sweeping the Australian state since last Thursday.
01/08/13
Moët UK Sommelier of the Year 2013 launches
The Academy of Food & Wine Service has opened entries for the Moët UK Sommelier of the Year 2013.
01/08/13
Three given suspended sentences for massive Champagne fraud
Three former managers of the Esterlin Champagne co-operative have been given eight-month suspended prison sentences and €2,000 fines for selling fake vintage Champagne.
01/08/13
Dievole and Poggio Landi bought by Argentina's Bulgheroni
One of Chianti Classico's largest estates, Dievole, has been purchased by Argentinian billionaire Alejandro Pedro Bulgheroni, owner of several wineries in Argentina, Uruguay, and California.
01/08/13
New NZ Europe chief facing 'premium challenge'
Chris Stroud, new European marketing manager for New Zealand Winegrowers, says the trade body's key challenge in 2013 will be maintaining its premium position while coping with the small 2012 vintage.
01/08/13
Biodynamic Sustainable Farming Techniques for Vineyards
Biodynamic farming techniques for vineyards has become increasingly popular all over the world. Numerous producers are experimenting with it in Bordeaux today. And why not?
01/08/13
The secret to longevity: Wine and radioactivity
The people on the Greek island of Ikaria live 10 years longer than other westerners. Most ninety-year-olds are sexually active there. Opa! Is it the water or the wine?
01/08/13
Austin Food & Wine Alliance Announces Grant Winners
The Austin Food & Wine Alliance's inaugural grants will help fund the first Texas apple orchard using organic practices, support a program raising heritage breed hogs and an initiative to provide local organic foods to low income families, and underwrite a documentary to teach Texas high school students about raising beef from pasture to plate.
01/08/13
In Montgomery, dry Damascus prepares to embrace beer and wine
The Montgomery County Department of Liquor Control gave a preliminary nod Friday to the first application to sell alcohol in the town in 132 years. After a 30-day waiting period and final approval, a local pizzeria will start serving beer and wine, and the last dry town in Maryland will vanish.
01/08/13
Wine feels the effects of a changing climate
The signs of climate change are universally evident, but for French winemakers, already feeling the effects of competition from other countries, the year of volatile weather does not bode well.
01/08/13
Wine sale, health care battles are anticipated in Tennessee
When lawmakers convene Tuesday in Nashville to open the 108th session of the Tennessee General As-sembly, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and Rep. Jon Lundberg see battles on the agenda, particularly when it comes to Obamacare directives and getting wine in Volunteer grocery stores.
01/08/13
Sweet Reds, Moscato, Malbec, Rosé Driving Off-Premise Wine Growth
U.S. off-premise wine sales rose 4.4% to $13.3 billion in Nielsen channels during the 52-week period through December 8. The fastest-growing segments were "sweet red" wines (+62%), Moscato (+33%), Malbec (+17%) and premium rosé wines ($11.75 a 750-ml. on average).
01/08/13
Pioneering Winemaker Randall Grahm Tries New Way To Sell Wine In America
Since Randall Grahm 's new wines are crowdfunded by his customers, there are no marketing or sales costs. This allows the NakedWines.com Angels to invest heavily in grapes and talent, without wasting money on things they can't taste.
01/08/13
South African farm workers to revive wine region strikes
Thousands of South African farm workers will go on strike in the Western Cape wine region from Wednesday, reviving labour action for higher wages in which two workers were killed in clashes with police and vineyards were damaged.
01/08/13
A New Gateway for Canadian Consumers to US Foods
The Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) office in Ottawa, through its food and beverage alliance, tasteUS!, recently launched a new website that provides Canadians with information on top quality U.S.-grown food and the more than 40 U.S. cooperators whose products are found in grocery stores across Canada.
01/08/13
E-commerce site uncovers a world of wine hidden in the shadows
To help bring wines from smaller wineries to Ontario consumers - not just restaurant owners or wine experts - Mr. Abreu and Mr. Bekhor launched e-commerce site WineWire.ca in October 2012.
01/08/13
Sign Of The Wines: Is Santa Clarita The New Napa Valley?
While some regional ag enthusiasts -- like the persecuted persimmon growers in La Canada -- might be having a tough time, a niche group of eno-enthusiasts are in their prime. Amateur winemakers in Santa Clarita Valley are growing, crushing and fermenting their grapes into a few dozen gallons of wine, some of them even winning awards at trade shows.
01/08/13
Grapes meet spirits in Niagara venture
It's Niagara's reputation as a wine-and-fruit destination that prompted Geoff Dillon to start a spirited new venture here. Dillon learned the art of distilling from his father while studying biology and economics at the University of Western Ontario.
01/08/13
OPSEU endorses LCBO plan to expand retail operations
"The public wants to see the LCBO remain a valued public asset that contribute attractive annual dividends to help pay for education, health care and infrastructure." - Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
01/08/13
Oregon's big idea - the wine growler
Based on the half-gallon jug-like container traditionally used to transport beer in the US, also known as a growler, the wine version can hold up four-times that, but is still reusable.
01/08/13
Global warming causes big headache for winemakers
Richard Snyder, a biometeorology specialist at the University of California, Davis, speaking at last year's Unified Wine & Grape Symposium, said a three degrees centigrade increase in temperature would create more carbon dioxide in the air, aiding photosynthesis and prolonging frost-free growing seasons.
01/08/13
My Wine Goals for the Year, More and Less
... only 8% of the people who make resolutions are actually successful in keeping their pledge
01/08/13
Going red for winter
Syrah is a seductive and savory companion to wintertime meals, a classic Rhone-region red wine.
01/08/13
Red Wine Could Mask Testosterone Levels, Experts Warn
However not only could the beverage help them to trophy success, it could also allow them to beat anti-doping tests
01/08/13
Red Wine Could Mask Testosterone Levels, Experts Warn
Red wine could give athletes and players a boost in the sports arena by increasing the amount of performance-enhancing hormone testosterone in their bodies, according to researchers from London's Kingston University.
01/08/13
PR: Silicon Valley Bank to Release Annual State of the Wine Industry Report
Rob McMillan, founder of Silicon Valley Bank's wine division and author of the report, will be joined by Paul Mabray of VinTank , Tony Correia of The Correia Company and MJ Dale of KLH Consulting to discuss the State of the Wine Industry.
01/08/13
NPR Segment: The Consequences Of A Short-Term Farm Bill Fix
Lawmakers in Washington extended some provisions of the farm bill that expired in October. Subsidies for grain cotton and soybeans will be renewed, and budgets for some organic and environment initiatives will be cut. Since the extension only lasts nine months, many farmers are left with uncertainty
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