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Wednesday, July 23rd

01/08/13

Wine Institute global promotions continue in the new year

01/08/13

The energy industry's growing interest in a controversial extraction technique has growers worried about water problems and other environmental concerns.

01/08/13

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

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, 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

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

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

Wine industry people on the move from January 3 to January 7

01/08/13

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

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, Dievole, has been purchased by Argentinian billionaire Alejandro Pedro Bulgheroni, owner of several wineries in Argentina, Uruguay, and California.

01/08/13

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 is claiming to hold its "most comprehensive portfolio tasting ever" on February 5 in London.

01/08/13

The Academy of Food & Wine Service is calling for entries to the Moët UK Sommelier of the Year 2013.

01/08/13

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

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

Liv-ex's Right Bank 100 was the strongest performer on the Bordeaux 500 index over the course of 2012.

01/08/13

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

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

The Academy of Food & Wine Service has opened entries for the Moët UK Sommelier of the Year 2013.

01/08/13

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

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

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 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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"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

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

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

... only 8% of the people who make resolutions are actually successful in keeping their pledge

01/08/13

Syrah is a seductive and savory companion to wintertime meals, a classic Rhone-region red wine.

01/08/13

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 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

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

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