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  Daily News for Friday, January 11th
Sonoma County's chardonnay a hit; pinot noir doesn't fare as well
High-end pinot noir lovers are more likely to choose a pricey wine from Willamette Valley or Napa Valley than Sonoma County, according to a new report by WineOpinions.
Controversy bubbles up over Korbel 'champagne' description for inauguration
Quelle horeur! That broke the law, said Sam Heitner, the bureau's director
Fall-Out Continues in Washington State
Months into the privatization of liquor sales, specialty shops say variety has kept them afloat.
LCB to promote more state wines in PA stores
The state Liquor Control Board plans to announce a new program today at the Pennsylvania Farm Show that could put more local wines on state store shelves. LCB spokeswoman Stacy Kriedeman said a "PA Preferred" winery could select a number of wines to be placed in local wine and spirits stores.
Diageo Signs New Distribution Agreements and New Brokerage Agreement with The Charmer Sunbelt Group
Agreements Apply to Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Maryland, New York, South Carolina, and the District of Columbia
Auction Index Posts Tiny 4th-Quarter 2012 Gain
U.S. market for fine wines may have stopped its prolonged slide.
Q&A with meteorite-aged winemaker
Norwich-born astronomer Ian Hutcheon on the unexpected global interest in his meteorite-aged Chilean wine, and new project Sacrifico.
Closures campaign promotes aluminium
A group of leading aluminium closure manufacturers have launched a Europe-wide campaign to raise awareness of the benefits this option can offer for wine.
South African strikes not connected to wine industry
South Africa's Western Cape has been rocked by violent protests by fruit farm workers demanding higher wages but no wine producers appear to be affected at this time.
Mt. Airy restaurant adds draft wine to the menu
Philadelphia has long been known for its devotion to good beer. So, it's not unusual to see a line of draft pulls at local bars. It is unusual, however, to see wine coming out of that tap. But thanks to a change in Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board regulations, that sight is slowly becoming more common.
10 best wine destinations for 2013
Bordeaux's not on the list, and that's one reason it's interesting. The selections are notable for including offbeat wine regions around the world, from a castle in Puglia, Italy, to a university town in South Africa.
Maryland Lawmaker Seeks Expansion of Kosher Wine Choices
A Montgomery County lawmaker plans on proposing legislation during the General Assembly that would allow residents to purchase kosher wine from out-of-state stores and online retailers.
Rewriting rules for wineries
t sometimes seems as though the best public policy is the one that takes the longest to develop. If that concept is correct, Santa Barbara County's next winery land-use ordinance should be nearly perfect.
Moet Hennessy to open $5.5m winery in China
The project, which is a joint venture between Moet Hennessy and Nignxia-based SOE Nongken, includes construction of a winery, fermentation cellars, tasting room and luxury visitor center in around 6,300m² space.
Registration Open for Virginia Wine Country Half Marathon
The race starts and finishes at Doukenie Winery in Loudoun County. Doukenie Winery is also the host site for the post-race Wine & Music Festival in the beautiful outdoor setting featuring over a dozen wineries from the region, plus an awards ceremony, exhibitors, Food & Beer Garden and a popular live band.
Korbel Champagne Cellars - The Toast Of The Inaugural Luncheon
When Barack Obama is sworn in for his second term as the 44th President of the United States, this historic event will once again be toasted with flutes of Korbel California Champagne.
The 2013 Inauguration Wine Pairings (and Controversy)
Plus, a slap on the wrist for Champagne fraudsters, a new wine supports marriage equality, and why professional athletes may want to hide their wine collections.
ICP rules Tesco Everyday Value alcohol range not in breach of code
The Independent Complaints Panel has ruled that Tesco's Everyday Value alcohol range does not breach alcohol responsibility rules, after a consumer complained its label encouraged "immoderate consumption".
SWA slams proposals for Scotch whisky tax
The chief executive for the Scotch Whisky Association, Gavin Hewitt, has defined proposals to put a bottle tax on whisky as "ludicrous
Live news blog: U.K. Christmas trading results
Keep up to date with how the leading multiples, discounters and specialist retailers did over the Christmas and new year trading period with the Harpers live news blog.
Bibendum to launch new initiative at annual tasting
Bibendum is to help its customers tailor their ranges to suit consumer preference by launching A Matter of Taste at its trade-only annual tasting in February.
Running a Regional Wine Association
After years in Monterey & Lake counties, longtime leaders look back.
Supply issues speed up Burgundy trend
The early drinking appeal of Burgundy's 2011 vintage may further encourage a shift that is already being exacerbated by supply shortages towards consuming these wines at a younger age.
Aussie wine trends: 5. Grenache reappraisal
Australian Grenache is on the move, heading upmarket in image and price, helped by gentler cellar practices.
Burgundy seminar report part 1: Reducing the risk of premox
Sediments, sulphur and closure quality are key to reducing the risk of premature oxidation in white Burgundy, it was revealed in a seminar this week.
Bollinger rosé gets new look
Bollinger's rosé has been repackaged in the new 1846-inspired bottle that was first launched last year.
South African unrest 'does not involve wine workers' says WoSA
As unrest returns to South African vineland, Wines of South Africa says the wine industry is not at present involved.
BBR publishes Inside Burgundy as wine ebook
Berry Bros and Rudd has launched Jasper Morris MW's definitive Inside Burgundy on iPad - the first wine book to use Apple's iBooks Author programme.
Prosecco the winner as retailers announce Christmas boom
Prosecco emerged as the wine favourite among shoppers in the UK at Christmas, with soaring sales of the Italian sparkler reported by Majestic, Waitrose and Tesco.
NY: Low Lights, Good Drink and Welcoming Soundtracks
In just a few years, suburban territory - not exactly known for an effervescent drink culture (even a good dive bar was a rarity) - had become wine-bar central.
Harford liquor board discusses cafe wine and beer display limits
Concerned that the establishment not be turned into what members said could be a restaurant in the middle of a liquor store, the Harford County Liquor Control Board requested Wednesday that the owner of Pairings Bistro in Bel Air give them a final floor layout of his recent expansion.
TN cops fear worst if wine sales OK'd for convenience stores
As lawmakers consider bill, chiefs and sheriffs say grocery store sales would cause 'strain' on resources, could encourage binge drinking.
A Kalamazoo wine distributor's mission to save a great grape
Since 2001, Christine Skandis, the businesswoman behind Skandis Fine Wine, sometimes referred to as "nectar of the gods," has been bringing a grape that is thousands of years old down the mountain to satisfy the tastes of mortals. After all, why should only ancient gods enjoy such fine wines?
Niagara's icewine harvest in full swing: 'Berries this year really sweet'
In all, there are about 120 tonnes of grapes to harvest this year at Henry of Pelham. It will be about four full nights of work, said Speck, to complete the harvest. They hope the temperatures keep cooperating, as they've had a new adversary this year in addition to birds and the fear of rot due to warm weather.
Saint-Emilion, Pomerol, Fronsac - a year for Merlot
With malolactic fermentation now over, the Saint-Emilion Wine Council has issued its first appraisal of wines from the 2012 vintage
The 'Wine Apostle' Behind Terroir
Mr. Grieco and his partner, chef Marco Canora, were already running Hearth, on Second Avenue and 12th Street, when they opened their first Terroir five years ago
Calon Ségur appoints new director
Chateau Calon Ségur has a new director - Laurent Dufau, former managing director of négociant house Balande & Méneret.
Who Gives a Flip? When High-Value Cult Wines Tempt Buyers to Resell for a Profit ...
Wary vintners are increasingly picky about who deserves a spot on the mailing list, and who's just in it for the money
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