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01/14/13

Editorial content of quarterly journal will now appear as a special monthly section in Wines & Vines, starting with the April Issue

The merger will bring the best parts of PWV to the pages, website and digital editions of Wines & Vines. Don Neel, publisher and editor of PWV, will continue to source and edit content about grape and wine production for the new section using the same strict standards that have earned wide respect among grapegrowers and winemakers for 33 years

 

 

 

01/14/13

All that fiscal cliff business had investors reaching for the drinks cabinet over the new year. But when the bill was passed, one British corporate giant had more reason to celebrate than most

01/14/13

Casella Wines, the owners of the popular Yellow Tail brand, has attributed its first loss in two decades to factors including the high Australian dollar and industrial relations.

01/14/13

"I'm sorry, monsieur, but I can only give you those glasses if you had ordered a wine that was at least $100; and you haven't." Literal double take, then quasi-laughter, followed by incredulity.

01/14/13

The dean of Bordeaux's Faculty of Oenology, Bernard Donèche, died on December 28 at the age of 62.

01/14/13

The seminar will include an assessment of the winery business and the grape market by Rob McMillan of Silicon Valley Bank; a bulk wine and grape market update by Glenn Proctor of Ciatti Brokerage; a market research report by Christian Miller of Wine Opinions; and a marketing and community outreach program update by Karissa Kruse, the commission's marketing director

01/14/13

The Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) has officially opened registration for its 70th Annual Convention & Exposition. A new information-packed convention website (www.wswaconvention.org) features interactive links to convention registration and housing, exhibit and hospitality suite floorplans, as well as information on a variety of exciting competitions, evening events and networking opportunities.

01/14/13

The five-year-old Canelo Hills Vineyard and Winery in Elgin is being sold to Flying Leap Vineyards, which owns a Willcox vineyard.

01/14/13

Quinta da Romaneira, one of the Douro Valley's largest estates, covering 400 hectares with 85 hectares planted to vines, has been sold by investment group IDI.

01/14/13

in the coastal area of the Colchagua Valley

01/14/13

In an effort to support local wineries, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board announced a partnership with the Pennsylvania Winery Association that will allow PA Preferred wineries to place a limited number of varietals in select PA Wine & Spirits Stores, according to a news release from the board.

01/14/13

The maker of Australia's mass-market Yellow Tail wine is in emergency talks with its lender after recording its first loss in more than 20 years, illustrating how the soaring Australian dollar is squeezing local wineries dry.

01/14/13

Casella Wines, which makes one in every five bottles of Australian wine sold overseas, said it was looking to shave costs and is confident of being able to broker a deal with lender National Australia Bank Ltd. (NAB.AU) ahead of an extended Jan. 30 deadline.

01/14/13

The permit also allows for the construction of an outdoor patio on the west side of the property, said village Planning and Zoning Administrator Jeff Retzlaff.

01/14/13

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board and the Pennsylvania Winery Association have teamed up to begin offering more of the state-made wines at the Pennsylvania Wine & Spirit Stores. "In addition to being able to go to the individual winery, this will give the consumer the ability to purchase that product in the stores," said Jennifer Eckinger, executive director of the winery association in Harrisburg.

01/14/13

Western Growers along with organizations representing a historically broad cross-section of agricultural employers announced the formation of the Agriculture Workforce Coalition

01/14/13

I had been told that the Trinchero winery in Piedmont, Italy -- a pioneer of organic farming there, known for its stunning bottlings of Barbera grapes, one of my favorite wineries from the Barbera d'Asti appellation -- had been approached by the Sutter Home winery group, owners of the Trinchero Napa Valley label.

01/14/13

Investors both foreign and domestic have taken notice, buying up farmland and driving up agricultural land values in a region with some of the highest residential foreclosure rates

01/14/13

Patrons who mention the "DineOut: Santa Maria Style" promotion at participating restaurants will receive a 15-percent discount on their meals, not including alcohol, taxes and tips.

01/14/13

International winemaker and consultant Paul Hobbs will serve as consulting winemaker for Juanicó Wines in Canelones, Uruguay. Hobbs will work with the Deicas family, who founded the winery in 1979, to improve the portfolio of wines, including the Don Pascual and Pueblo del Sol brands.

01/14/13

The Champagne Bureau, the French industry's U.S. lobbying arm, has objected to the committee's announcement that "Korbel Natural, Special Inaugural Cuvée Champagne, California" is to be served with the dessert course of the 2013 Inaugural Luncheon on Jan. 21.

01/14/13

The Blair family, with multi-generational roots in Monterey County's Arroyo Seco appellation, has released its first wine - a 2010 Pinot Noir from their own "Delfina's Vineyard."

01/14/13

Drinks giant Diageo has selected The Charmer Sunbelt Group as the exclusive distributor of wines and spirits in Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Maryland, New York, South Carolina and the District of Columbia.

01/14/13

The POS system features a database containing customer names, products and sales information that can be directly accessed by the winery employees to track down the sales, wine club sign-ups and shipping order management without referring the cash register counter.

01/14/13

According to the report, 'The Future of the Wine Market in Finland, to 2016,' the compound annual growth rate will post a drop to 1.41 percent in 2011-2016 as against 3.15 percent in 2006-2011.

01/14/13

In practice, biodynamic farming is a lot like organic farming in that both emphasize the use of natural compounds and inputs instead of artificial chemical agents.

01/14/13

Last year, the show attracted more than 12,400 from all over the world, also making it the biggest conference held in the state's capitol. It could be bigger this year due to the improved economy and continuing growth in the industry.

01/14/13

While exploring the subject with the tasting group it suddenly dawned on me that a wine's quality is a measure of its "3 Vs" - varietal, vineyard and vintage. Is the wine expressive of its varietal character? Is the wine true to its place of origin? Is the wine demonstrative of the vintage?

01/14/13

A duo of Muscovy duck, with sunchoke tart and pomegranate farro, will be accompanied by a glass of 2009 Mendocino old vine zinfandel. Chicory/cabernet braised beef cheeks, with pickled red pearl onions, root vegetables and wild mushrooms, come with the winery's 2007 Napa cabernet sauvignon.

01/14/13

Eiko's Modern Japanese Cuisine in downtown Napa will launch a new winemaker's dinner program next week with special guests from Rombauer Vineyards.

01/14/13

Without knowing the price or viewing the bottle, can you really tell the difference between a $65 bottle and a $3 bottle? What do your senses really tell you when those external factors and social influences are stripped away? We wanted to find out, so we set up a blind taste test in our office.

01/14/13

While we can be disappointed, or crestfallen, or even seriously dismayed by certain bottlings, to "despise" a wine is unprofessional-or so I was told by a reader who wrote recently to upbraid me after reading of my professed enmity toward Pinotage.

01/14/13

Last year, Fero Vineyards and Winery near Lewisburg joined the growing number of wineries across the state. Until now, most grape growers in PA have only been able to sell their red wines, white wines and everything in between at their wineries.

01/14/13

At first, it sounded like a joke. But then I clicked on the email touting Égalité as "the first wine created in support of equality for gay Americans." Then I got it.

01/14/13

A group of lawmakers who spoke out against the proposed sale of wine in grocery stores Wednesday could not back up their claims with statistics Thursday, The Tennessean reports.

01/14/13

Save Water, Drink Wine, a festive winter wine-tasting event, will take place in the greenhouses of the Barn Nursery on Saturday, Feb. 2, from 6-9 p.m.

01/14/13

Just in time for Shabbos, we bring you news that Maryland Jews may soon be able to purchase kosher wine online.

01/14/13

Wine Intelligence has warned wine exporters to China against 'seeing only dollar signs' in the world's fifth-largest wine market, and said it was important to understand Chinese consumers, not just parachute in western brands.

01/14/13

As Wine Spectator reports in its latest issue, the wine industry pushed forward by many measures in 2012. In the United States alone, consumers bought an estimated 325 million cases of wine last year, according to Impact Databank. That's 2 percent growth over 2011, positioning the U.S. to surpass France as the world's biggest wine market.

01/14/13

The average price of a bottle of wine in the UK has broken the £5 mark for the first time.

01/14/13

The top 10 drinks divinities from Greece and Egypt to the Aztecs and Zulus.

01/14/13

Burgundy appreciation is clearly evident among Australia's winemakers, and among those producing Pinot Noir, it's an obsession.

01/14/13

China has become the biggest export market for the Côtes de Bourg after a 56% increase last year.

01/14/13

Bordeaux third growth Calon-Ségur has announced that Laurent Dufau will take up the position of director this spring.

01/14/13

Chivas Regal has launched three limited edition products with Italian luxury car designer Pininfarina.

01/14/13

Franco-American relations have been dealt a blow by the way a Californian Champagne has been listed on the menu for President Obama's second term inaugural lunch later this month.

01/14/13

A Halifax judge has adjourned an injunction hearing requested by the province's Crown liquor company which is trying to stop two businesses from producing wine and beer in their stores.

01/14/13

I predict many exciting developments for the wine industry in 2013. Everything from the way we find wine recommendations to the types of wines we enjoy will undergo profound change. Read more: http://www.thenownews.com/life/Wine+industry+undergo+change+2013/7805963/story.html#ixzz2HiJuJdWb

01/14/13

The store now has an on-site license to sell beer and wines by the glass that shoppers can take with them throughout the store, and it's a big hit.

01/14/13

When a winery goes up for sale in Sonoma County, Bill Foley is the first one brokers call.

01/14/13

When an investment goes wrong, or mistakes are made, Foley doesn't dwell on the problem. He moves on ..

01/14/13

... tapping into the direct power of sunlight is uniquely promising. ... That's where artificial photosynthesis comes in.

01/14/13

Exports of chardonnay in so-called bulk containers climbed 37 percent to 117 million liters in 2012, Louisa Aherne, a spokeswoman for government-backed industry body Wine Australia, said in an e-mail today. Total export volume rose 3 percent

01/14/13

The number of pints of beer and cider consumed in the UK will fall by 1.6 billion between now and 2018 the Office of Budget Responsibility has said.

01/14/13

Also: Safe Harbor plans second Napa cellar

01/14/13

Here, then, are my five themes to watch in 2013

01/14/13

Modern viticulture and winemakers' craving for what the Italians call sprezzatura, that whiff of nonchalance, have made tough vintages rarities in our times.

01/14/13

The spray-paint and burnt-tire aromas are the characteristics that I particularly hated (or, rather, objected to). Apparently, Pinotage growers aren't too keen on them either ...

01/14/13

Alcohol suppliers have been slammed for using Facebook to encourage drinking in a two-pronged attack from the chairman of the Alcohol Health Alliance and a former president of the Royal College of Physicians.

01/14/13

Drinking a glass of red wine while eating red meat can counteract the build up of cholesterol following a meal, scientists have found.

01/14/13

Listen closely, and you may be able to hear the chorus of grape growers across Sonoma County singing "Ding, dong the moth is gone." Sonoma County's quarantine, due to the European grapevine moth, which has been in place for two years, will be lifted by March, except for a small sliver of Sonoma Valley along the Napa County line.