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  Daily News for Tuesday, January 15th
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01/15/13
Wineries may have tough time raising prices

Wineries dealing with costly grapes and labor in 2012 tried to raise prices on their finished product, but most weren't able to do so, according to a new report issued today by Silicon Valley Bank

01/15/13
Six Central Coast Wineries Join Together to Create New Pacific Coast Wine Trail
North San Luis Obispo County now "on the map," alongside tasting regions like Napa, Paso Robles and Sonoma
01/15/13
Sonoma's old vineyards in danger of disappearing
For growers the downside to old vineyards is economics. Twain-Peterson calls them "victims of pinot madness," recounting how the Silverado Group bought Barbieri vineyard in 2007 and pulled out its hundred year old vines to plant more lucrative and fashionable pinot noir.
01/15/13
Saint-Gobain Sells U.S. Jar Unit to Ardagh for $1.7 Billion
Saint-Gobain is exiting packaging to focus on homebuilding and renovation products, glass used in cars and construction, and high-performance materials such as refractories. Closely- held Ardagh, a Luxembourg-based glass and metal packaging company said the deal will increase its glass business globally by almost 60 percent and help winning new clients in the U.S. wine industry
01/15/13
Yellow Tail Has A Currency Problem, Aussie Wine Has A Yellow Tail Problem
Australia's commodities boom created the $200,000 high-school dropout, the world's richest woman, and the least affordable housing market on earth. And it could soon put a dent in the makers of Yellow Tail
01/15/13
Supplier News: eWinery Solutions and Napa Valley POS Join Forces
eWinery Solutions and Napa Valley POS have announced that the two companies have merged operations
01/15/13
Supplier News: DIAM Cork Performs Strongly in Latest Research Study
... according to a recent qualitative research conducted by Evan Goldstein
01/15/13
Virginia Tech Names Extension Enologist
Molly Kelly arrives after five years at Surry Community College in North Carolina.
01/15/13
Chris Oggenfuss, Catherine Seda and Jürg Oggenfuss Launch Napa Valley Wine Academy
he Academy brings students out of the standard classroom and into winery and food centers that place them closer to the subject matter at hand
01/15/13
Eric Morham, President of Constellation Brands' Canadian Business to Retire; Ben Dollard Appointed new President
Constellation Brands, Inc. (CBI), the world's leading premium wine company, announced today that Eric Morham, president of the company's Canadian business, will retire effective May 31, 2013 after 40 years in the beverage alcohol industry.
01/15/13
Oregon Wine Board names two new directors, officers
Both Steve Thomson of King Estate Winery and Juan Pablo "JP" Valot of Silvan Ridge Winery were appointed to three-year terms. Leigh Bartholomew of Archery Summit and Dominio IV winery and Michael Donovan of RoxyAnn Winery were re-appointed to new terms.
01/15/13
Wölffer Estate Vineyard Stays in the Family
Two of Christian Wölffer's children assume full ownership of Sagaponack vineyard
01/15/13
Wine Spectator's Alison Napjus Promoted to Senior Editor
Alison Napjus, who joined Wine Spectator as an assistant tasting coordinator in 2000, has been promoted to senior editor.
01/15/13
People News Recap from 1/8-1/14
Wine industry people on the move from January 8 to January 14
01/15/13
NC winery study: 70 percent of visitors are North Carolinians
Only 12.4 percent of the visitors indicated that visiting the winery or a winery event was the primary reason for the trip.
01/15/13
NC winery closes to brush-up on its future
"We're going to make this place Starbucks-like, but for wine," Duncan told The Tribune. "It's going to be Wi-Fi friendly, too."
01/15/13
Winery growth surging in US
The number of wineries in the United States has quadrupled in the past 10 years and tripled in Missouri, according to research by Fabio Chaddad, assistant professor of agricultural economics at the University of Missouri.
01/15/13
Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurants to Pour The First Lady's Toast at 2013 Illinois Inaugural Gala
Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurants, a multi-unit winery, restaurant, and retail concept, has been selected to pour the bubbly for the First Lady's Toast at the Illinois State Society's Illinois Inaugural Gala at the Renaissance Washington, DC Hotel on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013.
01/15/13
Moet Hennessy USA and Marnier-Lapostolle Inc. Renew U.S. Distribution Agreement for Grand Marnier Liqueur
Moet Hennessy USA and Marnier-Lapostolle Inc. have announced today that Moet Hennessy USA will continue to be the U.S. distributor for Marnier-Lapostolle Inc.'s Grand Marnier liqueur. This extends a long-standing agreement and reinforces the partnership between the two companies.
01/15/13
Foley's sole control allows quick deals
One of the traits that sets Bill Foley apart from other wine executives is his ability to act quickly. Unlike other major players, companies with shareholders, boards or sprawling family structures to consult, Foley alone makes the decision to act.
01/15/13
The son of comedian and presidential candidate Pat Paulsen relaunches wine label in Oakland
Comedian and presidential candidate Pat Paulsen was one of the first celebrities to launch a winery back in 1976. Due to economic hardship, Pat Paulsen Vineyards closed its Sonoma doors in 1990. Now, 23 years later, Paulsen's son, Monty, a UC-Davis trained winemaker, has relaunched the label in a live-work space in West Oakland's The Bottoms.
01/15/13
Canelo Hills Winery sells to Flying Leap Vineyards
For 10 years, they've enjoyed the successes and challenges (freezes, frosts, hail storms, etc.) of running a family winery and producing fine Arizona wines; they are now ready to move on to other ventures.
01/15/13
Blair Vineyards releases 2010 Pinot Noir
Blair Vineyards, a California-based micro-estate in the Arroyo Seco appellation, has released its first wine - 2010 Pinot Noir - that is made from grapes sourced from its Delfina's Vineyard.
01/15/13
South Africa exports set new record
South Africa smashed its previous record to export the largest amount of wine to date in 2012.
01/15/13
Australia's Jacob's Creek predicts 'high quality' 2013 vintage
Australian wine brand Jacob's Creek has begun its 2013 vintage with early reports from winemakers predicting high-quality wines despite recent hot conditions.
01/15/13
Wine consumption overtaking beer in UK
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.
01/15/13
South Africa celebrates record 2012
Record export figures in 2012 have prompted optimistic reports from South Africa after years of concern over the country's rising balance of bulk wine shipments.
01/15/13
Austrian wine exports double in value
The value of Austrian wine exports has more than doubled over the past decade despite a decline in shipment volumes, according to the country's Wine Marketing Board (AWMB).
01/15/13
Abrau-Durso opens chef school
Russia's oldest sparkling wine producer - Abrau-Durso - has opened the region's first gastronomic school.
01/15/13
Virginia wine hits sales record
Virginia wineries sold almost 485,000 cases of wine in FY 2012 versus a little more than 477,000, the previous record high, in FY 2011.
01/15/13
Virginia wine hits sales record
Virginia wineries sold almost 485,000 cases of wine in FY 2012 versus a little more than 477,000, the previous record high, in FY 2011.
01/15/13
Former state legislator, wine lobbyist Paul Lunardi dies at 91
Paul Lunardi , a former Democratic legislator who represented the wine industry in the Capitol for two decades, died Friday. He was 91.
01/15/13
Discount stores bringing $1 wine to Tucson
Three of Tucson's 99 Cents Only Stores have applied for beer and wine liquor licenses. Eric Schiffer, CEO of 99 Cents Only Stores, said they will sell full size bottles of quality wine.
01/15/13
Wine warehouse developer plans second Napa project
The developer of a 107,000-square-foot warehouse near Napa County Airport finished last year and leased to wine-related tenants is back with a like-sized project in the same industrial area.
01/15/13
PR: Sicilian producer, Tascante, joins Dalla Terra Winery Direct's portfolio of esteemed family-owned Italian wineries
52 acres - are the stars of a small but very special wine zone between the towns of Castiglione and Randazzo
01/15/13
BC wines head to India
A Kelowna area wine producer hopes India is the next hot market for B.C. wine. Karnail Singh Sidhu of Kalala Organic Estate Winery is one of two producers flying about 1,000 bottles of ice wine and Riesling to India this week.
01/15/13
Wine shop owner: NS must 'stand up' for small shops
The owner of a small wine kit shop in Spryfield says he's upset the provincial government isn't stepping in to stop a fight between the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation and some private wine shops.
01/15/13
NY: Local wine trail proposed, but needs state Legislature's approval
Plans are in the works for a new wine trail in Saratoga and Washington counties that could be ready by summer 2014. The project would include about a dozen local sites that belong to the recently formed Upper Hudson Valley Wine & Grape Association.
01/15/13
Côte de Nuits are not wines that will have to be cellared for decades, by Jancis Robinson
If you're a burgundy lover, you've got to love the laconic Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier, maker of particularly fine Chambolle-Musigny.
01/15/13
Fruit fly not expected to affect Chile's grape shipments
A fruit fly find near Chile's Port of Valparaiso is not expected to affect grape shipments from the country to North America
01/15/13
Vilsack is asked to stay on as Agriculture secretary
Vilsack will not need Senate approval, which is required for new Cabinet nominees, to continue as agriculture secretary in President Obama's second term.
01/15/13
Champagne supplier Pressoirs de France goes into administration
After weeks of speculation that it was in financial difficulties, the Pressoirs de France group - supplier of cheap Champagne to major UK supermarkets - has gone into receivership having failed to find a new financial backer.
01/15/13
Parents' horror as new $35 device lets you INHALE alcohol goes on sale in U.S.
New device allows the user to directly inhale alcohol - increasing the effects on the body
01/15/13
Pharrell Williams Sues Diageo for $5 Million
Rapper alleges spirits giant broke distro contract
01/15/13
What qualifies as craft beer?
Small brewers say it's crafty of their bigger brethren to market some labels as "craft" beer.
01/15/13
How America Drinks: Water and Wine Surge, Cheap Beer and Soda Crash
Throughout the 1990s, soft drinks made up nearly a third of the typical Americans' liquid diet. But in the last ten years, we've cut our soda consumption by 16 percent. Meanwhile, we now drink more than 50 percent more bottled water than we did in 2001 -- and twice as many energy drinks
01/15/13
Wines & Vines Completes Merger with Practical Winery & Vineyard
Editorial content of quarterly journal will now appear as a special monthly section in Wines & Vines.
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