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01/16/13

All WinesVinesDATA industry metrics record positive growth at close of 2012

01/16/13

The wine industry will improve slowly and steadily in 2013, with sales growth ranging from 4 to 8 percent -- albeit a lower rate of growth than in the previous three years -- according to a new report from Silicon Valley Bank.

01/16/13

The contribution comes as a result of this year's first-time collaboration between the auction, Washington Wines Festival, and WSU's Celebrate Washington Wine, which culminated in the region's premier charity wine event, held Aug. 16-18, 2012 at Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville, Washington.

01/16/13

To stem the trend, survey authors call on industry to create a promotional campaign for US grapes because 'the longer-term implication of developing a young consumer with loyalty to foreign products isn't positive for the US wine business.'

01/16/13

Key findings and predictions: See infographic and video

01/16/13

The major banks' rush to abandon the industry left room for specialty lenders who knew the market

01/16/13

The Merrill family has purchased the 278 acres in the El Pomar District of Paso Robles AVA. Dana Merrill is one of the founders of the Central Coast Vineyard Team for SIP (Sustainable in Practice) Certification.

01/16/13

An agreement Oliver Wine Co. Inc. made with a container manufacturer to purchase cans for the winery's hard apple cider has gone sour. Oliver claims the metal cans Ball Metal Beverage Container Corp. supplied for the cider produced a chemical reaction when coming into contact with the beverage, causing a foul odor and spurring customer complaints.

01/16/13

by Andrei Prida, Benoit Verdier, Tonnellerie Seguin Moreau, France available at www.practicalwinery.com, Winter 2013 PWV Journal

01/16/13

Because of recent finds in insect traps in California, speakers at a grape symposium warned grape growers to keep their guard up against an insect pest that can quickly spread deadly Pierce's disease in vineyards.

01/16/13

The wine has maintained the same price since its debut 11 years ago, although it now ranges in cost from $2.49-$3.79 in other states where distribution costs and taxes on alcoholic beverages have added to the price. Now, it's finally seeing an increase in its last holdout - California.

01/16/13

The company's new premium wine venture, along with its move into beer with joint venture partner Coca-Cola Amatil, aims to insulate the company from currency movements after the company reported a $30 million loss in 2011-12.

01/16/13

Wine exports in South Africa had touched 417 million liters in 2012, a 17% increase compared to the 2011 figures, according to Wines of South Africa (WOSA) - the generic body for South African wine industry.

01/16/13

Fog or not, Randy Sarvis, the proprietor of ChrisaMari Vineyards and a reluctant expert in the ferocity of his state's tempestuous climate, was at work, as he usually is these days. Three out of the last four seasons have brought weather bad enough to destroy Sarvis' crop.

01/16/13

Hershey Harrisburg Wine Country, a wine trail program started last year, has added three new members, expanding its reach to 15 wineries, president Jason Reimer said.

01/16/13

Moet Hennessy has declined to comment on reports suggesting its new winery in China is set to open by June. The new US $5.5 million winery in the Ningxia Hui region of north-west China will see its first wines hitting shelves next year, according to a report on the website Asia Travel Tips.

01/16/13

Craft + Estate, the national import operation for Virginia?based The Vintner Group, today announces an agreement to exclusively represent Bodegas O. Fournier and their releases from Argentina, Chile and Spain in the United States.

01/16/13

An Aspen homeowner claims that a California winery was too careless with its grapes when it rented his residence during the Food & Wine Classic this past summer.

01/16/13

Skinny Vine wines, created by global wine company Treasury Wine Estates, are now available for purchase online at www.cellar360.com as well as at a growing number of retail stores across the country. The wines have less than 95 calories per five ounce serving - 25-35 percent fewer calories than traditional wine - while offering the taste and quality of traditional full-calorie wines.

01/16/13

"We're actively working on perhaps allowing a co-op situation or some other law changes that will help the wineries throughout the state, not just Door County. That's another one of those formulas and laws that were set up back in the '30s leading up to Prohibition that are extremely difficult to change."

01/16/13

Most overnight visitors went to North Carolina wineries as an activity during their vacation while only 12.4 percent indicated that visiting the winery or a winery event was the primary reason for their trip, according to research.

01/16/13

A new 10,320-square-foot Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant - an upscale casual dining concept with a full-service bar, private barrel-aging room, Napa-style tasting room and more - is scheduled to open late this year in the area near Regal Cinemas and Pier 1 Imports, said a news release. This is the second Cooper's Hawk Winery that has been announced for the Orlando area.

01/16/13

For the second year in a row, Mutt Lynch Winery has been named Label Sweepstakes Winner by the judging committee for the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

01/16/13

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.

01/16/13

Sales of fine and rare wine worldwide fell 19 percent in value from a record $478 million 2011 to $389 million in 2012, according to figures released by the major commercial auction houses.

01/16/13

The Red & White Wine School is to offer WSET courses up to diploma level as well as wine appreciation courses. The classroom facility, which can hold 25 people, will be in Clifton Village, Bristol.

01/16/13

The Chablis commission of the Bureau Interprofessionnel des Vins de Bourgogne (BIVB) has revealed the award winners from the 2013 annual Chablis wine competition.

01/16/13

Legal action against the Scottish Government's minimum unit pricing legislation by European drinks bodies has begun today.

01/16/13

Liberty Wines moved into its new £5-million London premises that boasts an extended warehouse and tasting rooms.

01/16/13

Online Amazon-style wholesaler Ooberstock has secured £600,000 in a second round of fundraising to take the business to the next level of growth.

01/16/13

Koshu of Japan has announced a competition to find its first UK brand ambassador, and the winner will enjoy a trip to Japan.

01/16/13

Chile showed itself as offering one of the most nationally distinctive expressions of Cabernet Sauvignon at a blind tasting of top examples from around the world.

01/16/13

The notoriously cool and wet 2011 vintage in south Australia left many producers short of grapes, while accelerating a move towards leaner wine styles and reminding the world that not all the country's harvests are the same.

01/16/13

Champagne supplier, Pressoirs de France, has gone into financial administration.

01/16/13

Bordeaux's Saint Emilion classification is facing a fresh legal crisis after three chateaux filed complaints against the selection process.

01/16/13

South Africa exported a record-breaking 417m litres of wine last year - but bulk shipments continued to account for more than half of volumes.

01/16/13

What is a "hipster wine"? One: It should be hard to find. If you can get it at BevMo or Trader Joes, it ain't it. Two, and I'm not being facetious: It may have certain characteristics that make it difficult for the untrained palate to tell whether it is even wine at all. (For example, orange wine.) Three: It is very likely the result of organic and/or biodynamic farming coupled with non-interventionalist winemaking practices while falling into the category of "natural wine."

01/16/13

After a decade of honoring restaurants, the Washington State Wine Commission expanded its prestigious award program to celebrate additional industries and individuals whose work raises the profile of Washington State wine throughout the state and beyond

01/16/13

A special Washington State Wine Awards ceremony took place at McCaw Hall to celebrate retailers, tourism professionals, distributors and restaurants. Master sommelier Shayn Bjornholm emceed the event, which also offered attendees a taste from a selection from 60 vintners.

01/16/13

A man hoping to make a good impression with his date was charged with petit theft for allegedly stealing beer, wine and steaks from Walmart, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

01/16/13

485,000 cases of wine were sold last fiscal year.

01/16/13

After announcing that the tasting room at Peconic Bay Winery in Cutchogue will close its daily operations and move them to the vineyard's Riverhead location at Tanger Mall, manager Jim Silver said that agritourism was not profitable and detracted from the wine tasting experience.

01/16/13

Republic National Distributing Company has hired Matt Freeman as corporate communications manager, a newly-created role at the wine and spirits distributor. Freeman will be responsible for planning, developing, and coordinating the company's communications programs.

01/16/13

Nova Scotia's opposition leaders are calling on the NDP government to stop a fight that pits three small wine and beer kit businesses against a large government-owned monopoly.

01/16/13

A limited edition of 374 cases will only be available through the winery and Tinhorn Creek Vineyards' Miradoro Restaurant.

01/16/13

The hot, humid weather in wider Manawatu has been hard on gardeners and grape growers as they battle fungi and bacteria in an effort to keep plants free of diseases.

01/16/13

Brown-Forman chairman G. Garvin Brown IV has officially taken up the presidency of the International Wine & Spirit Competition.

01/16/13

Larry Saliterman filed his lawsuit against the Jordan Vineyard and its national sales director, Chris Avery, in Pitkin County Court on Jan. 8.

01/16/13

Row crop producers may get an unpleasant surprise when the House and Senate Agriculture Committees begin trying to restart the farm bill process sometime during the next few months.

01/16/13

With President Obama about to be sworn in for his second term, individuals and employers alike are thinking more seriously about a key facet of his first term: the new federal health care law, how it will be implemented and what is required to comply.

01/16/13

The two-day symposium and tradeshow will be held March 19-20 at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, California