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  Daily News for Wednesday, January 16th
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01/16/13
Wine Industry Ends Year on High Note

All WinesVinesDATA industry metrics record positive growth at close of 2012

01/16/13
Report: Wine industry growth 'slow and steady'
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
Auction of Washington Wines Contributes $250,000 to Washington State University's Viticulture & Enology Program
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
Bulk wine imports to US 'soar' in 2012
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
PR: Silicon Valley Bank Forecasts 4-8% Sales Growth in Wine for 2013
Key findings and predictions: See infographic and video
01/16/13
This Banker Blends Wine, Lending and Rock 'n' Roll
The major banks' rush to abandon the industry left room for specialty lenders who knew the market
01/16/13
Owners of Pomar Junction Winery plan expansion on former Weyrich estate property in Paso Robles
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
Foul odor spurs Indianapolis hard-cider lawsuit
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
PWV Report: Oak Insert Staves - Measuring dose rates for wood pieces
by Andrei Prida, Benoit Verdier, Tonnellerie Seguin Moreau, France available at www.practicalwinery.com, Winter 2013 PWV Journal
01/16/13
Grape growers warned over glassy-winged sharpshooter threat
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
Two-Buck Chuck Price Goes Up
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
Australia: Casella reveals premium wine strategy
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
South Africa wine exports rise 17%: WOSA
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
South Dakota Wine: A Budding Industry Grows On The Prairie
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
Pennsylvania Wine Country adds new members; trail up to 15 wineries
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
CHINA: Moet Hennessy silent on Chinese winery developments
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 to Import Bodegas O. Fournier
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
Homeowner presses California winery with civil lawsuit
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
New Wine Line The Skinny Vine Lets Wine Drinkers Indulge With Fewer Calories
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
Wisconsin: Lasee talks governor's state address, winery bill
"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 NC Vineyards Visitors Are In-State Tourists, Study Says
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
Waterford Lakes Town Center adds Coopers Hawk Winery, Peterbrooke Chocolatier, Jeremiah's Italian Ice
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
Mutt Lynch Winery Named 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Label Sweepstakes & Best of Class/Series Winner for "mbf" Wines
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 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.
01/16/13
Worldwide Auction Revenues Fall in 2012
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
Liam Steevenson and Red & White open Bristol wine school
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
BIVB Chablis wine competition winners revealed
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 challenge to Scots minimum pricing in court
Legal action against the Scottish Government's minimum unit pricing legislation by European drinks bodies has begun today.
01/16/13
Liberty Wines moves into £5m London site
Liberty Wines moved into its new £5-million London premises that boasts an extended warehouse and tasting rooms.
01/16/13
Ooberstock secures £600k funding to grow business
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
Search is on for Koshu of Japan brand ambassador
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
Chilean Cabernet shows off 'unique' character
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
Aussie wine trends: 3. The 2011 effect
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
Pressoirs de France goes under
Champagne supplier, Pressoirs de France, has gone into financial administration.
01/16/13
Bordeaux's St Emilion chateaux begin legal action against Classification
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 exports record volumes of wine
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
It's 'hipster wine' if it's rare, odd or organic
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
Washington State Wine Awards toast people, places who make wine shine
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
Washington Wine Commission honors industry luminaries
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
Florida sheriff: Sarasota man stole steaks, wine to 'impress a lady'
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
Record breaking wine sales in Virginia in 2012
485,000 cases of wine were sold last fiscal year.
01/16/13
Does Agritourism Detract From Wine?
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
Wine, spirits company hires Freeman to manage comms
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
Opposition parties brew changes to sell wine, beer in Nova Scotia
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
Tinhorn Creek Vineyards Releases Their 2010 "Oldfield Series" Cabernet Franc
A limited edition of 374 cases will only be available through the winery and Tinhorn Creek Vineyards' Miradoro Restaurant.
01/16/13
NZ: Grape growers battling to keep vines disease-free
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
IWSC welcomes new president
Brown-Forman chairman G. Garvin Brown IV has officially taken up the presidency of the International Wine & Spirit Competition.
01/16/13
Homeowner presses California winery with civil lawsuit
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
Farmers may see steeper budget cuts in new farm bill
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
Farm employers begin preparing for health care law
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
Registration opens for the Central Coast's largest wine and viticulture symposium and tradeshow
The two-day symposium and tradeshow will be held March 19-20 at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, California
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