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Supplier News: Guala Closures Group's Franco Bove Announces Turn 360° Campaign
Highlighting the progressive trend of the high-performance aluminum closure. In the last 10 years, the number of aluminum closures for wine worldwide grew rapidly to reach nearly 4 billion in 2011
Hong Kong Wine Revenues Fell Back to Earth in 2012
Sales of fine and rare wine slumped 19 percent last year, according to Wine Spectator, with worldwide revenues falling from $478 million in 2011 to $389 million last year.
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.
Washington Wine Commission names Thomas Price Sommelier of the Year
Thomas Price of Metropolitan Grill got the nod for Sommelier of the Year, Copperleaf Restaurant was named Best Independent Restaurant of the Year, Mackay (El Gaucho) was acknowledged as the Best Restaurant Group and Urbane Seattle was celebrated for producing the Best Event Featuring Washington Wine.
New Virginia Winery Guide available
This year's guide features 230 wineries and cideries and includes a detailed topographic driving map of Virginia with the location, hours and contact information for each site.
Canada's Tawse Winery releases first Gamay Noir
Paul Pender and the winemaking team at Tawse Winery have successfully climbed the ranks to become one of Canada's top producers, thanks in large part to their success with organically-grown Pinot Noir and Chardonnay that get every measure of winemaking TLC imaginable.
Silicon Valley Bank Forecasts 4-8% Sales Growth in Wine for 2013
Silicon Valley Bank released its Annual State of the Wine Industry Report. The report captures trends and addresses current issues facing the U.S. wine industry, offering unique data and observations that help wine business owners and managers think critically about their strategies.
PR: DIAM Cork Performs Strongly in Latest Research Study
Informative new data shows growing acceptance of a variety of wine closures amongst trade and consumers, according to recent qualitative research conducted by Evan Goldstein , MS and Full Circle Wine Solutions.
2013 PA Farm Show Boasts Record Attendance; Made in PA Really Does Make a Difference
An estimated 585,000 visitors walked through the complex's doors during the eight-day celebration of agriculture, according to an attendance study. Attendants parked 71,153 cars, up four percent from last year.
Festival Returns to Historic Santa Inés Mission
The festival weekend, designed to heighten public awareness of the wines grown, produced and bottled locally, will take place April 19-22. The highlight-a grand tasting at the mission-is scheduled for April 20.
Wine Industry Ends Year on High Note
Based on the latest round of metrics, the North American wine industry closed out 2012 in robust fashion as retail and direct-to-consumer sales grew and winery hiring also stayed strong.
Argentina's "big" wine period is over
Consultant winemaker Edgardo del Pópolo has said Argentina's period of over-oaked and over-extracted wines is "over".
Top 10 wines in the US press
The Wall Street Journal's Will Lyons picks a wine, which he says is "Chardonnay in its highest expression", and a Pinot Noir that is "a joy to taste".
IWSC welcomes new president
Brown-Forman chairman G. Garvin Brown IV has officially taken up the presidency of the International Wine & Spirit Competition.
Aussie wine trends: 2. Refining Shiraz
Although less dramatic than Chardonnay's stylistic swing from broad to bony, Australia's flagship grape Shiraz has also been losing weight and gaining tone.
St Emilion classification hits new legal crisis
St Emilion's controversial classification system faces further trouble as three châteaux filed a legal challenge to its validity this week.
Champagne's future markets: #10 Africa
One can't help but feel sometimes that a little too much attention and excitement is falling on those new kids on the block, the oft-referenced markets of Brazil, Russia, India and China.
Rapper sues Diageo US
Rapper Pharrell Williams is suing Diageo North America for $5 million after it apparently discontinued the distribution of his liqueur, Qream.
Yellow Tail's Casella in emergency talks with lender
Casella Wines, best known for its Yellow Tail brand, is in emergency talks with its lender as it reports its first loss in over 20 years.
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. The wine market will recover, said Rob McMillan, founder of Silicon Valley Bank's wine division based in St. Helena, and author of the report. But, "it won't recover like it did before."
Orange wine hits a wall
"Mind you, I'm all for diversity in the wine space and when I say I'm excited for the orange wines to die, I don't mean they need to disappear from the planet, nor are they all bad. I do, however, look forward to the faddish / cultish following they've engendered in certain wine circles waning"
Phoenix Cartoonist Doug Pike Finds Wine World Funny and Profitable
He's not a grape geek per se, but local cartoonist Doug Pike knows a hell of a lot more about wine than the average recreational drinker. You might say he makes wine his business, given that he earns a nice chunk of change creating wine-centric cartoons for the likes of The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, CNBC, McGraw-Hill, The French Wine Society, and Robert Parker's online version of The Wine Advocate.
14 businesses honored for marketing Washington wine
The Washington State Wine Commission honored 14 businesses and individuals Monday for their work in marketing the state's wines locally and nationally.
Texas Wineslinger: Things are growing fast at Bingham Family Vineyard
The Binghams now have more than 220 acres under vine either directly owned or that they manage. They grow 20 different grape varieties for 20 wineries, making theirs one of the largest and most varied vineyard operations in Texas.
Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Highlights Unlimited Opportunity
During an address today to the American Farm Bureau Federation, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack highlighted the unlimited potential of rural America, and also challenged rural Americans to embrace a proactive message that highlights this opportunity for the rest of the nation.
New Agriculture Coalition Calls for Immigrant Workforce Reforms
As Congress begins discussions on immigration reform, a collection of agricultural employers, including several associations, last week announced the formation of the Agriculture Workforce Coalition (AWC) to ensure America's agrarian operations have access to skilled employees.
Cheers to privately-owned wine shops say majority of Ontarians
A majority (54%) of Ontarians support the creation of privately-owned wine shops to serve as a complement to the LCBO stores and outlets according to a new poll.
Liberty Wines relocates to new London premises
The site houses a purpose-built office and 1,000m² warehouse that is designed for optimal logistical efficiency with temperature control systems to keep the warehouse at optimal temperatures of 12 degrees Celsius.
Bibendum takes on three new agencies
Bibendum's spirits and beer division has strengthened its brand offering with three new partnerships for 2013.
Tanqueray Malacca makes a come back
Diageo is to bring back Tanqueray Malacca gin. The company first launched the gin in the early 2000s as a limited edition, and it is set to roll out a limited run of 100,000 bottles from February.
PR: BinWise, Inc. Launches New Winery Product Providing Unprecedented Knowledge
BinWisePlacement is the only product showing publicly available real time wine list placement data on a single dashboard. BinWise collects public data through its restaurant product RealWineLists, and filters it ...
The Grapes of Australia's Wrath
Vintners Down Under become the latest victims of the 'currency wars.'
Report: Consumer confidence rises as restaurant sales, traffic fall in December
Black Box Intelligence analyzes the results of the latest Restaurant Industry Snapshot
Maine liquor chief, LePage differ on state duties
Gerald Reid's plan, announced Wednesday, contradicts Gov. LePage, who said the state will begin managing its own liquor sales
Indian student develops ice cubes that measure alcohol intake
An Indian student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has created digital ice cubes that warn people when they've had enough to drink
California grape industry looks to capitalize on popularity of fruit as top snack
According to a recent snacking study, fresh fruit is not only the top snack food consumed in America, it is also one of the fastest growing.
BERGER: Coppola's Wine Country empire
Far less publicized is Coppola's dedication to his other winery in Sonoma County, which he acquired in 2006 and began to revitalize as it had never been
Oregon Wine Research Institute Winter Term Seminar Series: January - March, 2013
These seminars are free of charge and everyone is welcome to attend. If you can't attend in person, join us online
Gallo Signature Wines to Be Official Wine for 19th Annual SAG AWARDS
"The Gallo Signature Series wines honor the journey my family started in 1933," says third-generation winemaker Gina Gallo
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