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01/18/13

After 14 years serving as the most prominent voice for the region's grape growers, Nick Frey is retiring as president of the Sonoma County Winegrowers.

Frey, 65, intends to retire on May 1, but will continue to work with the group part-time.

“I think it's good for us to have fresh blood,” Frey said in an interview. “I'll be here and probably involved for some time.”

01/18/13

Sonoma County forum assesses grape, bulk wine market for the coming year; Nick Frey announces retirement

01/18/13

After a strong year for grape prices in 2012, Sonoma County's largest crop should hold its value in 2013, said Glenn Proctor, partner with San Rafael grape brokerage Ciatti Co

01/18/13

"It's been a turbulent two to three years in the wine industry," said Glenn Proctor, partner of Ciatti Co., to an audience of several hundred at Sonoma County Winegrape Commission's Dollars & Sense Seminar in Santa Rosa.

01/18/13

The Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance (SVVGA) nonprofit trade association representing over 100 wineries and 140 grape growers announced that Paul J. Hoffman of Hoffman Family Cellars has been elected to lead the organization as board president for 2013.

01/18/13

A vineyard management company will pay $200,000 in fines and restitution for removing a safety device on a tractor that resulted in the death of one of its workers.

01/18/13

when it comes to the fight over privatizing Pennsylvania's state-run liquor stores, Gov. Corbett is sending word that he intends to take no prisoners

01/18/13

"The fundamental question, I think for us as legislators and as a state, is should the state of Alabama be in the retail liquor business in the twenty-first century. Is this truly a function of state government?" Orr said.

01/18/13

Dan Goldstein has been added to the stellar list of speakers addressing the General Session at the Direct to Consumer Wine Symposium, next Thursday, Jan. 24 at the South San Francisco Conference Center.

01/18/13

Why does the county discriminate against wineries and not treat them the same as vineyards, cattle ranches or horse farms?

01/18/13

Set to launch on Feb. 9 with a scavenger hunt, the Off Market Street Tasting Trail is just the latest, and most geographically concentrated, effort to draw attention to Ventura County's wine scene.

01/18/13

Made from 100 percent Cabernet Franc grapes sourced from Diamondback Vineyard on the Black Sage Bench on Oct. 21, 2010, the wine is initially aged for 15 months in new French and American oak barrels and finally aged in bottles for nine months.

01/18/13

BinWisePlacement is a cloud-based platform that shows real time wine list placement data publicly on a single dashboard and allows wineries to see on-list and off-list products, producer profile and real time customer contact information.

01/18/13

Federal judge rules that FBI had probable cause to search defendant's home; trial could be scheduled at a hearing next month

01/18/13

Austrian wine exports increased in value in 2012 while volumes slipped for the second year, according to provisional figures from Statistik Austria and the Austrian Wine Marketing Board (AWMB).

01/18/13

The University of California Davis recently conducted a seminar on oak management and wine sensory issues. It looked at the use of oak barrels and oak adjuvants such as oak staves and oak powder with regard to how the oak may affect the wine's chemical composition, aroma and flavors.

01/18/13

The new approach segments consumers by Vintoypes®, a combination of perceptual sensitivity from Sweet to Tolerant, and takes into account psychological factors accounting for wine preference changes over time.

01/18/13

The Napa Valley Wine Academy launches its inaugural wine program this month with classes that bring students out of the standard classroom and into winery and food centers that place them closer to the subject matter at hand.

01/18/13

That could be because winery owners are seeing a tougher 2013. The report forecasts slower growth in 2013 than in the last two years, dropping from an industrywide 11-15 percent growth in 2012 to 4-8 percent growth in 2013.

01/18/13

Two artisanal Sonoma County companies, Stark Wine and Sonoma Chocolatiers, have teamed up to offer the "Love To Give" wine and chocolate pairing gift to Californians this Valentine's Day. Plus, they will donate 10 percent of profits to help bring clean drinking water to the world's poorest communities through partnering with WaterAid, an international nonprofit organization transforming lives through access to safe water.

01/18/13

"I just want to do the things that you actually do in life, which is drink wine and play with makeup," she told OK! magazine in an interview posted Thursday. "It took years... to make both of these brands."

01/18/13

Master Wine Blender Scott Harvey, the winemaker behind the renowned Ménage à Trois line, debuts a new label of both a Red and a White Wine Blend-with a romantic theme.

01/18/13

A two-story building at the The Granite Creek Estate Winery caught fire early Wednesday morning.

01/18/13

Here are five words often used to describe wine, along with an effort to liberate them from their connotations.

01/18/13

the oak barrel is now viewed by many winemakers as a flavor component in today's winemaking

01/18/13

Federal judge rules that FBI had probable cause to search defendant's home; trial could be scheduled at a hearing next month.

01/18/13

Anonymous buyer takes majority stake in Douro Valley property; Christian Seely remains as managing director.

01/18/13

Plus, could Yellow Tail go belly up? Long Island's Wölffer Estate keeps it in the family, an Illinois sparkler for a FLOTUS toast, and an Oregon Pinot supports the Napa LGBTQ Project.

01/18/13

Watermill Wines has said it will look to trade with suppliers that collectively lost millions of pounds when Thierry's entered administration and will offer some more generous margins to help them recoup their losses.

01/18/13

Leading English sparkling wine producers have called for estates to shout about their individual growing areas in a bid to communicate their regional differences better.

01/18/13

Paolo Pong's Altaya expands to six retail outlets through purchase of Hong Kong's long-established Rare & Fine Wines chain

01/18/13

Are the BRIC economies taking too much of the limelight away from other, potentially more prosperous, markets?

01/18/13

Champagne producers including Dom Perignon and Philipponnat have confirmed they will make a vintage in 2012.

01/18/13

The owner of Saint Emilion's Chateau Croque-Michotte, Pierre Carle, will seek compensation if he and two other chateaux win their court battle against the new Saint Emilion classification.

01/18/13

FBI agents' seizure of evidence at the home of a California man accused of selling more than $1.3 million in counterfeit vintage wines was legal and can be used at trial, a judge ruled.

01/18/13

The craft beer lobby has been planning a push this legislative session to continue the revamping of Mississippi's antiquated alcohol laws. The next step: Make home brewing of small amounts of beer officially legal (it's sort of in a gray area now).

01/18/13

On Jan. 9, Constellation Brands (STZ) reported its Q3 earnings. Anyone who has followed STZ knows that it was the best S&P 500 consumer staples stock in 2012, as it increased over 70% during the year.

01/18/13

Global wine consumption is set to rise by 5.3 percent between 2012 and 2016, according to the latest results of the ongoing IWSR study

01/18/13

the Quebec liquor monopoly will be focusing on the "glass chain" and on making the industry's responsible practices better known

01/18/13

The latest IWSR-Vinexpo report brings cheering news for the French wine industry

01/18/13

This week, the Vintners announced its disbursement of $772,000 from funds raised through its 2012 Auction Napa Valley

01/18/13

"I would (still) probably be making beer if I wasn't making wine."

01/18/13

Newly-Created Group Underscores Southern's Commitment to Enhanced Market Insights and Selling Execution Excellence Through Best-In-Class Commercial Tools

01/18/13

Jason Boland has resigned from the company in order to pursue other opportunities

01/18/13

Nelson Mandela is apparently doing battle with wine writers rather than oppressive regimes

01/18/13

"The beer distribution sector is a hidden gem."