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  Daily News for Friday, January 18th
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01/18/13
Sonoma County Winegrowers head Frey announces retirement

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
2012 Winegrape Bounty Ushers in Balanced Market
Sonoma County forum assesses grape, bulk wine market for the coming year; Nick Frey announces retirement
01/18/13
Grape prices expected to remain strong in 2013
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
Sonoma Co. grape, wine market 'balanced' after third-largest crop
"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
Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance Announce Paul J. Hoffman Elected as Board President for 2013
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
Vineyard firm fined, manager jailed over tractor death
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
Corbett is thinking big on liquor privatization
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
Alabama: Bill would do away with ABC stores
"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
"Why Don't I Sell More Wine? Secrets to Success Today and in the Future."
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
Winery rules shouldn't punish nonprofit groups in Santa Ynez Valley
Why does the county discriminate against wineries and not treat them the same as vineyards, cattle ranches or horse farms?
01/18/13
New tasting trail focuses on wine, beer and food along Ventura's Market Street
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
Tinhorn Creek Vineyards to roll out Oldfield Series Cabernet Franc 2010
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
BinWise to introduce new winery product placement dashboard
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
Kurniawan Loses Bid to Exclude Counterfeiting Evidence
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 rise again
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
Wine Press: How does oak affect our passion for wine?
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
Hanni's New Book Challenges Conventional Thinking About Wine
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
Napa Valley Wine Academy launches inaugural program
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
Why you'll pay more for California wine this year
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
"Love To Give" Wine, Chocolate and... Water
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
More Barrymore: Actress Launches Her Own Wine Label and Cosmetics Brand
"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
In Time for Valentine's Day, Scott Harvey Wines Introduces New Romantic Label of White and Red Wine Blends
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
Fire destroys Shuswap area winery
A two-story building at the The Granite Creek Estate Winery caught fire early Wednesday morning.
01/18/13
5 Words Not to Fear
Here are five words often used to describe wine, along with an effort to liberate them from their connotations.
01/18/13
How does oak affect our passion for wine?
the oak barrel is now viewed by many winemakers as a flavor component in today's winemaking
01/18/13
Kurniawan Loses Bid to Exclude Counterfeiting Evidence
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
South American Investor Buys Portugal's Quinta da Romaneira
Anonymous buyer takes majority stake in Douro Valley property; Christian Seely remains as managing director.
01/18/13
Unfiltered: The Stars Tweet Moët at the Golden Globes
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
U.K.'s Watermill Wines contacts Thierry's suppliers
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
'Crus' for English sparkling wines
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
Altaya doubles retail footprint with Rare & Fine Wines acquisition
Paolo Pong's Altaya expands to six retail outlets through purchase of Hong Kong's long-established Rare & Fine Wines chain
01/18/13
Champagne's future markets: #9 South Korea
Are the BRIC economies taking too much of the limelight away from other, potentially more prosperous, markets?
01/18/13
Champagne 2012 will be an 'exceptional' vintage
Champagne producers including Dom Perignon and Philipponnat have confirmed they will make a vintage in 2012.
01/18/13
St Emilion owner 'seeking damages' over Classification
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
Seizure of Evidence at Wine Seller's Home Ruled Legal
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
Mississippi: Beer won't piggyback on wine
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
Constellation's Wine Is No Crown
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
Vinexpo/IWSR: Wine consumption expected to rise by over 2 billion bottles by 2016
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
Canada: Quebec liquor monopoly promotes lightweight bottles
the Quebec liquor monopoly will be focusing on the "glass chain" and on making the industry's responsible practices better known
01/18/13
France: decline in consumption to slow, says the IWSR
The latest IWSR-Vinexpo report brings cheering news for the French wine industry
01/18/13
Napa vintners thanked for providing grants to nonprofits
This week, the Vintners announced its disbursement of $772,000 from funds raised through its 2012 Auction Napa Valley
01/18/13
Northwest Wine: Northstar's head winemaker gets his inspiration from ... beer
"I would (still) probably be making beer if I wasn't making wine."
01/18/13
PR: Southern Wine & Spirits of America Appoints Cleighton Leong to New Role of Vice President, Commercial Intelligence Platform (CIP)
Newly-Created Group Underscores Southern's Commitment to Enhanced Market Insights and Selling Execution Excellence Through Best-In-Class Commercial Tools
01/18/13
PR: Spectrum Wine Auctions Announces Appointment of Amanda Crawford as President
Jason Boland has resigned from the company in order to pursue other opportunities
01/18/13
Nelson Mandela Is Quite Picky About His Wine Preferences
Nelson Mandela is apparently doing battle with wine writers rather than oppressive regimes
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