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  Daily News for Monday, January 21st
Glazer's Becomes Exclusive Distributor For Banfi In Five States
Glazer's already handled the remainder of the Banfi and Excelsior Wine Co. (the joint venture formed by Banfi and Concha y Toro in 2011 to market Concha y Toro, Trivento, Little Black Dress and Five Rivers) portfolios in these five markets
Pennsylvania Liquor Board CEO To Step Down In February
Conti was appointed to the position in December 2006. During his tenure, the statement said, the agency reorganized, launched a major rebranding initiative, upgraded business technology systems and instituted professional development opportunities
Global travels pay off for Vermentino
Vermentino is one of those itinerants, an amiable white grape that ventured around its native Mediterranean - and then beyond
Consumer Wine Trends: Americans Drinking More, "Better" Wines
Consumers are finding more reasons to "celebrate" with a bottle of wine or drinking more wine when a bottle is opened, and in some cases doing both-a very good sign for an industry that posted $13.3 billion in sales last year.
Global wine consumption rises according to Vinexpo
Global wine consumption has risen despite the global economic crisis, according to Vinexpo chief executive Robert Beynat.
Last year in auctions: America awakes, Hong Kong softens
Christie's has reported its second-best-ever figure for its wine auction sales in 2012, while Sotheby's and Acker Merrall report a 'settling down' of interest from Asia.
Charles Smith Positioned for Growth
Purchase of former Whitman Cellars expands possibilities for Washington state winemaker
Lasseter winery a Glen Ellen delight
Valuable lessons learned at the new Lasseter Family Winery in Glen Ellen
Guy Fieri jumps into the wine business
Fieri bought the property last year. In his first vintage, 2012, he sold his grapes to Jackson Family Wines for its La Crema brand and to Williams Selyem winery in Healdsburg, which both have had long-term contracts to purchase grapes from the vineyard.
Vineyards dormant, but Winter Wineland brings life to Sonoma County wineries
\With daytime temperatures in Chicago today forecast to be in the low 20's with blustery winds making it feel much colder, is it any wonder visitors to Sonoma County from the Windy City are almost giddy, and not just from the wine?
Mount Etna winery to work with Dalla Terra
Tascante, new project from the Mount Etna region of Sicily, has joined Dalla Terra's portfolio of family-owned Italian estates. Dalla Terra will be the sole USA agent for Tascante and will work with the Tasca family, who also founded the Tasca d'Almerita brand, to raise national awareness of the Mount Etna region and its native varietal Nerello Mascalese.
Barossa Valley Estate winery placed in receivership
Barossa Valley Estate Ltd's assets and affairs were placed into the hands of receivers McGrath Nicol on Tuesday. Company partner Sam Davies said they intended to continue operating the winery while working closely with the contract growers and BVE management over the next two weeks to determine and settle 2013 grape supply requirements.
Scott Harvey unveils two new wine blends under Jana Winery label
Scott Harvey Wines, a California-based winery that produces handcrafted wines from Napa Valley and Amador County, has launched a new red wine and a white wine under the Jana Winery label.
Coppola creates equal drama in Napa and Sonoma
With a red wine considered among the great wines of Napa called Rubicon, Coppola is now poised to release a new Inglenook red wine that will, according to the winery, pay homage to the winery's founder, Finnish sea captain Gustave Niebaum, and his successor, John Daniel and his family.
From Big Wins to Big Wines
While there are plenty of celebrities who endorse brands, there is also a number of sportsmen who have genuinely caught the wine bug, whether it was a memorable first glass while on tour, over a meal with their future wife or long after they'd retired from the locker room. For a few, like Formula One driver Jarno Trulli, that off-duty love of wine has matured into a post-retirement business.
New partnership will allow Pennsylvania wineries to sell in local Wine & Spirits stores
Recently the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board announced a partnership with the Pennsylvania Winery Association. The partnership will allow PA Preferred wineries to sell products in select Wine & Spirits stores in Pennsylvania.
2012 Winegrape Bounty Ushers in Balanced Market
That bountiful harvest appears to have balanced the grape and bulk wine market that had slipped to a short position by winter 2011-12, said Glenn Proctor a partner with Ciatti Co. wine brokerage. "When we look at the market today, it's balanced," he said.
Champagne's future markets: #8 the US
Are the BRIC economies taking too much of the limelight away from other, potentially more prosperous, markets?
An 'interesting phase' ahead for Romaneira
Christian Seely has offered assurance that the sale of a majority stake in Quinta da Romaneira heralds a period of long-term stability and development for the Douro estate.
Winestars World offers U.S. and European listings
Wineries looking for distribution in Europe and the U.S. can take part in a global version of the Winestars competition at this year's ProWein in March.
Viña Errazuriz triumphs in Wines of Chile awards
Viña Errazuriz has won the top prize at the 10th annual Wines of Chile awards.
Piedmont bows to California over Trinchero copyright tussle
Piedmont winery Trinchero has had to remove the family name from its wine labels in the U.S. after facing a legal threat from the maker of the Sutter Home brand, according to reports.
Natural Wine Can Learn from Natural Food
Laura Klein, publisher of Organic Authority, told me that people who eat organically would also be likely to drink organic, natural or sustainably-produced wine.
Purveying California Fare With New York Flair
"I think California wine is in its biggest state of flux since 1990," observed Mark Snyder, the 43-year-old proprietor of Angels' Share, a New York-based distributor specializing in sought-after California wines. There were three major reasons, he continued: "The hipster effect, the disappearance of critic Robert Parker and climate change. There have been some wild climate shifts in California recently."
Ohio conference offers training, education for grape growers, wine producers
Grape growers, wine producers and anyone interested in learning more about the wine industry will have several opportunities to learn from local and national professionals during the 2013 Ohio Grape and Wine Conference.
Strife Over Saint-Émilion Rankings Pits Upstarts vs. Aristocrats
A fragile, four-year truce among local producers was shattered this week when several chateau owners said they had filed lawsuits seeking to overturn the latest official ranking of the wines of Saint-Émilion.
SSU to launch Wine Industry Finance & Accounting Certificate in February
The new program is designed for wine industry professionals who seek a greater understanding of the quantitative side of their business. No previous finance and accounting experience is required.
Grape, wine market 'balanced' after third-largest crop
While the 2012 winegrape harvest in Sonoma County appears to have been among the county's largest ever, the market for grapes continues to be active early in the 2013 buying cycle, yet rising costs and uncertain ability to increase retail prices is crushing wine producer margins, according to industry supply and finance experts at a major seminar today.
Retailers Say Texas Wines Are Showing Rapid Growth
According to the Texas Wine & Grape Growers trade group, the Lone Star State currently has more than 245 bonded wineries, up 50% since 2007, while production rose 35% to 1.35 million cases between 2007-2011.
Cambridge University to celebrate Pepys' first mention of Haut Brion
Magdalene College Cambridge is to hold a conference on 'Samuel Pepys and wine' to coincide with the 350th anniversary of the great diarist, and his mention of a 'particular' wine called Ho Bryan.
Wines & Vines merges with Practical Winery & Vineyard
Beginning with the April issue, the editorial content of Practical Winery & Vineyard will appear in a special section within each monthly print edition of Wines & Vines, in its digital editions and on its website.
New York wines on the red carpet for Inauguration
Thanks to the loyalty of New York's Sen. Charles Schumer, who happens to be overseeing inaugural festivities, New York wines will be on tables at President Barack Obama's Inauguration Luncheon today in Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.
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