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  Daily News for Wednesday, January 23rd
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01/23/13
Price hiked for 'Two-Buck Chuck'

"In general, our retail prices change only when our costs change," Alison Mochizuki, director of public relations for Trader Joe's, said in an emailed statement. "We've held a $1.99 retail price for 11 years. Quite a bit has happened during those years ...

01/23/13
Gap's Crown, a Top Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir Vineyard, Is Sold
Bill Price, whose investments include Kosta Browne and Kistler, buys the 138-acre site for more than $13 million
01/23/13
PR: New Sonoma Valley Brand Launched By Vintners and Growers
The Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance (SVVGA) has unveiled a new multi-faceted marketing program, the "Roots Run Deep" campaign, which creates a platform for sharing the Sonoma Valley story
01/23/13
Bacchus Capital Invests in Wine Import and Distribution Company
The deal marks Bacchus' seventh deal in the wine industry - its first with an importer and marketer
01/23/13
Longtime wine industry leader leaving Santa Barbara vintners' association
After eight years at the helm of the Santa Barbara County Vintners' Association, Jim Fiolek is stepping down as executive director to clear the path, in his words, for "new, fresh eyes."
01/23/13
FTC study taking aim at online marketing of booze and kids
Distillers, brewers and wineries pour millions of dollars into brand promotion on Twitter, Facebook and other social media, and industry critics contend they are not doing enough to prevent young consumers from receiving these messages
01/23/13
Typical Canadian wine consumption now 15 litres a year
Wine producers will be proposing a toast to Canadian consumers: a new study shows wine consumption in this country is growing three times faster than globally and Canada is projected to be the fifth fastest-growing wine market in the next five years.
01/23/13
The Other Guys sells 300,000 cases of wine and spirits in 2012, a 25.5 percent jump
The Other Guys, the Sonoma-based wine and spirits company headed by August Sebastiani, says sales were up 25.5 percent by volume last year, from 239,000 cases in 2011 to 300,000 in 2012.
01/23/13
Brewers See Opportunity In Beer-Wine Hybrids
Several years ago, a few craft brewers began experimenting with wine grapes and wine grape juice in their beers. Now the practice is becoming more widespread, as brewers see rising consumer opportunity in these beer-wine hybrids.
01/23/13
Virginia's Lost Creek Winery Sold For $2.3 Million
50 acres of land, which includes 21 acres of grapes; a winery with the capacity to produce 7,000 cases per year; two outdoor pavilions which can accommodate up to 100 guests; a tasting room; a banquet room; a gazebo; and a 5,000 square-foot deluxe custom Colonial home with a six-car garage.
01/23/13
New winery to open in Long Island Sound, New York
Situated on 62 acre land in Greenport Village, the 9,000ft² Kontokosta Winery is placed atop sweeping bluffs along the North Fork's coastline and features 23 acres vineyard, tasting room, wine library and cellar.
01/23/13
Pomar Junction Winery Doubles Acreage in Central Coast
With his recent acquisition of 90-plus producing vineyard acres formerly owned by the defunct Martin and Weyrich Winery, seventh-generation California farmer Dana Merrill effectively doubled bearing acres for his family's Pomar Junction Vineyard & Winery. Merrill has been growing grapes on the Central Coast for decades.
01/23/13
Smyrna business owners help start Delaware Wineries Association
The primary objective of the organization is to broaden the market for Delaware wine and spirits. The organization will act by encouraging the production of high quality wine and spirits, and the regional cultivation of high quality grapes, fruit, grains and botanicals.
01/23/13
Wine, Viticulture Historian to Speak About Wine-Growing in Santa Clara Valley
The Saratoga Historical Foundation presents free lecture to public by Charles Sullivan tonight at Immanuel Lutheran Church.
01/23/13
Is This Really a Golden Age for Wine?
I'd say that, yes, it is true-up to a point. It is a Golden Age for fine wine. But not for every producer, and it's not everywhere, either.
01/23/13
Port shipments to UK increase by 6%
The Port Wine Institute has reported a 6% increase in total Port shipped to the UK in 2012, despite difficult economic conditions, according to Symington Family Estates.
01/23/13
ND wine group to lobby legislature
It's now called the North Dakota Grape and Wine Association, and the state's growers and vintners are again working toward a direct-to-retail marketing agenda in the North Dakota State Legislature.
01/23/13
Firewater Partners, Producers of San Francisco Vintners Market and Craft Spirits Carnival, Announces Acquisition of DRINK ME Magazine
Firewater Partners, announces the acquisition of DRINK ME Magazine, a niche lifestyle publication focused on the art and culture of craft and premium beer, wine, distilled spirits and cocktails.
01/23/13
Marketing and Public Relations Expert, Sue Whitaker, Conducts a Wine Symposium for Wineries in the California North Coast, Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino Counties Regions
"If you want to increase your wine club membership base, learn alternative ways to market your wine club, how to broaden your market, how to brand your wine club, how to make a good impression, and assess how affective your website is, then do everything in your power to come to this event."
01/23/13
Four Friends of Colorado Wine Honored
The Colorado Association for Viticulture and Enology (CAVE) finished off its most successful VinCO Conference last week by honoring four members of its community as official Friends of Colorado Wine.
01/23/13
Kontokosta Winery, tasting room to open on LI Sound
The first Long Island vineyard with a tasting room overlooking Long Island Sound is set to open this spring, the latest in a string of recent wine-trail newcomers and one of only a handful on the water.
01/23/13
Wine Enthusiast Magazine Awards Arnaldo-Capri Winery "European Winery of the Year 2012"
With the collaboration and support of top local winemakers and sustained effort, Caprai and colleagues succeeded in transforming a relatively unknown indigenous grape to one that is world renown.
01/23/13
Jason LaBue Named Executive Chef At J Vineyards & Winery
A graduate of the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco and third-generation chef, LaBue now oversees all food and wine programs at the winery, including a regularly updated menu in the acclaimed J Bubble Room.
01/23/13
South Australia winery investing in biodiversity regeneration
A 600 hectare farm property has been turned into a native biodiversity hub to help protect endangered wildlife in South Australia's north-east.
01/23/13
Old Bridge Cellars expands into Bordeaux with Chateau de Sours
As of Jan. 1, 2013, Old Bridge Cellars has undertaken all U.S. sales and marketing activities for the winery, which joins the established portfolio of artisanal, family wineries. Chateau de Sours has been producing wine in Bordeaux's right bank, 10km outside of St. Emilion in the town of Saint-Quentin-de-Baron, for over 200 years.
01/23/13
Mike Paul: don't judge wines on how well they taste but what they mean to consumers
The wine industry has more in common with The X Factor than it does with The Voice.
01/23/13
The Benevolent receives healthy donation from Vintners
The wine and spirit trades' charity, The Benevolent, has received a cheque for £9,000 from the master of the Worshipful Company of Vintners following the New Year wine trade lunch at Vintners' Hall in January.
01/23/13
Glenfiddich explores red wine cask finish
Glenfiddich has released its first ever whisky with a red wine cask finish, inspired by Charles Darwin's exploration of the South American coast.
01/23/13
Imported Wine Exhibition & Trade Centre opens in Yan Tai
The Imported Wine Exhibition & Trade Centre has officially opened in China's tariff-free zone of Yan Tai.
01/23/13
Champagne's future markets: #6 Mexico
Another Rabobank "hidden gem", Mexico is potentially a very exciting market, growing 17 percent over 2011 to 800,757 bottles.
01/23/13
Margaret River bolsters Western Australia export figures
The value of bottled wine exports from Western Australia - excluding the Margaret River appellation - fell by 41 percent in 2012, Wine Australia has revealed.
01/23/13
Guy Fieri is getting into the wine business
Ever since I moved to Sonoma County and saw all this incredible environment of wine, from the agricultural side of it to the business side of it, to the community involvement side of it ... I've just been in awe. So my wife and I were talking about it, and saying, 'Can we do that some day?'"
01/23/13
Frozen grapes gathered under stars make Canada's ice wine
In the Ontario town of Beamsville, about 40 kilometres (25 miles) west of Niagara Falls, a small crowd of bundled-up figures crouched in a moonlit vineyard on a frigid January night, picking a crop of hard-frozen Gewurztraminer grapes.
01/23/13
New 'Health' Wine Battles Arthritis And Fatigue
The health properties of red wine have long been debated but an Australian biochemist believes he has created a drop so loaded with antioxidants that it could treat a range of ills.
01/23/13
Bledsoe not 'comfortable' with wine in Tennessee groceries
Dickson County Sheriff Jeff Bledsoe said he was contacted by the group that consisted of more than 100 sheriffs and police chiefs across the state expressing concern about a measure that would allow wine in grocery and convenience stores.
01/23/13
Folding wine-rack material expands when squeezed
These materials are interesting in their own right, but also have potential applications in very sensitive pressure sensors, compensators in systems affected by humidity, or even artificial muscles.
01/23/13
Echo Park wine bar prepares for its last pour
It was last September when Nicole Daddio unveiled a new look and strategy for her Echo Park wine bar, City Sip. Daddio today announced that her Sunset Boulevard business would be closing at the end of the month after a four-year run .
01/23/13
Canadians drinking more expensive imported wines, mainly from Italy
Canadians are drinking more expensive wines, but our preference has changed from French to Italian cellars, a new report says.
01/23/13
Canada November Retail Sales Index Report (Text)
Retail sales edged up 0.2 percent to $39.4 billion in November, a fifth consecutive monthly sales gain. Higher sales at motor vehicle and parts dealers as well as electronics and appliance stores more than offset declines at most store types.
01/23/13
B.C. Restauraunteur Says Wine Law Working
Six months in, the owner of a restaurant in Prince George says a liquor law that allows people to bring their wine to restaurants is working out as planned.
01/23/13
ON WINE: Brand is vital in world of wine
What separates a $120 bottle of jammy, fruit-forward, strongly oaked, high-alcohol California cab from a $12 jammy, fruit-forward, strongly oaked, high-alcohol California cab?
01/23/13
Washington, New York winemakers team up
Walla Walla winemaker Charles Smith, who owns K Vintners, Charles Smith Wines and Secco Italian Bubbles, has formed a partnership with Napa Valley's Trinchero Family Estates for Charles & Charles, a joint wine venture with New York City wine innovator Charles Bieler.
01/23/13
Rothschild tie-in fuels Craggy Range expansion
As the first wines from his joint venture with the Rothschild family arrive in Europe, Craggy Range chairman Terry Peabody has confirmed expansion plans for his core brand.
01/23/13
Opinion: 'Neighbor' plan could solve Santa Barbara winery issues
First of all, it is not a controversy. It is a process through which the Planning & Development Department has been forced to go by the Board of Supervisors, and one supervisor in particular. This process will cost the county (taxpayers) well over $175,000
01/23/13
Lake County wines capture top awards at SF Chronicle Wine Competition
Vigilance Winery & Vineyards won Best of Class with its 2010 Red Hills Lake County Petite Sirah
01/23/13
Wine choices: Are they an illusion?
Do we care who makes the wine, as long as it's good, drinkable juice?
01/23/13
Zimmermann makes wine job one
Her current position is tasting room and retail services manager at Rutherford Grove Winery & Vineyards
01/23/13
Future of Shuswap winery destroyed in fire uncertain
The owners of a Shuswap-based winery destroyed in a fire last week are trying to decide if they will rebuild
01/23/13
The NRA has a wine club. No, really
"Now you can support the 2nd Amendment with every wine you buy," said the club's webpage.
01/23/13
PR: Sacramento's Largest Annual Convention Offers Three Days of Wine and Grape Industry Related Events
The 2013 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium, the nation's largest wine and grape conference and trade show as well as the largest event hosted by the Sacramento Convention Center, opens next week for three days to showcase the latest wine industry science, technology, business developments and industry research.
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