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  Daily News for Thursday, January 24th
01/24/13 Partners with Lot18
Wine flash site will handle marketing for online wine retailer's taste-sized bottles
Sacramento's Unified Wine & Grape Symposium approaches
Last year, the show attracted more than 12,400 from all over the world, also making it the biggest conference held in the state capital. It could be bigger this year due to the improved economy and continuing growth in the industry
CAWG Honors Steve McIntyre as Grower of the Year
The California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG) presented its 2013 Grower of the Year award to Steve McIntyre, of Monterey.
Treasury in takeover bid speculation
Speculation is growing that Penfold's and Wolf Blass owner Treasury Wine Estates could be a takeover target, with a rumoured price tag as high as A $4 billion-plus.
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.
WiVi Central Coast 2013
Closing the WiVi enology sessions is a special Comparative Wine Tasting led by WINE BUSINESS MONTHLY's columnist, Lance Cutler. Cutler has put together nine wines from Washington, Napa Valley and Paso Robles for WiVi participants to taste regional differences in blends.
Enotria takes on Californian Cannonball Wine Company
Enotria will take on Cannonball's flagship wines: Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon from April 1. California buyer, Harriet Kininmonth, said: "California is trendy right now; we see an opportunity in gastropubs and groups where the US sense of style is a perfect fit."
Designing wine labels for the Millennial Generation
The more inimitable and attractive a wine label design is the greater chance the bottle has of being purchased. It is widely believed that wine label art is reflective of the quality of the wine inside.
Leesburg, Washington's Lost Creek Winery sold for $2.3M
With the purchase, the new owners, Aimee and Todd Henkle, have acquired 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 that can accommodate up to 100 guests, a tasting room, banquet room, gazebo and a 5,000-square-foot Colonial home with a six-car garage.
The Northwest Core Collection Portfolio Expands to Include Alloro Vineyard
Northwest Core Collection, Inc. (NW Core), a national sales and marketing company specializing in Pacific Northwest wines, announced their new partnership with boutique Pinot Noir and Chardonnay producer, Alloro Vineyard.
Calvert Planning Commission to focus efforts on winery events
A proposed text amendment regarding events on farms, debated for more than two years, was floored after the Calvert County Planning Commission came to a consensus not to pursue the matter further during its Jan. 16 meeting.
San Diego Winery Uses Crowd Funding - Kickstarter to Launch New Wine Brand
California Fruit Wine, the trendsetting winery in North San Diego, today announced the start of their Kickstarter campaign to raise funds, increase awareness of their winery, and launch their new "Fre-Be" Fruit Wine Brand (Friends With Benefits).
Bacchus Capital Management Provides Significant Growth Capital to Maritime Wine Trading Collective, Leading Import and Distribution Company
Concurrent with the Bacchus investment, Maritime is adding Nine North Brands to its portfolio. Nine North is a Stag's Leap District-based collection of handcrafted Napa and North Coast red wines.
Lake County wines capture top awards at SF Chronicle Wine Competition
More than 100 Lake County wines captured top awards - including three Best of Class honors and three Double Gold awards - at this year's San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the Lake County Winery Association (LCWA) announced this week.
Zimmermann makes wine job one
"I'm really happy here," Zimmermann said. "I like the vibe, the wines are fabulous, and I couldn't work for a nicer group of people."
Bitter cold temperatures perfect for harvesting northern Ohio's ice wine grapes
Most Ohio wineries harvested their ice wine grapes back in December during the brief holiday cold spell.
More PA wines slated to be sold in state liquor stores this summer
The Pennsylvania Winery Association is partnering with the Liquor Control Board to add more wines from around the state starting this summer.
How to target women with wine label design
According to The Beverage Information Group, women accounted for 58.1 percent of wine buyers in 2011. So, how come most wines are create by and targeted towards men?
Negociants to distribute Haha wines in Australia
The deal, which will be effective from Feb. 1, 2013, will see Negociants distributing Haha Wine brands' Haha 2012 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and Haha Marlborough 2011 Pinot Noir varieties, reported
Cobevco to offer bag-in-box filling service
Cheshire-based specialist bottler Cobevco has announced it is to offer bag in box as part of its beverage-filling capabilities.
Maison Sichel reports 21% uplift in value
Bordeaux-based producer and négociant Maison Sichel has reported a 21 percent value growth for 2012, making it the company's second best year since it was established in 1883.
Bordeaux to bounce back in 2013
As prices stabilise and Robert Parker prepares to re-evaluate 2010, Jon Barr, director of EF Wines, has declared "Bordeaux appears to be back".
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.
Magrez to open luxury boutique hotel in Bordeaux
Bernard Magrez is to open a tiny luxury hotel in Bordeaux to cater for the growing interest in wine tourism and enhance the image of the group.
Champagne's future markets: #5 Singapore
At the midway point in our list we consider Singapore's place in the wider Asian market.
Toys R Us for wine lovers
As the CEO and founder of Gary's Wine & Marketplace, he has created the equivalent of a Toys R Us for us wine lovers. If you're in New Jersey, you are lucky enough to be able to visit one of his three mega stores where you can go and play and taste.
Diners switch from wine bottles to glasses, entrees to appetizers
Restaurant and bar patrons cheaped out last year, swapping expensive bottles of wine for more affordable single glasses, ditching entrees for appetizers and sides and even passing on dessert.
This Instant Wine Chiller Will Cool Whites Without Watering Them Down
This is the Instant Wine Chiller from Ravi. Why We Love It: If you want to chill your white wine instantly (but don't want to water it down with ice cubes) consider the Instant Wine Chiller.
Wine conference covers everything from science to marketing
More than 12,000 people are expected to attend the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium at the Sacramento Convention Center on Jan. 29-31.
Vinexpo's Robert Beynat: Global Wine Market Benefiting From Steady U.S. Growth, Asian Momentum
Vinexpo CEO Robert Beynat reported a significant uptick in Asian attendance-particularly from China-and he expects that trend to continue.
Deep freeze has Idaho wine grape growers worried
A deep freeze that has persisted in the Treasure Valley for most of January has grape growers and wineries concerned about the impact to plants.
Wine Buzz: Hiring of Anani Lawson a big score for Enotria
The big news coming out of Sacramento's restaurant scene last Thursday was the announcement that Lawson will serve as the general manager for Enotria Restaurant and Wine Bar.
Washington theaters want to sell film-goers liquor, wine
Small theaters such as The Grand Cinema in Tacoma are asking the Legislature to create a special liquor license that would allow them to serve beer and wine.
Ohio high court takes up lawsuit affecting liquor bonds
The Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday resuscitated a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a state law behind the scheduled sale of about $1.5 billion of revenue bonds this week
Wine of the week: Saint Gregory 2009 Mendocino County Pinot Noir
Greg Graziano spends most of his 10 to 12-hour work days multi-tasting, tending to four brands and more than 35 different grape varietals at his winery, Graziano Family of Wines.
New Way to Identify 'Smoked' Grapes and Wines
With climate change sparking concern about an increased risk of wildfires, scientists are reporting development of a way to detect grapes exposed to smoke from those fires, which otherwise could be vented into bad-tasting wine
PR: South African winery, KWV, launches African Passion in U.S.
Varietal line combines award-winning quality with activism
Mendocino County grape growers glowing after spectacular' year
After what is being described as a "wonderful" harvest, the grapevines in Mendocino County have been enjoying a much-deserved slumber this winter, especially during the recent cold snap.
Craft beer becoming alternative to wine at the dinner table
Now with over 2,000 breweries operating across the country that produce a wide variety of beer - more people are choosing a craft beer while enjoying a nice meal --over a bottle of wine or a mixed cocktail
Nadalié Cooperage teams up with St. Helena Family Center
Since its founding in 2004, SHFC staff has provided more than 12,000 distinct services to more than 4,000 individuals. The SHFC also offers programs to preschool-age children to help them develop the critical skills they need to be ready to start and succeed in school
BERGER: The many lives of Chianti
Some Chiantis feel and act like something they should not be: soft, plush, silky, with less acid and more tannin
Oregon Pushes for Growlers
Bill would allow consumers to fill bottles at non-winery locations.
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