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  Daily News for Friday, January 25th
Direct sales of wine rose 10 percent last year

Wineries sold $1.46 billion worth of wine directly to consumers last year, up 10 percent from 2011, said Jason Eckenroth, CEO of ShipCompliant, which tracks wine sales. Direct shipments totaled 3.17 million cases last year, he said

01/25/13 Partners with Lot18
Wine flash site will handle marketing for online wine retailer's taste-sized bottles
Fedway's Perfect Storm
After suffering catastrophic damage from Hurricane Sandy, the New Jersey wine & spirits wholesaler rebounds with an equal demonstration of force
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.
Arnault says Belgian move can shield LVMH
Bernard Arnault, Europe's richest man, is determined to become a Belgian national as part of a succession plan aimed at preventing a break-up of LVMH, the luxury goods group he has built single-handedly into the world's largest by sales.
Duckhorn asks N.Y. winery to modify label and sales
The Napa Valley winery accuses Duck Walk Vineyards Inc. of Long Island, N.Y., of failing to indicate its geographic location on its bottles' front labels, leading to consumer confusion
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.
South Africa: Workers in the vineyards are demanding change
The latest protests have centred on the grape-growing area around the town of De Doorns. Workers are demanding a daily wage of 150 rand (about $16), more than double the government-set minimum of 69 rand a day for farm workers.
MO: Has the drought hurt the wine business?
The drought was one of the most stressful agriculture seasons the Midwest has ever seen.
Law students uphold Yale's dominance in wine
Besting opponents from Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, UChicago and UPenn Law Schools "by a wide margin," a team representing the Yale Law School Wine Society, took first place in the U.S. Intercollegiate Bordeaux tasting championship held Tuesday at the French Consulate in New York City.
Portuguese wine makes a comeback, demand increases in Asia
Wine exports from Portugal, including port and table wine, rose 7.6 percent in the first 11 months of 2012 to 648 million euros ($862 million) from the same period a year earlier, according to the country's National Statistics Institute.
The Joyful Restraint of 2011 Burgundy
Its 2011 vintage has just been previewed in a plethora of tastings held in London and is on sale now. I can't think of any other fine-wine region in the world that continues to mesmerize and fascinate quite like Burgundy
Luis Felipe Edwards buys 700ha in Colchagua
Chilean winery Luis Felipe Edwards has acquired 700 hectares of vineyard bordering the Nilahue estuary in the coastal Colchagua Valley.
Liquor privatization issue still percolating in Oregon
Both sides are preparing for a potential battle here
2012 - the year Champagne will want to forget
Unlike most other wine categories, Champagne sales were not sufficiently buoyed by surging demand from Asia and North America to compensate for declining shipments to Europe in 2012
Bergerac - short crop provides welcome boost to prices
With crop volumes down by 8 percent in 2012, a good quality vintage housed safely in-cellar, and a buoyant market for Bordeaux wines, prospects for this year are looking promising
PR: ABL Economic Impact Study Expanded to Include State Legislative Districts
"America's beer, wine and spirits retailers now have the ability to tell their overwhelmingly positive story ..."
Sonoma County distillers seek to end anti-tasting law
It's all set up in a 2,000-square-foot warehouse in Sonoma where bottles of alcoholic "cellos" infused with lemons, oranges and figs, along with Hooker's House Bourbon, line the bar
Urban wineries are pouring into San Francisco
With a new one opening this week, another expanding and business booming for several more, San Francisco winemaking is thriving
Wine studies grow at Napa Valley College
Although the UC Davis wine school gets a lot of attention as probably the world's leading such institution, Napa Valley College also has a thriving wine program that's proven a huge boon to local grape growers, wineries and industry suppliers
Vilsack lays out farm bill wish list
The former Iowa governor called on Congress to come up with a bill that helps crop producers, livestock farmers and dairy producers and includes protection for specialty crops
Senate leader pushes up farm bill consideration
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has introduced the Senate-passed version of the farm bill
Research: Restaurant customers traded down in 2012
Point-of-sale data from GuestMetrics reveals drop in orders of entrées, bottles of wine
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