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  Daily News for Monday, January 28th
Naples Winter Wine Festival raises more than $8.5 million for children's charities

An afternoon of bidding during the live auction at the 13th annual Naples Winter Wine Festival raised more than $8.5 million to benefit Collier County's underprivileged and at-risk children. The grand total raised since the first festival in 2001 has reached $116 million.

PR: Laird Buys Silverado Hill Winery
adds a third custom crush facility
Steve Ledson Buys Mountain Terraces Vineyard
The vineyard, known as Mountain Terraces, sits at 1,800 feet on the southwestern slopes of the Mayacamas Mountains on the back side of Mt. Veeder, above the Sonoma Valley floor
PR: WineAmerica Partners with TIPS to Bring Responsible Alcohol Training to Wineries
Customized training helps emphasize responsible consumption for everything from major events to daily on-site restaurant operations
Napa: Source of grapes divides wine industry
A review of how Napa County applies and enforces the 23-year-old Winery Definition Ordinance has created a rift between wine industry groups, and disagreement on how older wineries should show compliance with the ordinance if they seek to expand production
Our View: Winery ordinance powder keg needs defusing
A pair of large-scale winery expansion proposals in 2012 awoke county planners to the need to answer a fundamental question: Does Napa Valley have enough grapes to produce a lot more wine?
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, according to the complaint filed Jan. 15 in Napa County Superior Court.
New wine group gaining steam in Mendocino County
Six months after the Mendocino Winegrape and Wine Commission was voted down, a group poised to take over many of the commission's functions is taking shape.
Dublin Talks Up Ties With Livermore Wine Region
Dublin City Councilmembers heard a report aimed at increasing the city's ties with the Livermore Valley wine region.
Direct sales of wine rise 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.
Napa Valley Vintners announce new board
The Napa Valley Vintners announced Tuesday at their annual membership meeting that Bruce Cakebread of Cakebread Cellars will serve as board president.
U.S. consumers 'confused' by multiple Sonoma AVAs
Sonoma Valley has announced the launch of a new campaign to differentiate the region from the larger Sonoma Coast and even larger Sonoma County AVA.
English wine experts question need for regionality
Harpers hears from leading experts on English sparkling about whether establishing a cru-based identification system would help estates promote their wines better on an international stage.
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.
The Other Guys reports 25% increase in wine and spirits sales in fiscal 2012
U.S.-based wine and spirits company The Other Guys has shipped over 300,000 cases of wine and spirits in fiscal 2012, compared with 239,000 cases in 2011, registering a 25 percent rise.
Has the drought hurt the Missouri wine business?
For one Heartland business the drought did more good than harm. "This year's been fantastic," Chris West, owner of West Winery said.
Urban wineries pour into San Francisco
San Franciscans will have fewer reasons to leave the city in search of unique wine experiences, as local boutique winemakers are multiplying and growing their presence outside of wine country.
KWV winery to debut African Passion wines in U.S.
African Passion line consists of seven varieties of wines including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot, Moscato, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc.
Gap's Crown Vineyard sold for over $13m
Gap's Crown Vineyard, a Sonoma Coast estate owned by the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) in a joint venture with Premier Pacific Vineyards, has been sold for over $13m to Bill Price, a financial investor who holds ownership interests in wineries such as Kistler, Three Sticks, Gary Farrell, Kosta Browne and Durell Vineyard.
Guy Fieri's Big Gulp
Plus, results from the American prelims of the 2013 Bordeaux Cup university challenge
Demoted Wineries Challenge St.-Emilion Classification
A few months after a 2012 ranking replaced its lawsuit-challenged predecessor, three demoted ch√Ęteaus cry foul.
U.K. drinks industry launches public campaign against minimum pricing
The Wine & Spirit Trade Association has galvanised the support of major supermarkets and drinks brands to launch a consumer campaign under the "Why Should Responsible Drinkers Pay More" banner.
South Africa's Kleine Zalze hires new winemaker
South African wine estate Kleine Zalze has appointed RJ Botha as winemaker. Botha will assist cellarmaster Johan Joubert to develop new premium white and red blends which will be launched in South Africa this year.
Justin Knock of Cobevco on why growth in bulk wine will boost branded wine
As value rises on the producer side of the supply chain due to reducing global wine stocks and increasing shortages in many key producing countries - Spain, Italy, Australia, New Zealand and to a lesser extent Chile and Argentina - we are set for price rises in the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe.
Argentina focusing on 'more subtle styles'
New attitudes to winemaking in Argentina are spurring a trend towards subtler wine styles and the examination of terroir, thinks Buckingham Schenk's managing director Jon Pepper.
Champagne's future markets: #3 Australia
Our list reaches the final three with Australia, a growing wine import market thriving on the back of a favourable exchange rate and growing industrial clout.
Eastern Promise: East Coast US wines
The small wineries of USA's eastern seaboard seem able to find success while bypassing the world of ratings, national publicity and even distribution networks. Roger Morris finds out how they do it.
Urban development threatens Dante's wine region
A winemaking descendant of the poet Dante Alighieri is urging the local government of Veneto to tighten planning laws to protect Valpolicella from urban sprawl.
Is 'blend' a dirty word?
The question of varietal versus blend comes up often when I'm taking groups through the wine country or conducting wine education seminars.
Baltimore wine shop owners say proposed rezoning is overkill
Operators of upscale wine shops in Baltimore worry their business model might be the unintended victim of the city's crackdown on liquor stores.
The Real Cost of Making Your Own Wine
Bernie Rooney, owner of Oak Barrel Winecraft in Berkeley, Calif., says you can make a bottle of wine for about $5 or less once you have the equipment. That's not why people go to the trouble, though
Erie native who researched local wine region honored
An Erie native will be honored Monday by a worldwide leader in the hospitality industry as one of the "Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds in Sales & Marketing" for 2012.
Chile offers great balance of quality, affordability in wine
Sometimes it seems that Chile is trying to shake its image as a source of good-value wines.
B.C. wine industry's growth slows in face of 'fierce' international competition
But as Canadian consumers learn more about quality wines, premium B.C. wines will flourish, growers say
Pressing times push Australian wine industry into U.S. market
It may be among the worst of times for Australian wines, but the industry has decided to take the long view and ditch the cheap and cheerful image to reinvent itself as purveyor of a premium product.
'Bachelor' Ben Flajnik is thrilled with increasing business sales
Before the show, he was producing around 2,400 cases per year, but now he is well over 20,000 per year.
Alleged tastings get Patland winery in hot water
A Soda Canyon winery has agreed to pay $43,500 in penalties and to not invite the public for wine tastings as part of a zoning dispute settlement.
No World Heritage site for Burgundy
Climats du Vignoble de Bourgogne, a lobby organisation for the Burgundy region of France has failed to get the world famous wine-producing vineyards of the region listed by UNESCO as one of its World Heritage sites.
Happy hour in Asia as global booze makers eye deals
The biggest global alcohol companies are sizing up buyout and tie-up opportunities in China, India, South Korea and Vietnam, keen to profit from a $258 billion Asian market that is growing twice as fast as the rest of the world
Winemaker Debuts at SLO's San-Juliette
TV producers build estate winery on California's Central Coast
Australian Winery Tries to Pull Its Wine From the NRA Wine Club
"Philosophically, I'm not disposed towards the NRA, which runs counter to my family's, and I would think all my employees', positions on gun laws. ...We will act to withdraw our stock or at least not service the account any longer."
Balance: A 2013 Conference, an Achievement in California Wine (and a Calder Mobile)
For the past three years, a small group of California chardonnay and pinot noir producers has gathered for a conference and tasting called In Pursuit of Balance. In past years it's been staged in San Francisco and New York; in 2013, for the first time, they brought their wines and their message to Los Angeles.
New York Faces New Wine Sales Restrictions
Consumers could have fewer choices if legislation squeezes small wholesalers, while State Liquor Authority forbids some third-party wine sales
Grape expectations: How airlines pick high-flying wines
"Any flaws or problems here on the ground just get magnified in the air," said Moorfield in knowing tones.
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