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01/28/13

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.

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adds a third custom crush facility

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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

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Customized training helps emphasize responsible consumption for everything from major events to daily on-site restaurant operations

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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

01/28/13

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?

01/28/13

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.

01/28/13

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.

01/28/13

Dublin City Councilmembers heard a report aimed at increasing the city's ties with the Livermore Valley wine region.

01/28/13

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.

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The Napa Valley Vintners announced Tuesday at their annual membership meeting that Bruce Cakebread of Cakebread Cellars will serve as board president.

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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.

01/28/13

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.

01/28/13

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.

01/28/13

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.

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For one Heartland business the drought did more good than harm. "This year's been fantastic," Chris West, owner of West Winery said.

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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.

01/28/13

African Passion line consists of seven varieties of wines including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot, Moscato, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc.

01/28/13

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.

01/28/13

Plus, results from the American prelims of the 2013 Bordeaux Cup university challenge

01/28/13

A few months after a 2012 ranking replaced its lawsuit-challenged predecessor, three demoted ch√Ęteaus cry foul.

01/28/13

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.

01/28/13

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.

01/28/13

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.

01/28/13

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.

01/28/13

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.

01/28/13

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.

01/28/13

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.

01/28/13

The question of varietal versus blend comes up often when I'm taking groups through the wine country or conducting wine education seminars.

01/28/13

Operators of upscale wine shops in Baltimore worry their business model might be the unintended victim of the city's crackdown on liquor stores.

01/28/13

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

01/28/13

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.

01/28/13

Sometimes it seems that Chile is trying to shake its image as a source of good-value wines.

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But as Canadian consumers learn more about quality wines, premium B.C. wines will flourish, growers say

01/28/13

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.

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Before the show, he was producing around 2,400 cases per year, but now he is well over 20,000 per year.

01/28/13

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.

01/28/13

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.

01/28/13

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

01/28/13

TV producers build estate winery on California's Central Coast

01/28/13

"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."

01/28/13

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.

01/28/13

Consumers could have fewer choices if legislation squeezes small wholesalers, while State Liquor Authority forbids some third-party wine sales

01/28/13

"Any flaws or problems here on the ground just get magnified in the air," said Moorfield in knowing tones.

01/28/13

Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits has added a new red blend to its thriving Josh Cellars brand, and is eyeing other opportunities across the burgeoning red blend category

01/28/13

Drambuie joins a William Grant & Sons liqueurs portfolio that includes Italy's Solerno Blood Orange liqueur, as well as chili-flavored Mexican offering Ancho Reyes, which launched this spring at around $33 a 750-ml. bottle.

01/28/13

Cavallotto may be the best wine estate you don't know