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  Daily News for Tuesday, January 29th
Red Mountain property owners ready to bring Yakima River water to grape-growing region
A majority of Red Mountain property owners told the Kennewick Irrigation District on Monday that they are ready to move ahead with plans to bring water from the Yakima River to their prime wine grape-growing land
A Glorious Wine Star Awards Gala
More than 500 guests gathered at the historic New York Public Library to honor innovators of the wine and spirits industry.
J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines Names Rhonda Motil Senior Marketing Director
"Rhonda's leadership at the MCVGA helped transform the region to world-class stature."
Don't Ask, Don't Tell in Napa
Winery expansion plans unsettle grower-winery relations
Senators' Immigration Framework Offers Ag Provisions
Bipartisan legislators include agriculture in plans to craft a new immigration policy
PR: Southern Wine & Spirits of Florida Continues Transformation with a Strengthening and Restructuring of its Leadership Team
"Over the last two years we have enhanced the leadership roles and structure in Florida, and our business has grown and become ever-more dynamic. In a concerted effort to enhance our performance continuously on behalf of our suppliers and customers, we have recognized that now is the time to augment and evolve our leadership team to make sure that we are best positioned for future success."
Supplier News: Amorim Opens New Sales and Distribution Center in Napa
"Building this facility is part of a strategic investment in the future of both the U.S. wine industry and the natural cork industry."
Lodi-Woodbridge Winegrape Commission Introduces New Sustainable Winegrowing Certification; The Lodi Rules for Sustainable Winegrowing
The revision includes 22 new measures that address issues such as energy management, employee incentives and benefits, soil conservation, water quality and disease management, among many others
David Ramey elected to lead Family Winemakers
Ramey is serving his second term and has served as vice chair and secretary/treasurer, as well as holding a directorship since 2005
Sonoma Valley Wine gets new look
The new branding and campaign, on which Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Alliance has spent more than an estimated $100,000 to date, was unveiled last week at the group's annual State of the Alliance meeting at the Lodge at Sonoma.
Enoitalia Announces Launch of US Wine Importer, Enovation Brands, Inc.
Enoitalia, Brand Owners and Producers of VOGA Italia, Luna Di Luna, Lady Lola, Ca' Montini, Lupi Reali, Si Italia, Giorgio & Gianni and other family owned wineries and brands, announces the launch of Enovation Brands, Inc. Enovation Brands will serve as the U.S. importer for Enoitalia's portfolio of wines.
WineAmerica Partners with TIPS to Bring Responsible Alcohol Training to Wineries
"TIPS has the ability to not only train WineAmerica members to prevent the misuse of alcohol, but also can help build bridges and break barriers within the communities that wineries operate in," said Adam Chafetz, president and CEO of HCI.
Cheers Magazine Announces 2013 Beverage Excellence Award Winners
The awards will be presented to the winners at the annual Cheers Beverage Conference, held on Feb. 12-13 in Dallas at the Crowne Plaza Downtown.
New spirits handbook offers data on industry
As consumers shake off the cautious spending they embraced during the recession, more want to buy a drink when they go out for a meal or share free time with friends
BC winery recognized for best white wine in Canada
Tantalus Vineyards has some of the oldest vines in the Okanagan Valley. The first grapes were planted in the 1920s, and the first Riesling vines were put into the ground 40 years ago.
Chilean Winery Luis Felipe Edwards Buys Vineyard, Decanter Says
Chilean winery Luis Felipe Edwards bought 700 hectares (1,730 acres) of vineyards in the Colchagua Valley south of Santiago near Santa Cruz, said.
Cayuga Lake Wine Trail to celebrate 30th anniversary
Wineries will offer deals on the 30th of each month in 2013 - skipping February, of course, said Cathy Millspaugh, executive director of the wine trail. She said the wineries will decide on the deals, and they may change from month to month.
GOODS: Winemaker Anthony Buchanan Joins The Team At Cawston's "Eau Vivre"
Eau Vivre Winery has a new winemaker on their team. Anthony Buchanan, who has worked in the BC Wine Industry for over 5 years, is now in charge of producing the full range of award-winning Eau Vivre wines.
Vintner's Cellar Winery closes Concord, NH location
"We've done well, but we just haven't done quite well enough," co-owner Larry Crossley said last week, as he stood among sale items and wine racks in his Loudon Road store. Crossley opened the wine cellar in the Lamplighter Plaza in 2008.
Duckhorn, Duck Walk Vineyards in tussle over trademark issue
In 2003, both the companies came to an agreement, wherein Duck Walk agreed to mention the wine's place of origin on the front label of its wines and also agreed not to produce more than 84,000gal of wine with the word 'Duck' or pictures of ducks on the label.
Luis Felipe Edwards acquires vineyard in Chile
Luis Felipe Edwards, a Chile-based family operated winery that produces and exports wines, has acquired 700ha of vineyard in Pumanque, a commune in Colchagua province of O'Higgins region of Chile, for an undisclosed amount.
Naples Winter Wine Festival Raises $8.5 Million
Country's premier charity wine auction offers unique lots, but bidding is subdued.
Dos and dont's of protecting your brand in China
Any business with international aspirations will have China in its sights. Consumption of imported wines and spirits is increasing rapidly, particularly in relation to high end products, which are seen as reflecting power and sophistication upon their consumers, or those giving such items as present. The current opportunities for Western brands seem limitless.
The Guardian's coverage has potential for "unimaginable damage", warns WOSA
Wines of South Africa has accused The Guardian of potentially causing "unimaginable damage" to the industry.
China to be number one market for WSET students in 2013
China will overtake the UK in 2013 as the number one market for students taking a Wine & Spirit Education Trust course.
Champagne's future markets: #2 Eastern Europe
With growing economies and many with a wine heritage of their own, is the steady development of Eastern Europe better for Champagne than the bright lights of the Far East?
South Africa boycott poll 'inappropriate' and 'damaging'
Wines of South Africa has said that a recent poll in the Guardian on boycotting South African wine "has the potential to do unimaginable damage".
Wine regions miss out on UNESCO status
Burgundy and Champagne have both been dropped from the next group of candidates to be considered for UNESCO World Heritage Site status.
Sonoma's Ledson buys Moon Mountain land
Sonoma producer Steve Ledson has bought 53ha in Sonoma Valley's Moon Mountain, a region that is currently being considered for official AVA status.
New smoke taint test developed
Scientists have developed a means of testing grapes for smoke taint - a vital tool as bushfires continue to threaten vineyards, particularly in Australia.
Vranken-Pommery sales fall
Champagne's second biggest business, Vranken-Pommery Monopole, registered a 5 percent fall in Champagne sales last year - further evidence of a decline across the sector.
Wines of South Africa protests Guardian 'boycott' poll
Wines of South Africa has condemned the Guardian newspaper's poll on a South African wine boycott as 'unfair'and 'damaging'.
Wine Australia's 'Next Chapter' Campaign Launches in San Francisco
"Wine Australia's 'Next Chapter' is a focus on where Australian wine is today and where it's heading."
Transforming the wine box - the greenest packaging to hit the wine industry
ICON Packaging's patented secondary use packaging system to be launched at the 2013 Unified Wine and Grape Symposium.
Why Monterey Beat Napa as California's Top 'Wine Destination'
"Monterey has built up a number of interesting growing regions. It has nowhere near the number of wineries you would find in Napa or Sonoma. But it's less well known so you get more attention when you visit."
New Reports on the U.S. Market for Imported Wines
Wine Opinions has just released reports on U.S. wine consumer and wine trade usage, sales, preferences, and trends in imported wines.
Wine-tasting could expand to more farmers markets in Washington
A pilot program allowing limited wine and beer samplings at 10 farmers markets around the state last year was enough of a success that the state Liquor Control Board is recommending the legislature expand the program and make it permanent.
Wine sales expected to grow this year
Industry officials say U.S. wine sales are expected to grow by as much as eight percent this year -- despite fierce competition from imports. However, that's a slower rate of growth than in recent years.
Two wineries that have a heart for fundraising
Like a fine romance, the best rose wines are a balancing act - not too sweet, not too heavy and full of flavor
Saintsbury Appoints Gary Bulger as Senior Vice President of Sales
Prior to Saintsbury, Gary spent 17 successful years with The Hess Collection Winery
NM winery owner, facing collection on Lubbock debt, files for bankruptcy
An Albuquerque winery owner has filed a bankruptcy petition to head off the chance that his piece of a family-owned New Mexico winemaking operation would be seized and sold to satisfy a $4 million debt owed in a Lubbock bankruptcy case.
Budget cuts force Dijon to sell wine collection
The Socialist mayor of Dijon has raised €151,620 for city coffers by selling off 3,500 bottles from the municipal wine cellar.
Risk brings sweet reward for ice wine makers
Harvesting grapes left long on the vine pays off with a pricey, specialty dessert wine
Australia: Casella dismisses reports of financial difficulties
John Casella, managing director of Casella Wines, has hit out at reports the company is dying, ahead of its meetings with bankers today.
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