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  Daily News for Wednesday, February 6th
Annual Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers Conference underway
Hundreds of grape farmers, wine makers, and vendors are packing into the Three Rivers Convention Center this week
PR: Demeter Group Investment Bank Releases 2013 State of the Industry - Wine, Spirits, and Craft Beer
Demeter Group Investment Bank, a leading provider of merger and acquisition advisory services to global Wine, Spirits, Craft Beer, Food, and Beauty companies for over 30 years, is releasing the following 2013 State of the Industry reports on Wine, Spirits, and Craft Beer
Frey Reflects on Sonoma Winegrowers Tenure
Nick Frey arrived in Sonoma County some 14 years ago with neither wine business experience nor association management expertise. Nonetheless, he landed a job as executive director of the Sonoma County Grapegrowers Association in 1999.
Global demand rises despite poor harvests
Undersupply replaced a decade-long era of oversupply with autumn 2012's harvest and the inevitable prices hikes will hurt the entry-level market. Meanwhile global demand continues to rise
200 Beaujolais properties 'to close' says French media
Up to 200 Beaujolais producers may have to close down because of the exceptionally low-yielding harvest last year.
2 more winery expansions in Tracy, Acampo
The owners of Windmill Ridge Winery on the south side of Linne Road west of Depot Master Drive southeast of Tracy are seeking county approval to conduct 36 marketing events a year for up to 100 people.
SB winery ordinance meeting set
The fourth in a series of public meetings to get community input for revising the ordinance guiding the development of Santa Barbara County wineries will be held Feb. 11. The topic will be "Neighborhood Compatibility."
Hoffman Family Cellars and Victim Entertainment Partner to Promote Wine and Rock 'n Roll
Victim Entertainment (V.E.) and Hoffman Family Cellars (H.F.C) have announced a promotional partnership between national recording artist, Digital Summer, and the emerging wine brand, Headbanger. This joint venture will focus on the growing interest in wine amongst all people worldwide that also have a pure love of rock 'n roll.
Napa Valley Wine Tasting Room and Winery, Saddleback Cellars, Releases 2010 Old Vine Zinfandel
Saddleback Cellars, a winery in Napa Valley that features excellent Cabernet Sauvignon vintages, is currently offering its 2010 Old Vine Zinfandel.
Magnotta Winery acquires Kittling Ridge for undisclosed price
Among other things, the transaction will transfer store licences, grape grower agreements and the Kittling Ridge name and trademarks to Magnotta.
Naked Rebel Winery, Pink Panda Cellars and to Promote an eBook
This info-graphic book is titled "Becoming an Entrepreneur" and is written by Anna Vital. This eBook is available as a visual guide and takes everyone on an entrepreneurial journey in an interactive manner.
Pennsylvania: House Liquor Control Committee approves direct wine shipment legislation
"The direct shipment of wine is a step toward modernization of our state system," Rep. Paul Costa said. "If a store doesn't carry a specific wine a consumer wants to purchase, it offers them a win-win scenario where the consumer, the winery and the commonwealth benefit from the transaction."
Diageo Transitions to 100 Percent Renewable Electricity at its North American Headquarters in Norwalk, CT
"By purchasing electricity derived from renewable sources, like wind or solar power, we will reduce our carbon emissions in Norwalk by more than 92 percent," said Diageo North America President Larry Schwartz.
A Recipe for Success: Sandestin, FL Wine Festival Reports Record Ticket Sales
"We are excited to report that ticket sales for the Sandestin Wine Festival are well ahead of any festival in previous years at this time. This demand is a testament that there is no substitute for this long standing Sandestin tradition."
Russia to lift ban on imports of wine, water from Georgia
The import of Georgian mineral water and wine is expected to resume in spring 2013 after the clearance of inspections, paperwork and permits from the Russian representatives, who will visit Georgia to check the quality control system.
In Pursuit of Ambiguity
Without going into the various details of my talk, suffice it to say that I offered the suggestion that for producers to create really exceptional Pinot Noir-the truly great stuff-they might want to seek to make 2 + 2 = 5.
Henners launches multi-vintage sparkling wine
Multi-Vintage is a blend of the very best base wines from over multiple vintages, selected for their ageing potential. They will be kept aside as reserve wines cellared in bottle at partial pressure on lees, until ready for addition to a multi-vintage prestige blend in years to come.
Liberty Wines lists its first Tasmanian producer
Liberty Wines has been appointed as the exclusive agent in the UK and Ireland for Dawson & James from Southern Tasmania.
South Africa wine collective in premium push
Premium Independent Wineries of South Africa, a collective of like-minded, independent producers, has been launched in a bid to to raise the profile of premium South African wine.
SA producers band together to push quality message
A group of 15 South African producers have formed a new group to push the image of high-end wine from the Cape.
Lebanon switches focus from UK to Germany
Exports of Lebanese wine to the UK have risen by a third in the last year, with the market now worth over US $3.4 million.
China will import less over the next four years: Vinexpo research
Chinese will import wine at a slower pace as the country's domestic wine production increases - while the world's most populous nation is set to become the world's second-biggest wine consumer by 2016.
Consumer Reports picks five winning wine chillers
Consumer Reports recently tested 14 models from Vinotemp, Wine Enthusiast, and other specialty brands, as well as major manufacturers like GE and Electrolux. Five made the recommended list, including two CR Best Buys.
Green tea and red wine extracts interrupt Alzheimer's disease pathway in cells
Natural chemicals found in green tea and red wine may disrupt a key step of the Alzheimer's disease pathway, according to new research from the University of Leeds.
New Hampshire House Subcommittee Considers Local Beer And Wine Bills
Some lawmakers feel the state should consolidate its efforts in supporting what they call "local agro-tourism," which is not just local beer and wine producers, but other local products, like meats, or maple syrup.
NY wine industry needs "masters"
The lack of wine experts, known as master sommeliers, could keep the industry from reaching its full potential.
California's wine industry healthy and thriving
California's grape business is healthy and thriving, wine industry analysts told a crowd of nearly 1,200 people in a seminar at the annual Unified Wine & Grape Symposium in Sacramento.
TN Gov. Bill Haslam Would Sign Supermarket Wine Bill If Passed
The Republican governor told reporters that he's neutral on the measure calling for cities and counties decide by referendum whether to allow wider wine sales, but added that he won't stand in the way of it becoming law.
Patricia Wilmore joins Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance
With more than 12 years of experience in government relations, Patricia Wilmore has been named government affairs coordinator for the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance.
Okanagan wineries seek greater licence on liquor sales
Faced with an expected flood of applications from winery restaurants seeking to expand their drink menus beyond B.C. wine, the regional district will ask the Agricultural Land Commission to again re-examine its position on the matter.
Wente Vineyards Celebrates 130th Anniversary
The country's oldest, continuously operated, family owned winery reviews nearly a century and a half of milestones.
PR: New Varietal Of The Month Series Featured On Pasowine.Com
Paso Wine Man Video to Kick Off Each Month's Wine Grape Showcase
Standout zinfandels wow ZAP Tasting attendees
Mother Nature apparently put the kabosh on screeching, high-alcohol zinfandels when genteel 2011s rolled onto the market
China official 'just trying to learn about wine' in photo causing internet uproar
A senior Chinese official who was excoriated for allegedly using public money to bankroll an extravagant wine-tasting session has reportedly claimed he was just trying to "learn" about wine.
Maine: LePage's liquor bill aims to repay hospital debt
The emergency legislation says that the state will control liquor revenue, with a private contractor handling other tasks.
Indiana legislature bill allowing distilleries to sell hard alcohol by glass, bottle rather than just wholesale passes House
The Indiana House of Representatives on Tuesday voted 91-8 for House Bill 1293, which would allow people to sample hard liquor at Indiana distilleries, buy a drink, or to take home a bottle.
Winery expansion will bring 400 jobs to Lodi
The nation's fourth-largest wine seller, Trinchero Family Estates, plans a $300 million expansion of its winery in Lodi over the next three years, roughly doubling its wine production capacity and creating a new central bottling and distribution center
Brits to be world's largest fizz consumers
British drinkers are to consume more sparkling wine than any other country in the world by 2016, according to the latest data from Vinexpo
Buena Vista Winery honors its heritage with a Hungarian sister-city donation
The donation celebrates both the winery's founder, Hungarian-born Count Agoston Haraszthy, and Sonoma's new sister city of Tokaj, Hungary
Ste. Michelle Wine Estates planning Prosser winery
Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, Washington's largest wine producer, plans to open a new Prosser winery dedicated to its growing 14 Hands brand by this fall.
Wine grape growers conference in Kennewick
The annual Washington Wine Grape Growers Conference runs through Friday at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick
With InBev Suit, Feds Fight To Keep Beer Cheap For Young Blue-Collar Men. Maybe That's Not A Good Idea.
The DOJ's primary theory of harm is that the merger would facilitate coordinated pricing between ABI and MillerCoors
Raise a glass: 2013 Boston Wine Expo
The 2013 Boston Wine Expo is around the corner, and "The Morning Show" got an early taste of the vibrant bottles to be featured at the big event
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