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  Daily News for Friday, February 8th
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02/08/13
California Winegrape Crop Tops 4 Million Tons For 2012
North Coast up 47%, Central Coast up 41%, Northern Interior up 33% and Southern Interior up 4%
02/08/13
Record Winegrape Crop Confirmed by Preliminary Grape Crush Report
Prior to this release, Allied Grape Growers had estimated the size of the 2012 winegrape crop to be 3,885,000 tons - the most aggressive estimate in the industry. The actual winegrape tonnage crushed was 4,013,903- a slight 3 percent difference from the large estimate.
02/08/13
2012 Winegrape Harvest Largest Crop to Date, Up 20% from 2011 and 7% from Historical 2005 Crop
The Preliminary California Grape Crush Report released today shows the 2012 winegrape crop reached an all-time high of 4.014 million tons, which was surprising given the limited amount of new planting in the state.
02/08/13
Washington State Contemplates Market Impacts
Executive from Young's Market addresses effects of privatization, 2012 harvest at WAWGG conference
02/08/13
Privatization's Implementation In Washington Leads To Some Controversial Tinkering
Washington State Representative Ross Hunter, a Democrat, recently proposed a plan to eliminate a 17% tax on retailers selling spirits to on-premise operators and remove restrictions on the amount of spirits customers can purchase daily (currently 24 liters).
02/08/13
N.Y. Wine, Grape Foundation presents awards for promoting industry
Several people and businesses received awards form the New York Wine and Grape Foundation on Wednesday night.
02/08/13
Supplier News: Nexternal eCommerce Integration Now Included in eMobilePOS
eMobilePOS turns iPhones, iPod touches, and iPads into full-featured point-of-sale devices without the need to buy expensive and bulky terminals
02/08/13
Napa Valley Vintners Announce Auction Napa Valley 2013: Tickets on Sale Now
Barrel Auction at Raymond Vineyards, Live Auction at Meadowood Napa Valley; Lunch by Bravo Top Chefs, Dinner by Chef Joseph Lenn of Blackberry Farm
02/08/13
Central Coast Wine Business is Strong and Growing
The wine business on California's Central Coast is strong and growing, evident with 688* wineries now calling the region home. The industry's newest and largest tradeshow and symposium, WiVi Central Coast brings winemakers and winegrape growers together with suppliers and industry experts.
02/08/13
Washington winery rules under scrutiny
As county considers revisions, neighbor of B.G.-area business voices noise complaint
02/08/13
Lockport grants $50,000 to winery in Old City Hall
A new winery to be operated by two Cambria women may open as soon as Memorial Day in Old City Hall, and the Common Council voted Wednesday to grant them $50,000 toward the start-up costs.
02/08/13
Liquor privatization could mean new markets for PA wineries
Here, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is the sole decision-maker behind what gets on the shelves of state-owned liquor stores.
02/08/13
[yellow tail] Hops on the Hottest Wine Trends in U.S.A. With Three New Wines
Following up the successful launch of Sweet Red Roo in 2012, [yellow tail] Sweet White Roo is a refreshing, white wine with flirty tropical notes from a blend of Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon grapes.
02/08/13
Chinese Wine in the Voice of Russell Crowe
Plus, Burgundy and Champagne struggle for world heritage site recognition, get amped with Motörhead's new Shiraz in a box and Oregon gets a new AVA
02/08/13
US imports: Argentina drops for first time in 11 years
Chilean imports continued on a steady decline that began mid-2011 and Australian imports fell to the lowest level in a decade, according to a recent study.
02/08/13
Henry Tang collection up for auction in Hong Kong
One of Asia's most important collections of Burgundy wines will go under the hammer at a Hong Kong Christie's auction in March.
02/08/13
Top 2010 Bordeaux still selling 'slowly' say US merchants
Bordeaux 2010 remains too expensive as the top-end wines continue to sell very slowly, American merchants say.
02/08/13
Winegrape growers gather for meeting in Kennewick
Washington wine grape growers saw production climb by 32 percent in 2012 from the previous year.
02/08/13
Italy's 10 leading white wines
Italy's leading fine white wines from barrel-aged Chardonnay to amphorae-fermented Sauvignon Blanc.
02/08/13
Elkton becomes Oregon's 17th federally recognized wine producing region
Known for cool climate pinot noir and white grapes, Elkton received approval as an American Viticultural Area from the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau this week.
02/08/13
Dundee's 'Wine by Joe' receives 'significant' cash investment from San Francisco private equity company
A new infusion of cash from a San Francisco-based private equity firm is allowing a prominent Oregon winery to plan major expansions both nationally and at its headquarters in Dundee.
02/08/13
Most Australian Wine Exports Ship in Giant Plastic Bladders
No, not those bag-in-a-box jobs found at your local Sam's Club (WMT) or Costco (COST). We're talking 24,000-liter plastic bags, each able to carry the equivalent of 32,000 bottles of vino.
02/08/13
The One Wine Trend I Want to Go Away
Now we have what I'm calling "identity" labels -- Middle Sister, Bridesmaid and Skinnygirl. Do we really need a wine label to tell us who we are or how we should be?
02/08/13
Is A Wine Aerator Worth It? Our Decanting Taste Test
With a few exceptions, we tended generally to agree that the same wine straight from a bottle tastes nearly identical to wine poured through an aerator.
02/08/13
Wine isn't just for dinner anymore
And then, they carved a wine cellar from a musty, well-used basement. This was 1997, when George Stathakis and his Peppermill restaurant on the Eastside was about the only Greenville restaurateur with a serious wine list.
02/08/13
New Fla. bill to allow distributors to make, sell "wine kegs"
Two Florida lawmakers have filed legislation that could widen the availability of high-end wines available for purchase by the glass.
02/08/13
Vancouver Democrat introduces bill to allow sales of wine growlers
Licensees holding either a license that permits or a license with an endorsement that permits the sale of beer to a purchaser in a container supplied by the licensee or a sanitary container brought to the premises by the purchaser and filled at the tap at the time of sale may similarly sell wine to a purchaser in such a container.
02/08/13
Farm subsidies on sequestration table
Farm subsidies are back in play as a possible offset in sequester bargaining, this time as a way for Senate Democrats to help forestall automatic spending cuts for the remainder of this fiscal year or into December.
02/08/13
Crop insurance: What's ahead in next farm bill, budget-cutting?
It's round-two in Congress this year on a new farm bill before the one-year extension of the '08 farm legislation expires in September. Meantime, the cost of crop insurance to this country's cash-strapped government has drawn the attention of the urban media and public.
02/08/13
USDA to Release New Long-Term Agricultural Projections
The U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will release new 10-year agricultural projections on Feb. 11, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. EST.
02/08/13
Latin American appetite for snacks and beverages boosts Givaudan's 2012 results
Flavour and fragrance firm Givaudan said increased sales of its flavours for snacks, beverages and dairy products in Latin America boosted its sales during 2012, as it reported a 15% increase in overall net profit.
02/08/13
California Governor Jerry Brown pitches Delta water tunnel at farm show
Gov. Jerry Brown waded into potentially hostile territory Wednesday as he pitched his $14 billion plan to reshape California's water-delivery system by building massive tunnels below the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.
02/08/13
Sonoma: Pruning vines
It's that time of year again. The grape vines that are lying dormant in the fields need some pruning in order to grow best this spring.
02/08/13
Experts say Sonoma County tourism 'has rebounded'
Tourism in Sonoma County continues to rebound at an encouraging pace, with revenue and hotel occupancy rates besting those of the previous two years, experts said Wednesday at an annual meeting on local tourism.
02/08/13
Restaurant chains promote lighter fare for 2013
Restaurant chains are marketing or adding better-for-you items in time to draw consumers who have made resolutions to lose weight and eat healthfully in 2013.
02/08/13
Napa pruning contest delayed due to rain
The contest is being rescheduled for Friday, according to Grapegrowers spokeswoman Ashley McKinney. Competition will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
02/08/13
Gallo and Boisset to chair for Red & White Affair
Gina Gallo and Jean-Charles Boisset will serve as honorary chairs for "Speakeasy," the 20th annual Red & White Affair, benefiting Yountville Elementary School.
02/08/13
ClubW gets $3.1M to add personalization tech to the wine of the month club
There is still VC money out there for subscription ecommerce - when the growth and engagement metrics are healthy enough that is
02/08/13
Number of Pa. beer, wine retailers open question
Republican Gov. Tom Corbett's liquor privatization plan could result in many more retailers selling beer and wine than he anticipates, a Senate Democrat said Thursday, as industry players critiqued legislation that has yet to be introduced
02/08/13
Liquor privatization could mean new markets for PA wineries
If Linda Jones McKee wants to sell a bottle of wine from Tamanend Winery at liquor stores in Maryland, she knows just what to do
02/08/13
Liquor Control Board to host marijuana forum in Tacoma
The state Liquor Control Board has altered its schedule of public forums, adding Tacoma to the list
02/08/13
Trinchero Plans to Double Production at Lodi Winery
$300 million expansion to consolidate bottling and shipping operations and add 400 jobs.
02/08/13
Cornell debuts Arandell, Aromella
University reveals names of two new grape varieties
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