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  Daily News for Monday, February 11th
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02/11/13
California Sees Record Grape Harvest
Preliminary report puts total above record haul in 2005.
02/11/13
Allied: 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.
02/11/13
Ciatti: 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.
02/11/13
Turrentine: California Winegrape Crop Tops 4 Million Tons For 2012
North Coast up 47 percent, Central Coast up 41 percent, Northern Interior up 33 percent and Southern Interior up 4 percent.
02/11/13
Arizona Wine Industry Elects New Leadership
New committee members look to grow Arizona's wine industry.
02/11/13
North Coast 2012 winegrape crop hits $1.35B in value, 553,000 tons
Winegrape tonnage totaled 552,874 tons in the North Coast last year, including 266,101 tons in Sonoma County, 181,183 in Napa County, 70,859 in Mendocino County and 34,731 in Lake County, according to the preliminary figures in the 2012 California Grape Crush Report.
02/11/13
Dana Merrill Honored as the 2012 Paso Robles Wine Industry Person of the Year
Merrill, a seventh-generation Californian whose roots in the Central Coast date back to the days of the missions, has been an integral member of the Paso Robles wine community.
02/11/13
Press Release: Martin Ranch to Showcase Award-winning Wines
In celebration of these significant viticultural and oenological achievements, both wines will be featured for tasting at this month's open house at the winery and vineyards, located at the southern tip of the Santa Cruz Mountains wine appellation near Gilroy.
02/11/13
New winery, brewery in downtown Jackson to include U-shaped wine bar, stainless steel and copper brewing system
People will say "wow" when they first set foot in John Burtka's new big, yet cozy, winery and brewery in downtown Jackson, he said Thursday.
02/11/13
San Joaquin County planners tackle winery marketing events
While approving a winery application for an Acampo project and another in the Tracy area on Thursday, San Joaquin County planning commissioners were looking at the bigger picture - whether wineries were trying to beat the clock before a potentially more restrictive ordinance is adopted by the county.
02/11/13
Pennsylvania wineries look into selling in state stores
Beginning this summer, qualified wineries will be able to submit up to 10 of their wines to be sold at state Wine & Spirits Stores in the program. Of the state's 621 stores, 80 are targeted for the program.
02/11/13
Take tour of wineries near Houston area
Nine wineries participate in Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail.
02/11/13
Prosser Wine Industry Continues to Grow, Brings in New Wineries
While the nation's economy continues to slowly recover, one industry with local ties is enjoying some impressive growth or at least that's what we're hearing from those in the wine industry.
02/11/13
Chappellet Vineyard & Winery and Cyril Chappellet Inducted Into the Disciples Escoffier International-USA
The winery and Cyril Chappellet received the Green Sash, marking their induction in the category of Food/Wine Producer.
02/11/13
Wine Spectator Promotes Two Tasting Staff to Senior Editor
MaryAnn Worobiec and Nathan Wesley, both experienced members of Wine Spectator's tasting department, have joined the ranks of the magazine's senior editors.
02/11/13
Lady Gaga's favourite wines revealed
Pop sensation Lady Gaga's favourite wines have been revealed during a court case with her former personal assistant Jennifer O'Neill.
02/11/13
English Wine Producers take a stand at ProWein
English Wine Producers (EWP) will be exhibiting outside of the UK for the first time at this year's ProWein.
02/11/13
Suckling hails 'superb' 2010 vintage
Wine critic James Suckling has awarded 11 100 pointers in his review of the 2010 Bordeaux vintage as its release date nears.
02/11/13
'Soapy' wine served to Obama on state visit
The release of tasting notes from the UK government's cellar reveal that US President, Barack Obama, was served a "soapy" white Burgundy on his 2011 state visit.
02/11/13
Laithwaite's launches iPad app
Laithwaite's Wine has launched its first iPad app after seeing the number of orders its customers place using a tablet device soar.
02/11/13
WIA launches wine fraud initiative
The Wine Investment Association has teamed up with the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau to provide better protection for the wine industry and increase consumer confidence.
02/11/13
Vote for the most influential person in wine in IWC poll
To help mark its 30 year anniversary the International Wine Challenge is looking to recognise the person who the trade thinks has been the biggest influence in wine over the last three decades.
02/11/13
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.
02/11/13
Riesling - in Napa Valley?
Few would expect the grape to succeed in warm Napa Valley, but Trefethen in coolish Oak Knoll and mountain Stony Hill and Smith-Madrone make excellent rieslings, too
02/11/13
Shirley Sarvis helped find a place on our dinner tables for wine
For those who didn't know Shirley, she earned her stripes as a home economist and food writer at Sunset Magazine from 1957 until 1962 and then freelancing as both writer and consultant for more than four decades.
02/11/13
Sinking farmland snags San Joaquin River project
Over the past two years, irrigation pumping near the river has caused a two-foot dip in the landscape across many square miles on the Valley's west side, federal engineers say.
02/11/13
Report: Restaurant sales, traffic improve in January
Same-store sales rose 0.4 percent in January, an improvement over a decline of 1.1 percent in December.
02/11/13
WHAT'S IN A NAME? Arandell and Aromella are the 55th and 56th cultivars released by Cornell grape program
After reviewing 1,100 suggestions from people all over the world, Cornell University Professor of Horticulture Bruce Reisch announced the winners at Viticulture 2013 in Rochester Thursday.
02/11/13
The Wine Dude: Take a tasting trip around Indiana
To get started, check out the Wineries of Indiana website. It's a good primer on what is available in Indiana.
02/11/13
Number of Pa. beer, wine retailers open question
Sen. Jim Ferlo, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Law and Justice Committee, said at least 10,000 retailers would qualify for the new licenses, twice as many as Corbett estimates, and warned that it would compound social problems and crime.
02/11/13
Macomb couple opens Michigan wine tasting room
Bottling the unique essence that is Michigan is such a passion for Macomb Township residents Shannon and Cortney Casey, they created a business around it.
02/11/13
Poll Shows Tennesseans Want Wine Sales in Grocery Stores
A statewide poll taken by Middle Tennessee State University shows nearly 70 percent of Tennesseans favor allowing the sale of wine in grocery stores.
02/11/13
Partners open new wine-tasting venue in Ashland
Winegrape growers Patrick Dana Flannery and Paula Campbell Brown are feeling on top of the world right now. They have just opened a tasting room perched on their Ashland property, where they are debuting two wines under their label, Dana Campbell Vineyards, a combination of their middle names.
02/11/13
CEDC Pledges $10,000 for Southwest Wine Center
"We are sending a big message to the community that the CEDC supports great economic development initiatives such as the Southwest Wine Center. This is a big deal for us, the wine industry and Yavapai College," notes Casey Rooney, economic development director for the City of Cottonwood.
02/11/13
BC liquor laws relax for craft brewers and distillers, winemakers
The provincial government has unveiled some major changes to liquor laws that should make it easier for small- and medium-sized B.C. breweries, wineries and distilleries to get their products to market.
02/11/13
Wines & spirits: South African wines have made steady progress
Morocco and Algeria are significant wine producers - and if you buy a nondescript house carafe during a visit to Paris or Marseilles, chances are good that what you're drinking came from one of those two countries.
02/11/13
Report: Restaurant sales, traffic improve in January
However, restaurant consumers indicated a slight pullback from December.
02/11/13
WIA launches wine fraud initiative
The Wine Investment Association has teamed up with the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau to provide better protection for the wine industry and increase consumer confidence
02/11/13
PR: Southern Wine & Spirits of Maryland and DC to Open a New, Dedicated Sales, Marketing and Administrative Office in Baltimore
In follow-up to their May 2012 announcement--combined with the recent conclusion of their JV with Frederick P. Winner, Ltd. (Winner) and the current opening of the new, dedicated facility in Baltimore--Southern will now exclusively manage their wine and spirits Sales, Marketing and Administrative functions
02/11/13
Mendocino County's $101 million grape harvest crushes records
According to the United States Department of Agriculture's preliminary numbers, the 2012 grape crush in California totaled 4,383,100 tons, a record amount that marks a 13 percent increase over 2011's crush.
02/11/13
Amazon expands wine sales to Colorado and South Carolina
Officially launched in November, Amazon Wine features shopping tools to help customers in 15 states and Washington, D.C., buy wine online.
02/11/13
North Coast 2012 winegrape crop hits $1.35B in value, 553,000 tons
"The crop was needed, and hopefully we'll be balanced going forward," said Glenn Proctor, partner with San Rafael-based wine and grape brokerage Ciatti Co.
02/11/13
Napa's 2012 grape crop sets records
The reason area growers have been all smiles since last fall came to light Friday with the release of state-gathered statistics for the 2012 grape crop.
02/11/13
Precept reports no sign of winter damage in Idaho vineyards
Single-digit temperatures were recorded during a two-week stretch in Idaho's key growing area for wine grapes. However, a variety of factors worked in the industry's favor, particularly at Skyline Vineyard - the state's largest planting and controlled Seattle-based Precept Wine.
02/11/13
Comparing California, Washington wine
"It is impossible to compare California with Washington wine (or any other state) because California's overall business model for wine is so different. As former Gov. Chris Gregoire so famously pointed out last year, Washington doesn't make jug wine."
02/11/13
Constellation Seeks OK to Back AB InBev in Antitrust Suit
The acquisition of Modelo's 50 percent interest in Crown is a transformational transaction for Constellation's beer business.
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