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  Daily News for Wednesday, February 13th
A New Web Venture for Antonio Galloni
Mr. Galloni, 42, said his new website,, would be aimed at younger wine consumers, using new technologies and different forms of media than The Wine Advocate, which, though it has a solid web presence, still retains the flavor of print media.
Cesar Chavez to be inducted to Vintners Hall of Fame
Now in its seventh year, the Vintners Hall of Fame at the Culinary Institute of America's Greystone campus in St. Helena, has done a fine job of recognizing the accomplishments of many individuals who have significantly contributed to the California wine industry, 40 to date.
Santa Barbara Vintners Seek Director
Fiolek leaves wine industry leadership post.
Brawl at Temecula Winery Results in 5 Arrests, Injured Deputy
A "large-scale disturbance...involving approximately 100 people," was reported, according to Riverside County sheriff's Sgt. Steve Fredericks.
List of Pending American Viticultural Areas Petitions
A petitioned-for AVA will be removed from this list once a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) publishes in the Federal Register, and a rulemaking docket containing a copy of the petition and the NPRM will be available for public viewing and comment.
Beer fans line up for Russian River Brewing Company's once-a-year release
Beer lovers lined up Friday morning in downtown Santa Rosa for what has become an annual rite of February - the limited release of an ale named for a magistrate in ancient Rome.
Stupid Valentine's Day Diner Requests
A chef's top idiotic special dinner requests list.
New BBR buying director on expanding role
Berry Bros & Rudd's new buying director, Mark Pardoe MW, has spoken of increasing the merchant's New World offering and working more closely with its wholesale clients.
Graphic cigarette-style labels proposed for Aussie wine
The Australian health lobby has called for wine to carry graphic, cigarette-style, health warnings.
Clay is key to quality in 2012 Bordeaux
Bordeaux has produced a "fabulous vintage" in 2012 depending on soil type, said Cheval Blanc's technical director, Pierre-Olivier Clouet, speaking at a tasting in London last week.
U.K. wine and spirit prices soar above inflation
Spirit prices have rebounded sharply after the Christmas sales, with whisky and vodka showing a double-digit hike in January, according to the latest Consumer Price Index released by the Office for National Statistics.
Caveman instincts fuel drink choices
Primitive habits are still present in our approach to food and drink, according to research.
Cucumber-flavoured gin from Diageo
Diageo is to launch a cucumber-flavoured gin under the Gordon's brand.
'Consumers will win' as record California vintage announced
The 2012 harvest in California is a record both in terms of grapes crushed and the prices paid for grapes, resulting in what one consultant called 'a fantastic market for consumers'.
UK 'More consolidation' as big grocers move in on drinks companies, says Waverley boss
The UK drinks industry should brace itself for more consolidations, mergers and failures in 2013, the former managing director of collapsed drinks company Waverley TBS has said.
Restoration Hardware seeks beer/wine license for new Back Bay store
If Restoration Hardware gets its way, you'll be able to enjoy wine with lunch while purchasing home furnishings from their new store in Boston's Back Bay.
MD liquor board approves beer and wine sales request for new business
Nearby convenience store argues competition from pizza and sub carryout will affect business.
Wine merchant Berry Brothers & Rudd sets up shop in Hong Kong
Berry Brothers & Rudd is eager to make the most of China's growing taste for fine wines.
Research and Markets: 2013 Worldwide Wine & Alcoholic Beverages Wholesales Industry-Industry & Market Report
The 2013 Worldwide Wine & Alcoholic Beverages Wholesales Industry-Industry & Market Report, published annually, contains timely and accurate industry statistics, forecasts and demographics. Read more here:
Corinth', Mississippi's first liquor, wine retailer is open
More than half a dozen package stores and a number of restaurants for on-premise sales have applied for ABC permits and are awaiting approval.
The Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group Celebrates 52nd National Wine Week(TM)
During the week, eight of the restaurant group's iconic locations will offer a variety of exceptional wines carefully selected by Stuart Roy, national director of wine & spirits, to complement the Smith & Wollensky menu.
Public Support Declines For Liquor Privatization in Pennsylvania
After two years of public debate in Pennsylvania over liquor privatization, public opinion is shifting in favor of the current state store system said the Independent State Store Union, the union that represents 720 state store managers.
Florida: Fort Meade Commission to Vote on Allowing Sunday Beer And Wine Sales
Commissioner Bob Elliott has proposed changing the city's current ordinance, which prohibits the sale of any alcoholic beverages on Sundays. He said the city has a good shot at getting a chain grocery store, but not if that ordinance isn't changed.
Southern Indiana wineries get major nod with new designation
The federal government designated 4,800 square miles of southern Indiana grape growing terrain -- known as the Uplands Wine Trail -- as an American Viticultural Area, a designation given to some of the world's greatest wine growing regions.
Idaho tribe's bid for liquor license draws foes
Some lawmakers contend there is a struggle with alcohol on the Nez Perce Reservation that gives them reason enough to block the tribe from getting a liquor license for its new $16 million convention center and hotel.
Kentucky Senate OKs bill allowing Election Day liquor sales
A Prohibition-era ban on the sale of alcohol at restaurants, bars and retail stores on Election Day would be lifted under legislation approved by the Senate on Tuesday.
Washington: Raindrops not falling on our heads, vines
Southeastern Washington's weather continues to be influenced by a very persistent area of high pressure centered just off the coast of the Oregon-Washington border.
American Farms Haven't Raked In This Much Money In 40 Years
f yields returned to trend, crop production would reach record levels and cause a drop in inventories. "This would lead to higher net farm income since this measure goes beyond cash income to include the value of inventory change and other noncash items."
USDA outlines climate change impacts on agriculture, forestry
In early February, the USDA released two reports that outline the impact of climate change on U.S. agriculture and forestry. The papers also address possible adaptation strategies.
Lodian Ken Sasaki hopes to boost organic sanitation
Lodi resident Ken Sasaki has been working in agriculture for most of his life. After a partnership with his father working in their vineyards and cherry orchards, he moved into sales in the nursing business.
Consumer demand for beverages rises
While NPD recently found that beverage-only traffic rose for the 12 months ended this past June, Technomic also recently reported that specialty drinks, both alcoholic and nonalcoholic, held much of the potential for further growth.
Maker's Mark Waters Down Its Whiskey, and Anger Rises
The addition of water will also mean the bourbon will contain almost 7 percent less alcohol, making it an 84-proof whiskey instead of the 90 proof it's been bottled at since the distillery began selling its bourbon in 1959.
Spring Mountain's Segura wins pruning championship
A first place in the Napa Valley Grapegrowers Pruning Competition that eluded Alfredo Segura on three previous trips to the final eight was finally his last Friday.
Senate Panel Tackles Immigration
Wednesday's hearing will be closely watched.
Chateau Ste. Michelle library tasting to feature red winemaking transition
"This is our first vertical tasting of 2013 and we hope to host two more this year,"
Antonio Galloni leaves Wine Advocate to start his own wine site
We knew this would happen, didn't we? In December, when Robert M. Parker Jr., the influential wine critic, announced that he was stepping down as editor-in-chief of the Wine Advocate and that he had taken on three investors, and named not Antonio Galloni, but Lisa Perrotti-Brown, as the new editor, it seemed inevitable that Galloni, who was widely seen as Parker's successor, would leave.
Champagne sales lose fizz in 2012
Sales of champagne fell by 4.4 percent in volume terms last year, but increased exports helped compensate for sagging European consumption and kept revenue flat at 4.37 billion euros.
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