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  Daily News for Thursday, February 21st
FPS Tests Foundation Grapevine Blocks for Red Blotch Virus
"Although a grower who has this in their vineyard may not see this as good news, studying this newly-found virus may give us an answer to grape ripening problems in vineyards, and it could be a positive situation if it can lead to improved grape quality."
PR: New technology offers hope for solving grapevine red blotch disease problem
New DNA sequencing technology has been used to identify the virus that causes red blotch, a disease that discolors grape leaves in fall and lowers sugar levels in grapes, agricultural nursery managers were told today during an annual industry update at the University of California, Davis
Wineries: Please Take The Wine Business Monthly - Silicon Valley Bank Tasting Room Survey
Our objective is to help wine businesses be more successful. Many wineries recognize the importance of direct sales, especially in the current challenging environment suffering from weakened margins and a flooded domestic wine market. That's why Silicon Valley Bank and Wine Business Monthly have paired up to offer this survey and to gather narrow metrics on tasting room activity. The survey has less than 30 simple questions and should take you no longer than 15 minutes. Your answers will be strictly confidential.
Mutineer Magazine Rallies Beverage Industry To Address Millennial Unemployment
Mutineer Announces Release of Print Guide "Drink Careers 101: How to Get a Job in the Beverage Industry"
Unfiltered: Dude, Where's My Appellation?
Plus, a new study indicates couples that drink together stay together, Texas gets a luxury car-and-wine dealership, and Wine Spectator's Harvey Steiman is named honorary chair of the 2013 Auction of Washington Wines
Napa County planners stick by Winery Definition Ordinance
Major winery expansions will face greater scrutiny
Ste. Michelle lifts up Erath Winery, then gets out of the way
the incredible growth of Erath Winery in Oregon's Dundee Hills, which now bottles no fewer than 15 different Pinot Noirs
2012 U.S. Wine Exports, 90 Percent From California Reach Record High Of $1.4 Billion
Of the top markets for California Wines, the European Union's 27-member countries are the largest accounting for $485 million, up 1.7%; followed by Canada, $434 million, up 14%; Hong Kong, $115 million, down 30%; Japan, $111 million, up 6%; China, $74 million, up 18%; Vietnam, $27 million, up 22%; Mexico, $20 million, up 4%; South Korea, $16 million, up 26%.
Cloverdale wine exec arrested on embezzlement charges
Suspected of stealing $250,000 from Brutocao Cellars
Walla Walla Community College enology director stepping down - again
Miles Anderson, 73, is the founder of the vaunted viticulture and enology program at Walla Walla Community College. He has announced he is retiring June 14 - for the fourth time.
St. Michelle Wine Estates asks to reconsider Red Mountain design
Ste. Michelle Wine Estates asked the Kennewick Irrigation District to reconsider the design for its $17.2 million Red Mountain project.
Sonoma State Launches a New Program: Value Creation in the Wine Industry
Brand equity trumps real estate in many acquisitions and whether a business is being managed for sale or legacy, the objective must be the same -maximizing value. Since value is measured by the investor or buyer, business owners must target the drivers of value in their day-to-day operating plans.
PR: Constellation Brands Statement Regarding Discussions with DOJ
Constellation believes that the revised transaction resolves the concerns raised in the DOJ's complaint.
Cecchetti Wine Launches Premium "Austerity" Brand, Targets 400,000 Cases Company-Wide
Sonoma-based Cecchetti Wine Co. is debuting a new wine brand, Austerity, at the $16-$17 mark, as it looks to grow its portfolio to 400,000
Edict Wines Hires Jimmy Kawalek As Director of Sales & Marketing
Edict Wines, a boutique, small production winery in Napa, CA., has hired industry veteran Jimmy Kawalek as its Director of Sales and Marketing. Kawalek will oversee all sales, marketing, and direct-to-consumer efforts for the winery.
PR: Premier Cru Wine Cellars Hires Swords P.R.
Premier Cru Wines Cellars which started designing and constructing high-end wine cellars for both consumers and restaurateurs only seven years ago, has already garnered a 12+% share of the total Los Angeles market for cellar design and construction.
Napa Valley winery ages wine -- in the ocean
A California winery is conducting an aquatic experiment: Napa Valley-based Mira Winery is aging 48 bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon in the Atlantic Ocean.
France Favors Keeping Wine Market Organization as EU Reforms CAP
France, producer of champagne and burgundy wines, favors keeping a common market organization for wine in the European Union as the bloc reforms its farm policy, Agriculture Minister Stephane Le Foll said.
Treasury Wine Estates invests in clean water
Until recently, wastewater from Treasury's bottling center near the Napa County Airport had to be trucked out of town to Oakland to be treated and recycled. Not anymore.
Complaints of shallow pours urge D.C. officials to inspect wine size
If you've ever left a bar feeling like you overpaid but were under-served, you're not alone.
Riverside: Countywide Agriculture Route That Includes Wine Country Debuts Friday
A map featuring more than 100 farms, vegetable stands, wineries and other locations throughout Riverside County that boast a host of fresh homegrown products for purchase will be unveiled Friday during two receptions.
Bordeaux chateaux 'don't know how to sell' wine - Philippe Magrez
Too many Bordeaux chateau owners rely on negociants and prestige
Natural wine is more than 'ticking boxes'
There's no point being too dogmatic about natural wines, says Real Wine Fair organiser Doug Wregg.
St. Helena welcomes Premiere Napa Valley
Since the Napa Valley Vintners began Auction Napa Valley in 1981, it has become a world-class event, raising $110 million for various nonprofits throughout the Napa Valley
Chapoutier: No AOC for "defective" natural wines
Rhône producer Michel Chapoutier has called for natural wines that show "defects" to be withdrawn from the appellation system.
Scare stories about wine
by Dan Berger, "A report published last week seemed to be yet another in the scare stories that are a lot worse on the surface than experience shows us"
Bird's Eye View of Sonoma Vineyards
Helicopter flights show tasters a different perspective
How restaurants can use Twitter's Vine app
Twitter debuted its new video application, Vine, to its more than 500 million members in late January, and restaurant chains have already begun incorporating the tool into social-media marketing efforts.
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