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  Daily News for Monday, February 25th
Wines from 2011 Vintage Propel Premiere Napa Valley to Near-Record Total

"Today was a great chance to get a glance into the quality of the 2011 vintage," commented successful bidder Daniel Williams of Hi-Time Cellars in Costa Mesa. "I think there were some tremendous wines presented and I think the vintners have done a great job of putting their best foot forward in a vintage some might call 'challenging'."

Wine futures auction raises $3.04 million
Two of the top bidders at Saturday's Premiere Napa Valley wine trade auction together bought more than two dozen lots, and each spent more than $230,000 buying futures of Napa Valley wines. The auction raised $3.04 million, slightly less than the $3.1 million it raised last year. There were 67 successful bidders
Labeling Cold War Heats Up Again
Diageo and consumer advocacy groups have reignited decades-long efforts to beef up beverage-labeling standards, triggering renewed fear of over-regulation among wineries
Wine criticism faces its shifting future
... the undoing was in the fine print. All the Advocate's critics, who operated as independent contractors and retained the rights to their work, were expected to become full-time staff
Huge Matching Grant: Naples wine festival auction for Children's Hospital raises $5 million
Because $2.5 million was raised during the auction, as promised the Andersons enthusiastically matched it.
TTB Approves Indiana Uplands AVA
Overlapping Ohio River Valley AVA boundary to be modified
Chateau Montelena added to national historic list
According to the park service, the property has two periods of significance. The first was when Alfred L. Tubbs finished building a stone winery in 1888; the second was when Chateau Montelena chardonnay was one of two Napa Valley wines that won the famous Paris Tasting held May 24, 1976
SVB On Wine: Is Your Wine Trash or Treasure?
You've heard the saying that one man's trash is another mans treasure. How is it possible that two people can view the same object completely different?
Fine wine surge propels VinLux expansion
VinLux Fine Wine Transport, a logistics company for fine wines going to California trade accounts, more than doubled the size of its south Napa facility and staff to accommodate a surge in wine shipments and demand for its services
Firms charting path after stepping into Napa Valley
Acquisitions, expansions driven by strengthening area economy
Most in U.S. abide by daily alcohol guidelines
two drinks a day for men and one for women, according to the study, which appeared in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Attempted wine scams top £1.5m, UK trade warns
Wine merchant Berry Bros & Rudd warns European trade is being 'bombarded' by UK-based wine scams.
Russia's bureaucracy hampering wine sales
Tax, import controls and licensing changes hit US wine shipments to Russia in 2012.
Carignane and beyond: revitalized reds
Last week we looked at the flourishing world of Rhone-inspired blends on the West Coast. This week is a handy addendum - for Carignane.
It Looks Like The Dollar Is About To Surge
Good perspective here from SocGen's currency analyst Sebastien Galy. Between the Italian election uncertainty and the UK downgrade, it's safe to expect another dollar pop
Champagne in China Seen Failing to Match Cognac Cachet
As global champagne consumption goes flat, makers of bubbly are turning to China to make up the difference. After all, cognac has become a huge hit there, and the country now accounts for 22 percent of worldwide shipments, up from 5 percent in 2000.
26th Auction of Washington Wines to honor Shoup, Steiman, Waliser
Visionary businessman Allen Shoup, wine writer Harvey Steiman and longtime vineyard manager Kent Waliser have been named as the honorees of the 26th annual Auction of Washington Wines.
Walla Walla Valley celebrates Cabernet Sauvignon with Napa winemakers
The two wine regions are coming together to explore the world of Cabernet Sauvignon, not in a "Judgment of Paris" format but rather as a way to show the similarities and differences of their wines.
Idaho wine hits the big screen
Called "UnWined at the Movies," the inaugural event takes place Wednesday, March 27.
Don't turn up your nose: Blender lets wine 'breathe' faster
But the real reason to do it? "The looks on people's faces. If you do this with a wine expert in the room - it's as if you committed some deeply unnatural act."
Philippe Starck to design winery in Bordeaux
Les Carmes Haut-Brion, once part of the Haut-Brion estate holdings, is not part of that grand avenue of châteaux along the Médoc. It is located in Pessac-Léognan, the Bordeaux red and dry white wine appellation south of the city of Bordeaux.
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