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  Daily News for Wednesday, February 27th
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02/27/13
$24.5 million deal to protect 20,000-acre Sonoma County forest

A national conservation group has reached an agreement to buy nearly 20,000 acres of timberland in northwestern Sonoma County, a move that derails the long-disputed, forest-to-vineyards conversion project pushed by CalPERS, the giant state workers pension fund

02/27/13
A Tale of Two Lawsuits
Barrel Oak Winery 'wins' special exception as lawmaking body is served with second claim.
02/27/13
Comparative Wine Tasting is Grand Finale at WiVi, March 19-20
WINE BUSINESS MONTHLY Varietal Focus Series Goes Live at WiVi
02/27/13
Glazer's Thurman Tapped To Head Arizona's Alliance, While Smith Takes Reverse Path
Shawn Thurman, one of Glazer's key executives, has been tapped to lead Alliance Beverage, the Arizona-based joint distribution venture between Glazer's and Charmer Sunbelt Group, while Alliance's chief executive, Bob Smith, will join Glazer's leadership team
02/27/13
MommyJuice Wines Partners with Family Giving Tree to Provide School Supplies to Children in Need
MommyJuice Wines and Family Giving Tree announced today a partnership that will support Family Giving Tree's mission to provide backpacks full of school supplies to children in need.
02/27/13
China's COFCO to buy Barossa winery and market wine under Great Wall label
China's largest food company wants to buy a Barossa Valley winery and market the wine under its Great Wall label
02/27/13
New wine competition created for North Coast
"This is a true partnership," said Steve Falk, CEO of Sonoma Media Investments, which owns The Press Democrat. "We bring the journalism and coverage and reputation of The Press Democrat, they bring the technical expertise in conducting a wine competition."
02/27/13
Americans No. 1 in wine consumption
U.S. residents now make up the largest wine market in the world, consuming 13 percent of all that's produced globally, according to market analyst Jon Fredrikson.
02/27/13
Vitro achieves favorable ruling in the Pilkington appeal
A previous ruling declaring Pilkington's opposition to a shareholder meeting that confirmed a Vitro Plan/Viméxico merger was without merit.
02/27/13
Lake County Winery Association announces 2013 board of directors
Returning LCWA board of directors are Nick Buttitta, owner of Rosa d'Oro Vineyards, chosen to chair the group in 2013; Gregory Graham, owner of Gregory Graham Wines, vice chair; and Steve Tylicki, general manager/viticulturist, Steele Wines.
02/27/13
Missouri winery launchs campaign against childhood hunger
St. James Winery will donate a portion of proceeds from the sale of their wine to support the Missouri Food Bank Association and its local food bank child-feeding programs.
02/27/13
Nova Scotia: Falmouth boutique winery seeks to double production
Production has been limited to about 5,000 cases per year due to limitations on grape crop sizes, and also of production facilities and warehouse space.
02/27/13
Pro Golfer Cristie Kerr Swaps Clubs for Cabernet
LPGA champion is studying to be a sommelier.
02/27/13
Wines in the press - February 21-24
We review the wines that were picked out by the national wine writers over the last weekend in our Wines in the Week round-up.
02/27/13
South Africa: Charles Back opens Spice Route in Paarl
South African wine producer Charles Back has opened his new Spice Route destination in Paarl, in a bid to introduce tourists to his Swartland range of Spice Route wines.
02/27/13
Wine label printer adds foil embossing to semi-rotary press
French premium wine label printer Aset-Bidoit has upgraded one of its Gallus TCS presses with a Rhino flatbed foil embossing system from Pantec GS Systems.
02/27/13
UK: WSTA backs Tax Payers Alliance's call for end to "crippling" alcohol taxes
The Wine & Spirit Trade Association has welcomed a campaign from the Tax Payers' Alliance highlighting the "crippling impact" of alcohol tax rises on the British pub.
02/27/13
Loire exports hit double-digit growth
Exports for Loire white, red, rosé and sparkling wines to the UK grew by 11% in volume for the year 2012, and the region has also seen a significant growth in value.
02/27/13
'Greatest ever' Italian collection draws buyers
The "greatest ever" Italian collection offered by Acker Merrall & Condit was hailed as a major part of the house's success at a recent New York sale.
02/27/13
Chinese wine to exhibit at LIWF
A wine from Inner Mongolia is to be the first Chinese wine is to exhibit at this year's London International Wine Fair.
02/27/13
Tempers flare as Chinese raid drinks trolley
Two Chinese travellers sparked outrage on a flight recently as they filled their hand luggage with wine from the drinks trolley.
02/27/13
Olivier Casteja appointed new head of Sauternes and Barsac body
The owner of Chateau Doisy-Vedrines has been elected president of the Crus Classés of Sauternes and Barsac.
02/27/13
Fine wine market in 'recovery mode'
A series of successful auctions and improved fine wine pricing shows that investors are regaining their thirst for top Bordeaux.
02/27/13
Gerard Perse sells Chateau Monbousquet stake to pension firm
Chateau Monbousquet owners Gerard and Chantal Perse sign 'alliance' with pensions firm.
02/27/13
March is Washington Wine Month
The month features a variety of opportunities to get involved, including discounts on Washington wine at top restaurants, free tastings at local retailers, winemaker dinners and Taste Washington - the nation's largest single-region wine and food event - March 23- 24 in Seattle.
02/27/13
Margrit Mondavi sketches a lifestyle: Napa Valley culture, marriage figure in memoir
Robert and Margrit Mondavi personified the glamorous wine country life during their high-profile 28-year marriage. As America's most famous winemaker, Robert Mondavi proved what California vintners could achieve, while Margrit deftly wove wine, the arts, food and celebrity together to create a culture people desired nearly as much.
02/27/13
Constellation Transforms The Wine Market With Inside The Box Thinking
To overcome to the low image problem of box wines, Constellation embarked on extensive sampling and trial and used the packaging to amplify a message of quality by noting appellation and awards.
02/27/13
Visit Santa Rosa Encourages Wine Travelers to Get Rare Experience and Taste Like a Wine Country Insider
Visit Santa Rosa welcomes the Wine Road 34th annual Barrel Tasting Weekends
02/27/13
TN: Wine-in-grocery store bill passes Senate committee
The Senate State & Local Government Committee voted 5-4 to send along Senate Bill 837, a measure that would let grocery stores sell wine if local voters approve such sales by referendum.
02/27/13
Indiana wine businesses, consumption grow as popularity increases
"Wine consumption across the Midwest and especially Indiana is definitely increasing," said Ted Huber, the winemaker at Huber Winery in southern Indiana, now in its seventh generation. "Last year, we made over 100,000 gallons."
02/27/13
OR: Grapes, Wine And Money
If attendance at this year's Oregon Wine Industry Symposium is any indication of interest, consumers can expect a greater selection of local wine and more tasting room events from producers now energized by new marketing data.
02/27/13
Not your grandfather's Israeli wine
"There's been an explosion of the [Israeli] boutique brands, such as Domaine Ventura, Adir, Saslove, Gvaot, Lueria, Alexander, Psagot," says Richard Fishman, general manager of Skyview Wine & Spirits in New York.
02/27/13
Monterey County wines share in export trend
"We are seeing a globalization of the wine market," said Steve McIntyre, president of Monterrey Pacific in Soledad, a wine grape management company.
02/27/13
American Wine Drinkers Invest $233,000 in Top Argentine Winemaker to Create Two New Wines
NakedWines.com, a customer-funded winery, has united over 150,000 Angels to invest $233,000 to create two wines with Argentine winemaker, Mauricio Lorca.
02/27/13
Syrah grows into staple of Washington's red-wine industry
in just the last five years, Syrah has accounted for about 12 to 16 percent of all red varieties produced in the state. That places it behind only Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in Washington red wine production, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
02/27/13
Agriculture has slipped from D.C.'s radar screen
"It's obviously not on their radar screen," said Minnesota Rep. Collin Peterson, the ranking Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee. "The president and his people I don't think even get it."
02/27/13
The curious rise and fall of Algeria's once-massive wine industry
For much of the past century, the North African country was a juggernaut, shipping more wine outside its borders than France, Italy and Spain combined. Try to find an Algerian carignan or alicante today in your local liquor store, though, and you will almost certainly be out of luck.
02/27/13
Great Lakes Wine & Spirits Improves Delivery Performance With Descartes Mobile Solution
Descartes Systems Group announced that Great Lakes Wine & Spirits, a leading distributor of wines, spirits and beer in Michigan, is using Descartes Mobile for Android to improve delivery performance across its fleet.
02/27/13
Utah liquor bill aims to take down 'Zion curtains'
Lawmakers have introduced a handful of bills pending this year that would ease Utah regulations, including a measure allowing customers to order a drink before they order food and another to make more liquor licenses available to restaurants.
02/27/13
PR: BeverageTradeNetwork.com Partners with The International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC)
The partnership is a strategic partnership where Beverage Trade Network will feature and post the brands that win IWSC awards giving BTN member importers and distributors (buyers) a first hand sourcing platform for these award-winning brands.
02/27/13
What a minimum-wage hike could cost restaurants
Restaurant brands' response to President Obama's call for a raise in the federal minimum wage thus far has been muted, but industry watchers said the proposal would likely cause labor pains for foodservice companies if it becomes law.
02/27/13
Beer lovers sue Anheuser-Busch for watering down brews
The suits, filed in Pennsylvania, California and other states, claim consumers have been cheated out of the alcohol content stated on labels. Budweiser and Michelob each boast of being 5 percent alcohol, while some "light" versions are said to be just over 4 percent.
02/27/13
Woodinville Wine Country adds Reserve event for high-scoring wines, small lots
More than 40 wineries plan to participate in Woodinville RESERVE, which will feature wines having received 90-point ratings and small-lot productions that have not been sent for review.
02/27/13
Technomic Reveals Adult Beverage Industry Growth Drivers
With sales approaching a record $200 billion, the adult beverage industry continued on its growth path in 2012 despite a challenging economic environment.
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