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  Daily News for Monday, March 4th
Quality vs Yield: the Age-Old Debate to Strike Balance
Quality versus yield is the age-old debate between growers and winemakers. How to find ways to balance the two promises to spark a lively discussion during the general session on Wednesday, March 20 at WiVi Central Coast, the industry's newest and largest tradeshow and symposium
NAPA: One winery's view of the auction
For winemakers like Amici, the auction is not just about the price that can be coaxed from interested buyers. It's Amici's way of giving back to the Napa Valley Vintners organization for the work it does for wineries big and small.
Tickets Available for Howell Mountain Appellation Bud Break Celebration
Advance tickets are available at $45 for the Howell Mountain Appellation Bud Break Celebration at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20 in San Francisco.
Chappellet named board chair at vineyard
Cyril Chappellet is now chairman of the board at Chappellet Vineyard, according to a news release.
NVG offers English Literacy Program for farmworkers
The Napa Valley Grapegrowers will hold a 12-week English Literacy Program for farmworkers beginning March 19.
California growers group releases new report, workbook
The California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA) has issued its 2012 Progress Report and Third Edition California Code of Sustainable Winegrowing Workbook. Both the report and workbook can be viewed at
Record-Breaking Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Revenues Support Local Charities and Economy
Two of the primary beneficiaries, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley and Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County, received grants that totaled $264,000 raised from the "Fund-A-Need" lot at the 2012 Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction, one of Sonoma Wine Country Weekend's flagship events.
Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurants Receives 2013 Nation's Restaurant News MenuMasters Award
Nation's Restaurant News has announced Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurants as the 2013 MenuMasters Award winner in the category of Menu Trendsetter for their Asian BBQ Pork Belly Nachos.
Milestones here, near for Hershey Harrisburg Wine Country
Like a rare vintage wine, The Vineyard at Hershey has been highly sought out since decanting itself to the world last February.
Jwines' Updated Inventory Includes New Range of Kosher Wines for the Passover Seder
Jwines is now highlighting its selection of kosher wines that are ideal for the Seder holiday.
British advertisers slam calls to ban alcohol commercials
British advertisers representative ISBA has slammed proposals made by the Alcohol Health Alliance to ban all advertising and sponsorship by alcohol brands as "wholly ineffective" and "contrary to a free society."
Patriarche Wine Agencies changes hands
Patriarche Wine Agencies has been bought by Champagne de Castelnau from Burgundy house Patriarche Père et Fils.
Sotheby's wine sales above estimates
Sotheby's latest Finest and Rarest Wines auction surpassed expectations as investors and wealthy individuals battled it out for bottles of Châteaux Haut-Brion and La Mission Haut-Brion.
Call for U.K.'s Japanese restaurants to support Koshu
Koshu of Japan UK director Lynne Sherriff MW has called for Japanese restaurants to do more to promote Japanese white wine in the UK.
Gallo launches 5.5% abv Summer White
California giant Gallo has become the latest winery to move into the lower-alcohol market with launch of 5.5 percent abv Summer White.
Naked Wines ranks in U.K. Sunday Times Top 100
Online retailer Naked Wines has been ranked in the Sunday Times Top 100 list as the 14th Best Small Company to Work For in the UK in 2013.
Red Hook Winery Reopens in Brooklyn
The hurricane-damaged winery looks to the future, not the past.
Surprise 100-pointers in Parker's 2010 rankings
Wine critic Robert Parker has scored 10 wines from the 2010 vintage 100-points in a surprise turnaround.
300 bottles of Palmer stolen from château
Over 300 bottles of Château Palmer were stolen from the estate's cellars recently - and then recovered.
London: Haut-Brion sale a 'resounding success'
Sotheby's London sale this week saw strong bidding for Haut-Brion and La Mission Haut-Brion but Domaine de la Romanée-Conti's Montrachet took the top honours.
Christie's to auction UK government cellar
Christie's has said that it will be responsible for auctioning the wines from the UK government's cellar.
Tips and advice from wine cartoons
Some wine and food matching advice from early man and other tips from a selection of wine-based cartoons.
North Piedmont Saves the Best Wine for Last
Few wine regions have experienced as sharp a decline as northern Piedmont, where the vineyards of Gattinara and neighboring towns like Ghemme and Boca used to cover more than 40,000 hectares, or about 100,000 acres.
Livermore wine history's powerful start
Livermore's wine legacy began later than some parts of Northern California, but it began with a bang.
Britain's government sells French wine to pay its drinks bill
Britain's government is selling vintage French wine at around 5,000 pounds a bottle ($7,500) in a bid to make its wine cellar self-funding as part of a national austerity drive and clamp-down on extravagant expenditure.
Wine Ratings: Remaking the Grade
What do those ratings you see at the wine store really mean? The A+ bottles get all the attention, but it's the B students that provide some of the best values out there.
Bill would help Utah beer, wine makers up production
Utah-based breweries, distilleries and wineries would be allowed to make more of their alcoholic beverage without taking a major financial hit under a bill advancing through the Senate.
Virginia wine: Meet Norton
But what about native grapes? Is there such thing as a wine that is indigenous to America (besides Mad Dog 20/20)? Why yes, yes there is. Meet Norton
Can Red Wine Save Your Hearing?
The buzz about resveratrol-the anti-aging, disease-fighting antioxidant found in red wine, grapes, and peanuts-is about to get louder. Resveratrol may protect against hearing loss, according to a new study in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.
Bound Together by Blood and Wine
Exporting wine to the United States is full of challenges - from archaic laws that can hinder growth to hordes of competitors.
Wineries pour efforts into targeting younger drinkers
American vintners are going after younger consumers to keep their industry growing as many of their best customers cut back as they near retirement age.
Vinotherapy: all the benefits of wine without the health risks?
Treating wine as medicine isn't a new idea, but is rubbing the raw ingredients into your skin really the best way to get the health effects?
Napa Valley historic winery tour planned
Five iconic and historic wineries will be highlighted during two days of tours, tastings and dining events Thursday, March 21 and Friday, March 22.
Former Ahwatukee couple harvest longtime winery dream
After two years of commuting from Ahwatukee to Cochise County, their work on their vineyard bore the fruit that helped them establish their winery.
North Carolina winery's latest experiment: Brewhouse
The Lewisville vineyard is known for being the first winery in North Carolina to produce wines using non-native species of grape.
Conaway to discuss newest book, 'Nose' at Napa library
Best-selling author James Conaway's latest piece of fiction, "Nose," will be the topic of a book talk and signing at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 14 at the St. Helena Library.
2013 Wine Conference registration ends April 12
The Business Journal will present its 2013 Wine Conference "Mergers and Acquisitions, and Pricing Strategies" on Thursday, April 18, at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel in Santa Rosa.
Wine Road Barrel tasting: Crowds down, civility up
Last year's event, which drew an estimated 20,000 people to wineries in the Dry Creek, Alexander and Russian River valleys, generated complaints about public drunkenness.
Champagne: bleak future for weak brands
The future's bleak for weak Champagne brands believes Stanislas Thiénot, managing director of Groupe Thiénot's Champagne division.
History underscores Zinfandel's new tack
Meanwhile, Zinfandel's - hence Tribidrag's - history kept stretching back in time, enough so that Tribidrag was used as Zinfandel's official name in wine authority Jancis Robinson's new book, "Wine Grapes." Historian Ambroz Tudor uncovered references as far back as the early 1400s; Tribidrag wine was traded with Venice across the Adriatic - significant enough to be referenced by name.
Records fall as sold-out 29th Classic Wines Auction gets underway Saturday at the Oregon Convention Center
One significant record has already fallen and another is likely to follow when the 29th Classic Wines Auction gets underway Saturday evening at the Oregon Convention Center
Khizri Shikhsaidov: "Viticulture is the most profitable agricultural industry in the republic"
Makhachkala, March 3, 2013. On March 1, in Makhachkala, the Legislative Assembly Committee on Agricultural Policy hosted a parliamentary hearing, where the issue "On measures for the development of wine growing industry in the Republic of Dagestan" was considered.
PR: Customer Funded Wine Business Naked Wines Ranks in Sunday Times Top 100
Naked Wines, a customer funded online wine business, was ranked the 14th Best Small Company to Work For in the UK 2013, in the prestigious Sunday Times Top 100 list.
Malta: Viticulture research centre inaugurated
A €500,000 viticulture and enology research centre was inaugurated in Buskett today by Rural Affairs Minister George Pullicino and Parliamentary Assistant Philip Mifsud.
Santa Rosa Press Democrat: Viticulture Briefs
Sonoma Wine Country Weekend distributes $483,500 to nonprofits -- Keller named marketing chair of Petaluma Gap Winegrowers Alliance -- Hunter named co-chair of Wine Caucus
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