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  Daily News for Tuesday, March 12th
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03/12/13
As California farmworkers age, a labor shortage looms
The aging of California's agricultural workforce reflects a convergence of trends
03/12/13
Q&A With Amazon Marketplace's Peter Faricy
Amazon.com recently announced that wine delivery is available to customers in South Carolina and Colorado. Officially launched in November, Amazon Wine helps customers in 15 states and Washington, DC, with their wine selections
03/12/13
People News Recap from 2/26-3/4
Wine industry people on the move from March 5 to March 11
03/12/13
Changes at Evening Land Vineyards Spark New Wineries
Former president Mark Tarlov launches a new Oregon winery; sommelier Rajat Parr and winemaker Sashi Moorman buy Santa Barbara vineyard
03/12/13
Ste. Michelle Gets on Track
Contracting with rail company for distribution may allow wine firm to grow by 2 million cases
03/12/13
PR: Chamisal Vineyards Releases 2012 Stainless Pinot Noir
Historic Edna Valley Winery Announces Companion Wine to Stainless Chardonnay Launching in Select Markets This March
03/12/13
North Coast wine label printers on a roll
Tapp acquires Ben Franklin; Collotype adds big capacity; CCL opens $8m Sonoma plant
03/12/13
Final California grape crush numbers in
The entire Grape Crush Report is available online at www.nass.usda.gov/ca.
03/12/13
US wines should talk Chinese, with an American twang: Maryhill Winery
The owner of a Washington State winery says that Chinese wine consumers in the 'middle ground' are eager for affordable US wines that assure them a quality that native products often lack.
03/12/13
Diageo's $150m global supply chain shakeup 'likely' to cost jobs
Diageo will spend around £100m refocusing its global supply and procurement operations to reflect acquisitions in key emerging markets, but says the streamlining operation will probably mean job losses.
03/12/13
Aussie winery plans $700,000 expansion
PHILIP Shaw Wines will invest $700,000 in expanding its operation in an effort to capitalise on the company's growing national and international profile.
03/12/13
Grape Market Insights: Postseason glow of the Super World Bowl grape harvest
Imagine a year in which the San Francisco Giants don't look that great, but to everyone's surprise, they clinch their division, make it to the World Series - and win. Imagine that in the very same year the 49ers look pathetic then somehow get better, win their league and finally make it to the Super Bowl - and almost win.
03/12/13
Vermeil Wines set to become downtown Napa's 21st tasting room
Vermeil Wines of Calistoga will open a tasting room in the former cigar and gift shop space in June, said a winery spokesperson.
03/12/13
Iowa: Wineries team up to promote local production, help each other
"We abide by the principal of making local wines. We're all-Iowa, we produce our own grapes. We really stress that."
03/12/13
Santa Barbara County: Local wine needs to be economic priority
The CCWGA, the leading trade organization promoting San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara County wine regions since 1974, led development of the winery ordinance in its present form.
03/12/13
Spanish Tempranillo grape is new star in Texas winemaking
Texas Tempranillo has now garnered gold medals, including one at the prestigious San Francisco International Wine Competition, and many regional winemakers are predicting it will become the state's best-known winegrape.
03/12/13
Governor Corbett, along with Gettysburg Area Legislators, Business and Education Leaders, Discuss Plan to Get PA out of Liquor Business, $1 Billion Passport for Learning Block Grant Program
This Passport for Learning Block Grant is in addition to Corbett's proposed $90 million increase in the upcoming budget's Basic Education Funding line item. This year's proposed $5.5 billion state investment in education is the highest in state history.
03/12/13
Peter Faricy, Vice President of Amazon Marketplace, New Keynote Speaker at WiVi, March 20
Peter Faricy, vice president, general manager for Amazon Marketplace, will sit down with Wine Business Monthly's editor Cyril Penn for a discussion about how Central Coast wineries can take advantage of the new Amazon Wine platform at WiVi Central Coast 2013.
03/12/13
Chinese wine debut for Berry Bros
Berry Bros & Rudd is to show a Chinese wine for the first time at its spring portfolio tasting.
03/12/13
High hopes for 2013 as Casa Silva reports ideal harvest conditions
Chilean winery Casa Silva has reported 'ideal' weather conditions for the 2013 harvest.
03/12/13
Nutrients not the cause of minerality
Minerality in wine is most likely to stem from volatile thiols or esters and not directly from nutrients in the soil, according to this month's db.
03/12/13
London vineyard hopes for first organic crop
London's first vineyard in more than five hundred years is hoping to reap its debut crop this year.
03/12/13
Wine 'bribe' inspires England cricketer
England cricketer Steven Finn helped his side to an unlikely draw against New Zealand after being "bribed" with four cases of wine.
03/12/13
Western Australia's first 'ice wine'
While Western Australian winemakers have been sweltering in soaring heats, Margaret River winemaker Clive Otto from Fraser Gallop Estate has been working in freezing temperatures to create his own 'ice wine'.
03/12/13
'Stupendous' Vega Sicilia collection goes under the hammer
A 'stupendous' selection of Vega Sicilia wines shipped direct from the legendary producer's cellars is to be auctioned by Sotheby's in Hong Kong early next month. Read more at http://www.decanter.com/news/wine-news/583705/stupendous-vega-sicilia-collection-goes-under-the-hammer#Ke5cWHElptJ8kTg7.99
03/12/13
Calistoga: Grapegrower lawsuit alleges breach of contract
A grapegrower near Calistoga is suing a winery for allegedly breaching a three-year contract and refusing to accept and pay for grapes valued at up to $194,000, according to court documents filed in Napa County Superior Court.
03/12/13
Gangnam Style Wine Videos: What Winemakers Do During Off-Season
Winemaking isn't all barrels and grapes, even winemakers know it's smart to take a break from the stress of harvest, bad weather, critical reviews and other myriad wine industry issues.
03/12/13
Three new wine books worth seeking out
New wine books typically come out in the fall, in time for holiday gift-giving. But some impressive new books are out this month and next. Here's a roundup of the volumes most worth a look.
03/12/13
TENN: Liquor stores refuse negotiations on wine in grocery stores bill
Several Knoxville liquor store owners said they aren't interested in negotiating with proponents of a bill that allows voters to decide whether grocery stores will sell wine through a referendum because they feel the compromises aren't fair to small businesses.
03/12/13
Wine Notes: A witness to the famous 'Judgment of Paris' speaks up
In 1976, a foreign correspondent for Time magazine got roped into covering a wine tasting in Paris because he didn't have anything better to do. None of the other prominent journalists or critics on the media list bothered to show up for the event, because the premise sounded so preposterous.
03/12/13
Two glasses of wine for women is one too many
Women metabolize alcohol differently than men, so - fair or not - they should drink less. And that includes wine.
03/12/13
California Wine Continues Long-Term Upswing in the US Market
California wine shipments in 2012 came in at 204 million nine-liter cases.
03/12/13
Consumers Are Having a Better Wine Experience Through a Guide Given by Wine of the Month Provider, Cellars Wine Club
Wine of the month provider, www.cellarswineclub.com/, has updated their blog with a way consumers can increase their wine enjoyment.
03/12/13
Napa: Business incubator will target food, wine, technology
Local business leaders hope to attract entrepreneurs in food, wine and technology sectors to the former Japan Airlines facility at the Napa County Airport.
03/12/13
How wine criticism is changing | David White
Consumers still need advisors, of course, but when today's consumers want information, they're willing to look past professional critics and instead turn to friends and trusted networks.
03/12/13
Argentina mixes olives and wine, keeps travelers happy
As it happens, a number of long-established wineries here in the Cuyo area, scrubby desert land on the sunny east slope of the Andes Mountains, grow multiple crops.
03/12/13
45 wine cellars to participate in this year's Vinaria international wine exhibition in Bulgaria's Plovdiv
Over 400 samples will be tested, which is about 50 more in comparison with last year, added professor Mollov.
03/12/13
Pricing/Demand Trends Get Favorable For Beer, Wine and Spirits Makers
Among the winning beer makers are Anheuser-Busch InBev, Molson Coors, SABMiller, Heineken and Foster's Group. Wine and spirits makers like Diageo PLC , Beam Inc., Brown-Forman, Pernod Ricard, and Bacardi are expected to benefit as well.
03/12/13
European wine producers wary of vine reform plans
Vine planting rights were set to be phased out by 2018 at the latest under a 2008 agreement to allow the EU to tap into new markets in China and India. But a deal struck between wine representatives, national experts and the Commission at the high-level group last December said regulation was necessary after 2015 to safeguard the quality of European wine.
03/12/13
Washington Wine Month Boost Business for Wineries
J. Bookwalter Winery in Richland said wine month attracts more people and helps boost business during a slower time of year.
03/12/13
Changes Afoot at Michigan Wineries
From openings to closings, from changes in ownership to changes in market status, a number of area wineries on both Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsula are experiencing transitions.
03/12/13
Water becomes America's favorite drink again
It wasn't too long ago that America had a love affair with soda. Now, an old flame has the country's heart.
03/12/13
Marybeth Williams Named Virginia's Wine Person of the Year
Williams, a beverage alcohol attorney and founder of Williams Compliance and Consulting Group, provides compliance services to wine producers on the East Coast and in the Midwest.
03/12/13
Vintner donates $5 million to UCLA School of Dentistry
Philanthropists Dr. Mick Dragoo and his wife, Mary, who formerly owned a winery in Napa, have pledged $5 million to the UCLA School of Dentistry to establish the Mick and Mary Dragoo Periodontal and Implant Clinical Research and Patient Care Center.
03/12/13
California table grapes pass shipping record
"We constantly seek new and interesting ways to remind people of the benefits of eating grapes from California and to motivate increased purchase."
03/12/13
Wine Industry: Vintner launches semisweet 'agavé wine'
Agavé Garden (agavegarden.com) is not grape wine, but it is fermented in local wine country and shipped in wine bottles. It's not distilled like tequila, but it is made from organic syrup of Agavé tequilana weber, or blue agave. This "fine agavé wine" is the work of custom vintner Owl Ridge Wine Services of Sebastopol.
03/12/13
NYC sugary drink ban: Bloomberg sounds off in wake of last-minute hold-up
The last-minute legal development is a blow to Mayor Michael Bloomberg's efforts to fight obesity
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