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  Daily News for Wednesday, March 13th
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03/13/13
Grape Broker Forecasts Favorable Demand/Prices
Clarksburg growers hear latest market trends at annual Grape Day.
03/13/13
Jackson Family Wines Deal in Oregon Is Imminent
Wine giant founded by Jess Jackson is purchasing three vineyards, expanding La Crema, say sources close to deal
03/13/13
Farmers press Congress for immigration bill
CFBF President Paul Wenger noted that California farmers have been pressing for an effective agricultural immigration program for years, and that farmers from other regions have now taken up the cause
03/13/13
Former Screaming Eagle Owner In Talks With Wind Gap Winery
Charles Banks' investment group Terroir Selections is negotiating with founder Pax Mahle to buy a share.
03/13/13
See 2013's Coolest New Products Demonstrated at WiVi Central Coast
Wine Business Monthly picked the coolest new products for 2013 and will be showcasing them right on the trade show floor with live demos at WiVi Central Central Coast 2013. They were chosen by the editors as products that winemakers and vineyard managers should know about.
03/13/13
Entertainment Properties Trust sells Sonoma winery
Carneros Vintners has bought the Sonoma custom crush facility it has leased since 2009, the latest winery property to be sold off by Entertainment Properties Trust.
03/13/13
Obituary: Henri Krug
Henri Krug, former head of his family's famous Champagne house, has died aged 76.
03/13/13
Vineyard worker sentenced for workers' compensation fraud
A 24-year-old vineyard worker was sentenced March 7 in Napa County Superior Court to 45 days in jail for falsely claiming he had broken his hand during a fall at work, according to the Napa County District Attorney's Office. He was also ordered to pay $1,279 in restitution.
03/13/13
Food & Wine Events at Your Fingertips. Introducing LocalWineEvents.com NEW iPhone and Android app
You know the story. Your friend/wife/significant other calls you and wants to make some fun plans for the weekend.
03/13/13
How New Jersey Could Make Itself the Next Napa
The Outer Coastal Plain might be the perfect place to make fine wine in America. The region, which has nearly the same sandy soil composition as Bordeaux, experiences a warm growing season; spring frosts are rare; and the breezes from the Atlantic Ocean and a local bay are ideal for winemaking.
03/13/13
Drinks International Ranking: Concha y Toro is chosen as the "Most Admired Wine Brand in the World"
In a survey made by the prestigious British magazine Drinks International, Concha y Toro maintained its position as the World's Most Admired Wine Brand.
03/13/13
Changes at Evening Land Vineyards Spark New Wine Projects
Former president Mark Tarlov launches a new Oregon winery; sommelier Rajat Parr and winemaker Sashi Moorman buy Santa Barbara vineyard.
03/13/13
Cakebread Cellars Launches Mullan Road
The Napa Valley winery ventures into Walla Walla Valley, Washington, for a Bordeaux-style blend of grapes.
03/13/13
Donald Triggs launches his new winery in British Columbia
Former Vincor chief Donald Triggs has launched his new winery, the Culmina Family Estate, in British Columbia's Okanagan.
03/13/13
Ontario: Big wines from California and the Bench
Mr. Aspler emphasized the need to celebrate our land, our terroir. He thinks we are overly diverse and wants us to make terroir-driven wines.
03/13/13
Diageo to realign supply chain operations with focus on emerging markets
The move, which is a result of the company's increasing growth in new emerging markets, will help Diageo achieve cost savings of around £60m per annum starting from 2016 and incur around £100m as restructuring charges.
03/13/13
Union warning as Diageo announces £100m global restructure
Unite the union has warned Diageo that is must not make its UK and Irish workforces pay for business realignment in its "search for ever-increasing profits".
03/13/13
Loyalty to the Tempranillo Grape
Tempranillo is Spain's proudest home grown grape varietal, and Rioja its most popular region, it is therefore only befitting for a relatively new winery to harp on these two solid foundations to catapult itself to immediate respectability in the highly competitive Spanish wine industry.
03/13/13
Wisconsin: Dane County wineries earn several awards
Two Dane County wineries notched awards at the International Eastern Wine competition last month in Santa Rosa, California.
03/13/13
Supermarket wine bill fails by 1 vote in Tenn. House committee
A proposal to loosen wine sale laws in Tennessee failed by a single vote in a House committee on Tuesday, though supporters hope they can revive it.
03/13/13
Six Thousand Bottles of Brad Pitt and Angelia Jolie's Wine Sell Out in Hours
A blend of Syrah, Grenache and Cinsault, the rosé was available in six-bottle cases for $139.
03/13/13
Kosher Wine Guide with Buying Tips For The Holidays
For an in-depth explanation of Kosher or Mevushal wines: Kosher Wine, Mevushal Wine Definitions, Explanations
03/13/13
TY KU Sake & Spirits Launches First Ever US Sake Commercial Starring Co-owner CeeLo Green With The "SHARE ON" Campaign
The TY KU campaign launched on February 27, 2013 with nationally televised commercial spots starring Green and is supported by a full 360 multi-media campaign throughout the year.
03/13/13
PR: Stack Wines Innovates Again With New Packaging And Nationwide New Product Rollout
After eight months of rapid growth and success in the Southern California market, Stack Wines (www.drinkstack.com) announces a complete brand and packaging redesign in addition to the release of their new custom red blend, Charisma.
03/13/13
Tesco makes raft of UK wine appointments
Tesco has bolstered its UK wine team following the recent news that Dan Jago and some of his colleagues will take on a more global role.
03/13/13
UK: Bottle Green Wines expands on-trade and indie division
Bottle Green Wines has strengthened its on-trade and independents team with the addition of Jonathan Piggott.
03/13/13
London International Wine Fair will be "solid event" say organisers
The London International Wine Fair organisers have said they are positive that "2013 will be a solid event", despite some high profile dropouts. LIWF anticipates the fair at London's ExCeL centre will have over 500 exhibitors and 10,000 trade visitors.
03/13/13
Basset judge on sherry and food matching competition
UK sommelier and hotelier Gerard Basset OBE will be joining the judging panel of The Sherry Institute of Spain's bi-annual international food and sherry matching competition.
03/13/13
Banrock Station launches Vote for Nature campaign
Accolade Wine is to donate £100,000 to the National Trust as part of a tie-up with the conservation charity and its Banrock Station brand.
03/13/13
World wakes up to German Pinot quality
German Pinot Noir is rivaling Riesling as the country's flagship fine wine grape according to db's April edition.
03/13/13
Iron Maiden releases cask ale
Heavy metal group Iron Maiden has released a cask ale in partnership with Cheshire brewery Robinsons.
03/13/13
Dubourdieu and Dalla Cia create £250 Cape 'first growth'
Bordeaux-based consultant Denis Dubourdieu has teamed up with winemaker Giorgio Dalla Cia, formerly of Meerlust, to create what is being touted as the 'First Growth of the Cape'.
03/13/13
2013 Idaho Winery of the Year: Snake River Winery
Scott DeSeelhorst made the choice of 2013 Idaho Winery of the Year an easy pick when his Snake River Winery earned a trio of double gold medals, a gold medal and Best in Show last fall at the 2012 Idaho Wine Competition.
03/13/13
2013 Oregon Winery to the Year: Abacela Winery
Earl Jones' taste for Tempranillo continues to bring international fame to Southern Oregon, but his predilection and genius show his Fault Line Vineyards at Abacela also are deliciously suited for other varieties from Spain and Portugal.
03/13/13
2013 Washington Winery of the Year: Smasne Cellars
When Robert Smasne was 9 years old, the idea of making wine began to germinate. He grew up in the Yakima Valley and has spent his entire life around grapes.
03/13/13
San Leandro: Wine spilled on I-880 after truck crashes and tips over
Nobody was seriously injured in the wreck, which occurred about 9:30 a.m. at the southbound Marina Boulevard offramp and snarled traffic.
03/13/13
ON WINE: Springtime in soaring US wine industry
It may infuriate the French, irritate Italians, and stupefy Spaniards, but there is no question American wines now share a place in the pantheon of world-class pours.
03/13/13
NY: State website to aid makers of wine, beer with concerns
New York's wine, beer and spirit manufacturers now have a single point of contact within the state government to answer questions on regulations, licensing, state incentives and other issues facing the industry, the governor said.
03/13/13
Bolivia's Morales recommends coca wine to next Pope
Bolivian President Evo Morales suggested on Monday that the next Pope try wine made from coca leaf, something Bolivians have chewed for centuries and can also be used to make cocaine.
03/13/13
Wine glut feared in NZ after baking summer
Fears have been sparked in New Zealand of a wine glut after one of the driest summers on record has led to outstanding grape-growing conditions across the country.
03/13/13
Williamsburg Winery CEO Steps Down, Keeps Business in the Family
Patrick Duffeler has handed down his role as chief executive officer of The Williamsburg Winery to his son, Patrick Duffeler II.
03/13/13
Hearing set for grape-growing region at Red Mountain
A public hearing about a plan to guide future development in one of the region's top grape-growing areas is expected later this month
03/13/13
Trinchero Family Estates Appoints Southern Wine & Spirits of Indiana as its Distributor in the State
"We are excited to expand our relationship into Indiana with the Trinchero Family-their organization and their iconic Napa Valley and international brands. We are both strong, family-owned enterprises, and we share many synergies in our respective values, goals and operations."
03/13/13
Henry Tang to Sell $3.7 Million Wine From Personal Cellar
An assortment of 810 lots exclusively from Burgundy goes on sale on March 15 and 16 in a Hong Kong event that Christie's International estimates will raise HK$29 million ($3.8 million). The top lot is a case of Romanee-Conti 1995 that carries a high estimate of HK$1 million ($129,000).
03/13/13
Gordon Estate to open wine bar in Washington wine country
For several years, Gordon maintained a winemaking facility and tasting room in west Pasco but ultimately closed the tasting room and moved production to a facility at the vineyard
03/13/13
UK: Minimum alcohol price still in balance as Cameron fudges his booze pledge
Prime minister tells Commons he wants to curb amount of cheap booze but will not explicitly promise unit price change
03/13/13
Sonoma-Cutrer® Chardonnay Garners Top Honors in Annual Restaurant Poll
Wine & Spirits Magazine names Sonoma-Cutrer top wine as voted by restaurants
03/13/13
Domaine Anne Gros Joins Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines
The wines will be available in 33 states, beginning with the 2011 vintage
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