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  Daily News for Thursday, March 14th
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03/14/13
California Farmers Press Congress for Immigration Bill
Even as Congress struggled with sequestration and other budget matters, members from both sides of the aisle told California Farm Bureau Federation representatives they believe momentum is continuing toward comprehensive reform of federal immigration law-and that a revised agricultural immigration program will be part of the package.
03/14/13
Healdsburg winemaker Cliff Melim dies at 87
Twice-wounded WW II veteran Cliff Melim was a real estate developer in Hawaii and a Healdsburg winemaker.
03/14/13
California Cash Flows Into Northwest
Jackson Family Wines expected to purchase 1,100-plus acres in Willamette Valley
03/14/13
Tapping into hard cider market
U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer announced legislation on Wednesday aimed at positioning New York to capture a bigger pour of the hard cider market, by many accounts the fastest growing sector of the alcoholic beverage industry
03/14/13
Eastern Winery Exposition Breaks 1,000 Attendance in Second Year (Press Release)
Registration, booth sales both up about 30 percent from 2012; 1,498 total 2013 attendance
03/14/13
Educators from Three Major California University Enology and Viticulture Programs to Discuss Research For First Time in a Panel at WiVi Central Coast
Representatives from UC Davis, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Cal State Fresno will sit in an unprecedented panel discussion over the latest research and the benefit of the university system to the wine industry.
03/14/13
Will the Grapes be Freed in the Commonwealth? (Press Release)
Several New Wine Direct Shipping Bills under Consideration in Massachusetts
03/14/13
California Wine Leaders Urge Federal Funding of EGVM Eradication Efforts
"Underfunding eradication efforts this year will result in ...the prospect of serious, sustained damage to winegrape crops will hurt growers and wineries alike, greatly harming California's economy."
03/14/13
Hill Wine Company Denies Allegations Made by Diamond Mountain Vineyard (Press Release)
St. Helena wine company has filed cross-complaint against Calistoga grape grower for breach of contract.
03/14/13
Legal Battles Over California Water Supplies Set to Escalate With Final Bay-Delta Plan
California's legal battles over water are likely to escalate in 2013, once the Bay Delta Conservation Plan and a water quality plan for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta are finalized later this year, several attorneys told BNA.
03/14/13
Remodeling the Iowa Wine Market
An office in the Iowa City Coworking Labs is helping with the renovation of a nationwide wine boutique.
03/14/13
Safeway Signs On as Exclusive Retail Partner of Sunset International Wine Competition (Press Release)
Entry deadline extended to March 22 to allow winemakers to take advantage of added exposure
03/14/13
Culver City wine shop gets a mysterious "papal" order
About midday on Tuesday, Mike Carpenter, an owner of the Culver City wine shop "the Redd Collection," got a call from a gentleman with a slight Italian accent. The caller asked if the shop had any 2008 Papale Primitivo di Manduria from the producer Varvaglione.
03/14/13
California winery blends new variety from Washington grapes
Cakebread Cellars is the latest California winery to venture north. In a piece in Wine Enthusiast Magazine, wine columnist and Waitsburg resident Paul Gregutt reports Cakebread will launch Mullan Road, a wine made with grapes from Walla Walla's Seven Hills vineyard.
03/14/13
Former Screaming Eagle Co-Owner In Talks With Wind Gap Winery
The deal, which is in the final stages of completion, includes a 50 percent stake in the winery and brand. The proposed sales price was not disclosed.
03/14/13
OSU turns winemaking waste into fiber supplement, food preservative and flowerpots
Researchers at Oregon State University have discovered how to turn the pulp from crushed wine grapes into a natural food preservative, biodegradable packaging materials and a nutritional enhancement for baked good
03/14/13
Fox Winery grows native Ga. grapes
The Fox Winery specializes in growing the native Georgia grapes such as Muscadines and Scuppernongs.
03/14/13
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.
03/14/13
Chamisal Vineyards to add 2012 Stainless Pinot Noir to portfolio
To be released as a companion wine to Chamisal's Stainless Chardonnay, the Stainless Pinot Noir is made by winemaker Fintan du Fresne, who produced the wine without using any oak or malolactic fermentation.
03/14/13
Stack Wines releases new wine with redesigned packaging, branding
Stack Wines, a California-based company that offers wines for style, quality and convenience, has released a new custom red wine - Charisma - in newly redesigned packaging and branding.
03/14/13
Emerging regions showcased at new tasting
To find out which up-and-coming countries or regions could add variety and interest to your portfolio, sign up for the Emerging Regions Tasting.
03/14/13
UK: Minimum pricing in death throes
David Cameron's plan for minimum alcohol pricing are set to be axed, according to reports.
03/14/13
Obituary: Henri Krug
Henri Krug, former head of his family's famous Champagne house, has died aged 76.
03/14/13
ONS: Rum replaces Champagne in shopping baskets
The Office of National Statistics' latest "shopping basket" has seen white rum replace Champagne in the list of what consumers typically buy.
03/14/13
Low prices drive low-alc wine sales in UK
5.5 percent abv wine-based drinks are booming in the UK due to low prices, not, it seems, their low alcohol content.
03/14/13
Top 10 Champagne hangouts
Specialist bars and the resurgence of the Champagne cocktail are helping the region fight back against increasing competition from sparkling wine, particularly Prosecco.
03/14/13
2013 Pacific Northwest Winery of the Year: Chateau Ste. Michelle
One winery more than any other carries the message of Washington wine to the world.
03/14/13
Singing the charms of Sicilian wine
Sunday's Thirst column on the reds of Sicily was a return to a theme I love, one that has become ever more fruitful to discuss in the four years since last I considered it.
03/14/13
Lost in Translation: The Lingo for Tasting Wine
China has now ballooned to the world's fifth-largest consumer-and sixth-largest producer-of wine, according to a recent study by International Wine and Spirits Research, which quantifies the global alcohol market. But the wine industry in China is still confused over how best to describe the product it's trying to sell.
03/14/13
Choose Your Own Wine Adventure In The Loire Valley
If you like a cheap date and wine monogamy isn't your thing, you'll love playing the field with Loire Valley wines.
03/14/13
Out Of The Way Wine Trails
Sure, California's Napa and Sonoma valleys are premier U.S. wine destinations, but what about those lesser-known wine trails tucked into other parts of the country?
03/14/13
Texas Rangers push drive for permanent wine sales at ballpark
The baseball team needs to collect more than 22,000 certified signatures by early May before the Arlington City Council will approve holding a local option election on whether to allow wine sales throughout the ballpark.
03/14/13
Sandy Shmandy: Rockaway Beach is getting a wine bar
Hurricane Sandy may have ravaged the Rockaways, but there's a sign that the piecemeal gentrification of the barrier peninsula is continuing apace: the neighborhood is getting its very own wine bar.
03/14/13
TENN: PACs on both sides of wine in grocery stores debate contribute t
The groups against wine in grocery stores gave five times more to those legislators than supporters of the bill.
03/14/13
Challenges in a Great Red Wine Region - in Portugal
This is the third time in recent history that Alentejo had had to re-invent itself, and now it is increasingly turning out consistently excellent red wines typically made from a blend of five key indigenous red grapes: Trincadeira, Aragones, Touriga Nacional, Alicante Bouchet, and Alfrocheiro. Yet there are still more hurdles to overcome.
03/14/13
Thomas Jefferson's Love of Wine Spurred Virginia's
We should remember to thank Thomas Jefferson, at least in part, for the growth of this enterprise.
03/14/13
Cape Cod pizzeria launches wine-making contest
If you visit Palio's Pizzeria, you might notice a few small bottles of red wine from Palio Winery on the counter. Yes, the same family owns and operates both ventures.
03/14/13
UK: Beer duty escalator leaves £150m 'black hole'
The Treasury is facing a £150 million 'black hole' in the Budget this year due to increases in beer tax, according to the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA).
03/14/13
Automated Beer, Wine and Liquor Dispense Trending Billed as Latest Restaurant Industry Traffic and Profit Driving Course
"We are technically twice as responsible as the majority of states' law. In most cases patrons can buy a pitcher of beer, which is a four pint vessel. We only allow consumers access to two beers at a time before they are to be re-assessed by a staff member for re-serving."
03/14/13
Total Wine Will Add Growler Stations To 20 Stores By Year-End
"This program is very popular with our customers, even drawing in some customers who don't normally buy beer."
03/14/13
East Windsor welcomes massive new LCBO outlet (with video)
They're among 35 stores the LCBO will open this year, seven this month alone. Bob Peter, LCBO CEO and president, said at the east Windsor store opening that he expects another 35 store openings next year.
03/14/13
Immigration rights groups accuse officials of racial profiling
Three lawsuits alleging illegal treatment by border patrol officers were filed in federal court in Washington, Texas and New York.
03/14/13
Water issues again loom large in Colorado
Levels are so low, only six reservoirs in the South Platte basin are holding more water than their average for this time of year. And some of the most prominent are well below average.
03/14/13
Washington liquor board wants stiff 20-mile store buffer
The Washington Liquor Control Board this week proposed a stiff 20-mile buffer for small stores wanting to sell liquor in a plan that would allow only about 20 more liquor stores in the state.
03/14/13
New wineries under construction in Calistoga
If you thought you knew everything there was to know about Calistoga's winery scene, you might need a refresher course, because several wineries in the region have been upgrading their facilities.
03/14/13
E. & J. Gallo Winery Uses SpotOn! to Monitor Brand Colors (Press Release)
We had used another print verification tool, but it didn't give us enough data and the target was too large. We found SpotOn! and knew this was the right tool f
03/14/13
'Nose': Shades of purple in an unnamed wine country
Nicolaus Copernicus was the Renaissance scientist who figured out that the earth revolves around the sun, contrary to the prevailing conventional delusion that put it at the center of the known universe
03/14/13
BERGER: Women vital to wine business
... it was interesting to attend the recent induction ceremonies for the Vintners Hall of Fame at the Culinary Institute of America in the Napa Valley, where Merry Edwards became the first woman winemaker to be honored.
03/14/13
Restaurant sales remain pressured
Higher payroll taxes and gas prices hurt consumer spending, analyst says
03/14/13
Coppola buying Geyserville winemaking facility
The transaction does not involve the Geyser Peak brand, which is owned by Accolode Wines.
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