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  Daily News for Friday, March 15th
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03/15/13
California officials unveil Delta tunnel plan
A massive plan to build new plumbing in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, California's most important water supply, began trickling out Thursday as state officials released hundreds of pages of draft documents.
03/15/13
James L. Barrett, Owner of Chaeau Montelena Passes Away
James L. Barrett, Napa Valley wine pioneer and owner of Chateau Montelena, passed away on March 14, 2013. Barrett died surrounded by family and loved ones. He was 86.
03/15/13
Eye-Catching Names Lead Top 20 New Wine Brands
Wine Industry Metrics show off-premise sales up 5% in February, DtC shipments up 22%
03/15/13
Greene Leaves WineAmerica
Attorney to remain interim outside counsel after taking job in Seattle-based law firm's beverage group
03/15/13
China set to become fastest-growing consumer market in the world by 2016
It wasn't that many years ago that wine firms from around the world were pulling out of China after investing vast amounts of money and getting little back in return. The tide has turned however and, as evidenced by the latest figures in the global Vinexpo/The IWSR report, China is now surging ahead, both as a consumer and producer country
03/15/13
Institute of Masters of Wine in emerging markets drive
Newly appointed executive director of the Institute of Masters of Wine, Penny Richards, has announced plans to develop the organisation in emerging markets.
03/15/13
MADD Announces Opposition To Privatization in Pennsylvania
Mothers Against Drunk Driving has announced its opposition to the privatization of the retail sale of alcohol, a decision that should compel every lawmaker to oppose Gov. Corbett's reckless scheme to dismantle the state's Liquor Control Board.
03/15/13
Judge awards $208K in fees in Ky. liquor fight
A federal judge has awarded attorneys for a group of stores in Kentucky $208,000 in fees in an ongoing battle over the state's ban on grocery stores, gas stations and other retailers selling wine and liquor
03/15/13
Massachusetts beverage distributors fight plan to increase state handling fee for redemption centers
Richard K. Sullivan Jr., secretary of energy and environmental affairs for Patrick, is proposing to raise the fee by one cent from 2.25 cents per container to 3.25 cents. Distributors are required to pay the fee to mostly small redemption centers for handling the used bottle or can, allowing them to be recycled
03/15/13
UK: Two jailed over £5m wine tax fraud
Two men have been jailed after being found guilty of excise duty and VAT evasion after trying to smuggle illicit Italian wine into the UK
03/15/13
City Council Could Impose New Regulations on Sonoma Plaza Wine Tasting Businesses
The council will consider requiring wine tasting bars in the plaza to obtain special use permits.
03/15/13
'Wine in supermarkets' bill fails by a single vote
Wine on supermarket shelves may be an afterthought for Tennesseans this year.
03/15/13
Where There's Smoke: Univerity of Washington Weather Guru Ponders Effects on Grapes, Wine
Do last summer's wildfires in Central Washington mean future wine could be: 'dirty', 'ash tray', 'medicinal', 'camp fire', or 'burnt' at Woodinville's many wineries?
03/15/13
'Nose': Shades of purple in an unnamed wine country
Conaway is a wine country troubadour, passing through and composing his works, which include the non-fiction studies of the Napa Valley, "Napa: The Story of an American Eden" and "The Far Side of Eden." It's fitting, therefore that his "Nose" combines elements of romance and satire in a highly readable, entertaining work.
03/15/13
W.Va. lawmakers target self-scan beer, wine sales
Concerns about underage drinking are prompting West Virginia lawmakers to consider barring self-scan beer and wine sales.
03/15/13
California Wine Leaders Urge Federal Funding of EGVM Eradication Efforts
The executive leaders of three of California's statewide wine organizations sent a letter last week to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack urging full funding of European Grapevine Moth (EGVM) eradication efforts for 2013.
03/15/13
Dirty, Rowdy, and Unlikely: Inside California's Breakout Low-Alcohol Winery
Hardy Wallace gave himself one year to sell through his first significant release of wines from Dirty and Rowdy Family Winery in late August, 2012. Three weeks later, he was shocked to find there was nothing left to sell.
03/15/13
Seattle's oldest winery expands into new frontier
This year, Beveridge worked on two bills: One would allow refillable bottles, known as "growlers," to be used by consumers, and the other would allow a winery and a distillery to be in the same building. Neither bill made it out of committee this year, but Beveridge is hopeful for next year.
03/15/13
E. & J. Gallo Winery Uses SpotOn! to Monitor Brand Colors
SpotOn! Press today announced that E. & J. Gallo Winery is now using SpotOn! to monitor the company's brand colors both internally and externally.
03/15/13
A New Kind Of Wine Club
These are the Women of the Vine, and they have a compelling story to tell about what's behind their own wine labels.
03/15/13
Trinchero signs distribution agreement with Southern Wine & Spirits in Indiana
Trinchero Family Estates, a California-based winery, has entered into a distribution agreement with Southern Wines & Spirits of Indiana to expand its distribution network in the state and country.
03/15/13
Fire Scorches Chez Panisse
Plus, Château Palmer learns no one is safe from wine crime, Bolivia's president prescribes coca wine to the new pope and Moët & Chandon gets a questionable endorsement from Justin Timberlake on SNL
03/15/13
Champagne's Henri Krug Passes Away at 75
A former leader of Krug Champagne, he helped shape one of the region's most renowned houses
03/15/13
UK: Reaction to reported minimum pricing U-turn - news blog
Trade reaction continues to come in following reports that the government is on the verge of throwing out recommendations for a minimum price for alcohol.
03/15/13
UK: Fewer promotions for Sainsbury's BWS
Sainsbury's plans to move its BWS pricing towards an everyday value proposition and run fewer promotions.
03/15/13
UK: Local Wine School in M&S link-up
Marks & Spencer has signed a deal with Local Wine School that will expand its programme of in-store consumer tastings.
03/15/13
Waipara West signs deal to supply Japan Airlines
New Zealand winery Waipara West has signed a deal to supply Japan Airlines.
03/15/13
Morrisons Taste Test to dictate shelf display
Morrisons is four weeks into a trial that has completely remerchandised its wine department to arrange the wines on shelf according to their tasting profiles.
03/15/13
Pendulum is swinging back to California
A new "vibe" around the US could be beneficial for Californian wines thinks Silverado's general manager, Russell Weis.
03/15/13
Morrisons Cellar reveals UK's £4.7bn wine gamble
A survey by Morrisons Cellar has revealed that UK wine drinkers are spending £4.7 billion each year on "risky" wine purchases.
03/15/13
Fine wine stock exchange prepares to launch
Cavex, a new fine wine stock exchange will go online later this month providing an open trading platform for private collectors and the trade.
03/15/13
Bordeaux 2012: testing vintage looks better for whites and roses say producers
Bordeaux's 2012 wines will express finesse rather than power after a year in which the weather tested winemakers' nerves to the limit, producers say.
03/15/13
English winemakers turn sights to export ahead of Prowein debut
English winemakers are looking to build on their higher profile following last year's Jubilee and Olympics celebrations with a greater push on exports in 2013.
03/15/13
Cercle Rive Droite moves into Left Bank of Bordeaux
Alain Raynaud, founder and president of the Cercle Rive Droite group, is launching a similar group for properties from the Left Bank of Bordeaux.
03/15/13
Tiny Pomerol Is a Wine Lover's Wonderland
If wine isn't your thing, there really is very little point in visiting Pomerol. This pocket-size appellation northeast of Bordeaux always seems to be deserted.
03/15/13
Wine and Dine Without Pulling Out Your Wallet - Or Your Phone
Want to impress a date? Take him out to dinner, then when you're done, just get up and leave. That's the apparent premise of Cover, which describes itself as "Uber's payment experience at restaurants."
03/15/13
TENN: Senate pushes on with wine bill
The Tennessee Senate is pressing onward with wine-in-grocery stores legislation despite its diminished prospects in the House, with the goal of passing a bill this legislative session.
03/15/13
New Pope Francis enjoys wine, coffee but skips Argentine empanadas and parilla
Red wine is a traditional component of Catholic communion, but the newly-appointed Pope Francis has been known to enjoy an occasional glass of wine outside the sacred religious ceremony, revealing that a man who is known for his austerity still relishes some of the specialties Argentina is known for.
03/15/13
Big kerfuffle in Italy over so-called natural wines
It seems that Gambero Rosso, a gastronomy magazine that publishes wine guides and selects top wines each year to receive its Tre Bicchieri award, has come out against the natural wine movement in its latest issue. And, naturally, writer Michel Bettane's negative take on the wines has ruffled the feathers of winemakers who espouse natural winemaking.
03/15/13
Maine: Wiscasset Wine Outlet sold at auction
The Wiscasset Wine Outlet was auctioned off by the Bank of Maine, March 13, for $25,000, plus back taxes. The high bidder was Cecilio Juntura, the owner of the Taste of the Orient Restaurant, and the Schooner Inn, located on Route 1 in Wiscasset.
03/15/13
Century City Neighborhood Council OKs Beer, Wine Sales at Sprouts
Westwood Neighborhood Council members on Wednesday night voted unanimously in favor of Sprouts Farmers Market's application to sell beer and wine at its soon-to-open Westwood location.
03/15/13
Turnbull the magnificent, underrated wine
Over the years I've cellared up a bunch of Turnbull reds. I look forward to seeing how they evolve over time; it's the kind of "research" that requires lots and lots and lots of tasting!
03/15/13
Hunter named co-chair of Congressional Wine Caucus
Congressman Mike Thompson (D-St. Helena), named Congressman Duncan Hunter co-chair of the bipartisan, bicameral Congressional Wine Caucus.
03/15/13
White Horse Launches Website for Oregon Wine Board
The Oregon Wine Board has contracted with White Horse to create an innovative user experience-focused website (http://www.oregonwine.org), to help increase awareness of the Oregon wine brand, as well as help Oregon wineries promote their products.
03/15/13
Safeway Signs On as Exclusive Retail Partner of Sunset International Wine Competition
The entry deadline is extended to March 22 to allow winemakers to take advantage of added exposure.
03/15/13
Choose Canada's vineyards for your vacation this year
In your travels this year, instead of going abroad consider the many wine regions and vineyards of Canada. Every province has at least one winery and exceptional scenery that is unique to each region and you have some first class wine destinations.
03/15/13
Brunello di Montalcino: How a Tuscan wine kept growing
The Italian economy has been shrinking for the last six quarters, but there remain bright spots, and Italian vineyards - which have produced more wine than their French counterparts for four of the past five years - are one.
03/15/13
Kosher wine evolves from cheap to collectible
In the US, Jews have moved on from the sickly sweet kiddush wines of yore.
03/15/13
Armenia government removes ban on alcoholic beverage imports from Czech Republic
Earlier in autumn 2012, Czech authorities associated alcoholic drinks with increased deaths and injuries in the country, which was reported highest in last 30 years.
03/15/13
New 'Monsanto Protection Act' Gives Monsanto Power Over US Government
A massive petition to stop what has been labeled as the 'Monsanto Protection Act' has been launched by Food Democracy Now, detailing what could come if the legislation is signed into law within the coming days or weeks
03/15/13
Mysterious Customer Orders 115 Bottles Of Wine To Be Sent To Vatican City
"They gave me credit card information and started reading off the address…and that's when it became very apparent that this was going to Vatican City," he said. "(The caller) never said, 'Please don't say anything, please be discreet.'"
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