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  Daily News for Monday, March 18th
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03/18/13
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.

03/18/13
California wine giant confirms purchase of prime Oregon vineyard lands
Word of the first large-scale acquisition of Oregon vineyard lands by a California winemaker was made official Friday, when Jackson Family Wines confirmed it has bought vineyard lands in the Willamette Valley
03/18/13
First-Ever Wine Tourism Day in North America to take place May 11
Participating wineries to create events for the public throughout North America
03/18/13
Eastern Winery Exposition Draws Nearly 1,500
In addition to 22 educational sessions, program included workshops for new growers and those interested in producing hard cider.
03/18/13
Join WBM and Precision Ag at WiVi Tomorrow; Speaker Changes at General Session Announced
Winemakers, viticulturists and industry business owners are invited to join Wine Business Monthly and Precision Ag tomorrow and Wednesday at WiVi Central Coast. Register at the door starting at 8 a.m. and come network with peers, hear industry updates and walk the sold-out tradeshow floor featuring over 130 exhibitors at the Paso Robles Event Center.
03/18/13
North Coast vines showing signs of spring
Vineyards that have been dark and stick-like for months are beginning to show signs of life as buds break through the North Coast vines, signaling the start of a new vintage in Wine Country.
03/18/13
What's the One Job Wineries Can't Fill?
Winery owners love the higher margins but they hate figuring out the labyrinth of change required to install a top functioning direct program. To be fair, its really not an easy path ...
03/18/13
Wine exports surge ... from Florida and New Jersey?
The last few years have been ripe for U.S. vintners. Wine exports have surged 64% since 2007.
03/18/13
Legacy of Napa wine pioneers endures
Where to mark the starting line for Napa's modern era?
03/18/13
Oregon bill would ban beer and wine from self-checkout lines
The bill, which has set off a fight between the grocery industry and the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, will be up for a hearing at 8 a.m. Friday in the House Business and Labor Committee.
03/18/13
Lake County Wine Alliance partners with CLPA on new music program for children
Lake County youth are lining up to join a new string music program offered by Clear Lake Performing Arts, made possible by a generous grant from the Lake County Wine Alliance.
03/18/13
With craft brewers' bigger bottles, is beer becoming the new wine?
A hundred bottles of beer in the wall? Not these big bottles. They wouldn't fit.
03/18/13
Wine Industry Raises its Glass to Mobile Marketing
Underscoring the diversity of industries exploring the promotional power of mobile marketing, Snipp Interactive has lifted the curtain on its new offering dubbed SnippWine - a full service solution intended to serve the mobile marketing needs of the wine industry.
03/18/13
Puma Road Winery aims to make great wine sustainably
SIP certification goes beyond looking at pesticide and fertilizer use to evaluating the vineyard and farming methods in their entirety.
03/18/13
Turning wine waste into profit
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 goods.
03/18/13
Global Champagne exports rise by 3.4% in value: CIVC
Among all the countries, the UK topped the list with Champagne exports increasing by 0.5 percent in value despite volumes dropped by 6.1 percent to 32.4 million bottles.
03/18/13
NZ: Brancott Estate anticipates quality vintage
New Zealand winery Brancott Estate is anticipating a balanced, moderate yield for the 2013 vintage, following a disappointing harvest last year.
03/18/13
Broadlands Wineries to 'undercut' wine agencies
Broadland Wineries claims it can get new wines to market, from inception to shelf, a month earlier than its competitors.
03/18/13
UK: Morrisons Taste Test tackles consumer confidence
Three-quarters of consumers lack confidence when it comes to choosing wine according to recent research by Morrisons Cellar, so to help overcome this the multiple retailer has unveiled an online Taste Test which it says will help will help consumers to buy with more assurance.
03/18/13
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.
03/18/13
Liv-ex sees 'steady' trade in 2010s
Bordeaux 2010 has accounted for 13 percent of all trade by value so far in March on the Liv-ex index.
03/18/13
Pol Roger's Patrice Noyelle to retire in June
Pol Roger's managing director Patrice Noyelle is retiring in June after 15 years at the helm of the Champagne house.
03/18/13
New breakaway sparkling wine appellation to rival Cava
Leading Penedes winemaker Raventos I Blanc - which quit the Cava DO because of 'poor image and low standards' - has unveiled the framework for a new sparkling wine appellation.
03/18/13
Henri Krug dies
Henri Krug, former head of Champagne Krug, has died of cancer aged 76.
03/18/13
Spring Mountain: A love of wildness and vineyards
The shiny new ATV rumbled up the dirt road past an expanse of manicured vineyards wrapping the hillside. In the driver's seat, Fritz Maytag hit the brakes near a wooden gate at the edge of the vineyard.
03/18/13
Legacy of dedicated wine industry pioneer: Mike Robbins
I doubt that Mike Robbins envisioned part of his legacy would be a nighttime TV soap opera set on a remarkable Napa Valley wine estate he respectfully restored.
03/18/13
Conaway celebrates his new book
Best-selling author James Conaway celebrates his new novel "Nose" from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 16 at Raymond Vineyards.
03/18/13
'Why You Like the Wines You Like' author to appear at Napa Style
Tim Hanni, author of newly "Why You Like The Wines You Like," will be at Napa Style, chef Michael Chiarello's center for food and wine, on Saturday, March 30, noon to 2 p.m.
03/18/13
Napa 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.
03/18/13
BC liquor stores release most popular brews
The Columbia Valley's most celebrated suds have been recorded for early 2013, and it may not come as much of a surprise who melds the most popular mixture of yeast, barley, hops and malt. Budweiser earned first place for most popular beer.
03/18/13
Jim Barrett, renowned vintner, dies
Jim Barrett, whose Chateau Montelena made the wine that bested the French at the Judgment of Paris in 1976, died Thursday. He was 86
03/18/13
NPR: Wine Revolution: As Drinkers And Growers, U.S. Declares Independence
it's not just wine drinking that's taken off stateside: U.S. wine production is also on the rise
03/18/13
New breakaway sparkling wine appellation to rival Cava
Leading Penedes winemaker Raventos I Blanc - which quit the Cava DO because of 'poor image and low standards' - has unveiled the framework for a new sparkling wine appellation
03/18/13
Restaurant sued over alleged foie gras ban violations
The national Animal Legal Defense Fund has filed suit in Napa County Superior Court against Napa's La Toque restaurant, claiming the upscale eatery in the Westin Verasa Hotel is violating California's ban on selling and distributing foie gras
03/18/13
03/18/13
Paul Hobbs Adds Chilean Winery Viña Perez-Cruz To Import Portfolio
Total production at Viña Perez-Cruz is 80,000 cases, three quarters of which is Cabernet Sauvignon. The estate has 642 planted vineyard acres ranging from riverbed-influenced soils at 1,450 feet elevation to 1,650 feet in the higher-elevation vineyards.
03/18/13
Kosher Wines for the Seder Table
where is it written that kosher wine must be sweet, thick and unpalatable?
03/18/13
Moscato Finds a New Following
At a time when complaints abound that wines from all over the world are growing more alike, Moscato d'Asti is something of an anomaly
03/18/13
UK: Indie plugs Californian mid-price gap
A UK independent merchant has seen Californian wine sales soar by "nearly 1,200%" six months after reassessing its listings from the state
03/18/13
Jolie-Pitt Star Power Propels New Provence Rosé
Wine Spectator first to review celebrity couple's project with Beaucastel's Perrin family at Château Miraval
03/18/13
Payroll tax drags down February restaurant sales
The industry suffered its worst same-store sales decline in three years, the NRN-MillerPulse survey finds
03/18/13
California crop advisers to get nitrogen management training
UC Agriculture and Natural Resources will offer nitrogen management training to certified crop advisers throughout the state.
03/18/13
B.B. King to Launch Line of Signature Wines in the US (Press Release)
The 'King of Blues' teams with Votto Vines Importing to develop nationwide wine program.
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