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  Daily News for Friday, March 22nd
Charles Jefferson and Linda Ulrich Join Wine Institute as Vice Presidents of Federal Relations

Wine Institute President and CEO Robert P. (Bobby) Koch announced today the appointments of Charles C. Jefferson and Linda A. Ulrich as Vice Presidents of Federal Relations for Wine Institute, effective April 15

B.C. Industry Contributes $2 Billion
New report estimates impact of province's wine industry; taxes set to rise April 1
Why Vintners Can't Sign Wine Labels
And other often absurd restrictions in California alcohol regulation
Wine production falls worldwide
World wine production dropped 6 percent in 2012 to the lowest level in at least 37 years on smaller grape crops in France, Spain and Argentina, according to the International Organization of Vine and Wine. Output fell to 6.63 billion gallons, a drop of about 6 percent from 2011, the group said
Napa wine growers ready to pull cork on new season
Napa Valley wine growers and their customers are ready to pull the cork on a new season -- one they hope is abundant in both quantity and more importantly, quality
Best Way to Experience Taste Washington
To help you make the tough decisions about which wines to try and which ones to pass by check out
Oenophiles and foodies will unite this weekend in Seattle for the 16th Annual Taste Washington festival at the CenturyLink Field Event Center.
Imagine 225 Washington State wineries pouring their favorite wines and more than 65 of the region's top restaurants in one massive room and you've got an idea of what is in store for those attending
Terry Theise will launch Oregon's International Pinot Noir Celebration
Eric Asimov and Terry Theise will introduce guests to a new approach to enjoying wine
Hill Wine Co countersues grower, alleging poor-quality grapes
Hill Wine Co. of St. Helena alleges Frederic Constant of Diamond Mountain Vineyard tried to sell substandard cabernet sauvignon grapes in 2012 at a premium price, according to a cross-complaint filed last week
PA House Approves Bill To Privatize State's System Of Wine, Liquor Sales
In a historic vote, the state House passed a bill on Thursday night that would privatize wine and liquor sales and phase out Pennsylvania's state store system
Craft distillers aim to pour it on
Small liquor makers hope to tweak state law to be able to charge for tastings and sell bottles. Big wholesalers are a major hurdle.
Archery Summit Winery Introduces New General Manager/Winemaker Christopher Mazepink
Christopher Mazepink's extensive Oregon winegrowing expertise and familiarity with the unique terroir of the Willamette Valley make him a natural fit."
UK: Support for minimum alcohol pricing
'The freedom the alcohol industry is given to sell products at pocket money prices is at the expense of vulnerable communities.' Photograph: Sean Smith for the Guardian
In Wine Market, a Bubble Still Bursting
"I'm skeptical that the number of folks actually drinking wine at $1,000 a sip has exploded."
Bordeaux 2012: mixed verdict on first look at Right Bank
'Brittle' and 'lots of make-up' were two of the comments from critics as London had its first look at the 2012 vintage from Bordeaux's Right Bank properties
Millesima boycotts Latour for 'undermining' en primeur
Bordeaux wine merchant Millésima is refusing its allocation of Chateau Latour because 'what (the chateau) is doing undermines the whole system [of en primeur],' owner Patrick Bernard said
Australia: Retailers applaud scrapping of "unworkable" wine label integrity scheme
Designed by the old Australian Wine & Brandy Corporation (AW&BC), the Label Integrity Program provisions were introduced in September 2010 with the intention of protecting the integrity of Australian wine overseas.
Treasury Wine Sees China as World's Largest Market in 10 Years
Chinese wine sales will rise to about 500 million cases a year in a decade, from 150 million cases at present, Chief Executive Officer David Dearie said
Balanced international market gives Rhone Valley greater visibility
Figures released last week by Rhone valley marketing board Inter Rhône reveal that more and more foreign consumers are imbibing the region's wines. Exports rose by 5.5 percent by volume, pushing their share of total sales over the 30 percent mark
Steelhead Vineyards Announces Partnership with 1% for the Planet (Press Release)
Sonoma County Winery Expands Support for Environmental Causes
Supplier News: NetSuite And eWinery Solutions Partner To Bring Cloud Computing To Wine Industry
Built Atop NetSuite Platform, VinSuite Will Give Wineries First Integrated Cloud Application to Run an End-to-End Business and Manage Omnichannel Sales Including Tasting Room, Telesales, B2B and B2C
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