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  Daily News for Friday, March 29th
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03/29/13
Red Mountain Development Heats Up
The stage is set for greater development on Washington state's Red Mountain, with the approval this week of a master site plan that envisions a 21-acre wine village and additional vineyard development.
03/29/13
World Wine Trade Group rubber stamps labelling treaty protocol
Members of the World Wine Trade Group (WWTG) agreed on a new Treaty Protocol on Wine Labelling in New Zealand last week. The Treaty takes the group's existing arrangement for labelling a step further
03/29/13
Major port houses set to declare 2011
Most major port houses are expected to declare the highly-anticipated 2011 vintage over the coming weeks, with Sogrape Vinhos the first to show its hand
03/29/13
Constellation wine tucks in at Levi Plaza
The new space, at 1255 Battery Street, includes all of the third floor and half of the second, for a total of 60,000 square feet, or nearly twice the size of its prior local headquarters
03/29/13
Former Screaming Eagle Co-Owner Closes Deal with Sonoma's Wind Gap Winery
Terroir Selections' Charles Banks buys 50 percent share; winery founder Pax Mahle to relaunch Pax Wine Cellars
03/29/13
Supplier News: Duarte Nursery Announces 10 Million Red Blotch Clean Rootstocks
Duarte Nursery announces its recent test results for Grapevine red blotch-associated virus (GRBaV). Growers who are interested in purchasing vines in 2013 and 2014 will receive tested clean vines from Duarte Nursery, Inc. DNI is committed to clean plant material and reaffirms its efforts to testing for red blotch disease.
03/29/13
How Good Is a $30,000 Bottle of Wine?
Some are excellent, others undrinkable.
03/29/13
Montana House Bill 402: On its way to Governor's Desk!
Montana House Bill 402 passed the House on March 14 and the Senate on March 27, and is on its way to the Governor for consideration. We will let our Montana members know when it is signed and becomes law.
03/29/13
New single-serving wine "glass" to debut at Kauffman Stadium
When baseball returns to Kauffman Stadium a week from Monday, patrons will be able to purchase single-serve vino in an innovative "glass."
03/29/13
Oregon Senate approves wine growler bill
The Oregon Senate approved a bill Thursday allowing wine to be sold in refillable "growlers," similar to the way that brewpubs sell beer today.
03/29/13
Businessman accused of selling fake vintage wine lashes out at foe's legal team
While on the stand, dot-com businessman Eric Greenberg - who's being sued by Florida energy magnate William Koch - shouted that Koch's firm 'falsified' and 'destroyed data,' and took shots at Koch's lawyer, John Hueston, saying his questioning reminded him of the movie 'My Cousin Vinny.'
03/29/13
Some Vintages of Soldera Wine Survive a Vandalism
Case Basse di Soldera, the great Brunello di Montalcino estate where more than 60,000 liters of wine were destroyed last year by a disgruntled former employee, apparently did not lose all the wine from six vintages from 2007 through 2012.
03/29/13
Yakima's push to become Washington's wine capital
A new ecosystem of Yakima wineries - and their impressive lists of wines - are driving the small town's efforts to put themselves on the map for wine-lovers.
03/29/13
More than $100,000 worth of wine stolen from SF business
Police are investigating a break-in involving the theft of several bottles of high-end wine worth thousands of dollars. Details on this heist are still sketchy, but police said the theft occurred sometime overnight Tuesday when a person broke into an industrial building in San Francisco's Bayview District that happened to house Fine Wines International.
03/29/13
Lake County Wine Alliance announces beneficiaries for annual charity event
Five high schools, five youth oriented programs and five other Lake County nonprofit organizations have been selected as beneficiaries of this year's Lake County Wine Auction.
03/29/13
Should Sta. Rita Hills Be Larger?
One grapegrower's proposal to extend the Santa Barbara County appellation's boundaries angers neighbors
03/29/13
Liv-ex releases its latest 1855 Classification
Fine wine exchange Liv-ex has recalculated the 1855 Classification with its price-based ranking of the Bordeaux classed growths, an exercise it last did in 2011.
03/29/13
Jukes and Ztelzer unveil new Great New Zealand Pinot Noir Classification
The sixth Great New Zealand Pinot Noir Classification released this week by wine critics Matthew Jukes and Tyson Stelzer has seen 23 new wineries join the list.
03/29/13
Sogrape declares its 2011 Port vintage as one of the best in history
Portuguese producer, Sogrape, has announced its 2011 Port vintage could have the "greatest potential for ageing" than any vintage in the history of its Ferreira, Offley and Sandeman ports.
03/29/13
Chablis exports to UK grew last year
The UK remained the number one export market for Chablis last year, with just under 10 million bottles - worth over €43 million - shipped over in 2012.
03/29/13
Champagne sales rallied in top-end restaurants, Lanson report reveals
Sales grew to £334.6 million, outstripping the 5.5% growth of sparkling wine to £115.7 million, according to CGA data contained in Lanson International's Champagne report.
03/29/13
Kingsland installs solar panels
Kingsland Wines & Spirits has installed solar panels on its roof which will provide up to 70% of the factory's energy.
03/29/13
Legeron launches Lagvini natural wine
Natural wine advocate Isabelle Legeron MW has launched her own label called Lagvini.
03/29/13
Chilean business giant and winery owner dies
Guillermo Luksic Craig, a leading Chilean businessman and owner of Viña Tabalí, died yesterday aged 57 after being diagnosed with lung cancer last year.
03/29/13
Green vodka launches foraged cocktail project
Element 29 vodka has brought out a series of cocktail recipes using foraged ingredients.
03/29/13
Ambev warned over Skol ice cream advert
Ambev has been warned by Brazil's National Council for Advertising Self-Regulation (Conar) this week, after launching Skol Ice Cream.
03/29/13
Beer giants under investigation in Germany
Several of the world's biggest brewers are under investigation in Germany having been accused of price fixing and could pay millions in fines.
03/29/13
Chateau Ste. Michelle's Patterson tasting gallery open
Chateau Ste. Michelle will open the Tasting Gallery at its Canoe Ridge Estate red winery in Paterson April 5 for the 2013 spring and summer season. Guests will an intimate tasting of single vineyard and reserve wines, while enjoying spectacular views overlooking the Columbia River.
03/29/13
A Start-Up Tries to Give Wine Spritzers a New Image and a Second Wind
The popularity of both spritzers and coolers faded in the '90s, but in the last year or so the spritzer has been making a comeback.
03/29/13
Why custom wine cellars are the new Lamborghini
But in these shaky economic times, when having money still is vilified, dumping thousands of dollars into a wine cellar that is literally hidden in the basement and filled with the most expensive wines in the world is an amazing way for the rich to spend money without flaunting it like the Lamborghini in the driveway.
03/29/13
Bulk versus bottle dilemma for South African wine
At South Africa's Rostberg and Co., green bottles filled with a ruby liquid clink as they march along a conveyor belt, destined for wine-lovers from Paris to Shanghai. But if a trend toward bulk shipping continues, the music of the Rostberg bottling plant may be about to stop.
03/29/13
The new French revolution: they're drinking less wine: Mallick
A surprising 38 percent of the French don't drink wine at all, up from 19.2 per cent in 1980.
03/29/13
Wine bottles are going screwy
But many winemakers in the U.S. and abroad are experimenting with them on select wines. New Zealand is leading the wine industry with more than 25 wineries converting from cork to cap, with wineries in Australia, Spain, South Africa, South America, Canada, the U.S. and France all testing the capping trend as well.
03/29/13
Leonardini makes her mark at family-owned winery
Katie Leonardini's family has owned Whitehall Lane Winery and Vineyards for the past 20 years, but Leonardini first moved to Napa Valley in 2004, after working in the financial services industry. Today is she is director of retail sales at the business.
03/29/13
Constellation Brands makes donation to Napa County
The Napa County Board of Supervisors formally accepted a donation from Constellation Brands, Inc. that will benefit the Comprehensive Services for Older Adults (CSOA) division of the Napa County Health & Human Services Agency (HHSA).
03/29/13
Napa vintners head to China
A group of 26 Napa Valley Vintner members is traveling to Hangzhou, Beijing, Shanghai and Xi'an from April 12-21 to share their wines.
03/29/13
Pinot noir festival planned in Anderson Valley
Tickets are on sale for the 16th annual Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival May 17-19. The event will feature an expanded grand tasting.
03/29/13
Remembering Jim Barrett
It is always sad to write about the passing of a valley icon. Jim Barrett, indeed, was an icon. Even Time magazine noted his passing.
03/29/13
A global wine expo opens a door to China for U.S. wines
Some 6,000 miles separate Napa Valley from Flower Valley, but Dr. Joe Chuang is embarking on a project to bridge this distance.
03/29/13
There's more to the Napa Valley than cabernet
While Napa Valley is the engine that drives this region's world-renowned wine train, there's a wealth of microclimates and sub-appellations that are assuredly along for more than the ride.
03/29/13
AU: New vineyard offerings in recovering market
Most vineyards on the market in Marlborough during the past couple of years were forced sales as lenders called in receivers or initiated mortgagee sales.
03/29/13
Statistics show large increase in Iowa vineyards
KWWL-TV reports that in 2000, Iowa had only five vineyards that covered about 15 acres. Iowa State University Extension viticulture specialist Mike White said that's now grown to 310 vineyards that stretch out over 1,200 acres.
03/29/13
BC Winery Recognized For Forward-Thinking Business
Okanagan Crush Pad winery, located in Summerland, British Columbia, is owned by wine industry marketing consultant Christine Coletta and her husband Steve Lornie. As a small, yet inventive winery, OCP is the first custom winemaking facility of its kind in Canada.
03/29/13
Quivira Receives 'Sustainable North Coast' Recognition from Congressman Huffman
Congressman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) visited Quivira Vineyards in Dry Creek Valley on Wednesday to present the winery with his Sustainable North Coast certificate in recognition of Quivira's work in restoring salmon habitat and healthy waterways.
03/29/13
Beverage Industry Unites for Drink Careers 101 Employment Initiative
The beverage industry is rallying behind the recently launched Kickstarter campaign for "Drink Careers 101: How to Get a Job in the Beverage Industry," a first-of-its-kind guide to professional careers in wine, beer, spirits, coffee, tea and soda.
03/29/13
Longtime Idaho winemaker retires
Dick Dickstein is going to retire - for the second time
03/29/13
Pacific Rim expands Washington, Oregon brands with new ownership
"He's the original Rhône Ranger ... He's not the Rhine Ranger."
03/29/13
Celebrated Wine Country chef Lisa Hemenway files bankruptcy
Hemenway had planned to move Fresh to another location, but a lawsuit was filed against her and she was forced into bankruptcy to protect herself, she said. She declined to discuss the nature of the lawsuit
03/29/13
Expo awaits detailed plans for BottleRock
... still waiting to see site layout and evacuation plans, proof of insurance and other logistical documents the fairgrounds and state require before the event can occur
03/29/13
Vintners head to China
A group of 26 Napa Valley Vintner members is traveling to Hangzhou, Beijing, Shanghai and Xi'an from April 12-21 to share their wines and their stories with consumers, members of the wine trade and media
03/29/13
Wine Spectator's The Grand Tour in S.F.
Wine Spectator's Grand Tour comes to San Francisco on April 24, 7-10 p.m. at the Marriott Marquis San Francisco, at 55 Fourth St
03/29/13
NPR: The Trick To Selling Fancy Wine From New Jersey: Don't Say It's From New Jersey
Halfway between the New Jersey Turnpike and the Atlantic City casinos is a little slice of France: Amalthea Cellars. There's an old farmhouse, and a field full of grape vines.
03/29/13
California snowpack at alarming low level
California snow surveyors reported that water content in California's snowpack is only 52 percent of normal, with the spring melt season already under way
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