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04/03/13
Wine industry pays tribute to vintner Jim Barrett

The who's who of Napa Valley's wine industry gathered en masse Tuesday to pay tribute to vintner James L. Barrett, a man who friends, family and business associates said lived, prayed, played and worked hard

04/03/13
The Wine Advocate & eRobertParker.com Announce Expanded Wine Coverage With More Tasting Notes & In-Depth Reporting
Robert Parker Resumes Northern California; First of Three New Reviewers Unveiled
04/03/13
Kokomo Winery Launches 2nd Vintage of Sonoma State Cellars
Over the past two years Kokomo Winery has worked closely with the Wine MBA students at Sonoma State to create a real-world project in the business of wine. On April 20 the students will celebrate another successful vintage at Release Party #2 on the grounds of Timber Crest Farms in Dry Creek Valley where Kokomo Winery produces and sells the wine.
04/03/13
Truett-Hurst, Inc. Announces Commencement Of Initial Public Offering
W.R. Hambrecht + Co., LLC is leading the offering, which is being made through its OpenIPO auction-based process that opens participation to all investors. CSCA Capital Advisors, LLC and Sidoti & Company, LLC are serving as co-managers for the offering
04/03/13
Adler Fels Releases National Parks Wine Collection to Support the National Park Foundation
The collection's first two releases, Yosemite Artisan Red Blend and Yosemite Artisan White Blend, both priced at $15.99/bottle, will be available April 3, online at www.nationalparkswinecollection.com and at participating retailers nationally. $2 from each bottle sold will be donated to the National Park Foundation to support its mission to preserve and enrich America's national parks.
04/03/13
Bud Break Spreads Up the West Coast
Wine grapevines begin spring growth and frost watch
04/03/13
Jackson Family Wines' Valley of the Sun Fine Wines Distributorship and Southern Wine & Spirits of Arizona's Fine Wine Division, Vintage Selections, Align in Arizona
Luxury Wine Venture--VOS - Vintage Fine Wines and Spirits--to Join Valley of the Sun and Vintage Selections' Premium Brands
04/03/13
Sokol Blosser Winery unveils tasting room design; DC Vegetarian adds breakfast: Restaurant Notebook
As designed by Portland's Allied Works Architecture, the new facility is being built with environmental stability as a priority, following the Living Building Challenge standard.
04/03/13
Press Release: "Umpqua Valley Barrel Tours" Offer New Vintages & Surprising Settings Around Every Turn
Three separate and geographically distinct tours are being offered this year: The North Tour, The Central Tour, and The South Tour. On each tour, participants board lively Barrel Tour Buses bound for wine tastings and food pairings at six of The Umpqua Valley's award-winning wineries.
04/03/13
China Foods to buy wineries in Australia, US
China Foods Ltd - the Hong Kong-listed consumer food arm of Cofco, the country's largest State-owned food conglomerate - will buy two or three wineries in Australia and the United States, in a bid to expand its wine sales while fending off competition from surging wine imports
04/03/13
Legislation would permit W.Va. wines to be sold earlier on Sunday
All that could change soon, under a bill that cleared the Senate in a 27-7 vote Monday, allowing home-grown wines to be sold at 10 a.m. on Sundays.
04/03/13
New California Wines Green Tour Video Celebrates Down to Earth Month in April
Wine Institute has released a new video, "California Wines Green Tour," at www.discovercaliforniawines.com/media-trade/videos, featuring a traveler enjoying the state's beautiful wine regions while experiencing sustainable winegrowing and winemaking practices.
04/03/13
Stack Wines Now Available at Meijer Stores
Product will now be sold in all 144 Meijer locations throughout Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, & Ohio.
04/03/13
Brown Brothers puts Australia's White Hills Vineyard for sale
Brown Brothers, an Australia-based family-owned wine company, has placed its White Hills Vineyard in Tasmania for sale, as part of plans to restructure its business due to decline of sales in Europe.
04/03/13
How to "Get" Wine
Matt Kramer asks why so many good wines are underrated.
04/03/13
The White Club confirms provenance of 'impeccable' DRC
A collection of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti with impeccable provenance dating back to the 1920s will be served at an exclusive dinner in London later this month.
04/03/13
Top 10 wines in the UK press
Matthew Jukes reveals "the most exciting, new Spanish white wine of the year so far" and the "perfect red for all types of palates".
04/03/13
Latour leads Liv-ex's new classification
Bordeaux first growth Latour has topped Liv-ex's bi-annual classification of the Left Bank.
04/03/13
UK: TV boost for booming craft gin scene
A new distiller will help shine a spotlight on the UK's growing craft gin category when it features on popular BBC series Countryfile this weekend.
04/03/13
US craft brewers seek tax break
Craft brewers in the US are lobbying the Federal Government for a tax break but so are the larger brewers.
04/03/13
Scotch whisky exports hit record value despite volume decline
Exports of Scotch whisky hit a record value of £4.3 billion in 2012, despite a volume decline of 5% over the same period.
04/03/13
Winestars World producers battle it out for international listings
Six out of the 10 competing producers at the inaugural Winestars World competition held at last week's Prowein walked away with significant interest from at least one of the wine buyer judges, writes Erin Smith.
04/03/13
Pernod Ricard adds to pricemarked Malibu rum range
Pernod Ricard is to extend its pricemarked Malibu range by introducing a £12.99 70cl bottle later this month.
04/03/13
English wineries get rave reviews at Prowein
English sparkling wine was seen as one of the big successes at last week's fair with wines from the five participating wineries receiving rave reviews, writes Miguel Cruz Liljegren.
04/03/13
Scotch whisky exports fell last year but industry remains confident
Scotch whisky exports fell by 70 million bottles last year with top market France accounting for nearly three quarters of the decline.
04/03/13
Monopoly forces Canadian ice cider producers into Europe
Canadian ice cider producers, restricted by the state monopoly in Quebec, were out in force at last week's ProWein looking to build their presence in European markets.
04/03/13
Bordeaux owner fined for illegal addition of carbon
The owner of an estate in Lussac Saint Emilion has been fined €5,000, with a further €5,000 suspended, for adding oenological carbon to his finished wine.
04/03/13
New UK-based online trading platform launches with heavyweight backing
The peer-to-peer fine wine trading exchange will open for business before the end of May. Features on the new site include the ability to create and manage multiple cellars, and a 'wine passport' to ensure provenance.
04/03/13
Paolo Basso crowned world's best sommelier
Paolo Basso has beaten off competition from 53 other hopefuls to be named Best Sommelier in the World.
04/03/13
Bordeaux 2012: 'No need to wait' says Moueix as La Fleur Petrus, Trotanoy and Belair Monange released
JP Moueix sets the early tone ahead of en primeur tasting week by releasing their full 2012 range.
04/03/13
Decanter unveils trio of China columnists
The new expert trio of Jane Anson, Ch'ng Poh Tiong and Li Demei will begin a series of opinion-led features, each writing columns exclusive to Decanterchina.com from today.
04/03/13
UK 'not the future for Champagne growth'
The UK is not where growth for Champagne will be found in the future, the new president of the Union des Maisons de Champagne, Jean-Marie Barillère, has warned.
04/03/13
It's a riot: tastings aided by technology
In 2005, Tyler Balliet, founder and CEO of Second Glass, which sponsors wine tasting events like the touring Wine Riot, moved to Boston "randomly" after a period living in France and traveling around Europe.
04/03/13
Food & Wine names Michael Voltaggio of LAs ink. a best new chef
According to the Food & Wine website, Voltaggio was honored "because his modernist cuisine pushes boundaries - he'll serve octopus over buttered-popcorn puree - but it is still delicious."
04/03/13
Fact check: Minneapolis "wine inspectors"
Mayoral candidate Gary Schiff garnered some attention at last week's debate when he cited an obscure city position as a reason for overhauling Minneapolis' regulatory code. "Did you know you can get a job in the city of Minneapolis as a wine inspector?" said Schiff, a City Council member.
04/03/13
TN: Wine in grocery stores bill held up in Senate
Members of the Senate Finance, Ways and Means Committee will hold one final vote on a measure that would let voters decide through local referendums whether to let their grocery stores sell wine.
04/03/13
Wine Sisterhood Opens Digital Marketplace Dedicated To Women Who Love Wine
Wine Sisterhood, a vibrant digital community promoting wine conversations and engaging consumers in the enjoyment of wines through social networking on a variety of web-based and mobile platforms, announces the launch of a new on-line store at shop.winesisterhood.com.
04/03/13
Bills would loosen Washington's liquor laws
More than a dozen bills working their way through the legislative process would increase a person's ability to consume some form of alcohol at some new setting
04/03/13
Wine benefit in Anacortes showcases amazing Washington wines
Compass Wines co-owner Doug Charles orchestrated the event, which benefitted the College of Veterinary Medicine and Wine Business Management programs at Washington State University.
04/03/13
Paso Robles: A Wine Lover's Paradise on California's Central Coast
On a recent visit to Paso Robles, on California's Central Coast, we were awed by the beautiful natural landscape, the delicious wine, the wonderful food, the friendliness of the people, and the complete lack of traffic or overcrowding so prevalent in other US wine regions.
04/03/13
Record Wine Grape Value in SLO County for 2012
Ancient Peaks winery in Santa Margarita said last years harvest was probably the best they have had in 15 to 20 years. It's not just the perfectly ripened grape its the taste.
04/03/13
Washington House panel approves bill to allow beer and wine sampling at farmers markets
Under Senate Bill 5674, domestic wineries and microbreweries at farmers markets would be eligible to serve 2-ounce samples, as long as they also serve food or are next to a food booth
04/03/13
MA: Carli beer & wine license approval stirs controversy
"There is nothing in our bylaws that does not allow this. Also, I believe we did have a convenience store that sold beer and wine, called Loretta's, near the center of town, and to my knowledge, there weren't any problems there."
04/03/13
Georgia Winery Unveils Expansion Plans
The company is set to double the production capacity and is working on making their bestsellers available on wine shops in different states including Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee.
04/03/13
Sutter Home Family Vineyards Invites Casual Cooks to Submit Burger Recipes to the 2013 Sutter Home Build a Better Burger® Recipe Contest (Press Release)
Sutter Home announces call for entry and a chance to win the $100,000 grand prize now open; five judges finalized to select the 2012 winners at Sutter Home on May 18
04/03/13
Dunne on Wine: Montevina Winery gives starring role to barbera
If they follow their usual timetable, federal and state agricultural officials any day now will release their annual calculation of vineyard acreage in California
04/03/13
Australia: Brown Brothers confirms restructure, vineyard sales
Brown Brothers will sell vineyards in Tasmania and Victoria in the latest phase of a restructure that has seen the company scale back its UK operations and make 10 staff at its Milawa winery redundant
04/03/13
101-year-old woman says four drinks a day keep the doctor away
Our new hero is a Staten Island woman who just turned 101 and whose recipe for longevity includes booze, booze and more booze
04/03/13
Video: Author and wine expert Jancis Robinson speaks to the "CBS This Morning" co-hosts about her new book, "American Wine,"
... which gives a comprehensive look at wine and those who make it in all 50 states.
04/03/13
Servant Disses Ex-Boss In Billionaire Wine Fraud Trial
In what could have been a scene out of Downton Abbey, a former servant of onetime-billionaire Eric Greenberg testified in Manhattan federal court today that his ex-boss was a tyrant, and admitted to sending an email in which he called him an asshole.
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