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  Daily News for Monday, April 8th
Pebble Beach culinary fans eat it up

"Its been six years now and we've gone from 4,000 (in 2008) to 8,000 people. We just want to make it an amazing thing for California and for Monterey."

2012 Wine Sales in U.S. Reach New Record: Record California Winegrape Crop to Meet Surging Demand (Press Release)
Wine sales in the U.S. from all production sources-California, other U.S. states and foreign countries-increased 2% from the previous year to a new record of 360.1 million 9-liter cases with an estimated retail value of $34.6 billion
Franco Biondi Santi, Legendary Figure of Brunello di Montalcino, Dead at 91
The patriarch of the Tuscan estate many credit with creating Brunello was an outspoken champion of the wine
Napa wine reps will accompany Governor Brown on China trip
It's been months in the making and next Wednesday, just days after his 75th birthday, Gov. Jerry Brown will make his first trade trip to China. Among the delegation to go with him are representatives from Wine Country
Central Coast Vineyard Team Grows
Viticulturist Westover to coordinate technical programs
April 18 Wine Industry Conference: M&A surges amid supply concerns
The interplay of the resurgent market for wine-related supply and production assets and the ability to pass on higher costs to consumers will be discussed by 10 major industry players on two panels at the Wine Industry Conference, presented by the Business Journal in Santa Rosa
The Wine Industry Symposium Group announced its 18th annual Vineyard Economics Seminar will be held on May 23 at the Napa Valley Marriott
The group also is looking for responses to its annual Vineyard Economics Survey, which will be kept confidential. Results will be presented at the seminar
Scientists Question Impact as Vineyards Turn Up in New Places
Scientists are raising a new question: when grapes are transported to new areas, assuming warming weather and flagging rain make current regions unsuited to such harvests, what will the crop's arrival do to the animals and plants already in residence?
Sonoma Valley vintners Fred and Nancy Cline, who own Cline Cellars and Jacuzzi Family Vineyards, have bought a controlling stake in The Olive Press, an olive oil producer and custom olive pressing facility
The company was co-founded in 1995 by Ed Stolman and Deborah Rogers. Stolman died in December, and the Clines purchased his interest in the business
Romanian wine producer Recas Winery to increase wine exports by 33% in 2013
Romanian wine producer Recas Winery exported approximately 3 million bottles of wine in 2012 to countries such as England and other European markets, the USA, Canada, Japan, Russia and Australia, Ciprian Rosca, sales director at Recas Winery told BR.
NZ: Truckies struggle to cart grapes
The hot dry summer, which delivered a dream season for grape growers, is causing headaches for transporters and wineries during harvest. Yealands Estate owner Peter Yealands said yesterday that warm weather had consolidated ripening, creating a major influx of grapes into the wineries at the same time.
Sonoma: Counting the years
Celebrating the 150th anniversary of the first modern agricultural corporation in California - the Buena Vista Vinicultural Society, created by Count Agoston Haraszthy - are Tom Blackwood of Buena Vista Winery, George "The Count" Webber and Sonoma Mayor Ken Brown.
Frank Leeds named 2013 Napa Valley Grower of the Year
Longtime grower Frank Leeds has been selected to receive the 2013 Napa Valley Grower of the Year award by the Napa Valley Grapegrowers. Leeds will be honored for his broad contributions to Napa Valley agriculture and the community on May 17 at the organization's 39th annual dinner at Black Stallion Winery in Napa.
High hopes for Japan's wine in the old world
Now the "Koshu grape" fills terraces on the foothills of Mount Fuji, where those in the know say it makes a pretty decent and uniquely Japanese white wine that industry leaders say they intend to export to the West.
Bordeaux's Château Figeac Is Not for Sale, Owners Declare
Frustrated by inconsistent quality, family owners appoint new management and hire consultant Michel Rolland.
One Wining Moment: The 2013 Final Four Taste-Off
Wine Spectator's annual March Madness competition puts wineries from Kansas, Kentucky, New York and Michigan in the spotlight
Romanian wine exports to UK in growth
Romanian Winegrowers has announced it will be returning to the London International Wine Fair this year, on the back of significant growth in exports of Romanian wine to the UK.
Richard Siddle: Why the world of wine is getting smaller by the day
Three years ago a trip to ProWein in Düsseldorf was very much a foreign affair. While there was still a strong British delegation, it was swamped by visitors from around the world - but not any more. For many in the UK wine trade, ProWein has become the most important show of the year.
Drop in profits for Direct Wines
Direct Wines has reported a slump in profits as it invested in overseas expansion and software while domestic sales dipped.
Hugh Johnson to auction off cellar
Celebrated wine writer, Hugh Johnson, is putting part of his extensive cellar up for auction.
UK: MWs launch online retailer
Three masters of wine have set up their own online retailer with the aim of bringing to consumers "a ruthlessly edited selection of wines."
Drinks throughout art history
From allegory to advertising, artists have frequently depicted the pleasures and pitfalls of drink in their work.
Rum can be 'sophisticated'
Angostura rum's master distiller, John Georges, has said that rum has the potential to be just as "sophisticated" as Scotch whisky and Cognac.
NAPA: Spring brings threats of frost, but new technology provides vineyard protection
For Napa Valley Grapegrowers the next couple months are possibly the most stressful time of the year. One mistake and the hope of a successful season can be reduced to crispy dead leaves and shattered hopes of a bountiful harvest.
Major leaguers turn from primetime to wine time
Rich Aurilia and Dave Roberts, who met while teammates on the San Francisco Giants in 2007, are the principals behind Red Stitch wine, a limited production (200 cases) cabernet sauvignon made from Napa Valley fruit.
Red blotch: the grapevines' newest threat
At first glance, it seems similar to other common viruses that turn infected grapevine leaves beautiful reds in the fall, but it's distinctive and not even officially classified yet. It keeps grapes from ripening fully and accumulating enough sugar, typically limiting it to no more than 20 to 21 percent compared to 24 to 27 percent in healthy vines.
Consumer Wine Awards are in
American wine consumers like wines from everywhere, according to results from the fifth Consumer Wine Awards Competition held in March in Lodi. Winners ranged from big California cabernets to delicate white wines and many shades of moscato, according to competition chairman Jim Natsis and co-chairman David Akin.
Vintage Oregon Grand Tasting cancelled
"Last week, we learned through a third party that other events were not receiving permits from the City of Portland. When we reached out to the venue, we were informed of the problem. We looked at over 40 venues as possible substitutes, but at this late date, it was impossible to find a suitable venue."
Pebble Beach Food & Wine: Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto dishes it out
Midway through his cooking demonstration Saturday at the Pebble Beach Food & Wine festival, celebrated chef Masaharu Morimoto was grating wasabi for a sushi dish
Demand created before wine's time
The owners of J&J Vintners, Jody Middleton (left) and Jeremy Petty, have a laugh together at their winery. It opened for the first time this weekend.
Q&A: Giancarlo Bianchetti of Viña Concha y Toro
Giancarlo Bianchetti is chief executive officer of Fetzer Vineyards and a director of Chile-based Viña Concha y Toro, which purchased Fetzer in 2011 for $263 million
Stags' Leap Winery expansion approved
A 19th-century manor at Stags' Leap Winery will be converted from a bed-and-breakfast to a wine tasting and visitation space as part of a $2 million investment Treasury Wine Estates is putting into the property
Organizers: BottleRock will be wonderful for Napa
"We are excited to see the blossoming music scene in downtown Napa. The Napa Valley Opera House, Silo's, the Uptown Theatre, and many other intimate venues around town are offering terrific music on a nightly basis. We are happy to add BottleRock to the musical renaissance in the city of Napa"
Fredrick J. Johnson 1959-2013
With his love of wine, he went back to school and received an enology degree from Fresno State with honors. He later worked as a cellar master, cellar supervisor and cellar rat at several premium Napa and Sonoma wineries
There's more than price to consider when purchasing a winery asset, By Cody Jennings
Assessing the value of a wine investment opportunity is the key to a good purchase.
Matthieu Kauffmann resigns as Bollinger chef de cave
the first chef de cave at Bollinger to resign rather than to retire
Maine mulls a new strategy to tap into New Hampshire liquor sales bonanza
hey routinely undercut Maine prices by an average of $2 to $7 a bottle. When New Hampshire runs sales, the difference on one bottle is as high as $17
Indulge in China's Latest Export
There are still a few wine-producing countries left on the map that command genuine novelty value. China may boast the world's fifth-largest vineyard area and a thirsty domestic population that consumes nearly all of its wine, but in fine-wine circles, its presence in Europe is still headline news.
Rediscover Chardonnay, By Lettie Teague
California's versatile white-wine grape is escaping its syrupy reputation with lighter, brighter varieties untouched by oak
Hard cider is filling more Americans' beer glasses
In Ireland, the U.K. and elsewhere, beer and hard cider coexist peacefully on adjacent taps at the local pub as equals. Hard cider hasn't quite earned that respect in the U.S., but it's coming.
New York's Jeff Klein pushes bill benefiting national wine distributor that contributed $33,000 to his campaign
... aiding a particular industry is not uncommon - but said it's questionable when an elected official receives campaign contributions from the very industries the lawmaker is supporting
Seven die in Grupo Modelo accident
Grupo Modelo, the maker of Corona Extra beer, said that seven workers had died in an accident at its Mexico City brewery
Young Americans, By Jancis Robinson
Every one of the 50 states now makes wine, even Hawaii and Alaska. North Dakota was the last to succumb
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