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  Daily News for Tuesday, April 9th
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04/09/13
Margaux trialing “voodoo“ biodynamics

"I have a hard time believing that the voodoo will bring anything extra to the wines as I'm not a religious person, but the only way to find out is to try."

04/09/13
Addio Franco Biondi Santi:
The "guardian" and champion of Brunello di Montalcino, Franco Biondi Santi died at the age of 91.
04/09/13
North Bay vintners debate demand for price hikes
Wine companies largely are caught between escalating costs of production and mixed perceptions of how much of the rising costs the market for finished wine will bear.
04/09/13
Wine grape frost protection concerns grow with water scarcity
In California's coastal wine grape-growing regions, a spring freeze can be devastating. Tender shoots and leaves burn back, causing damage that reduces the crop yield when it is harvested many months later.
04/09/13
Bordeaux 2012: attendance good, but doubts about quality persist
As the en primeur tasting week gets underway in Bordeaux, there are differing reports as to the quality of the vintage
04/09/13
Anne Krebiehl: A first impression of 2012 Bordeaux
Another year, another en primeur campaign. No longer are these the heady days of feverish speculation - both the market and a comedown from the hailed 2009 and 2010 vintages have steered the situation back into the real world, where this strange and intricate market mechanism of courtiers, négociants and "la place" insists on existing for another year.
04/09/13
Study: Climate Change Will Threaten Wine Production
Vino connoisseurs, take note: Your next fine wine might come from Yellowstone or Canada. Climate change is quickly making it harder for some of the most famous wine-making regions in the Mediterranean to produce grapes, according to a new study published Monday.
04/09/13
Scientists Question Impact as Vineyards Turn Up in New Places
Now 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?
04/09/13
Why Cab is king in Washington wine country
Last fall, Washington grape growers harvested 35,900 tons of the noble Bordeaux grape, effectively doubling its output in the past decade. In fact, Cab is not far from being the state's No. 1 wine grape - trailing Chardonnay and Riesling by about 2,000 tons in 2012.
04/09/13
Supplier News: Laffort USA Launches the '2013 Rendez-vous with Laffort'
After the success of the 2012 Rendez-vous, the Laffort USA team will be travelling throughout California the week of April 15th and April 22nd to launch the "2013 Rendez-vous with Laffort."
04/09/13
Protectionist Law Proposed In New York Would Hit Wine Consumers Hardest
While most states are desperately trying to figure out ways to encourage business development and reduce the cost of consumer goods, New York is considering a proposal that would benefit one particular group of large businesses at the expense of smaller outfits and consumers.
04/09/13
People News Recap from 4/2-4/8
Wine industry people on the move from April 2 to April 8
04/09/13
New Jersey wineries showcase selections at annual festival
More than 550 people tasted wines from the 22 New Jersey wineries that were represented at the Spring Fever Wine and Food Tasting Festival. The annual event is hosted by the Garden State Wine Growers Association, which is made up of 39 out of the 44 wineries in the state.
04/09/13
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.
04/09/13
In Billionaire's Legal Crusade Against Counterfeit Wine, Money Is The Least Of It
The lawsuit pits two men for whom money is no object in what boils down to a battle over pride and principle.
04/09/13
'Organic' isn't a passing fad for some wineries
What most consumers don't realize is how entrenched are the notions of organic viticulture. Some of the largest producers in the world are organic and more are choosing this route every year. Many of them always have been organic.
04/09/13
NZ: Hastings winery utilises back to basics soil science
"We use biological stimulants instead of traditional fertilisers - we apply these to soil and leaf using a soil drencher. This replaces the micronutrients normally used in viticulture."
04/09/13
There's more than price to consider when purchasing a winery asset
The value of a wine asset exists on many levels. A buyer might begin assessing an investment by considering global economic conditions, the current state of the wine industry, and whether or not a particular asset aligns with their specific investment criteria. On another level, value may be influenced by factors related to an asset's specific characteristics.
04/09/13
Michigan Wines Are Bursting With Flavor
Michigan wines are bursting with flavor after an exceptional season last year, and this year is already off to a good start. Grape farmers say it will be a great year for buying local wine.
04/09/13
California's Golden Oldies Reward Savvy Wine Buyers
Wines from the 1970s and 1980s from classic producers are some of California's most profound bottlings -- and they are largely unsung. Such golden oldies are top values in today's overheated auction market, though that may not last.
04/09/13
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. Fetzer bottled wine last year totaled 53.3 billion Chilean pesos (or $111.5 million) on 2.46 million cases, according to the parent company's reported financials on March 26.
04/09/13
Top wine M&A players see opportunities
The year 2012 was a big one for wine-related property and brand transactions, and industry expectations are that 2013 deal-making also will be busy.
04/09/13
Pennsylvania Vineyard Terroir Threatened
PennDot's plans for I-78 could affect micro-climate of Bergeist Vineyard.
04/09/13
USDA Seeks Applicants for Loan Funds to Create Rural Jobs
Applications are being accepted starting today from qualified non-profit and public organizations (intermediaries) to provide loans to create jobs by promoting new business development. Funding will be made available through USDA's Intermediary Relending Program (IRP).
04/09/13
NY's newest winery opens in Jefferson County
The Cape Winery made a soft-opening debut of its tasting room on Friday, with plans for a fulltime schedule after the Memorial Day weekend. It is New York State's 336th commercial winery.
04/09/13
Demand created before Washington wine's time
When PBS NewsHour told the story of budding Walla Walla winemakers Jeremy Petty and Jody Middleton in a segment last September, the broadcast created one very happy ending. Almost immediately the two were flooded with requests from all over the country for wines from their J&J Vintners. But there was one hitch: The winery had not yet had its proper beginning.
04/09/13
Wine trade out to boost presence in Europe
The peak industry body Wine Australia is hosting a visit by 20 leading European sommeliers, wine educators and writers to highlight the regional diversity and quality of Australian wines as the high dollar and offerings from new world producers, as well as traditional nations such as France and Germany, undercut Australian markets.
04/09/13
Franco Biondi Santi of Montalcino Dead at 91
The patriarch of the Tuscan estate many credit with creating Brunello was an outspoken champion of the wine
04/09/13
Bibendum introduces exclusive sherries after extensive search
Bibendum has launched its first exclusive sherries for over a decade after searching for more than two years.
04/09/13
Thiénot unveils UK distribution arm
Thiénot Bordeaux-Champagnes has unveiled Thiénot UK, which follows both Thiénot Inc USA and Thiénot Asia in establishing direct distribution for the brand around the world.
04/09/13
Chance to discover Canadian wines at new London tasting
The UK wine trade will get the chance to taste a full range of Canadian wines at a generic tasting to be held in London on May 16.
04/09/13
Smirnoff vodka launches TV ad campaign
Smirnoff will return to our TV screens this month with the second round of its Nocturnal Awakening ad campaign.
04/09/13
UK: Stevens Garnier to hold Annual Portfolio Tasting this month
Stevens Garnier is to hold its Annual Portfolio Tasting on April 30 in Manchester and May 1 in London.
04/09/13
Pontet Canet seeks 'emotion' via amphorae
Château Pontet Canet's technical director Jean-Michel Comme has explained how the pioneering introduction of amphora-matured wine in the estate's 2012 blend heralds an important step forward in quality.
04/09/13
Whisky expert wins IWSC Communicator 2013
The International Wine & Spirit Competition has named UK-based whisky specialist Dave Broom as the winner of its Communicator of the Year 2013 award.
04/09/13
Seven workers die in beer tank
Seven workers have been killed in Mexico City while cleaning a beer tank at the Grupo Modelo brewery, where Corona beer is brewed.
04/09/13
Thiénot to augment UK presence
hiénot is attempting to increase sales of its Bordeaux and Champagne brands in the UK market with a new subsidiary.
04/09/13
10 years on tasting highlights peculiarity of Bordeaux 2003
A tasting last month of classed growth Bordeaux 10 years on confirmed the atypical nature of the 2003 vintage, famous for its extremely hot summer.
04/09/13
Franco Biondi Santi dies at 91
Franco Biondi Santi, grandson of one of the great pioneers of Brunello di Montalcino, has died aged 91.
04/09/13
2012 Wine Sales In U.S. Reach New Record: Record California Winegrape Crop To Meet Surging Demand
Wine sales in the U.S. from all production sources-California, other U.S. states and foreign countries-increased 2 percent from the previous year to a new record of 360.1 million 9-liter cases with an estimated retail value of $34.6 billion," according to wine industry consultant Jon Fredrikson of Gomberg, Fredrikson & Associates in Woodside.
04/09/13
For bargain wines, bypass Napa and look to other California regions
So Wine Spectator has determined there are good value wines made in California in regions other than the Napa Valley. Sorry, but Napa Valley would be the last California wine region I'd expect to supply bargains unless we're talking Cabernet priced at $50 instead of the $75 the vintner feels is deserved.
04/09/13
Texas: New faces to the wine biz taking over La Cave from the Chandous
As we bid adieu to Francois and Anne Chandou, longtime owners of La Cave Warehouse who are retiring at the end of the month, we also say hello to Rhonda and Kirk Chandler, La Cave's new owners.
04/09/13
NY: Critics stomp on stained wine pol
Good-government groups and a fellow Democrat yesterday criticized Bronx state Sen. Jeff Klein for pushing a bill benefiting a national wine distributor that contributed $33,000 to his campaign.
04/09/13
Rare 1500-Year-Old Wine Press and Church Model found in Israel
The ancient port of Ashkelon was a key point for trading Israeli wine. Archaeologists have unearthed a huge wine press and rare ceramic church model near the city's old highway.
04/09/13
Wine by the keg may soon be legal in Florida
The Florida Legislature may revisit a law limiting the amount of wine sold in an individual container to one gallon, as advocates would like to see the advent of wine in a keg.
04/09/13
August Wine Group Aims For 150,000 Cases, As Bocelli Label Jumps Out
Several consecutive years of double-digit growth have positioned Seattle-based August Wine Group (formerly Small Vineyards) to reach 150,000 cases this year on a projected 15% advance, the company tells Shanken News Daily.
04/09/13
Supplier News: Wine Direct to Trade launches "ClubBTG" - A First for the California Trade
Wine Direct to Trade (WDT), creators of sales and marketing innovations for small wineries, announces the March 2013 launch of ClubBTG (By the Glass).
04/09/13
State Cedes 26 Per Cent Stake At Wine Distributor to Distell
State owned wines and spirit firm Kenya Wine Agency Ltd has finally ceded 26 per cent to South African wine maker Distel.
04/09/13
Sonoma surveying firm adds wine focus in merger
Santa Rosa-based land surveying company Cinquini & Passarino has added a wine focus by merging in Howard Brunner's 16-year-old surveying business in Healdsburg.
04/09/13
Hot in Cleveland
An influx of artists, artisans and budding Web entrepreneurs is energizing C-town's wine scene. Here's where to drink it all in when passing through.
04/09/13
After 38 years, Wine Cellar closing in North Redington Beach
It began in 1975 as a teeny spot in Gulfport. Success brought change, and the Wine Cellar moved to bigger digs in North Redington Beach that next year. Despite the grander 200-seat location, Karl Klumpp, Ted Sonnenschein and Peter Schuckert set about creating the same warmth and intimacy in this moodily lit setting.
04/09/13
April is Wine Month in Michigan
Craft Beer production may be growing in West Michigan, but long before it became popular to brew your own beer, west Michigan was wine country, and that business is also seeing substantial growth.
04/09/13
Part of elBulli's Wine Cellar Fetches $1.8 Million at Sotheby's Hong Kong Auction
Plus more news and notes from the world of wine, spirits and beer.
04/09/13
Margaux to release third wine
Bordeaux first growth Châteaux Margaux is to release a third wine onto the market this year.
04/09/13
AU: Genetic test for vineyard red blotch virus
Researchers at the University of Adelaide have developed a DNA testing kit they say can detect the grapevine red blotch virus. he virus devastated grape growing regions in the United States last year but has not been detected in Australia.
04/09/13
Oregon winemakers, Pinot Noir fans celebrate Shea Vineyard
The production floor of Penner-Ash Wine Cellars turns into a festival for devotees of Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir
04/09/13
Rosé wine, you've come a long way
The wine trade's recent rhapsody in pink has resulted in a rosé marketing binge which can confuse as well as entice
04/09/13
UK: Tesco counts cost of failed US venture
Britain's biggest supermarket by market share began a strategic review last December into the future of the US chain that has sucked in £1bn of capital and racked up losses of about £850m.
04/09/13
State could gain $32M more in liquor revenue without upfront payment for hospital debt
"That's the conclusion of a new analysis from a nonpartisan legislative office."
04/09/13
Deutsch Acquires Eppa SuperFruit Sangria
... marks Deutsch's second play within the sangria category, following its launch of Yellow Tail Sangria last month
04/09/13
Argentina Wine Specialist Vine Connections Branches Into Chile
Except for Casa Silva, which was previously imported by Vin Divino, none of those Chilean labels have had a national U.S. marketer to date, although some were available on a regional basis
04/09/13
Constellation Brands Earnings: An Early Look
Analysts have gotten more optimistic about Constellation's earnings prospects in recent months, as they've lifted their estimates both for the just-ended quarter and for the entire 2013 fiscal year. That optimism has definitely shown up in Constellation's share price ...
04/09/13
A glass of wine a day will NOT affect a woman's chance of beating breast cancer
Women with breast cancer can have a glass of wine a day without fear of damaging their chances of beating the disease, claim researchers. In fact, they may improve their overall chance of survival because modest consumption of alcohol cuts the risk of dying from heart disease.
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