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  Daily News for Thursday, April 11th
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04/11/13
Wine regions may lose up to 73% of land by 2050
A new study released this week by researchers at the University of Texas suggests that areas suitable for viticulture will decrease between 25% and 73% in major wine producing regions by 2050 - directly impacting countless fine wine regions across the globe
04/11/13
California wine shipments dip for first time in 11 years
... but retail value of that wine rose by more than 8 percent for the second straight year, according to recently released figures
04/11/13
Introducing Texas to Amazon Wine (Press Release)
Amazon customers can now order boutique wines shipped directly from highly-rated wineries for delivery to Texas.
04/11/13
Wineries Launch Innovative Mobile App Programs For Spring Holidays (Press Release)
Wine marketers leverage new Hello Vino app features including a retail locator using geolocation and targeted messages on shoppers' smartphones.
04/11/13
Sixth Annual Pebble Beach Food & Wine: A Culinary Extravaganza
What would you choose for a special meal if you knew it was going to be your last? This is a question often debated amongst chefs when they relax with colleagues at the end of a long night of service
04/11/13
Auction Napa Valley proceeds distributed
The Napa Valley Vintners announced its investment of $840,000 in community services that offer a safety net to meet the most critical and basic needs - food and shelter - for those living at or below the poverty level.
04/11/13
It's all in the name for Wineburg
With a name like Wineburg, it might seem like fate that Rebekah Wineburg would become a winemaker.
04/11/13
Kurniawan pleads not guilty, court date set
Alleged wine fraudster Rudy Kurniawan has pleaded not guilty in a US court to a two-count indictment charging him with schemes to sell fake wines and defraud a finance company out of £2m
04/11/13
Lodi growers optimistic about 2013
Shoots on some grapevines in the Lodi, Calif., area have pushed out several inches after buds began opening a week to 10 days earlier, reports Stuart Spencer, program manager for the Lodi Winegrape Commission.
04/11/13
Lodi Planning Commission to consider four new use permits
Jeremy Trettavik hopes to expand Jeremy Wine Co. by building a winemaking center on Black Diamond Way. Jeff Hansen of AH Wines wants to build a winery on East Vine Street in a vacant industrial building.
04/11/13
First look inside Chalkboard in Healdsburg as it transforms the former Cyrus space
As the work of winery and hospitality magnate Bill Foley, the concept will be a distinct departure from the four-star experience formerly found off the lobby of the Relais & Chateaux Les Mars Hotel in Healdsburg. Chalkboard is all about small plates and wine flights.
04/11/13
AU: Cellar door subsidy removal could spell disaster for wine industry
Hunter Valley wine industry representatives have joined forces with the NSW Opposition to call on the O'Farrell Government to reinstate the cellar door subsidy scheme.
04/11/13
Treasury Wine Estates Introduces Master Sommelier Course and Exam Program to Latin America
The program underscores the increasing importance of the Latin American marketplace to TWE, and the region's embrace of iconic, new world brands such as Beringer and Penfolds. TWE saw its sales volume in the region increase 16% in the first half of the 2013 fiscal year.
04/11/13
California Wines Get A Boost From Governor Brown's China Trade Mission
As part of Wine Institute's partnership with Visit California, the state's tourism organization, Golden State wines will be featured at an event billed, "California Winemaker's Dinner Meets Chinese Banquet" in Shanghai, as well as a VIP reception at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.
04/11/13
Wineries Launch Innovative Mobile App Programs for Spring Holidays
Wine marketers leverage new Hello Vino app features including a retail locator using geolocation and targeted messages on shoppers' smartphones.
04/11/13
En Primeur, Day One: The Surprise Vintage
A sneak peak at the striking reds, plus reviews of select Sauternes and Barsac.
04/11/13
En Primeur, Day Two: The Magic of Merlot
Ratings and reviews of stellar wines from Saint-Émilion and Pomerol.
04/11/13
En Primeur, Day Three: The Great Whites of Bordeaux
Ratings and reviews of stellar wines from Pessac-Léognan and Graves.
04/11/13
UK: Percy Fox to introduce Blossom Hill wine brand in new 500ml bottles
Percy Fox, the UK-based wine business of Diageo, is to launch its Blossom Hill wine brand in new 500ml bottles in May 2013 for consumers looking for low priced product.
04/11/13
Rudy Kurniawan's Court Date Is Set
Accused wine counterfeiter pleads not guilty to new indictment; no sign of plea bargain.
04/11/13
Belvedere Vodka adds light-up bottle to range
LVMH-owned vodka Belvedere has added a light to the bottom of its 1.75 litre bottles to make the drink stand out in nightclubs.
04/11/13
GrapePip bids to be the eBay of the wine trade
A fine wine merchant has launched an online auction for fine wines which it says will give customers the thrill of a live auction while offering merchants a neat solution to clear cellar overstocks.
04/11/13
UK: Majestic to list exclusive Hardys range
Accolade Wines has announced Majestic is to list its award-winning Eileen Hardy Chardonnay from later this month as part of the Hardys Signature range, which will be exclusive to the retailer.
04/11/13
Italian producers look to international growth to escape domestic economy
Italian wine producers are increasingly looking to international markets to escape their own crippled domestic economy.
04/11/13
Top 10 low-calorie wine brands
With around 20 percent of Americans on a diet, low-calorie wine brands are booming in the US, and particularly where celebrities are involved.
04/11/13
NY wine bill sparks outrage
New York wine distributors are fighting to stop a State Senate bill that they fear would drive many out of business and force up prices for the end consumer.
04/11/13
Sly Fox launches topless beer can
The Sly Fox Brewing Company in the US has launched its new Helles Golden Lager in a "topless" beer can.
04/11/13
Haut-Brion celebrates 350th anniversary of Samuel Pepys connection in Cambridge
Samuel Pepys' diary was the star attraction as the 350th anniversary of the mention of Chateau Haut-Brion was celebrated in Cambridge yesterday.
04/11/13
Bordeaux 2012: Dry whites to offer Sauternes producers cash flow
In a year where even the successful Sauternes and Barsac producers made incredibly low yields (the average in Sauternes was just 2.5hl/h), the trend for dry white wines from the region is proving an important source of cash flow.
04/11/13
Former Screaming Eagle co-owner buys Sonoma's Wind Gap
The former co-owner of Screaming Eagle - Charles Banks - has purchased a controlling share in Wind Gap winery, Sonoma.
04/11/13
Baijiu Brands Turn Hopeful Eye Toward Overseas Chinese
Looking to recoup domestic revenues lost to Beijing's ongoing anti-luxury crackdown, some makers of high-end baijiu are setting their sights on tourist and expat Chinese communities abroad.
04/11/13
New board for Rutherford Dust Society
Members of the Rutherford Dust Society, the organization of wineries and growers in the Rutherford AVA, elected a new Board of Directors at its 12th annual membership meeting.
04/11/13
St. Helena Economic Outlook Forum Scheduled
The state of St. Helena's economy will be the focus of the first "Economic Outlook Forum" to be held at 10 a.m. Friday, April 26 at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone.
04/11/13
Jim Nantz has a calling... to make America's next premium wine
"Nantz believes he has a calling to make wine ... He has a high interest in fermented grapes, and it is something that he has wanted to do more than decade."
04/11/13
Texas Wineries earn respect at NY International Wine Competition
Texas wineries competed with more than 3,500 wines from all 50 states, four Canadian provinces and 20 countries to earn the acclaim of wine judges at the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition.
04/11/13
The Wine Enthusiast Guide to New Orleans
The Big Easy isn't all beads and booze: the combo of food, wine and fun-loving folks ensure a good time. Here's where to eat, drink and doze in NoLa.
04/11/13
Argentine Wine Needs Concept
Argentine wine is known throughout the world by its high quality. However, twenty-five years ago, the local market was very different and so was the social recognition inside Argentina. Nowadays there are many kinds of consumers, and a wide variety of price ranges, from entry-level to ultra-premium wines for the most exigent drinkers.
04/11/13
New Jersey Wine-By-the-Glass Programs Get More Adventurous
In recent years, many restaurants have made significant upgrades to their wine-by-the-glass programs. The upgrades to the wine-by-the-glass experience include increased selection, more unconventional wines, higher-quality glassware and the introduction of preservation systems that keep wines fresh after opening.
04/11/13
Pick of the Vine: Petit verdot takes center stage
Of all the so-called Bordeaux varietals - and we're talking about cabernets sauvignon and franc, merlot, malbec and petit verdot - it's this last grape that gives winemakers the most trepidation
04/11/13
An education of Central Coast wines
California's Central Coast is one of the largest and most desirable grape-growing regions in the world.
04/11/13
Chico State's Great Debate on agriculture and water issues set for Friday
Tackling the topic of "Agriculture and Water Issues," Chico State University and community members will come together Friday for the twice-yearly Great Debate.
04/11/13
Obama proposes crop insurance cuts
When the White House today released its proposed federal budget for fiscal year 2014 (which starts in October) it included cuts for premium subsidies for farmers for crop insurance.
04/11/13
France's richest man drops controversial bid for Belgian citizenship
The 64-year-old tycoon insisted in a newspaper interview that he never intended to avoid the French taxman or President François Hollande's proposed 75% "supertax" rate. Instead, he said, he wanted to save his family business empire from being torn apart
04/11/13
Château Ausone dubs St Emilion classification 'a mess'
Pauline Vauthier, winemaker and co-manager of Château Ausone, has gone on record to voice her anger over the St Emilion classification, dubbing it "a big mess."
04/11/13
Treasury Wine puts Latin America to the test
Treasury Wine Estates has set its sights on Latin America and will partner with the Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas to offer the first master sommelier courses and exams to the trade in the region
04/11/13
Tennessee beer tax bill headed to governor
Tennessee's beer taxes outstrip any other state's because the bulk of the levy is based on price rather than volume. The more a beer costs, the higher the taxes that must be paid to buy it
04/11/13
Palm Bay Launches New Sparkling Wine Brand, Updates Citra Package
The new brand joins Impact "Hot Prospect" Lunetta Prosecco
04/11/13
Oregon Offers Incentives for Efficient Vineyard Sprayers
Wine grape growers could save 50% on new sprayers or retrofits
04/11/13
Dry red wines rising from the Douro Valley
Not since the postwar launch of Mateus, the sweet pink fizz in the iconic bulbous bottle, have things looked so rosy for Portuguese wine in North America.
04/11/13
Winemaker Mike Grgich celebrated his 90th birthday with friends and family Monday
Grgich presented two of his greatest achievements: his daughter Violet, left, and a bottle of 1972 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay
04/11/13
BERGER: 1 case, 12 slightly different wines
Was I duped? Did the wine I originally tasted change? What went wrong?
04/11/13
New York Declares War On Wine
It's two very large companies trying to monopolize the fine wine market by squeezing us out."
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