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  Daily News for Monday, April 15th
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04/15/13
Major alcohol suppliers, local distributors face off in court

As the franchise lawsuits make their way through the courts, lawmakers in Missouri again are pushing new legislation, Senate Bill 365 and House Bill 759, that would make it more difficult for alcohol suppliers to sever their relationships with distributors

04/15/13
Treasury ripe for slim pickings in US wine market
Treasury Wine Estates has re-entered the flourishing low-calorie wine market in the United States, launching three slim wine brands endorsed by a celebrity nutritionist to target the estimated one in five Americans on a diet
04/15/13
20 Individuals From Across the United States Earn Title of Advanced Sommelier
Martin Sheehan-Stross of San Francisco Takes Home the Rudd Scholarship
04/15/13
WSWA 70th Annual Convention & Exposition To Be Held In Orlando April 28-30, 2013
More than 2,000 alcohol beverage wholesalers, suppliers, mixologists and service providers are expected to attend the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) 70th Annual Convention & Exposition April 28-30.
04/15/13
SVB On Wine: Bovine Excrement & Global Warming
"To my thinking, this report on world climate change isn't even noteworthy. Its a repetition of information that's already been out there in several forms for many many years."
04/15/13
San Joaquin Farm Bureau Federation spars with winery owners seeking to expand
... members of the bureau say their interests as expanding businesses aren't being served by the bureau's commitment to preserving farmland. It's a battle of wills with no clear winner, and some members are choosing to leave.
04/15/13
Napa County challenges Altamura Winery
A Napa County Superior Court judge has ordered a winery in Wooden Valley to temporarily stop offering tours and wine tastings while Napa County officials seek a wider ban on winery operations, according to court records.
04/15/13
People: AgroThermal Systems Hires Field Manager
Tim Matson. previously with Vineworkes Vineyard.
04/15/13
Ontario: Don't overlook good hybrid wines
Generally speaking the term "hybrid" today means any grape variety produced by the cross pollination or "marriage" between a vinifera vine such as a Pinot Noir, Cabernet or Chardonnay and a native or American species of grape such as Vitis riparia or Vitis aestivalis.
04/15/13
AU: Livestock producers turning to winery waste as a feedstock source
Grape marc is traditionally used on soils in vineyards, but its becoming more popular with livestock particularly during these dry times.
04/15/13
Napa wineries offer special events to celebrate Earth Day
For the wineries and landowners in Napa Valley, many already participate in the county's sustainability program, Napa Green. Over Earth Day weekend, some of the Napa Green Certified vineyards and wineries will offer special tours, tastings and discounts.
04/15/13
Finger Lakes Wine Country's CEO resigns
Morgen McLaughlin, who has led the Finger Lakes Wine Country marketing organization since 2007, is taking a job in California.
04/15/13
OR: Bill clarifies criteria for winery events, activities in EFUs
The Oregon Winegrowers Association and southern and central Oregon wine associations are backing a bill they say protects against conflicts between farm uses and winery activities while allowing wineries to pursue revenue from on-site activities.
04/15/13
State of the Grape at Kentucky Wineries
Just five years ago, there were 16 licensed wineries in Kentucky; in 2013, there are 73, 66 of which are currently operational. Most are in or near Lexington, Louisville and northern Kentucky.
04/15/13
AU: Meeting grape expectations
Concerns over the correct payment of North East winery workers has prompted a union to stage a public meeting next week.
04/15/13
Restaurant industry same-store sales bounced back in March after a dismal February
as consumer confidence improved and sales at casual-dining restaurants rose,
04/15/13
WineSimple Introduces Ground-Breaking New App to Benefit Wine Retailers and Consumers (Press Release)
San Francisco-based WineSimple (www.winesimple.com) announced the launch of its mobile app that uses a proprietary matching algorithm to recommend specific bottles of wine to consumers based on their individual taste preferences.
04/15/13
French apéritif producer Maison Lillet to celebrate first National Apéritif Day in UK
Maison Lillet, a France-based producer of wine-based aperitif, is to celebrate the inaugural National Apéritif Day in the UK on 16 May 2013.
04/15/13
Bill Koch Wins Counterfeit Wine Lawsuit
Court finds that collector Eric Greenberg defrauded Florida billionaire at wine auction
04/15/13
China Cuts Back on Big-Buck Bordeaux
A government campaign against lavish spending has led wine drinkers to spend less.
04/15/13
Auction Index on the Rise in First Quarter of 2013
Demand for Bordeaux and Burgundy spikes while California dips
04/15/13
Obituary: Michael Jones
Michael Jones, the former chairman of Banbury wine merchant SH Jones, has died aged 83.
04/15/13
Prowein and Vinitaly battle it out on the international stage
After attending both ProWein and Vinitaly over the past two weeks, Katherine Canfield (pictured) assesses what the two shows offer their visitors and looks at their influence in the international wine market.
04/15/13
Rioja generic body plans €8m promotional spend
The promotional budget is a 5.6 percent increase on DOCa Rioja's investment last year and was voted through by more than 80 percent of the Rioja wine industry members who sit on the control board. Most of the money will be spent in Spain, the UK, Germany, the US, Switzerland, Mexico and China.
04/15/13
Hi-Spirits hires Louis Latour's Dan Bolton as MD
Hi-Spirits has appointed Dan Bolton to the newly created role of managing director.
04/15/13
UK: Drinkaware visitors soar in response to warning people drink more than they think
Visits to Drinkaware's website surged to a five-year high following the publication of research which revealed a gap between what consumers buy and how much they think they drink.
04/15/13
Champagne Ambassador's Awards open
The Champagne Bureau has called for members of the trade to nominate the UK's best wine educators in this year's Champagne Ambassador's Awards.
04/15/13
UK: Australian Vintage unveils 2013 launch plan
Australian Vintage is proving its determination to overcome challenges posed by a strong domestic currency with the announcement of a flurry of new product launches for the UK this year.
04/15/13
KWV set for major UK push
One of South Africa's largest wine producers, KWV, is preparing for a significant push forward in the UK after forming a recent distribution partnership with Myliko Wines.
04/15/13
US brewer offers $1m Bigfoot reward
US brewer Olympia Beer is offering US$1 million for "the safe return of "Bigfoot". The year-long contest has started in "an effort to highlight the proud histories of both Bigfoot and Olympia Beer in the [US] Northwest".
04/15/13
The only way is up for the UK drinks trade
Duty on wines has forced price rises, people are buying less wine on promotion, minimum pricing looms large and on-trade customers are willing to spend more for quality.
04/15/13
Bordeaux 2012: major releases 'next week'
A flurry of early Bordeaux 2012 releases is expected next week including Chateau Gazin in Pomerol, Rauzan Ségla in Margaux, and 'a high probability' of a First Growth.
04/15/13
New Figeac chief pledges 'no style change' following Eric d'Aramon departure
In the wake of the sudden departure of longstanding Chateau Figeac director Eric d'Aramon, the new managing director has said that the style of the wine will be respected by consultant Michel Rolland.
04/15/13
Sipping in the Rain: A Portland Wine Tour
Why is Portland such a great wine city? Much less has actually been said about that. And yet Portland has lots of impressive restaurant wine lists and first-rate shops with interesting wines from all over the world.
04/15/13
Santa Rosa shop with self-serve wine tasting clears Planning Commission
Rincon Valley Wine and Craft Beer would be the first shop in Sonoma County to feature automated self-serve wine dispensers that let customers sample wines on tap before they decide to buy a bottle.
04/15/13
Legislature considers allowing wine on tap at Florida restaurants
Wine on tap may soon be coming to bars and restaurants throughout the state under bills (HB 623, SB 658) edging towards passage that would do away with a Prohibition-rooted law that caps the size of wine containers at 3 liters.
04/15/13
UK: Jobs boom set as vineyard grows
Up to 30 full time and 200 seasonal jobs are set to be created at Alfriston-based vineyard Rathfinny Estate. The permanent jobs will be in the vineyard, winery and office. Up to 200 jobs will come as the vineyard expands and trained pruners are required to care for the vines.
04/15/13
73,000 California immigrants eligible for reprieve from deportation so far
Undocumented immigrants from Mexico represent nearly 80 percent of the 268,361 people who have thus far been granted a temporary reprieve from deportation under a federal program for those illegally brought to the United States as children.
04/15/13
California's Governor toasts Shanghai with Yao Ming
The Tao of Jerry meets the Yao of Ming. Or something like that
04/15/13
South Africa: Distell buys international whisky distilleries for $244m
The deal would see the JSE-listed group take over three Scotland-based malt whisky distilleries - Tobermory, located on the Isle of Mull; the Isle of Islay-based Bunnahabhain; and Deanston, in Doune, near Stirling - producing a total of 6.7-million litres a year of alcohol
04/15/13
Wine critics say cheers to Bordeaux's new vintage
China is currently Bordeaux's biggest market in terms of volume and second in value, but Chinese buyers were expected to stay away this time.
04/15/13
Immigration draft lays out contentious points plan to reward, select immigrants
The eight senators writing the bill plan to announce provisions this week, ahead of a major hearing in the SenateJudiciary Committee on Wednesday, but some details already have been leaked. Among them is the points system to select immigrants.
04/15/13
Drink Local Wine 2013 brings together past, future of Maryland wine
there were as many winemakers and owners from new wineries introducing themselves and their product
04/15/13
A billionaire businessman is opening New York's first wine "club"
The lavishly decorated Société du Vin, owned by Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander, will open in Bridgehampton, where the elite think nothing of plunking down millions of dollars for a beach shack and $1 million for golf-club memberships
04/15/13
China Cuts Back On Big-Buck Bordeaux
Chinese President Xi Jinping has told the country's free-spending political elite to cut back on their extravagant lifestyle
04/15/13
New Director for Santa Barbara Vintners
Focused on building reputation, targeting key consumer groups
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