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04/16/13
Winery Hiring Activity Surges

Wine Industry Metrics for March also show off-premise sales up, DtC shipment volume up, flash offers down.

04/16/13
ASEV Selects Best Enology and Viticulture Papers for 2013
ASEV Selects Best Enology and Viticulture Papers for 2013
04/16/13
People News Recap from 4/9-4/15
Wine industry people on the move from April 9 to April 15
04/16/13
20 Individuals From Across the United States Earn Title of Advanced Sommelier (Press Release)
Five days of intense examination culminated today with 20 new names being added to the Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas list of distinguished Advanced Sommeliers.
04/16/13
Pinot Noir Summit Names Top Pinot Producers, Sets Attendance Record
At this year's Summit, 42 of the top-rated wines were featured in a distinctly different format and atmosphere from other wine-tasting events, as attendees blind tasted the wines and pitted their palates against the expert judging panel.
04/16/13
The Wine Advocate drops Galloni lawsuit
Robert Parker's influential bi-monthly publication The Wine Advocate has dropped its pending lawsuit against former critic Antonio Galloni
04/16/13
Fungus resistant grape variety unveiled
A French laboratory has unveiled a new grape variety that is resistant to mildew and other fungal diseases
04/16/13
NCSLA 2013 Conference Presents "COLA Changes on the Horizon" (Press Release)
The National Conference of State Liquor Administrators, Incorporated (NCSLA) will assemble June 24-28th on the island of Oahu at the Sheraton Waikiki Resort in Honolulu, Hawaii for its 2013 annual meeting and conference. Serving as conference host is the Honolulu Liquor Commission.
04/16/13
French Vineyard To Turn Carbon Dioxide Emissions Into Toothpaste
The owner of Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte has announced plans to capture the carbon dioxide produced during the fermentation process and convert it into sodium bicarbonate. He will then sell this sodium bicarbonate to pharmaceutical companies to be used for making toothpaste.
04/16/13
Building a Better Wine Event: Advice from Marketing and Event Planning Professionals
The success of a wine event starts with planning and a clear understanding of goals. The failures can often be traced to poor advance work and faulty follow through. The pitfalls are many, and catastrophes can happen. Here, marketing and event planning professionals offer their wisdom on planning the perfect wine event:
04/16/13
Lake County Winery Association to host wine competition this summer
Ray Johnson, director of Sonoma State University's Wine Business Institute, assistant director of the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition and author of numerous articles and his blog TasteWine, will preside as director for the professional judging.
04/16/13
New winery poised to open in Miami County
The region's newest winery - which its owners initially named "Naked Grape Winery" but later changed the name due to trademark concerns - is located at 4199 Iddings Road near West Milton. The opening of Old Mason comes just three months after Caesar Creek Vineyards opened in eastern Greene County.
04/16/13
Tax-Friendly Wines to Help You Celebrate (or Mourn) Tax Day
Whether you're getting a refund or you're paying the government today, you'll need wine to celebrate or drown your pain. We thought we'd distract you from the possibility of taxes by introducing you to wineries you may not have considered, chosen by us based on the level of state taxes their residents pay.
04/16/13
Oklahoma: Grape crop strong amid dry weather
While wheat farmers and other agriculture producers across Oklahoma struggle with drought, the reduced precipitation has been a boon for at least one crop.
04/16/13
Drink Local Wine 2013 brings together past, future of Maryland wine
Veteran winemakers Mike Fiore, Rob Boordy, Ray Brasfield and Antony Aellen either spoke at the conference or poured their wine to the hundreds who circled the tables and sampled a diverse list of red and white wines and mead.
04/16/13
Panichkul: More Oregon winemakers making viognier
In America, you'll find viognier from the central coast region of California. Although the acreage planted with viognier grapes in Oregon (a mere 210 acres in 2011 according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture) makes it one of the rarer grape varieties in the state, a growing number of Oregon winemakers are turning out wonderful viognier
04/16/13
Château Latour Sits Out Futures Sale
Preeminent winemaker Château Latour is stirring up the Bordeaux market with its announcement that starting this year it would be sitting out the traditional wine futures sale, a move that's created tension between the region's producers and wine merchants.
04/16/13
A Revered French Winery Breaks With a Bordeaux Tradition
Anyone who wants the 2012 Latour will have to wait years
04/16/13
AmericanWineryGuide.com Integrates Two Leading Winery Reservation Systems
AmericanWineryGuide.com has entered into affiliate agreements with the two leading winery reservation systems, VinoVisit.com and CellarPass.com.
04/16/13
Glazer's of Indiana and Aveníu Brands Announce New Agreement
Glazer's, one of the country's largest beverage distributors, and Aveníu Brands, a leading marketer of distinctive brands from the world's foremost regions, have announced that Glazer's Indiana has been awarded the statewide distribution rights for the Aveníu portfolio.
04/16/13
DOCa Rioja to invest EUR8m to promote wines
According to the generic body, the investment will be mainly spent in countries like Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Mexico, China, the US and the UK.
04/16/13
UK: Wake-up call as poll reaveals most wine drinkers alienated by trade's descriptions
Wine descriptions are more pompous than helpful, and most of them fail to help consumers understand the taste of the wine.
04/16/13
LIWF courts top sommeliers
The organisers of the London International Wine Fair have announced plans to send VIP passes to 200 of the UK's top sommeliers this week.
04/16/13
Symington Family Estates declares 2011 vintage
Symington Family Estates has declared 2011 as a vintage year, its third vintage Port declaration since 2000.
04/16/13
South African Distell snaps up Burn Stewart Distillers for £160m
South African giant Distell Group has bought Bunnahabhain producer Burn Stewart Distillers for £160 million from CL World Brands and Angostura.
04/16/13
Bancroft signs Remírez de Ganuza
Bancroft Wines has been appointed the exclusive UK agent for Rioja producer Bodegas Remírez de Ganuza.
04/16/13
Gazin first out of the blocks for 2012
Château Gazin has fired the starting pistol on this year's en primeurs by releasing today with a modest drop in price.
04/16/13
'Confusing' wine descriptions revealed
New research by Laithwaite's has picked out the words and phrases that consumers find the least and most useful when describing wine.
04/16/13
UK: 'Milestone moment' as average price of beer passes £3 a pint
The Campaign for Real Ale has labelled the news that the average price of a pint of beer has passed £3 for the first time as a "milestone moment".
04/16/13
Top 10 biggest US craft brewers
The Brewers Association, a not-for-profit trade group that collates production statistics for the US brewing industry, has released details of the top craft breweries in the US.
04/16/13
Bordeaux 2012: Chateau Gazin first release of en primeur
As expected, Pomerol's Chateau Gazin became the first Bordeaux estate to release its en primeur wine this week, coming out at an ex-Bordeaux price of €39, a reduction of 7.14 percent on last year's price of €42 ex-Bordeaux.
04/16/13
Bordeaux 2012: Pessac, Pomerol, Margaux among bright spots
The dry whites of Pessac Leognan have come out of this year's en primeur tastings with a solid vote of confidence from Decanter's tasting team - followed by Pomerol and Margaux.
04/16/13
Bordeaux 2012: Negociants 'serene' about 2012 but worried about effect on 2011
Bordeaux negociants say they are 'serene' about the quality of 2012, but most agree that it will severely affect the saleability of the 2011 vintage - for the time being.
04/16/13
Bill Koch wins case against Eric Greenberg
After years of litigation, multiple failed cases and endless court appearances, billionaire William Koch has claimed the first scalp in his war on what he calls 'wine fakers'.
04/16/13
It Will Cost You $50,000 To Join An Exclusive New 'Wine Country Club' In The Hamptons
Opened last year before the end of the Hamptons season, Société du Vin is a "wine country club" where the wealthy can store their vintage wines and hang out.
04/16/13
Michigan wine industry becoming toast of the town
According to Michigan Wines, the official website of the Michigan Wine Industry, sales of Michigan wine in the state rose more than 6 percent in 2012, while total wine sales increased just 1 percent.
04/16/13
Washington House OKs wine and beer at spas, theaters
The Washington state House has passed a pair of bills to make it easier for certain businesses to serve alcohol.
04/16/13
Celebrate Malbec World Day
Every grape, it seems, has its day. Malbec World Day on April 17 is a recent phenomenon to promote the malbec grape of Argentina.
04/16/13
Battle brewing in Maryland for supermarkets to sell wine, beer
Think Pennsylvania is the only state in the midst of a fight involving the sales of liquor? Head south across the border to Maryland.
04/16/13
Kropf honored by Washington college
Kropf is president and founder of Mutineer Magazine, which explores fine beverages from wine to coffee to spirits.
04/16/13
Domaine Carneros Recycling Award
The winery was recently named the Business Recycling Leader by Napa Recycling and Waste Services
04/16/13
Western Style Diet Makes You Die Young: Study
The latest study, published in The American Journal of Medicine, states that a western style diet, which includes fried and sweet food, processed and red meat, high fat dairy products and refined grains leads to a greater risk of premature death.
04/16/13
Moscato drives US wine sales to new heights
The grape variety, which has been talked up by hip-hop stars such as Lil' Kim and Kanye West, now commands a 6% share of wine bought in retail chains, where it is more popular than Sauvignon Blanc and only two percentage share points behind Pinot Grigio
04/16/13
Ontario: A wine pentathlon
Wake up and smell the grapes. Put those lame excuses on the shelf and get over yourself. Time to cease and desist the dissing and dismissing of Ontario wine.
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