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  Daily News for Thursday, April 18th
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04/18/13
Napa Vintner George Vare Dies at 76
Man behind Geyser Peak and Luna Vineyards was a businessman and an innovator
04/18/13
State Coastal Conservancy OKs $10 million for Preservation Ranch buy
The next major step is securing a $4 million contribution from the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District at its May 7 meeting.
04/18/13
Bacchus Capital Management Invests in Madrigal Family Winery
Ed Sbragia to Direct Winemaking: Steve Cousins Named COO
04/18/13
Napa, Sonoma winery-direct shipments rise 8%, 10% in 2012
Red blends No. 2 in Napa; Pinot Noir surges in Sonoma
04/18/13
The New York SLA and Online Wine Sales: A Work in Progress, by John Hinman
This is far from the death knell of Internet wine marketing platforms in New York; indeed, the SLA went out of its way to acknowledge that the Internet, and Internet marketing, is of vital importance
04/18/13
Accolade Wines Launches The Light Grape Collection (Press Release)
Accolade Wines North America is introducing The Light Grape, a new collection of great-tasting, low-calorie wines targeted to health conscious consumers.
04/18/13
Mike and Kendall Officer finally have a winery of their own to call home
It was time they had their own place. After 15 years of toiling in a warehouse custom-crush facility in Santa Rosa, Calif., Mike and Kendall Officer, owners of Carlisle Winery, have bought a winery in Russian River Valley.
04/18/13
Something Old, Something New: Georgian Wines Adapt To Changing Market
Seven years ago, Burkhard Schuchmann, a retired German railroad executive, arrived for the first time in this lush region, where the snow-capped Caucasian mountains cast a long shadow over the grapevines that line the low-lying fields.
04/18/13
Bordeaux blend in the bag, time for the Rhone project - Canberra Times
The heady mix of crushed grapes and fermenting juice is in the air at Mount Mary winery, in the Yarra Valley, Victoria, home to one of Australia's greatest wines, the Bordeaux-inspired blend, Quintet.
04/18/13
WA: Flying Trout winemaker to step down May 1
Ashley Trout, who founded the winery in 2004, will take an undefined leave of absence as winemaker for the brand as she anticipates the birth of her second child, according to an announcement.
04/18/13
Winelovers rejoice as China resurrects French vines
A previous column reviewed Tibetan Dry wines from Shangri-La Winery. This column will focus on the Yunnan Red Wine Company based in Mi Le, near Yunnan's capital of Kunming.
04/18/13
BNA Wine Group Adds Mark Castaldi as Chief Operating Officer
BNA Wine Group has hired wine industry veteran Mark A. Castaldi as the company's chief operating officer, with responsibility for full oversight of company operations, fiscal efficiencies, supply chain management, grower relations, grape procurement and other outside vendor contracts.
04/18/13
A New Wine Fund Diversifies Into Rare Old Spirits
Oracle Capital Group, a global independent multi-family office and wealth consultancy, has launched the Oracle Paradis Wine Fund as a new alternative asset investment opportunity.
04/18/13
New winery Old Mason to debut in Miami County, Ohio
The new winery is the brainchild of co-owners Chuck and Sherry Compton and Jeff and Donna Clark.
04/18/13
Hine is put up for sale
The managing director of Hine has confirmed to Harpers that the Cognac house is up for sale.
04/18/13
California Summit 2013 lines up cream of trade
Harpers' inaugural California Summit on June 4 will feature a roll call of category experts to headline a day of debates, masterclasses, networking and focused tastings all designed to offer expert category insights and interactive feedback for those selling California wines in the UK trade.
04/18/13
William Curley snaps up trophy for wine and dessert match
William Curley Dessert Bar in London has won the fourth edition of the Wines of Roussillon Dessert Trophy European final, which took place in Perpignan.
04/18/13
UK: Exhibition explores etymology of booze
A new exhibition by the British Council reveals the etymology of common English words including "booze".
04/18/13
'eBay' wine auction site opens
A new wine auction website that refers to itself as the "e-bay" of the wine trade has launched to allow merchants to anonymously sell off excess stock.
04/18/13
04 Mouton on the rise
Liv-ex has reported that Mouton Rothschild's 2004 vintage has risen 37% in value in the last six months.
04/18/13
Bordeaux 2012: Stream of small chateaux release but no big names yet
After Chateau Gazin started things off on Monday morning, a steady stream of smaller chateaux have released their Bordeaux 2012 wines, with a few healthy - and other less healthy - reductions, and a glimmer of hope that there may be a market for the wines.
04/18/13
Bordeaux 2012: Nearly 6000 visitors at En Primeur say official figures
According to official figures, 5,800 people visited Bordeaux for En Primeur week to taste the 2012 vintage from barrel: a 7 percent increase on last year's tasting of the 2011 vintage.
04/18/13
Children not harmed by light drinking during pregnancy, two studies find
Children born to women who drink moderately during pregnancy are no more likely to have cognitive or behavioural problems than those of abstainers, a new study has found.
04/18/13
Walla Walla's Reininger reaching new heights
When Chuck Reininger decided to get into winemaking rather than brewing, the Walla Walla Valley still was a bit of a backwater in the Washington wine industry, home to just a handful of high-quality producers.
04/18/13
China's Luxury Appetite A Boon For Scotland
Less known for flash in China than Italy, yet enjoying a reputation for craftsmanship that rivals France, Scotland's ancient history and deep association with quality cashmere and whisky (as well as that most quintessential of wealth-connoting activities, golf) has translated to massive opportunity in China for many Scottish companies.
04/18/13
From Finger Lakes to Santa Ynez
Chatting with Morgen McLaughlin, New Director of the Santa Barbara County Vintners Association
04/18/13
New CAB Collective Refocuses Paso Robles on Cabernet Sauvignon
Next weekend, the CAB Collective hosts its coming-out party, with wine dinners in town on Friday night, April 26, and a grand tasting at Windmill Farms on Saturday, April 27.
04/18/13
The Best Wine Tasting In Burgundy: Maison Drouhin Opens Historic Cellars To Visitors
Maison Joseph Drouhin, one of Burgundy's finest winemaking houses, is open to visitors for the first time in its 133 year-history.
04/18/13
Truett Hurst: A Different Kind of Wine Auction
Sometimes it takes some wine to be willing to try something new. The same goes for initial public offerings, it seems.
04/18/13
AU: Winemakers told to get personal
Individual winemakers are being urged to visit export destinations themselves rather than delegate the task to help boost sales at a time wine exports are showing little growth and those to the lucrative Chinese market are sliding.
04/18/13
Indie musicians get political in push for BC liquor law overhaul
Members of B.C.'s independent music community have launched a petition calling for the provincial government - and all candidates in next month's election - to commit to changes in the province's liquor laws.
04/18/13
Antietam Highlands Wine Trail Launched in Maryland
Trail connects four wineries in Washington and Frederick counties and joins five other trails across state
04/18/13
Australia: Massive vintage for Riverina grape growers
A massive 300,000 tonne winegrape crop in the Riverina has prompted industry leaders to call for greater promotion of the region to help growers achieve sustainable costs of production
04/18/13
Bordeaux 2012: Mouton releases at €240
The 2012 campaign sprang into life - with Chateau Mouton Rothschild releasing at €240 a bottle, becoming 'pretty much the cheapest first growth in the world' as one wine merchant put it.
04/18/13
Diageo shares dip as growth disappoints
This was offset by the strong performance of its US business. However, analysts had expected organic sales growth of 5 per cent for the three-month period
04/18/13
Hoteliers bottle more business in wine country
Guests at hotels in popular wine regions come to the region for three things: Wine, restaurants and entertainment
04/18/13
VA: Salahi Oasis Winery is headed to foreclosure auction
Once the social launching pad for Tareq and Michaele Salahi, the Hume, Va., winery got snarled in a bitter family dispute and has been largely defunct for years, even before the 2009 White House state dinner crashing incident that made them household names and targets of various investigations.
04/18/13
Elephant dung beer sells out in minutes
A Japanese brewery created a beer using ingredients from elephant dung and it sold out within minutes of going on sale in the country
04/18/13
At 90, Mike Grgich is an American wine icon
Miljenko "Mike" Grgich, of Calistoga, clearly one of America's greatest living wine makers, turned 90 on April 1, and, despite some nagging back problems, he is still working his craft
04/18/13
Grgich, 90, looks at accomplishments, By Dan Berger
Miljenko Grgich's life in wine is an object lesson in courageous dedication to a philosophy, supported by empirical evidence, that some wines need no tinkering, and that adhering to old paradigms can create greatness
04/18/13
Mike Grgich still going strong at 90
"We knew how good the wine was."
04/18/13
"King of Chardonnay" Miljenko Grgich Still Going Strong at 90
Grgich poured tastes of the 1972 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay that he made, where he was winemaker and limited partner, as his inaugural vintage for the new Napa Valley winery
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