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  Daily News for Friday, April 19th
Winery Executives Discuss Acquisitions

Fetzer/Concha y Toro, Jackson Family Wines, Foley and others share growth strategies

For most, it was the first exposure to Giancarlo Bianchetti, the Chilean who managed the acquisition of Fetzer Vineyards and now serves as its CEO as well as a director of Viña Concha y Toro

Constellation Brands Receives DOJ Clearance to Proceed with Acquisition of Grupo Modelo's U.S. Business (Press Release)
Constellation will become a fully independent beer competitor in the U.S. with perpetual rights for the Modelo brands currently sold by Crown and autonomous control of distribution, marketing, promotion and pricing
Napa, Sonoma winery-direct shipments rise 8%, 10% in 2012
Red blends No. 2 in Napa; pinot noir surges in Sonoma
Supplier News: eWinery Solutions Acquires Blue Dog Solutions
eWinery Solutions, architect of VinSuite, the wine industry's first comprehensive and fully integrated cloud-based business solution, announces the acquisition of Blue Dog Solutions, a company offering digital marketing services
The Ranch Winery Announces Eric Holthouse as Director of Operations
Holthouse brings 33 years of leadership experience in the operations and management of food, wine and spirits facilities to The Ranch Winery team.
Wirtz Beverage Group Announces New National Leadership Team
Under the new structure, each executive will oversee dedicated areas of business and the state affiliate teams in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nevada and Wisconsin
Wine Spectator 2012 Bordeaux Futures Release Chart
With the 2012 en primeur campaign underway in Bordeaux, we'll be posting new prices here as they are released
Fort Ross-Seaview Winegrowers Association Finally Formed After 200 Years (Press Release)
When the Federal Tariffs and Trade Bureau approved the Fort Ross Seaview AVA as a separate and distinct wine growing area, the Bureau described the region as "Coastal Cool". The motto of the Association will be "Coastal Cool, Steep Mountain Vineyards, Above the Pacific Fog"
Australian exports to China and US point to tentative recovery
Exports of higher-priced Australian wine to China and the US are growing, according to new figures - but the industry remains cautious in the face of the strong Australian dollar.
Wine With Hip-Hop Flavors
Of all the New York wine educators, there may not be two less likely tutors than Brooklyn-based hip-hop artist Sadat X and his producer, Will Tell
Washington's Bear Creek Winery shifts to USA-made products
Bear Creek Winery recently announced it now uses only American-made products for its bottling operations. The winery now buys all of its green glass bottles through Bennu Glass in Kalama, Wash.
The Morning Leverage: Bacchus Picks Latest Investment From the Vine
Madrigal Family Winery is savoring the heady bouquet of fresh cash. Bacchus Capital Management has invested "significant equity growth capital" in the vineyard management company, Amy Or reports.
OR: Archery Summit Winery launches new wine, Vireton Pinot Gris
Vireton Pinot Gris is made from hand-harvested grapes, which are initially pressed and settled for 24 hours and then fermented in stainless steel fermenters alongside Alsatian-style yeasts under temperature controlled conditions.
Trinchero Family Estates to roll out Bandit wines in new packaging
Trinchero Family Estates, a Napa-Valley based family-owned wines and spirits business, is to unveil its wine brand Bandit in a newly designed Tetra Pack packages in May 2013.
Wines of Argentina's Cambalache event shows way ahead for consumer wine tastings
Wines of Argentina claims this week's sell out consumer event, Cambalache, which is bringing together Argentinian wine, food, dance, music and culture over two nights in Dalston, east London, could show the way for how consumer events are held in the future.
Harpers Debate line up for LIWF announced
Leading trade figures from all sectors of the industry will debate the most efficient way to buy wine for their business as part of the Harpers Debate at next month's London International Wine Fair.
Antietam Highlands Wine Trail Launched in Maryland
Trail connects four wineries in Washington and Frederick counties and joins five other trails across state
Olly Smith parades Portuguese value
Wine presenter Olly Smith highlighted the "great value" offered by Portuguese wine and the "tremendous opportunity" this offers for consumer satisfaction as he unveiled his 50 Great Portuguese Wines.
Mouton releases with 33% cut
First growth Château Mouton Rothschild has released its 2012 with a 33% cut on last year's price.
Whiskey and Gin colognes launched
A fledgling online fragrance company funded by Kickstarter has launched a range of 20 scents including "whiskey" and "gin" cologne and "Pinot" perfume.
Vintners' Fest Welcomes New Leader
Morgen McLaughlin takes over Vintners Association in time for annual bash, this time at Mission Santa Inés.
Study: Warming could make Montana wine region
Climate change warnings tend to focus on the losers, but western Montana would come up a winery winner, according to a new scientific analysis of temperature trends.
Interest in online wine surges
The Internet is blossoming into quite the virtual vineyard.
Judging the World's Olive Oils
Time is the big enemy of good olive oil, and green is good. Those are two of the takeaways from the largest international competition of extra virgin olive oil ever held in the United States, which took place in New York over the past three days.
Bordeaux must not rest on its laurels, says marketing chief
The Bordeaux wine marketing board's new managing director, Fabien Bova, takes up his position at a time when exports are spiralling upwards and prices have firmed up considerably. He will still have his work cut out for him though in the home market
Washington wine grape growers dodge spring frost
Sub-freezing temperatures caused wine grape growers across Washington's Columbia Valley to lose sleep, but it appears they mostly dodged a potentially deadly spring frost bullet.
Fries family celebrates 2 generations, 2 decades of Duck Pond Cellars
Two generations of the Fries family mapped out some quality time with each other to celebrate two decades of working side-by-side on Duck Pond Cellars and making some of the Northwest's top value wines
Oregon liquor agency, Legislature ponder extra 25-cent surcharge on booze
That favorite bottle of Grey Goose vodka may cost additional 25-cents
Democrats find much to like in immigration bill
The Senate's Gang of Eight delivered an immigration overhaul bill this week that was far more generous to their constituencies than Democrats and Hispanic activists expected
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