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Thursday, July 31st

04/23/13

Business owners, particularly the wine industry that makes up a significant proportion of the North Coast economy, need to pay attention to major health care insurance, tax and estate law changes this year to avoid steep noncompliance penalties and mitigate significant tax increases, according to local tax-planning and insurance experts.

04/23/13

"Tap" into wines from Blackbird Vineyards, Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley and Recuerdo Wines

04/23/13

The U.S. Senate begins debate on a proposed law that would require Internet retailers to collect sales taxes around the country, despite objections from online sellers that the bill goes too far

04/23/13

Wine industry people on the move from April 16 to April 22

04/23/13

Monica Larner will focus on Italian wine and Luis Gutiérrez will take on Spain, Argentina and Chile

04/23/13

The offering will be made only by means of a prospectus. Copies of the preliminary prospectus related to the offering may be obtained from WR Hambrecht

04/23/13

The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.40, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Although the company had a strong debt-to-equity ratio, its quick ratio of 0.90 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.

04/23/13

A Napa County Superior Court judge has ordered a winery in Wooden Valley to stop offering wine tastings and other operations until further notice. Judge J. Michael Byrne on Thursday ordered Frank and Karen Altamura of Altamura Winery to obtain their necessary permits from Napa County officials.

04/23/13

In this second part of our interview with Bill Terlato, the Terlato Wine Group president discusses plans to set up a dedicated U.S. spirits unit, joining fellow wine marketers E.&.J Gallo, The Wine Group, Trinchero Family Estates and Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits, all of which have also been delving more deeply into spirits of late

04/23/13

Madrigal Family Winery, a Napa Valley-based winery known for its vineyards and agricultural legacy, is to use the capital offered by Bacchus Capital Management, a private equity firm providing strategic capital in the wine industry, to expand business.

04/23/13

The architect behind Calgary's Peace Bridge is being asked to pay for a leaky winery roof. Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava has been asked by Ysios winery to fix the undulating roof, after it has repeatedly failed to keep out water.

04/23/13

In the wine business one good review can mean a lot of money. Now, one of the most prominent wine writers in the Northwest is getting into the wine business himself. And that's agitated some in the industry.

04/23/13

The Ham Lake City Council has given first reading to an ordinance allowing large assemblies and other special events as part of farm winery operations.

04/23/13

The second Blanc Du Bois Symposium in Texas, presented by the Austin County Grape Growers Committee, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association, will take place from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. May 10 in Cat Spring.

04/23/13

Gov. Rick Snyder thinks it should be easier to make, buy and sell alcoholic beverages in Michigan, Gary Heinlein reports in The Detroit News.

04/23/13

Amador and Lodi, Calif., growers discuss practices for quality wines and water conservation.

04/23/13

Michel Chapoutier has spoken exclusively to Decanter.com about his frustration over the recent press reports claiming the winemaking map will be entirely redrawn by 2050.

04/23/13

Chateau Lafite Rothschild has released what it calls 'the most affordable Lafite on the market' with its 2012 vintage, at €330 ex-Bordeaux.

04/23/13

Australia is aiming to use its biggest-ever wine event later this year to challenge negative perceptions of the country's wine industry.

04/23/13

Wine and spirits tax rises will hit women drinkers the hardest, wiping out any benefit pubs might have felt from the cut in beer tax in the process, according to the Wine & Spirit Trade Association.

04/23/13

Lizzie Shell of boutique "Super Rhône" producer, Chêne Bleu, demonstrated the versatility of its output at North African restaurant, Momo, in Piccadilly, London recently.

04/23/13

Bancroft Wines has announced its appointment as exclusive UK agent for Rioja estate Bodegas Remírez de Ganuza.

04/23/13

China-based wine consultant, university professor and db contributor Edward Ragg has published his first book of poetry, which includes a tribute to Lebanon's Chateau Musar.

04/23/13

Skinnygirl, the low-calorie wine and pre-mix cocktail brand founded by US reality TV star Bethenny Frankel, has added a Moscato to its line-up.

04/23/13

Wine writer Matthew Jukes looks back on a decade of change in the country's wine industry and offers predictions for its future.

04/23/13

Château Lafite has released its 2012 with a 21% cut on last year's price as the Bordeaux en primeur campaign picks up.

04/23/13

Shipments of wine directly to consumers from wineries in Napa and Sonoma counties, accounting for 69 percent of such shipments from U.S. sources, last year grew at 8.0 percent and 10.1 percent in value, respectively, helping push U.S. winery-to-consumer shipment value past that of wine exports for the first time, according to a new study.

04/23/13

Terlato Wine Group enjoyed 18% sales growth in 2012, leveraging a portfolio that includes flagship Santa Margherita-which is now above 600,000 cases in the U.S. market-as well as prominent labels like Italy's Gaja, France's M. Chapoutier and Bollinger and California's Markham and Chimney Rock.

04/23/13

Who says you need cash or expertise to start a business? Bonnie Harvey and Michael Houlihan said they lacked those two things, but have managed to create one of the country's fastest-growing wine brands.

04/23/13

Canadian history is filled with tales of protected industries destined for oblivion because of free trade, foreign threats or lost subsidies. But the worst-case scenario rarely plays out as predicted. Consider two prominent examples from the past quarter-century: the advent of free trade for Ontario's wine industry and the end of the subsidized freight rates for Western grain farmers.

04/23/13

Pouches continue to be the 'it' package for food processors and a growing number of beverage companies.

04/23/13

Given continued uncertainties around immigration policy in Washington and Sacramento and the budding of a 2013 crop that could be decent-sized, North Coast winegrape growers are looking for ways to stretch labor farther so they aren't as short-handed as a number were during the record-volume 2012 season.

04/23/13

Gov. Bob McDonnell announced the agreement between Chateau Morrisette in Floyd County and the Tianjin Commodity Exchange Company on Monday. McDonnell is leading a job creation and economic development marketing mission to China, Japan and California.

04/23/13

Vintners and growers of winegrapes often emphasize the value of vineyard terroir, a French term for the contributions of the distinctiveness of a certain location in wine quality. Yet what's not often realized is what boosts the prestige of vineyards in one area over those in another also can be a big bonus in tax savings.

04/23/13

There's a growing use of phone sales in the wine industry, especially after the recession changed the buying habits of luxury wine drinkers.

04/23/13

After a lifetime of appreciating fine wines, Terry Davis has fulfilled his dream of making wines by founding "Frisson Wines."

04/23/13

Southern California's major water agencies would control a joint powers authority to build two massive, 35-mile long tunnels to siphon water away from the Sacramento River before it could naturally flow into the Delta, the Sacramento Bee newspaper says.

04/23/13

The Planada Community Services District in Merced County is getting more than $4.8 million in a federal grant and a loan to improve its wastewater treatment system.

04/23/13

"Our customers repeatedly tell us they have submitted very good reviews" that never show up on the website. "We asked Yelp. We were told 'perhaps if you paid to do Yelp ads, we could help with this."

04/23/13

Officials said they expect the approval rate to drop as more cases make their way through the system

04/23/13

Jay McInerney on Robert Bohr and David Beckwith of Grand Cru Wine Consulting

04/23/13

The Quintessential Family Wineries' "Road Trip," makes stops in Chicago, Denver and Vail, CO the week of May 13t

04/23/13

For Croatian winemakers, dreams of European Union market bounty came crashing down after recent trade bans exposed them to the hurdles which await agricultural greenhorns in the wealthy bloc

04/23/13

Château Morrisette is toasting a new trade deal that will send thousands of cases of its wine to China over the next five years

04/23/13

For starters, the process of blind tasting has very little to do with the experience of most wine buyers

04/23/13

Keith Patterson, one of the driving forces behind Cal Poly's highly respected Wine and Viticulture program, died March 21 at the age of 66