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  Daily News for Wednesday, April 24th
Wine Retailer Association Announces Name Changes and Expanded Area of Focus (Press Release)
Focus to Include New Areas of Concern to America's Wine Retailers-
Lawsuit Threatens St.-Emilion Classification
Three châteaus accuse INAO committee members of rigging 2012 rankings
de Bouard and Casteja named in Saint Emilion legal challenge
Hubert de Bouard and Philippe Casteja have been named as having conflicts of interest in the beleagured classification in Saint Emilion as three disaffected chateaux lodged a legal complaint with the public prosecutor against the ranking
Supplier News: Nomacorc Announces First Zero Carbon Footprint Closure
Made with plant-based polymers derived from sugar cane, Select Bio will be first presented to the industry during the Intervitis Interfructa trade show
Tribute for Keith Patterson May 11
Patterson, one of the driving forces behind Cal Poly's highly respected Wine and Viticulture program, died March 21 at the age of 66
Su Birch to leave WOSA in September
Birch, who has been CEO of the wine industry association since 2000, said that she intends to take "a brief sabbatical" and then focus on developing marketing plans for a range of clients
$1 million will go to naturalize immigrants in Napa County
The Napa Valley Community Foundation on Tuesday announced it would invest $1 million over the next three years to help the county's legal immigrants become U.S. citizens. The lush wine region is heavily dependent on immigrant labor: Last year's analysis found that immigrants annually account for as much as $1 billion of the region's gross domestic product.
Paul Draper on why he's adding a list of actions and ingredients to Ridge's labels
Although an ingredient list is not required by the TTB, if a winery chooses to add a list of ingredients to its back label it must list all ingredients
Russian River farmers work to protect grapes, river levels
Winegrape growers within the Russian River watershed came through the first night of freezing temperatures with flying colors last week, as their sprinkler diversions for frost protection of vulnerable spring vine growth resulted in very little drop in river flow levels.
Napa: Farm Bureau urges caution in reforming environmental law
Changes to the law, now more than 40 years old, have garnered interest among legislators and Gov. Jerry Brown, who contend that its provisions lend themselves to abuses among special interest groups intent on stopping development projects.
What's in a Winery Name?
Experts say: Settle on brand image before naming
Brunello Consorzio suing Soldera for libel
The Consorzio of Brunello di Montalcino is to take legal action against producer Ginafranco Soldera over comments he made about the group to an Italian newspaper
Virginia winery toasts trade deal with China
Château Morrisette is toasting a new trade deal that will send thousands of cases of its wine to China over the next five years. Through an agreement with the Tianjin Commodity Exchange Company Limited, the Floyd County winery will ship about 1,150 cases twice this year with the first round slated to arrive this week.
Truett-Hurst, Inc. Revises Terms Of Proposed Initial Public Offering
Truett will offer 2,250,000 shares of Class A common stock, and has indicated a new price range of $8.50 to $10.50 per share.
Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Opens New, Rebranded Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection Store in Monroeville
The new store, at nearly 12,000 square feet, doubles the size of the wine and spirits store it replaces in the Miracle Mile Shopping Center.
Precept Wine announces promotions after record first quarter
President/CEO Andrew Browne declared the first three months of 2013 to be "the most successful" in company history. It comes on the heels of producing 950,000 cases of wine last year.
Chateau Ste. Michelle announces summer concert lineup
Chateau Ste. Michelle announced its 2013 Summer Concert Series lineup this morning, which includes two nights of performances by Harry Connick, Jr.
Enoitalia to add new sparkling wine Prosecco to portfolio
The company will be launching the Prosecco in a newly re-designed traditional bottle. The new Italian sparkling wine will be available throughout the US from June 2013 at suggested retail price of $13.99.
Hope Family Wines Repackages Popular Troublemaker Wine With a Bold New Label
Hope Family Wines unveiled a new label for its Troublemaker wine (SRP $20), which will roll out this spring to wine stores and restaurants in all 50 domestic states and select international markets. The new packaging features an abstract red and black image, with a minimalistic back label that reads: "You know who you are."
Late freeze affects wine growers
the grape-growing counties on high plains of West Texas have been bitten with late freezes, too. The only recourse is paying the price to import grapes from New Mexico or California
Weird and Wild Wine-Drinking Games
From maddeningly hard to outright deadly, some games show our wine-swilling forebears had odd ideas about fun
Port 2011 hailed 'classic' as producers rush to declare
The 2011 Port vintage is set to become the first widely declared year since 2007, with the wines hailed as 'classics', with a character 'rarely seen in the Douro Valley'.
Symington Estates unveil single vineyard 2011s
Symington Family Estates has unveiled two single vineyard vintage Ports as part of its 2011 declaration.
Fladgate Partnership declares 2011 vintage on St George's Day
The three Port houses belonging to the Fladgate Partnership have chosen today, St George's Day, to declare the 2011 vintage.
UK-based Armit adds four wine estates to portfolio
The four estates are Tahbilk in Victoria, Australia; Valli in Central Otago, New Zealand; TintoNegro in Mendoza, Argentina; and Château Maris in the Languedoc, France. Wines from all four were previewed at the Armit Spring Tasting last week.
Winners announced of db Green Awards 2013
Spain's Miguel Torres and California's Jackson Family Wines were triumphant at today's Green Awards ceremony in London.
Napa winemakers discuss the region's 'more affordable' Chardonnay
A panel of Napa Valley winemakers and trade gathered in St. Helena recently to discuss Chardonnay wines priced $30 and under.
Field blends bring disease resistance
Preventing the spread of viruses and other diseases in the vineyard requires not just a range of plant species but also mix of vine varieties, according to Jeff Coutelou of Mas Coutelou.
Women hit hardest by UK drink duty hike
Analysis from the WSTA has found women to bear the financial brunt as the beer tax cut is wiped out by wine and spirit increases.
Top 10 St George's Day drinks
As it's St George's Day, the patron saint of England, why not celebrate the day with a typically English drink, such as mead or Pimm's and others we've selected.
Fladgate joins 2011 declaration surge
The Fladgate Partnership has joined other major houses in declaring its 2011 vintage Ports, having held off until its traditional timing of St George's day.
Bordeaux 2012: Duhart Milon, Alter Ego and Carruades
Duhart Milon, Carruades de Lafite and Alter Ego de Palmer lead the latest releases, as the Bordeaux 2012 en primeur campaign starts to pick up.
Maison Giraud urges Champagne industry to use local oak
Claude Giraud, the owner of Maison Henri Giraud Champagne, has launched an appeal to the big-name Champagne houses to use more local oak in the production of their wines.
America's favorite wine varieties
We're pulling further ahead of Europe, but seeing increased competition from China. That's the conclusion of a new study by Vinexpo, the world's most influential wine exhibition, which takes place June 16-22 in Bordeaux France, expecting 48,000 visitors from 140 nations.
TX: Late freeze affects wine growers
Central Texas grape growers are expecting smaller crops of certain kinds of grapes this year due to a late freeze. " It's all dead, frozen and falling off."
Zev Rovine on the State of the Natural Wine Market
Will the growth of natural wines continue to surge? Or will the enthusiasm taper off? Eater contacted Zev Rovine, a wine importer with a business built on a portfolio of natural wines to discuss whether the wines will have staying power in the marketplace and on restaurant lists.
State Lawmaker Proposes Illinois Wine Tax
Downstate Rep. Mike Bost (R) is sponsoring a proposal that would tax Illinois wine sales two cents per gallon. If HB 3331 becomes law, the proceeds from the tax would be used to promote Illinois' wine industry.
Bespoke Collection Wine Brands Launch 20L, Recyclable Keg Program to Wholesale Partners
"Tap" into wines from Blackbird Vineyards, Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley and Recuerdo Wines
MD: Food, Wine & Co. rebrands itself
Food, Wine & Co., the popular Bethesda bistro that opened in 2010, has tweaked its image, with a new logo, awning, staff uniforms, and a somewhat more whimsical, progressive menu, according to Chef Michael Harr.
UK minimum pricing: Drinks industry 'distorted evidence'
The alcohol industry has been accused of distorting evidence in an attempt to influence the Scottish government over its minimum pricing policy.
Wine Leverage Launches New Website (Press Release)
DTC white paper with insights available from CEO available on website
Washington Wine Indsutry Tees Up 13th Annual Wine Cup
The Washington Wine Industry Foundation (WWIF) tees up its 13th Annual Wine Cup Monday, July 15 at Meadow Springs Country Club in Richland. This year the Shotgun Scramble will begin at 9 a.m. for a cooler climate than previous years.
Wine By The Glass Sales Rise As Millennials Look To Experiment, Diversify Repertoire
High-end wine consumption in the on-premise isn't as robust as it was in the pre-downturn days, but wine sales overall continue to rise in the channel-up 5.2% last year according to Technomic. Restaurateurs and wine marketers say the by-the-glass segment has created new opportunities for growth, particularly among younger consumers.
Australia: Survey studies free wine-tastings behaviour
Researchers at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) have commissioned a survey to find out if wineries benefit from providing free wine-tastings
California 4am last call for alcohol proposal rejected
Opponents urged lawmakers to think about public safety. When one jurisdiction closes at 2 a.m. while another closes at 4 a.m., law enforcement warned the situation would create what they call "liquor commuters."
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