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  Daily News for Thursday, April 25th
New York Faces New Wine Sales Restrictions
Consumers could have fewer choices if legislation squeezes small wholesalers, while State Liquor Authority forbids some third-party wine sales
Parker appoints three new critics
Indiana-born Jeb Dunnock, founder of The Rhône Report website, has taken over from Parker as the bi-monthly publication's Rhône critic. Meanwhile, US-born, Rome-based Monica Larner has replaced Antonio Galloni as The Wine Advocate's Italy critic.
Wine Retailer Association Announces Name Changes and Expanded Area of Focus (Press Release)
National Association of Wine Retailers Expanding Focus to Include New Areas of Concern to America's Wine Retailers.
Diageo Raises $3.25 Billion in First Bond Offering in a Year
Proceeds will be used to repay commercial paper and its 1.15 billion euros ($1.49 billion) of 5.5 percent bonds due July 2013, among other general corporate purposes, the London-based company said today in a filing
Maritime Wine Trading Collective Names Henry Wine Group Exclusive California Distributor
Effective immediately, the Henry Wine Group will become the exclusive distributor in California for Maritime's growing portfolio of imported and domestic wines, which includes offerings from Portugal, Spain, Turkey, South Africa, New Zealand, Sicily and Canada, as well as small production sub-appellation offerings from California and Oregon.
TradePulse Announces New Clients And Pricing Management Technology (Press Release)
TradePulse, the leading provider of cloud-based information technology solutions for the beverage alcohol industry, announced today that Freixenet USA, Duckhorn Wine Company, Huneeus Vintners, Crimson Wine Group, J Vineyards & Winery, Terroir Selections, Reata Wines, and Cannonball Wine Company have joined their growing client list.
Social Media for a Social Business
Selling wine is social, too. Canny wine marketers know this in their bones.
Boom Go the Millenials
John's Grocery in Iowa City is an upscale wine retailer whose customers include doctors and employees of the nearby University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. As such, says wine buyer Wally Plahutnik, his customers are knowledgeable and service oriented, regardless of age and demographic. Except for one very intriguing thing.
Authors of New Celebrity Vineyards Book on the Phenomenon of Famous People Making Wine
The book profiles 16 different celebrity-owned wineries, from Dan Aykroyd's Niagara vineyard to Mario Andretti's enterprise in Napa. In the following interview, the duo discusses how involved celebrities actually are with their wines - and whether those wines are any good.
Fresno County's Cardella Winery goes Spanish with new Albarino
Winemaker Nathan Cardella says the grapes are well-suited to the Valley's warm climate and produce an enjoyable wine that is gaining popularity in the U.S.
Armit Wines adds four new wine properties to portfolio
Armit Wines, a UK-based online fine wine retailer, has added four new wine estates - Tahbilk, Valli, TintoNegro and Chateau Maris - to portfolio.
Oregon: Pinot pioneers
In a relatively short time, Oregon vintners have come a long way to a place on the world stage
Ontario: Vintners uncork revived venture
Smith and Wilson Estate Wines co-owner Mary Jane Smith is looking forward to a new season with a fresh vision. Smith, and her husband George, have consolidated their Cedar Springs business to, "bring back the fun," and have more time for family and travel.
Sniff the Cap: It's Time to Start Giving Lodi Wines Some Respect
We like this appellation, east of San Francisco, where grapes have been growing blissfully since the 1850s. Lodi's sandy soils and Mediterranean climate, with warm days and nights cooled by Sacramento River Delta breezes, are ideal for growing zinfandel, the punk-rocker of grape varietals.
Wines, spirits tax hike to wipe out benefits for pubs, bars: WSTA
Since the introduction of alcohol duty escalator in 2008, wine duty has increased by 50 percent and that of spirits by 44 percent. The latest 5.3 percent tax increase has resulted in increase of 10p on a 750ml bottle of wine and 53p on a 1l bottle of spirit.
Major Port Houses Declare 2011 Vintage
Fladgate, Symington and Sogrape among the first across-the-board declaration since 2007
Idaho Wine Grapes Get Early Start
Bud break in full swing; extent of winter damage not yet clear
Finalists announced for Harpers Awards 2013
The shortlist for the Harpers Awards 2013 can now be revealed.
Top trade panel lined up to discuss upcoming wines at Emerging Regions Tasting
Harpers Emerging Regions Tasting on May 1 will kick off with an industry debate featuring key buyers from both the on and off-trades who will discuss the opportunities wines from up-and-coming countries and regions have in their businesses.
Beefeater to challenge consumers' habits with premium gin launch
Beefeater has announced plans to launch a unique hand-crafted, ultra-premium gin in June, designed to challenge the way the spirit is consumed.
UK: Angostura launches world's most expensive rum
The world's most expensive rum, Legacy by Angostura, designed to celebrate 50 years of independence in Trinidad, has been launched in the UK.
Haut-Brion 'oldest' luxury brand in the world
The oldest recorded brand in the world still in existence today is Château Haut-Brion the Bordeaux first growth has claimed - and challenged historians to find an older one.
The Proust Q&A: Christian Seely
AXA Millésimes managing director Christian Seely on his fears, loves and hates as well as where he wants his ashes scattered.
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.
New London Camino bar aims to boost Cava's reputation
Richard Bigg of London's Camino chain of Spanish restaurants is aiming to boost the image of Cava with a new bar specializing in the Spanish sparkling wine.
OR: Apolloni to open Tuscan-inspired wine cave
The underground facility can store up to 400 barrels for aging the winery's red varietals under naturally moderated, ideal temperature and humidity conditions. The cave relies on 100% passive geothermal regulation to maintain optimal barrel storage temperature and high relative humidity.
Wine Retailers Association Announces Name Changes and Expanded Area of Focus
The Specialty Wine Retailers Association (SWRA) announced today it is changing the organization's name to the National Association of Wine Retailers (NAWR) to reflect an expansion of the trade association's areas of interest and focus.
Nomacorc unveils environmentally friendly wine closure
Nomacorc announced the world's first zero-carbon-footprint wine closure and plans to show off the new product during the Intervitis Interfructa trade show in Stuttgart, Germany.
TX: Arlington awaiting word on whether wine sales petitions are valid
The petitions are in, and now Arlington is awaiting word on whether they contain enough valid signatures to force an election in November on permanent wine sales at Rangers Ballpark.
A Dark Day For Wine Lovers
But today, the TSA announced they would delay their new policy, caving to pressures from flight attendant unions and those who believe that a 1.5 inch blade is all that might be required to bring down another airplane in this country.
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 percent last year according to Technomic.
Wine: Drama of Montefalco reds commands attention
The somewhat agitated relationship between Sagrantino's harsh and seductive sides is great drama. Like great drama generally, or great marriages, even the happy endings come only after tenterhooks, twists of fate, compromise and patience.
California Wine: Goodland, Better Wines
Goodland brings together the talents of Matt Dees (Jonata Wines), Dave Potter (Municipal Winemakers), Chris Snowden (his family owns Snowden Vineyards in Napa), and the man people reverentially and not in the least jokingly call The Grape Whisperer, Ruben Solarzano (Stolpman Vineyards).
Wine retailers give themselves new name and focus
The Sacramento-based Specialty Wine Retailers Association has a new name and a broader focus
Unionized LCBO employees set May 17 strike deadline
The Ontario Public Service Employees Union, which represents more than 7,000 LCBO workers, announced the strike deadline on Tuesday
Diageo chief executive makes £6m from share sales
Company said the sales were no reflection of Walsh's faith in the owner of Smirnoff and Guinness, whose shares have more than doubled over the past five years
Texas: Twin Liquors Releases Statement On Federal Raid
Twin Liquors operates more than 70 units throughout greater Austin and Central Texas
University of Nevada getting into wine business
They're working on a new vineyard and think they found the perfect location at the university's Main Station Farm in Reno
Bordeaux 2012: Margaux releases one third down, Pavie and Angelus major increase
Chateau Margaux has matched fellow First Growth Chateau Mouton Rothschild by releasing its 2012 wine at €240 ex-Bordeaux.
US Airways to bring back free wine for overseas flights
Complimentary wine will again be served to economy passengers flying US Airways to Europe, Tel Aviv and South America, starting in July. American Airlines, with which US Airways has agreed to merge, brought back free beer and wine in coach on international flights last year.
B.C.: Summerland researcher honoured for work in pest control
Dr. Tom Lowery takes a wide-angle, inclusive approach to studying problems caused by pests in agriculture, so it's no surprise that when being honoured with a Queen's Jubilee medal, he took it in perspective.
Brazilian wine regions show promise
New world mixed with traditional flair is practised by most wineries that range in size from small enterprises to huge ones with four-million-litre holding tanks. The wineries and vineyards are for the most part organic and the grape varieties are a mixture of Portuguese (touriga nacional, touriga franca, tannat) and French (cabernet, merlot, pinot noir, alicante bouschet) grape varieties.
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