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  Daily News for Friday, April 26th
$20 million wine distribution center opens
The center is the size of 11 football fields and already is storing about 2.2 million cases of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates wine at a cool 55 degrees, said Jim Kleist, senior vice president of West Coast operations for Railex
Open the Taps in Florida
State lawmakers approve law change to allow wine kegs
PA liquor privatization battle moves to the Senate
Many Republicans, including Gov. Tom Corbett, are pushing to end the state's more than 80-year-old liquor monopoly.
Studies: 3 million annual Napa Valley visitors spend $1.4B
Shopping, wine among top reason for visits
Deadline Approaching for Winegrape Industry Scholarships
Applications for the Washington Wine Industry Foundation scholarships are due on June 1. WWIF is offering scholarships for students interested in studying and pursuing a career in viticulture or enology for the 2013-2014 academic year.
Impact Exclusive: Top 10 Wholesalers Achieve Solid Growth, Look To Further Expansion In 2013
Despite an environment of upheaval marked by control-state privatization pushes, changes to state licensing laws and the impact of Hurricane Sandy, the leading U.S. spirits and wine distributors are all in growth mode-and on pace for big gains in 2013.
Wirtz Beverage Group Teams with McLane for Investment in Missouri (Press Release)
Wirtz Beverage Group, a Chicago-based leading North American spirits, wine and beer wholesaler, and McLane Company, Inc., a Texas-based global foodservice and supply chain leader, announced today the companies have formed a joint venture and entered into an agreement with St. Louis-based Missouri Beverage Company.
A Mendocino County grape grower fined $33,800 by state regulators for alleged illegal diversion of water
Since 1999, Hopland-based Milovina Vineyards has been diverting water from an unnamed creek near its property to fill an unauthorized 1.4-acre reservoir used for irrigation and frost protection on 41 acres of grapes.
Rioja winery sues architect for €2m over leaky roof
The owner of Rioja's Ysios winery says it has 'no choice' but to file court action against renowned architect Santiago Calatrava Valls, after suffering from repeated leaks in a roof he designed for the winery.
Oregon Wine Month celebrated in May with many special events
The growing season has arrived, so Oregon is getting ready for another winegrape season.
Côtes du Rhône growers warned against producing too much rosé wine
Some industry leaders are now beginning to fear that too many producers have jumped on the pink bandwagon.
Corby to Represent World's Third Largest Wine Company in Canada
Corby Distilleries Limited and The Wine Group LLC announced today that they have entered into an agreement providing Corby the exclusive rights to represent The Wine Group brands in Canada for the next five years, effective as of April 1, 2013 in Quebec and May 15, 2013 for all other provinces.
Yakima Valley's Spring Barrel Tasting has a 'festival feel'
The bulk of Spring Barrel Tasting customers come from the population centers in Western Washington, and this year is shaping up to be a big one. Wine Yakima Valley sold its first allotment of 1,500 "premier passes" early this year.
Gallery: Checking in with Oregon's sustainable wineries
Many subscribe to principles, and are certified, via the Low Input Viticulture and Enology process that sanctions sustainable producers. The Oregon Environmental Council also validated that some of them met the group's Carbon Neutral Challenge for Oregon Wineries standards.
Eighty Years Ago: Wisconsin Voted to Repeal Prohibition
Wine & Spirits Wholesalers Spotlight Multi-Billion Dollar Impact on Wisconsin Economy
Why you won't find the word 'organic' on wine labels
As a growing number of wine producers go organic, one frustrating challenge persists for green-conscious oenophiles: Many organic producers simply don't label their wines as such.
Whole Foods Market's One Wine Label is Ripe with New Blends
Budding partnerships with local vineyards brings shoppers six new custom vintages at affordable prices.
Kickstarter Project Update: Lumi Wine Wall Announces its Wireless Feature to its Upcycled Illuminated Moduluar Wine Wall
Lumi Wine Wall, an innovative upcycled wine storage system, has added the ability to power the LEDs by battery.
China, mass retail and Web to drive global wine sales
Mass retailers and the Internet will increasingly dominate the $164 billion global wine market at the expense of bars and restaurants, industry experts said on Thursday.
The Dragon roars, sips and spits: Wine Production in China
At this year's ProWein, a clutch of medium to large Chinese wineries were showing their wares. All were eager to find importers for the European market, despite the lack of any apparent imperative given the strong and rapidly expanding domestic market.
OnTrak Software partners with Menu Designs to serve wine, spirits industry
Menu Designs is a division of David Dobbs Enterprises and mainly provides wine list, menu covers and other point of sale (POS) products to its customers in wine and spirits business.
Grand Tour, a Moveable Wine Feast, Starts in San Francisco
Wine Spectator's 12th annual tasting gathers top wines from around the globe
Gone in 500 Seconds: A Bordeaux Smash and Grab
Plus, more fallout follows Brunello vandal attack, a winemaker-turned-bread baker, toasting Australia's first Masters champ with Penfolds Grange, John Salley promotes Vegan Vine wines and more
English Wine Producers welcomes new members
As its annual trade and press tasting approaches, English Wine Producers has announced the addition of two new members - Henners and Bluebell, both in East Sussex.
Su Birch to leave Wines of South Africa
Su Birch is to resign from her position as chief executive of Wines of South Africa at the end of September.
Bordeaux 2012: Palmer drops 1%
Château Palmer has followed its second wine and released - with a 1% drop in price.
Right Bank properties push their luck
Château Angélus and Pavie have released their 2012 vintages with prices that exceed those of 2011.
Mezcal: the other Mexican spirit
It's important that mezcal gets its deserving place on the shelf as a delicious and enjoyable spirit.
Top 10 wines in the US press
Will Lyons picks out a "simply stunning" white wine as a perfect pairing on salad days, while Eric Asimov recommends a "pure, lively and energetic" Chardonnay.
Chateau Loudenne to be sold to Chinese Baijiu group
Chinese Baijiu group Moutai will purchase cru bourgeois property Chateau Loudenne, according to reports.
Wine grape's future looking very, well, rosé - Santa Ynez Valley News
The county Vintner's Association held its twice-a-year festival this past weekend, and as usual, it drew a crowd.
Oregon Senate sends winery activity bill to House
A bill regulating winery activity on farm ground is now in the Oregon House after clearing the Senate by unanimous vote April 25. Senate Bill 841 scales back the number of events wineries in exclusive farm use zones can conduct from the existing 25 days to 18.
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.
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.
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.
Fla. Senate OKs bill to allow wine kegs
Wine kegs would be available in Florida for the first time under a bill that has cleared the Legislature.
Australia: $50m hit puts De Bortoli into the red
After export sales were crunched by the strengthening dollar and the value of its equities investment portfolio sank by nearly $50 million.
Washington wine grape growers dodge more spring frost
"We put up a good battle, and I think we won," said Paul Champoux, owner of famed Champoux Vineyards in the Horse Heaven Hills
Saint-Emilion - demoted châteaux contest classification, again
Saint-Emilion and its controversial classification are not out of the woods yet. Three of the châteaux demoted in the latest classification have lodged an official complaint over the way the selection procedure was conducted, in particular the involvement of the some of the board members.
Thanks to Rare Alpine Bacteria, Researchers Identify One of Alcohol's Key Gateways to the Brain
It's a major step on the road to eventually developing drugs that could disrupt the interaction between alcohol and the brain.
California eyes penny-per-ounce tax on sodas and energy drinks to combat child obesity
Funds would go to the state's newly created Children's Health Promotion Fund and other similar programs aimed at kids.
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