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  Daily News for Tuesday, April 30th
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04/30/13
Grapevine Nurseries Face Supply Challenge
Viruses make things difficult for vine suppliers who sell to California vineyards
04/30/13
PD/GWSS Board Evaluates Red Blotch Disease for Possible Study
Vote on Designation for Funding Deferred to June 21 Meeting
04/30/13
Historic Mayacamas Vineyards Acquired by Charles Banks and Jay Schottenstein
The historic Mayacamas Vineyard, located near the top of Mount Veeder in the Napa Valley, has been acquired by Charles and Ali Banks, in partnership with Jay Schottenstein, and his son, Joey.
04/30/13
A California Startup Pushes Florida to Legalize Wine in Kegs
opening up access to more national distribution channels could help Free Flow tap a "$50 million" market
04/30/13
Judge hits Fresno-based raisin marketing group
Sacramento court rules the board was created illegally.
04/30/13
Eagle Castle Winery in Paso Robles to be sold
Eagle Castle Winery in Paso Robles is in escrow to be sold to a California-based buyer for an undisclosed sum, winery founder Gary Stemper confirmed Monday.
04/30/13
News Release: JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery Debuts Progressive Wine Labels
For the new design, the winery has kept its internationally recognized ISOSCELES triangle logo and incorporated other distinct design elements from the previous labels for each wine. The new labels have a clean, understated presence that mirrors the elegant, hand-crafted nature of the wines.
04/30/13
Style and Grace in OR Pinot: The Proof Is In The Bottles
Here's the situation: You're a PR/Marketing company and you want to make the "case" to wine writers and influencers that Oregon pinot noir styles-including those from a client or two-are moving to a more elegant expression of the heartbreak grape. What's a marketing firm to do?
04/30/13
Sixth wine trail opens in Md.
Red, white and blue ribbon was cut, and glasses of red and white wines were lifted to celebrate the official opening of the Antietam Highlands Wine Trail on April 16 at Knob Hall Winery in Clear Spring.
04/30/13
Leelanau wineries: What's new, what's hot in Northern Michigan
Spring has been slow in coming up north, but the buds on trees and vines are starting to swell as witnessed by more than two dozen scribes who recently converged on Traverse City for the annual Leelanau Peninsula Vintners Association Media Day.
04/30/13
Wine Tasters Enjoy Tri-Cities And Boost Economy
The Tri-Cities and the Yakima Valley were flooded with wine lovers this weekend. It was all for the 30th Annual Spring Barrel wine tasting event.
04/30/13
Nyetimber partners with Enoteca to export wines to Japan
Nyetimber, a UK-based winery that produces sparkling wines, has partnered with premier wine distributor Enoteca of Tokyo to export its wines to Japan from June 2013.
04/30/13
China distillery Moutai to buy Chateau Loudenne wine estate in France
Kweichow Moutai Company Limited (KMCL), a China-based state-owned enterprise specializing in the production and sales of Maotai or Baijiu liquor, is set to purchase Chateau Loudenne wine estate of France.
04/30/13
UK: All Bar One offers wine flights
Bar chain All Bar One has embarked on a Wine World Tour - a five-week promotion of wines from Italy, France, the Americas and Australasia.
04/30/13
Waitrose appoints Direct Wines buyer Cat Lomax
Waitrose has recruited Cat Lomax from Direct Wines to join its buying team.
04/30/13
Consumers notice 'little difference' between Champagne and Prosecco
Over a third of sparkling wine consumers say there is "little difference" between Champagne and Prosecco, according to new research.
04/30/13
Slovenia and Croatia row over red grape
Bottles of Croatian wine with "Teran" on the label will be illegal to sell in the EU from July 1 unless a row between Slovenia and Croatia is resolved.
04/30/13
Barossa Valley Estate saved from administration
Delegat's Group has saved Australian winemaker Barossa Valley Estate from administration with a AU$24.7 million buyout.
04/30/13
Budweiser launches Facebook-friendly 'Buddy Cup'
US beer giant Budweiser has launched a new glass, which contains a chip with a link to Facebook, so you can become friends with anyone you toast.
04/30/13
Woman gulps Champagne, swallows diamond
A woman in Florida suffered an embarrassment after she accidentally swallowed a one-carat diamond, which had been placed in a flute of Champagne.
04/30/13
Second El Bulli auction brings total to $2.7m
The second auction of more than 8,000 bottles from El Bulli's wine cellar has taken place in New York, bringing the total raised from the two auctions to US $2.7m.
04/30/13
Digital future for wine sales: Vinexpo
Wine buying in the future will be an interactive world of mobile apps, virtual sommeliers and tweeting winemakers, according to new research.
04/30/13
The Coming of Caveau: Funk Zone Wine-Bar-to-Be Hosts Futures Tasting
Today, with a few Burgundy harvests under his belt and a brief reign atop San Francisco's wine world as sommelier of RN74, Railsback is 28 years old and back in Santa Barbara, on the verge of opening his own wine bar and bottle shop - also on Anacapa Street but in the heart of the Funk Zone - with friend and sommelier Brian McClintic, the Pasadena-raised star of the recent documentary Somm.
04/30/13
Auction Buyers Snap Up Wine From The 'Best Restaurant In The World'
Fans of the feted Catalan restaurant elBulli that shut in 2011 after 50 years in business and five years as the best restaurant in the world, according to Restaurant Magazine, had their last chance to take home a portion of the restaurant's pretty extraordinary wine cellar at a Sotheby's auction in New York on Friday.
04/30/13
Lynch Bages 2000 Sells at Two-Month Low on Liv-Ex Wine Market
Two cases of Chateau Lynch Bages 2000, a fifth-growth Pauillac wine estate, sold for 1,680 pounds ($2,600) each on London's Liv-ex wine exchange today, a two- month low and 7 percent below its 2013 peak, Liv-ex data showed.
04/30/13
New Mexico: La ViƱa wine fest draws thousands
The annual fiesta including samplings of 20 different wines, live entertainment, arts and crafts from more than 60 vendors, and plenty of local cuisine.
04/30/13
Austin Food & Wine Festival turns a corner and entices a new loyal following
Considering the great lengths festival organizers took to improve upon the handful of misgivings from last year's event, it's fair to say that this year was a definite success.
04/30/13
Wine Enthusiast's 25 Years of Wine, Food and Fun
They say you should never mix business with pleasure. But reflecting on Wine Enthusiast Magazine's 25 years at the forefront of wine, we say, when your business is one of the world's greatest pleasures, why not enjoy the ride? And we have.
04/30/13
South Africans Buy Kenyan Wine Dealer
South Africa's Distell Group has bought up the Kenyan government shares in Kenya Wine Agencies Limited (KWAL), the leading regional distributor. However Prof Peter Kimuyu, chairman of Kenya's Privatisation Commission, did not disclose any financial details except to say it was a market driven process.
04/30/13
Beefeater Gin Is Launching an Ultrapremium Barrel-Aged Bottling
Plus more news and notes from the world of wine, spirits and beer.
04/30/13
Educating the American Wine Consumer
There is an increasingly fervent discussion in today's wine industry about the Americanization ofthe global wine palate. We are the largest wine consumer market and, perhaps, we are a bit more homogenous in our collective tastes and preferences.
04/30/13
Innovative Wine Dispensing Product Reinvents the Wine Barrel Concept and Offers Compelling, Cost-Effective Alternative to Wine Keg Systems
The Vinocopia Barrel uses replaceable and recyclable 4-liter plastic inserts to hold its wines in authentic, handcrafted, reclaimed-oak barrels. This works in conjunction with the other components of their proprietary WineFresh packaging and connector system, which protects wine from its three enemies--air, light, and heat.
04/30/13
Napa: Man embezzled $65000 in winery scam
A 53-year-old Yountville man was arrested at his home Sunday night on suspicion of embezzlement and related charges after he allegedly conned someone out of $65,000, authorities said.
04/30/13
Immigration reform encourages California ag
With farmers across California reporting chronic problems in hiring enough people to tend and harvest crops, the leader of the state's largest farm organization welcomed today's release of a bipartisan framework for comprehensive immigration reform in the U.S. Senate.
04/30/13
Drinks Americas Launches Consumer Beverage Consulting Division
The new division will help both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage brands get to market effectively and efficiently, including consulting, strategic planning, and distribution solutions for promising brands.
04/30/13
Sheriff: Man embezzled $65,000 in winery scam
A 53-year-old Yountville man was arrested at his home Sunday night on suspicion of embezzlement and related charges after he allegedly conned someone out of $65,000, authorities said
04/30/13
Digital future for wine sales: Vinexpo
Digital technology is driving a sea change in the way retailers engage with wine drinkers, said the Chief Operating Officer of research group Wine Intelligence, Richard Halstead.
04/30/13
ND grape growers get funding
The North Dakota grape industry is toasting victories in the state Legislature, even though the emerging industry didn't get all the funding it had sought.
04/30/13
Pa. Senate Takes Up Liquor Store Privatization Issue
More than a month after a bill to privatize liquor sales passed the House, the state Senate begins consideration of the measure with a hearing this morning.
04/30/13
Old Mission Peninsula Vineyards Receive Recognition from the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program
Today, Governor Rick Snyder, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD), and the Grand Traverse Conservation District recognized seven wineries and four vineyards on Old Mission Peninsula for all becoming verified in the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP). Through the verification process, the vineyards implemented voluntary and proactive pollution prevention practices.
04/30/13
Cold War: 7 Wine Chillers Tested and Rated
The tests involved chilling and storing bottles of Moscato and Merlot over two weeks in a typical home setting, measuring temperatures with a Fluke 561 Infrared Thermometer.
04/30/13
Second large vineyard sold in Polk County, OR
Polk County has had some multi-million dollar real estate deals in recent months, but it's not housing subdivisions or commercial property.
04/30/13
Award-Winning Barnard Griffin Winery Celebrates 30th Anniversary (Press Release)
When Rob Griffin graduated from the UofC Davis wine program in 1977, he ignored the advice of his instructors to stay in California. Instead, he headed to the Pacific Northwest with a dream of crafting fine artisan wine in Washington state.
04/30/13
Impact Databank Exclusive: The Brands Behind Italian Bubbly's Double-Digit Gains
Boosted by the popularity of Prosecco, Italian sparkling wines continue to expand their presence in the U.S. market. As Impact Databank's exclusive analysis shows, a number of different brands are contributing to that growth.
04/30/13
Judge Rules Against California Raisin Marketing Board
The future of the California Raisin Marketing Board may be in jeopardy after a Sacramento County Superior Court judge ruled that the organization was not created legally, according to the Fresno Bee
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