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05/02/13
Stephen Brauer Named President and CEO Of Pasternak Wine Imports
Brauer replaces Jim Galtieri, the founder of Pasternak Wine Imports, who will continue to serve on the Pasternak board and as special advisor to the chairman. Brauer most recently served as managing director of the Beringer Brand Business Unit at Treasury Wine Estates
05/02/13
Johnson Brothers and Wirtz Beverage Join Forces in Iowa
Venture will align spirit brokerage efforts of companies
05/02/13
Napa Vintners pledge $3 million to local preschools
The Vintners will invest $3 million to close the academic achievement gap by helping to implement high-quality preschool services in local school districts.
05/02/13
Interview: Francesca Schuler, BevMo's Chief Marketing Officer
The Concord, California-based chain now operates around 130 stores in California, Arizona and Washington, having opened 15 last year alone. Five of those units were in Washington.
05/02/13
Wine Retailers Reject Alcohol Franchise Laws and Protection for Wholesalers (Press Release)
"No business in America expects to receive government protection from competition-with the exception of alcohol middlemen."
05/02/13
Keynote Speakers Announced for 9th Wine Industry Technology Symposium Symposium (Press Release)
Registration Opens - Thought Leaders to Discuss Strategic and Tactical Uses of Technology
05/02/13
Texas Update: Newsom Grape Day Focuses on Overcoming Difficult Conditions
While it began as a meeting with fewer than a dozen growers eager to share and learn what little they knew of growing wine grapes, last week's Newsom Grape Day attracted about 230 Texas wine industry folks.
05/02/13
Property Investors Eye Wine Country
Real estate investment interest in U.S. vineyards, particularly in California's Napa Valley, has been strong for centuries, but some oenologists and real estate experts believe that the land has never been riper for investment than it is now.
05/02/13
LIWF exhibitor numbers are down 25% this year but those who have booked a stand believe this should present a business opportunity
Companies that have decided not to exhibit at this year's LIWF include Australian Vintage and Accolade Wines, as well as UK agents such as Enotria, Liberty and Mentzendorff.
05/02/13
Wildfires burning in California Wine Country
Wildfires burned through hundreds of acres of Wine Country on Wednesday, pushed by gusty winds and a heat wave that is likely to last until the weekend, authorities said.
05/02/13
Restaurant operators optimistic on growth in March
The National Restaurant Association's Restaurant Performance Index rose to 100.6 for the month.
05/02/13
California State Board of Food and Agriculture will revist Water Transfers
The California State Board of Food and Agriculture will revisit several key agricultural policy issues on Tuesday, May 7 in Sacramento. The agenda includes an in-depth discussion on agricultural water transfers, specifically focusing on how the permitting process can allow for the timely movement of water.
05/02/13
Delta water protection bill moving through Legislature
A proposal that would force the Department of Water Resources to prove that its water projects would actually result in reducing dependence of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta before going ahead with them is moving slowly through the state Legislature.
05/02/13
On Ripken Winery, family farming and the future of wine
Sue Ripken is only one woman, but depending on the room she's standing in, she holds any number of jobs for Ripken Winery.
05/02/13
MO: Owners have grape expectations for newly opened Wildlife Ridge Winery
What began as a Missouri wine tasting exploration five years ago for Kevin and Kristy Long, of Smithton, became a dream-come-true on March 1 with the opening of their new winery, Wildlife Ridge, at the intersection of Pettis County state routes M and V.
05/02/13
Agritourism Growing in the Columbia Valley
The peak tourism season in the Columbia Valley is approaching and visitors are showing a growing interest in agritourism. The blending of agriculture and activity is attracting people and changing what the region offers to tourists.
05/02/13
Millennials Driving Wine Comeback
"The Millennial generation offers the wine industry the kind of growth potential not seen in 30 years."
05/02/13
Pennsylvania Wine Society event to highlight female California winemakers
The Pennsylvania Wine Society's annual monthly meeting this Friday will focus on the stories of 12 women who "broke the glass ceiling" and became winemakers in California.
05/02/13
Healdsburg Wine Auction Takes a First Step
Not quite rivalling Napa's annual wine auction yet, the first Healdsburg Wine Auction has high hopes for its October launch.
05/02/13
Loire wines triumph in Concours Mondial du Sauvignon 2013
The fourth Concours Mondial du Sauvignon competition took place last week and saw wines from the Loire take home 45 percent of the awarded medals.
05/02/13
Join the Vintners' Company's March for Mobility
The Vintners' Company is calling on the trade to join its March for Mobility in Burgundy, through which it hopes to raise £50,000 for The Benevolent.
05/02/13
DWWA 2013: Experts deliberate highest number of entries as judging week continues
With two thirds of the wines tasted at the Decanter World Wine Awards, panellists are by turns pleased with the quality of the offering, and disappointed by wines that still show too much intervention by winemakers.
05/02/13
Former Screaming Eagle owner buys Mayacamas
Mayacamas, the historic Napa vineyard and winery, has been purchased by former Screaming Eagle owner Charles Banks.
05/02/13
Barossa Valley Estate sold
Oyster Bay owner Delegat's Group has made its first foray into Australia with the acquisition of Barossa Valley Estate (BVE), producer of E&E Black Pepper Shiraz.
05/02/13
Golden age in Burgundy due to biodynamics
Burgundy's improved vineyard practices have thrust the region into a new golden age, according to Jacques Devauges, technical director at Domaine de l'Arlot.
05/02/13
Diageo's initial United offer is rebuffed
Diageo's offer to buy a 25 percent stake in United Spirits (USL), the dominant spirits group in the Indian market, has been rebuffed by shareholders, according to reports from Mumbai.
05/02/13
UK: LIWF unveils pop-up plan
This month's London International Wine Fair will feature a series of pop-up tastings at its MyWineFair central hub.
05/02/13
German beer consumption hits a 20-year low
Beer sales in Germany have mirrored the slump in the UK, after falling to a 20-year low following a "long cold winter" which slowed consumption.
05/02/13
Scotch whisky manufacturers urged to reject independence
The director-general of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has told the Scotch whisky industry that it should reject Scottish independence as it currently benefits from being part of the UK.
05/02/13
Wine tasters to indulge at Niagara-on-the-Lake
Wine aficionados, for the next few weekends, will be descending on Niagara-on-the-Lake as the 13th annual "Wines & Herbs" celebration take place.
05/02/13
Wine Down Eugene
It's officially the very first day of Oregon Wine Month.
05/02/13
Australia's Pepper Tree Wines appoints new chief winemaker
Pepper Tree Wines is pleased to announce the appointment of Scott Comyns as Chief Winemaker. Scott was hired by Jim Chatto in early 2012 and now takes over from Jim in the main winemaking role for the company.
05/02/13
Lower Taxes Tapped a Beer Revolution
Today there are more than 2,300 breweries in the United States-where beer production is second only to China's-but it wasn't long ago that American beer was an international punch line.
05/02/13
Restaurant Sciences' Data Unveils Wine Prices Inching Up Over Last 6 Months in Restaurants
On average, the mid-priced Casual and Upscale-Casual segments have posted only modest upticks at 1.9 percent and 1.99 percent, respectively.
05/02/13
Upstate NY becoming a must-stop for food tourists
Farmers, wineries, breweries, distilleries, creameries and other businesses offer numerous opportunities for eating and drinking local foods in the Finger Lakes and western New York.
05/02/13
CDC's study on alcohol use is misleading
The Centers for Disease Control has weighed in very publicly in the debate surrounding the privatization of state liquor stores in Pennsylvania, suggesting that privatization would harm public health. The studies CDC cites as evidence, however, do not support that claim.
05/02/13
USDA unveils agriculture open data community, G8 data sharing
The data.gov micro site will serve as a central resource for data sets, apps, developer tools and collaboration, said Catherine Woteki, USDA's chief scientist, during an April 30 press call. There are 350 data sets currently available on the site, she said.
05/02/13
Julie Ann Kodmur launches new website
The St. Helena-based publicist has created a new website that aims to "demystify wine publicity." The website is called WineprtuneUp.com.
05/02/13
DWWA 2013: Experts deliberate highest number of entries as judging week continues
With two thirds of the wines tasted at the Decanter World Wine Awards, panellists are by turns pleased with the quality of the offering, and disappointed by wines that still show too much intervention by winemakers
05/02/13
Licensing Requirements Pinion B.C. Wineries
In order to offer full alcohol service in its restaurant, a British Columbia winery must file for non-farm use license.
05/02/13
Obama to pitch immigration overhaul in Mexico
President Barack Obama is headed to Mexico with a domestic ambition at the top of his travel agenda. To sell his immigration overhaul back home, he needs a growing economy in Mexico and a Mexican president willing to help him secure the border.
05/02/13
Spread of Hydrofracking Could Strain Water Resources in West, Study Finds
"You have to look at a county-by-county scale to capture the intense and short-term impact on water supplies."
05/02/13
Australia: Wine research gets $2.4m boost
"The Australian wine industry is facing major challenges through climate change, water restrictions, changing consumer preferences and rising wine alcohol content."
05/02/13
The next big freeze could last 250 years
Experts say Sun's activity wanes every 200 years - and the next 'cooling period' is due by 2040.
05/02/13
Natural Aerosols May Help Slow Climate Change By Small Amounts, New Study Shows
Could plants help to slow the march of global warming? It's possible, suggests a new study, which finds that as climates warm around the world, plants may respond by releasing more aerosol particles into the atmosphere.
05/02/13
Leonetti Weekend importance ripples across Walla Walla Valley, state
Officially, it's known as Spring Release Weekend, a moniker it has carried for more than a decade. For most longtime wine lovers and collectors, it's called Leonetti Weekend because this is the one time each year that legendary Leonetti Cellar is open for its customers.
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