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  Daily News for Friday, May 3rd
Wine prices rising in restaurants, report says

The most pronounced surge -- an 8.4% jump -- came in the family dining sector, in which the average meal costs $38.50 or less. Wine prices also boomed at the opposite end of the scale, swelling 5.4% at white-tablecloth establishments, where the average overall check is as much as $1,000.

No Slowing the Winery Direct Shipping Movement
Direct-to-consumer wine sales jumped dramatically again in 2012, to the tune of $1.46 billion.
Remy Cointreau parent eyes full control of Oeneo
The bid, made via its investment vehicle, Andromède, is "designed to give Oeneo the means to pursue its development strategy", said Hériard Dubreuil.
Stephen Brauer Named President and CEO Of Pasternak Wine Imports
Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) has appointed Stephen Brauer president and CEO of Pasternak Wine Imports.
JC Cellars adds National Director of Sales and Marketing
The Cohn's continue to grow recognition of their unique take on blends, Zinfandels and Rhone varietals.
Tank Garage Winery coming to Calistoga
Design plans were approved for the former Wine Garage on Foothill Boulevard that will turn an "eyesore" into a wine tasting room reminiscent of a 1935-era gas station.
Château Loudenne latest Bordeaux property to be bought by Chinese
Magnificent Bordeaux property Château Loudenne is about to go under Chinese ownership according to reports in the French press
Supplier News: Wright Labels Wines Best of Category at 2012 PICA Awards
A leader in packaging and marketing solutions for the wine industry, Wright Labels, a division of Wright Global Graphic Solutions, won "Best of Category" in Flexographic Tags & Labels at the Printing Industry of the Carolinas (PICA) Awards.
NJ: From Garden State to Vineyard State
Go ahead, make the jokes about New Jersey wine. They're so easy. But consider this: While you're sniggering about Tony Soprano and Snooki sipping spumante with notes of petroleum, people with more sophisticated taste - or maybe just those willing to think "outer coastal plain" instead of "New Jersey" - are leaning against a copper bar tasting an inviting Vidal Blanc.
Finger Lakes: Growing jobs through wine, tourism
The Finger Lakes wine and tourism industry has become a driving force in our local economy. According to a study by Oxford Economics, in addition to creating over 50,000 jobs in the Finger Lakes, the industry has a $2.7 billion economic impact on our region.
Bounsall Family Winery postponed again
Sent away again by the planning commission, the Bounsall Family Winery project is still a no-go and still presents traffic and safety concerns, but officials said the scaled-back project is headed in the right direction.
Popular KP winery is up for sale
Before it was Trillium Creek Winery, it was a tiny ad in the Tacoma newspaper that read: Three parcels of land totaling nearly 12 acres of blackberries, trees and possibilities.
Wine Owners trading platform now live
Wine Owners has gone live on its fine wine trading platform, which is open to both private and trade customers.
No whining in Wisconsin's wine country
We've had one of the most unusual spring season's this year with snow and freezing temperatures. But how is the weather affecting wineries in our area?
New Zealand Wine Company Buys Historic Australian Shiraz Winery
Barossa Valley Estate, a Shiraz icon with financial troubles, sold to Delegat's Group Limited
Between the vines: At Castro Valley's Westover Winery, it's vine-training season
At Westover Winery in Castro Valley's Palomares Canyon, we are counting new growth buds, fixing our trellis wires that will train the grape vines and controlling pests the natural way. I have a long family history of farming in Northern California, and my great-great aunt was the first woman winemaker of a commercial California winery, circa 1881.
AU: Chinese winery investors return to Hunter Valley after 18-month hiatus
Fu Yip International Group, run by Chengye Xiao and Jiemei Xiao, last spent $1.7 million last month on Honeytree Estate, at Pokolbin.
Napa Valley Wine Train launches tour to Castello di Amorosa
The Napa Valley Wine Train has launched a new winery tour to Castello di Amorosa just in time to celebrate the castle's sixth anniversary.
Australia's top wineries launch Unique Winery Tours
The group includes Jacobs Creek and Seppeltsfield from the Barossa Valley; Leeuwin Estate and Xanadu from Margaret River; De Bortoli, TarraWarra and Yering Station from the Yarra Valley; Wyndham Estate from the Hunter Valley; Montalto on the Mornington Peninsula; Moorilla Estate and Josef Chromy from Tasmania.
40th anniversary planned for Phelps
This year marks the 40th anniversary of Joseph Phelps Vineyards. To celebrate, the winery has planned a series of special events, including winemaker dinners and Insignia retrospective tasting events around the country and abroad, each showcasing the winery's legendary 40 years of winemaking excellence.
Alabama wine tasting room bill clears committee; sponsor says passage unlikely this year
A House of Representatives committee on Wednesday approved a bill that would allow Alabama winemakers to sell their products at tasting rooms at locations other than at the winery and at licensed special events.
Fleming's WiNEPAD Launches Today Nationwide
Custom App Helps Guests Navigate the Restaurant's Extensive Wine List Using an iPad
Celebrating Celebrity Vineyards (the Book)
Plus, chef Emeril Lagasse honored for taking charity up a notch, Paris' Elysée undertakes wine austerity, Napa's philanthropic 1 percenters, and more
Fab Offers Online Wine Sales
Design-focused web retailer adds wine to its eclectic mix of products.
Emerging Regions Tasting sees strong turnout
The UK trade's taste for diverse and interesting wines was confirmed by a strong turnout at the inaugural Emerging Regions Tasting in London.
Champagne 2012 vintage report
Although it is still too early for a clear consensus to emerge among the Champenois, a good number are getting so excited after the recent assemblage of the 2012 vintage that it is even being compared to those of 1959, 1969 and 1990.
First Drinks to boost spirits in convenience sector
First Drinks has launched a programme to boost spirits sales in the convenience and wholesale channels.
Pernod Ricard celebrates 2013 vintage
The harvest in Australia took place up to six weeks earlier than 20 years ago, according to Pernod Ricard.
UK: PLB appoints buying manager
PLB has appointed Neville Harris to the newly created position of buying manager.
Elements 8 adds cocoa-infused rum to range
Criollo Cacao is a barrel infusion of criollo cacao beans and aged St Lucian rum, and is described as dry, smooth, delicate and sophisticated, with dark chocolate notes. The rum will be distributed by Mangrove in the UK.
Croatia fights for right to use Teran on labels
Croatian winemakers have said they will continue to fight a European Union ruling preventing them from using grape variety Teran on wine labels, but their fate lies in the hand of Slovenian politicians.
Vintage Port deserves more marketing
The declaration of a vintage Port needs greater fanfare thinks Matt Douglas, managing director of Stevens Garnier.
ABS picks London City Bond
Wine importer Awin Barratt Siegel has selected London City Bond to handle its distribution after an "extensive" review of its supply chain.
Bordeaux 2012: last of the first growths
After a mid-week pause the Bordeaux en primeur campaign has taken off again with the release of Pontet-Canet, Haut Brion and La Mission Haut-Brion.
UK: Brakspear opens new microbrewery pub
Pub operator Brakspear has returned to its brewing roots with the opening of a new microbrewery in Henley-on-Thames.
Top 10 wines in the US press
Rebecca Murphy says of her recommendation "spring sipping wines don't get better than this" while Fred Tasker reviews 2011 Chardonnay, picking one wine with "a superb complexity of flavours."
'Perfect' Penfolds Grange sparks price war
A price war is raging among retailers in Australia over the 2008 vintage of Penfolds Grange, which received a perfect 100-point score from The Wine Advocate.
Bordeaux 2012: Merchant dismay as Haut-Brion, Haut-Bailly and Pontet Canet join flood of releases
Wine merchants have expressed some dismay at today's flood of releases, with First Growth Chateau Haut-Brion leading the pack.
Crews battle blazes in wine country as North Coast fire season starts early
Fire season was off to an early start on the North Coast this year following a dry winter and windy spring that left the region's hills and forests vulnerable to wildfires.
Not for all the wine in China - New Statesman
Children, I have two things to say to you. The first is that you shouldn't be reading this column, since our society believes in keeping young people away from alcohol until they're too old to learn to consume it moderately; the second is that if you ever doubt that you can make a thing true just by saying it with sufficient conviction, look at China.
Online battle of bottles featured in Canadian contest to match food and wine
Oenophiles can vote for their favourite food and wine pairing with a new online competition that launched Thursday. Instead of experts weighing in with their choices, the Great Canadian Wine Match lets ordinary wine drinkers from coast to coast vote for their favourite wine and food pairings.
Candoni Wines Partners with the Arbor Day Foundation to Help Replant National Forests
Candoni Wines is teaming up with the Arbor Day Foundation to help replant trees in our national forests. During the months of April and May, Candoni is sponsoring a Facebook campaign which aims to gain support to plant 500 new trees.
CA: Former top municipal official plans winery at Rodeo Marina
"They say that anyone going into the wine business is a fool. We do it for fun, friendship, and believe in Rodeo."
Total Wine & More Vancouver Set to Open May 2013 (Press Release)
With the most sales of distilled spirits in Washington state, Total Wine & More Vancouver will mark the fourth Washington liquor store opened by the marketplace leader since June 2012
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