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  Daily News for Wednesday, May 8th
Supervisors approve landmark deal to purchase Preservation Ranch

The funding clears the way for the largest conservation deal by acreage in county history and defuses a prolonged battle over a plan to clear nearly 1,800 acres of forest for winegrapes.

Celebrating Wine Tourism May 11
Diverse events and locations from coast to coast mark first Wine Tourism Day.
Domaine Chandon Honors Past and Present Employees (Press Release)
In honor of its 40th anniversary the winery recognizes the importance of its long-time workforce.
London International Wine Fair rebrands for new era
The move is part of a rebranding to address industry gripes about the show's location, cost and focus, all of which have contributed to high-profile pull-outs by companies such as Bibendum, Enotria, Liberty and PLB.
Wine Institute-Sponsored Research Shows Influence of Sustainable Winegrowing Practices on Buying Decisions
The research findings indicate that eco-conscious wine consumers and the trade are interested in information about sustainable and environmentally friendly practices in wineries and vineyards.
Lot 18 Reinvents The Wine Club With Launch Of Tasting Room By Lot18 (Press Release)
First Wine Club Allowing Customers to Taste and Give Feedback on Wines Creating a Personalized, Ever-Evolving Wine Profile
Mueller Winery Returns to Healdsburg
Privately owned Mueller Winery has announced the sale of their Starr Road winery facility in Windsor, California. The sale, which was finalized last week, does not include the Mueller brand, wine inventory or grape contracts.
Virginia winery to produce wine with solar energy
Although The Winery at Bull Run is steeped in history, winery president Jon Hickox recently added a modern element to one of the buildings - a solar roof. Unlike traditional solar panels, the solar shingles are installed in place of regular roof shingles.
Top Australian wineries in tourism boost
Leading wineries are joining forces with Tourism Australia in an effort to raise the profile of the country as one of the world's leading wine tourism destinations.
Bill would allow wine tasting at Michigan farmers markets
The Michigan Senate has approved legislation letting small winemakers get permits to offer tastings and sell wine at farmers markets around the state. The bills passed unanimously Tuesday next head to the House.
Wente Family Estates Tap Shine United for entwine
Shine United has been named agency of record for entwine, a California wine brand developed by Wente Family Estates and Food Network - one of America's oldest wineries and one of the most trusted names in food.
Vinho Verde tasting hits London in June
A Vinho Verde tasting, featuring wines from 23 producers from across the Portuguese region, is due to take place in London on June 4.
Bruno Kessler takes over presidency of Anivin to help drive the Vin de France category
Bruno Kessler has been voted the new president of French body, Anivin, that has helped spearhead the growth of the Vin de France wine category.
LIWF to rebrand as London Wine Fair and move to Olympia for 2014 show
A new-look London Wine Fair designed to engage and involve a greater breadth of the UK wine trade will return to central London in 2014, organiser Brintex has confirmed
Paul Walsh: Growth Accelerator
His track record at the world's leading drinks business speaks for itself, and CEO Paul Walsh leaves Ron Emler in no doubt that his strategy of investing in existing brands and focusing on emerging markets will take Diageo to ever greater heights.
Diageo CEO leaves impressive legacy
"Diageo is a very fine racehorse but it can't have two jockeys," said chief executive of Diageo, Paul Walsh, in an exclusive interview with db.
Champagne can 'help improve memory'
New research has suggested that three glasses of Champagne a week can help to improve your memory.
US TV drinks show turns to its fans after being rejected by networks
Television presenter Zane Lamprey is trying to raise money to fund his own TV show about the world's drinking cultures after he was kicked off the air in the US.
Paris aims for its own appellation
Paris and the Ile de France region hopes to receive its first basic appellation wine - an IGP - in the next few months.
$50k membership for new Hamptons wine club
American billionaire Leslie Alexander, an avid wine collector and owner of the Houston Rockets basketball team, is opening a new wine club and storage space in the Hamptons with a US$50,000 (£32,000) membership fee.
Experts: Vineyards In Panda Habitats Won't Make Great Wine
"Quality Gap Is Still Significant" Between Chinese And Imported Wine
Rioja - Spain's vintage may be best wine you've never tried
When it comes to the diners seeking "big" wines, such as cabernet, merlot or malbec, I have one secret weapon and that is Rioja.
Order Beer from Your Smartphone, Delivered by Drone
Plus more news and notes from the world of wine, spirits and beer.
SF Giants and Mumm Napa release a wine together
Mumm and the SF Giants have now teamed up to create two new Napa Valley sparkling wines. The new wines are licensed by Wine by Design, the official wine licensee for Major League Baseball Properties.
Barefoot launches new red blend wine with grapes from four continents
Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, the red-hot label from E.&J. Gallo Winery of Modesto, has blended grapes from four continents for its latest launch. Impression Red Blend is the 22nd product from Barefoot, which Gallo has built into the nation's top-selling brand.
South Dakota council postpones wine ordinance
The Mitchell City Council has delayed an initial vote on an ordinance that would allow the sale of wine on sidewalks in downtown Mitchell.
Ridge Vineyards labels go full disclosure
Ridge Vineyards, one of California's premier wineries, recently announced that beginning with the 2011 vintage, its labels will list ingredients and "actions" taken in producing the wines. This move by such a high-profile winery could encourage others to list ingredients and heighten consumer awareness of the use of additives and modern techniques in winemaking.
Oregon winery activity bill passes Senate, goes to House
Senate Bill 841 scales back the number of events wineries in exclusive farm use zones can conduct from the existing 25 days to 18.
Napa firefighter jumps into wine
"It's a really great, everyday bottle of wine."
Here's the complete list of 2013 JBF Award winners!
... from chefs and restaurateurs to cookbook authors and food journalists to restaurant designers and architects and more.
Adelsheim Vineyard Completes Brand Redesign with Launch of New Website by Six Pony Hitch
Founding Oregon winery melds regional wine history and tourism with updated responsive design for mobile use on the wine trail.
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