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  Daily News for Thursday, May 9th
USDA declares SLO County agriculture disaster area
The United States Department of Agriculture has declared San Luis Obispo County an agricultural disaster area due to a recent drought.
California Honors Historic Vines
Group hopes Assembly resolution sways growers to maintain old vineyards
Supplier News: eWinery Solutions Adds Vinx2 Winemaking Software to VinSuite Platform
eWinery Solutions, architect of VinSuite, the wine industry's first comprehensive and fully integrated cloud-based business solution, announced today that it has entered into an agreement to become the exclusive North American sales agent for VINx2 Winery Software, which provides a comprehensive software solution for managing the winemaking process from grape sampling through distribution.
Wine Institute-Sponsored Research Shows Influence of Sustainable Winegrowing Practices on Buying Decisions (Press Release)
Two research studies sponsored by Wine Institute indicate that the sustainable and eco-friendly attributes of wine are important considerations when making purchasing decisions among key segments of wine consumers as well as the wine trade.
Vegan Vine Unveils New Members-only Wine Club Offering Discounts, Quarterly Shipments and Special Food/Wine Events
The Vegan Vine, a line of California Central Coast wines made without animal byproducts, announced its new Wine Club, offering quarterly shipments and member benefits not available to the general public.
Supplier News: Announcing the launch of M&B Concepts
Michele Boyer, Principal Strategist & Owner, is excited to announce the launch of M&B Concepts- a full service consulting & creative firm for the wine industry.
Autralian winery forecasts export growth
Award-winning Australian wine manufacturer Cassegrain Wines forecasts that its exports to China will double this year, according to managing director John Cassegrain.
New managing director for Winery Exchange in Europe
Winery Exchange, the wines, beers and spirits own and private-label supplier has appointed Rufus Weston as the new managing director for its UK and European business.
At 113 years old, long in the toothsome Zin
Agostino Gamba may be a sixth-generation grape grower, tending an irreplaceable, century-old vineyard, but he's clearly no sentimentalist. See what he's done to his 27-acre vineyard, planted in 1900 by Cesare Barbieri.
AU: Kingston Estate appoints new distributor
Kingston Estate Wines has appointed Young and Rashleigh as its distributor in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.
American Harvest Organic Spirit Announces Partnership With Chefs Collaborative
Newly introduced American Harvest Organic Spirit has become a Platinum Sponsor of Chefs Collaborative, a national nonprofit organization founded by leading culinary visionaries from around the country committed to changing the sustainable food landscape.
Pennsylvania Marks Wine Week 2013 with Wine Festivals in Hershey, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia
The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board announced Wine Week 2013 celebrations will kick off with The Wine Festival in Hershey, on Wednesday, May 8, followed by the Pittsburgh Wine Festival on Thursday, May 9 and the Philadelphia Wine + Food Festival on Friday, May 10. Each event will feature more than 600 wines and 100 vintners.
ONEHOPE to add Pinot Noir to wine portfolio
ONEHOPE, a California-based social enterprise with products like ONEHOPE Wine, ONEHOPE Coffee & Tea, Hope at Home, and ONEHOPE Weddings, is to expand its portfolio of wines with the addition of Pinot Noir.
Wente Family Estates selects Shine United as agency of record for entwine
Wente Family Estates, a San Francisco-based business with Wente Vineyards, Double Decker, Murrieta's Well, entwine and Hayes Ranch wineries, has selected Shine United of Wisconsin as agency of record for its entwine wine brand.
Top Burgundy Winemakers Will Testify Against Alleged Counterfeiter
Prosecutors in Rudy Kurniawan trial will depose heads of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Domaine Georges Roumier and Domaine Ponsot.
Penfolds releases Icon collection including 100 point 2008 Grange
Penfolds has launched its latest Icon and Luxury collection, including the release of the 100 point 2008 Grange vintage (RRP £500).
Fells makes new appointments
Tom Fortune joins the company as national field sales manager and Dominic Thranum takes the role of regional sales manager for the south east.
Diageo chief executive to step down
Diageo chief executive Paul Walsh has announced he is to retire from the company and will be replaced by Ivan Menezes from July 1, 2013.
Minister says minimum pricing is not gone
The health secretary Jeremy Hunt has said that the decision not to include minimum unit pricing for alcohol in today's Queen's Speech, does not mean that the measure has been abandoned.
Top 10 wines in the UK press
Jane MacQuitty picks out a wine that is "what's wanted with barbecue fare" and David Williams recommends a Californian wine "that confounds expectations."
LIWF 2014: prices to drop over 20%
Stand prices for exhibitors at next year's LIWF will drop by 20% to 25% in an attempt to "level the playing field".
Old Scotch and Bordeaux at Bonhams auction
Rare Scotch and Cognac will take pride of place alongside the fine wines at Bonhams next Hong Kong auction.
Top 10 drinks tips for living to 100
If you want to receive a 100th birthday telegram from the Queen, the life-giving properties of alcoholic drinks have featured in the top tips from many centenarians.
Boisset release 15-litre bottle of Clos Blanc
Domaine de la Vougeraie has bottled its first ever Nebuchadnezzar, which is destined for London's Hedonism Wines.
Winemakin' Mommas: Five Women Simultaneously Raise Babes and Barrels
Here are five women from Santa Barbara wine country simultaneously raising babes and barrels.
Eastern Market eager to offer wine tastings if bill becomes law
"We have been in preliminary discussions," said Dan Carmody, president of Detroit-based Eastern Market Corp. "We would welcome the chance to prudently showcase Michigan agricultural products that are fermented beverages."
Tracing Bordeaux's Boom
"There was arrogance, greed and hubris among the French. We had no idea it would unravel like that."
Tisbury selectmen uphold paper plate ban in beer and wine rules
Tisbury selectmen were adamant Tuesday night. If Rocco's Pizzeria wants to sell beer and wine, pizza and sandwiches cannot be served on paper plates.
Sam Pillsbury Answers the Question: Why Arizona Wine?
Grapes like this dry, sandy soil. And to get the optimum temperature profile in Arizona, you've got to go up high: Our three winegrowing regions: Verde Valley, Sonoita, Cochise our vineyard we're at 4300 feet.
New Campaign Promotes Lodi's Wine Heritage to Attract Tourists
Lodi is looking to brand itself as a tourist destination, and now it has rolled out a new campaign with a slogan and logo.
Middle class wine drinkers 'think they know better than health experts'
The study found widespread evidence that white collar workers consider alcohol - especially wine - an everyday reward for chores such as cooking dinner or putting their children to bed, as well as to combat the stress of office life.
UK: Rose wine sales up 10 per cent
It used to be the drink reserved for a hot summer's day but now consumers are increasingly turning to Rose wine throughout the year with sales up 10 per cent in the last 13 years.
Wine briefs: Hess Collection helps out land trust
The Hess Collection has donated $11,439, generated by the winery's participation in 1 percent For The Planet, to the Land Trust of Napa County.
NY: Seeking to Expand Wine Trails
With a renewed focus on tourism in New York, the state's popular wine trails are on the verge of expanding as new wineries are eager to join. However, there is a bit of a roadblock in the State Assembly Transportation Committee as the bi-partisan bills needed to spur economic development have stalled.
More of the Same Wasteful Farm Bill Spending
About a year ago, the Senate Agriculture Committee passed a new, five-year farm bill, well in advance of the last bill's expiration date of September 30, 2012. The House Agriculture Committee passed a bill last year as well. But it's a year later and we're now back at square one.
Sommeliers Open Their Own Restaurants, Following A Trail Blazed By Celebrity Chefs
Until recently, serious restaurants in the United States were owned by celebrity chefs, creative developers like Danny Meyer and Richard Melman, or corporate chains. But sommeliers have now begun taking the lead role, as investors make them the centerpiece of their restaurant concepts.
Heritage Oak Winery, Ken Nieland honored at tourism luncheon
Former Micke Grove Zoo director Ken Nieland and Heritage Oak Winery in Acampo were honored for their contributions to the community at Tuesday's tourism luncheon, sponsored by the Visit Lodi! Conference and Visitors Bureau.
Lodi establishes a brand
Lodi tourism experts revealed its new brand at its annual luncheon Tuesday, displaying a marketing campaign they hope will let people from out of town know that, yes, Lodi is a burgeoning wine region but also much more.
West county wineries honor moms on Sunday
Eight west county wineries are offering a lovely alternative to Mother's Day brunch in a crowded restaurant.
Barefoot Earns 10th Consecutive "Hot Brand" Award (Press Release)
IMPACT Hot Brand Award Recognizes Barefoot's Continued Growth and Innovation
Experts see farming as next big use for drones
"In Japan, the RMAX has more in common with a tractor than it does with a helicopter."
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