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  Daily News for Tuesday, May 14th
Napa Grapegrowers Look to 2030

Speakers predict decrease in productive acreage and threats to vines in 'Ahead of the Curve' seminar

Walla Walla Community College names new wine program director
Alan Busacca is the founder of Vinitas Vineyard Consultants and co-owner of Volcano Ridge Vineyard in Oregon and AmaTerra Wines in Washington.
Precept Wine Acquires Yamhela Vineyard in Yamhill, Oregon (Press Release)
Ultra-premium Pinot Noir site will realize its full potential as part of this rising Northwest wine company
Wine Australia announces the resignation of its chief executive
Chairman George Wahby commented, "I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of the Wine Australia Board and the sector generally to thank Andrew for his exemplary leadership over the past four years.
Canada's bubbly personality
Vintners from British Columbia, Ontario and Nova Scotia are embracing effervescence
People News Recap from 5/7-5/13
Wine industry people on the move from May 7 to May 13
How an electronic nose could change the wine industry
Wine experts point out that while the device could pick out smells, it can't determine if the wine is actually good or not.
Restrictions easing on Md. farmers' market wine sales
Beginning June 1, The Maryland Department of Agriculture will implement a new permit process removing county-by-county restrictions and limits to the number of markets, or days, a winery can attend. The change also drops the requirement for farmers' market managers and property owners to sign paperwork to enable wineries to participate.
Cork and Carry a Possibility in Illinois
Winery patrons could soon be allowed to take home unfinished bottles of wine, thanks to a law approved by Illinois lawmakers.
Brookland Valley Estate unveils new range of wines in Australia
The Brookland Valley Unison range consists of wines such as Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2012, Chardonnay 2012 and Cabernet Sauvignon 2011.
Christie's launches agency to help Chinese buy wineries
Christie's is capitalising on the thirst for wealthy Chinese consumers to buy wineries by opening the world's first estate agency for would-be vineyard buyers.
Tasmania tempts foreign investors
Tasmania's vineyard area "could easily get 10 times bigger," according to winemaker Andrew Pirie as the Australian state embarks on a major push for outside investment.
Former Manchester United manager Ferguson to purchase French vineyard
Ferguson, who retired from the managing post this week, is expected to spend around £2m to purchase the vineyard.
South African Wine Exports Setting Records on US, China Demand
Wine exports rose to 469 million liters (124 million U.S. gallons) in the year ending April 30, up 25 percent from the previous 12 months and more than triple the total shipped in 2000, data from the Wines of South Africa trade body, or WOSA, show.
Consumers will drive transparency in wine
Increasing consumer awareness of food and drink additives will drive transparency in the wine trade, believes Isabelle Legeron MW.
Tesco launches Co-buy wine scheme
Tesco has launched its Co-buy Collection scheme, which will see the price of a case of wine reduce as more people decide to buy it.
LIWF announces Speakers' Corner line-up
LIWF organizers have announced the line-up for the Speakers' Corner platform in the MyWineFair area of the show.
Fortescue to step down as chairman of the Portman Group
Seymour Fortescue is to step down as chairman of the Portman Group on June 18 after four years in the role.
Supermarket wines win big at IWC
Thirty supermarket own-brand wines have won gold medals in the International Wine Challenge.
Shortlist announced for DB Awards 2013
The shortlist for The Drinks Business Awards for 2013 has been announced following judging last week.
Markets respond to 'stunning' 2011 Ports
Port producers are reporting significant demand from markets worldwide in the wake of their superlative-fuelled 2011 vintage declarations.
Reasons to visit LIWF: part 1
From a more manageable fair to the diversity of the exhibitors, why the London Wine Fair is still important and worth visiting.
Bordeaux 2012: SHL and Pichon Baron
After close to a fortnight's hiatus, the Bordeaux 2012 en primeurs have taken off again this morning with some big name releases.
Armand de Brignac launches $500k 'Dynastie'
Keen to carve a niche as the leader in large format bottles, Champagne brand Armand de Brignac has released a "Dynastie" collection priced at $500k.
Top 10 wines in the UK press
Jane MacQuitty recommends a "great summer red" while Victoria Moore picks out an Australian wine, which she calls "absolutely superb stuff".
Petrus tops Hugh Johnson cellar auction
Organisers have said they are 'very pleased' with the auction of Hugh Johnson's wine cellar, which fetched hammer price sales of £88,000.
Ridge Vineyards backs full disclosure on labels
California's Ridge Vineyards has thrown its weight behind full disclosure of ingredients on wine labels.
Bordeaux 2012: Smith Haut-Lafitte, Pichon Baron drop 10% on 2011
Smith Haut-Lafitte and Pichon Baron head a fresh flurry of Bordeaux 2012 wine releases, as this year's campaign continues to lack vigour.
Chateau La Fleur Jonquet sold to Chinese architect
Chinese architect Wengcheng Li has acquired Chateau La Fleur Jonquet in Graves.
Spanish Wines Come of Age: Great Summer Bargains
With growth in global wine sales waning, Spanish wine makers have introduced better quality and more attractive pricing to woo customers.
Rangers didn't need alcohol election to expand wine sales at ballpark
The Rangers have said little publicly about the financial angles of the alcohol election or the other options they could have considered. Team officials have generally emphasized this as a way to give them more flexibility to serve fans.
Organic Wine: What to Buy, What to Avoid
Wine retailers, once cautious about the idea are suddenly eager to stock organic wine. A smattering of selections has burgeoned in recent years, crowding store displays.
Talks still flowing to avert LCBO strike
Both sides were at the negotiating table Monday trying to avert a Victoria Day weekend liquor store strike.
David Lawrasons's take on private wine retailing in Ontario: Getting beyond the vested Interests
On Thursday, May 9 the vested interests in Ontario's beverage alcohol industry gathered at an Economic Club of Canada luncheon at Toronto's Delta Chelsea Hotel to hear why the province should move to a mixed public/private retail model of selling wine, beer and spirits.
BC leaders hold gruelling last-minute push before Tuesday's election
The leaders of British Columbia's two main parties headed into a sprint to get their message out Monday, one day before the finish line would deliver one of them a victory.
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell joins craft brewing movement
McDonnell planted a total of about 15 hops vines on the grounds of the governor's Richmond mansion Monday and expects a harvest from the 2-year-old cascade vines this August.
BottleRock Napa Valley organizers say inaugural music festival a success
As the massive task of cleaning up after more than 100,000 rock fans got underway Monday in Napa, BottleRock organizers declared the event a success and said it will return on Mother's Day weekend next year, albeit for fewer days.
South Africa Wine Exports Setting Records on China Demand
South African wine exports are poised to beat their 2012 record this year following high yields and on demand for premium vintages from North America and Asia, industry executives and growers said.
Oenophiles at Loggerheads
Want to start a fight at a wine tasting? Just mention "oak."
Wine skeptic takes on climate change report
The present wine world will soon go the way of the dinosaur. Welcome to the great wine scare of 2013.
Debate over amnesty looms over efforts to reform immigration laws
In 1986, an amnesty law gave legal status and a path to citizenship to unauthorized residents. Today's mass legalization would occur in a much different economic and demographic climate.
Mainstream Retailers Embrace Growlers As Trend Grows
Total Wine & More, which now has 90 units in 15 states, plans to have growler stations installed in about 20 of its stores by year-end.
Rupert Murdoch Buys Moraga Vineyards
News Corp CEO purchases estate and winery in Los Angeles' Bel Air area; asking price was $29.5 million
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