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  Daily News for Thursday, May 16th
TTB Issues Advistory: Use of Social Media in the Advertising of Alcohol Beverages

"The following guidance is intended to assist industry members in ensuring that advertisements for alcohol beverages that appear in social media outlets comply with the FAA Act and the TTB advertising regulations. Because of changing technology and the ongoing evolution of social media, this is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the types of social media. However, the general principles set out in this circular can be applied to other social media outlets that have been or will be developed"

Winery Job Listings Continue to Climb
Third straight month of strong growth in winery jobs index, other metrics positive
Supplier News: Western Square Completes a Technological Improvement
The operation included a new state of the art cure oven with two separate high efficiency burners and new alignment of automated conveyors leading to great improvements.
Colorado private equity firm buys Goosecross Cellars
The transaction included the 11-acre estate winery and vineyard property, tasting room and estate home.
San Francisco firm buys Panther Creek, invests in DeLille
"Washington is a grand cru region that happened 10,000 years ago. It's our responsibility to take that forward."
Seattle's Precept Wine buys Oregon vineyard
The 10-year-old wine producer has added another vineyard to its Pacific Northwest holdings, purchasing Yamhela Vineyard in Oregon's Yamhill-Carlton AVA.
Christie's launches vineyard sales service
Christie's is launching a service to help prospective buyers of vineyard estates.
PAC formed to oppose Sonoma hotel initiative
Darius Anderson and his firm, Kenwood Investments, are paying to manage the organization. Anderson is the developer of a proposed 59-room hotel near the city Plaza that has become a flashpoint in the debate over hotels.
Fire destroys Lake Chelan winery
A fire Saturday afternoon destroyed a winery on the north shore of Lake Chelan. A runaway tractor was to blame.
Wine Buzz: Rockin' the wine pouch at BottleRock
These were custom-made blends for BottleRock that came in a Capri Sun-like pouch and contained the equivalent of two glasses. Concertgoers could choose between the Reverb Red and Whitenoise California white wine.
Napa Valley Vintners Bring Award-Winning Chefs to Auction Napa Valley 2013 (press release)
Regional ingredients inspire culinary creations as diverse as the wines.
South Africa harvest at record high
Wine production in South Africa is expected to reach an all-time high this year after the 2013 grape harvest outstripped expectations to reach nearly 1.5m tons.
Record harvest for South Africa
The 2013 wine grape harvest is expected to reach 1,491,432 tons - 5.4 percent up on 2012.
Classification May Prove Savior for Beaujolais
To upgrade the image of the region ...
The Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa Hosts "First Blush" Wine Competition and Tasting
Public Invited to Taste California's Top Rosé Wines on Saturday, June 8
WineAmerica Launches New Website
The new website will provide WineAmerica members with the most up-to-date wine industry information and policy positions.
Real Men Drink Pink to Benefit Cancer Support Community's Breast Cancer Care Fund and must! Charities (Press Release)
The top 20 rosé producers in Paso Robles have come together to present the ultimate summer wine tasting experience! Held at Star Farms, a literal oasis complete with a half-acre blue lagoon pool, white sandy beaches and tropical palm trees, the party is rounded out with regional culinary fabulousness presented by top Paso Robles chefs and the best food trucks around.
Burridges of Arlington St founder dies, aged 78
The Spanish wine pioneer passed away last month in Santiago de Compostela. He had a heart attack after completing a pilgrim's walk for charity.
Hillebrand signs deal with Accolade Wines
Logistics company JF Hillebrand has signed a five year global freight services contract with Accolade Wines.
Wine Australia chief executive resigns
Wine Australia has announced the resignation of chief executive Andrew Cheesman.
Bibendum signs Brazil deal
Bibendum has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Brazilian wine producer Miolo.
New map of the Douro offered by Christie's
A new map of the Douro Valley will be auctioned alongside a 12 bottle vertical of Quinta do Noval from 1937 to 2003 by Christie's this June.
NZ producer embarks on fresh approach
Waiheke Island producer Cable Bay Vineyards is keen to highlight New Zealand's strengths beyond Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir as it relaunches in the UK with a new distributor.
Biggest ever crop for SA
South Africa is looking at its biggest ever harvest this year despite a late and slow start to the growing season.
Johnson auction nets £88,000
The sale of wine writer Hugh Johnson's cellar made £88,000 this week with Pétrus topping the proceedings.
Bordeaux 2012: Still waiting for big names
En primeur releases this morning include Beychevelle, Grand Puy Lacoste and Haut Batailley but there are some big names still waiting in the wings.
Bolivian brewery develops coca beer
A brewery in Bolivia has developed an innovative solution to the problem of altitude sickness - coca beer, which is brewed using the same leaves from which cocaine is derived.
Bordeaux 2012: Pichon Lalande, Malartic Lagraviere, Beychevelle release
The last two days have seen a few attempts to get what has been described as the 'forgotten Bordeaux 2012 campaign' finally moving, but customers are 'turning their backs on the vintage', merchants say.
Women, drinking, and wine-as-reward culture
The whine-wine culture is celebrated in books like "Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay" and websites like Moms Who Need Wine, a Boston-based group with more than a half-million members ("If you're not sure you could survive motherhood without a stockpile of your favorite Red, then you've come to the right place!")
A New Wine for Our Times
As I mentioned here once before, the fad in California wines for more than a decade now has been the heavy emphasis on what I call MSG wines. No, that's not a designation of something to order in your favorite Chinese restaurant; rather, it refers to Rhone-style blends featuring Mourvedre-Syrah-Grenache.
Wine deals not for Wisconsin consumers, 1939 law says
Consumers got a rare insight this past week into the cheaper prices they're missing out on because of the Unfair Sales Act, Wisconsin's minimum pricing law from 1939.
French Wheat Exports Prop Up March Farm Trade as Wine Sales Fall
France's exports of grains including wheat rose in March, helping to reduce the effect of lower shipments of processed agricultural products from wine to candy.
NC: Kinkead Ridge Winery is for sale
Although Kinkead Ridge Winery is for sale, owners Nancy Bentley and Ron Barrett want the public to know they are still tending the vineyard, making wine and open for business starting Memorial Day weekend.
Oregon winery's 400-acre land grab protects turf
NW Wine Co. kicked off the year by spending $3.87 million to buy two Willamette Valley vineyards.
Mira Winery to Retrieve Wine from Ocean Floor; Conduct Initial Tests from Ocean Aging Experiment
The wine will undergo chemical analysis and expert taste testing to evaluate the ocean-aged wine verses the same aged in warehouses.
Precept Helps Drive Northwest Wine Growth, Projecting 1 Million Cases In 2013
Thanks to a combination of acquisitions and organic growth, Northwest winemaker Precept Wine expects to pass the 1-million-case mark in 2013, co-founder and CEO Andrew Browne tells Shanken News Daily.
New rules for liquor sales, and more, in Saskatchewan
The provincial government has made dozens of changes to its liquor laws, and released a list of those which are now in effect:
Ontario wineries open for business Victoria Day weekend
Ontario oenophiles looking for a glass of wine during the Victoria Day weekend will still have several options in the event of an LCBO strike.
Drunk driving: Why is MADD among critics of lower alcohol limit? (+video)
The National Transportation Safety Board is proposing that the legal limit for a driver's blood-alcohol content be reduced from 0.08 to 0.05. Critics say it's the wrong focus for anti-drunk driving efforts.
California Winery's Ads Pair the Product With Sex, Drugs and More Sex-Goes great with debauchery
Intemperance comes in many flavors, and SLO Down Wines has pairings for all of them. The California winemaker has rolled out three irreverent ads (from Harvest Films director Baker Smith and Arcade Edit's Paul Martinez and Dean Miyahira) about how well its Sexual Chocolate wine goes with group sex, horse role playing and bong rips, respectively.
Will Immigration Reform Help Immigrant Farm Workers?
The upshot: Almost no U.S.-born workers are taking farm jobs in that state. And even during the recession, native workers weren't more likely to seek employment in agriculture. That means that growers need an easy-to-use guest worker program that will give them access to immigrant guest workers with too much expense or red tape.
Agricultural pioneers battling water scarcity
It takes more than a few lakes full of water to simply grow what we eat, and another sea-full to process it before we put into our mouths.
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