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  Daily News for Friday, May 17th
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05/17/13
Feds put new rules on wineries' use of social media
The federal government declared that sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are essentially new forms of advertising. As a result, companies selling adult beverages on those sites are subject to advertising rules, according to regulators.
05/17/13
VinoVisit.com Secures $1 Million in Additional Funding (Press Release)
Private investors have provided $1 million to fund VinoVisit.com product and global expansion plans.
05/17/13
Parker slams concept of 'Parkerisation'
US wine critic Robert Parker has slammed the idea that wines have been made specifically to suit his palate, defending his tastes as "complicated and varied."
05/17/13
Frescobaldi Launches Tenuta dell'Ammiraglia In U.S.
Entering national distribution through Frescobaldi's importer Folio Fine Wine Partners...
05/17/13
Feature: Shake Ridge Ranch - Gem of the Sierra
Shake Ridge Ranch has set a standard for viticulture in Amador County and the incredible list of winemakers who now source fruit from the amazing vineyard above Sutter Creek tell it's story in every vintage and bottle produced.
05/17/13
Researchers Don't 'Wine' About The Cold, Their Grapes Thrive
A dozen universities are collaborating on a sort of extreme winemaking project: How cold a climate can a grape survive and still make good wine? The Northern Grapes Project is inventing wines the world has never seen before, winning wine awards and creating a new crop for struggling rural economies.
05/17/13
Private equity firm invests in two NW wineries
A San Francisco private equity firm announced May 15 it has made a significant investment of growth capital in the Washington winery DeLille Cellars and purchased the Oregon winery Panther Creek Cellars.
05/17/13
Between the vines: Livermore's Wentes state's first family of chardonnay
Each month, Livermore Valley wine country highlights a grape varietal grown in our region. May's featured varietal is chardonnay, a green-skinned varietal used to produce white wines all over the globe.
05/17/13
Ontario: New Travel Guide Launches with Most Winery Listings Ever
Award-winning vintages from Ontario wineries have won praise from experts the world over, so now it's time to venture deeper into our own backyard and discover the sources of all that acclaim.
05/17/13
Wine investors help Canoe Ridge Vineyard return
Canoe Ridge Vineyard is back, thanks to a Seattle company that rescued the longtime Walla Walla winery.
05/17/13
Liberty Wines to deploy The Wine System to address operational needs
Liberty Wines, a UK-based importer and wholesaler of over 200 wines, is to deploy a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution - The Wine System - developed by Microsoft Gold Partner TVision Technology to address its operational and financial needs.
05/17/13
Slow Red? Foghat Cellars Takes It Easy
Plus, celebrity chef trading cards hit Brooklyn, recapping Napa's BottleRock festival, a Kendall-Jackson Undercover Boss update and more
05/17/13
Goosecross Cellars Sells to Golden Equity Investments
Zepponi & Company Facilitates Sale of Luxury Napa Valley Winery to Colorado-based Private Equity Firm
05/17/13
UK trade should 'get on with it', says Weston
"Get on with it and stop moaning" is the message from Winery Exchange's new managing director, to the UK trade.
05/17/13
Sainsbury's to focus on lighter-style wines
Sainsbury's plans to double the sales of its lighter-style wines by 2020 as it responds both to growing consumer demand and its obligations under the government's Responsibility Deal.
05/17/13
Wine theme to Barclaycard's Bespoke Offers
Barclaycard has launched an offers scheme tailored to its customers' spending habits and lifestyle preferences, which includes around 5,000 offers from hundreds of retailers including Tesco, House of Fraser, Shell and Virgin Wines.
05/17/13
Ottolenghi partners RAW wine fair
Chef Yotam Ottolenghi has partnered with artisan wine fair RAW, which takes place from May 19-20.
05/17/13
Chase to make biodynamic wine and vermouth in Provence
Potato farmer Will Chase, who sold his £30 million Tyrrells Crisps empire in 2010 to make potato vodka, has added a vineyard in Provence to his drinks portfolio.
05/17/13
Merchant gives private buyers chance to sell at market price
In November last year fine wine merchant Aston Lovell launched the fine wine industry's first trading platform that links the private buyer and seller to the London International Vintners Exchange (Liv-ex).
05/17/13
Mouton vertical to take centre stage at Bonhams sale
A 20-bottle vertical of Mouton Rothschild from 1989 to 2009 will be one of the main attractions at Bonhams London sale later this month.
05/17/13
Merchant declares Bordeaux 2012 overpriced and skips vintage
Enotria subsidiary Great Western Wine won't be offering Bordeaux 2012 this year because it believes the releases are overpriced.
05/17/13
Rare Italian wines to be auctioned in HK
Vinitaly International and US auction house Zachys are to host an auction in Hong Kong dedicated to Italian wines later this month.
05/17/13
Welly wanging heads to LIWF
Wirra Wirra wines is bringing the unusual British sport of welly wanging to next week's London International Wine Fair (LIWF).
05/17/13
Hillebrand and Accolade sign major deal
JF Hillebrand has confirmed a five-year freight services deal with Accolade Wines, one of the world's largest wine producers.
05/17/13
Happy Trails: S.B.'s Downtown Art & Wine Tour Returns
Tickets are on sale now for this year's Downtown Art & Wine Tour, during which various venues south of Carrillo Street will open their doors and welcome revelers with food, drink, and art.
05/17/13
Georgia and Its Wine
To be sure, in the United States, I enjoyed a nice bottle of chardonnay, but never have I experienced the variety of wines, the passion of the winegrowers, the dominance of the grape in a culture, and the inclusion of this important commodity into so many components of the Georgian way of life.
05/17/13
Salud! Washington Post Gets Into The Wine Business
Well, here's one way to respond to quarterly circulation and revenue declines. Starting next month, the Washington Post will be offering a new product: wine.
05/17/13
NY PE firm taps into second Oregon wine brand
In a move that strengthens its position in the Oregon wine industry, New York-based private equity firm Bacchus Capital Management said Wednesday it has purchased the well-regarded Panther Creek Cellars wine brand, which is based in McMinnville.
05/17/13
San Diego: Addison hires a wine director
Elizabeth Huettinger has been hired as wine director at Addison, the Grand Del Mar resort's contemporary French restaurant.
05/17/13
Sheraton Extends Specialty Wine Program Globally After Successful First Year
The North American version of the program includes a special offering of premium wines, Sheraton Selects, comprised of a rotation of eight or more wines by the glass, all highly rated by Wine Spectator.
05/17/13
Naked Winery 'aims to tease' with Bend outpost
Naked Winery is opening a 1,400-square-foot tasting room in Bend's Old Mill District, where it will feature its Vixen Syrah, Foreplay Chardonnay and other bottles that winery President David Barringer said in a statement "aim to tease!"
05/17/13
'London Calling' for Canadian wine
Canada is re-introducing itself to the world by way of an essential and comprehensive tasting hosted today by The Canadian High Commission at Canada House, Trafalgar Square, London.
05/17/13
Long lines for booze as Ontario drinkers face possible long-weekend LCBO strike
Long lines of anxious drinkers formed in liquor stores across Ontario today ahead of the Victoria Day long weekend as a midnight strike deadline for store workers looms.
05/17/13
Hot Spring for Northwest Acquisitions
Bacchus, Precept, Jackson invest in Washington and Oregon vineyards
05/17/13
Chinese investors snapping-up 'one chateau per month', say estate agents
From the beginning of 2011, a leading Bordeaux real estate agent says, an average of one Bordeaux chateau per month has been sold to a Chinese investor.
05/17/13
Why a PE firm is playing in the Willamette Valley wine grab
What's made Wine by Joe such an attractive investment?
05/17/13
French appellation wines top previous export records in 2012
The general trend towards trading-up in the global wine market has been well-documented. Latest figures for French exports of quality wines reflect this trend and reveal that, thanks to rising average prices, France has topped previous records for value sales.
05/17/13
Canadian wineries finding focus
Canada's wineries are becoming increasingly focused on specific grape varieties as the country's wine industry matures.
05/17/13
Court told of £4.5m wine fraud
A court has heard how a group of fraudsters conned hundreds of people out of £4.5 million through bogus wine investments
05/17/13
What's the difference between a blood alcohol level of .08 and .05?
The bigger you are, the more blood you have to dilute that drink, which means your blood alcohol concentration will be lower.
05/17/13
Technomic Reveals Spirits Outpacing Wine and Beer to Break 200 Million Cases (Press Release)
Flavor innovation and premiumization propelling growth in spirits.
05/17/13
Interior Department offers new rules for 'fracking'
Industry officials object to what they see as redundant regulation. Environmentalists say the federal standards do not safeguard drinking water supplies.
05/17/13
California council adopts delta management plan
A California agency on Thursday unanimously adopted a broad, long-range plan to manage the ailing Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta
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