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  Daily News for Monday, May 20th
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05/20/13
Is Your Tasting Room Successful?
On Tuesday morning of this week, Wine Business Monthly and Silicon Valley Bank will be hosting a live video conference on Tasting Rooms, CRM, Direct Sales, and Wine Clubs. We've had over 500 wineries participate in the survey and found some really interesting information that you can use to benchmark your own winery's performance. Its being offered gratis and I hope you can join in.
05/20/13
British Columbia proves place on world wine stage
For the fourth consecutive year, British Columbia wines performed brilliantly at a top California wine competition.
05/20/13
Wine business tackles climate, erosion policies
In Napa County, vintners and growers trade groups are concerned about a coalescing county climate action plan (countyofnapa.org/CAP) that includes specific numerical targets for greenhouse gas reduction.
05/20/13
Delta Plan adopted
The Delta Plan recommends improved efficiency, more storage, the development of other local water supplies, protection of Delta farmlands and communities, and the improvement of Delta levees. It will also incorporate as state law the yet to be completed Bay Delta Conservation Plan.
05/20/13
Water group blasts Delta Plan
The "Delta Plan," adopted Thursday as state law by the Delta Stewardship Commission, is fatally flawed, says a nonprofit water group based in Santa Barbara.
05/20/13
Napa County says winery suits are not part of crackdown
Although Napa County has filed three lawsuits against local wineries in recent months regarding permit compliance, these cases do not represent a campaign against vintners, county officials said this week.
05/20/13
India confirms presence at LIWF
Wines of India has confirmed that it will be at this year's London International Wine Fair for the third year running.
05/20/13
A lesson learned from the averted LCBO strike
It was like Armaggedon in LCBO stores across the province on Thursday and that's exactly what the spin masters wanted to see. Everyone waited with bated breath while being told "talks are continuing in hopes of averting the strike, but if no deal is reached then the strike is on as of 12:01 a.m. Friday." Yikes.
05/20/13
UK retailer Sainsbury's to double sales of low-alcohol wines
Sainsbury's, a UK-based firm with chain of supermarkets, plans to double the sales of low-alcohol wines in the country by 2020 to meet the growing demand and to follow government's Responsibility Deal.
05/20/13
Golden Equity Investments acquires Goosecross Cellars in California
The purchase, which is the first for GEI in wine industry, includes 11-acre estate winery and vineyard property, tasting room and a Tudor-style estate home.
05/20/13
Last call to register for the California Summit
Delegates at Harpers' California Summit on June 4 will be able to get exclusive insights into how the big Californian wine brands are promoting their products, thanks to analysis of promotional activity by brand-tracking specialists Brand View.
05/20/13
Dom Pérignon releases 2004 vintage
Dom Pérignon has released its 2004 Blanc vintage from a 'near-perfect' harvest.
05/20/13
Chapoutier: 'Bring water back into wine'
Winemaker Michel Chapoutier has called for water to be re-introduced to winemaking to help counter rising alcohol levels.
05/20/13
Chapoutier questions climate change map
Rhône winemaker Michel Chapoutier has raised questions about a recent report into the effect of climate change on vineyards by 2050, saying the authors showed a "lack of basic wine knowledge".
05/20/13
Controversy looms over Bordeaux primeurs
Recent comments by wine consultant Stephan Derenoncourt have inflamed a quiet but growing criticism of the way Bordeaux conducts its annual primeurs tastings.
05/20/13
UK: Camra launches new Good Bottled Beer Guide
The Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) has launched the new edition of its Good Bottled Beer Guide, which features over 1,800 bottle-conditioned beers.
05/20/13
The Proust Q&A: Olivier Dauga
Bordeaux consultant Olivier Dauga on his regrets on not becoming a professional rugby player, desire to be James Bond and drinking Sauternes with Edith Piaf.
05/20/13
Natural wines transported by sail power
More than 3,000 bottles of wine have been sailed into London by a new company keen to demonstrate the environmental benefits of old-fashioned wind power.
05/20/13
Bordeaux 2012: Montrose, Clinet, Domaine de Chevalier release
New price releases are being met by an increasingly small pool of buyers in the Bordeaux 2012 campaign.
05/20/13
Toast of the Valley: Franciscan Estate names new winemaker and more
Gentry becomes marketing manager at Oakville Ranch Vineyards; Meet the Women for WineSense Wine industry experts
05/20/13
The critic's role?
Influential critics have long played an important role in our discovery of many of life's pleasures but are noticeably absent from others. Ardent fans of the movies, theater, literature and other areas of interest often look to familiar and trusted critics for guidance in unearthing new products and adventures as they emerge.
05/20/13
Trefethen, Raymond go entirely solar
Many wineries have installed solar power, but two recent announcements deserve mention.
05/20/13
The Other 47 (States of Wine)
"New Jersey was a revelation." Linda Murphy is talking about wine.
05/20/13
The Perfect Time for Pinot Noir
For the red wine lover looking to choose a wine that possesses more finesse than power, Volnay on the label offers a good signpost.
05/20/13
The Morning Leverage: Private Equity Keeps the Wine Deals Flowing
Move over, Bacchus Capital Management: There's another private equity firm entering the wine market.
05/20/13
TX: Committee collecting signatures to allow limited beer and wine sales in JP4
A pro-development group in Smith County has started collecting the required number of signatures on petitions to place limited beer and wine sales on the November ballot for the current boundaries of Smith County JP 4.
05/20/13
Ontario: Inside the secret world of judging wine
How do judges pick out the best wines? Gord Stimmell walks readers through the 19th tasting for the Ontario wine awards. Reassuringly, blind-tasting is the foundation of the judgements.
05/20/13
Rosé prices swelling, but bargains remain
The $10 rosé is not totally gone, but is much more scarce, I'm afraid.
05/20/13
South African wine: the Cape crusaders
Young South African producers are producing complex, nuanced wines on a boutique scale: seek them out if you can.
05/20/13
A bill that would prohibit using a person's immigration status to threaten or retaliate against them was held this week in the state Assembly Appropriations Committee
The California Association of Winegrape Growers says the bill, AB 263, threatens a business with the loss of all licenses and authorizes a $10,000 penalty per employee for any retaliation or discrimination.
05/20/13
Report analyzes best-ever harvest for British Columbia winegrapes
British Columbia winegrape-growers enjoyed a record harvest and a return to normal in 2012, according to the province's annual crop report.
05/20/13
Interview: Caymus Vineyards' Bold Bet On Pinot Noir Pays Off
How did the decision to move aggressively into Pinot come about, especially given the softness in luxury wines during the recession?
05/20/13
US triumphs in IWSC 2013
The U.S. laid down a firm challenge to traditional French supremacy as the International Wine & Spirit Competition unveiled its 2013 northern hemisphere wine results.
05/20/13
Boutique vintners find different courses for growth
Carlile Winery & Vineyards has outgrown its Santa Rosa custom-winemaking facility, so it is sort of swapping places with Windsor-based Robert Mueller Winery.
05/20/13
Farm bill momentum for specialty crops
The full House is expected to take up the bill in June
05/20/13
Bottlerock a Boon to Wineries
A few days after the massive Bottlerock music festival in Napa, staff at some of the wineries that participated were a bit groggy but still singing the praises of the event
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