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  Daily News for Tuesday, May 21st
Frugality out: Restaurant sales at all-time highs

Sales at eating and drinking places in April reached $45.9 billion, a $200 million seasonally-adjusted increase from the previous high in December 2012, according to preliminary figures from the U.S. Census Bureau

Environmentally Designed Carlton Winemaker's Studio Turns Ten
The facility is the brainchild of Oregon winemakers and husband and wife team of Eric Hamacher of Hamacher Wines and Luisa Ponzi of Ponzi Vineyards-the studio was the first of its kind and served as a model for other, similar projects.
People News Recap from 5/14-5/20
Wine industry people on the move from May 14 to May 20
Ste. Michelle Wine Estates Appoints Rob Bigelow MS Senior Director of Wine Education and On Premise Development
In this newly-created role, Bigelow will develop comprehensive programs to educate staff, trade and consumers about the distinctive wine estates featured in Ste. Michelle's domestic and imported wine portfolio. In addition, he will bring strategic focus to programming that is directed to the on-premise channel.
Three new Masters of Wine announced
The Institute of Masters of Wine has announced three new Masters of Wine in the U.S. and Australia, including only the fourth-ever double Master.
Report analyzes best-ever harvest for British Columbia wine grapes
Last year helped wineries recover from two short vintages. The 2012 harvest easily broke the record of 22,722 tons set in 2011, however that figure is largely the result of more available acres planted.
Lafitte Cork and Capsule Inc. filed a lawsuit last week against a winery for allegedly failing to pay for $250,000 worth of corks and capsules
In a separate lawsuit filed in March 2012, Anders-Lane Artisan Wines, located at 1005 Jefferson St., Napa, accused Lafitte of selling wine corks that were allegedly "defective" and "unfit"
Decanter World Wine Awards winners announced
Judges at this year's Decanter World Wine Awards tasted a record-breaking 14,362 wines and awarded nearly 10,000 medals, it was announced this morning.
WA: Effluent treatment project designed to be attractive to wineries
West Richland and the Port of Kennewick plan to develop a cutting-edge winery effluent treatment plant to make the former Tri-City Raceway even more attractive for wineries.
Mouton to open new gallery for label collection
A new art gallery will open at Chateau Mouton Rothschild this summer to permanently house the travelling exhibition Mouton Rothschild: Paintings for the Labels.
Moet & Chandon rolls out 2004 vintage of Dom Perignon
The 2004 wine possesses aromas of almond and cocoa on the nose and white fruit with hints of dried flowers, toasted notes and round finish, reported Harpers.
Wine Drinkers Face Little Danger from Pesticides, but Winegrowers Do
A French study found chemical residues in wines, but at low levels; experts hope to eliminate need.
Is Making Vegan Wine Difficult?
Many filtering/fining agents are animal-based, but alternatives exist.
Calorie-focused marketing more effective for wine trade
Marketing wine on the number of calories it contains is far more effective than claiming drinking it can be part of a healthy lifestyle.
Wine trade needs to keep up with sweet-toothed consumers
The wine industry is failing to keep up with changing tastes among consumers, according to drinks analyst Jonny Forsyth of Mintel, speaking at the LIWF today.
Shippers need to convince trade of bulk wine benefits
Companies offering bulk wine transport services must work harder if they are to win over the wine trade.
UK: Local convenience stores to see annual £11bn boost by 2018
The UK food and grocery market will be worth £46.2 billion in 2018, according to research from IGD, up a third from its current value of £35.6 billion.
Research reveals UK consumers still feeling economic gloom
UK consumers remain gloomy over the economy's impact on their personal finances, new research has revealed.
UK: Premium and flavoured products driving drinks sales growth
Sales of premium products and flavoured spirits and beers are continuing to drive sales in the drinks industry.
UK a tough market to crack for Greece
Greek producers know that cracking the UK market will be hard but think that effort will be worthwhile.
Sales of wine over £7 up 16% in UK
Volume sales of wines over £7 are up 16 percent in the UK as consumers opt to spend more on individual bottles, but less frequently on wine.
The top 10 wines in the UK press
Victoria Moore picks out a wine that she says is "really superb stuff" while Jane MacQuitty recommends a "mouthwateringly racy, minerally, top-drawer Aussie".
Cultivating Condor's Hope Wine: Growing Zin, Shiraz, and Pedro Ximénez in the Cuyama
Steve Gliessman grows zinfandel, shiraz, and Pedro Ximenez grapes in the Cuyama Valley.
Wine and Cola? It Works
Some might consider the kalimotxo (pronounced cal-ee-MO-cho) a guilty pleasure; I've received more than a few skeptical glances when I've ordered it at bars in New York.
Oklahoma grocery store wine proposal being renewed
Supporters of plan to allow some Oklahoma grocery stores sell wine are renewing voter petition.
Wine: Growing Money in Argentina
You've probably heard the old joke that the best way to make $10 million in the wine industry is to start with $20 million. But these days in Argentina, nothing could be further from the truth.
Bacchus increases wine holdings with investments
The San Francisco-based private equity firm made the investments as demand from investors has helped spur a rally in prices on the Liv-ex Fine Wine 50 Index.
Amid Austerity, A Lush New Temple to Luxury Wines in Shanghai
On Saturday, Mr. St. Pierre presided over the opening of a five-story mansion in Shanghai's leafy former French Concession area dedicated to wine connoisseurship. ASC spent 28 million yuan ($4.5 million) on the sumptuous members-only club that was conceived when China's economy was booming.
Tannat vines take a liking to Paso Robles
More recently, tannat has found a good home in Paso Robles. A key player was Tablas Creek Vineyard.
Bulgaria will start exporting local wines to Canada
Bulgaria will start exporting local wines to Canada. Connoisseurs from Ottawa took a liking to our wines during the second Balkan Wine Forum, which took place in the Bulgarian capital on May 16-19, informed organizer Galina Niforu.
Glenn Gruenhagen, Minnesota State Legislator, Blames U.N. For Climate Change 'Lie'
State Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen (R-Glencoe) told the state House of Representatives on Wednesday that alternative energy is part of a U.N.-backed plan to push climate change theories, saying it has caused pollution and high energy costs.
Could Drones Revolutionize Agriculture?
Because drones can fly cheaply at a low altitude, they can get highly detailed images of cropland, said Chris Anderson, the CEO of 3D Robotics and former editor-in-chief of Wired, here on Saturday (May 18) at this year's Maker Faire Bay Area, a two-day celebration of DIY science, technology and engineering.
Fire breaks out at winery near Reedley
Officials say the fire started at O'Neill Winery in the area of S. Lac Jac Ave. and W. Manning Ave. on Monday afternoon. Firefighters managed to contain and extinguish the blaze several hours after it started.
Vintner Agustin Huneeus encourages CIA grads to define American wine culture
This was the largest graduating class for the CIA's AWBP, and the program continues to grow. The next class begins in September.
The Drouhins of Beaune and Their Hidden Treasures
The winemakers, who hid great wines from the Nazis during World War II, produce standout wines in the oft-overlooked Clos des Mouches appellation and elsewhere
St. Helena Winery Pulling Bottles From Ocean Floor In Aging Experiment
Mira Winery of St. Helena, Calif., placed the bottles of wine in yellow steel mesh cages and then submerged them offshore in an undisclosed location back in February.
Some 210 Freeway lanes closed until 3 p.m. after massive grape spill
The rig was carrying 35,000 pounds of grapes when it overturned at the center divider.
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