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  Daily News for Wednesday, May 22nd
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05/22/13
Why Aren't 2012 Bordeaux Futures Selling?
Most ch√Ęteaus lowered prices, but consumers don't think the wines are worth the investment.
05/22/13
New beginnings for Barrel Blasting
Despite the innovation, visible results and cost savings, it's surprising that every winery in Napa Valley isn't using Vic Vasquez's Barrel Blasting yet to restore their barrels back to new.
05/22/13
Sonoma Co. visitor spending rises 9%
Year to date, occupancy is up 11.4 percent over 2012, according to Sonoma County Tourism. Visit California, the state's official tourism booster, also found that visitor-generated taxes equaled $168 per household in Sonoma County, while tourism-related employment accounted for nearly 17,000 jobs in Sonoma County.
05/22/13
Supplier News: Scott Laboratories Increases Storage Capacity and Efficiency With Warehouse Renovation
The 20,000 square foot space was redesigned to increase capacity by 30 percent, allowing for a more stream-lined inventory management system and greater stock volume, especially during the busy months of harvest.
05/22/13
Supplier News: Name Change for TricorBraun Design and Engineering
TricorBraun Design and Engineering has changed its name to TricorBraun Design and Innovation.
05/22/13
Supplier News: WineLoc Summer Wine Shippers Reconfigured to Deliver Improved Performance
ACH Foam Technologies, maker of WineLoc thermal summer wine shippers, has reconfigured their design to offer added packaging options and increased protection of bottles during transit.
05/22/13
Supplier News: CellarPass Announces Link Share Agreement with Visit Napa Valley
It allows visitors to the www.visitnapavalley.com website to search for thousands of upcoming tours, tastings and specials events that can be reserved exclusively through the CellarPass guest reservations and marketing platform.
05/22/13
Supplier News: Labeltronix Takes Home 'Gold' in Flexography Awards Five Years in a Row
"With these latest honors, we have now won 24 gold, silver and bronze medals over a five-year period from the Flexographic Technical Association, and I'm very proud of our team that earned us this recognition," said John Trail, president of Labeltronix.
05/22/13
Hoffman Family Cellars Launches 3-liter Jug Exchange Program
Hoffman Family Cellars announced an innovative 3-liter exchange program at their tasting rooms on the Historic Sonoma Plaza and on Treasure Island in San Francisco.
05/22/13
eWinery Solutions, Napa Valley POS, and ShipCompliant Offer DTC Seminar at Sonoma State
Presenters to discuss state of the industry--and what wineries can do about it
05/22/13
Amador Vintners Help Culinary School Expand
Forks and Corks event benefits American River College in Sacramento
05/22/13
A. Hardy USA Celebrates 20th Business Anniversary
Twelve full time employees and twenty brokers across the country, each serving a specific market, comprise A. Hardy USA's personnel roster.
05/22/13
Finger Lakes gaining ground at home
Producers in New York state's Finger Lakes region are experimenting with styles and site specifics as their wines find a larger audience both at home and abroad.
05/22/13
05/22/13
NJ: Alba Vineyard named 'leading estate'
The first few months of 2013 have been very rewarding for New Jersey's largest vineyard.
05/22/13
Maryland farmers markets can sell wine starting in June
While some counties already permitted wine sales at farmers markets, a new law to take effect June 1 will establish a statewide permit for wineries that removes county-specific restrictions.
05/22/13
Napa/Sonoma Heart Surgeon and His Wife Unveil a New Winery That Places Women's Heart Health at the Core of Their Family-Run Business
GrapeHeart Vineyards Unveils the First Vintage of Their Cabernet Sauvignon and Red Blend 'The Beat'
05/22/13
Wine: Idaho's new tourist attraction
As out-of-towners visit and spend, Idaho's once-small wine industry is growing fast.
05/22/13
Bill to allow wine tasting at farmers markets approved by Michigan House committee
Despite concerns that people could be over-served at farmers markets, the House Regulatory Reform committee voted 12-0 today to pass a bill that would allow for wine tastings and sales at farmers markets.
05/22/13
True Grape: Canadian wine producers need to seize more opportunities at international competitions
There were fewer than 50 Canadian wines entered in this year's competition. I believe that the CMB would be a great opportunity for Canadian wine producers to increase the level of awareness internationally of the evolution and quality of the wines we are growing.
05/22/13
Toasting Niagara's robust wine tourism
Among top-flight draws bringing tourism to Niagara's wine country are the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival's marquee events - the wine, new vintages and ice wine festivals.
05/22/13
Minn. Legislature Allows Beer, Wine Sales In Capitol
The Legislature passed a bill Monday that includes a provision that directs the city of St. Paul to issue and on-sale wine and malt liquor license to the Capitol cafeteria. The bill now goes to Gov. Mark Dayton.
05/22/13
Oregon college offers one-year wine program
Linfield College has announced it is offering a year-long program to prepare students for careers in the Oregon wine Industry.
05/22/13
Ruth's Chris sees success with pairing dinners
Chain aims to engage and attract customers with beverage-pairing program
05/22/13
Wine-based RTDs to hit the off-trade
The Winery Exchange has released a range of 5.5% abv wine-based RTDs into the off-trade. The range is called The Pomus and peach, grapefruit, watermelon and pomegranate flavour variants come in 25cl and 75cl bottles.
05/22/13
Spanish wine importer Ole to roll out Liquid Geography
Founded in 1999, Ole Imports is known for producing wines based on four main principles: terroir, quality fruit, exceptional winemaking and exceptional value.
05/22/13
If You Were King ...
Matt Kramer asks if Grand Cru Beaujolais is worth more than better Beaujolais
05/22/13
Harpers Debate: Indies opting to source direct
An independent wine shop has largely turned its back on wine agencies following concerns over exclusivity of deals.
05/22/13
Winemakers must do more to tackle fraud
Winemakers should act now to prevent fraudsters creating counterfeits of their products, according to Geert de Vries of KPMG.
05/22/13
LIWF 2014 likely to see 'return of major names'
A return to Kensington Olympia and changes to the way the London International Wine Fair is run will entice more exhibitors to the show next year, according to LIWF marketing director Will Broadfoot.
05/22/13
Harpers Awards 2013 - the results in full
The Harpers Awards 2013 took place in London last night and saw the great and the good of the trade turn out to celebrate the industry's successes of the past year.
05/22/13
Wine producers need to rethink bottle sizes
Wine producers should rethink the relative pariah status of mid-sized bottles as health-conscious consumers look for treats in smaller portions, according to a senior Mintel analyst.
05/22/13
EWGA on the lookout for acquisitions
Carnforth-based wine importer, wholesaler and retailer EWGA is on the hunt for new acquisitions.
05/22/13
Trade needs to watch sweet tooth trend
The wine trade needs to wake up to the consumer thirst for sweeter wines or risk losing an entire generation of younger consumers, a senior drinks analyst has warned.
05/22/13
Bordeaux 2012: Ducru, Cos and La Conseillante
Cos d'Estournel, Ducru Beaucaillou and La Conseillante were among the Bordeaux 2012 releases this morning.
05/22/13
Jackson Family consolidates Oregon holdings
Jackson Family Wines is aiming to increase its production of 'world class' Pinot Noir with the purchase of a number of vineyards in Oregon's Willamette Valley.
05/22/13
London court hears brother and sister accused of £2m wine fraud
A 38-year-old man, his sister and two others have been charged with two counts of conspiracy to defraud and one count of money laundering.
05/22/13
Jolie Gems, Warhol, Wine Lure Billionaires to Hong Kong
In what promises to be a champagne-fuelled 10 days, the city will see billions of dollars of contemporary art, wine, jewelry and snuff bottles go on sale.
05/22/13
Carlos Santana & Mumm Napa Release 'Supernatural Rose' Sparkling Wine
The new wine, Mumm Napa Supernatural Rose, is a nod to the longstanding relationship between Santana and Mumm Napa, and is the second bottling produced through collaboration between the two.
05/22/13
Pali Wine Co. Secures Long-Term Lease
The Huber Vineyard, first planted by Norman Huber in 1987-88, is one of the oldest vineyards in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA.
05/22/13
Marcassin will not release 2008 Pinot Noirs; winery blames wildfires
Unlike wine estates in manicured Napa Valley, Marcassin is located in a fairly remote area of the Sonoma Coast, close up against a wilder landscape subject to the occasional forest fire.
05/22/13
The Bottled Asset Fund (BAF) Acquires Biondi-Santi Wine Collection
World's Only Italian-Focused Wine Investment Fund Announces Largest Single Purchase in History of Italian Wine
05/22/13
Report on Russian Wine Market Today from Top to Bottom Import, Export
Two-thirds of Russian wine consumption is covered by local wine production. But not many people are aware of Russian wine.
05/22/13
WWCC instructor leaves his mark on wine industry
Myles Anderson, the visionary behind the WWCC's Center for Enolgoy & Viticulture, has retired (maybe for the last time).
05/22/13
Chef Frank Prisinzano Talks Oddball Italian Varietals, Terroir, and Perfect Pairings
I'm asking a few questions to find out who's got a penchant for Piedmont, which chefs dislike oaky Chardonnay, and why there is no right or wrong way to enjoy wine.
05/22/13
Sonoma County Winegrowers Commission 2013 Wine Industry Economic Research
Research to provide updates and additional measurements following up 2005 data
05/22/13
UK wine retailer First Quench in $242 million pension risk deal
A growing number of "final salary" pension schemes are running into trouble because of rising longevity and low UK government bond yields.
05/22/13
Wine: Idaho's new tourist attraction
As out-of-towners visit and spend, Idaho's once-small wine industry is growing fast
05/22/13
China may act againt EU wine imports
Chinese wine producers have been squeezed by stiff competition from their strong overseas counterparts and a persistent slump in their domestic market
05/22/13
8 keys to a better wine grape grower contract
"You need to know who you are committing your life to over the next 1-15 years," says California winegrape grower advocate Nat DiBuduo.
05/22/13
Grape Market Insights: 2013 looking a lot like 2012?
Maybe; but there remains a long-term disconnect between demand and supply
05/22/13
Immigration Overhaul Wins Panel's Backing in the Senate
The 13-to-5 vote came as the committee reached a deal on one of the final snags threatening the legislation - and agreed to hold off on a particularly politically charged amendment.
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