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05/23/13
Allied Grape Growers Releases Spring 2013 Newsletter
"There is lots of debate about whether we are currently experiencing a shortage of California grape supply, or if we are actually experiencing market equilibrium that just "feels" short because we have experienced so many years of oversupply. ... "
05/23/13
Service to be held Friday for winery co-owner Mike Dunham
"Always a gracious host, countless friends and business associates will remember their introduction to 'Mike Dunham, Walla Walla,' and Mike's uncanny ability to make people feel welcome. His constant presence at the winery will be deeply missed and his beloved canine companion, Maysy, will continue to be the tasting room greeter."
05/23/13
Grapevine Water Use From a Distance
Technology to remotely measure thermal energy in vineyards may help with irrigation management.
05/23/13
Minimizing groundwater nitrates with proper fertigation
As many of California's growers face expected tighter regulations on nitrates in groundwater, Fresno State University unrolled a series of ambitious seminars on water use efficiency, concentrating in the first workshop on fertigation and how to minimize the amount of nitrates entering the groundwater
05/23/13
Court of Master Sommeliers Welcomes Four New Masters to its Ranks
Christopher Bates, Carlton McCoy, Emily Pickral-Papach and Christopher Tanghe Named Master Sommelier
05/23/13
Fed winery social media rules vague
Addressing the lack of any regulation on alcohol brands in the exploding social media space, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has issued new guidelines defining everything from blogs and social networks to video sharing sites and micro blogging services as "advertising."
05/23/13
Oregon's Oldest Estate Winery Awarded Historical Status
HillCrest Winery and Distillery, Birthplace of Oregon Pinot Noir, to Receive Historical State Marker
05/23/13
Robert Mondavi, Simi Drive High-End Growth For Constellation
The Robert Mondavi Winery brand rose 19% to 284,000 cases in the company's last fiscal year
05/23/13
Meritage Alliance Elects Officers
Susie Bynum, national sales manager for Ehret Family Winery, was re-elected to a third term as chairman of The Meritage Alliance at the group's annual meeting on May 17.
05/23/13
Eighty Years Ago: Wyoming Voted to Repeal Prohibition
Wine & Spirits Wholesalers Spotlight Multi-Billion Dollar Impact on Wyoming Economy
05/23/13
Organic, biodynamic wines on the rise in American wine shops
Just as supermarket shelves abound with products stamped "all-natural," "organic," or "organically grown," wine labels and store displays flaunt similar slogans - and can be every bit as confusing.
05/23/13
NC: Medaloni Cellars is Forsyth's second winery
Westbend's vineyard was established in 1972. It became an official commercial winery in 1988, back when a lot of experts didn't think you could make wine from vinifera (European) grapes in North Carolina. Westbend was the first winery to prove the experts wrong.
05/23/13
Pomerol's Chateau La Commanderie sold for €8m
Chateau La Commanderie in Pomerol has been sold to a young Hong Kong couple, Andrew and Melody Kuk.
05/23/13
Lurton and Dubourdieu team up for Winter Olympic wines
Two new wines from Pierre Lurton and Denis Dubourdieu have been released to raise up to £100,000 for the British Winter Olympics Skeleton bobsleigh squad.
05/23/13
Sideways author sets sights on Broadway as chances of film sequel diminish
Rex Pickett's play of his film Sideways is a step closer to Broadway after he recruited award-winning director Des McAnuff, but prospects for a big-screen sequel remain small.
05/23/13
HBW to add two new wines to portfolio
Happy Bitch Wines (HBW), a woman-owned and focused wine brand, is set to expand its wine portfolio with the addition of two new wines, Sauvignon Blanc and Pink Chardonnay, in June 2013.
05/23/13
Harpers Debate: Supermarket sales warp wine data
Supermarket sales are overly skewing industry data on what wines are most popular, a wine broker has claimed.
05/23/13
db Awards winners revealed
The results of The Drinks Business Awards for 2013 were announced yesterday at a ceremony at the London International Wine Fair.
05/23/13
Blandy's buys first vineyards
Madeira producer Blandy's has bought eight hectares of vineyard around the island in three different parcels.
05/23/13
Bordeaux 2012: The end in sight?
The end of the 2012 en primeurs may finally be in sight after all with the release of Cheval Blanc and Ausone yesterday and Léoville Poyferré and Figeac this morning.
05/23/13
Oak use in Champagne: Just cask
While there is no consensus on the use of oak in Champagne production, there are occassions when it can have a beneficial effect
05/23/13
Consolidation on the horizon for English sparkling wine
The English sparkling wine industry will not be able to sustain its current level of growth, with one key producer predicting that consolidation is on the horizon.
05/23/13
Pali Wine Co. Contracts Huber Vineyard
It was a deal in the works for a couple months, but this week, Pali Wine Co. announced that it had signed a long-term contract to take over the management and use of grapes from the Huber Vineyard.
05/23/13
Gary Vaynerchuk & WunWun Deliver Wine On Demand In NYC
Social media and wine connoisseur Gary Vaynerchuk has partnered with WunWun to deliver bottles of wine on demand across New York City, just for today.
05/23/13
Malbec wine flourishing in Mendoza, Argentina
In Mendoza, though, it has thrived, and there are now more than 120,000 acres planted to the variety in that region alone
05/23/13
Lehigh Valley Food & Wine Festival expands to three days with burger bash
Popular attraction at Sands event center expands to three days with new Burger and Beer Bash
05/23/13
TN: Wine bill gains new ground
A proposal to allow retail food stores to sell wine in Tennessee if approved by local voters took a huge step forward during the General Assembly's 2013 session. And although the measure fell short of gaining full approval, supporters of the legislation should be encouraged by the progress that was made.
05/23/13
NC: Petition on tap for beer, wine sales
Voters in the town of Bladenboro could soon be seeing another petition circulating that, if successful in collecting enough signatures, would put the issue of bringing beer and wine sales to town on the November ballot.
05/23/13
Legalization of liquor, beer and light wine passes in Tishomingo County, Mississippi
A narrow margin separated the proponents and opponents of legal liquor and beer sales in Tishomingo County after Tuesday voting, with machine votes and absentee ballots counted and 67 affidavit ballots to be counted today.
05/23/13
Paso Robles Wine Organizations, Helping Out with Grants
The Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance Foundation is opening up it's grant process for 2013.
05/23/13
Wisconsin's state wine excise tax is near the bottom
Taste Buds recently reported that Wisconsin ranked 48th among all states for the level of its beer excise tax. That was according to a map released by the Tax Foundation.
05/23/13
Canadian wines rediscovered in London
On May 16, over one hundred wines from several dozen Canadian wineries were on display in London at a trade and media tasting at Canada House, Canada's High Commission on Trafalgar Square.
05/23/13
Go Gamay Go
It's the current war cry by the voices of those who know. A plea and a calling to Canadian growers and winemakers to plant and bottle more Gamay Noir.
05/23/13
Hipsters driving up price of beer, researcher says
Here's another reason to be annoyed at hipsters: They're driving up the price of beer.
05/23/13
Q&A Tyler Coleman interviews Gina Gallo for winesearcher
"... This is the greatest marketplace, You can find anything here."
05/23/13
Editorial: ANV tickets sold out, but you can still participate
High-end $2,500 tickets to the exclusive Auction Napa Valley have long been sold out. So have tickets at the $1,500 and $1,000 levels. There's a waiting list to attend any of the events that begin Thursday, May 30, and continue through Sunday, June 2
05/23/13
Accolade Wines North America Launches Da Luca Wines in U.S. (Press Release)
"Da Luca wines are crafted with enthusiastic and adventurous wine drinkers in mind. The contemporary packaging is intentionally striking to generate consumer interest."
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