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05/24/13
Vineyard Economics Seminar: Wine industry optimistic despite labor, import concerns

It's a time of optimism in the wine industry, with vintners buying vineyards to secure supply, and grape growers and brokers easily selling their crop for hearty prices. But there are issues on the horizon, including a dwindling labor pool and an increase in bulk wine imports from overseas that could ease pricing pressures on domestic grapes and wine

05/24/13
2007 Honor the Fallen Cabernet
Personal Wine honors our Veterans and those who have given their lives for America this Memorial Day, Monday May 27th, 2013 with our Honor the Fallen Cabernet Sauvignon.
05/24/13
Alex Guarachi Purchases Sun Chase Vineyard
Alex Guarachi, founder and CEO of Guarachi Family Wines and TGIC Importers, Inc., announced Thursday the purchase of 248-acre vineyard Sun Chase located in the Petaluma Wind Gap area of the Sonoma Coast AVA. The purchase of Sun Chase allows an estate designate for Guarachi Family Wines.
05/24/13
Appellation America to remove pay wall and provide free access (Press Release)
"This dramatic move is counter to the trends we see in much of today's media but we believe it's best for our users and the website."
05/24/13
International Chardonnay Day
Today is International Chardonnay Day (or National, Global or World Chardonnay Day) and for those of you too cool, or self obsessed to consider drinking chardonnay, well, this isn't for you.
05/24/13
B.R. Cohn announces big acts for Fall Fest
Saturdays bill includes Bad Company, the Doobie Brothers, Pablo Cruise and more with Sunday's headliner being Heart, along with the Doobie Brothers, Gin Blossoms and more.
05/24/13
French wine consumers increasingly go digital
The French have a special yet sometimes contradictory relationship with wine. For the fourth consecutive year, consultants SoWine have sounded out current opinions and expectations regarding wine in France
05/24/13
Ontario Grape Growers Seek Market Share
Government involvement in British Columbia wine has created measurable success
05/24/13
Unfiltered: They're Serving Mouton in Cannes Now
Plus, a Texan happy to have wine on his boots, a Santa Barbara wine label dispute ends amicably enough, and the ups and downs of Brooklyn's Great GoogaMooga
05/24/13
ASC opens new 'Wine Residence' in Shanghai
ASC Fine Wines, one of China's biggest importers, has just opened a new club or 'Wine Residence' in Shanghai.
05/24/13
Family tradition highlights Auction Napa Valley 2013
The Napa Valley Vintners' 33rd auction starts next week, beginning Thursday evening with small and generally swanky dinners, hosted by vintners for bidders who will be attending Saturday's live auction at Meadowood.
05/24/13
Study: Another Reason for Daily Wine
Coffee, tea, beer, and wine seem to make kidney stones less likely.
05/24/13
As Greek as the Sea, by Eric Asimov
A recent wine panel tasting of Greek whites from the 2011 and 2012 vintages affirmed the quality and value of these wines.
05/24/13
California's Sonoma Wine Road direct flight away from Portland airport
Sonoma County is a magical part of California, with the heart of the county located just 50 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge. It has Pacific Ocean shoreline and part of the county even touches San Pablo Bay (a part of San Francisco Bay).
05/24/13
Chinese architect buys third Bordeaux property
Just as auctioneer Christie's sets up a dedicated consultancy agency targeting Chinese wine property buyers, another Bordeaux château goes under Chinese ownership
05/24/13
Russians still stuck on sweet fizz
Russian consumers have yet to embrace brut sparkling wine despite the efforts of one of the country's top fizz producers to lure drinkers away from demi-doux
05/24/13
Editorial: Lowering legal blood-alcohol limit won't stop drunken driving
The Memorial Day weekend is the official start of summer fun, but also of increased patrols against drunken driving. Last year, Nassau and Suffolk county police made 71 arrests on charges of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol from Friday evening to Sunday morning of the same holiday weekend
05/24/13
Winemakers pressing for new grape varieties
Experiments with new grape varieties have been underway since 2007 at Michigan State University's Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Center in Traverse City
05/24/13
Plans and rates for Obamacare announced for California
Thirteen health insurance plans that will offer affordable health care coverage to millions of Californians have been approved for the Affordable Care Act coverage in California
05/24/13
New California health insurance rates unveiled
Health insurance premiums for Covered California, the state-run marketplace, are lower than expected
05/24/13
When That 'Local,' 'Craft' Liquor You Pay Big Bucks for Is Neither
buy a large quantity of potable alcohol from an industrial supplier (one vendor of neutral spirits offers it "in drum, truckload and railcar quantities"), run it through a tall charcoal filter to remove any trace impurities, cut it with water, decant it into bottles, and then slap on a label touting it as a local craft product
05/24/13
Oak use in Champagne: Just cask
While there is no consensus on the use of oak in Champagne production, Michael Edwards considers when it can have a beneficial effect
05/24/13
Wine merchant Bordeaux Index has reported sales of over £1 million in three hours for the new 2004 Dom Pérignon.
In contrast to the rather moribund if not completely stagnant Bordeaux en primeurs, sales of prestige cuvée Champagne seem to be very popular
05/24/13
Scores of TGI Fridays in New Jersey 'busted for selling caramel-colored rubbing alcohol as top-shelf scotch
State officials provided those new details Thursday on raids they conducted a day earlier as part of a yearlong investigation dubbed Operation Swil
05/24/13
Napa Valley winemakers share their experiments
Dozens of Napa Valley's winemakers gathered this month at the Rudd Centre at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone for the first of The Winemakers Tasting, an event in response to this curious group's desire to see what vinous innovations and experiments are happening in wine cellars around the valley today.
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