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  Daily News for Friday, May 31st
Wineries Banking on Busier Tourist Season

Hiring activity strong for sales and hospitality sector as summer season begins

.. in the past three months, the Winery Jobs Index based on postings has soared to record levels. In March, the index literally went off the charts, climbing to its highest level since its launch in 2007


Costco Reports 8% Rise In Beverage Alcohol For First Three Quarters As Spirits Sales Lead Growth
"Wine is up by high single digits. While beer is up, it's not performing as strongly as spirits and wine."
Sonoma producers protest new labelling law
Small producers in Sonoma County are angered by new legislation requiring them to label their wines Sonoma County even if they are part of specific sub-appellations.
California plan to overhaul water system hub to cost $25 billion
The proposal calls for habitat restoration and two tunnels to divert water from the Sacramento River under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to southbound pumps.
California Lawmakers Turn Down Moratorium on Fracking
The proposed moratorium was among at least seven bills up for votes this week in the Legislature to strengthen state oversight of fracking.
The gathering at Raymond Vineyards is one of the key events that will kick off the annual four-day Auction Napa Valley
There will be a string of dinner parties, tastings and tours throughout Napa Valley, with the main attraction the live auction Saturday at St. Helena's Meadowood Resort.
What's More Fun than a Magnum of Wine? How About a Hundred?
Wine Spectator's Bring Your Own Magnum parties attract a who's who in Napa and Sonoma.
Vineyard economics seminar finds growers fine for now
This year's Vineyard Economics Seminar last week at the Napa Valley Marriott & Spa raised many issues of concern to grape growers and their lenders.
Lot18 Co-Founder Philip James Departs
Heads on a 12-month bike ride around the world.
UC Davis christens 'sustainable winery' building
The University of California Davis has opened a $4 million building dedicated to sustainable winemaking.
Sopexa Survey: No drop in morale amongst international wine buyers
Despite the deepening of the recession, morale within the international wine industry remains fairly high, reveals the latest Wine Trade Monitor.
A Taste of France in Virginia Wine Country
There has been a lot of buzz about Virginia wines. Awards, expansion, boutique wineries and exclusive clubs have been the focus of much press.
NZ wine estate in receivership sale
New Zealand winery, Ascension Wine Estate in Matakana just north of Auckland, has been put up for sale after going into receivership.
Wet Spring Is Good For Missouri Wine Production
This year, we've got rain and lots of it and more on the way.
Science improves wine-making
The story of the region's burgeoning wine industry added a new chapter with the first wine to come out of Victory View Vineyards. Their business venture wouldn't be possible without relatively recent breakthroughs by grape researchers, primarily at the University of Minnesota. Experts have been able to breed new strains both good for making wine and hardy enough to withstand northern New York weather.
Gallo's Import Business Builds Major Presence
While E&J Gallo Winery remains focused on its leadership position in California wine, the company's import business has been making major strides with Old and New World brands contributing. Italy (Ecco Domani and LaMarca), Spain (Las Rocas and Martín Códax), Argentina (Alamos and Don Miguel Gascón) and New Zealand (Starborough and Whitehaven) have all been key growth drivers on Gallo's import side.
The Best Place in Canada for Wine Tourism
There are more than 210 wineries in British Columbia, and approximately 170 of them are in the Thompson, Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys. With apple orchards being ripped out in favour of the more profitable grape faster than you can say "ka-ching," the wild growth of this region is expected to continue.
Tetra Pak opens EUR120m plant in Chakan for Indian beverage, dairy industry
The plant is designed to meet the growing demand for Tetra Pak processing and packaging solutions across India, South and Southeast Asia and the Middle East.
Where No Wine Has Gone Before
Plus, Venezuela's Catholic church is running out of wine, two molecular wine scientists put their brains together, and more
Bargain Booze takes on Susan McCraith MW as wine consultant
Bargain Booze, the off license convenience chain, has taken on Susan McCraith MW to help develop its wine range.
Majority of UK adults drinking within recommended guidelines
The majority of people in the UK are drinking within their weekly guideline amounts for alcohol according to new figures released today.
UK's first dedicated cava bar opens in St Pauls
What claims to be the UK's first authentic and dedicated cava bar has just opened, only a stone's throw from St Paul's cathedral in London.
EWBC conference all set for Rioja in October
The sixth EWBC Digital Wine Communications Conference is to take place in Logroño, Spain, from October 25-27.
Road trippers aim to rediscover French wine
As part of the French Wines with Style campaign six wine enthusiasts from Germany, Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, the UK and Russia are have embarked on a journey across France.
Recioto needs updating
Producers in Valpolicella are forgetting about Recioto as the popularity of Amarone continues and it is in urgent need of updating says on the region's biggest winemakers.
Champagne trends of 2013: 8. Disgorgement
In this latest instalment of the 10 key current developments in Champagne, debate continues over whether bottles should display disgorgement dates.
Rioja's Roda releases new vintage of Cirsion
Bodegas Roda, one of Rioja Alta's most renowned producers, has just launched the latest vintage of its flagship wine, the Cirsion 2010.
China Cracks Down On Fake Champagne
The Chinese government has regulated that only sparkling wine coming from the Champagne region of France may be sold under the Champagne namesake.
If Only the Grapes Were the Whole Story
Wine has been described as the perfect beverage because the grapes contain all the ingredients necessary to create their transformation. Put grapes in a vat and over time, the yeasts coating the skins set alchemy in motion, converting the sugar in the juice into alcohol.
Behold the Newly Launched Line of Star Trek Wine
Trekkies have been gifted with the existence of Star Trek-themed wines. Presale began this morning on members-only wine site for the three limited-run wines, licensed by CBS Consumer Products, and will run until July 1.
Workshops spread the science of selling wine
Cornell enologists are teaching tasting room staff the science behind turning customers' sips into sales.
The Alamo Drafthouse has bottled Silence of the Lambs-inspired wine
It puts the chianti in the decanter. On second thought, don't decant that chianti. Just pop the cork and try not to spill any on the couch when Buffalo Bill dances onscreen.
SLO Wine: Roll Out the Barrels
It's a Central Coast kind of wine party, in one of America's Happiest Cities.
Tuscan Chianti wineries improving traditional varieties
Tuscan winemakers have entered the 21st century with research, investments and care, and Tuscany's wines today are better than ever - richer, fuller in body, more concentrated in flavor.
Virginia's Chateau Morrisette goes global with wine production
The winery sent its first shipment to China just a few weeks ago and another shipment is getting ready to leave in three weeks.
Wine production increases in Wisconsin in recent years
Recently, the U. S. Department of Agriculture's Statistical Service published information on the state's grape and wine industry, and the bottom line is that it's in a growth mode.
The castle brings them, the wine brings them back
"We've evolved," said Brooks Painter, director of winemaking for Castello di Amorosa and sister winery V. Sattui. "I've not gotten to the point where I say, 'OK, we're not going to make any changes.'"
From wine to charity, it's all in the family
Pierce Carson: nearly two decades ago Garen and Shari built a business and marketing plan that remains the foundation of Staglin Family Vineyard - family ownership, commitment to quality and a personal approach to selling and encouraging memorable experiences.
Oregon winemakers optimistic about warm vintage
Western Oregon winemakers and grape growers have thus far enjoyed a warm, dry spring that has them well ahead of typical years.
Alcohol in Turkey: Not so good for you
The mildly Islamist government brings in tough alcohol restrictions.
French presidential wine auction a gesture of austerity in country's troubled times
France has some of the world's best wine, and with its government facing severe financial problems, the French president is using some of that wine to help balance the budget.
Farm leaders back immigration bill
National and state farm leaders have lined up in support of the immigration overhaul bill now pending in Congress, saying a major part of the state's economy is at stake in the debate.
Despite Early Success, Immigration Bill Faces Uncertain Path Forward
Even if Senate Republicans can't scupper the bill, their counterparts in the GOP-controlled House can.
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