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  Daily News for Monday, June 3rd
2013 Auction Napa Valley Shatters Records with $16.9 Million Fundraising Total

"The Napa Valley Vintners' 33rd annual Auction Napa Valley was one for the record books, achieving $16.9 million in overall fundraising for healthcare and youth education nonprofits in Napa County. The American Wine Classic's record-breaking results exceeded the previous record of $10.5 million raised in 2005 by more than 60 percent, reaffirming Auction Napa Valley's position as the world's most celebrated charity wine event"

Riesling lovers coming to Washington for Riesling Rendezvous
Riesling Rendezvous is the largest international gathering of Riesling producers and enthusiasts in the world. It features three days of tasting, discussing and learning about Riesling.
Record haul for Napa Valley charity wine auction
Margrit Mondavi said that if her late husband, Robert, were able to witness Auction Napa Valley's recordbreaking take of $16 million on Saturday, he'd say, "Well done."
Heat doesn't spoil Napa Valley Barrel Auction fun
Nearly 2,000 people found a way to outsmart Mother Nature's sultry weather at the Napa Valley Barrel Auction on Friday without jumping into the pool at Raymond Vineyards.
Generosity is theme of Barrel Auction
"I grew up as the son of an Italian immigrant," Staglin said. "I was the first person from our family to graduate from college and I feel blessed to live in this wonderful country that provides the opportunity to work hard and stay focused. We have had some success, we feel it is important to give back to our community and causes we care about." - Garin Staglin
Auction Napa Valley sets records, raises social consciousness
... the event also proved the haves do care about the have-nots as paddle-holders also generously donated a record $3.7 million for Napa County programs dealing with health and youth needs.
Prohibition Retreats a Few Paces
Local communities vote to allow alcohol sales
Sonoma County sees surge in new vineyard projects
"Demand is up, prices are up, and the projection is that it looks good into the near future," said Tony Linegar, agricultural commissioner for Sonoma County. "Growers are trying to take advantage of that, and replant some of these old, tired vineyards, or put in new vineyards to capitalize on the market."
Napa: Stanly Lane resort gets financing
After years in limbo, the proposed St. Regis resort development at Stanly Lane has secured financing, paving the way for the creation of the luxury hotel property in south Napa.
Heavy rains across Europe delay growth 'by three weeks'
The heavy rains that have been falling across France and much of Europe for the past few weeks have halted vine growth in many regions, jeopardising flowering at a crucial time of the year.
IA: Former school could become winery
Bill Bush and Cindy Bush of Garden Winery of Gowrie have had their proposal to turn the Callender school, which has been vacant for several years, into their new winery approved by the Prairie Valley Community School District, which owns the building, and the Callender City Council.
Nova Scotia wineries get their bottles in line
A recent Acadia University biology graduate heads a company called VITIS Mobile Winery Services, which is looking at ways to help the Nova Scotia wine industry's continued growth.
The Aussie winemakers making their mark in Europe
Aussies immersing themselves in European wine culture to produce small quantities of wine to sell back home under their own label.
Linville Falls Winery to open in Newland, North Carolina
The winery has produced seven wines - dry white chardonnay, dry red merlot, semi-sweet white and rose and three desert wines such as blueberry, cherry bounce and trillum.
Michel Rolland Sells Control of Bordeaux Wineries to Hong Kong Financier
Winemaking consultant and his family sell three Right Bank properties to Goldin Group; Rolland remains on staff.
Chinese buyers swoop on presidential wines
Chinese collectors have been quick to pounce on the first batch of wines to go on sale from the Elysée Palace .
First ex-cellar Haut-Brion sale for HK
Sotheby's will host an ex-cellar sale of Domaine Clarence Dillon in Hong Kong this autumn.
Brewer calls for beer benefits study
A Scottish brewer has called on the government to fund an independent study to look at the impact of drinking moderate amounts of beer.
Champagne trends of 2013: 7. Going green
Our latest entry on current trends in Champagne considers the increasing number of producers adopting organic and biodynamic practices.
Louis XIII auction raises £62,500 for childen's charity
More than £62,500 was raised at a Louis XIII charity auction this week as the Rémy Martin-owned luxury Cognac house unveiled its latest bottling.
Canti releases new packaging designs
Italian wine producer, Canti, has released new packaging for its sparkling wines, Prosecco and Asti.
Vintage Roots launches own-label wine brand
Leading organic and biodynamic wine merchant Vintage Roots has launched a range of Sicilian wines under a new own-label brand called 'Hoopoe'.
Duboeuf, Deutsch Move HobNob Chardonnay To California
This September, HobNob will unveil a new Chardonnay from California-transitioning its sourcing from France-in a move that proprietor Franck Duboeuf believes could take the brand to a new level.
Bon Pasteur sold to Goldin Group of Hong Kong
Michel Rolland's Chateau Le Bon Pasteur in Pomerol and its two sister properties have been sold to the Goldin Group of Hong Kong.
Napa: Court arguments in Wappo tribe case set for June 11
Napa and Sonoma counties were parties in the Mishewal Wappo Tribe of Alexander Valley's lawsuit until last fall, when U.S. District Court Judge Edward Davila ruled they did not have a "significant protectable interest" in the case and removed them.
Wine grape demand strong even after big 2012 crop
With the relatively large 2012 crop came the expectation that the 2013 grape market would be less active than last year. That has proven to be somewhat true, but only in the realm of "hyper" activity that leads to rapidly increasing prices.
Australia: National Wine and Grape Industry Centre brings together experts in wine science and viticulture
...with fully equipped facilities on the Charles Sturt University Wagga Wagga Campus.
Fracking Tests Ties Between California 'Oil and Ag' Interests
Scattered on either side of Shafter Avenue just north of the town center, new oil pump jacks, some bobbing and others thrusting, tower above this corner of California's prime farmland.
Ill. passes nation's toughest fracking regulations
Among the provisions in the proposed legislation are requirements that drillers disclose the chemicals they use and that they test water before and after fracking. Companies also would be liable for any water pollution.
Judge orders Altamura winery to stop using cave
The owners of a winery in Wooden Valley have to remove wine barrels from a cave built in the mid-1990s, according to a court order filed last week in Napa County Superior Court.
Eric Asimov: If Only the Grapes Were the Whole Story
Additives can be used to enhance a wine's texture, to add or subtract tannins or simply to adjust quality.
Coming soon? Nutritional labels on alcohol
The Treasury Department, which regulates alcohol, said this past week that beer, wine and spirits companies can use labels that include serving size, servings per container, calories, carbohydrates, protein and fat per serving. Such package labels have never before been approved.
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