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  Daily News for Tuesday, June 4th
France's World Famous Wine Culture Originally Came From Italy
The earliest evidence of wine in France suggests that it came from Italy, and that it was mixed with basil, thyme and other herbs, according to new research
Stag's Leap Breaks Ground on New $7 Million Visitor Center
Plus more news and notes in the world of wine, spirits and beer.
Source of Chardonnay That Helped Win Judgment of Paris is Still Thriving
Most American wine lovers are familiar with the story of the 1976 Judgment of Paris in which two Napa Valley wineries won top placement in a blind-tasting of California wines verses famous French wines. However, what few people know is that the majority of the grapes that went into the top scoring chardonnay came from Sonoma County.
People News Recap from 5/21-6/3
Wine industry people on the move from May 21 to June 3
Opinion: Legislature should reject Costco's unfair liquor legislation
The Legislature should not support changes to Initiative 118, proposed by Costco, the main backer of the initiative. The state would lose tens of million dollars in needed revenue.
Shannon Ridge Acquires Historic Lake County Property
Shannon Ridge will be rebuilding and preserving the 1870s-era home and winery on the property. Currently there are 18 acres under vine, and Shannon Ridge plans to plant an additional 62 acres to Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Chardonnay in 2014.
Terlato Wines to Add Top Sicilian Winery Cusumano to its Portfolio of Luxury Brands
The Cusumano brothers--third-generation winemakers Diego and Alberto--blend tradition and innovation, producing wines from Sicily's indigenous grapes as well as international varieties grown on estate vineyards in three prime areas on the island of Sicily
Liquor sales, revenue on rise in Washington state
Sales now average 2.7 million liters a month, compared with 2.5 million when liquor was sold only at state-run stores, The Olympian reported on Friday.
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.
Champagne trends of 2013: 6. Fine wine following
Helped by the advent of critically acclaimed vintages, in particular the 2002 release, one new phenomenon in the market for Champagne is the promotion of top-end cuvées by fine wine merchants - and their enthusiastic uptake by collectors.
When Did the French Start Making Wine?
A new study finds evidence that ancient Gauls began wine production in 425 B.C. in the Languedoc.
Auction Napa Valley Raises a Record $16.9 Million
Napa's premier charity event is once again the nation's highest-earning charity wine auction
Wirra Wirra Partners with US Importer Negociants USA (Press Release)
Negociants USA (NUSA), the leading importer of Australian and New Zealand wines for the U.S. market announced an exclusive partnership with Wirra Wirra, a historic winery known for producing high-quality wines from the coveted, premium region of McLaren Vale.
Italian wine producer Canti gives new look to sparkling wines
Canti Prosecco is now packed in a new dark green colored, tall and heavier bottle. Canti Asti continues with the dark colored glass bottle, but switches to slightly taller and heavier bottle.
Wine estate Le Bon Pasteur sold to Hong Kong's Goldfin Group
France-based Chateau Le Bon Pasteur and two of its sister properties have been purchased by Goldin Financial Holdings Limited (GFHL) of Hong Kong for an undisclosed amount.
Africa and India offer huge potential, says Moët's Jean-Guillaume Prats
The global wine market is waiting to see if Africa and India go on become two of the biggest wine markets of the future.
Diageo launches counter top spirits unit for impulse sector
Diageo is launching a new counter top unit for the impulse sector to help drive sales of 20cl miniatures of its major spirits brands.
Full speed ahead at LVMH
Jean-Guillaume Prats, the new head of Moët Hennessy's Estates & Wines division, has outlined an ambitious timetable for its new Indian and Chinese wine projects.
Top 10 wines in the UK press
Victoria Moore and Matthew Jukes pick out the same "very classy wine" this week and Terry Kirby recommends a "wonderfully elegant" red for "enjoying in the garden".
Marlborough vineyards sold to Chinese
More than 300 hectares of vineyards in Marlborough have been sold to a Chinese company.
Mosel bridge film seeking backers
The sommelier and social geographer Jessica Pierce is making a film about the deeply-controversial Mosel bridge project - and is asking opponents of the project to back it with cash donations.
A votre sante! The first French wine was medicine - and tasted like it
The first wines stomped and fermented in France included brews flavored with pine resins and rosemary. The additives, revealed in a new analysis of wine-making storage tools and containers dating back to 425 B.C., could have been flavoring, but also may have served a healing role.
Organizers pleased with Salute! wine festival turnout
About 7,500 people attended the Salute! wine festival on Saturday. That's a drop from the 8,000 to 8,500 people that the Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership estimated were at the event last year, but organizers are still ecstatic about this year's turnout at Salute! The North Carolina Wine Celebration.
Get Over Your Fear of Sweet Wine, Be Bold With Sauternes
Sweet wines used to be the most famous wines in the world. Offering them was a king's privilege, a symbol of power. Diamond Jim Brady drank them with thick rare steaks.
MD: Wine sellers, market organizers look forward to new marketing opportunities
Maryland wine enthusiasts are hoping a change in state law that took effect Saturday - affecting the sale of wine at farmers markets - will be fruitful for the industry.
SD: Sidewalk wine ordinance up for approval
The council plans to hold the second reading of Ordinance 2437, which would give downtown businesses the opportunity to serve wine on adjacent sidewalks. The council voted 5-3 in favor of the first reading of the ordinance at the last council meeting May 20.
Mississippi group looking to get beer/wine sale referendum on ballot
The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports a Fulton special interest group known as the Concerned Citizens for Fulton's Future is currently seeking the necessary support to bring the sale of beer and light wine within the city limits to a vote.
China: Call for cheaper wine as economy slows
The wine industry in China is paying more attention to less expensive brands as an increasing number of Chinese people seek more affordable imported bottles to enjoy socially rather than for business purposes.
AU: Winemakers hope to shed 'cheap and cheerful' image
Some of the nation's most well known winemakers are striving to lose Australia's reputation for producing 'cheap and cheerful' wine, instead focusing on premium wines that attract higher prices.
Rick Kushman and co. land on New York Times' best seller list
"The Barefoot Spirit: How How Hardship, Hustle, and Heart Built America's #1 Wine Brand," which was penned by Kushman with Barefoot wine founders Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey, recently reached No. 2 on the New York Times' best sellers list for "paperback business books."
Chenin blanc/petite sirah conference set
Growers, vintners, the wine trade and consumers are expected at a two-day chenin blanc/petite sirah conference set for Aug. 22-23 at the Old Sugar Mill in Clarksburg.
Leadership Lessons from Constellation Brands CEO Rob Sands
"I practiced law for a couple of years and realized it was a bit of a grind and not very interesting. I thought that being in the family business would be a lot more exciting"
Elysee Palace wine sale fetches nearly triple estimate
The public auction of Eylsee Palace wines saw frenzied bidding over two sessions, raising €718,000 (including auction charges) - a sizeable increase on the estimated €250,000.
France Sells Presidential Wines To Update Palace Wine Cellar
Prized Burgundies and Bordeaux once served at the presidential palace in France were for sale for the first time ever as the wine cellar at Elysee Palace gets an overhaul
Know the Law: The Online Conundrum
Until as the Authority issues further guidelines, licensees would be wise to examine every proposed agreement with a third party advertiser to see if it compiles with the law both on paper and in practice. The Authority will view as evidence of availing any arrangement that shifts the risks and rewards related to the sale from the licensee to a non-licensed third person
French Wine Had Italian Origins
Archaeological evidence indicates that France's winemaking techniques and grapes originated in Etrusca, part of present-day Italy. Cynthia Graber reports
Napa Valley Rises to Top Dog Again
Auction Napa Valley rakes in $16.9 million for charity with bids for wine and other items
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