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  Daily News for Monday, June 10th
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06/10/13
Do Wine Franchise Laws Impact Wine Price and Consumer Choice?
Wine franchise laws are monopoly protection regulations to safeguard the distributor, and are currently in use in 22 US states. However, in the past decade or so, there have been multiple reports from wineries describing issues with distributors in wine franchise states as a result of these laws.
06/10/13
Precept Wine purchases 174 acres near Red Mountain
You know Andrew Browne, so we'll definitely have a Skyfall label somewhere down the line."
06/10/13
WineDirect Opens New Fulfillment Center in Paso Robles
The announcement, which was made last Wednesday at a DTC seminar held at Robert Hall Winery and hosted by WineDirect and Vin65, is part of the company's expansion in both California and the Midwest.
06/10/13
The Vintner Group to Acquire Martin Scott Wines
Expands distribution footprint into New York, New Jersey and Connecticut
06/10/13
Winegrowers facing labor hurdles as harvest season approaches
Grape growers and farmers throughout the state are facing a range of challenges finding and holding on to laborers as they head into harvest.
06/10/13
Growers Urged to Take Vocal Stand on Immigration
Legislative 'window' for federal reforms open; group honors board chair
06/10/13
Wine can be part of a complete breakfast, but it's hard to do in B.C
Wine bloggers tasted their way around the region this week, though there was not a drop to drink at a Saturday morning breakfast in Penticton.
06/10/13
Sonoma Valley: Vintners, growers oppose hotel initiative
The Hotel Limitation Initiative calls for a limitation on the construction or expansion of hotels with more than 25 rooms until the City of Sonoma's annual hotel occupancy rate reaches 80 percent for the prior calendar year. The measure is sponsored by Preserving Sonoma, whose spokesperson is Larry Barnett, a former mayor.
06/10/13
Napa: Two Winery Projects Get County Approvals
Honig will Double Production
06/10/13
Supergrapes could make good wine despite climate change
Working with Corvina grapes, a team of Italian geneticists identified genes that help protect the fruit from the vagaries of the weather and could serve as a platform "for breeding new cultivars with improved adaptation to the environment," the team reports Friday in the journal Genome Biology.
06/10/13
Constellation Brands Completes Acquisition of Grupo Modelo's U.S. Beer Business
Acquisition nearly doubles company's sales and significantly increases EBIT and free cash flow; Solidifies Constellation's position as the #1 multi-category supplier for beer, wine and spirits in the U.S.
06/10/13
Pindar Vineyards plans to sell estate for $65m
Pindar Vineyards, a New York-based family-run wine estate, is planning to sell its business for $65m.
06/10/13
Champagne Drappier inks distribution deal with Berkmann Wine Cellars in UK
Berkmann Wine Cellars managing director Rupert Berkmann was quoted by Harpers as saying that the move was prompted by the high quality of Drappier's wines and claimed the partnership was a natural fit.
06/10/13
Domaine Clarence Dillon acquires L'Arrosee wine estate in Saint Emilion, France
Domaine Clarence Dillon, owner of Bordeaux-based Chateau Haut-Brion, has purchased Chateau L'Arrosee, a Grand Cru Classe wine estate in Saint Emilion, France, for an undisclosed amount.
06/10/13
2013 Southern Hemisphere Harvest Report: South Africa
The good news: South Africa's 2013 harvest has drawn praise from most producers, with a strong start and finish to the growing season.
06/10/13
Chinese drinkers looking for less expensive wines
As the Chinese economy slows, new figures confirm that Chinese consumers are seeking out less expensive wine brands.
06/10/13
UK: Nobles Crus suspended
The Nobles Crus wine fund has been suspended due to a lack of liquidity.
06/10/13
Michael Mansfield lambasts Fortnum's over foie gras
Michael Mansfield QC, the prominent human rights lawyer, has passionately condemned Fortnum & Mason for continuing to stock foie gras.
06/10/13
Agribusiness makes strides with ancient products
Craft breweries and operations that produce hard cider or mead are among the newest agribusiness ventures.
06/10/13
Vintage fermentation making resurgence
A 40,000 year old process of fermenting honey, along with other crafty ways to make old time beer and cider, is making a resurgence.
06/10/13
French site accused of selling Yquem 2012
An online retailer, 1855.com, has been criticised for apparently trying to sell Château Yquem 2012 en primeur - even though that vintage was not produced by the estate.
06/10/13
Bollinger winemaker moves to Germany
One of Bollinger's winemakers, Mathieu Kauffmann, has moved to the German estate, Reichsrat von Buhl.
06/10/13
HMRC beer seizures double
The amount of beer confiscated by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has more than doubled over the last three years.
06/10/13
Champagne trends of 2013: 2. Grower cuvee decline
Our penultimate Champagne trend highlights the declining number of grower cuvées due to challenging market conditions and the high price of grapes.
06/10/13
Wine Advocate slams branded cases claim
Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, editor-in-chief of The Wine Advocate, has slammed recent claims that Robert Parker is involved with the sale of branded wine cases.
06/10/13
Pernod Ricard releases Formula One jeroboams of Mumm Champagne
Pernod Ricard is gearing up for the British Grand Prix by releasing limited edition jeroboams of Mumm Champagne in the UK, to highlight the brand's long-running sponsorship of Formula One.
06/10/13
Champagne Bruno Paillard releases 2002 vintage
Champagne Bruno Paillard has launched its 2002 vintage Blanc de Blancs after more than 10 years of ageing.
06/10/13
Atlanta getting props again after the Food & Wine fest
For the second year running, the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival has made a lasting impression on a certain food writer and he can't help but gush about how awesome we are. Again.
06/10/13
Very berry study aims to improve wine quality
A gene expression study of grapevine berries grown in different Italian vineyards has highlighted genes that help buffer the plants against environmental change and may explain the different quality performances of grapevine when grown in different "terroirs."
06/10/13
BBC staff get around champagne ban by splashing out on sparkling wine
BBC staff have switched to sparkling wine to get around the corporation's ban on champagne, spending more on "fizz" last year than in the past three, new figures reveal.
06/10/13
Picking old vines at right time leads to zin delight
That's how Alisa Jacobson, the winemaker of Joel Gott Wines, sees it.
06/10/13
Amid China's Boom, Fake Wines Proliferate
The number of knockoffs on the market may increase as Beijing investigates wine imports from the European Union, threatening anti-dumping tariffs or import curbs.
06/10/13
Krug will not release 2012 vintage
Champagne Krug will not release a 2012 wine despite the 'exceptional potential' of the vintage, its chef de cave has said.
06/10/13
Japanese wine investors, by Jancis Robinson
Some of the finest wines are made by Japanese-owned companies, but you would never know this from the labels.
06/10/13
Pennsylvania liquor bill not a certainty
The liquor issue in Pennsylvania looked like a shoe-in for Republicans this year.
06/10/13
Evening Land building reputation with fine wines
The foray of Jackson Family Wines into Oregon with their purchase of vineyard properties in Polk County has gotten a lot of attention lately.
06/10/13
UC Davis winery facility aims to be first 'net zero' university building
In spite of all the hoopla, the building's featured systems aren't ready yet.
06/10/13
Chinese Businessmen Keep $10,000 Wines on Restaurant Menu
"I'll sell four or five $300 to $500 bottles every night," said Lorenz. "Above $500, a couple of bottles per month. For wines $1,000 and up, Americans don't order many, but some of our South American and Chinese clientele do."
06/10/13
Laura Ness: Wine Event Etiquette 101
Here are some simple rules for serving wine at events:
06/10/13
Why is French wine at the forefront of an EU-China trade war?
A trade war with its second-largest export market is just about the last thing the European Union needs.
06/10/13
Feds approve nutrition labels for wine
The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau is counting on the idea that consumers want to know nearly as much about what's in their wine, beer or spirits as they do when they pick up a breakfast burrito in the grocery store.
06/10/13
Central Coast Wine Classic: A tribute to lifestyle and community
Indulge in good conscience, knowing Wine Spectator recently ranked the Classic among the top ten wine auctions for charitable giving. Since its inception in 1985, CCWC has raised more than $2 million for Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo County.
06/10/13
Australia: Falling dollar has Casella - and its bankers - jumping for joy
The retreat by the Australian dollar since May has provided comfort to Casella Wines' bank lender, National Australia Bank, with a deal to restructure the winemakers' debt facilities expected to be signed by the end of the financial year.
06/10/13
California tops list of states with water infrastructure needs
California could use $44.5 billion to fix aging water systems over the next two decades, according to an EPA assessment. Texas and New York are next in line
06/10/13
Healdsburg teen Colby Groom finds a cause close to his heart
Recently he and his dad, celebrated Australian-born winemaker Daryl Groom, donated $20,000 to boost the research by Dr. Paul Grossfeld of the University of California at San Diego.
06/10/13
Hardy Wallace: Soul of a Winemaker
Hardy Wallace is Dirty. Matt Richardson is Rowdy. And so are their brides, according to Wallace, who if you talk to him long enough, reveals himself to be astonishingly bilingual in English and Wine.
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