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  Daily News for Thursday, June 13th
Buyers out in force for 2013 coastal varieties

One reason for the increased interest in Coastal grapes is the limited availability of Central Valley grapes.

Special Report: Premium-Plus California Wine Rising Sharply, As Cupcake Leads Charge
Eight of the top 10 brands in the $10-plus segment posted growth last year, and those eight brands now account for more than 40% of total volume at that pricing tier
Exclusive: Binny's Plans 50,000-Square-Foot Superstore In Chicago
Chicago-based Binny's Beverage Depot has just signed a deal to dramatically expand its 33,000-square-foot Lincoln Park store, the former Sam's Wine & Spirits, by leasing two adjacent buildings
Supplier News: eWinery Solutions Announces MoJoe Mobile App for Winery DTC
MoJoe is a component of eWinery Solutions and integrated into Napa Valley POS, wineries get immediate access to customer information
eWinery Solutions Hires Patrick Baker as New National Sales Manager
He moved from the corporate business world to wine in 2003, and has helped start three wineries and assisted many more as a hands-on business manager
Napa Valley Vintners Expands Representation in Japan
The Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) trade association of more than 450 Napa Valley wineries has appointed three new marketing and public relations representatives in the important global wine market of Japan. Led by food and wine specialist Ema Koeda, the team will help further the NVV's strategy to promote Napa Valley's premium wines through education and tasting events for trade partners and members of the media, as well as consumers
VinPerfect Expands Range of Oxy-Regulating Screwcap Closures for the Premium Wine Market
VinPerfect, Inc., leader in the oxygen regulating closure market, announced the commercial release of two more oxy-regulating "Smart" Caps, each with its own highly consistent oxygen ingress rate.
Canada, EU toast free trade agreement on wine, spirits
Sources close to the trade negotiations in Brussels say the two sides have had a relatively easy time settling on rules governing wines and spirits, although European vintners likely still view wine producers in Ontario and British Columbia as receiving preferential treatment.
Santa Barbara Wine: Up, Down, Sideways
News from every angle in Central Coast county
Oregon liquor board rejects 25-cent-a-bottle surcharge
Perhaps this is good news among Oregon's cocktail nation -- the state's liquor board today rejected a proposed additional 25-cent surcharge on spirits
Clutch of Chinese-bought chateaux are back on the market
At least four Bordeaux estates that were sold to Chinese buyers over the past two years are back on the market.
Total crackdown on online alcohol promotion in France, health lobby report will recommend
The health lobby in France has invoked the Evin Law in a call for stricter limits on what bloggers and social media users can write about wine online.
NFL player goes from gridiron to wine grapes
Alphonse Dotson, a former NFL player, has found wine grape success with Certenberg Vineyard.
Good fruit set for Lake County grape grower
Although just slightly ahead of the normal timing, this year's bloom was even earlier than in the last three years, reports Steve Tylicki, Steele Wines' general manager and viticulturist.
Powdery mildew pressure heavy in raisin vineyards
Warm weather had pushed Huter Farms' Fresno County raisin grape crop as much as 10 days ahead of normal.
Stellar 2013 harvest puts NZ back on track
New Zealand Winegrowers has hailed 2013 as "one of the best vintages in history," with producers also welcoming a crop 28 percent bigger than in 2012.
The world's top 10 spirit brands
The drinks business has compiled a list of the current top 10 spirit brands by global volume sales.
Glass stops anti-social drinkers looking at their phones
A Brazilian company has designed a glass that only stands upright when it is rested on a mobile phone.
Heineken HR chief departs
Michael O'Hare, current head of human resources at Heineken, is to quit the company and return to the US this summer.
Rolland 'sad' to sell Le Bon Pasteur
Bordeaux's most prominent consultant, Michel Rolland, has admitted that he was sad to have to sell his Pomerol-based family château, Le Bon Pasteur, to a Chinese businessman.
Tahbilk aspires to be world's first 'naturally' carbon-neutral winery
Australia's Tahbilk Estate is hoping to become the world's first 'naturally' carbon-neutral winery after achieving a net zero balance of carbon emissions in 2012.
Château des Sarrins releases first organic vintage
Château des Sarrins, the Provence estate which is owned by Champagne Bruno Paillard, has released its first wine since being granted organic status.
Geoffrey Dean on the 2012 vintage from the Centre-Loire
Those Sauvignon Blanc drinkers that have had their fill of New Zealand examples of the varietal, should know how good the 2012 vintage was in the Centre-Loire.
Club W partners with Wonderful Wine to unveil new wine line
The online wine club CEO and co-founder Xander Oxman approached Wonderful Wine winemaker Brian Smith with a Palate Profile data, using which he created six American wine classics.
Wine Accepted as Loan Collateral
According to Bloomberg News, Goldman Sachs accepted nearly 15,000 wine bottles as loan collateral from Andrew Cader, a former senior director of the bank's specialist-trading unit.
Will More Collectors Turn Wine Into Cash?
It has already spawned a lot of groan-worthy headlines about wines and liquid assets, but will this news encourage more wine collectors to follow in Cader's footsteps?
BottleRock seeks cash infusion to pay bills, charities
More than a month after the festival's conclusion, BottleRock organizers have yet to pay 142 union workers $630,000 in wages as well as a number of other vendors who worked at the five-day music festival
French wine in a can! Makers insist it's classy, so drink it from a glass
Will Winestar's single-serving cans create a riot in the hallowed halls of the international wine and spirits fair? Maybe not.
Uncorked: Wine Bloggers Open Up, Get Noticed
The Wine Blogger's Conference is an enormous networking opportunity, as well as a chance to personally meet growers and bottlers, who want to make media connections of their own, and to show appreciation.
Chateau d'Yquem Is Raided in $167000 Wine Theft, Decanter Says
The missing wine came from its 2010 vintage, and while the chateau alarm system sounded, the thieves had escaped by the time police arrived.
Maryland Wine Week starts Friday
The 11-day celebration of the state's wine industry begins Friday and runs through June 24.
French Wine Regulators Strike Over Planned Branch Cuts, RVF Says
Employees of France's Institut National de l'Origine et de la Qualite, or INAO, who oversee food and agriculture quality including wine classifications, held a strike yesterday to protest against planned closures of branch offices, La Revue du Vin de France said.
San Diego winery ordinance appeal scheduled for court Friday
A legal challenge to San Diego County's tiered winery ordinance will be heard in the California Fourth District Court of Appeal in San Diego on Friday, June 14.
Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate & Gardens to Undergo Rejuvenation
Tucker Taylor has been hired to revitalize the site with higher-quality produce to enhance the winery's culinary program, Kendall-Jackson announced.
NZ: Do not blanc out chenin
Today there are less than 50 hectares which generally produce wines that are much closer to the quality which prompted Jancis Robinson, the eminent British winewriter, to classify the grape as a classic in her book, Vines , Grapes and Wines.
NZ: Cautious optimism over 2013 vintage
The New Zealand Winegrowers Association says winemakers across the country are heralding the 2013 grape harvest as one of the best, but those in the Central Otago industry remain cautious.
A legal challenge to San Diego County's tiered winery ordinance will be heard in the Fourth District Court
appeal to an April 2011 ruling in favor of the county ordinance that allows boutique wineries by right to open tasting rooms on land zoned for agricultural use
California getting over $1.8 Million for farmworker career training
"Many farmworkers face significant barriers to stable employment, making life difficult for them and their families," says acting Secretary of Labor Seth Harris. "The grants awarded today will open up new opportunities to find a long-term job."
Accolade Wines' XYZin Brand Debuts New Look (Press Release)
Reveals new label celebrating old vines
GSO Exhibiting at ShipCompliant DIRECT 2013 (Press Release)
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