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06/20/13
Constellation Celebrates Robert Mondavi's 100th Birthday

The pioneer's vision raised California wine industry to new heights

06/20/13
What Does the End of QE Mean for Wine?
Something happened yesterday that is making me put on economic sunglasses to protect my eyes ...
06/20/13
Truett-Hurst, Inc. Announces Pricing of Initial Public Offering (Press Release)
Truett intends to use the net proceeds from the offering to pay down amounts owed under its credit facility, for working capital, capital expenditures, hiring additional personnel and for general corporate purposes.
06/20/13
GPS tracks down man accused of stealing $500,000 in wine
A Miami man almost got away with $500,000 of imported wine, but a GPS unit inside a 53-foot semitrailer led authorities straight to the suspect, according to a Florida Highway Patrol arrest report..
06/20/13
Farmworker housing centers stressed by increased usage
Napa County's three farmworker housing centers are seeing increased occupancy in recent years, but they're also looking for stable financial footing as Auction Napa Valley winds down its grant funding.
06/20/13
Wineries: Benchmark Your Business - Participate in the 2013 Wine Industry Financial Benchmarking Survey
Participation by the wine industry is vital to compiling meaningful data that all participants can benefit from
06/20/13
Howell Mountain Cup raises $110,000 for education
With 42 Howell Mountain wineries pouring their wines and perfect weather for an outdoor event, the 18th annual Howell Mountain Cup set sail on Saturday at Charles Krug Winery, with 300 people in attendance. More than $110,000 was raised for local education.
06/20/13
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.
06/20/13
China to be sixth-largest wine-producing country by 2016
China will have moved from eighth-largest wine producer in the world in 2012 to the sixth largest by 2016, putting it ahead of Australia and Chile, according to data from Vinexpo.
06/20/13
Second Generation Winemaker Analyzes the First
Drake Whitcraft on How Santa Barbara County Wines - Including His Dad's - Are Ageing
06/20/13
India offers to slash wine and spirit duty
India is understood to have offered a dramatic cut to its current 150 percent import duty rate for wines and spirits as part of ongoing negotiations for a free trade agreement with Europe.
06/20/13
Washington rosés make summer better
We love the current trend of dry rosés -- more typical of France's Provence region -- that we are seeing in the Pacific Northwest. In the past few years, more top winemakers are putting in the effort to craft superb dry rosés.
06/20/13
First vines planted at Bordeaux's Cite des Civilisations du Vin
Bordeaux's new multi-million pound Cité des Civilisations du Vin made its debut this morning, as the first stone and set of vines were unveiled during a special preview ceremony.
06/20/13
Fear of Chinese blockade speeds wine shipments from Bordeaux
A threat by the Chinese government to impose an anti-dumping tax on European wines appears to be speeding wine shipments out of Bordeaux this week, as importers rush to stockpile supplies.
06/20/13
Chinese face suspicion in French wine world
Chinese investors are flocking in growing numbers to the wine-rich French region of Bordeaux, and while locals are happy for the attention, some are questioning the motivations spurring the new craze.
06/20/13
Drinking while pregnant potentially not a threat
Drinking a glass of wine a day while pregnant may not be as harmful to unborn babies as previously thought new research suggests.
06/20/13
Bordeaux rosé growing in quality
Bordeaux's rosé production may not be increasing but it is improving, Maison Sichel's export director, Charles Sichel thinks.
06/20/13
Brazil aims to double exports by 2016
Wines of Brazil has set a target of doubling value exports between 2012 and 2016, with recent data suggesting that it is making strong progress towards this goal.
06/20/13
Three arrested over Bordeaux student assault
Three people have been arrested and charged with attacking six Chinese students in Bordeaux, French prosecutors have said.
06/20/13
Work begins on Bordeaux 'wine city'
The first stone at what will be Bordeaux's new wine museum was laid today at the Quai de Bacalan.
06/20/13
Top 10 wine brands
Once again, the drinks business has compiled a ranking of the world's top 10 wine brands by global volume sales.
06/20/13
Whisky company resurrects 'lost' distilleries
A new whisky company is seeking to resurrect blends from "lost distilleries" as the interest in Scotch whisky increases.
06/20/13
Napa wine exec accused of embezzling £575k
A former senior executive of Napa-based online wine retailer The Winetasting Network is wanted as a fugitive after failing to appear in a US federal court on charges of fraud.
06/20/13
Whitley Neill gin unveils African-inspired bottle design
Halewood International's award-winning Whitley Neill gin has unveiled a new bottle design, inspired by the spirit's African heritage.
06/20/13
Suppliers must educate Chinese wine drinkers to achieve full market potential, says IWSR
Wine suppliers looking to capitalise on the staggering growth of wine imports into China face a major challenge in educating Chinese consumers if the full potential of the market is to be achieved.
06/20/13
Gardet launches 'modern' Champagne Byzantine
Champagne Gardet has launched a new brand at this week's Vinexpo which hopes to attract a younger consumer with a modern Champagne style that goes against Champenoise tradition.
06/20/13
Lifetime Achievement for Baroness Philippine de Rothschild
Baroness Philippine de Rothschild has been presented with a Lifetime Achievement accolade at an awards ceremony at Vinexpo in Bordeaux.
06/20/13
China begins exporting 'Yunnan Red' wine to Europe
"Our wines have a unique taste, and we want to see if consumers here accept it or not," added Wu whose family runs a wine business, Yunnan Red, in China's southern Yunnan province.
06/20/13
Wine and water: Deep aquifer trouble in California's North County
Over the past 30 years, levels in the underground aquifer have dropped precipitously, 80 to 100 feet or more in some areas.
06/20/13
Tony Foreman talks Maryland wine
Restaurateur says state's vino industry continues to improve.
06/20/13
Monticello Wine Trail Awarded Grant from Va. Wine Board
The Virginia Wine Board has awarded The Monticello Wine Trail (MWT) a $10,000 grant.
06/20/13
YOUR MONEY-For wine investors, it's hard work to drink in success
When investing in wine, as opposed to drinking it, experts advise leaving your taste buds at the cellar door but keeping your eyes wide-open.
06/20/13
Wine Council of Ontario elects new Chair, President of Vineland Estates Winery to promote Ontario Wines
Allan Schmidt, President and Managing Partner of Vineland Estates Winery in Vineland, was elected as the new chair of the Wine Council of Ontario (WCO) at today's board meeting. He replaces Ed Madronich of Flat Rock Cellars who has spent his four-year term sharing his passion for Ontario wines with a focus towards fostering awareness and dedication to Ontario wines by Ontarians.
06/20/13
Muncie's Tonne Winery to be part of northeast Indiana wine tour
Fort Wayne man's operation bottles 17 varieties, one of which has won double gold medals.
06/20/13
Wine and water: Paso's water gamble
The city pushed ahead with growth under the belief it had access to a near-endless underground reservoir - but that just wasn't true.
06/20/13
San Deigo Court considers appeal on tiered winery ordinance
San Diego County's Tiered Winery Ordinance, which allows boutique wineries by right to open tasting rooms on agricultural-zoned land, faced its second appeal on Friday, June 14. Carolyn Harris, an attorney, winery owner, and member of the Ramona Valley Winery Association, attended the court proceedings and provides the following report.
06/20/13
Cheers! Net Zero Winery Building Opens At UC Davis
Students enrolled in UC Davis' Department of Viticulture and Enology will now do their swirling, sniffing, and tasting in what is expected to become the first building at any university to be certified Net Zero Energy under the Living Building Challenge.
06/20/13
St. Helena: Small winery ordinance to be finalized
City staff and members of the St. Helena Planning Commission are putting the finishing touches on an updated small winery ordinance that recognizes the increasing importance of direct sales and tours.
06/20/13
3rd Annual West of West Wine Festival 2013 Showcases Acclaimed West Sonoma Coast Wines in Weekend Long Event
Forty top producers and growers will host the trade and public to a two-day event of wine tasting, seminars, and award-winning cuisine August 2-4, 2013.
06/20/13
Masters of Wine set to critique Idaho wine industry
A pair of the nation's most popular Masters of Wine, Bob Betz and Doug Frost, are set to spend a few days in the Snake River Valley this summer to evaluate the wines and labels of the Idaho wine industry.
06/20/13
Massachusetts considers opening liquor stores earlier on Sundays
It could bring a big change to consumers in Franklin County that sometimes purchase alcohol in New Hampshire or Vermont, but store owners say it will just spread out sales
06/20/13
Court considers appeal on San Diego County's tiered winery ordinance
A panel of three State of California Court of Appeal justices heard oral arguments Friday
06/20/13
Here's What You Missed At The Aspen Food & Wine Classic
From foie gras and ceviche to meatballs and Patrón popsicles, last weekend's Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, Colorado had something for everyone.
06/20/13
Pflanz To Become Rémy Cointreau CEO In October, Inheriting Ambitious Goals
Pflanz, 44, joined Rémy in 2010 as CFO, after spending more than a decade at L'Orea
06/20/13
Mondavi's greatest hits, by Dan Berger
It was about 25 years ago, in the late 1980s, and the wines, we had been told, were first-growth Bordeaux as well as at least one Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, which we all knew would be a Robert Mondavi wine
06/20/13
Just remembering Robert Mondavi
This is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Robert Mondavi, and the fifth year since his passing; and while we should be toasting his memory, some wine pundits are trying to find a replacement for him.
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