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06/21/13
Wine and water: Search for solutions
County ordinances, water districts and other methods could help save a dwindling resource - if stakeholders can commit to the effort.
06/21/13
New investor group acquires Rotta Winery in California
A new investor group comprising wine entrepreneur Jason Shorrock, the founding Giubbini family, and a private investor have acquired Rotta Winery of California for an undisclosed amount.
06/21/13
New Wine from a Lost Vine in Missouri
In May, Terry Neuner, owner and winemaker at Westphalia Vineyards, introduced a new wine called Renaissance. This wine was a special release not only because of the limited quantity (40 cases) but because it is made of estate-grown Missouri Riesling, which represents the "rebirth" of a grape cultivar thought possibly to be extinct.
06/21/13
New association for digital wine start-ups
A new Bordeaux-based association for wine start-up companies was launched this week at Vinexpo.
06/21/13
Duty escalator negatively impacts UK wine, spirits sales: WSTA
Alcohol volume sales continue to decline in both off-trade and on-trade in the UK, largely due to the duty escalator, according to the latest quarterly report by Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA), the voice of the UK wine and spirits industry.
06/21/13
Nielsen joins forces with Bridgethorne to offer series of workshops
Consumer data insight provider Nielsen has teamed up with Bridgethorne, the category management, shopper marketing and customer development specialist to help businesses find "the magic in their data" through a series of workshops.
06/21/13
Give consumers more control, hears Vinexpo
Giving consumers more control over how they choose the wines they want to buy will be one of the principal drivers to ensuring profitability in the retail and on-trade sectors in the future, the trade heard at Vinexpo this week.
06/21/13
Wine consumers want a say in the US
The newly formed American Wine Consumer Coalition is a non-profit organisation created to represent the interests of US wine consumers and their ability to purchase alcohol.
06/21/13
Virginia Wine Smartphone App Creates New User Experience
"Viriginia Wine in my Pocket" makes its website and app more interactive for wine lovers.
06/21/13
Chinese import tax not likely for at least eight months
The threat of punitive controls on French wine imports to China appears to have receded, with the Ministry of Commerce signalling it has not yet begun looking at the possibility of a new anti-dumping tax.
06/21/13
Xi and Obama Summit Wines
Plus, an American at Cambridge takes the Bordeaux Cup, and Burgundy's François Lamarche dies at 68.
06/21/13
Loire shows off Sauvignon skills
Loire Sauvignon Blanc came under the spotlight at Vinexpo this week as Jamie Goode presented a masterclass to highlight the region's growing expertise with this grape variety.
06/21/13
India offers to slash wine and spirit duty
India is understood to have offered a dramatic cut to its current 150% import duty rate for wines and spirits as part of ongoing negotiations for a free trade agreement with Europe.
06/21/13
Top 10 wines in the US press
Summer is a theme for many wine writers in the US, with Dave McIntyre and John Mariani recommending summer wines and Will Lyons revealing a wine that he'll "be sipping this summer."
06/21/13
Bollinger switches to Jeroboams for R.D.
Champagne Bollinger has opted to only release the 2000 vintage of its prestige cuvée R.D. in Jeroboam.
06/21/13
Mouton unveils new vat room
Bordeaux first growth Château Mouton Rothschild officially opened its new vat room during a gala dinner for 600 at the Pauillac estate this week.
06/21/13
Alsace producer launches 'modern' blend
Alsace producer Dopff & Irion has announced the launch of a "modern" Riesling/Pinot Gris blend called Double Impact.
06/21/13
Champagne Jacquart unveils Cuvée Alpha
Champagne Jacquart has unveiled its new prestige cuvée and is eyeing more launches to enhance its premium credentials in the world of France's iconic fizz.
06/21/13
French 'varietal' craft cider launched
Normandy cider Duché de Longueville, which claims to contain no added yeasts, sugars or preservatives, has been launched ahead of the Sainsbury's Vintage Cider Festival.
06/21/13
Tax to blame for drop in UK wine sales
Tax hikes are to blame for continued declines in UK wine and spirits sales, the industry body the Wine & Spirit Trade Association has said.
06/21/13
Francois Lamarche dies in tractor accident
Francois Lamarche, winemaker and owner of Domaine Lamarche in Burgundys Vosne-Romanee, died on Tuesday afternoon following a tractor accident at his family's holiday home in Baudrieres, also in Burgundy.
06/21/13
Negociant to sue La Commanderie de Bordeaux over Fete de la Fleur table
Bordeaux negociant house Bordeaux Vins Selection (BVS) has launched a suit against La Commanderie de Bordeaux, and specifically the Grand Maitre of the Commanderie, Emmanuel Cruse, for commercial damages after being unable to buy a table for the Fete de la Fleur dinner.
06/21/13
Hubert de Bouard launches 'easy-drinking' Bordeaux wine range
Hubert de Bouard, owner of Chateau Angelus in Saint Emilion is set to release a range of 'easy drinking' mass-market wines, in collaboration with Bordeaux negociant Yvon Mau.
06/21/13
Wine country growing in Minnesota
The first Minnesota winery opened up in 1977. Today there are 43 wineries statewide and it just keeps growing, according to data from the Minnesota Grape Growers Association.
06/21/13
NJ: Washington Lake Park Wine Festival to kick off this weekend in Washington Township
From 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, the park will host the newest wine festival in the state, organized by festival and event planning company GPS, Inc., at no cost to the township.
06/21/13
Wine Adviser plants roots in Waitsburg
Paul Gregutt will be a moderator at a panel discussion for this weekend's Celebrate Walla Walla Valley Wine - the World of Cabernet Sauvignon.
06/21/13
Plymouth film director pitches project on Napa Valley wine icon Robert Mondavi
His story certainly has all the makings of a great screenplay. Ethnic drama. Family conflicts. International entrepreneurship. So why hasn't pioneering American wine icon Robert Mondavi's life been made into a movie? Tom Catanese has been wondering the same thing.
06/21/13
Nashville Wine Auction Schedules Four Days of Events to Celebrate l'Eté du Vin
l'Eté du Vin, Nashville's premier wine auction, is the summer focus of the Nashville Wine Auction. The independent 501(c)(3) organization is dedicated to raising funds to support the fight against cancer and distributes funds to other cancer-related nonprofit charitable organizations, all located in Middle Tennessee.
06/21/13
Northwest MT testing could turn grapes into wine
There are currently a dozen varieties of grapes are growing as part of a trial study at a Kalispell vineyard, with MSU Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Agent Pat McGlynn explaining that they're working with a different kind of fruit.
06/21/13
10 Chilean wineries you need to know
It's impossible to encapsulate a renowned wine-producing country in a short list. But we're not letting that stop us from suggesting 10 wineries that you should remember the next time you're in Chile -- or, maybe, just the next time you're ordering off an impressive wine list here in the Bay Area.
06/21/13
Penticton council sours on winery expansion
A local winery hoping to expand its range of operations got a setback this week when Penticton city council decided not to endorse their application to create a winery lounge.
06/21/13
CAMH recommends Ontario's drinking age be raised to 21
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health is calling on Ontario to raise its legal drinking age from 19 to 21 in a bid to help curb alcohol abuse.
06/21/13
Kemptville continues to grow with new LCBO
"I think this is a great addition to Kemptville," said Bob Clevely, LCBO's Senior Vice President of Retail Operations. "It's a beautiful store."
06/21/13
International wine educator launches WSET classes in Napa
When James Cluer checks in, you never know where he's pouring wine this day: Perhaps at the base camp of Mt. Everest, perhaps at VinExpo in Bordeaux. "Will travel for wine: might be his motto.
06/21/13
Tavel: the "king of rosé wine"
Unlike many American rosé wines, those of Tavel are generally blended from several different grapes. The resulting wines are complex, voluptuous and perfectly prepared for aging.
06/21/13
Fenn Valley Vineyards continues to build reputation of Michigan wine, celebrates with Fenn Valley Wine Festival
Their hard work has been part of the transition of Michigan wine from being unknown to being respected in the world of wine-making.
06/21/13
Any China solar pact would help defuse wine spat - EU official
The European Union's top trade official said on Friday that any agreement with China over a solar panel dispute would also help resolve a Chinese probe into EU wine exports.
06/21/13
Hewitt: Wine tourism growing in France
Visiting French wine country is getting easier by the day but it's still no Napa. Some French winemakers are starting to talk about tourism but few have embraced it.
06/21/13
Online lessons teach Spanish for the wine industry
Josefina Adriance, author of "Spanish for the Wine Industry," has teamed up with the online education site Quizlet to offer a new element to her program for people wanting to learn useful Spanish for work in the wine world.
06/21/13
You Can Now Watch the Merlot Line and Drink Merlot Line ... Merlot
Each bottle of Shawn Thornton Merlot Line Wine costs $22 and all proceeds go directly to the Shawn Thornton Foundation, which is "dedicated to helping find cures for diseases close to Shawn's heart, specifically, Parkinson's and cancer."
06/21/13
Wines From All Sectors Of The Uk Wine Industry Are Crowned Winners In National Competition
The results of this year's UK annual competition - The English & Welsh Wine of the Year Competition - have unveiled award winners from a wide range of producers from across the UK, from large to smaller, established vineyards and new faces to the industry.
06/21/13
Top Retailers Weigh In On 2012 Bordeaux Futures Campaign
Despite a 25%-35% price reduction among the most sought-after classified growths and a steady stream of pricing announcements in April and May, the 2012 Bordeaux futures campaign continues to defy easy description.
06/21/13
New Zealand wineries manage waste together
As part of a new initiative to turn this grape waste into profit, the eight companies have committed to exploratory work to turn thousands of tonnes of vineyard waste into a valuable new product.
06/21/13
New England Winemaker seeks gold in the Sierra Foothills of California
New Hampshire's Vitone Family Wines launches crowd funding campaign, with internationally renowned winemaker Marco Cappelli to release Verde Sole wines in New England.
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