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  Daily News for Monday, June 24th
Walla Walla Rebounds With New Wine Event
Local businesses help vintners create Celebrate Walla Walla, attracting 450.
PD/GWSS Board Reduces Assessment Rate for 2013 Harvest
The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Pierce's Disease (PD)/Glassy-winged Sharpshooter (GWSS) Board set the wine and grape industry assessment rate for the 2013 harvest at $0.75 per $1,000 of crop value at its June 21st meeting in Sacramento, a reduction from the $1.00 per $1,000 of value levied for the 2012 harvest.
Red Blotch Research: AVF Awards $200,000+ for 2013-14; PD Board Deadlocks on Designation
Addressing industry concerns about the spread and effects of Grapevine red blotch-associated virus (GRBaV), the American Vineyard Foundation (AVF) awarded more than $200,000 in research funds for its 2013-14 grant cycle for several projects to study the issue.
Ag report shows mixed results for Sonoma County crops
While Sonoma County's grape harvest grew 60 percent to almost $583 million last year, the results were mixed for other major farm crops.
European wines seek geographical indication tag with India proposing a steep duty cut
Popular European wine brands are making a beeline for geographical indication (GI) registration in India. This comes at a time when the country is considering a steep cut in the import duty on wines and spirits currently pegged at 150% as it negotiates a free trade agreement with the European Union.
Highs and (Rare) Lows in Restaurant Wine Prices
Good restaurants have a lot of costs to cover when they're pricing their wines, but some restaurateurs seem to take it too far.
Trail of thefts followed Napa wine executive
After a two-month investigation by the FBI, Martin Christopher Edwards, who went by "Chris" in Wine Country, was accused of siphoning money from The Wine Tasting Network, a subsidiary of
Vinexpo hails international appeal
Vinexpo 2013 drew to a close yesterday, with organisers pointing to the biennial Bordeaux fair's expanding international appeal.
Banbury merchant buys troubled online wine business
Banbury based wine business SH Jones has acquired the assets of online drinks retailer, which had been put into administration.
Once upon a time in America
In the week that marks the 100th birthday of Robert Mondavi, Nicholas Faith tracks the shifting fortunes of the man who did so much to shape the Californian wine industry.
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.
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.
Santa Clara Valley Wineries Join Forces to Present First Ever Showcase of Wine & Food from the Silicon Valley
"Silicon Valley's Wine Escape:" Saturday, June 29th, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Campbell Community Center in Campbell
Liberty School Introduces Pinot Noir and Merlot to its Portfolio of Wines
Paso Robles' Hope Family Wines announced the expansion of its Liberty School label, with two new bottlings: Liberty School Pinot Noir (SRP $20) and Liberty School Merlot (SRP $16).
International wine educator launches WSET classes in Napa
One of 30 Masters of Wine in North America and 300 worldwide, Cluer will be launching his first Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) courses in the Napa Valley this August at the Villagio Inn in Yountville.
Grgich wins in France again
"Like the Old Vine ( "Kao Stara Loza")," a documentary about the life of Vintners Hall of Fame inductee Miljenko "Mike" Grgich, is the winner of the Grand Jury's Special Award at the 20th annual Oenovideo International Grape & Wine Film Festival in Carcassonne-Minervois, France.
App translates beer order into 59 languages
The "Pivo" app also provides directions on the correct pronunciation for the phrase, "one beer please", be it in Welsh, Spanish or Zulu.
Mumm releases 'shy' 2006 vintage
Champagne G.H. Mumm released its 2006 vintage in London last night, with chef de cave Didier Mariotti admitting that the wine needed a little "coaxing out."
UK visitors up 10% to Vinexpo 2013
UK visitors to this week's Vinexpo in Bordeaux were up nearly 10 percent on 2011 as the exhibition closed with an expected near 50, 000 visitors through its doors
UK: Overall alcohol sales continue to fall
The duty escalator continues to hit the drinks trade, according to the latest Wine & Spirit Trade Association market report, as overall alcohol sales continue to fall.
Dopff & Irion to bring Double Impact wine to UK
Made in a region that is traditionally known for growing single varietals wines, Double Impact is a blend of 45-55 percent Riesling and Pinot Gris.
invino Announces Third Year Consistent Growth and Series A Funding
"Membership, revenue, and LTV have each consistently shown triple-digit growth. Benefitting from a vision and leadership team that have remained virtually unchanged, our current burn and infrastructure is de minimis; we are on track to be profitable by Q4."
Lake Erie Wine Fest draws record crowd
This year, there were 15 wineries and more than 70 vendors, including those at the craft fair at the Old Firehouse Winery. As far as attendance, Hall said the event has seen an increase each year by about 500 to 600 people. Last year's event played host to about 3,000 people.
Women in Business 2013: Rebecca Faust, Rack & Riddle Wine Services
Q&A with Rebecca Faust, managing member of Rack and Riddle
Virginia seeks to be 'wine capital' of the East Coast
Speaking to the drinks business, Todd Haymore, Virginian secretary of Agriculture and Forestry, said: "We know we'll never be as big as California but can we be the wine capital of the East Coast? I think so, yes."
Climate impact on wine regions topics of WA talk today
Antonio J. Busalacchi, an atmospheric and oceanic science professor at the University of Maryland, will talk about the issue with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's atmospheric sciences group.
Man crushed to death at vineyard skipped safety process
An experienced vineyard manager crushed to death in a machine used to take netting off vines had skipped a fall-back safety process, a coroner ruled today. Grapegrower didn't flick safety catch.
UC Davis investigates using helicopter drones for crop dusting
Researchers at University of California, Davis, in cooperation with the Yamaha Motor Corporation, are testing UAV crop dusting on the Oakville Experimental Vineyard at the UC Oakville Station using a Yamaha RMax remote-controlled helicopter.
Winery charged with falsifying labels
Three directors of Emmanuel Delicata Winemaker Ltd today were charged with falsification of labels on bottles claiming to be DOK wine.
Report: Advancing Winery Safety
On Friday we told you that the Washington Wine Industry Foundation recently received a $174,000 grant to develop safety education for small to mid-sized wineries. The great part about this is that while we have a year to complete the grant what we will end up with at the end of that year are various tools that we will have pre-identified as being useful to employees, full and part-time employees in small wineries.
Tourism lifts North Bay employment in May
Region's job-growth rate tops 4 percent.
Wally's bought by Marciano brothers of Guess
Wally's Wine & Spirits, the biggest wine merchant in Los Angeles, has been bought by Maurice and Paul Marciano, co-founders of fashion business Guess.
To Kalon vineyard renamed in honour of Robert Mondavi
Robert Mondavi Winery has renamed a block of the renowned To Kalon vineyard 'Robert's Block' in honour of the late patriarch in his centenary year.
Five men in court for stealing Bordeaux 'to order'
Police in Bordeaux have taken five men into custody on suspicion of stealing and selling on high-end wines including Petrus, Cheval Blanc, Ausone, Le Pin and Yquem.
Jean Claude Berrouet consulting at Lafon Rochet
Jean Claude Berrouet - best known for his 44 years as director of Petrus in Pomerol - has been consulting at Chateau Lafon Rochet since the 2012 vintage, but the chateau made no announcement until now.
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