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  Daily News for Tuesday, June 25th
Predicting Wine Club Member Behavior

If you have a good idea of who your average wine club member is (age, gender and buying habits), then you'll have a better chance of convincing him not to leave your club.

Truett-Hurst raises $14.1 million in IPO
The company generates about 75 percent of its sales from custom labels produced for Trader Joe's, Safeway and Total Wine & More
Climate Scientist Says Wine Should Do Well In Northwest Over Next 50, 100 Years
The Northwest is well positioned to make wine into the future despite global climate change. So says a scientist who presented his findings on climate change and wine at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash. Monday.
People News Recap from 6/11-6/24
Wine industry people on the move from June 11 to June 24
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.
Celebrated geologist Pogue shares dirt on Napa, Walla Walla wines
Celebrate Walla Walla Valley Wine organizers didn't need to go far to find perhaps the best person in the world to compare Walla Walla Valley terroir to that of Napa Valley.
Making wine in Thailand 'good preparation for climate change'
Kathrin Puff, winemaker at the award-winning Siam Winery in Thailand, reckons the unique climate she works in is excellent preparation for climate change.
French floods: Much of southwest declared disaster zone
The floods and hail of June have devastated agriculture across southwest France, from vineyards to fruit farms.
Landmark Canadian Icewine legislation comes into force
New Icewine protocols released by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency aim to stamp out fraud prevalent in Canada's most recognised wine brand.
Top 10 wines in the UK press
Matthew Jukes recommends a "sensational wine with a very classy aroma" and Jane MacQuitty picks out a "gorgeous, beefy, complex and richly spiced" red wine from Australia.
Viñalba unveils new flagship
Argentina producer Viñalba has added a new flagship wine to its range, a Malbec blend called Diane.
Les Dauphins goes global
Southern Rhône brand Les Dauphins has extended its scope beyond the UK following an international launch at Vinexpo last week.
Englishman pioneers Bordeaux spirits
An Englishman is attempting to preserve Bordeaux's distilling heritage with a range of traditional and more innovative spirits.
Wine merchant SH Jones buys online wine retailer
The purchase includes Slurp's software system, any unsold stock and all the staff.
McKinley Vintners takes on Italian producer
McKinley Vintners has announced the addition of Italian producer Orion Wines to its portfolio.
Presentation hails 2011 a 'classic' Port vintage
Major players in the world of Port met in Porto last week to celebrate the official Port Wine 2011 Vintage World Presentation, a vintage they agree stands apart from any other the trade has seen.
'American Wine': A much-needed overview of what's going on in wine right now
As recently as 1970, there were 440 wine producers in the U.S. Want to take a guess how many there are now? More than 7,000 when the book was written.
No sour grapes here: Wine producers go high-tech to outsmart fraudsters
Fake wine and spirits can sour the drinks market, but new technology and international cooperation are now enabling producers to outsmart the fraudsters.
Spotlight on leaders of independent wine companies
Following are profiles of the top day-to-day leaders from the Business Journal's lists of the largest independently owned wineries under 100,000 cases, published in March, and the largest wine companies, published in May.
Demand stacks up for wine warehouser
In a sign of renewed crunch on North Coast wine storage space, Alexander Valley Cellars overflowed the other half of Sonoma County's largest warehouse in just two months and now is looking for a fourth facility.
More and More Celebrities Are Getting Into the Wine Business
It's hard to put a number on celebrity wines, a category that includes singers, sports stars, chefs and more. But Danny Brager, vice president for alcoholic beverages at market research firm Nielsen, says there's close to 100 on the market at the moment.
Should we listen to wine critics?
Research claiming that experts can't judge wine accurately will have some people sneering at the critics - yet again. One wine expert defends her trade.
Expanded booze sales good for consumers and government, study finds
Lower booze prices and convenience are two key findings of a detailed economic study of expanded alcohol sales in Ontario. A system blending the LCBO with private sales similar to the system used in British Columbia would increase the amount of money the province gets from alcohol sales and result in lower prices, University of Waterloo economist Anindya Sen said.
Wine Country Ontario challenges consumers to Tweet the 'untweetable'
Wine Country Ontario is challenging Ontario consumers to discover, capture and share the moments and rich experiences of our local wine country by asking them to imagine and ultimately Tweet the 'untweetable'.
AU: Winemakers hoping Government changes will assist survival
The Hunter Wine Industry Association is hoping changes recommended by a Federal Government committee will help local wine growers survive the current market downturn.
Norm Groot: Monterey County farmers score again
This past year, county producers increased the farm gate by 7 percent to a total farm gate value of $4.14 billion. This increase was especially evident in wine grapes and strawberries that achieved solid increases year-over-year.
Croatian accession spells trouble for sweet 'prosek' wine
Letter from Hvar: Fears for the future of a local drink are emblematic of wider concern for identity.
What caused this past winter's abnormal dryness in SLO County?
January through June in San Luis Obispo will go down as the third driest such period on record at Cal Poly (home of climatology for the city) since 1870, when weather observations started. Since January, Cal Poly has recorded only 3.5 inches of rain. Normally, it should be about 15 inches.
Central Valley farming authority to retire
Manuel Jimenez went from farmworker to world-renowned farming authority, all while living in and serving his Central Valley hometown - the small, rural community of Woodlake in Tulare County. The University of California Cooperative Extension advisor, who worked with small family farmers in Tulare County for 33 years, retires this month.
Wine Drinkers Launch Lobbying Group
Executive Director Tom Wark, who also runs the wine blog Fermentation, announced the group's launch yesterday saying "new laws and regulations represent the interests of the alcohol beverage trade, not the consumers."
Growing popularity of sake in France
Once dismissed as the exclusive preserve of Japanese restaurants, devotees of sake say it is enjoying a growth in popularity in France with the opening of sakebars and a growing number of wine merchants that stock it.
Airport dating is really taking off
Vino Volo in Dulles Airport's Concourse C puts the hubba-hubba in hub. The eight-year-old wine bar was recently named the second-best airport bar or restaurant in the US at which to have a date.
Premier Wine Blends and Grayson College Viticulture & Enology Program Team Up to Offer Internship
Premier Wine Blends proudly announces they will be working with Grayson College in Denison, Texas to offer an Internship Program for students working on a degree or certification in Viticulture and Enology.
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