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  Daily News for Wednesday, June 26th
Experts Dissect Effective Wine Labels

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Madeira Rising: Opportunities and Challenges for this Island Wine Region
Madeira is popular with wine connoisseurs and collectors, yet is a relatively unknown wine category to millions of other consumers. This is one of the challenges - and also opportunities - the Madeira wine industry faces today.
Nonprofit Wine Consumer Group Founded
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Online retailers need to appeal to a different type of wine consumer
Both large and small online retailers need to rethink their sales models to appeal to a very different type of consumer, according to new research revealed at last week's Vinexpo exhibition in Bordeaux.
Canopy Management ships milestone one million cases of wine
Canopy Management, creator and owner of the wine trademarks Middle Sister, Purple Cowboy, pro-mis-Q-ous, Monogamy, Deep Purple, Haute Red, White Haute, Good Daughter and Slow Dancer has announced that the company has shipped its one-millionth case of wine.
New market study, "The Future of the Wine Market in Canada to 2017", has been published
The report presents detailed data on the Wine consumption trends in Canada, providing historic and forecast consumption volume and value at market and category level, alcoholic strength (Fortified Wine), price segment (Still Wine), country of origin data, brand share data and distribution channel data.
Can Wine "Experts" Really Tell The Difference?
Just how reliable are "expert" judges at rating wines? Experiments by one oceanographer turned wine maker indicate something pretty crazy: They're not at all.
Torres unveils plans for premium Cava
Major Spanish producer Torres will release a new range of wines - including a 'niche, premium Cava' - over the next five years, according to company CEO Miguel Torres Maczassek.
Obama administration threatens veto of House agriculture appropriations bill
Almost one week after threatening to veto the House Agriculture Committee's version of the farm bill, the Obama administration notified lawmakers that it "strongly opposes" passage of an appropriations bill that would fund Agriculture, Rural Development, the Food and Drug Administration and related agencies for fiscal 2014.
Female Workers Face Harassment In U.S. Agriculture Industry
Although the exact scope of sexual violence and harassment against agricultural workers is impossible to pinpoint, an investigation by The Center for Investigative Reporting and the Investigative Reporting Program at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism reveals persistent peril for women working in the food industry.
Truett-Hurst raises $14M in IPO
The wine company, in turn, will use that money to pay down its credit facility, for working capital, capital spending and hiring.
New Jersey wines raise money for storm relief with every bottle
When thinking of a way to help New Jersey rebuild from Superstorm Sandy's destruction, the folks at Old York Cellars winery realized they already had a fun and marketable product in the works that could also be used to raise money for storm relief: What Exit Wines, a line of table wines with customizable labels.
French AOC system marred by 'commerce and politics', say analysts
The future direction of the appellation controllée (AOC) system in France, which dates back to the 1930s, is the subject of increasingly fierce debate, with many producers both inside and outside the system calling for its overhaul.
Austrian wineries tour Singapore
Sunday, June 16 marked the end of the Austrian Wine Experience 2013 in Singapore, where nine Austrian wineries were featured in 19 restaurants and wine-bars across the island.
WSTA blames UK duty escalator for high prices
The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has claimed that the government's wine and spirits duty escalator is to blame for the UK's high alcohol prices.
Spanish wine giant to expand into Chile
Spain's Félix Solís is planning to build a bulk and bottled wine operation in Chile as well as update its facility in Valdepeñas.
Chile emerges from 'perfect storm'
Carlos Cousiño, director of Cousiño Macul is optimistic that a strong 2013 harvest marks a positive turning point in Chile's recent fortunes, despite the challenge posed by ongoing trade union strikes.
Benevolent to double beneficiaries
Drinks industry charity The Benevolent has announced it is aiming to double the number of people it helps by 2017.
The top 10 biggest beer brands
In the latest installment of the largest global drinks brands, we reveal the top 10 biggest beer brands in the world.
Downton Abbey wine range to be released
A wine range inspired by the award-winning TV series Downton Abbey is to be released.
IRS credit cards used for wine, pornography, IG report says
The report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration found that between fiscal 2010 and 2011, the more than 5,000 IRS card accounts racked up $103 million in purchases.
Wine Drinkers Launch Lobbying Group
American wine buyers face different restrictions in every state, and have little representation when new legislation is introduced. The American Wine Consumer Coalition is out to change all that.
Fine wines flourishing in Muslim Morocco
According to some estimates, 85 percent of domestic production is drunk locally, while around half of total output is considered good quality.
Arns Winery Joins RockNapa Star Lineup
Twenty wineries will be participating in the exclusive RockNapa VIP Experience being held in the 132-year-old Charles Krug Winery Carriage House.
New Standard Will Help Open Markets for Canada's Iconic Icewine
The Government of Canada is proposing to create a national standard for icewine that will require icewine to be made only from grapes naturally frozen on the vine.
Smoke signals new drinking trend
Smoking alcohol is a growing new practice among students that may have sobering risks
Florida Craft Distilleries Now Allowed To Sell Directly To Public
The catch is that the law sets the maximum at two bottles a year per customer, a large decrease from the 24-bottle-limit outlined in the original version of the bill.
Agriculture Still a Sore Point in Immigration Bill
Among his proposals, the Georgia Republican wants the annual allotment of 112,333 visas for agricultural guest workers to be distributed twice a year: in January and in July, rather than the current bill's quarterly schedule. His amendment would make 70% of the visas available in January, to better align with hiring practices, a Chambliss aide said.
News Briefs for June 26, 2013
Napa, California-based wine marketer Canopy Management has reached 1 million cases in total shipments.
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