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  Daily News for Thursday, June 27th
Charles Shaw Wins Triple Gold in Orange County

Three wines from Charles Shaw Winery, the super-value brand also known as "Two Buck Chuck," have received high honors at a large and respected wine competition.

Truett Hurst Goes Public at Reduced Value
Company plans to use proceeds from offering to pay down debts
Caymus proposes large Cordelia Road winery
Napa Valley's Caymus Vineyards has targeted a 178-acre site along Cordelia Road south of Fairfield for what would be Suisun Valley's biggest winery.
Senate passes historic immigration reform - but will the House follow?
Despite overwhelming bipartisan support in the Senate, a major immigration overhaul bill faces an uncertain fate in the GOP-controlled House
California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG) Issues Statement on U.S. Senate Passage of S.744
"Each year that we fail to resolve our nation's dysfunctional immigration policies, California winegrape growers are pushed closer to the brink of disaster," said John Aguirre, CAWG president.
First Collaborative Winery and Tasting Room Opens in Paso Robles
Cellar Mates is a new winery concept established by Becky and Lowell Zelinski who also own First Crush Cellars. The Zelinskis started First Crush Wine Experience in 2008 by offering consumers unique and extraordinary "berry-to-bottle" wine experiences.
Mechanical eye will help wine-makers improve vintages
Stephen Nuske, a roboticist at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is leading a trial of an automated grape-counting system he hopes will help vineyard managers to produce better wine.
Demand fueling a push to plant more wine grapes in SLO County
Although no one knows for sure how many acres of North County wine-grapes could be planted in the near future, those familiar with the local wine industry say estimates range from 3,000 to 8,000 acres of new vines.
David Arthur Vineyards celebrates 25th anniversary, raises funds for Parkinson's research
David Arthur Vineyards celebrated its 25th anniversary Saturday in a star-studded gala event called "Back to the Future."
World's first cola-flavoured wine launched
French wine company Haussmann Famille has launched the world's first cola-flavoured wine onto the market.
Younger generation of wine drinkers
"To them, wine is the new black. It goes with everything and it travels very well. We should take note of the fact that wine drinkers are in very big numbers on Facebook, on Twitter. There are very high numbers of users of Yelp."
Wine briefs: A new winery in Calistoga
The Napa County Planning Commission has unanimously approved plans for construction of a Coquerel Family Wine Estates winery.
Nova Scotia wineries toast sales increase
Wine sales overall were up 3.1 percent for the year ended March 31, bringing $123.1 million into NSLC coffers. Sales of local vintages rose 21.9 percent to $1.7 million over the same period, the Crown corporation reported Wednesday.
Infographic: America's Love of Wine
WBM received this really cool infographic on America's Love of Wine from SpareFoot
Sierra Foothills grower pleased with wine grape crop
This could be the most productive year for Larry Parenti's wine grape crop since he planted his Calaveras County vineyard 10 years ago.
Desert crop starts table grape season on high note
By July 1, this year's table grape harvest is expected to be similar to last year's 5.6-million-lug total pack.
Fladgate buys Wiese & Krohn
The Fladgate Partnership, the owner of Taylor's Port, has continued the trend of consolidation in the industry by buying tawny specialist Wiese & Krohn.
New glass promotes double bend benefits
Austrian firm MarkThomas has launched a wine glass featuring what it claims is a unique double bend design that offers "a true and perfect all-rounder."
Cockburn's wins Barco Rabelo race
Cockburn's "Rabelo" has won the annual race against the other Port lodges up the Douro River.
There and back again: a champagne lover's tale
A day return journey from the UK to Champagne is feasible, enjoyable and affordable
Bordeaux and Vinitaly coordinate calendars
The Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux (UGCB) and Vinitaly have signed an agreement to coordinate their events for the next four years.
Jacksons unveil latest Napa wine
Jackson Family Wines showed off the most recent addition to its Napa Valley portfolio, Mt Brave, whose 2009 vintage is due to arrive in the UK within the next few weeks.
BrewDog's crowdfunding initiative raises over £1m in 24 hours
"Equity for Punks", an innovative crowdfunding scheme launched by BrewDog, Scotland's largest independent brewery and Britain's fastest growing food and drinks brand, raised over a million pounds in its first 24 hours on June 20.
Rioja Tapas Fantasticas attracts over 12,000 people
The sixth Rioja Tapas Fantasticas, held by Wines of Rioja, attracted over 12,000 people across the weekend of June 15-16 to Potters Field Park in London.
Spanish winery Torres to produce new wine Cava
Torres CEO Miguel Torres Maczassek was quoted by as saying that they want to produce a niche, premium Cava and do not expect the initial output to be more than 5,000 cases a year.
How wine counterfeiting impacts everyone
Susan Kostrzewa, executive editor of Wine Enthusiast Magazine, says as more Chinese get into drinking and collecting wine, the more fake bottles that are being produced, particularly the more expensive they get.
Wine trolley to roll in the Napa Valley
Appellation Tours, Inc., a Sonoma-based tourism company, recently announced the launch of The Napa Valley Wine Trolley.
California Wine: Under The Oaks
"The festival is limited to fifty wineries this year, so if you see more than that listed on the website I've cheated," says Meridith Moore, Events Manager at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.
Clemens: Screw-tops no longer the black sheep of the wine family
Millennials never knew times when screwtops only came on bottles swigged by bums living under highways and boxed wine was the swill caterers scammed you with at weddings.
WA: Clark County sets rules for wineries' operations
Clark County commissioners approved language Tuesday updating limits on noise and food service at local wineries.
Canada Day: What about June 28 as #CanadianWineDay?
In the lead up to Canada Day, I can't help wondering why there are still Canadians who never or seldom reach for Canadian wine or why there isn't a Canadian wine day, or week for that matter.
Canada adds icy weather to icewine rules
Canada is tightening the rules for producing its popular icewine, a sweet dessert wine that is only made in cold climates, to crack down on fraudsters who sell mislabeled bottles that don't make the grade.
Ontario finance minister not ruling out selling alcohol in convenience stores
He says he'll always be looking at alternatives that would support the province's economy. Ontario is facing an $11.7-billion deficit, which the Liberals have promised to eliminate by 2017-18.
AU: Red wine grape prices rise but Riverland getting low value
The good news about wine grape prices for this year's vintage is that increases are in the red.
Chinese quench their thirst for French vineyards
The attack on Chinese students in Hostens, a small town in the South-west of France, allegedly by a group of French youngsters, followed by the largest international wine fair, Vinexpo, in Bordeaux, where Chinese investors were very much present -- and active -- have triggered much talk in France about Chinese investment in the country's vineyards and a backlash against it.
Coffee Shops Expand Alcohol Activities
This fall, Starbucks will expand its Starbucks Evenings concept-coffeehouses that offer beer and wine.
Pa. Senate heads toward floor debate on liquor
Pennsylvania's Republican senators plan to take their disagreements over legislation to liberalize Pennsylvania's laws on wine, liquor and beer sales to the chamber's floor on Thursday, amid signs of growing desperation among Republican majority leaders to reach a consensus on issues that are important to Gov. Tom Corbett.
BC: Vineyard work gets go-ahead
A stalemate over archaeological work at Thadd Springs Vineyard east of Kamloops has come to an end, with the owner saying Wednesday he is cleared for further construction.
Senate Passes Immigration Reform
A supermajority of senators passed a bipartisan immigration reform bill that would grant 11 million undocumented immigrants immediate legal status and a path to citizenship while sending $30 billion to the southern border to beef up security.
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