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  Daily News for Friday, June 28th
Senate Passes Immigration Overhaul

The Senate on Thursday approved the most significant overhaul of the nation's immigration laws in a generation with broad bipartisan support, sending the bill to the Republican-controlled House, where there is significant opposition from conservative members and where the fight could extend into 2014.

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.
Peter Lehmann, The Baron of the Barossa, Has Passed Away
Peter Lehmann (AO), winemaker and champion of Barossa, passed away today (June 28) at the age of 82 in Adelaide.
Oregon Clarifies Rules for Winery Events
Legislation 'establishes a process' for local approval, small and mid-size wineries won't be exempt.
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.
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
Southern Wine & Spirits awarded $1.1 million in punitive damages
because of Transat Trade Inc. and Chateau Vegas Wine Inc. improperly selling in Nevada three pricey champagne brands and a dozen Bordeaux wines dating back to 2002
Barossa winemaking legend Peter Lehmann dies at 82
Lehmann was a giant of the Barossa Valley, born in Angaston to the local pastor in 1930 and founding his eponymous company more than 30 years ago
Head winemaker Co Dinn leaves Hogue Cellars in Yakima Valley
"Everybody has lots of things they want to do in their life and career. One of the things I wanted to do eventually was to go into business for myself. I wanted to do it while I still have lots of energy and time."
France names four Cités de la Gastronomie
France has named Dijon, Lyon, Paris-Rungis and Tours as the country's first 'Cités de la Gastronomie'.
McWilliam's appoints Stevens Garnier in UK
Australian producer McWilliam's Wine has appointed Stevens Garnier as its new UK agent, to represent its premium range of brands including Evans & Tate from Margaret River, Brand's Laira from Coonawarra and Mount Pleasant from the Hunter Valley.
Unfiltered: Will Downton Abbey's Claret Be a Hit?
Plus, a Napa wine executive is on the lam after a $900,000 embezzlement indictment
French Wine Regions Slammed by Hailstorms
Vouvray is reeling from a historically brutal storm; Chinon and Cahors hit as well.
4G aims to be South Africa's 'Grange'
A new South African wine project has set its sights on becoming the country's "Grange" or "first growth".
Brewers join forces to halt falling sales
Brewing industry giants have today joined forces in a major campaign called "Let there be beer", which is aimed at trying to change the image of beer and arrest falling sales in the UK.
Breaking Bad beer to be released
A beer inspired by the American TV series Breaking Bad is to be released.
Top 10 wines in the US press
Dave McIntyre and Sandra Silfven recommend Napa Valley Cabernets, McIntyre's pick "shows delicious fruit and elegance, balanced throughout" while Silfven's is "rich, smooth, powerful and approachable."
Canada to create new standard for Icewine
The proposed regulatory amendments also include changes in the consumer packaging and labeling regulations. The new standards will ask for mandatory labeling information on wine bottles and boxes, which should be visible from a single view without turning the container.
Moscato Finds A Younger, Hipper - And Browner - Audience
But almost all of the big press about moscato and its newfound fame seem to forget one thing about the wine and its consumers: race.
Christie's All-American wine auction, online only, starts tomorrow
The international auction house's "Signature Cellars: the All-American Sale" is online-only and includes more than 250 lots of classic and cult wines from American producers.
Pa. House OKs direct shipments of wine to buyers
The proposal is separate from the liquor privatization legislation being considered in the General Assembly.
North County wineries striving to harvest visitor interest
When Southern California wine-tasting tours are being mapped out, the road most frequently travelled often leads up Interstate 15 to the Temecula Valley in South Riverside County.
Wine Industry Expert Danielle Giroux joins Colio Estate Wines as Vice President of Marketing
Giroux has years of demonstrated expertise in national wine marketing and winery strategic planning most recently as an independent consultant to wineries across Canada and internationally.
Santa Maria: A closer look into our economic future
We do not need new taxes or higher taxes to increase tax revenues. Included among the taxes that should not be raised is transient occupancy tax, which Supervisor Lavagnino recently indicated an interest in raising. A higher TOT could slow the growth of local tourism, the future prospects of which our local wineries help make so bright.
KWV returns to profitability
KWV has put an end to "massive volumes at even bigger losses" as it aims to quadruple trading profit by 2016, according to UK & European business manager Jonathen Ralph.
Fine+Rare adds Singapore office
UK merchant Fine+Rare has announced plans to open an office in Singapore in order to meet growing demand from south-east Asia.
Food-focused wine contest expands abroad
As UK food and wine matching competition What Food What Wine prepares for its third year of judging, parent company the IWSC Group has announced plans to launch a version in South Africa.
Fortified Masters medal winners released
The results of db's inaugural Fortified Masters have been released, highlighting the quality of aged tawny Port, very old Sherries as well as Australia's best barrel aged fortifieds.
EU funding for traditional rum producers
Traditional Caribbean rum producers are to be given a push in the UK and key markets across the world thanks to a new EU-backed generic funding campaign.
National Park Wine Collection launches Rocky Mountain Cab and Mesa Verde Chard this weekend in Estes Park
In a series of tasting events to premier the Colorado edition of the National Parks Wine Collection, American photographer Mark Burns will be on hand at several Estes Park locations beginning on Friday to sign bottles and limited edition posters .
Slurp sold after going into administration
SH Jones has acquired Slurp's assets for an undisclosed fee, marrying its three high street shops and one cellar store with a stronger online presence, covering the UK and also Asia.
06/28/13 offers wholesale prices to VIP members
Online retailer,, has launched a new VIP wine club that for £10 per month subscription gives members access to wine at wholesale prices with no delivery charge.
Spanish winery Felix Solis Avantis to expand business
Increasing demand for Chilean wines in Europe and Asia, particularly in China, is said to have been prompted the company to plan for the facility.
The Fladgate Partnership acquires Portuguese port producer Wiese & Krohn
The purchase includes Wiese & Krohn's brand, stocks and vineyard holdings, including stocks of aged tawnies and colheitas dating back to 1863 as well as Quinta do Retiro Novo, a Grade A-classified vineyard, in the Rio Troto Valley in the Douro.
The slushy side of wine
This week has brought no shortage of low-hanging fruit for a rant - like Two Buck Chuck's latest gold medals further negating the value of wine competitions - but I've been trying to think about happier things, like which wines I want to drink this summer.
Winery & Grower Alliance of Ontario elect Ontario wine veteran Jim Clark of Colio Estate Wines to Chair of the Board
The Board of Directors of the Winery & Grower Alliance of Ontario (WGAO) announced the election of veteran industry executive Jim Clark of Colio Estate Wines as the new Chair of the Board.
Agriculture's Waning Influence In Washington Hinders Farmers
Many Midwest farmers are behind in planting corn and soybeans, thanks to a cool spring and heavy rain. Now, they're getting a chill from Congress, too, as the House voted down a new farm bill last week.
Wish They All Could Be California Wines
Will Lyons: "What struck me was how different the vintages were in style, how poorly some of the Merlots showed and just how stunning the Cabernet Sauvignons were."
Privatizing liquor sales in Ontario will spike beer prices: survey
According to a new market survey conducted by Ipsos Reid, Ontarians could pay up to 51 per cent more for beer if the province privatized its liquor stores
Vinexpo on the decline?
... the general impression is one of falling numbers as in other leading trade shows
EU Planting rights: new system maintains cap on new vineyards
The final trilogue meeting in Brussels has ratified new measures on vineyard plantings based on proposals by ministers, the European Parliament and the wine industry
Chinese distributors more attentive to wine bottles than their contents
the 5th most important criterion for distributors is the shape of the bottle, ahead of the type of wine, which ranked 8th
Where will the land come from?
"Late-comers to the planting mania party may face inflated land values that will eventually end the feasibility of new developments"
Truett-Hurst winery nets $14.1M from IPO, after $2.1M in fees
W.R. Hambrecht & Co. was the lead underwriter
PR: Wines Of Alsace USA Creates Campaign For Dry Alsace Riesling
Many wine consumers think Riesling is always sweet. In an effort to change this perception, Wines of Alsace has created a campaign aimed to engage and educate consumers about dry Alsace Riesling
HK$1m worth of wine stolen from HK firm
The wine firm is known to provide wine investment and wine warehousing services in addition to wine retail
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