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Thursday, July 31st

07/03/13

Saint-Gobain intends to sell its Verallia business to the Ardagh group, but on Monday the US Federal Trade Commission said it had begun action against the deal

07/03/13

Despite the recession, we turned cash flow positive in 2009 and EBITDA positive in 2010 on $45 million in revenue. We closed our fiscal year in March 2011 with $1.9 million in cash flow on revenue of $56 million. Turnaround complete - Wine.com no longer struggling.

07/03/13

Final figures from Vinexpo showed a record 38% of non-French participants, with Chinese visitors proving particularly prominent in keeping with the fair's global consumption growth predictions.

07/03/13

California should see a record grape crop of 106.9 million 19-pound box equivalents - up from 100.2 million in 2012 - if an estimate by the California Table Grape Commission holds up.

07/03/13

The female-targeted HandCraft Artisan Collection managed a strong performance in 2012.

07/03/13

The St. Helena Star and Napa Valley Vintners Tasting Panel met June 20 at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone to review summer whites that you may not have suspected were made here.

07/03/13

Join the local group Napa/Sonoma Women for WineSense for the chapter's Finance/Accounting Roundtable II discussion on "Internal Controls" at noon Thursday, July 11.

07/03/13

Organizer maintains event is owed vendor money, but lawyer says opposite is true.

07/03/13

The festival couldn't prove that it has a viable business plan as it went through the grant process, and evaluators think it's too aggressive in its growth projections and hasn't secured the cash sponsorships it says it will, said Allison Simpson, vice president of marketing for Visit Napa Valley.

07/03/13

Today, there are more than 250 wineries in Israel producing 36 million bottles of table wine each year. Twelve percent is exported to other countries, mainly to the United States. In 2011, the country's exports totaled $26.7 million.

07/03/13

Stone has planted what he says is the highest-altitude commercial vineyard in the northern hemisphere, surpassing the Terror Creek Winery in Colorado, east of Grand Junction, which sits at 6,417 feet. The Stone Summit Winery in Big Bear Lake is at 6,750 feet.

07/03/13

Consumers still recovering from the recession should support wineries that follow these four steps to success.

07/03/13

The Celebrate Walla Walla Valley Wine event drew attendees 472 attendees from all over the country, according to a retrospective from the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance.

07/03/13

In a vertical vintage tasting or library tasting, different vintages (or years) of the same wine varietal are compared and contrasted.

07/03/13

Ugandans are starting to really like wine according to Allan Ntanda, owner of the Wine Garage, who opened the third branch of his franchise last Friday at Shumuk House (formerly Blacklines House) on Colville Street.

07/03/13

An Italian special agent has been tasked by the government to patrol bars and restaurants as part of a crackdown on fake Prosecco wine. Dubbed by Italian media "007 Prosecco", Andrea Battistella, 28, is paid to make sure that customers are served the original sparkling wine and not one of its cheaper imitations.

07/03/13

The wine-and-food culture in the U.S. has never been more exciting, and restaurants are leading the charge.

07/03/13

It's aiming to be the only winery in the nation to obtain the Living Building Challenge certification, an internationally recognized green building standard.

07/03/13

A recent lunch at Tony's turned up a couple of new things at this always-superb restaurant. There's a Texas wine on the wine list.

07/03/13

New and Old World wines have been slugging it out with increasing ferocity ever since the popping of corks from Australian, South African and South American wines became audible in Europe a few decades ago. But while super-serious "Sideways"-style debates about bouquet and "mouthfeel" are all very well, Europe still wins when it comes to variety and what, at risk of pretension, we should call "terroir."

07/03/13

In the UK and Ireland, Hattingley will roll out its Hattingley Valley Classic Cuvee 2010, which is a blend of the three grape varieties - Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, made by winemaker Emma Rice.

07/03/13

There is still time for independent wine merchants to sign up to a Harpers promotion with Sud de France to help wine producers from the region push their wines in the UK.

07/03/13

Fabien Bova has been appointed managing director of the Bordeaux Wine Council (CIVB) following a unanimous vote among board members.

07/03/13

It is hoped the combined tasting will prove to be big draw for members of the UK trade interested in Southern Hemisphere wines.

07/03/13

Ruinart has launched a limited edition gift box made from recycled wood and will introduce its own glassware range in January next year.

07/03/13

UK wine merchant Bibendum has launched a separate business, Instil Drinks Co, to manage its growing portfolio of spirits, beers and liqueurs.

07/03/13

There is something wonderful about enjoying a refreshing drink during a long, hot summer evening, or with friends in the sunlight over a warm weekend. But what drink should you have?

07/03/13

Scotland's largest independent drinks distributor, Inverarity Morton (IM), has appointed a new director of wine sales.

07/03/13

Treasury Wine Estates has become the latest producer to increase its investment in Tasmania, having signed a deal to purchase White Hills Estate from Brown Brothers.

07/03/13

Marqués de Cáceres has launched its first ever organic Rioja with the Nordic markets in mind.

07/03/13

China's anti-dumping probe is unlikely to deter Chinese consumers and domestic producers from buying European wines.

07/03/13

Despite budget setback, debate expected to continue in the fall.

07/03/13

First vines planted along Route 66; green packager switches gear

07/03/13

The Moutai Group, owners of Chateau Loudenne in Saint-Yzans-de-Medoc since April 2013, are planning to open a luxury hotel on the property.

07/03/13

In 1978, Sokol Blosser Winery built the first tasting room in Oregon. More than 30 years later it's going after another first with its brand new tasting room

07/03/13

"There are a small number of Congressional districts where farming continues to carry much sway."

07/03/13

Experiments have shown that people can't tell plonk from grand cru. Now one US winemaker claims that even experts can't judge wine accurately. What's the science behind the taste?