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  Daily News for Wednesday, July 3rd
Saint-Gobain says will fight FTC over US bottling deal

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

A letter from the CEO to our customers & suppliers
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 - no longer struggling.
Vinexpo hails international visitor growth
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.
California table grape growers expect record crop
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.
HandCraft Will Reach 150,000 Cases This Year, DFV Says
The female-targeted HandCraft Artisan Collection managed a strong performance in 2012.
Star/NVV panel tasting: Aromatic, summer whites range from albarino to viognier
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.
Biz briefs: Napa/Sonoma Women for WineSense plans roundtable discussion
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.
Napa: More unpaid BottleRock bills as debt tops $2 million
Organizer maintains event is owed vendor money, but lawyer says opposite is true.
Napa film festival denied arts and tourism grant
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.
In Israel's Negev desert , a budding wine boom
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.
BIG BEAR: Getting high on wine
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.
Advice to the Greedy: It's Not Time to Raise Prices
Consumers still recovering from the recession should support wineries that follow these four steps to success.
Walla Walla wine celebration recapped
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.
Wine series begins at Keuka Springs
In a vertical vintage tasting or library tasting, different vintages (or years) of the same wine varietal are compared and contrasted.
Uganda: New Wine Garage Launched
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.
Prosecco Police go Undercover in Italy to Safeguard Fizzy White Wine
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.
America, You Have Arrived
The wine-and-food culture in the U.S. has never been more exciting, and restaurants are leading the charge.
Oregon winery opens "living" tasting room
It's aiming to be the only winery in the nation to obtain the Living Building Challenge certification, an internationally recognized green building standard.
A fine Texas wine: Winery owned by Houston couple holds its own against Italian competitors
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.
Why Europe is still the best place for wine-touring
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."
Liberty Wines to handle Hattingley Valley wines in UK, Ireland
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.
Sud de France signs up merchants for festival promotion
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.
CIVB appoints new managing director
Fabien Bova has been appointed managing director of the Bordeaux Wine Council (CIVB) following a unanimous vote among board members.
The Beautiful South tasting for Chile, South Africa and Argentina signs up 280 exhibitors
It is hoped the combined tasting will prove to be big draw for members of the UK trade interested in Southern Hemisphere wines.
Ruinart use recycled wood for new package
Ruinart has launched a limited edition gift box made from recycled wood and will introduce its own glassware range in January next year.
Bibendum creates separate spirits arm
UK wine merchant Bibendum has launched a separate business, Instil Drinks Co, to manage its growing portfolio of spirits, beers and liqueurs.
Top 10 drinks for summer
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?
Inverarity Morton appoints new director of wine sales
Scotland's largest independent drinks distributor, Inverarity Morton (IM), has appointed a new director of wine sales.
Treasury steps up Tasmanian stake
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.
Marqués de Cáceres launches organic Rioja
Marqués de Cáceres has launched its first ever organic Rioja with the Nordic markets in mind.
China's anti-dumping probe likely to have little impact
China's anti-dumping probe is unlikely to deter Chinese consumers and domestic producers from buying European wines.
Liquor privatization not dead, Pennsylvania lawmakers say
Despite budget setback, debate expected to continue in the fall.
Wine Pioneers in Northern Arizona
First vines planted along Route 66; green packager switches gear
Chateau Loudenne's new Chinese owners planning luxury hotel
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.
Oregon winery opens 'living' tasting room
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
Farm Bill Defeat Shows Agriculture's Waning Power
"There are a small number of Congressional districts where farming continues to carry much sway."
Wine-tasting: it's junk science
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?
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