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  Daily News for Monday, July 8th
Wineries scrambling to make room for upcoming harvest
As the summer days stretch long and hot, and grapes thicken with sugar on the vine, wineries are clamoring to ensure they'll have enough space in tanks and barrels to fit the fruits of an early harvest
Primary cause of grape cracking still elusive
Under current study is whether Ethephon, a spray used to promote berry color, is largely responsible.
Wine Institute to Hold Annual Export Seminar
The meeting will provide data and statistics about current export programs and a chance for attendees to speak with vintners and partners in other countries.
A Nation of Wineries
Wine regions have been developing across the country, as diverse landscapes and weather patterns allow states to grow a variety of grapes.
Argiano Acquitted of All Charges in Brunello Wine Scandal (Press Release)
In a Siena court ruling on May 15, Tuscan wine producer Argiano was absolved of all charges involving the 2003 Brunello wine scandal.
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.
Decanter Asia Wine Awards entry deadline approaching
With just over two weeks remaining, organisers are issuing a final call for entries into this year's Decanter Asia Wine Awards, as the submission phase draws to a close.
Why the Big Apple loves the Jura
Wooing New York's fashionable wine drinkers has been a big part of the export success currently being enjoyed by France's smallest wine region.
UK wine merchant expands into Philippines
The Antique Wine Company has signed its first ever exclusivity agreement for the UK and has opened an office in the Philippines.
Fine Wine Investment: Expect no quick rebound on first growth prices
Fine wine markets were flat but steady in June after the disappointing en primeur campaign, but there is unlikely to be a quick return to prosperity for former leading estates.
Liv-ex indices stay flat but Right Bank rising
June saw a distinct lack of direction on the fine wine indices according to Liv-ex but a two year retrospective of leading Bordeaux estates shows how strong the Right Bank is.
Beautiful South smashes target
The Beautiful South tasting, a joint initiative between the generic bodies for Argentina, Chile and South Africa, has shot past its exhibitor target two months before the event takes place.
Top 10 Fourth of July drinks
If you are thinking about hosting or attending a Fourth of July party this week, here's our guide to some red, white and blue drinks for you.
Edrington posts profits
Drinks giant Edrington has announced a rise in pre-tax profits for the year so far, driven by its Scotch category.
Top 10 wines in the US press
Will Lyons picks out a wine which is "what great California Chardonnay is all about" while Rebecca Murphy recommends a wine that "has everything you could want from a rosé".
Barefoot heads to the mountains
Californian brand, Barefoot Wine, has extended its beach clean activity and turned its attention inland to the UK's mountains.
07/08/13 looks to increase buyer platform "the eBay of the wine world" is looking to increase its buyer platform after seeing a demand from merchants to ease the pressure on their cellars.
Tesco introduces 30 new lines to its premium spirits range
Tesco is this week adding over 30 new lines to its premium spirits range in selected stores including Kavalan, a Taiwanese whisky.
Treasury Wine Estates purchases Tasmanian winery White Hills
Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) has signed an agreement to purchase the White Hills vineyard in Tamar Valley, Tasmania from Brown Brothers with the final purchase expected to go through in late July 2013.
Inverarity Morton appoints 'the Wine Guy'
Scotland's largest independent drinks distributor, Inverarity Morton, has appointed Guy Chatfield director of wine sales.
Nomacorc releases portable oxygen analyser
Alternative wine closures and oxygen management technology company Nomacorc has launched a new generation portable NomaSense "oxygen analyser" system for wine.
Bringing the generations together with wine
Vic Rallo and Tony Verdoni are doing just that. Blending generations by writing a book together, doing a TV show together called "Eat! Drink! Italy!" -- and basically finishing each other's sentences.
French Wine Production Seen Rising 13% From Lowest in 40 Years
Output may rise to 46.6 million hectoliters (1.2 billion gallons) from 41.4 million hectoliters in 2012, the Paris-based Agriculture Ministry wrote in an online report today. The outlook is uncertain as vines are still flowering following cold weather, the report showed.
Currency drop boosts Casella's confidence
A drop in the Australian dollar is set to help major Australian wine exporter Casella's stay out of financial trouble.
The Actual Facts Behind the Rise of Natural Wine
"Natural" is a small but growing category in wine, signaling biodynamic, organic or vegan winemaking practices. But Lettie Teague wonders: Is the movement about taste or just ideology?
Mumm at America's Cup
Mumm Napa was named the official sparkling wine of the America's Cup Summer of Racing in San Francisco. From this week's opening ceremonies through the final races in September, Mumm Napa sparkling wines will be on hand, the Rutherford company said in a news release.
Napa commission approves plan for 30,000-gallon winery
Davis Estates was previously approved for 20,000 gallons in 2002.
French wine firm horrifies wine snobs by creating world's first bottle of red flavoured with COLA
Rouge Sucette is only 75 percent wine, the rest is sugar, water and cola.
Dry, warm winter has growers predicting early harvest
Vineyard managers say grapes handled recent heat well.
Wine Is Key to Virginia Celebration
Grapes from governor's Executive Mansion included in special red wine blend, 1813, to mark 200th anniversary of landmark.
Liquor lobbyists spent over $900,000 toward privatizing Pa. alcohol sales
Last week, Gov. Tom Corbett's dream of privatizing liquor sales in Pennsylvania went down in flames, as state senators couldn't agree on a plan to get the commonwealth out of the booze business.
Small Wash. liquor stores get aid from state
State lawmakers extended a lifeline this year to small liquor stores who had struggled under the new privatization rules, but that change has also opened the door for large retailers to ask for the same break.
Jancis Robinson tastes some of the world's most expensive wines
My Greek host had lured me to Switzerland with the promise of a complete vertical of Pétrus, famously the most expensive red bordeaux of all…
Virginia Wines: In the Old Dominion, a New Terroir
As American palettes have evolved from Budweiser to Brunello di Montalcino, wineries have popped up in all 50 states.
2013 winegrape harvest could start soon
Also: Kosta Browne buys vines; Mark West, Simi lift Constellation's Q1
Diageo Latest Brand To Enter Luxury's Social Responsibility Upsurge
The London-based premium drinks company launches a project to empower Chinese women in response to Chinese consumers' growing interest in businesses' philanthropic activities.
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