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  Daily News for Tuesday, July 9th
Winemakers Blind Taste Each Other's Trials
Unusual event in Napa Valley shows dramatic results regarding techniques
S. Ore. vineyard market rises, Californians buy in
More farmers from California who make a living on olive trees or tomatoes in their home state are buying established vineyards in the Rogue Valley to enter the wine industry.
People News Recap from 7/2 -7/8
Wine industry people on the move from July 2 to July 8
Joy Anne Sterling, 59, of Sebastopol, has been appointed to the California State Board of Food and Agriculture
Sterling has held multiple positions at Iron Horse Vineyards since 1985.
One grower's grapes of wrath
The national raisin reserve might sound like a fever dream of the Pillsbury Doughboy. But it is a real thing - a 64-year-old program that gives the U.S. government a heavy-handed power to interfere with the supply and demand for dried grapes.
Yellow Tail Producer Casella Secures Funding As Aussie Dollar Weakens
Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits said today that the recent weakening of the Australian dollar-currently trading at about $0.90 in U.S. currency-is helping to restore confidence in the wine export trade down under.
Oak Knoll vineyard sued for $93700
Michael J. Neal Viticultural Services Inc. alleges the owner of Violet Vineyard LLC north of Napa owes the vineyard management company about $93,700 in unpaid services for the 2011 vintage and additional work ending March 2012, according to the complaint filed July 2 in Napa County Superior Court.
Glazer's fine wine division gets a new name, logo
Glazer's Inc. has consolidated its fine wine divisions under the new name, D&E Fine Wine Group, which will be represented by a new company logo.
Wally's Wine & Spirits Announces Launch Of Wally's Auction House
Following the June 2013 acquisition of Wally's Wine & Spirits in Los Angeles, the company's new executives have branched out to create Wally's Auction House. The company plans to open a New York-based headquarters in the near future.
BERGER: How winelovers can be heard
The American Wine Consumer Coalition (AWCC) aims to give consumers a unified forum so their voices can be heard on topics vital to them.
Commission approves plan for 30,000-gallon winery
A Southern California family will be building a new 30,000-gallon winery on Silverado Trail south of Larkmead Lane after the Napa County Planning Commission signed off on its plans last week.
Planet of the Grapes: 'What matters is wine's soul'
Now, I'm no fan of scores either, but the reality is that change is still far away. Shelf talkers in almost every wine store aisle still tout the critics' numbers. And consumers still purchase wines based on those numbers.
Alta Gama Winefest targets growing wine market in Peru
Wine enthusiasts will be able to taste a variety of labels before buying a bottle at the Alta Gama Winefest organized by the Almendariz group coming up on July 12 and 13. More than 600 wine labels hailing from Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, U.S., France, Spain and Italy, as well as national labels, will participate in the event.
Locals shine at the Central Coast Wine Competition
Paso Robles wineries scored well at the recent Central Coast Wine Competition, and one took the award for best wine of the competition, the 2010 Bodegas Paso Robles Monastrell ($49).
Italy Hires Special Agent to Crackdown on Imitation Prosecco Sales
His job: make surprise visits to supermarkets and wine bars throughout the Veneto region. He will ensure that the bubbly white wine sold bears certified DOC and DOCG labels, and that the wine is not sold in carafes or from a tap.
Winery owner launches book on wine and parenting
Believing that good wine and good parenting go hand-in-hand, a local winery owner and busy mother of two has written a book that pairs the perfect wine for every parenting milestone, such as an earthy Burgundy to relax with following a messy "diaper blow-out."
America's luxury beer-themed vacations rivaling wine tours
Beer doesn't readily inspire plans for opulent vacations or deluxe retreats the way its alcoholic rival, wine, does. But as "microbrews" have become "craft beers" in recent years, the level of sophistication surrounding beer culture has also been elevated.
Chapel Down Winery in Southeast England Raises Funds to Expand
Chapel Down Group Plc (CDGP), a winemaker based in Tenterden, southeast of London, raised 4.35 million pounds ($6.5 million) through an institutional share placing on the ISDX Growth Market to expand its winery and beer business.
Canadian Innovator Powers International Wine Ecommerce Site
World's First Major Newspaper to Deploy Cloud-Based Wine Ecommerce
2013 winegrape harvest could start soon
Several days of temperatures around the century mark in late June and early July could bring the start of the 2013 North Coast winegrape harvest later this month.
Provence and Bordeaux take top spots in rosé tasting
A blind tasting of pink wines from around the world in London this month confirmed the superiority of Provence, but also highlighted the quality of Bordeaux rosé.
Chancellor faces alcohol duty shortfall
The UK chancellor George Osborne is facing a £100 million shortfall in the duty he collects from alcohol, according to new figures released by the Wilson Drinks Report.
Santa Rita unveils 'icon' Petite Sirah
Santa Rita is championing Chilean Petite Sirah with the addition of a new "icon" wine to its range.
French harvest set for 13% increase on 2012
France is currently on course for a normal-sized grape harvest in 2013, but continued poor weather could yet jeopardise this year's crop, according to the country's agriculture ministry.
Chapel Down unveils £4.35m expansion plan
English winery Chapel Down is to invest more than £4m in a 'significant' vine planting programme and to expand the company's fast-growing beer business.
Four Restaurants Earn First-Time Grand Award Honors in 2013
Wine Spectator recognizes 3,793 restaurants for their outstanding wine lists
Buckeye Lake Winery debuts in Ohio
Buckeye winery currently has seven wines - three whites and four reds. The wines are Lake View Red Dry Red Wine, Lake View White Dry White Wine, Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Zinfandel 2010, Pinot Grigio 2011, Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 and Chardonnay 2008.
Rabobank Report: Cider consumption continues to soar; super-premium and value brands to prosper
Fifty five percent of cider drinkers are women, most of whom are under 30 years of age. This so-called female millennial is the demographic most likely to exhibit hybrid consumer behavior.
Wine grapes a force in Central Valley
While milk is still king of the crops at $1.2 billion in value, grapes are second in San Joaquin County's top 10 crops and near the top 10 in Stanislaus County.
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