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  Daily News for Wednesday, July 10th
Kroger to buy Harris Teeter chain in $2.4B deal
The deal will be the fourth-largest acquisition of a North American food retailer in the past decade. It also would be Kroger's biggest takeover since 1998, when it bought the Fred Meyer food and merchandise store chain in the Northwest
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Burgundy sales hit new record, says BIVB
The Burgundy Wine Bureau (BIVB) has reported record export sales of €214.5 million in the period between January and April 2013, signifiying a return of sales figure heights last seen in the 2008-2009 campaign.
Mary Kay Meets Merlot
Boisset opens California wine marketing channel with in-home tasting parties.
Herbicide drift: How to avoid it
Since all pesticides are capable of drifting, one who sprays these materials has the moral and legal responsibility to prevent drift and hence, avoid contamination or damaging of crops and sensitive areas.
Sonoma Valley: Hotel limitation measure takes big step forward
If passed by majority vote, the initiative would limit the size of new hotels in Sonoma to 25 rooms until the city's annual occupancy rate exceeded 80 percent.
The 2013 San Luis Obispo County Wine Industry Awards Honor Mentorship, Innovation and Stewardship
Awards to be Presented on Friday, July 19 at The California Mid-State Fair
Nevada Jury Ruling Upholds Liquor Laws and Protects State's Wine Consumers, Customers and Suppliers from Illegal Gray-Market Merchandise (Press Release)
"This judgment will reassure retail customers and consumers that they are serving and enjoying, respectively, legitimate branded merchandise ..."
10 agriculture stories you should read today, July 9
Farmer's brush with death. Food fraud epidemic. Demon seeds, flowers of fire. Plant breeding hits wall. Mad-cow fears. Wine and Wall Street. And more.
Brunello scandal: Argiano aquitted of adulteration
Brunello di Montalcino producer Argiano has expressed its 'satisfaction' after a Siena court acquitted it of all charges related to the long-running Brunello tainted wine scandal.
Italian authorities crack down on 'fake' Prosecco
Italian authorities have employed a local oenologist to combat the rising problem of 'fake' Prosecco being sold in the Veneto region.
NCPC permits Davies Estates to set up 30,000gal winery
Napa County Planning Commission (NCPC) has granted permission to California-based Davies Estates to build a new 30,000gal winery on the Silverado Trail.
Chapel Down chalks out £4.35m expansion plan
The funds will be used to expand vineyard acreage in Kent, Sussex and Essex to increase wine production and to construct a new brewery for the production of 'Curious' range of beers.
Marlborough plans new wave of planting
New Zealand wine growers are starting to plant vines again, following a freeze on vineyard expansion since 2008's surge in supply.
Sanders: 'Parker pushed us to do better'
Véronique Sanders, director of Château Haut Bailly, has acknowledged the role played by critic Robert Parker in Bordeaux's recent run of good vintages.
Bordeaux's firsts too expensive for China
Wine merchants in China are finding the prices of Bordeaux first growths too expensive, despite the recent decreases, and are increasingly looking to other fine wine producing regions.
Accolade Wines increases margins with streamlined supply chain
Accolade Wines has announced it has reduced its annual inventory by 17 percent and increased margins by £300,000 through working with an end-to-end supply chain consultancy that has helped streamline its supply-chain processes.
Vagabond Wines to open second site in October
Independent wine merchant Vagabond Wines is to open a second site that will take its tasting-focused model to London's West End.
Research unveils high demand for pre-mixed drinks
The drinks industry could be missing out on a huge opportunity among female consumers who are thirsty for more pre-mixed drink choices, according to new market research compiled by OnePoll.
One wine a day might just keep the doctor away
According to the San Diego chapter of the American Heart Association, an average of one to two glasses of wine for men and one glass of wine per day for women is a good moderation table. Drinking more increases dangers of alcoholism, high blood pressure, obesity, stroke and accidents.
Cola-Flavored Wine Is Now a Thing
It's not the first thing you'd expect to hear when discussing the melange of exotic flavored-liquor drink possibilities, and maybe not the last, either: cola-flavored wine, as in soda-flavored vino, as in "Surely you jest, monsieur."
New law clears path for DART to accept beer, wine ads
Dallas Area Rapid Transit will soon begin running beer and wine ads on buses and trains, two years after the agency's board reversed a long-standing policy against such displays.
New "English-Spanish Dictionary for the Wine Industry" by Josefina K Adriance
The wine industry has a vocabulary all its own, and those who need to translate between Spanish and English may find themselves searching long and hard for the right words for "malolactic fermentation", "split grafting" or "punching the cap".
Still trying to make sense of Argentina's torrontes white wine
Torrontes has some of the aromatics of viognier, perfumed and flowery, and some of the acidity traditionally found in good versions of sauvignon blanc. Except, that is, when a torrontes doesn't showcase the positive side of either viognier or sauvignon blanc, which is what makes this grape so difficult to embrace.
New York Times article puts spotlight on Virginia wine industry
Virginia's emergence has provided a template for how to grow an industry quickly, and it shows the need for a comprehensive plan that includes significant support from the state.
WA: Dry, warm weather bodes well for 2013 wine vintage
This year, we are currently about 12 days ahead of average in our degree day summation - a serious contrast to recent years in which cooler-than-normal summers kept the number well behind the seasonal average.
Township 7 Vineyards & Winery & Renaissance Wine Merchants Announce Sales Partnership for Western Canada
Township 7 Winery and Renaissance Wine Merchants are pleased to announce a sales agreement between the two companies effective immediately. Renaissance will represent Township 7 in BC, Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
Domaine Chandon celebrates its 40th anniversary
What made this occasion so special? It provided a forum for past and current employees to reconnect.
Greek wines holding their own
These wines don't pander to market trends. Drinkers who favor the "international style" will consider them light.
Napa's Caymus Purchases Vineyard and Winery Site in Neighboring Solano County
Owner Chuck Wagner hopes to reduce congestion in Napa Valley and explore an untapped region
Total Wine & More Brings Low Prices on Wine to State Capital (Press Release)
One year after opening its first Washington state store in Bellevue, Wash., Total Wine & More, America's favorite wine and spirits superstore prepares to celebrate its sixth Washington location with the grand opening of its next generation store in Olympia.
Camilla demands new name for English sparkling wine
The Duchess of Cornwall has demanded that a new name needs to be found in which to better describe English sparkling wine.
French restaurants acknowledge serving factory-frozen food
In a survey conducted for the National Union of Hotel, Restaurant and Cafe Operators, a third of French restaurants acknowledged serving such factory-frozen products.
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