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  Daily News for Thursday, July 11th
Supplier News: WineDirect/Vin65 and VinTank Partner to Bring Social Media and Commerce Together

Through this partnership, the two companies have created a bi-directional integration which merges social interactions (or social customers) with the records of commerce customers

9th Annual Wine Industry Technology Symposium - WITS - Set to Deliver Action-Packed Agenda Next Week (Press Release)
There is still time to sign up today for 9th annual WITS July 15 and 16 at the Napa Valley Marriott. Leading technology innovators demonstrate latest products and services during sold-out showcase.
State fines Mendocino landowners $30,000 for stream diversion
State water regulators have fined a pair of Mendocino County landowners $30,000 for an alleged illegal reservoir that diverted water from a stream west of Ukiah.
Coopers suffering from trend for unoaked wines
The global trend for unoaked wines is hitting coopers hard; with one barrel maker admitting to 20 percent sales loses over the last four years.
Another Chinese trade delegation heads to Lodi wine country
An eight person wine buyer's delegation from Shenyang, China, is scheduled to visit the Lodi Wine and Visitor Center in Lodi on July 19.
Australia 2013 harvest 'biggest in five years'
Australia's 2013 wine harvest was the biggest in five years, rising more than 10% on 2012 to hit an estimated 1.83m tonnes, according to the Winemakers' Federation of Australia (WFA).
St. Helena: Small winery rules could change
The purpose of the ordinance is to allow small wineries on vineyard property and to support the continual agricultural use of the land and promotion of the wine industry in the city limits.
Should We Ignore the "Mediocre" Wines?
The Stellenbosch Tastings - 2013: Should We Ignore the "Mediocre" Wines?
The Next Generation of Wine Industry Leaders to Lead "Pairing Words and Wine" Panel at the Napa Valley Wine Library's Annual Winemaker Seminar
The Napa Valley Wine Library Association partners with the publisher of Rock & Vine to showcase fresh perspectives on the wine industry.
Wine briefs: Caymus plans Solano County winery
Also, the next Symposium for Professional Wine Writers will be held Feb. 18-21 at Meadowood Napa Valley and Hestan Vineyards has hired Napa Valley hospitality veteran Jeff Hayman as manager of its new downtown Yountville tasting room.
Washington Wine Builds on Diverse Climates
Precept's vineyard purchase highlights popularity of sourcing from outside AVA
Study: Immigration Reform Would Boost Tax Revenues
States with no sales tax have the most to gain from immigration reform
Agriculture apocalypse just around bend, again
The apocalypse cult keeps the doomsday clock permanently set at three minutes to midnight - whether it's a population bomb, asteroid impact, disease pandemic, or agricultural breakdown.
World winemakers visit Seattle to put Riesling in spotlight
The annual Riesling Rendezvous begins Sunday at Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville with a grand tasting of Rieslings from around the world. Wines from Washington, Oregon, California, New York, New Jersey and Michigan, as well as Germany, France, Austria, Canada, New Zealand, Slovakia and Australia will be on display.
Political instability affecting French winemakers in Argentina
Political instability in Argentina is pushing up production costs for French winemakers based in the country, prompting questions over the rationale for making wine there.
Wally's Wine & Spirits launches auction house
The new owners of landmark Los Angeles store Wally's Wine & Spirits are moving into the fine wine auction business with the establishment of Wally's Auction House.
Argiano acquitted in 'Brunellogate' trial
Italian wine producer Argiano has been acquitted of the charges relating to 2008 "Brunellogate" scandal, in circumstances that are only just being reported.
Craft beer now 30% of Costco's beer sales
U.S. retail giant Costo has announced that craft beer now accounts for 30 percent of the company's total beer sales.
What Napa Valley's most famous grower is thinking and doing today
Andy Beckstoffer, who owns some of the most prized vineyards in Napa Valley, says "we are not into making beautiful grapes, we are into making beautiful wine."
Duchess of Cornwall calls for new name for English sparkling wine
This week the Duchess of Cornwall officiated the opening of the redeveloped Hambledon Vineyard Winery in Hampshire and challenged the trade to come up with a better name for English sparkling wine.
Arniston Bay's Reef Pouch returns to the UK
Stellenbosch Vineyards' brand Arniston Bay is returning to UK as an alternative packaging choice for consumers just in time for summer and sunshine.
Frizzenti taps into Prosecco popularity
Sparkling wine brand Frizzenti is capitalizing on the growing popularity of Prosecco with its on-tap solution for the on-trade.
Wolf Blass signs up Strauss and Vaughan for Sky Sports Ashes sponsorship campaign
Former Ashes winning England cricket captains, Andrew Strauss and Michael Vaughan, have been signed up by Australian wine brand, Wolf Blass, to be ambassadors for the wine as part of its partnership with Sky Sports to broadcast the two Ashes series during 2013/14.
GreenLane Estate opens new winery in Vineland, Canada
GreenLane Estate Winery, a Canada-based wine maker, has opened its new winemaking facility at 3751 King Street in Vineland, Canada to increase its production capacity from 2,800 cases to 3,000 cases by the next vintage.
A Winemaker's Essentials Among the Vines
To keep her hands free, Maggie Harrison of Antica Terra winery slings a small Il Bisonte leather bag to her belt
New partnership for winery
A new sales agreement will see Township 7 Winery represented by Renaissance Wine Merchants in B.C., Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
NY seminars focus on dry wines
The Finger Lakes Wine Festival presented by Yancey's Fancy New York's Artisan Cheese (July 12 to 14) has added a new feature to this year's event. Festival attendees will be able to participate in wine seminars designed to aid them in finding the perfect dry wine.
LCBO under major expansion, new stores in Forest Hill, Etobicoke
The LCBO is going through its biggest ever expansion, with 65 new or expanded stores now in the works across the province, including about a new one a month in the GTA.
Water Scarcity Seen Raising Risk to UK Agriculture Production
The U.K. should improve irrigation efficiency and give farmers incentives to increase water-storage facilities in preparation for drier seasons, the London-based Committee on Climate Change said today in a report.
Report: Restaurant sales stall in June
Black Box Intelligence analyzes the results of the latest Restaurant Industry Snapshot.
EU planting scheme sparks concern
The German wine industry has expressed concern that a decision to lift planting restrictions across the European Union will undermine efforts to end over-production and improve quality.
Lodi Planning Commission approves Eastside winery
The Lodi Planning Commission approved a use permit for Gerardo Espinosa to start making wine under the ViƱedos Aurora label on his own production site on Lodi's Eastside.
Two Years After Sale, Piper-Heidsieck Retrenches With Value Strategy
A key part of P&C Heidsieck's new strategy is an emphasis on the U.S. market, which is now its top global priority, according to Cecile Bonnefond, president of the Champagne group.
Master of the Sommelier Smackdown: Emily Wines
California-based beverage director Emily Wines got her start in an award-winning cellar.
Chateau d'Yquem '90 Extends Decline to Lowest Level Since 2009
A case of 1990 Chateau d'Yquem, Bordeaux's top-ranked Sauternes dessert wine, sold for 2,700 pounds ($4,050) on the Liv-ex market yesterday, extending a 15- month drop and taking it to its lowest level since October 2009.
Judge rejects request to dismiss foie gras lawsuit
A Napa County Superior judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit against a celebrated Napa chef who has continued to serve foie gras to protest the state ban on the distribution and sale of the controversial delicacy
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