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  Daily News for Friday, July 12th
Privatization Is Political Victim in Pennsylvania
Supporters of dismantling state liquor monopoly expect bid to see more success in the fall, when legislature reconvenes.
Warm weather puts Sonoma County vineyard on a fast track
The drought just about eliminated any powdery mildew disease pressure this year for Sonoma County wine grape grower John Kiger
U.S. Heat Wave Makes Early Harvest Likely
Large back-to-back harvests could mean lower prices.
Calif. shuts down farm operator in heat death case
California workplace safety officials have shut down a Kern County farm operator after a farmworker employed by the company died of possible heat-related causes.
Jesse Jackson Unveils International Insurance Company for the Fruit and Vegetable Industry
National Growers Holding, Inc. is an insurance company that allows the employees of these workers to create their own insurance provider. This would allow companies the flexibility and autonomy to protect their workers, while simultaneously addressing the escalating premiums in workers' compensation.
Dryland Central Coast vineyard challenged with another dry season
This season's unseasonably warm temperatures early and the lack of rainfall have forced wine grape growers to alter management.
Raisin grower turns attention to mites
The dry, warm weather has hastened the ripening process for Fresno County raisin grower Greg Markarian who skipped his normal ethephon treatment at veraision.
Grgich honored
Miljenko "Mike" Grgich received a commemorative plaque at the Grgich Hills annual Fourth of July celebration Croatian singers and dancers were on hand as Mike Grgich hosted his annual 4th of July celebration on Saturday.
Will Rudy Kurniawan Find a New Lawyer?
Plus, Montalcino's Argiano has been acquitted of charges it made illegitimate Brunello, and a Napa Valley foie gras lawsuit gets a green light.
House Approves Farm Bill, Without Food Stamp Program
Republicans muscled a pared-back agriculture bill through the House on Thursday, stripping out the food stamp program to satisfy recalcitrant conservatives but losing what little Democratic support the bill had when it failed last month.
Scientists work on creating synthetic yeast
An international consortium of scientists is working on creating an artificial version of yeast by 2017, which could make beer cheaper and stronger.
San Francisco Wine School Offers Online Program
This online California Wine Appellation Specialist® certification is a first-of-its kind program that offers a comprehensive series of online courses, focusing uniquely on the wines and wine regions of California.
Region matters when picking wine for health benefits
"With the reds, we're going to stay in the North, Northeast (of Italy)," said Dan Amatuzzi, Eataly's wine director. "We go to Friuli, and Friuli is known for their Bordeaux-style wine - so Cabernet, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot. They're full body, but they're very silky, very soft, very velvety… full of antioxidants and polyphenols and other good things."
S. African Wine Exports Gain Most in 5 Years on Weakening Rand
Total shipments climbed 40 percent in the six months through June, the biggest first-half advance in five years, Su Birch, chief executive officer for Wines of South Africa, said by phone from Pretoria today.
Wally's Wine Signals Plan to Expand Into Auction Market in US
The move comes after Maurice Marciano, owner of a boutique winery in Napa Valley, California, and his brother Paul, co-founders of apparel brand Guess? Inc., bought Wally's Wine with partner Christian Navarro last month from founder Steve Wallace.
Argentina's most sought-after wine labels (video)
Mendoza, Argentina, is the perfect home for winemaker Ernesto "Nesti" Bajda: He has an incredible passion for high altitude vineyards.
Kümmel: A Little of the Muirfield Spirit
On Scotland's windswept links courses, golfers steady their first-tee nerves with Kümmel, an aniseed-flavored spirit known locally as 'putting mixture.'
Finger Lakes Wine Fest opens Friday at WGI
More than 90 wineries will pour samples at this weekend's Finger Lakes Wine Festival at Watkins Glen International.
Vin65, VinTank partner on wine social media, e-commerce data interchange
Napa-based social media management software developer VinTank and Vin65, a British Columbia-based wine e-commerce provider subsidiary of WineDirect in Napa, have teamed up to allow their users to access both companies' data.
Lodi Planning Commission approves Eastside winery
The Lodi Planning Commission approved a use permit for Gerardo Espinosa to start making wine under the Viñedos Aurora label on his own production site on Lodi's Eastside. Espinosa and his family have been making wine since their first 2009 vintage, but in the past have used the crushing equipment at Estate Crush and Fields Family Wines.
Technomic Finds Domestic Table Wine Fuels Wine Industry's Ongoing Growth
Wine product innovation and targeted marketing overcome supply and economic challenges
Growing Virginia's Wine Industry
Virginia may not be the first place that comes to mind as a winemaking region. But it is, in fact, the sixth largest wine producer in the country. Vintners here would like to see even more growth in the field.
Boutinot extends LCB contract
Boutinot and London City Bond have extended their existing contract for LCB to continue to warehouse and distribute Boutinot's stock in the UK for a further six years.
Singapore students create durian wine
A group of students at the National University of Singapore have created the world's first wine made from the divisive durian fruit.
New Chivas chairman takes up post
Laurent Lacassagne has taken up his new role as chairman and CEO of Chivas Brothers.
Top 10 wines in the US press
Rebecca Murphy recommends "a bargain Pinot" from a "superstar winemaker" and Dave McIntyre highlights "the fruitiest Cava" he's ever tasted, adding "it's just pure fun."
Rappers' thirst for Cognac welcomed by region's big players
The enduring thirst for Cognac on the part of influential rappers like Nas and Jay-Z has been hugely positive for the region, according to one key producer.
UK government spends £45k on wine
The UK government spent more than £45,000 on wine last year, according to a statement from Foreign Office minister Mark Simmonds.
Sotheby's Hong Kong to auction US$2.1m DRC collection
A Sotheby's auction exclusively devoted to the wines of Domaine de la Romanee-Conti (DRC) is expected to raise up to HK$16m (US$2.1m) when it takes place in Hong Kong this autumn.
Nevada court protects wine suppliers from illegal gray-market merchandise
An eight member Clark County District Court jury of Nevada has helped wine suppliers by upholding the state's strict liquor laws and penalizing two Los Angeles-based import companies for illegal gray-market merchandise.
London Wine Fair claims "unprecedented" bookings for 2014 show
The London Wine Fair, which is set to move back to Olympia next year, has announced 32 of the 35 UK agents and importers that held space at its 2013 show rebooked space for 2014 within 20 minutes of its booking system going live.
Vin-X looks for new business by signing former Essex cricketer
Former Essex cricket captain Paul Prichard has joined fine wine investment firm, Vin-X, to help with strategy development.
Canada: Winery bus back for second year
For the second year, wine enthusiasts have the opportunity of being chauffeured through the Annapolis Valley to experience award-winning, internationally recognized Nova Scotia wine in a traditional British double-decker bus.
Alcohol in Ontario has a high societal cost
Lower alcohol prices in Ontario and easier access in corner stores won't eliminate high costs of disease, abuse and personal tragedies.
World winemakers put Riesling in the spotlight
Arguably, Riesling is the most important white wine in the world. And starting Sunday, many of the world's top Riesling winemakers will descend on Washington to celebrate the noble grape.
Bill Leigon's next act: Make vineyard a winner
Bill Leigon has his challenges running the new winery, creating and building brands and penetrating the demanding American distribution system. He clearly relishes the challenges, however, and based on his track record, he has a good chance to succeed.
Bedrock's Shebang! reflects hands-on winemaker's goals
"The most exciting part is making a wine that I feel really over-delivers for the price point -- something I take pride in across all of the wines at Bedrock Wine Company."
NY Wine and Grape Foundation receives $374,000 in federal dollars
"After touring the New York Wine and Culinary Center last month, I know that this funding will help the New York Wine and Grape Foundation grow and promote their products abroad," stated Collins.
Beaune to open €10 million Cite du Vin in 2016
The city of Beaune is to open a new €10 million wine centre, called the Cite des Vins de Bourgogne, with building expected to start in 2016.
French exporters to China rush for the phone lines
China's threat to slap punitive taxes on to European wines imported into the country in retaliation over the EU's decision regarding anti-dumping taxes on Chinese solar panels may well turn out to be just a flash-in-the-pan. However, French wine exporters are taking no chances.
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