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  Daily News for Monday, July 15th
Historic Napa Winery Domaine Chandon Turns 40 on Bastille Day
Domaine Chandon was an epic business experiment.
Australian Vintner Destroys Wine, Takes Writedown
One of the world's biggest vintners has been left with a hangover after poor U.S. sales forced it to destroy thousands of gallons of expired wine.
Treasury Wine Slumps After A$160 Million Writedown
Treasury Wine Estates Ltd. (TWE), the world's second-largest listed wine company, fell the most since a 2011 listing after saying it would write off A$160 million ($145 million) to get rid of old and out-of-date bottles.
Robots to revolutionize farming, ease labor woes
Researchers are now designing robots for these most delicate crops by integrating advanced sensors, powerful computing, electronics, computer vision, robotic hardware and algorithms, as well as networking and high precision GPS localization technologies. Most ag robots won't be commercially available for at least a few years.
French Barrel Business Buoyant
There has been a sharp rise in demand in Asian markets.
Wine industry generates $32.3bn revenue in 2012: Technomic report
The wine industry has reported 3.6 percent growth in revenue to $32.3bn, and 2.2 percent growth in volume to 345.1 million 9l cases in 2012 despite shortage of supply and slow economy, according to the 2013 WineTAB report from Technomic, part of its Trends in Adult Beverage (TAB) series.
His Grapes of Wrath
In the world of dried fruit, America has no greater outlaw than Marvin Horne, 68.
The darker side of beer brewing
State inspectors and OSHA found 547 violations, including 250 serious ones, at craft breweries from 2003 through 2011.
Private Equity Wake-Up Kiss for Mayacamas: Elin McCoy
In April, Bob Travers, the Californian winery's owner for 45 years, sold the 465-acre (188 hectare) property to Charles Banks of San Francisco-based private equity firm Terroir Capital LLC, his wife Ali, and retail entrepreneur Jay Schottenstein and his son Joey.
BC Wine Institute Announces New Board of Directors
"We are pleased to welcome our two new Board members, and particularly happy to have a Similkameen Valley representative on the Board."
Was that really an off vintage?
I have always been a skeptic when it comes to an "all" or "none" approach while judging any situation, and I tend to look at the shades of grey that exist in most. And nowhere in the world of wine is this skepticism more apparent for me than in the broad classification of vintages pronounced "superb" or "inferior."
Consumer empowerment
Laws governing shipping (and other unrelated laws) involving alcoholic beverages were dreamed up by lawmakers long ago. These people didn't consult with those most affected by such laws: consumers.
Will Prices Rise as Port Houses Consolidate?
Fladgate buys a small house known for aged tawnies at a time when costs are rising and big players are merging
NV Wine Lounge opens for America's Cup
The Napa Valley Wine Lounge at the America's Cup Park at Piers 27/29 in San Francisco has opened.
Ahnfeldt wines score big
A pair of Ahnfeldt wines received top awards at the California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition.
Get your winery on video
A few wine industry members with video background are starting a wine video blog that will feature a different family-owned winery each week. It will be an informal look at the history, property, wines, etc., not a formal sit-down interview.
Black Tower embraces knitwear trend
Black Tower is tapping into a trend for Scandinavian knitwear for the next installment of its bottle sleeve design series.
DRC cellar to go under the hammer
Sotheby's will host an auction composed exclusively of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti this autumn.
Tesco and Enotria look to create South African wine through social media
Tesco and Enotria have teamed up to try and launch a wine that has been devised and created exclusively through social media.
Government wine consumption up 20%
The amount of wine consumed at government functions was up 20 percent last year due to events like the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics.
Oddbins' new website to stock customers' favourite holiday wines
Oddbins is giving customers the chance to let them know the name of a favourite wine they drank whilst on holiday as part of its new revamped website.
Australian wine labels confusing Chinese drinkers
China is starting to crack down on counterfeiting of wine labels.
WWIF Recognized as WSU Benefactor (Press Release)
Over the past 10 years the WWIF (Washington Wine Industry Foundation) attained one of the highest levels of giving to WSU, that of "Benefactor." Over $440,000 has been donated to WSU in both grant and earned monies providing support for programs.
Santa Rosa Press Democrat Viticulture Briefs
Harassment Workshop for Vineyard Workers -- Applications sought for Vintage Report Innovation Award -- Wine Institute sponsors pavilion in China.
Italy appoints a 'prosecco policeman' to protect reputation of its famous fizzy wine
For the first time, Italy has appointed a "prosecco policeman" - a wine expert whose job is to go round bars and restaurants to check that the light and fizzy aperitif is being served properly.
Jeff Pomo: Harvest machine reduces reliance on labor
Like every other production agriculture business in California, Monterey County vineyards are also trying to come up with ways of dealing with one of the worst field labor shortages in years.
Wine enthusiasts pluck first fruits of grape harvest
A light breeze brushed through the air as the Texas sun spread its rays over the 42-acres of grapes awaiting harvest at the Messina Hof Winery and Resort in Bryan on Saturday.
UK minimum alcohol pricing plan 'to be dropped'
Plans to introduce minimum alcohol pricing in England and Wales are set to be abandoned this week - to the delight of the drinks industry and the dismay of health campaigners.
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