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  Daily News for Thursday, July 18th
Wineries look for ways to turn data into sales
"There's a real fundamental change in the way businesses are using technology, and probably more importantly, the way that businesses are using data."
Fetzer swamps stadia with single serve
Fetzer has embraced a new single serve packaging format called Zipz to bring wine to sporting events across the US.
PR: World's First Animated Label Wine Release
Terravant Wine Company Launches Spin the Bottle Wines
Chris Howell & Cain Vineyards: Making Wines That Matter Part II
Chris Howell, the general manager and winemaker of Cain Vineyards in Spring Mountain, shares his views on wine, grape growing, winemaking, Napa Valley, Spring Valley and more... in a two part interview.
Carcassonne bomb explosion linked to militant winemaker group
The headquarters of the local Aude socialist party in Carcassonne was the site of a bomb explosion around midnight on Tuesday, July 16. The letters CAV - Comité d'Action Viticole - were sprayed on to the front of the building in blue and red, suggesting the militant wine group was claiming responsibility.
French 'wine militants' blamed for bomb blast
An office belonging to France's ruling Socialist Party was targeted in a bomb attack this week. Graffiti left at the scene suggests militant wine growers with a grudge against the government were behind the attack.
California Winemakers Target China
American wine producers have their eyes on China, where a growing middle class is drinking wine. The United States exported just $74 million in wine to China in 2012, but exports are growing at nearly 20 percent a year. Vintners in Napa Valley hope to see California Cabernets on Chinese dinner tables.
Fraudsters found guilty in £4.5m Nouveau/Finbow wine trial
Daniel Snelling, who ran Nouveau World Wines Ltd and Finbow Wines Ltd, has been found guilty of four counts of conspiracy to defraud and money laundering after a two month trial.
Castel fined $5m for trademark infringement
Castel has been ordered to stop using the Ka Si Te trademark in China and fined more than US$5 million.
Castel loses trademark infringement case in China
French wine merchant Castel has lost its lengthy legal battle over the company's trademark in China. The case was a trademark infringement lawsuit brought against Castel by the Chinese wine distributor Panati Wine (Shanghai) Co., Ltd regarding the Chinese trademark Kasite (???), the phonetic rendition of Castel in Chinese.
TX: Blanc du Bois grape harvest is now
That hybrid grape of Blanc du Bois is being harvested along the Gulf Coast. This Florida grape has become an established icon along the Texas Gulf Coast area as a result of the efforts of Raymond Haak of Haak Vineyards in Galveston County.
Napa: Farmland conservation conference set
The American Farmland Trust and Napa County Farm Bureau will hold the first statewide conference in decades focusing on the preservation of California farmland, which has been in decline for about 20 years.
Dust is king in Napa
July and August are peak times of the year for dust mites in the United States. While many people try to avoid dust and the corresponding allergy symptoms, in the Rutherford Viticultural District of Napa Valley, Calif., dust is the king.
WestJet takes Okanagan wines skyhigh
WestJet and the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society announced this week an innovative partnership to showcase the impressive wines of the famed British Columbia Okanagan Valley on flights operated by WestJet Encore this summer.
British Columbia Winemakers Talk Tannin
University describes new 'cheaper, easier' tannin assay coming soon.
CIVB appoints new president
Bernard Farges has been elected president of the Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux (CIVB) for the next three years.
PR: Winemaker Mathieu Mercier Joins Osoyoos Larose
Mercier has winemaking in his blood. Born in Cognac, France, he grew up in the vineyard at his family's estate. "When I was a kid I spent all my free time with my father in the vineyard, or in the winery," says Mercier. "I learned at a young age the significance of every detail when striving for the best quality."
Grgich awarded NFCA Lifetime Achievement Award
The award was presented in recognition of Grgich's acclaim as a winemaker at the "Judgment of Paris" tasting, the Smithsonian exhibit, his success as a businessman and for his strong and continued support of Croatian culture and numerous Croatian causes.
Bordeaux Legends wins OIV award
Bordeaux Legends by Jane Anson has been awarded the special jury mention in the History and Literature category of the prestigious International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) Awards.
More chateaux sales expected as tax and land prices increase in France
Francois Hollande, prime minister of France, said this week that he 'can not rule out' further tax rises in 2014, prompting expectation from the wine industry of a further acceleration in chateaux sales.
Top drinks in the American press
With the US undergoing a heatwave, there are plenty of BBQ wines, classic cocktails and a strange obsession with kumquat in our latest round-up of the US and Canadian press.
Germany in pictures
From vertiginous vineyards to cellar art, disgorgement in action and the final resting place of noughties music sensation Crazy Frog, the drinks business brings you highlights from a recent trip to Germany.
En primeur samples: translation or sorcery?
The practice of submitting unrepresentative en primeur samples is dishonest, unnecessary and indicative of an out-of-touch mindset, writes Mark Savage MW
Health Watch: Wine Consumption Reduces Kidney Stone Risk
Also, researchers find moderate drinking while pregnant does not damage children's development
Soul Tree Wines looks to put Indian wine into the mainstream
The director of an Indian wine company is hoping to put his wines on the map and widen the credibility of Indian wine.
Memories of Bob, Part I
I first met Robert Mondavi in 1987. We were entering an elevator at the conclusion of a dinner in San Francisco at which he had been honored. The evening was billed as something like Legends of the Napa Valley and he was one of the 12 legends acknowledged that night.
Memories of Bob, Part II
After a falling out nearly fifty years ago, Robert Mondavi was exiled from Charles Krug, the family winery....
Frosty Minnesota's wine industry faces challenges
Minnesota's wine industry faces challenges to keep growing now that the novelty of wine produced in such a frosty climate is wearing off, a new study says.
Sonoma County: Harvest, then stomp grapes at California wine camp
Sonoma County Winegrowers is offering what it calls "a fantasy boot camp for wine and food enthusiasts" during the September harvest that gives participants a close-up of winemaking, from picking grapes in the field and stomping them to blending wines with a pro.
Silicon Valley wine industry seeks historic reboot
Today, there are 22 wineries in the Santa Clara Valley AVA, and they all came together for the first time to create a consumer event to showcase their vineyard bounty.
WA: Wine, beer and liquor companies warn water shortage could threaten growing industry
Washington has 792 licensed wineries, 178 breweries and 70 distilleries, according to experts from the respective industry groups. And those numbers will continue to rise this year.The state expects another 40 breweries to open in Washington this year, and Steve Warner, the executive director of the Washington Wine Commission, said licenses are being issued to more than 10 new wineries per month.
No surprise: Sales of chilled wines heating up during stretch of hot days
So, how has the heat affected not only what wineries are selling but what people are tasting when they get there? Finally, are they steering away from the heavy reds? A number of regional wineries responded to those questions in an overnight email, and here's what they had to say.
Stockton: Commissioners to consider winery marketing
County planning commissioners Thursday are expected to take up the controversial topic of temporarily halting the addition of new, so-called "marketing events" at wineries in rural San Joaquin County.
Dear premiers, it's time to let Ontarians order BC wine
On June 28, supporters of the grassroots FreeMyGrapes campaign from across Canada had planned to open commemorative bottles of Canadian wine to mark the one-year anniversary of Bill C-311.
Immigration Overhaul Would Benefit Big States the Most
A state-by-state analysis shows that, when it comes to certain immigration provisions, the economic wealth won't be spread evenly. In states such as California, Texas and Florida, more immigrants and businesses are poised to take advantage of policy changes.
Pour Results: $145 Million of Wine, Down the Drain
Australia's Treasury Wine Estates Takes Write-Down on Disappointing U.S. Sales
Wine App Vivino Receives $10.3 Million in Follow-on Series A Funding
Balderton Capital Leads Round with Participation by Earlier Investors; Highest-ranked App for Wines Has Raised a Total of $12.4 Million to Date
Inglewood Estate and winery sold for about $20 million
Costco co-founder's son purchased the historic St. Helena property.
Linfield College archivist documents Umpqua Valley's wine history
Sampling bits of Umpqua Valley wine history like a connoisseur on a barrel tour, Linfield College archivist Rachael Woody stopped at one vineyard after another last month.
Winery Exchange to handle JT Wines FLASQ in US
Packaged in quick-chilling, unbreakable and 100% recyclable half-bottles, FLASQ features merlot and chardonnay that are made from grapes sourced from California's major wine regions
Sula Vineyard, the Largest Wine Producer of India Decided to Enter Sikkim Market
Sula Vineyard, which is the largest wine producer of India, decided to make its mark in the wine market of Sikkim. The wines by Sula Vineyard are distributed by Overall Traders, which is the largest distributer of Sikkim. The Sula wines will be available at the leading retail outlets, hotels as well as restaurants of India.
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