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  Daily News for Monday, July 22nd
Single student in 70 passes recent Master Sommelier exam

The result has raised concerns that, in light of the recent attention the Court of Master Sommeliers has received as a result of the movie 'Somm' and the tests' rising popularity, it has become increasingly difficult to pass.

More Than a Flooded Cellar. A Vintage Mystery.
When Hurricane Sandy struck, the water came rushing in. Eight months later, WineCare has become the scene of one of the strangest stories to emerge from the storm.
Bill Foley Acquires Majority Interest in Touring & Tasting Marketing & Media
Bill Foley, Chairman of Fidelity National Title Insurance Company and founder of Foley Family Wines, announced today that he has acquired a controlling interest in Touring & Tasting Marketing and Media, the industry leader in wine tourism.
07/22/13 Raises $3.1 million In Series B Funding
Dot com. What else, right? Everybody's a genius
New Zealand Quake claims $NZ3780 cognac
The shattered remains of a 700ml bottle of Remy Martin Louis XIII cognac, which sells for $NZ3780 ($A3,290), has been discovered on the floor of Wellington's Regional Wines and Spirits following Sunday's quake.
Winemaker: Work underway to repair damage at Sebastopol vineyard project
The county shut down the Watertrough Road project last month after inspectors found that bay laurel and blackberry bushes were removed illegally from a protected zone above a creek and that erosion-control measures were not in place.
Hotels happily jump into the wine business
Hotels have long been willing to hawk pillows, linens and bathrobes. Now, they're peddling fine wines.
Australian Wine Research Institute outlines health benefits of moderate drinking at WineHealth13 in Sydney
The latest scientific research shows regularly drinking one or two standard drinks daily of wine or other alcohol provides positive health benefits for most people.
'Vintage Of A Lifetime' For New Zealand Wines?
Constellation New Zealand, the parent company of several of New Zealand's most popular and reliable wines, especially the standout Kim Crawford and Nobilo labels, is predicting big things for 2013, calling it the "Vintage of a Lifetime."
Artisanal Brands, Inc. Adds Senior Marketing Talent to Boost Multi-Channel Sales Strategy
Artisanal Brands, Inc., a marketer and distributor of specialty, artisanal and farmstead cheeses and other specialty food products, today announced that it has made three additions to its senior marketing team as the Company seeks to drive new business initiatives across multiple sales channels.
San Joaquin County Planning Commission rejects new Lodi winery
During Thursday night's Planning Commission meeting, board members voted 4-1 against the plan, while approving another Lodi winery with accommodations to hold larger marketing events.
Foley buys Santa Barbara marketing, ecommerce company
Foley spent about $500,000 to acquire 70 percent of Touring & Tasting Marketing & Media, a Santa Barbara company that markets for wineries online, publishes a magazine, and owns an ecommerce site and collection of online videos known as the Wine Country Video Channel.
Dry rosé becoming fashionable, thanks to Finger Lakes wineries
New York state has always worn pink quite well. Some years ago, you might say it was our claim to fame in the world of wine.
Napa: Mexican-American Vintners to host 'Vendimia'
The Napa Sonoma Mexican-American Vintners Association will host the third annual Community Fundraiser at Robledo Family Winery in Carneros on Saturday, Aug. 17, from 5-8 p.m. This year's theme is "Vendimia," which is Spanish for "harvest."
Chenin Blanc, a Worldly and Delicious Underdog Wine
Some grapes languish in total obscurity while others suffer an even worse fate: ignominy. I'm referring to Chenin Blanc, which may be the world's most noble yet most discredited grape.
Field Day for Sustainable Vineyards
Bees, sprays and pests will star in Sonoma County event
Arizona wine industry boosting ties to University of Arizona
The Arizona Wine Growers Association is rolling out a plan to bolster the state's burgeoning wine industry with the help of the University of Arizona.
Peconic Bay Winery for sale
"After assessing the profitability of the tasting room, we determined that the return on our investment was not at all reasonable." Damaged by Hurricane Sandy, it has never reopened.
Lexington Winery forced to shut down due to water line break
An employee at the Jean Farris Winery tells WKYT the winery is closing early tonight.
Farmers envision building a winery: They have the only wine label in Colusa County, Grindstone Wines.
Their Colusa County grapes are bottled in Oregon at Del Rio Winery in Gold Hill on the Rogue River.
Wautoma Springs grapes take center stage with new winery
For Jessica Munnell, connections made when she worked for Chateau Ste. Michelle many years ago have come around and are allowing her to pursue the opportunity to co-own a small Washington winery.
15 Northwest reds for $15 or less
Rating: Outstanding!
Victor Palencia returns to Walla Walla to launch winery
launching Palencia Wine Co. at the Walla Walla Regional Airport and is set to open in early September. Not far from his tasting room is the college's Stan Clarke Vineyard
Imports of French wine go sour
China's imports of French wines have fallen amid fears that a trade spat between the European Union and China - the world's fifth-largest wine market - might lead to higher import tariffs on European wine.
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