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  Daily News for Tuesday, July 23rd
More-challenging season tempers winegrape tonnage outlook
As the earliest-ripening North Coast winegrapes barely enter the home stretch for the season, the 2013 crop is expected to start coming in to wineries a few weeks earlier than normal, possibly be smaller than the record-setting 2012 crop yet seemingly welcomed with a bit more tepid though active buying activity than last year.
Kim Stemler to Lead Monterey County Vintners & Growers Association
"The Board of Directors set the organization's strategic direction to focus locally and build upon strategic alliances that will help sell more Monterey County wines."
Vin65 adds iPhone to its POS suite for a more compact and portable option (Press Release)
Allows wineries to arm their tasting room staff with a POS that can be carried in their pockets
Saving the Wine World's Unheralded Grapes
Hundreds of varieties face extinction; researchers work to protect and promote
Lifestyle Winery Buyers Rebounding?
New individual winery sales counter trend of recent years.
People News Recap from 7/16 - 7/22
Wine industry people on the move from July 16 to July 22
Free Flow's kegs tap wine-by-glass thirst
Free Flow Wines is quadrupling the size of its keg-filling operation in a move to southern Napa Valley to keep up with demand for providing wine to on-premise accounts in a format that allows for more sales and less waste.
How John Kongsgaard rewrote the rules of white wine
Kongsgaard's equal legacy is an impressive trail of former apprentices who have taken his lessons to heart and risen to California's top ranks
Drones and pesticide spraying a promising partnership
The use of unmanned drones in agricultural production presents an intriguing possibility that has a good chance of catching on in the United States.
10 agriculture stories you should read today
Eco-terror is back. Ag tech the new Facebook? Farmer guilty of defending family with gun. Milk wars. Tater chip capital. March of the agbots. And more.
Niven Family Wine Estates Introduces True Myth Edna Valley Chardonnay
A rare estate wine at a value price point, this first release is a 2012 Chardonnay made exclusively of fruit from their famed cool-climate Paragon Vineyard. It is SIP Certified Sustainably grown, and made in a full-bodied, oaky, tropical style.
Napa: Two small wineries allowed more visitors, production
An Angwin-area winery will increase its production from 5,000 gallons to 20,000 gallons annually, while a winery near Calistoga has approval to have up to 126 visitors per week. The Napa County Planning Commission approved both changes during its meeting Wednesday.
An insight into the Decanter Asia Wine Awards
With Asia's leading experts set to gather in Hong Kong in September, we take a closer look at the Decanter Asia Wine Awards and find out what's behind Asia's largest wine competition.
Wine linked to lower disease-related mortality risk in men: study
In a study of more than 32,000 men in France, those who got more than half their alcohol consumption from wine had a lower risk of death from heart disease and several different cancers.
Idaho wine industry getting international attention
"Small wineries in Idaho have had a hard time over the years finding distributors outside of the state, because so few people realize that Idaho is a quality wine-growing region."
NH wine and liquor sales hit an all-time high
The New Hampshire Liquor Commission had its best year ever in fiscal year 2013, generating $603.5 million in total sales, an increase of $38.9 million - or 6.9 percent - over the previous fiscal year, according to figures released Monday for the year ending June 30.
PET wine bottle sets packaging expert's pulse racing
Consumer packaging specialist Andrew Streeter believes a new PET wine bottle for Portuguese brand Monte Dos Amigos can rival glass in a way that previous attempts have not.
Rabobank Report: Global Wine Industry Q2 2013
Rabobank has published a new report on the global wine industry, looking specifically at the long-term positive outlook for the Brazilian wine market, despite inflationary, fiscal and market access challenges. The report also looks at issues of demand, supply and pricing in other key wine markets globally.
Argentine families spend 630 pesos a year on wine
Wine has successfully penetrated the local market: it is now bought in 75 percent of Argentine households. That means one million more buyers choose wine over beer -which is purchased by 67 percent of households.
Napa: County takes 'public nuisance' vineyard to court
As part of its campaign against the European grapevine moth, Napa County may force the owners of a vineyard north of Yountville to remove or destroy their abandoned vines.
Wine: Express Wine Delivery triples size in Windsor move
Also: Aluminum wine bottles go national; IWA owner buys WineKeeper
Baiju brands resort to deep discounting as wine sales surge in China
Baiju producers have resorted to aggressive discounting in China to maintain sales volumes as consumers switch to beer and wine over the summer.
Wines of South Africa starts recruitment drive for new chief executive
Wines of South Africa is formally advertising for a new chief executive to replace Su Birch (pictured) who stands down following the Beautiful South tasting in September.
Innovative investment schemes open the door for UK drinks firms
The UK drinks industry is fast becoming one of the hottest areas of investment, with wineries and brewers finding increasingly innovative ways to raise money. Gone are the days where the only place a drinks producer could get a loan was from the bank.
Audit reveals 7 wineries exceeding visit/marketing limits
The results of a random audit of 20 Napa County wineries found that almost all were complying with their use permits' production limits
San Joaquin County supervisors to hear appeal on Acampo winery
Opponents and supporters of a small Acampo winery hoping to expand in order to hold more marketing events will speak in front of the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors during a meeting in Stockton this afternoon
William Cole Vineyards, county settle lawsuit
with William Cole agreeing to apply for a temporary certificate of occupancy and pay the county $15,000
Chateau Ausone wins trademark case in China
Saint Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classe A Chateau Ausone, and Bordeaux negociant Barriere Freres (owned jointly by Castel Freres and Suntory), have both won cases against trademark squatters in China
Diageo To Boost Shuijingfang Stake In $358M Deal
"This is a milestone in the journey we began with our partners six years ago," said Diageo Asia Pacific president Gilbert Ghostine. "As the controlling shareholder in Shuijingfang, Diageo will continue to work with the senior Chinese management to build Shuijingfang into the leading international baijiu brand."
Wine corks set to make a comeback - Portugal
Crucially to traditionalists - and despite all the talk of innovation - Helix corks 'pop' in the same way as the old-fashioned ones
Portuguese Wines Rise In U.S. As Domestic Market Struggles
Portugal's bottled table wine shipments to the U.S. have increased by roughly one-third since 2006
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