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  Daily News for Thursday, July 25th
Amorim steps up TCA battle

Amorim, the world's largest cork manufacturer, is due to roll out its latest weapon in the battle against cork taint this September

Pennsylvania legislators back direct-to-home wine shipping
Despite the bruising battle in the Legislature over privatization of state wine and spirit stores, allowing direct shipment of wine to consumers seems to have more bipartisan support
Araujo Estate Wines Acquired by Artémis Group, Owners of Château Latour
Araujo Estate Wines, producer of distinctive wines from the iconic Eisele Vineyard in Napa Valley, has been acquired by France's Pinault family through its holding the Artémis Group, parent company of Château Latour in Bordeaux, Domaine d'Eugénie in Burgundy and Château Grillet in the Rhône Valley.
Petite Sirah Symposium: 11th Edition Big and Bold, Petite Set To Take Hold
Attendees from all over California, and one from Oregon, Pat Spangler of Spangler Vineyards, gathered to listen to historians, winegrowers, viticulture experts, marketing mavens and winemakers, all of whom had love in their hearts, and hearts on their sleeves, when it comes to Petite Sirah.
Counterfeit Protection for the Wine Industry
Napa Valley Vintners and Wines & Vines magazine co-hosting half-day seminar Aug. 14
Oracle Paradis Wine Fund Hits US $5 Million
The fund invests in world-class Bordeaux and Burgundy wines and rare collector's wines such as early vintage port, 18th and 19th century Madeira and pre-Imperial era Tokaji. However, it is the inclusion of cognacs, primarily from the 18th and 19th centuries, and pre-1940 whiskies, that distinguishes the Oracle Paradis Wine Fund from its competitors.
Australia's Yalumba Wins BRIT's 2013 International Award of Excellence in Sustainable Winegrowing Competition (Press Release)
Yalumba's continual improvement processes to sustainable winegrowing take top honors
Durian Wine May Not Be As Gross As The Fruit Itself (VIDEO)
That hasn't deterred scientists in Singapore from transforming the unique fruit into wine. In the video, researchers Christine Lee and Fransisca Taniasuri at the University of Singapore explain how it's made and why people should drink it.
Burgundy Wine Area Hit by Hail Pounding Pommard and Volnay
Strong winds, rain and hail around 4 p.m. local time ripped leaves from vines and destroyed grapes, Cecile Mathiaud, spokeswoman for the Burgundy Wine Board, said today by phone. Some vineyards were hit by flooding, she said, adding that it's too soon to predict the effect on the grape harvest.
Pennsylvania legislators back shipping wine to consumers
House nearly unanimous in support; Senate expected to follow suit
Wine prices continue to rise
The appreciation of wine prices, which began last year, is picking up speed in the U.S. While some point to that trend as evidence that the bad times are behind us, the reality is a little more complex.
Surveying Vermont's New Crop of Wine Bars
The wine bar may be old hat in urban areas, but in Vermont it is still barely charted territory.
The Wine Group To Market Gancia In US
The Wine Group has been awarded exclusive U.S. sales and marketing rights to Gancia, the Italian sparkling wine brand. The agreement covers Gancia's Prosecco, Moscato D'Asti, Moscato Rosé and Asti Spumante sparkling wines.
India: Grape board seeks uniform tax for wine across country
The Indian Grape Processing Board (IGPB) has proposed uniform taxation on wine in 10 major wine producing states - a move that would make it possible for consumers to enjoy the beverage at reasonable and consistent rates across the country.
Wine trade within Canada still being blocked
Few provinces allow consumers to order from outside wineries, despite change in federal law
VA: Area named a top up-and-coming wine region
Central Virginia is one of America's 10 best up-and-coming wine regions, according to, a consumer advocacy website.
Minnesota wineries hope passport tasting program leads to more growth
Minnesota's wine industry is launching its first-ever passport program, hoping to entice more visitors to the state's growing cluster of wineries. For $25, a visitor can buy a passport good for 10 wine tastings at any of 30 participating Minnesota wineries.
SJ anxious for new winery rules
The San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors took steps Tuesday that would speed up the rewriting of the set of rules governing wineries in the county's rural areas.
Syrian winery defies war to supply wine to European restaurants
Syrian winery, Domaine Bargylus, continues to go to extraordinary lengths to get its wines from a war zone to the elite wine lists of Europe.
Napa Valley grapes on fast track
Napa Valley viticultural consultant Garrett Buckland said his clients should not be expecting a crop as big as last season, but higher prices and exceptional quality should more than offset any lower tonnage.
Great finish expected for Santa Cruz Mountains grapes
There are 1,500 acres of mostly small vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains, but consultant Prudy Foxx expects some big things from the grapes this season.
Allied Grape Growers lays out profitability roadmap
California's Allied Grape Growers has seen significant gains in membership and acreage, which bodes well for the financial success for the grower-owned cooperative.
Allied Grape Growers gather for annual meeting
California's Allied Grape Growers gathered in Fresno and again in Santa Rosa in July for the cooperative's annual membership meeting.
Soaring temperatures bring on the mites
This has been the year of the mites in the San Joaquin Valley. Nevertheless, there is a decent grape crop on the vine and raisin harvest should begin early.
Brad Kelley, the farm boy with 1 million acres
Brad Kelley grew up on a small farm - and now owns 1 million acres. He is fourth on the list of private U.S. landholders. Most Americans have never heard of Kelley and that's the way he wants it
Wine: Domaine Chandon turns 40
"The critical thing is that it was the first French investment in the Napa Valley," says Matt Wood, Domaine Chandon's estate director.
County settles Kelham, William Cole Vineyards lawsuits
The county filed suit against Kelham Vineyards & Winery and William Cole Vineyards of St. Helena in April, alleging that the wineries didn't have the proper certificates of occupancy and that Kelham needed new building permits
Conn Creek Winery unveils new tasting room
In conjunction with its 40th anniversary, Conn Creek Winery unveiled its new tasting room this month. The tasting room was remodeled over the past five months. It completed an exterior renovation that was finished in 2012
Trade Dispute Threatens European Wine Sales to China
French, Italian and Spanish wineries worry they'll be hurt in an increasingly important market
Burgundy Wine Region Torn Asunder By Severe Hailstorm
Violent hailstorms ripped through one of the most prestigious parts of the Burgundy wine region earlier this week, causing "catastrophic" damage to this year's crop, according to local press reports
Brazil's economic slowdown hampering wine imports, say analysts
Brazil's decade-old love affair with imported wine has hit a rough patch due to an economic slowdown curbing middle class spending power, analysts at Rabobank have said.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown: Playwright to Wine Advocate Chief
Rebecca Gibb travels to Singapore for a chat with Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, the new editor-in-chief of The Wine Advocate
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