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  Daily News for Monday, July 29th
Don't pull the cork - just pour the wine

Device taps wine bottles without causing contents to decay

Storms Rage Across France
More misery for French grape growers as hailstones "the size of prunes" hit vineyards.
Calif. winegrape harvest coming early as growers lament there is no such thing as normal year
After cool temperatures slowed ripening and kept grapes on the vine until fall in recent years, growers in the nation's premier wine region are facing a heat wave that has made for one of the earliest harvests in recent memory.
China agrees to talks on French wine dispute, EU says
China and the European Union have agreed there is a "window for discussions" to try to resolve accusations that Europe is dumping wine in China, the EU's trade chief said on Monday.
Winemaker Mike Sinor buys Bassi Vineyard in Avila Valley
It had been on my radar for awhile," said Sinor, who declined to disclose the purchase price. "We have owned a small winery since 1997, and now we have an estate vineyard. It was a logical progression for the company."
Hoffman Family Cellars' "Headbanger" Brand Designated as "The Official Wines of Shiprocked 2014"
Hoffman Family Cellars and Ask4 Entertainment announced the electric "Headbanger" brand will be the official wine of Shiprocked 2014.
Philippe Dourthe, former owner of Chateau Maucaillou, dies aged 72
Born in 1941, Dourthe was an oenologist and ampelographer who worked as winemaker at Dourthe Freres negociant house in the 1960s, before leaving for Chile where he became a viticultural expert for the Chilean Ministry of Agriculture.
Vermeil Wines Opens Tasting Room in Napa (Press Release)
Dick Vermeil, Super Bowl-winning Coach and two-time NFL Coach-of-the-Year, and winemaker Paul Smith have announced the opening of the Vermeil Wines Tasting Room. Located at 1018 First Street in Napa, visitors to the tasting room can sample the selection of fine wines from Vermeil Wines.
Washington's Col Solare selects new head winemaker
Ste. Michelle Wine Estates and Marchesi Antinori announced today that they have promoted Darel Allwine to head winemaker of Col Solare.
London Cru: first ever winery to open in central London (Press Release)
Specialist winemaking equipment is currently being installed in London Cru, a unique boutique winery, which is being built in an old gin distillery in Earl's Court.
"Minerality": Drilling Down on Wine's Buzzword
Forget about "terroir."Lettie Teague investigates the meaning of the descriptor of the moment.
Saint Emilion tightens bottling quality controls
Winemakers in AOC Saint Emilion Grand Cru have tightened quality controls surrounding their bottling, with new plans to test wines after bottling, and again at five years old starting from the 2014 vintage.
UK: Lower alcohol wines a response to Aussie success
The trend for lower alcohol wines in Europe is a response to the global success of Australia's rich, ripe reds, according to the chief winemaker of Wolf Blass.
Scientists discover what's killing the bees and it's worse than you thought
Now, a new study has pinpointed some of the probable causes of bee deaths and the rather scary results show that averting beemageddon will be much more difficult than previously thought.
Improving Wine Quality Through Sanitation
The bustle of crush can create a breeding ground for dangerous microorganisms.
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