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  Daily News for Friday, August 2nd
Grape harvest gets going early in Napa
As the morning light broke over Napa's Silverado Trail, a crew of vineyard workers began the early harvest of pinot noir grapes for sparkling wine on Thursday.
California Wine Grape Harvest Begins
Napa Valley growers pick fruit for sparkling, rosé wine programs
AP Interview: USPS eyes alcohol deliveries
Special delivery from the post office - beer, wine and spirits, if Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe has his way.
Willamette Valley winemakers expect smaller crop, early harvest
Winemakers in the heart of Oregon wine country are preparing for a smaller-than-usual crop, though they are pleased with the quality and progress of what they have.
US Drinkers Divide Between Beer and Wine as Favorite
Americans who drink alcohol are about equally likely to say they drink beer (36 percent) or wine (35 percent) most often.
US is 'the linchpin' for Diageo
God Bless America. That could have been the theme tune accompanying the announcement of Diageo's annual results for the year to the end of June.
Stag's Leap Wine Cellars to build new visitor center
When Ted Baseler, president and CEO of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, first visited Stag's Leap Wine Cellars long ago, he was struck by the small visitors' center. "I thought, 'This is quaint,'" he recalls.
Wind Rose Cellars brings a taste of Italy to Olympic Peninsula
For a guy who has been part of the Washington wine scene for just a half-decade, David Volmut already is becoming a big deal.
Technomic Reports Imported Sparklers Spur Growth in the U.S. Wine Market
Italian and Spanish sparkling wines fuel excitement, achieving volume and sales gains
Wine-and-Football Season Kicks Off for Raider Nation
Plus, Rudy K's trial postponed, and wine from the foul-smelling durian fruit.
How to Drink a Wine Without Removing the Cork
The Coravin, invented by a medical device specialist, makes it easy to drink just one glass.
Napa: Audit shows 7 wineries exceeding permit limits
Napa County planning staff attributed the excess visitation and marketing events as a byproduct of the economic success of smaller wineries. The seven violators' annual production ranges from 5,000 to 60,000 gallons.
Conventional grower inherits puncturevine, mites from organic grower
Conventional growers spends more because of organic neighbor. Regulations protect organic grower, but penalize conventional grower.
Hail destroys 300ha of vineyards in Champagne, says report
Last weekend's severe hailstorms caused such extensive damage that several parts of the Champagne region lost up to half the potential 2013 crop, according to an official report issued yesterday.
New technology launched to 'taste wine without pulling the cork'
A new wine gadget, developed by US manufacturer Coravin, has been released allowing wine lovers to 'access any wine, any time, in any quantity' without ever removing the cork.
Spanish wines best suited to Chinese palate
Spanish reds have a "wonderful opportunity" in China, according to Alun Griffiths MW, new international director for Beijing's VATS Liquor.
Top 10 wines in the US press
Will Lyons recommends a "superb" wine with a "spicy acidity and savoury finish" while Katie Kelly Bell picks out "one of the best values in white wine on the market."
Bottle Green taps into RTD cocktail craze
UK distributor Bottle Green has made its first step outside the wine category by forming a partnership with pre-mix brand Nuba Cocktails.
Small Cognac growers taking wine approach
A single vintage approach is helping small Cognac producers to stand out from the might of the "big four": Courvoisier, Rémy Martin, Martell and Hennessy.
University to help Penderyn with water studies
Welsh whisky producer Penderyn is collaborating with specialists at Cardiff University for a study of the well which provides water for the company's whisky.
Rhone Rangers to Make Midwest Debut in Chicago
A Two-Day Celebration of American Rhone Wines Set For September 11-12, 2013 at City Winery
Iowa winery opens new tasting room
History buffs, "American Picker" fans, shoppers and Great River Road wanderers can now sample locally made, award-winning wine in historic downtown LeClaire, Iowa
PR: Trinchero Family Estates Announces National Launch of Fancy Pants Wine
Trinchero Family Estates today announced the anticipated national launch of Fancy Pants wines. During a test launch with a national leading retailer, the Fancy Pants brand quickly took off, becoming one of the top five new brand launches of the last 12 months according to Nielsen data**.
Ménage À Trois Wines And The STARZ Original Series, "The White Queen," Announce a Promotional Partnership
Ménage à Trois wines announce its collaboration with the STARZ Original Series, "The White Queen." Based on Philippa Gregory's bestselling novel series and starring Max Irons and Rebecca Ferguson, "The White Queen" is a story of love and lust, seduction and deception, betrayal and murder.
Michael David Winery Launches New Namesake Brand
Tribute to Six Generations of Wine Growing
China Makes First Investment in South African Wine Industry
Perfect China bought the cellar of the Val de Vie estate, located between the towns of Paarl and Franschhoek, near Cape Town, it said in an e-mailed statement yesterday.
Just Don't Mention the Champagne
English sparkling wine is a dry, delicate delight. The mistake is expecting it to taste like Champagne.
State Court Backs County Wine Ordinance
A state court on Tuesday sided with a San Diego County ordinance that is bringing a bumper crop of boutique wineries to the backcountry.
Move over Bordeaux: French premium winemakers eye China vintage
In a few remote corners of China, two of France's top winemakers have more on their minds than a trade row with their most promising export market.
NZ Producer Expands into Marlborough
New Zealand producer Cable Bay Vineyards has added 28 hectares to its portfolio with the purchase of two sites in the lower Awatere Valley region of Marlborough.
UK: Pernod Ricard urges trade to get behind premium sales this Christmas
Pernod Ricard is spearheading its 2013 Christmas campaign with a raft of new products, including a vodka launch already successful in the United States, a lower-alcohol variety for its flagship wine brand, Brancott Estate, and mainstream brandy, Domecq 1820.
Study: Wine in grocery stores do not cause safety issues
An in-depth national study conducted by three prominent university researchers has found that wine sales in retail food stores are not linked to increased community safety issues such as traffic fatalities.
Wine Industry Financial Symposium to be held Sept. 23-24
The Wine Industry Symposium Group announced that the 22nd Annual Wine Industry Financial Symposium will be on Sept. 23-24 at the Napa Valley Marriott. The theme is "The Global Environment for Wine."
Wine Market Council initiates study
Wine Market Council, the nonprofit association of grape growers, wine producers, importers, wholesalers and other affiliated wine businesses will begin an in-depth survey of its members U.S. wine clubs this September. The survey will provide data on the overall state of wine clubs, specific data on wine club and comparison to others across the country.
PR: Vinitaly International Leverages WeChat To Get One Step Closer to Chinese Wine Consumers
Vinitaly International, the ambassador for Italian wine, turns to a new dynamic Chinese social platform, WeChat, in its effort to promote Italian wine producers in an increasingly expanding and complicated Chinese market.
European Winemakers to Work Arizona Harvest
Three Assistant Winemakers from Europe will be working during the 2013 harvest at Cellar 433's Dragoon Mountain Vineyard, near Willcox, Arizona.
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