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  Daily News for Tuesday, August 6th
Where to Taste 'Wines of Danger'
Independent California winemakers seek greater recognition of their brands.
Press Release: Newly renamed, acquired Fredericksburg facility has expanded purpose
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Viticulture and Fruit Lab will support Hill Country, statewide fruit industry
Governor signs bill to grow Delaware brewing, farm winery industries
Governor Jack Markell signed legislation Monday to ensure farm wineries, brew pubs, microbreweries, and craft distilleries have a fair opportunity to grow its small businesses.
People News Recap from 7/30 - 8/5
Wine industry people on the move from July 30 to August 5
What to Expect at Wine Futures Tasting
Brian McClintic of Les Marchands Wine Bar & Merchants Discusses August 10 Event
10 agriculture stories you should read today
Organic narcissism? Wine tasting and junk science. Ag's Silicon Valley moment. Hippy defends GMOs. Cotton candy grapes. Invasive species liberty. Wall Street and the perfect pig. And more.
Bordeaux's Entre-Deux-Mers Wine Area Damaged by Hail
Storms packing hail damaged vineyards covering several thousand hectares in Bordeaux's Entre-Deux-Mers wine-growing area and the Bergerac region in southwestern France, the Agriculture Ministry reported.
French state urged to help winemakers after hailstorm damage
French winemakers in the Bordeaux region are calling on the state to bail them out after a "catastrophic" hailstorm over the weekend destroyed thousands of hectares of vineyards. Many of those affected are small, uninsured producers.
Second Bordeaux storm destroys 4,000ha costing '€20 million at the very least'
Bordeaux's main white wine growing region, Entre-deux-Mers, has been hit by a massive hailstorm damaging about 4,000 hectares of vines with many producers losing almost their entire crop.
Zachys launches Hong Kong e-commerce platform
New York-based merchant and auctioneer Zachys has launched an online retail business in Hong Kong, as an entrée to mainland China's fine wine buyers.
Champagne cuts yield for 2013
The Champagne Bureau (CIVC) has reacted to falling shipments by lowering the maximum permitted yield for the 2013 harvest to 10,000kg per hectare.
Top 10 wines in the UK press
Jane MacQuitty recommends a sparkler with "a magnificent, crisp, taut palate", while Olly Smith picks out a "fab summer sipping" white wine.
New gadget allows you to taste wine without opening bottle
Wine can now be tasted without opening the bottle, thanks to a new gadget.
Drinking rules 'change' on holiday
A new survey has found that the rules over letting children drink appear to change when families go on holiday.
Urban Vines, an Atlanta micro-winery in the making
For owners Rachelle Lovett and India Ramos, good food, wine, and music are a 'recipe for good living.'
Ten Great California Wines Without Homes
A friend of mine has the best pickup line: "I own a winery."
London latest in UK vine planting surge
Vienna is no longer Europe's only wine region that doubles as a metropolis - London is now home to a number of vineyard start-ups.
Norway considers 5% booze tax increase
A proposal to raise Norway's taxes on alcohol even higher has been leaked to the country's largest commercial television station.
Latin American Free Trade Agreement is a boost to Scotch whisky industry
The Scotch whisky industry has received a boost this month with the removal of tariff and non-tariff barriers to how it trades in areas of Southern and Central America including Colombia, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama.
WSET hits record number of students around the world
The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has reported a record number of candidates taking its examinations around the world n the last academic year, with 48,434 students, a 12% increase over the previous year.
Mondelez International confirms new role for former Laithwaite's chief
Following his departure last month from Laithwaite's, confectionery and good giant, Mondelez International, has now confirmed that Glenn Caton has joined the business as category director for UK and Ireland.
Wine Challenging Beer as America's Drink of Choice
A new Gallup poll shows consumers split between wine and beer, as young people, minorities and women shift to wine.
Casa Silva wines secures listing at Fuller's in UK
Jackson Nugent, Casa Silva's wine supplier to the UK duty free market, sales director Johnny Bingham was quoted by the website as saying that the agreement takes Chile into a new future and breaks the stereotypical perception of Chilean wines in the UK away from entry-point Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc to showcase the fantastic wines Chile really has to offer.
Michael David Winery to add two new wines to portfolio
Michael David Winery, a Lodi-based producer of 7 Deadly Zins wine brand, is set to add two new namesake labels, a Chardonnay and a Sauvignon Blanc, to its super-premium tier of wines.
A Taste Of Mexico's Wine Country
Just a two-hour drive south of San Diego across the Mexican border lies a peaceful Baja California valley brimming with ripened grapes, delicious wines and gourmet cuisine concocted from the freshest of fresh local ingredients.
Americans Now Love Wine as Much as Beer
Over the past five years, wine has made massive gains in the hearts of Americans.
Lake County's Shannon a success
Typically attired in white cowboy hat, Wrangler jeans and boots, Clay Shannon is the kind of guy who will look you in the eye and shake your hand, genuinely appreciative and excited about the success he's had making affordable wines from Lake County.
Murdoch Mulls Buying Bel Air Winery, One Of California's Secret Gems
Moraga is not an ordinary California wine for several reasons: Master Sommeliers often mistake it for a first growth Bordeaux in blind tastings, Michelle Obama owns a few bottles, and the vineyard is surrounded by millionaires and movie stars.
San Diego Crop report shows jump in wine grape production in 2012
The value of San Diego County's agriculture industry rose 4 percent last year, despite a plunge in the value of avocados, according to the Crop Statistics and Annual Report.
2013 Indy International Wine Awards Announced; Starlight, IN Winery Nabs 'Wine of the Year' Honors
For the second consecutive year, an Indiana wine has topped over 2300 entries from across the nation and around the world to win "Wine of the Year" honors at the prestigious Indy International Wine Competition.
Announcing the 2012 Crios Limited Edition Red Blend
New twist to Crios portfolio with this limited quantity, one-time only blend
Eastern Winery Exposition Announces Distillation Workshop and American Distilling Institute Sponsorship in 2014
The workshop will feature talks by the federal Tax and Trade Bureau on distilling regulations, and by various winemakers who also distill grape and other fruit brandies.
New Fidelitas Tasting Room Now Open in Woodinville
Winemaker Charlie Hoppes Will Pour Wine Every Saturday in August
New York Wine & Culinary Center taking nominations for new contest
The public is invited to submit nominees for people, companies or organizations that "educate, engage and excite" in a celebration of New York wine, food, agriculture and tourism in one or more of the following four award categories: Eat NY (restaurateur/chef); Love NY (tourism: visitor center, Chamber of Commerce, hotels, etc.); Grow NY (grower/producer/processor); and Drink NY (winery/brewery/distiller).
Jefferson, Trump Share Love of Wineries in Virginia
Virginia's wineries have grown from six in 1979 to 230 today. It boasts 15 distinct wine regions, seven approved as American Viticultural Areas, annual production of 475,000 cases and 2010 retail sales of $73 million, according to the most recent data available.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving take aim at Tory plan for alcohol in corner stores
The CEO of Mothers Against Drunk Driving says Nova Scotia's opposition Progressive Conservatives have engaged in "dirty politics" by suggesting the group supports the party's proposal to introduce the sale of beer and wine in corner stores.
Opinion: Interprovincial trade in wine should be free
Before last year, it was illegal for Canadian wineries to ship direct to consumers in another province. That was unlike say, how a Quebec dairy producer can sell cheese to a grocery store chain based anywhere in Canada.
Pa. liquor board reports record $128M in profits
The board said Monday that robust sales and cost controls resulted in net income of $128.4 million. That's an increase of $24.9 million, or 24 percent more than the previous year's.
Tim Hamilton Russell, South African Wine Pioneer, Dies at 79
Tim Hamilton Russell, an advertising executive who founded the first winery in Hemel-en-Aarde Valley near Cape Town, died July 17 in Hermanus, South Africa, after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. He was 79.
Europe sees biggest jump in wines and spirits sales in 2012
Global travel retail liquor sales continued their strong growth in 2012, with spirits again outpacing wines. Wine and spirits sales reached 29.1 million cases in 2012, up 4% from 2011, according to the IWSR Duty Free/Travel Retail Summary Report 2013.
Georgia's wine export statistics for July 2013
According to the Georgian Wine Agency total of 3,554,174 liters of wine (0.75-liter bottled) was exported to 23 countries in July, 2013. The overall export as of July amounts to 12,094,075 liters, being 43% higher compared to the same period of last year.
Saxco International Appointment
Carson E. Wright has been appointed as Sales Account Manager for Wine Northwest Region for Saxco International, LLC west coast operations, it was announced hby David Schwandt, Vice President of the wine category for the company.
Argentina's Next Big Grape
Recently we wrote about Argentina's potential to be the next great source of cabernet sauvignon, but that's not the grape that wineries are pushing these days. In fact, a couple of others are queuing up to share the mantle with malbec. But can they follow in the footsteps of Argentina's greatest alcoholic export?
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