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  Daily News for Wednesday, August 7th
New Report Reveals Which States Are Friendliest to Wine Consumers
American Wine Consumer Coalition issues grades of "D" or worse to 22 states
Temecula Tasting Room Heist
Thieves nab art from Cougar Vineyard and Winery: Reward offered
Bubbling from a good grape harvest, Kern County is now California's No. 2 agricultural producing county
The 2012 Kern County Crop Report was released at Tuesday's meeting of the Kern County Board of Supervisors, and it may be time to raise a glass of the finest vintage.
Mountford Estate winemaker CP Lin quits
Winemaker CP Lin is understood to have left New Zealand's Mountford Estate after 16 years due to a dispute with the owners.
French Wine Outlook Is Cut on Poor Flowering, Berry Development
French wine production is forecast to rise 11 percent this year, less than predicted a month ago on poor flowering and berry development in regions including Bordeaux and Burgundy. The forecast for Champagne was raised.
Bordeaux storm far worse than thought
The damage to vineyards in Bordeaux from a 10-minute hailstorm last Friday is now thought to be in the region of 20,000 hectares.
Campari rescues 'poor' start to 2013
Gruppo Campari has bounced back from a weak start to 2013, describing its first half results as being "in line with expectations."
Press Release: Medfly and Other Fruit Flies Entrenched in California, Study Concludes
Research published today in the highly respected international journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B clearly demonstrates that at least five and as many as nine species of tropical fruit flies, including the infamous Medfly, are permanently established in California and inexorably spreading, despite more than 30 years of intervention and nearly 300 state-sponsored eradication programs aimed at the flies.
MD: 'Carroll's going to be a leader in our wine industry'
Two new wineries in Carroll are already forming, with one expected to begin making wine as soon as next fall.
Free the grapes: Over-regulation is souring our wine industry
The oppressive clout wielded by our provincial liquor boards claimed another victim in the Canadian wine industry at the recent premiers' meeting known as the Council of the Federation. At issue is a jurisdictional squabble that reaches beyond the issue of permitting the inter-provincial shipments of wine. The bigger picture is lost in the headlines.
The Coolest Wine Gadget EVER
The Coravin "wine access" system is going to change how wine is served and consumed in restaurants, wine tasting rooms and at home.
Book 'Wine for Dummies' Leads to Wine Bottles for Dummies
Well, in retrospect, why wouldn't the super-popular brand "___ For Dummies" make its own Wines for Dummies package? We've now discovered the easiest way to learn about wine: drinking a wine that's, well, you get it.
Water to Wine: Are Water Sommeliers the Next Big Thing?
One Los Angeles restaurant seems to think so
Corruption Currents: From Wine Laundering to Bo's Mystery Trial
The trial of Bo Xilai remains a mystery despite its high profile. Experts say, however, it will be swift and predictable.
Liquor board: Wine OK at fair; fair board to decide
The Frederick County liquor board approved a request to serve wine at the fair this year, but a final decision hasn't been made, said Becky Brashear, the fair's general manager.
Four Karachi wine shops targeted with explosives in an hour
The first of the blasts occurred in Defence Housing Authority (DHA) when a bike parked outside a wine store near the Cineplex Cinema on Sea View, exploded as a result of a small improvised device blowing up. At least one person received minor injuries as a result of the blast.
Tate Britain wine cellar to reopen after £45m refurbishment
The Whistler Restaurant at Tate Britain, renowned for its extensive wine collection and large number of half-bottles, will reopen with a launch party on 18 November following the completion of a £45 million restoration project.
Liquor Stores NA sees boost in Q2 profit, sales, due to one-time items
The retailer earned $5.3 million, or 23 cents per diluted share, for the three-month period ended June 30. That compared with $4.8 million, or 21 cents per diluted share, for the same period a year earlier.
Supplier News: T.W. Boswell Introduces the Cool Climate Series, a New Line of Barrels Emphasizing Fruit & Terroir
Cooperages 1912 is expanding the T.W. Boswell barrel collection to include three new barrels as part of a Cool Climates Series.
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.
China's 10 best selling wines online
For those doubting the power of Bordeaux in the Chinese market, db counts down the top 10 best-selling wines on Asian-based wine website Wangjiu.
Top wines in the Asian media
This week's round-up of wines featured in Asian media reveals an "astoundingly well-made" red, a rosé described as "a refreshing summer tipple" and "a full bodied white with lots of richness."
Coconut 'wine' hopes to charm Chinese
A Filipino "wine" made from the sap of coconut palm flowers is hoping to capitalise on a growing thirst for coconut wine in Asia by launching in the Chinese market.
Hitler wine shocks tourists
A range of Italian wines whose Fascist imagery sparked controversy a year ago has attracted further condemnation after reappearing on the country's shelves.
WSET hits record student numbers
New figures released by the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) show the number of students for the academic year 2012/13 are at an all-time high.
SD: Wineries find growing taste
For the past three summers, guests at the Baumberger Vineyard Winery in rural Dell Rapids got the "farm-kitchen-table" experience.
Hahn's reinvents Central Coast wine-grape business
To economically survive these days, every wine grape vineyard and winery must continually evolve or else face a closed door by consumers looking for the latest and greatest products elsewhere.
UK consumers opt for red wine, finds research
According to research carried out by specialist wine bottler Cobevco, UK consumers prefer red wine over white, rosé and sparkling, and would rather drink it at home than at the pub or in a restaurant.
PR: Wine and Spirits Wholesale Distributor Martignetti Companies to Deploy Advanced Mobile Sales App for iPad from Ai2
Mobile sales app developer Ai2 today announced that Martignetti Companies, a wine and spirits wholesale distributor covering all of New England, will deploy Ai2s ProSel® application for sales force automation on iPad.
Video: Hart Davis Hart Wine Co. CEO talks new growth areas
Wine auctions by Hart Davis Hart Wine Co. rose 30 percent to $20 million in the first half of this year thanks in part to an improving economy.
Canada: Wine on tap has connoisseurs clinging to the bottle
Wine drinkers are particular. They believe fine reds and whites should be uncorked at the table and dispensed by a human hand. That belief - or display of snobbishness, as he calls it - is the greatest obstacle for Jean-François Bieler to overcome.
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