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  Daily News for Thursday, August 8th
B.C.'s liquor laws to be reviewed
Starting today, letters are going to go out to major stakeholders asking for ideas, and in September, residents will be asked for their input to improve what the Ministry of Justice calls "B.C.'s outdated and inefficient liquor laws."
More $10 Wine Headed to Shelves Thanks to Drop in Aussie Dollar
Australian winemakers prayed for a weaker exchange rate as a record-high currency made their bottles less profitable overseas. Now they have a new problem: getting what they wished for.
Unseasonable weather triggers early Wine County harvest
The Napa Valley wine grape harvest is happening 10 days to two weeks earlier this year because a warm spring with little frost allowed rapid vine growth and consistency in grape ripening throughout the Napa Valley, sccording to grape growers.
Wine Buzz: Early harvest pleases Sacramento area's wine grape growers
The calendar has barely turned to August but activity is well under way in the region's wine grape vineyards. The annual harvest has arrived about two weeks early compared with a typical year, because of significant summer heat spikes and the dry overall growing season.
Harvest looms for NW wine grapes
It has been an interesting half-decade for Northwest grape growers and winemakers, and it looks at this point as if Mother Nature will not be creating too many headaches for them this fall.
Commentary: This little piggy went through the winery
Wineries make economic economic use of oil field technology.
Renterias buy renowned Brown Ranch Vineyard
Denise and Oscar Renteria have purchased the renowned Brown Ranch Vineyard in the Los Carneros District.
Bordeaux white wine 'main victim' of hailstorm
Dry white Bordeaux wine of the 2013 vintage is likely to become a rare commodity after a brief hailstorm destroyed more than five percent of the entire region's vineyards last weekend.
France predicts bumper champagne production this year
Champagne lovers were in for a treat as official statistics released Thursday predicted that France's production of bubbly would take a 56 percent leap this year.
Bordeaux winemakers seek government bailout after devastating hailstorm
French wineries and vineyard owners in the Entre-deux-Mers region in south eastern Bordeaux are seeking government assistance in order to avoid bankruptcy after last weekend's "catastrophic" hailstorm, which affected an estimated 20,000ha, reported France 24.
80 years after prohibition, liquor and wine help spur Oregon's economy
study highlights the economic impact drinking has on a state that remains one of a handful with tight controls on alcohol products.
Wednesday is the best time to drink wine study says
A study by bottling company Cobevco explains why it feels so good to have a drink on Wednesday night.
A Road Trip into the Heart of American Terroir
Propelled by a startlingly good Virginia Pinot Noir, a star sommelier zips through the hilly wine country between Atlanta and Washington, DC, discovering native American grape varietals along the way.
TX: AgriLife Extension Service buys wine and fruit research facility
AgriLife Extension this summer purchased Texas Pierce's Disease Research and Extension Program laboratory, a five-year-old privately funded facility with which it had a previous research relationship, officials say. The service has since renamed the facility the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Viticulture and Fruit Lab.
TN: Grocers launch public campaign for wine legislation
Tennesseans can tell their legislators they want wine in grocery stores through the Red White and Food campaign, a coalition established by Kroger and the Tennessee Grocer's Association that's setting up postcard stands in stores all over the state.
A European Name Game Uncorks a Tempest in a Wine Cask
When Croatia joined Europe's now 28-member common market, it was plunged into the Continent's internecine wine wars, in which countries battle to protect local producers by enforcing strict appellation rules.
SD: Wineries find growing taste
National wine industry analyst Doug Kelly from IBIS World said South Dakota is keeping up with the industry's national growth. U.S. wine production is a $17.2 billion industry, growing 3.6 annually since 2008.
St. Helena commission endorses new small winery rules
With help from members of the wine industry, the city of St. Helena is preparing to loosen restrictions on small wineries.
New Santa Barbara Winery Rules Progressing
County Issues Tentative Schedule for Controversial Ordinance Update
Walla Walla wineries learn about Hong Kong market
Wineries, business owners and politicians learned about the lucrative Chinese market for wine Tuesday afternoon, thanks to a presentation by the Hong Kong Economic & Trade Offices.
French Ministry of Finance warns against money laundering through chateaux purchases
The French finance ministry has issued a report on money laundering, and drawn specific attention to the risks of overseas vineyard purchases.
China continues polysilicon, wine trade probes
China is still proceeding with its anti-dumping and anti-subsidy probes into polysilicon and wine imports from the European Union, a trade official said on Wednesday.
New World Atlas of Wine edition to be available as interactive eBook
The latest edition of The World Atlas of Wine, co-authored by Jancis Robinson and Hugh Johnson, will be available digitally as an iBook for the first time when it is published later this year.
Climate change could 'alter wine production'
A climate change expert in the US has said that extreme weather events, such as the recent storms in France, will become more commonplace.
Napa Valley Vintners Hosting 22 Key Trade and Media from China
Experience Napa Valley educational immersion to spotlight more than 50 Napa Valley wineries
Up-and-coming wine nations trading up
While cheap, quaffable wine is great, no nation is content to remain forever a source of plonk and wine-snob jokes. So all those places we turn to for bargains - Australia, Chile, Argentina and, in the United States, areas like Lodi and Paso Robles - eventually work to improve their game.
CalWine Premium Online Wine Store Opens Retail Location
After a five year hiatus from a brick and mortar location, CalWine, pioneer of premium online wine sales, has re-opened a standalone retail location at 1014 Clinton Street, in the "Northside" of Napa.
V Foundation's Wine Celebration raises $9.2 million
The V Foundation for Cancer Research held its 15th annual Wine Celebration at Nickel & Nickel winery in Oakville on Saturday night.
Star/NVV panel tasting: Styles evolve for sauvignon blanc
Sauvignon blanc is the second-most planted white in the Napa Valley, and no other white grape comes close. It can be found in numerous sub-appellations around the region, not pushed south or in the mountains where much of the chardonnay seems to be today.
Wine o' clock in UK hailed as 6.53pm on Wednesday
Britons are most likely to open their first bottle of wine of the week at 6.53pm on a Wednesday, research has found.
Wine: It's farming, in new and old ways
In recent weeks hail has destroyed thousands of acres of vineyards in Burgundy, Champagne and Bordeaux. Meanwhile, sparkling-wine producers in Northern California started picking grapes on Aug. 1, almost a month earlier than usual. All of which is a reminder about the essential nature of wine: It's farming, folks.
Australian wine industry tackling climate change
Associate Professor Jeremy Galbreath, of the Curtin Graduate School of Business, surveyed 532 Australian wine companies in Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia. Participants were asked about their knowledge of climate change and the measures they were taking in order to mitigate the potential impact on their industry.
The Cooking Lab: "Hyperdecanting" can make many red wines taste better in seconds
Less than a minute of hyperdecanting, as we at The Cooking Lab have taken to calling this modern method, exposes the wine to as much air as it would see in an hour or more of traditional decanting, and does so far more uniformly.
Gruppo Campari net sales grew 13% in first half of 2013
Gruppo Campari, an Italy-based beverage industry producing wines, spirits and soft drinks, has reported net sales of €698.6m in the half year ended 30 June 2013, up 13%, compared to net sales of €618.3m in the same period in 2012.
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.
Grand Marnier targets men with Titanium
Marnier Lapostolle has released a zero sugar variant of Grand Marnier onto the market targeted specifically at African American men.
Kooyong and Yalumba win the 2013 Mamba Awards
Kooyong Estate's Faultline Chardonnay 2010 from the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria and Yalumba's The Signature Shiraz-Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 from the Barossa Valley in South Australia took the top prizes in the annual Mamba Awards last night.
Hahn's reinvents Central Coast wine-grape business
The Hahn Family Wines operation in Soledad, Calif. continues to evolve in the wake of the ever-changing California wine grape and winery industries.
Top 10 most irritating wine terms
We pick out the top culprits among the wine world's most commonly abused or over-used words.
UK wine set for vintage year
Wine makers in England and Wales are set to have a bumper harvest thanks to a cold winter and spring followed by a hot summer.
Australian wine 'getting cheaper' in UK and US markets
The slowing of China's economy could result in cheaper wine.
Retail Alcohol Beverage Leader Turns To Helping Other Retailers (Press Release)
Brian Rosen, former CEO of Sam's Wines and Spirits and current operating partner of Evolution Wines and Spirits is turning his unique skill set to helping retailers.
Forecasting Wine's Future
America is now wine's biggest market, and younger drinkers are starting to shape it
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