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  Daily News for Monday, August 12th
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08/12/13
Cleavage Creek sold for China exports
A Hong Kong-based group has purchased the Cleavage Creek wine brand as well as its shuttered 6,700-case-a-year winery and vines in Pope Valley east of Napa with plans to export that brand and other forthcoming California labels to China.
08/12/13
SVB ON WIne: Wine Sales In the Last Half of 2013
Why we think its going to be a good end to 2013...
08/12/13
2013 Wine Vintage: Central United States
Colorado, New Mexico and Texas face short crops; other states 'normal'
08/12/13
Homemade wines barred from fundraisers
For three decades, the firefighters of the Dry Creek-Lokoya Volunteer Fire Department have relied on the annual Home Winemakers Classic fundraiser to pay for upkeep on their firehouse.
08/12/13
Wine exports from Spain's Rioja region rise 7.74 pct
The best customer for Rioja wines was the United Kingdom, purchasing 14.8 million liters, 4.58 percent more than the year before; followed by Germany, with 8.6 million liters, or 0.56 percent less than in 2012; and the United States, with slightly more than 5 million liters.
08/12/13
Wine Loving Inventor Solves Red or White By Glass Battle
Elen McCoy: "The ingenious $299 device went on public sale two weeks ago. Though most new wine gadgets bring out my inner skeptic, this one will revolutionize how we drink wine at restaurants -- and at home."
08/12/13
Benchmark American Vineyard-Designates, Bien Nacido Vineyards and French Camp Vineyards Celebrate 40th Anniversaries (Press Release)
In 1973, brothers and fifth generation California brothers, Bob and Steve Miller, established two vineyards: Bien Nacido Vineyards in the Santa Maria Valley appellation of Santa Barbara County, and French Camp Vineyards, in the Paso Robles County appellation.
08/12/13
North Bay wine warehouse arsonist subject of TV show
The Sausalito man now in prison at Terminal Island for setting fire to a Mare Island wine storage facility in 2005 was the subject of a recent episode of a CNBC show called American Greed.
08/12/13
Willamette Valley Vineyards Posts a Profit for the Second Quarter 2013
The company produced revenues of $3,609,259 and $2,851,146 in second quarters of 2013 and 2012, respectively, an increase of $758,113 or 26.6 percent.
08/12/13
Gallegos Vineyards Napa Valley Announces the Launch of Its Own Family of Wines
Ignacio Jr, Ignacio III and Eric Gallegos elevate a legacy of farming grapes in Napa Valley since 1950 with inspiration to create wine from select grapes of prestigious vineyard clients.
08/12/13
Dry farming: A look back and forward
Vineyard owners and managers in Napa steward some precious natural resources: Our air, water, wildlife habitats, and scenic beauty are all integral to our farm plans and our sustainability.
08/12/13
Minerality: Is it real?
Even with the lack of agreement on the specifics of minerality there is no doubt of its existence in the minds and memories of many as we relate the awareness of it with other more (or less) familiar sensations.
08/12/13
French cashing in on Napa
The French investors continue: Mumm Napa; Domaine Chandon; Domaine Carneros; St.Supery; Opus One; and, now, Araujo Vineyards are all owned in whole or in partly French companies.
08/12/13
One winemaker's road: Napa to Sonoma via England
On a single day in 1982, Kathleen Inman's future lined up like a once-in-a-lifetime cosmic event.
08/12/13
More jail time for 'persistent' Champagne thieves
Two thieves have been found guilty of stealing over £1,300 worth of Champagne from Co-op stores across West Wales.
08/12/13
Guinness tackles sliding sales with new attraction
Guinness has opened "The Tasting Rooms" as the latest development in a three year, €10million investment programme at the brand's St James's Gate Brewery in Dublin.
08/12/13
White grapes affected most by storm
Grapes destined for dry white wine were most affected by last week's storm in Bordeaux, which will have a knock-on-effect of the pricing of the 2013 vintage.
08/12/13
Andrew Cuomo to tour Finger Lakes wine country Tuesday
Gov. Andrew Cuomo's latest attempt to draw attention to the upstate tourism industry will take him to Finger Lakes wine country on Tuesday.
08/12/13
Duckhorn purchases Hopland winery
Duckhorn will not be taking over the Rack & Riddle custom crush business, and intends to eventually use the space to make wine for its own brands.
08/12/13
U.S. Postal Service Alcohol Delivery Idea Criticized By Merchants
It is unclear whether there would be enough demand for mail-order beer to make it worth doing
08/12/13
Chile making 'best' Chardonnay in New World
Speaking to the drinks business, Adolfo Hurtado, chief winemaker at Cono Sur, said: "I'm really confident about Chilean Chardonnay. No other New World country has the unique growing conditions for Chardonnay that we boast.
08/12/13
Bordeaux's Five Most Expensive Building Projects
An expensive cellar renovation is the new must-have in Bordeaux.
08/12/13
July restaurant sales fall, consumer optimism rises
Black Box Intelligence analyzes the results of the latest Restaurant Industry Snapshot
08/12/13
Livermore's long history with white wines
Jon Bonné, "As recently as the mid-1970s, whites still dominated..."
08/12/13
Winery Sues Distributor Over Use of Vampire-Related Wine Labels (scroll down to second story)
The dispute involves vampire-related brands for wine. TI said in its pleadings that "for many years'" it has marketed wines under the names "Vampire," "Dracula," Chateau Du Vampire,'' and "Vampire Vineyards," It sells another wine called "Dracula's Blood."
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