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  Daily News for Tuesday, August 13th
VineSleuth metrics validate expert tasters
Contrary to popular belief, the company's VineSleuth metrics, which are based on the work of Chief Science Officer Michael Tompkins and his team, reveal that tasters can consistently identify aroma and flavor characteristics in blind evaluations.
Trinchero Family Estates Forms Alliance with Taken Wine Company
Two Napa Valley Millennial wine makers continue family legacy.
How Small Wineries Can Drive Business
A one-day boot camp examines marketing strategies that specifically benefit small producers
People News Recap from 8/6 - 8/12
Wine industry people on the move from August 6 to August 12
Donum Estate Replants and Expands
Pinot Noir winery in Carneros acquires adjacent 40-acre parcel
Raisin production up sharply, perhaps to a record
• Harvest expected to be 25 percent above 2012
Wines of Uruguay U.S. Trade Tour
Fifteen of Wines of Uruguay's (WoU) 23 member wineries, an association focused on international export and committed to promoting the quality and image of Uruguayan wine throughout the world, will pour many of their finest wines in a 3-city U.S. trade tasting tour in Washington DC, Austin, and San Francisco this summer.
Water the commodity gold of 21st century?
Forget carbon as a commodity- predictions are flying that water will become a premier market good.
10 agriculture stories you should read today, Aug. 12
Hairy bacon. Citrus assassin. Hot virus in the herd. Farming shrimp in corn country. Fragrant dog meat. Holy Grail of green economy. Farmer's cologne. And more.
Oregon World of Wine Medalists announced
A total of 13 gold medals were awarded this year, including 6 "double" gold medals, meaning that all three judges unanimously agreed on the award. A total of 69 silver medals were also awarded.
Duckhorn acquires Hopland winemaking facility
Duckhorn Wine Company has acquired a 76,000 square foot winemaking facility and 32 acres of vineyards in the Mendocino town of Hopland.
Jewish human rights group calls for a global ban of 'Hitler wine'
"Enough is enough," said the center's Marvin Hier and Abraham Cooper in a statement. "We first protested the marketing of 'Führerwein' by an Italian-based company in 1995. Now an expanded line of wines that demean, diminish and mock Hitler's victims are promoted on a slick website.
Lafite '98 at $9000 Outperforms Liv-Ex Fine Wine Index
A case of 1998 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild sold for 5,800 pounds ($9,000) on Liv-ex in the past week, matching its mid-March level and outperforming the four percent drop in the Liv-ex Fine Wine 50 Index over the period.
Cruises go self-serve with wine, beer
Celebrity Cruises started the trend in a rather elegant way, with Italian-made "enomatic" wine dispensers installed in the Cellar Masters wine bar on CelebritySolstice (launched in 2008), featuring fine wines from around the world.
Wine: Russian River Valley AVA turns 30
In three decades, this foggy slice of Sonoma has gone from being just a Napa neighbor to a world-class growing region, known for cool climate varietals, particularly pinot noir, chardonnay and more recently, syrah.
Rancho Santa Fe resident carries on family's legacy with Gen 7 Wine label
With his Gen 7 Wine label he is part of a growing trend of "virtual winemakers" - they are winemakers who don't own their own equipment or facilities but instead rent them.
Cuomo to promote upstate tourism on wine country tour
Cuomo will participate in a motor coach tour of three Finger Lakes wineries as part of the "Governor's Cup Wine Tour," according to an invitation obtained by Gannett's Albany Bureau.
Wine Notes: Latino winemaker has unique Oregon distinction
At the age of 28, the brand-new winemaker at White Rose Estate in Dayton received two scores of 94+ from the influential Wine Advocate for his first vintage, the 2008. The following year, one of his wines achieved a 96 -- tying the highest score ever accorded to an Oregon pinot noir by the Advocate.
comments Pride Stores temporarily halts beer, wine, liquor sales at four locations due to notice needed on corporate reorganization plan
Pride Stores has temporarily halted its beer, wine and alcohol sales at four locations in the region, as directed by the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Commission, because the company needs to file notice with each community regarding a new corporate reorganization plan.
India's Growing Taste For Wine
As the world gets a taste for the Indian grape, the price of vineyard land in some places in the country is estimated by those in the industry to be as expensive as in parts of Bordeaux in France where grapes have been grown for centuries.
Sour wine: A consumer group gives the Pa. monopoly an F
Apologists for Pennsylvania's government liquor monopoly keep pushing "reform" instead of privatization, but there's new proof that more incremental change is not enough.
Northwest Wine: Former Ste. Michelle boss keeps pushing forward
Allen Shoup came into the Washington wine industry at a fortunate time, and he believes he has benefitted as much in the past 33 years as he has contributed.
10-Minute Hailstorm in Bordeaux Wreaked More Damage than Initially Reported
Plus other news and notes from the world of wine, beer and spirits.
SD: Winery Grape Crop Behind Schedule
"It stayed cool in May and in early June, so that delayed the maturing of the grapes. And the rain was nice, but the rain with the cool weather slowed things down."
Spotted! Wines of Alsace and France team up with the LCBO
Wines of Alsace and Wines of France have teamed with the LCBO to launch a series of pop-up wine bars at LCBO stores in Toronto.
Research Shows Why Restaurants Utilize Local Wines
Using the Zagat database, the company attempted to examine the factors that caused for selections of wine. There were parallels between the study within British Columbia, including the increased interest in local foods among consumers.
French champagne makers cross fingers, harvest set to rise 56 percent
The rise would largely be a rebound from last year's exceptionally poor harvest, but still a 16 percent increase compared to the average output of the past five years, according to figures released this month by the agriculture ministry.
How to invest in a winery
Keeping your glass - and your wallet - half full
Latest Research on the Effects of Alcohol on Your Waistline
Moderate alcohol drinkers gain less weight over time than people who abstain, some studies show
Walsh to retain £80,000 Diageo role
Paul Walsh, former chief executive of UK drinks group Diageo, is to take on a £80,000 per year role in the company's Scotch whisky business.
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