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  Daily News for Thursday, August 29th
Barrel Orders Herald Winery Optimism

Coopers report strong order activity, have concerns about American oak supply

Wine Enthusiast's 2013 Wine Star Award Nominees
The leading magazine in wine lifestyle announces its 2013 nominations for the coveted award
France set for poor wine grape harvest
The 2013 harvest is expected to reach just 43.5 millions hectolitres -- well below the 10-year average of 45.4 million, according forecasts from the FranceAgriMer public agricultural service.
Winemakers Must Come Clean: Clark Smith
"Almost everybody uses [modern] technology, but they want to be seen as on the artisanal side."
Winemakers losing money as China ignored
More than two-thirds of Australian wine is sold at a loss and the industry is failing to take full advantage of booming demand from China, according to the Winemakers' Federation of Australia
Wine Advocate Boycotts Italian Producer After Racist Rant
A Friulian producer's online comments about Italy's national immigration policy have become an international PR disaster.
Harvest begins at 4 a.m. at Ehlers
St. Helena's Ehlers Estate started its 2013 harvest at 4 a.m. Monday with sauvignon blanc. This year, as is tradition, the eight vineyard workers were joined by office and hospitality staff who wanted to get up early and pick grapes.
Harvest Report: Sauvignon blanc harvest picks up
With sauvignon blanc rolling in, "harvest has truly begun," reports Volker Eisele of Eisele Vineyards.
Vineyard manager expects average tonnage and harvest timing
Wine grape grower Carol Laubach, Lauzere Vineyard Services of Pine Grove, California, expects harvest timing will be spot-on average...
Pest outbreak mars good wine grape season
"It's been a good year," he says. "We'll take this year every year, but without the Virginia creeper," says Jim Fetzer, who owns Ceago Vinegarden near Nice, California.
Sizing up price prospects for raisin grapes
In the raisin industry a larger crop usually means more variability in the maturity and quality of the grapes.
In New Mexico, an industry matures with its wine
According to a recent study commissioned by the New Mexico Wine Growers Association, more than 700,000 gallons of wine were produced by the 39 wineries in the state in 2012, resulting in an estimated revenue of more than $39 million.
Bank: Winemakers should tap Hispanic market for greater growth
Hispanics are projected to be the fastest growing ethnic minority in the U.S. over the next 20 years, and because they don't drink as much wine per capita as other groups, offer an opportunity for winemakers, says a new report from Rabobank N.A.
WA: Winemaker rides rapids of success
Sara Gagnon can't quite decide if she is a kayaking winemaker or a winemaking kayaker. Either way, she is enjoying the adventure of life as an entrepreneur.
Wal-Mart Wine Deal Erases Seven Sisters' Apartheid Legacy
The seven sisters's wines will now appear in as many as 300 of the world's largest retailer's U.S. stores from this month. Wal-Mart, which will be carrying five of the wines, chose Seven Sisters "because it will bring a new variety of wines to our customers and help meet their needs."
Germany's Rieslings on the Tip of the Tongue
No, not all German rieslings are sweet. In fact, sweet German rieslings may soon be an endangered species.
Siduri Wines Implements Gluten Testing on all Pinot Noirs Beginning with 2012 Vintage
Gluten-Free Information will be Part of New "Full Disclosure" Wine Notes Linked To All Siduri Wine Labels
Developing a wine keg proves difficult
A new vocation for local businessman: wine and a new method of dispensing it.
WineDirect Acquires Elypsis Winery, adding Dynamics NAV to its direct to consumer wine services
Adding the Elypsis Dynamics NAV ERP solution will allow wineries to access all of WineDirect's services and manage more from one location, company officials said.
Photos: Napa Valley grape harvest
Harvest is underway in California's Napa Valley on Aug. 28, 2013 with the picking of grapes for white and sparkling wine.
Ceres' Bronco Wine going hip-hop for promotion
Bronco Wine Co. has lined up hip-hop artist Warren G to market its Allure brand of sparkling moscato.
Andrew Carter steps up role with Treasury Wine Estates
Treasury Wine Estates has promoted Andrew Carter to the role of chief of staff, in which he will have additional responsibilities to his current leadership of the business' travel retail arm.
Ontario winemakers are waiting for the sun
Cooler temperatures in Ontario have slowed this season.
London "obvious choice" for Bettane & Desseauve wine show
Thierry Desseauve explains why he and Michel Bettane chose London for their Wine Experience, which is returning to the capital's Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea.
The world's best unoaked Chardonnay?
Chablis was declared the world's best unoaked Chardonnay at a roundtable discussion on the region's wines earlier this month.
California's early 2013 harvest looking to be a good vintage
While the European 2013 harvest is several weeks behind schedule, California's 2013 harvest, which began the first of August for sparkling wines produced in the region, is ahead of schedule and looking to be of a good quality and quantity.
WSTA puts the consumer at the heart of its annual conference
How the wine and spirits trade can best tackle the "Consumer Challenge" will be the key theme of this year's Wine & Spirit Trade Assocation conference to be held in London on September 25.
Orin Swift's new tasting room opens
Orin Swift Cellars has been creating wines in the Napa Valley since 1998, when David Swift Phinney took two tons of zinfandel grapes and began a decade of personally crafting wine for himself and others as he grew his company into a multinational brand.
Vallejo may be on the brink of a winery war
Vallejo may be on the brink of a winery war, or at least a brewski battle, as two men seek to open artisan brewery/winery businesses in the area with the exact same name.
California table grape shipments setting records
The month of August has seen record shipments for grapes from California, posting week-ending totals of over 4 million boxes three weeks in a row, according to the California Table Grape Commission.
Sacre bleu! Poor weather ruins wine grape harvest in France
The 2013 harvest is expected to reach just 43.5 millions hectolitres - well below the 10-year average of 45.4 million, according forecasts from the FranceAgriMer public agricultural service.
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