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  Daily News for Friday, August 30th
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08/30/13
Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction raises record $1.4 million
The most suspenseful lot was the Fund-the-Future offering, where a group of bidders pooled their efforts to raise $691,250 to raise local literacy rates. The total dwarfs last year's special needs lot at $264,000
08/30/13
Showcasing Sonoma County's wine, food
At the sold-out Taste of Sonoma on Saturday, 2,500 people - the same as last year - gathered at Healdsburg's MacMurray Ranch to sip and graze with organizers intent on showcasing the county as a hotbed of artisan food and wine
08/30/13
FPS Completes Second Round of Red Blotch Testing
Five More Vines Test Positive in Classic Foundation Block
08/30/13
Labor Trends May Challenge Wine Industry
Economist says wages and lack of housing will force Napa wineries and vineyards to get competitive
08/30/13
Economist: More commuters in Napa County workforce
Eyler noted other changes in the labor pool in Napa County. By 2040, approximately 163,000 people will live in Napa County, compared to the 136,484 that reside here today
08/30/13
Wine Enthusiast's 2013 Wine Star Award Nominees
The magazine announces its 2013 nominations for the coveted award.
08/30/13
WSET announces sudden death of Chris Kelly
The Wine and Spirit Education Trust has announced this afternoon the sudden death of marketing manager Chris Kelly.
08/30/13
Santa Barbara winery ordinance changes unveiled
Revisions Result Of Talks With Members Of Wine Industry, Concerned Neighbors
08/30/13
Beyond chenin blanc and pinotage, Whole Foods Market features range of diverse, delicious wines from South Africa this fall
From now through October, the company will celebrate wines of South Africa that offer popular fruit-forward styles with the restrained elegance of the Old World.
08/30/13
Wine Consultant Charles Curtis on Spotting a Wine Fake
The problem of fakes is particularly acute in Asia, where the market for fine wine has boomed thanks to the rise of a new wealthy class amid strong economic growth in the region in recent years. Hong Kong now rivals New York and London as the world's most active center for wine auctions.
08/30/13
Votto Vines Unveils Imported Wine Incubator Program
Progressive family wine company takes a systematic approach to streamline the importing process.
08/30/13
VA first family to host wine summit in October
The governor's office said Thursday that the event is scheduled for Oct. 28 at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond.
08/30/13
SurePure Announces Commercial Purification Deal with Global Wine Company Namaqua Wines
Under the agreement, SurePure's technology will be employed to process Namaqua's grape juice concentrate, providing SurePure with an entry into the bulk wine market.
08/30/13
Supplier News: Thermal Plant Treatment Increases Wine Grape Fruit Set 24%
TPT increased the number of berries set per bunch by an average of 24 percent when compared with matched control blocks.
08/30/13
Accomplished Wine Professionals Join Sonoma State's Wine Business Institute Board of Directors
Napa Valley wine business leaders Alex Ryan (Duckhorn Wine Company), Ning Zhang (Purlieu Wines) and Erle Martin (Crimson Wine Group) have joined Sonoma State University's Wine Business Institute board of directors, enhancing an already distinguished line-up of experienced wine industry professionals.
08/30/13
Epic Wines to Increase Distribution through Strategic Partnership with Bill Foley
Foley Family Wines Appoints Epic Wines as a California Distributor
08/30/13
Sydney Gets Serious About Its Wine Lists
Palmer & Co., a 1920s-style bar, draws cocktail drinkers and oenophiles alike. Ten seasonal reds and whites, and 25 bottles of sparkling wines and Champagnes, are backed by hundreds of wines, spanning Argentina, Western Australia, Burgundy and Epernay.
08/30/13
Analysis and Development Trend Forecast of China Wine Market, 2013
Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue.
08/30/13
Spencer winery's cannon blasts to deter birds prompts neighbor's counterattack, cease fire
The neighbor bought his own cannon for about $250 and launched a counterassault.
08/30/13
Ontario's new wine region
This major shift in agriculture came about after the federal government eliminated the tobacco farmers' quota system as consumer demand waned, a blow that was softened through Tobacco Transition Program grants in 2008, funded by fines paid by tobacco companies for smuggling offences.
08/30/13
AGRICULTURE: Wine-grape crop needs to stay on the vine a little longer, Brock researchers say
With this year's conditions cooler and dryer than the banner year of 2012, Niagara's grape crop needs to stay on the vine a bit longer to reach full maturity, say researchers at Brock University's Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute.
08/30/13
SLO: Ordinance is a needed timeout for groundwater basin, stakeholders agree
Tuesday's landmark decision by the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors to impose emergency land-use restrictions to protect the Paso Robles groundwater basin begins the lengthy and complicated process of finding a permanent solution to the North County's dwindling aquifers.
08/30/13
Top 10 wines in the US press
Eric Asimov recommends a wine that offers "just about everything we could want in a dry riesling," while Fred Tasker picks out a "youthful and lively" Sauvignon Blanc.
08/30/13
Breast cancer risk raised by alcohol intake
High alcohol consumption before a woman's first pregnancy may raise the risk of her developing breast cancer, new research suggests.
08/30/13
American oak not inferior to French
A Rioja masterclass in London proved that, despite the greater expense, French oak doesn't always give better results than American barrels.
08/30/13
US helps Pernod off-set Chinese slowdown
Pernod Ricard has reported a "solid performance" in its 2012/13 results, delivering a 6% profit increase despite domestic decline and a slowdown in China.
08/30/13
Bressan racism row growing
The calls to boycott Italian winemaker Fulvio Bressan's wines following a racially explicit tirade against Italy's first black minister have been growing.
08/30/13
Gosset shows off latest redesign
Champagne Gosset has unveiled new packaging for its entry level cuvée Brut Excellence as part of a wider presentation revamp by the house.
08/30/13
Q&A: Sébastien Jacquey of Le Clos Jordanne
We talk to Sébastien Jacquey, winemaker at Le Clos Jordanne in Ontario, Canada, about why Chardonnay is one of the greatest grape varieties for expressing terroir.
08/30/13
Fire Destroys Bergström's Equipment, Wine Collection
Plus, a controversial winemaker incites a boycott, wine as Virgil drank it, and more
08/30/13
Nyetimber inks distribution deal with Philipson Wine in Denmark
English wines producer Nyetimber has expanded its distribution network by signing deal with Philipson Wine to make its wines available in Denmark.
08/30/13
The Coravin Makes Great Wines More Accessible by the Glass
The Coravin seems to solve a problem that has bedeviled humanity since the first wine was stored in urns
08/30/13
One of Europe's largest sparkling wine producers, Henkell & Co. Group has bought a 60% stake in UK importer Copestick Murray
The main focus of the joint venture, which takes effect from 1 September, will be to develop the German-based firm's Mionetto label into "a leading Prosecco brand in the UK."
08/30/13
New Zealand Wine Shipments To U.S. Jump Double-Digits
TNew Zealand's shipments to the U.S. were up 13%
08/30/13
Experts discuss future of Napa Valley wine, labor
Napa County's most prominent industries also face several unique challenges, and that the supply and demand for its labor force are increasingly interconnected, he told the group of a couple hundred professionals at the Napa Valley Marriott hotel in Napa
08/30/13
Australia: Riverland shares in economic diversification funds
The Federal Government announced the winners of the $100 million Economic Diversification Fund yesterday, including 21 projects in South Australia
08/30/13
Researchers develop alternatives to methyl bromide fumigation
Despite their drawbacks, alternative fumigants may be the best option - at least in the short term.
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