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  Daily News for Friday, September 6th
Bumper crop of new Masters of Wine includes first-ever Turkish MW
The eight new MWs - two of whom work in the US, and six in the UK - include the first ever Turkish Master of Wine. Each of them has successfully passed all three parts of the Master of Wine examination, which consists of Theory and Practical papers and a Dissertation
Homeowner who sued for Food & Wine parties to pay defendant
An Aspen man who said Jordan winery owed him $15,000 for damaging his home during the 2012 Food and Wine Festival must pay the business $1,519 for wrongfully withholding its security deposit, a judge ruled this week.
Amazon China to sell Californian wine
Amazon China has announced that their first-ever batch of directly imported Californian wines will be available for sale on its website.
Feinstein wants ICE to stop farm audits
"Many farmers and growers in California informed me that their business and livelihood are at risk due to a shortage of legal harvesters, pickers, pruners, packers and farm workers."
Rodney Strong Vineyards Announces Winning Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Top Sommelier Star (Press Release)
Maximilian Kast of Fearrington House, Pittsboro, North Carolina takes top spot in second annual Sommelier Challenge
Rack & Riddle Director of Winemaking, Raphaël Brisbois, Passes
Raphaël Brisbois, the director of winemaking at Rack & Riddle Custom Wine Services, passed away from cancer on Aug. 22, 2013 at the age of 62. He is survived by his wife Sylvie; two sons Ludovic and Benoit and his two grandchildren.
People: Joe Shebl Returns to Renwood Winery
He will oversee all aspects of winemaking and production, as well as the day-to-day management of the winery and tasting room.
Joel Butler interviewed about his book: Divine Vintage.
Divine Vintage: Following the Wine Trail from Genesis to the Modern Age
Vermeil Wines Announces Grand Opening Of Napa Tasting Room with Ribbon-cutting Ceremony
Dick Vermeil, Super Bowl-winning coach and two-time NFL Coach-of-the-Year and winemaker Paul Smith will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony for their new Napa tasting room on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 5:30 p.m.
British Columbia Wines Stall in Home Market
Sales revenues are up in B.C., but market share and price per bottle dip.
Sign of the times
Joseph Phelps employees put up this sign on Old Howell Mountain Road about a month ago to help their customers find the winery on Taplin Road.
EPA using guns, body armor to enforce Clean Water Act?
In late August, agents of the Alaska Environmental Crimes Task Force descended on several mines around the town of Chicken, and may have been there to check section 404 violations of the Clean Water Act - discharges into rivers, lakes and oceans.
American dream starts in vineyard
Equality, freedom, prosperity. This is every American's dream, the basic tenet of this country, the reason behind creating this beloved nation. But in this era in which we endlessly debate immigration from coffeeshops to Congress, many seem to have forgotten the immigrant's dream.
Commentary: Some wines outlast conventional wisdom
The wines of the Pacific Northwest continue to amaze me almost every time I open an older bottle, especially whites.
Gusbourne plans expansion and export drive after £7m takeover
The new majority owner of Gusbourne Estate plans to double the English winery's size within two years.
Leslie Alexander's Wine Club Asks For $50,000 Initiation Fee, Promises Ultimate Wine Experience
"I wanted to do something fabulous, grand," he says. Cost to join: a refundable $50,000 initiation fee plus annual dues and extra charges for special events.
Would You Buy A Wine Made By A Racist?
The words "courageous" and "wine journalist" aren't ones that routinely enter my brain within about 24 hours of each other, much less in the same sentence. In fact, wine journalists tend to be just the opposite given the fact that most decided early in their careers they wanted to be nowhere near trading floors, war zones, crime scenes, inner cities - or even vineyards and wineries for that matter.
A Sparkling Market for Vintage Champagne
With the quality of the 2013 Bordeaux vintage looking uncertain, coupled with the fact that most of the prices of the 2010, '11 and '12 haven't really risen, collectors and those who track the fine-wine market are beginning to look for alternative investment regions.
French Wine Outlook Cut Again as Hail Damages Bordeaux Vineyards
Output may climb 7.5 percent to 44.5 million hectoliters (1.17 billion gallons) from 41.4 million hectoliters in 2012, the Agriculture Ministry wrote in a report today. The forecast was cut by 1.3 million hectoliters from a month ago, equivalent to 174 million bottles.
Lakeport advisory committee hosts presentations on wine and real estate
The committee, which meets monthly, works to promote ideas and strategies to enhance economic development in the city through business retention, creation and activities.
To Reach China's Middle Class, Yao Ming's Winery Lowers Prices
The Chinese former NBA all-star has added a new, cheaper wine to Yao Family Wines, his two-year-old winery in the Napa Valley, to appeal to China's growing middle class. The wine launched this week in China and will be released in the U.S. in January.
Wine blogs, apps, classes turning Canadians into 'everyday sommeliers'
New research from Wolf Blass and Trend Hunter suggests Canadians are becoming "everyday sommeliers" with the help of social media, smartphone apps, and unprecedented access to vintners. The report notes that there were more than 450 wine apps for the iPhone alone in 2011, and nearly two million wine-related blog posts as of 2009.
The 67-cent felony: A veteran winemaker runs afoul of the ABC
He's earned a more dubious distinction as possibly the first person to get busted while applying for a federal distillery license. Under Virginia's Alcoholic Beverage Control regs, that could cost him his license to make wine at all.
Top 10 wines in the US press
Bill St John picks out a Zinfandel that "sports power but sophistication" and Jon Bonné recommends an "irresistible" wine from an "exuberant vintage."
Champagne: 2013 vintage could be a '96
The initial analysis of the 2013 crop in Champagne is almost exactly the same as that of the legendary 1996 according to Henriot's cellar master, Laurent Fresnet.
CIVC warns Apple over 'Champagne' iPhone
The Champagne bureau is gearing up for battle with electronics giant Apple after it was leaked that the company is to release a "Champagne"-coloured iPhone.
Donations are pouring into The Grape Foundation, which aims to improve the lives of under-privileged children in winemaking countries
An idea forged over a dinner table at Château Mouton Rothschild during June's Vinexpo, has resulted in a charity that aims to rival the top annual wine auctions held in America.
Super Tuscan Prices Surge Following Galloni Endorsement
August is a quiet month for the wine trade, so it's no surprise that trading on the fine-wine platform Liv-ex took a hit. However, Tuscany's finest wines bucked the trend, witnessing "a flurry of trading activity."
Bordeaux chateaux open gates to Google Streetview
Wine enthusiasts will soon be able to go behind the scenes of Bordeaux chateaux via the internet, thanks to a deal with Google Streetview.
Will China ever be a wine superpower?
A growing number of Chinese wines are winning acclaim on the world stage.
Union workers petition for BottleRock arbitration
... stating they have acted in "bad faith" for refusing to begin negotiating payment of those wages.
VinoPRO Direct-To-Consumer Wine Sales, Marketing And Technology Solutions Company Named Inc. 500 Company (Press Release)
VinoPRO of Santa Rosa Ranks #236 on annual list of top 500 US private companies and is hiring aggressively in down economy
U.S. moves to expand business R&D tax break
A wine producer could claim research tax breaks for production costs associated with "a different method of crushing the wine grapes" as it tests a new manufacturing process.
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