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  Daily News for Friday, September 13th
Bordeaux Grape Crop Seen Two Weeks Late in Worst Year Since 1991
This year's vintage will slump 20 percent from last year's 5.25 million hectoliters (139 million gallons), for the smallest volume since 2.58 million hectoliters in 1991.
Oregon liquor stores get nod to add beer and wine to the mix
Oregon's liquor board gave the go-ahead Thursday for any state liquor outlet to sell beer and wine along with booze if the agent wants to and can get the necessary licenses. The move is part of an overall effort by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission to loosen, or "modernize," state liquor sales in light of changing consumer tastes and a push for privatization.
Dany and Michel Rolland on the look out for investments in Napa Valley
Investing in California's Napa Valley is next on the list for Bordeaux oenologists and consultants Dany and Michel Rolland, owners of the Rolland Collection.
Frescobaldi appoints new president
Marchesi de' Frescobaldi has announced that Lamberto Frescobaldi is to be its new president - the 30th generation of the family to hold the position.
Crusher Wine District Forming in Napa
Wineries cluster in industrial areas south of the city.
Winery owner arrested after party turns sour
A Saturday night blending party at a Mendocino County winery ended in multiple arrests after sheriff's deputies said they were confronted and assaulted by the winery's owner.
Iowa Wine Industry Just Beginning to Blossom
The wine industry has taken root in Iowa. From 2002 to 2012, the number of licensed and operating wineries grew from 18 to 101. The growth was due, in part, to tax credits offered to start up wine makers.
Que syrah, syrah: Arizona program readies students for careers making wine
Launched in 2009 in collaboration with the Verde Valley Wine Consortium and the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce, the program offers certificates in viticulture, focusing on the science, production and study of grapes, and in enology, the study of wine and winemaking.
Jeff Koons' $20K Bottle of Dom
Plus, California's foie gras ban is upheld in court, and wineries come to the aid of America's military families
Wine Foundation Awards Students in Wine Programs
Nearly $12,000 in scholarships has been awarded by the Washington Wine Industry Foundation to eight students hoping to join the Washington wine industry following their studies in grape and wine related fields.
Hood River: Oregon's wild west wine country takes center stage
On so many levels, this region of the West Coast is pretty close to paradise.
Marchesi de' Frescobaldi appoints new president
Marchesi de' Frescobaldi has announced that Lamberto Frescobaldi has been appointed president of the family-held Italian wine group.
Nigerian firm pays highest price in Nederburg auction
South Africa's premium wines are of growing interest to the continent's rising middle class, as the 39th Nederburg auction shows.
London restaurant to sell wine for 95p
London's Bleeding Heart restaurant is celebrating its 30th birthday by re-instating wine and food prices from 1983.
Neil McGuigan: "Chardonnay must be refreshing"
Neil McGuigan, Australian Vintage CEO, tells db why he's impressed by the Chardonnays of the Okanagan Valley and inspired by Philip Shaw.
Gaucho announces Argentine wine winners
Sebastian Zuccardi was named "Winemaker's Winemaker" at the Gaucho Argentine Winemaker Awards last night.
Top 10 wines in the US press
Rebecca Murphy picks out a "scrumptious wine that's redolent of tropical fruit and peaches", while Eric Asimov recommends a "structured, complex and energetic" red.
Lodi Farmers Speak Out Against Businesses Masquerading As Wineries
Success has produced spinoff businesses at wineries such as weddings and even concerts.But some farmers believe it's making Lodi's agricultural areas more crowded and noisy.
Montes: Chile can compete with best wines from France
Pioneering Chilean producer Aurelio Montes believes the country can now compete on the world stage with the best fine wines from France.
Wine-powered computing may be in Intel's future, researchers suggest
Alcohol is the traditional fuel of journalism, so perhaps it was particularly appealing that Intel showed off a computing device powered by wine at the final day of the Intel Developer Forum.
South Africa wine industry labour costs a growing risk, PwC says
The biggest risk to South Africa's wine industry is increasing power and labour costs in the wake of strikes this year that boosted minimum wages, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP's local unit said.
Louisville Metro Council considering adding beer to proposed 2 a.m. liquor cutoff
The council's public safety committee members said at a recent meeting that they believe there is a correlation between crime and late-night liquor sales. They recommended that the full council vote to cut off all liquor sales at 2 a.m.
Accolade Wines Makes Major Investment in Revitalization of Geyser Peak
New packaging for Geyser Peak wines debuted in July and will continue to roll-out during the fall, and the winery's product line has been reorganized to include new wines in the luxury and ultra-premium categories as well as the introduction of Pinot Noir to its core tier of wines.
Staglin Mental Health Festival raises $2.8 million for research
Even though the heat was closing in on 100 degrees, Rutherford and Yountville still produced a great Napa Valley blend last weekend as supporters for mental health and fans of country music star Tim McGraw sallied up more than $2.8 million to benefit mental health research.
Drync: app lets you discover, scan and order wine
Pronounced "drink," the Drync app for iOS devices lets you discover, scan and order wine - directly from your phone or tablet.
French wine and spirits exporters welcome first-half growth
After two years of record growth, value exports of French wines and spirits are showing no signs of abating this year. Volume exports, however, seem to be losing steam.
Environmental Groups Bail On California Fracking Bill
"We're very, very uncomfortable with this particular bill as it is being signed."
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