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  Daily News for Monday, September 16th
DtC Shipment Growth Leads Wine Metrics

Wine sales and hiring remain strong, but direct-to-consumer sales see largest increase

North Coast growers seek homes for extra grapes
Also: Wine exports rise 4th straight year
Bruni Glass to expand to Fairfield
Bruni Glass Packaging, Inc., which supplies the wine industry with bottles, capsules and closures, plans to consolidate its warehouses and showroom here to one larger facility in Fairfield this fall
EU agriculture commissioner seeks freeze on .wine, .vin domain registration understands the European Agriculture Commission is concerned about the protection of European wine names, such as Bordeaux, Champagne and Chianti, on the internet.
Calif. authorities investigating raisin theft
Madera County Sheriff's officials say an entire row of raisins vanished between Wednesday night and Thursday morning. The raisins are valued at nearly $2,000
Savour Australia launches in Adelaide
The three-day business forum has been designed to challenge commonly-held perceptions of Australian wine and uncover the business case for the industry through
MWs descend on London for 60th anniversary
The largest-ever gathering of Masters of Wine is assembling in London this week to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the wine world's most prestigious title
Harvest Fair honors Sangiacomo family
The 2013 Sonoma County Harvest Fair is honoring the Sangiacomo family with its Lifetime Contribution to the Sonoma County Wine Industry Award
Napa: How many tasting rooms are enough?
Since the opening of the Vintner's Collective in 2002, the number of Napa's downtown wine tasting rooms has grown like topsy, nearly two dozen, prompting some people to ask, How many is too many?
Boordy Inaugurates New Winemaking Facility
Culmination of seven-year 'landmark project' makeover for pioneering Maryland winery.
Napa Valley Harvest in High Gear as Picking Switches from White Wine Grapes to Reds
Pace picks up as warm weather continues to provide ideal ripening conditions
Colorado Cleans Up at the 2013 Denver International Wine Competition
Seven Colorado wineries take home medals, receive entry to Denver International Wine Festival Nov. 6-10
Al Jabarin grows with the times
Al Jabarin sums up his success in wine retailing with a single sentence.
Napa Valley men are first foreigners to join Chinese food association
CFCRA is a nonprofit established in 1994 by the Ministry of Culture and registered with the Ministry of Civil Affairs of the Peoples Republic of China. It is responsible for the certification, accreditation and promotion of food and beverages in China, including wine.
Planning for sustainable farming in the Napa Valley
Understanding the value of their grapes and the need to preserve their vineyards, Napa's grapegrowers are on the cutting edge of viticulture, combining new technologies with traditional practices to develop sustainable farming programs.
Yao Ming winery sees white wine potential in China
The California winery owned by Chinese ex-basketball star Yao Ming could follow its premium Napa Crest launch in China with a white wine for younger drinkers.
Russia's ban on Moldovan wine 'unfounded'
Russia has been accused of playing politics after re-imposing a ban on imports of all Moldovan wine and brandy.
Oregon Wines Fly Free on Alaska Airlines
Wine lovers have a new reason to toast the West Coast: Alaska Airlines is partnering with the Oregon Wine Board and Travel Oregon to provide passengers with free wine tastings and free wine shipping.
WI: Clover Meadow on the frontier of state's organic wine industry
Alexia Gannon, who describes herself as Clover Meadow's "chief wrangling officer," says that as far as she knows it's the only certified organic winery in the Midwest.
Cool summer to benefit Indiana grapes, future wines
This summer's mild temperatures and modest rainfall have been good for Indiana's wine grapes, which could lead to more flavorful, aromatic wines, said members of the Purdue Wine Grape Team.
San Diego County responds to winery complaints
Some complaints were not found to be valid, but records show that between July 30 and Aug. 15, six wineries in the Ramona Viticultural Area received warnings or citations for code compliance issues. One of the winery owners said he never received a notice and another said many of the claims proved to be false.
Devonian buying Muir Murray winery
Devonian, which owns and operates Jost Vineyards and Gaspereau Vineyards, announced late Friday that the transaction is slated to close on Sept. 30.
Arizona takes aim at wine's big leagues
Of note are those from Marcel Deiss, the Alsace house known for field blends that often combine white and red grapes, in the belief that a great site's qualities matter most
California Legislature approves raising minimum wage to $10
The bill would boost the state's minimum wage of $8 an hour to $10 by 2016. Gov. Jerry Brown said he would sign it
An Italian Red Wine's Star Turn
Intensely aromatic as well as affordable, Nero d'Avola just might be the next Malbec
Spain's Most Expensive Wines
With the popularity of fine Spanish wines on the rise, we check out the top bottles on Wine-Searcher.
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