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  Daily News for Wednesday, September 18th
Free The Grapes! Bay State Legislators Fumble Wine Shipping Bill

After a several long months of inaction, Massachusetts legislators still have not scheduled a hearing on House Bill 294, which promises to replace an unconstitutional law with a proven wine direct shipping solution, according to Free the Grapes!, a national coalition of consumers, wineries and retailers seeking legal, regulated wine direct shipping

Philippe Cottin, Former CEO of Mouton-Rothschild, Dies at 81
Executive devoted his life to the Bordeaux wine business
Oregon: Impacts of privatizing liquor sales discussed during joint hearing
Washington voters privatized liquor sales last year
Oregon's liquor modernization efforts don't go far enough: Editorial Agenda 2013
"Oregon should do the sensible thing and get the state out of the liquor business"
Want modernized liquor stores in Oregon? Give agents bigger cut, owner says
"If we have the Washington model come to Oregon, it would certainly hurt revenue long-term for the state."
Start of early Lodi harvest features tonnage surprise
"The crop in some varieties looks to be heavier than originally anticipated."
North Coast grape harvest accelerates
Day and night, trucks filled with mounds of sun-ripened grapes are pouring into wineries across the North Coast as harvest accelerates to a frenzy
Big Thompson crop creating confusion
Large crops often create more problems than small ones, and this season's California raisin-type grape crop is huge compared to last season.
Russian River Valley Vintners & Growers - Harvest is Full Speed Ahead!
At the beginning of the third week in September, the Russian River Valley is already weeks ahead of 2012's beginning of harvest.
USA on way to become no.1 for NZ wine
North America will become New Zealand's largest market for wine within two years according to Philip Gregan, CEO of New Zealand Winegrowers.
South Africa shines in IWSC 2013
The International Wine & Spirits Competition released its 2013 results for South Africa, Argentina and Chile in time for The Beautiful South tasting in London last week.
IMW celebrates 60 years this week
The Institute of Masters of Wine is celebrating its sixtieth anniversary this week in London with a five-day programme of tastings, seminars and events.
Early glyphosate-resistance detection soon?
A USDA Agricultural Research Service scientist is working with Monsanto to develop a kit that growers could use to determine whether weeds in their fields are glyphosate resistant.
Days of cheap Kiwi wine are over, says New Zealand wine chief
The New Zealand wine industry has gladly gone back to the days when demand far outstripped supply and it could concentrate on producing quality, premium wine, and get away from the cheap wine market, according to Philip Gregan, chief executive of New Zealand Winegrowers.
Moët-Hennessy to launch home grown sparkling wine to Indian wine market
Moët-Hennessy is to try and introduce home grown sparkling wine to the Indian wine market next month with a range of new Non Vintage sparkling wines produced in the Nashik region.
Petrus Chases Screaming Eagle, Asia Thirst Drives Prices
Signs of increasing demand for a broad range of California, Bordeaux and Burgundy wines drove prices at an Acker Merrall & Condit Hong Kong sale as the fall season for global wine auctions gathered pace
Internet Gives Wine Lovers Fairer Prices
Increased transparency of wine prices worldwide means retailers are no longer able to charge excessive prices, a new Wine-Searcher report has shown
Madera's Solitary Cellars adjusts for growth in second year
With its catchy label names and the slogan "Wine without restraints," Solitary proved so popular with customers that it quickly outgrew the shared situation and will move this fall into a new tasting room space at Appellation California (APCAL), a local wine/beer/food and event venue
Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines Introduces First Spanish Wines to Luxury Portfolio of Imports for American Wine Drinkers
Campo Eliseo and Campo Alegre from the Toro appellation are a joint venture from Michel and Dany Rolland and Francois Lurton
CA: New bill expands tastings to craft distillers
California's craft distillers would finally be allowed to offer guests tastes of their products under a bill passed by the state legislature in its final days
French winemaker appeals over 'Lafite' name
A winemaker in southwest France is challenging a ruling that says he has no legal right to use the name Chateau Lafite on his own bottles
Rain, hail, tempests, plague Europe grape harvests but wine will flow
Many of Europe's grape growers have been hit by hail, windstorms, heavy rains, cold and clouds resulting in one of the worst harvests in decades
Where Do Wine Tannins Come From? Tannosomes
Scientists discover new plant organelles that produce key wine compounds
What Are You Drinking, Jon Bonné?
"I'm deep in my Top 100 Wines tastings, which means I'm mostly drinking water and coffee."
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