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  Daily News for Monday, September 23rd
Penfolds maker Treasury Wine Estates ousts chief David Dearie after writedowns, spoilt wine

The Melbourne-based group said it was committed to keeping its Americas business, despite conceding the division had struggled to deliver acceptable returns for 13 years

SVB On Wine: Grape Prices are Heading Lower.
The small 2011 vintage was really difficult for those selling fine wine. Allocations were more the norm for their retail accounts because there just wasn't enough wine produced. Increasing bottle prices - even in an allocated environment has been like pushing a wet string up hill.
Water Worries in Paso Wine Country
California region's serious overdraft on groundwater dividing community.
Op-ed: California's water house of cards
Groundwater supplies at least a third of the state's water. But it's being depleted at a rapid pace, despite efforts to recharge it.
09/23/13 Hosts Grapes & Bulk Wine Classifieds Board for Family Winemakers of California
With harvest just starting the timing is perfect. The board can be enhanced later to allow postings of other items for sale. It's a new benefit for FWC members.
Grape growers unfazed by rain
Sonoma County grape growers said Sunday's sunny and breezy weather should alleviate any major problems related to Saturday's unexpected downpour.
Grape harvest in full swing
After three years of lighter crops, this year's wine grapes at Klipsun Vineyards are delivering substantial clusters with spectacular flavor, said co-owner Patricia Gelles.
A Skeptic Sidles Up to the Wine-Bar Boom
Internet daters love the single-beverage bar. But can wine columnist Lettie Teague get behind the craze?
Ireland's Ardagh offers to sell U.S. plants due to anti-trust issues over Sait-Gobain purchase
to address anti-trust authorities' objections to its planned $1.7 billion acquisition of an American unit from France's Saint-Gobain
Craft beer movement comes to a head
The number of craft brewers in the U.S. is soaring, and some are wondering how many more the market can sustain.
Schumer seeks 'hard cider act' to boost sales
Schumer says the change would provide a lucrative source of income for small apple-growing operations. He says they face a difficult crop to grow and fickle weather.
Lawmakers get back to work: It's a tossup whether liquor reform will get another shot
Pennsylvania lawmakers return to work Monday after a nearly three-month break. This is one of five stories on the business they left undone in the spring, and what's likely to be on their agenda this fall
S. Oregon vintners see early grape harvest
Winemakers in Southern Oregon are celebrating one of their earliest harvests in years with harvest parties and grape stomps.
Rain Can't Chase Away Music At B.R. Cohn Show Saturday
Light rain forced cancellation of two opening acts at the Cohn Winery, where nearly 3,000 people sat on blankets lining the side of a hill above the stage
Napa Vintners appreciate dedication from departing officials
... "we'd like to specifically recognize outgoing Agricultural Commissioner Dave Whitmer, Planning Director Hillary Gitelman and Health and Human Services Director Randy Snowden."
Greece in pictures
Two views of Crete. Above, looking out to the Aegean in the north, is the region of Peza. Below, a little further inland, is a view of Archanes. These are two of the main PDOs on Crete along with Sitia and Dafnes
Another high-end wine club: Michael Mina Wine Club for food-friendly wines
Since Mina owns 18 restaurants across the country, the idea is to offer members bottles from the wine lists of Mina's restaurants, thereby giving members access to hard-to-find wines from small producers around the world
U.S. Wine Consumption Continues To Gain Strength
As the economy continued to stabilize in 2012, wine consumption increased for the 19th straight year, according to The Beverage Information Group's recently released 2013 Wine Handbook
Independent review questions some conclusions of Bay Delta plan
The scientists, led by Jeff Mount, formerly with the University of California, Davis, were hired by the groups American Rivers and the Nature Conservancy. Financial support was provided by the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation
South Africa's Rapidly Changing Wine Scene
For decades, South Africa has been the promising but slightly troubled cousin of the wine world. However, a new generation of vintners are creating distinctive, and some say world-beating, wines
Delayed Champagne Harvest Gets Go-Ahead
Grape pickers will head out into the vineyards of Champagne on September 24 to begin the 2013 harvest - almost two weeks later than usual
Treasury Wine CEO's exit shows challenge for Australian industry
Once hailed around the world for its so-called "critter labels" - cheap but decent quality wines featuring colourful kangaroo and koala adorned labels - Australia has been slow to grasp a move by consumers toward higher-end tipples
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