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  Daily News for Thursday, September 26th
French Wine Test Finds Pesticides in Each of 92 Bottles Analyzed
Laboratory testing of 92 French wines from across the country found pesticide traces in every bottle, including those made from organically-grown grapes, consumer organization UFC-Que Choisir reported.
Southern Hits Another Roadblock In Missouri, as Appellate Court Denies Appeal
The court rejected Southern's arguments that the residency law is an example of economic protectionism.
California Wineries Rate the Future
Winery managers give marketing advice in impromptu panel at Wine Industry Financial Symposium
Constellation Brands Makes Investments to Increase Capacity at Its California Wineries
Marketplace brand successes create additional capacity needs
Colorado Mountain Winefest Sets New Attendance Record
An estimated crowd of 5,846 filled Riverbend Park in Palisade on Saturday for the annual Colorado Mountain Winefest presented by First National Bank of the Rockies, setting a new 22-year attendance high.
Harvest report: Storm not a cause for panic
Rainfall on Friday and Saturday did little to dampen the spirits of local grape growers, who are still pleased with this year's unusually early harvest. The rain brought harvest, which is already into the cabernet sauvignon phase, to a "screeching halt," said Volker Eisele of Eisele Vineyards.
Critics Play Minor Role In Wine Choices
The best source of advice for wine consumers? A wine-loving friend.
Tamber Bey holds open house at new Sundance Ranch
While the Napa Valley has always been accommodating to the equestrian lifestyle, having a thoroughbred winery intermingled with a 22-acre horse ranch is a new attraction in Calistoga.
NVV hosts students for Master Napa Valley
Thirty-five Master of Wine and Master Sommelier students participated in Master Napa Valley, a multiday education immersion program about the wine region, hosted by the Napa Valley Vintners nonprofit trade association.
Clark joins Maher in St. Helena company
Rodney Clark, a 23-year investment banking veteran, has joined Sean Maher as a principal and shareholder of Maher Advisors, the global wine industry's premier M&A advisory firm, based in St. Helena.
Big Thompson crop creating confusion
The California raisin-type grape crop is huge compared to last season - bringing benefits and problems.
EU to relax Moldovan wine trade barriers
The European Commission has said it plans to drop trade barriers to Moldovan wine, in a riposte to Russia's ban on imports.
Minimum alcohol pricing off the UK policy agenda, says WSTA chief
Minimum alcohol pricing looks set to stay off the UK Government's policy agenda until at least the next General Election, the chief executive of the country's Wine & Spirit Trade Association has said.
Bordeaux 2013: Estates upbeat as dry whites harvest begins
Early signs at Bordeaux estates including Chateau d'Yquem and Cos d'Estournel point to a good quality 2013 harvest for Bordeaux's dry white wines and Sauternes, but producers need the sun to stick around.
Quality Japanese wine? It's no oxymoron
Put down that sake. Nearly 100 vineyards at the base of Mount Fuji are beginning to produce tasty bottles of vino
Top 5: Most overused, over-the-top words used to describe wine
What is it about wine writing that seems to bring out the bodice ripper in some wine writers? And why do certain words or phrases that no one ever seems to use in the real world somehow seem to creep their way into way too many wine reviews?
TN: Speaker Ramsey predicts supermarket wine will pass
Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey predicted Wednesday that lawmakers will approve a bill next session to allow wine to be sold in supermarkets and convenience stores.
Paso Robles winery, region nominated for Wine Enthusiast awards
For its 2013 Wine Star Awards, the magazine has nominated Hope Family Wines of Paso Robles for American Winery of the Year. As well, Paso Robles is a contender for Wine Region of the Year.
UConn researcher accused of fabricating red wine research dies
Dipak K. Das, a longtime UConn Health Center professor accused last year of fabricating research, died last week, according to an obituary in The Hartford Courant.
Italian red varieties thrive in Northwest vineyards, wineries
Today, Italian varieties of wine grapes are grown throughout the Pacific Northwest, particularly in Washington's Columbia Valley. Among the most popular is sangiovese, the noble grape of Tuscany. But winemakers also enjoy working with such red varieties as dolcetto, nebbiolo, primitivo, zinfandel and barbera.
Del. Winery's First Harvest Seen as Important for State's Wine Making Industry
Delaware continues to try to make its mark on the wine industry. Harvest Ridge is the newest of Delaware's three wineries, and right now it's in the middle of its first harvest.
Former Treasury Wine boss paid $2.4m
The former chief executive of Treasury Wine Estates was paid $2.4 million last financial year, despite the company's 53 percent profit drop.
Sizable 2013 winegrape crop moderates pricing
Brimming winery tanks from the record 2012 crop are moderating pricing surplus winegrape tonnage and excess wine for what is thought to be another sizable crop this year, according to experts at a major annual gathering in Napa on Tuesday of the industry's financial decision-makers.
UC Davis report: Wine industry aging well
Two surveys of wine industry leaders done by the University of California Davis find the industry made it through the recession well - and that it appears to have a strong future.
Indevin invests in major vine planting to meet upswing
New Zealand's largest wine producer is developing a 124-hectare vineyard in the Awatere Valley to meet growing international demand for Marlborough sauvignon blanc.
NZ wines sail into expanding US market
The New Zealand wine industry has used the America's Cup to help raise the profile of its wine in its second largest export market. New Zealand Winegrowers global marketing director Chris Yorke said the opportunity to leverage off Team New Zealand's presence in San Francisco had been too good to ignore.
Chilean wines dominate Steve Thurlow's Top 50 at the LCBO
The improvement in quality of wines from Chile, while maintaining value prices over the last ten years has been truly remarkable. I highlight a few below but read about all 13 on my Top 50 Value Wines list.
Okanagan College announces Campaign Team for new Trades Training Complex
Three enthusiastic supporters of both the trades and Okanagan College have offered to head up the campaign team to raise funds for the new Trades Training Complex at the Kelowna campus.
Local wines get extra exposure in LCBO
The LCBO has launched Windsor's first "Our Wine Country" boutique in the LCBO store at Tecumseh Road East and Lauzon.
Survey: Americans spend $936 per year on lunch at restaurants
Diverse spending patterns suggest importance of varied marketing strategies.
'Monsanto Protection Act' To Expire, Won't Be Part Of Continuing Resolution
The so-called Monsanto Protection Act is set to expire, and will not be included in a bill designed to avert a government shutdown, according to a statement Tuesday from the press office of Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.).
Hail-Damaged Vouvray Producers Get Some Relief
Emergency measures alleviate losses in the central Loire Valley
London Wine Fair 2014 sees return of key exhibitors
A raft of UK agents and importers absent from last year's London International Wine Fair have signed up to exhibit at the newly branded London Wine Fair at Olympia, London, on June 2-4 2014.
Truett-Hurst posts loss despite strong sales
"We feel great," CEO Phil Hurst said. "It was another big growth year for us, and we're really happy."
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