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  Daily News for Wednesday, October 2nd
Paso Winegrowers Back on TTB Track
After seven years, 11 districts await final approval.
Feds approve Moon Mountain AVA in Sonoma Valley
After more than a decade of attempts, the grape growers and wineries that farm on the mountain's slopes have been approved.
People: Monterey Loses Prominent Winegrowing Pioneer, Jerry McFarland
Winegrower, inventor, San Joaquin Valley farmer, Monterey vineyard installer and lifelong entrepreneur, Jerry McFarland, passed away on Sept. 2, 2013.
The Man Behind Whole Foods' Wine Department
Doug Bell chats about current trends in eco-friendly wine-and what America needs to catch up on
Large co-op winery proposed for 11-acre site south of Calistoga
Napa County planners will consider a proposal Wednesday to build a winery complex south of Calistoga that could be home to as many as 14 producers making up to 300,000 gallons per year.
Gen Y Is Gen Wine
Millennials are a notoriously flighty, flaky bunch, so it comes as some surprise that they are leading wine industry growth -- a market plagued by old guard attitude and pretension. But the habits of Generation Y are more in line with the experience of wine than any generation ever before.
Sonoma State and VESTA Partner to Offer Wine and Must Analysis Workshop in the North Coast
The workshop will cover a number of topics in the arena of wine and must analysis, essential components of winemaking and winery operations: including pH; analytical methodology; laboratory techniques and how one does calculations leading from lab data to results.
Skinnygirl Cocktails Raises the Bar with Four New Wine Varietals
Skinnygirl Prosecco, Skinnygirl Chardonnay, Skinnygirl Pinot Grigio and Skinnygirl Cabernet Sauvignon are now part of the collection.
Innovative Graton Winery One of Few Contract Production Facilities To Obtain Top Quality and Food Safety Certification
After a vigorous review process, Sonoma Wine Company's Graton, CA facility has attained the prestigious ISO 9001 certification.
Investor an agriculture prophet or alarmist?
Cassandras and Pollyannas abound when making predictions about agriculture. The trick is deciding who is right. Risk. Risk. Risk.
The Great Decanting Dilemma
How did something so simple get so complicated?
The science of drinking too much
Researchers have shed some light on why people tend to pour - let's be honest - more wine than they think they are, and under what circumstances.
In Paris, a New Breed of Wine Bar
Far from the formal trappings of traditional French dining, these convivial bars à vins offer a new way to learn about - and enjoy - wine: through eating and drinking. And, since many do not take reservations, they are a viable way to sample the city's newest tables without planning weeks or months in advance.
October marks the 25th anniversary of Virginia Wine Month
Former Gov. Gerald L. Baliles, who launched the first October Virginia Wine Month, joined Gov. Bob McDonnell and Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd P. Haymore on Monday evening at the Library of Virginia in Richmond to mark the occasion.
Join the cellars market: buying property in French wine country
Opportunities to buy French houses with wine-making facilities are ripe for the picking, says Caroline McGhie.
Poll: Majority in PA support fully privatizing wine, spirit sales
The survey of 1,151 residents found that support for a comprehensive privatization plan that would eliminate state control of both the wholesale and retails sales of alcohol cut across political parties, gender, age and geographic region.
Oregon wineries concerned about heavy rain
Oregon's wine grape season started warm and dry but is ending wet, threatening a soggy harvest and raising questions about the quality and quantity of this year's vintages.
Norfolk winery to roll out its first vintage
Mermaid Winery, the Norfolk wine bar that calls itself Virginia's only "urban" winery, plans to release its first house-made vintage Friday.
NY: Sen. Ritchie supports St. Lawrence County wine trail in effort to boost local economy
Under the plan, the St. Lawrence County Wine Trail would start near Black Lake's Bella Brooke Winery in Morristown, extending to Lisbon's River Myst Winery and then to High Peaks Winery in Winthrop.
Winemakers revive ancient Negev Wine Route
Nine wineries make modern use of the ancient Nabatean grape-growing terraces in Israel's Negev Desert, a perfect climate for the craft.
Officially, it's now the Niagara Wine Trail
Gov. Andrew Cuomo this week signed into law a measure expanding and renaming the Niagara Wine Trail system, which supporters say will allow for continued growth and tourism.
Hong Kongers spend HK$5ka year on wine
Hong Kong people are likely to spend more than HK$5,000 annually on wine, according to a new survey by the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition.
NZ reaping rewards of experimentation
Mud House winemaker Nadine Worley has told how an ever-improving understanding of factors such as barrel maturation and clonal selection is helping New Zealand wines to show greater complexity.
China's growing interest in Californian wine
As wealth grows in Asia, there's more money for the finer things in life, including wine.
Australia's growing taste for bubbly
Australians drank, sprayed and toasted their way through more than 5.4 million bottles of champagne in 2012, cementing the nation's position as the seventh biggest market in the world for French bubbly with sales of more expensive vintage champagne brands now at record levels.
SC: Alcohol sales vote highlights broader trend
Ballot questions in Fountain Inn and Travelers Rest reflect how the fight over Sunday alcohol sales has played out since voters shot down a 1999 referendum that would have allowed liquor by the drink across Greenville County.
Canada: Making the case for beer and wine in corner stores
Tom Moher believes it's a matter of time before every province legalizes private-store wine, beer and spirit sales.
Happy hour, flat tax among restaurants' recommendations for B.C. liquor review
Association suggests changes to bring B.C. in line with other provinces
Obituary: 'Gentleman of Sherry' Mauricio Gonzalez-Gordon y Diez dies
One of the most highly respected elder statesmen of Sherry, Mauricio Gonzalez-Gordon y Diez, Marques of Bonanza, has died aged 89 in Jerez.
Bottled by You: Naked Wines' Crowdfunding
With 150,000 "angels" across the world, the Norwich, England-based company has a turnover of more than £40 million and ships over 10 million bottles of wine a year.
Government shutdown halts beer label approvals
Brewers that are waiting for approval on labels for new products won't get the go-ahead during the government shutdown.
Wine Notes: Rhone wave breaking in Walla Walla
... there's a new guard of up-and-coming winemakers equally obsessed with Rhône varietals and cobbled soils
UK: Cameron says minimum pricing 'has merit'
Despite the policy having the support of the prime minister, in July it was left out of the government's plans to combat problem drinking.
Oregon's 50 Best Wines 2013
20 varietals, 11 AVAs, and 25 bottles under $30! We asked Portland wine experts to pick their favorite bottles of the year-and the results are delicious.
Appropriations Lapse Notice Cessation of TTB Operations With Limited Access to
Once funding has been restored, and the government shutdown is over, we will work to restore regular service as soon as possible.
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