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  Daily News for Friday, October 4th
Chile frost hits fruit and wine, emergency declared

Up to $1 billion estimated damage in South America's top fruit exporter

Emergency declared in Chile after worst frosts in 84 years
Chile has declared a state of emergency after its worst frosts in 84 years have caused an estimated US$1 billion worth of damage to grapes and fruit crops.
Viansa Winery snapped up by Vintage Wine Estates
The property had been listed by Sotheby's International Realty for $15 million. The inventory and other aspects of the business were listed by a broker at an additional $10 million, for a total of $25 million.
Napa County Rejects Winery Project
Planning Commission rejects petition for 300,000-gallon incubator winery near Calistoga, encourages applicants to redesign.
What Do Americans Really Think Of Aussie Wines?
Survey reveals the U.S. wine industry thinks highly of Australian wines
The Virginia Wine Board Presents Its Second Annual Wine Summit to Be Held In Richmond on October 28
Wine experts and enthusiasts will gather at The Jefferson Hotel on October 28 for an innovative and informative day of speakers, tastings and discussions on the future and current state of Virginia wines.
Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Bill Allowing Undocumented Immigrants To Apply For Driver's Licenses
The licenses would carry a distinction on the front of the card that states the document may be used for driving, not as federal identification.
CA governor signs bill to allow homemade wine and beer charity events
Currently, the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) prohibits individuals and nonprofits from selling homemade wine or beer - a prohibition many small nonprofits were unaware of until the ABC recently denied one-day alcohol permits for various charity events involving tastings or auctions of home-produced alcoholic beverages.
Report from Wine Cask's 30th Birthday Bash
Veritable Foodie Frenzy as Owners, Staff, Alumni, and Fans Celebrate Anacapa Street Institution
Constellation Brands Beats Wine Weakness With Beer Sales, Modelo Deal
Constellation Brands, U.S. seller of Corona beer, Svedka Vodka and Robert Mondavi wine reported net earnings of $189 million, or 96 cents per share, on $1.46 billion in sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2014. Earnings per share were up 35 percent from a year ago and beat the consensus estimate of 88 cents.
NY: Del Posto Wine Director Jeff Porter Joins the Babbo Team
Jeff Porter, the acclaimed wine director of Del Posto, is now overseeing the wine program at Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich's flagship restaurant, Babbo. He replaces Alec Steidl, who is no longer with the restaurant.
Dundee in heart of Oregon wine country offers reasons to pull off busy 99W
A new tourist placard published this summer, called "Walk Dundee," lists 36 businesses and a walking map on the other. A dozen of the businesses are wine tasting rooms; another 10 serve food.
Top 10 US Winery Tours
New survey points wine lovers in the right direction.
Western NC man produces wine from his backyard
While Burntshirt and Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards have boldly put Henderson County on the viticulture map over the last two years, a retired restaurateur has quietly been producing fine wine grapes in his backyard here for more than a decade.
Vineyards take action as climate change threatens wines and livelihoods
As growing conditions are altered, grape production is beginning to shift to new areas long associated with regions further south.
New president at Finger Lakes Wine Country
Laury Ellen Poland took over the position this week. "From being a frequent visitor myself, I know how much the destination has to offer," she said in a news release.
When a new technology saved the French wine industry
Amy Harmon's excellent article in the New York Times describes how the Florida orange juice industry may soon be wiped out because of a new bacterial disease spread by an introduced insect. There could be a technology fix for the problem using genetic engineering, but the question is whether the growers will get to apply that solution.
Avant-Garde Winery Architecture
These New Wave wineries are turning heads for their bold lines. And the wines are pretty darn good, too.
IL: Recent drought makes fine wines for Lake County winery
The past two summers' lack of consistent rain forced vines to dig deeper roots to find water, and Phillips said the extra work and lowered water volume leads to heavily concentrated flavor in the fruit. T
Constellation Brands' wine sales weaker than expected
Beer has boosted half-year profits for Constellation Brands, but the firm's wine business had a mixed six months.
Good look ahead at Canadian wines for Thanksgiving
Canadian made wine is not only abundant, readily available and affordable, but there is so much great stuff out there now it's become a wine crime to ignore it.
The Way We Eat Now
Marcella Hazan changed the way we think about Italian cooking.
Wine Fills America's Cup
Plus, a Master of Wine and mountains, and the California condor gets a lift from the vineyard
Top 10 wines in the US press
Dave McIntyre recommends a "fist-pumping" and "table-thumping good" Spanish red, while Jon Bonné picks out "the perfect fresh red for an age of nuance".
Freak Grape-Razing Hail Crushes Burgundy Winemakers' Dreams
As grape harvests get under way this week, the damage caused by a single hailstorm that pummeled the area around 4 p.m. on July 23 has ruined the likes of Rouxel and hit sections of France's 8 billion-euro ($10.9 billion) wine industry hard.
Hong Kongers spend HK$5k a year on wine
Hong Kong residents 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
The Many Faces of Littorai
Ted Lemon's is the pensive face on the cover of Jon Bonné's soon-to-be published book "The New California Wine."
La journée Suspends Publication
After five years of delivering information to readers worldwide, publishing company JV Presse Info has been forced to throw in the towel and admit defeat, despite the efforts of the entire team to weather the storm.
6,000-Year-Old Wine Found In Greece; Ancient Samples May Be Oldest Unearthed In Europe
Conventional wisdom agrees that a fine wine generally gets better with age -- good news for the 6,200-year-old wine samples unearthed in Greece, huh?
Sicily's Arianna Occhipinti has redefined the image of the modern vintner by returning to the island's native roots
Less than two years ago, in what she jokingly calls "a moment of craziness," she jumped at the opportunity to buy an abandoned estate in the farm district of Contrada Bombolieri.
Vintage Wine Estates Purchases Viansa Winery
Included in the sale is the adjacent 168-acre estate vineyard, planted to Sangiovese, Primitivo, Vernaccia and Pinot Grigio and 113-acre wetland preserve.
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