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  Daily News for Tuesday, October 29th
California Wine Grape Haul Estimated at 4 Million Tons

Winery capacity becomes an issue in North Coast region as state experiences second large harvest in a row

World Wine Production Seen at 7-Year High on Spain and Argentina
World wine production is forecast to climb 8.8 percent to the highest in seven years as grape harvests rebound in Spain, Argentina and France, according to the International Organisation of Vine and Wine.
People News Recap from 10/22 - 10/28
Wine industry people on the move from October 22 to October 28
Massive US $100B merger expected between Anheuser-Busch and SABMiller
With half the world's beer produced by four big firms and few markets left for them to tap, the time may be right for a US$100-billion merger between the two largest, Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller.
Constellation Eyes $100M Tequila Buy
Constellation Brands has reportedly allocated $100 million for the purchase of a "heritage" Tequila brand.
Supplier News: Vicard's Newest Generation Launches High Tech Cooperage Esprit de Dryades, Focused on Tannin Potential and Molecular Cooking
With a single goal in mind of creating the first totally reproducible barrel in the industry, Esprit de Dryades was founded in 2010.
How TWE litigation will play out: Analyst
The financial risk to Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) from the class action announced this morning is very low if TWE has insurance against such proceedings, CIMB analyst Daniel Broeren has advised.
The Unsettling Truth About Go Texan Wine
Some weeks ago I wrote about a wine carrying the familiar "Go Texan" mark of the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) that was made mainly (85 percent, as it happened) of non-Texas grapes.
Chumash Call on Congress for Camp 4
Rep. Doug La Malfa Supporting Tribe's Dreams of Annexing 1,400 Acres in Santa Ynez Valley
Creating, protecting wine trademark
Developing and protecting strong trademarks should therefore be considered an investment designed both to ensure that others cannot stop you from using your mark and to prevent others from using your mark or a confusingly similar mark.
Wines of British Columbia Expand in the Hong Kong Market
The British Columbia Wine Institute (BCWI) announced a strategic partnership with Cuvées in Hong Kong that make the Wines of British Columbia more accessible than ever to consumers in that market.
10 agriculture stories you should read today
Coming Drone Boom. Farmland Hides Dinosaurs. Tequila Curse. Arrowhead Bonanza. Fake Bubbly. Snakeheads. Redwoods vs. Red Wine.
Trinchero's Lodi expansion won't affect Napa County wine jobs
The multiyear project in Lodi should add about 400 jobs to the company, with no corresponding job loss in Napa County, Feeley said. The new crushing and processing facility in Lodi is already operating, and a new bottling and distribution center is on schedule to open in mid-2015, she said
Castel takes trademark battle to China's Supreme Court
French wine merchant Castel is pursuing its trademark dispute in China at the country's Supreme Court and has said it will 'take any measures' to win.
Treasury Wine Estates facing lawsuit over US charges
Treasury Wine Estates has been accused of misleading shareholders by not warning them early enough of its plan to spend millions of dollars to destroy excess wine in the US.
Government austerity hits China's fine wine sales
Château Lafite and the high-priced Chinese spirit Moutai have both experienced a significant drop in trade and price this year as the government's austerity measures begin to bite.
Treasury facing legal action over dumping stock
Global wine giant Treasury Wine Estates is facing legal action from Australian shareholders after it was forced to write off six million bottles of wine in July due to oversupply.
Hit the road, Jack!
Wine doesn't sell itself - especially Bordeaux right now - so it's time to see some customers.
Chile shows off creative streak
Santa Rita Estates is seeking to inject greater charisma into Chile's wine offer with the launch of a South American-inspired range, its first ever oak-aged Sauvignon Blanc and a pair of surfer-themed wines.
Man goes back into burning house to rescue his beer
A man in the US has told a local television news station how he was nearly killed after he returned to a burning house in order to rescue a case of beer.
Exploring California's Terroir with Peter Michael
One of the state's top vintners showcases Knights Valley, Sonoma Coast and Napa wines.
Featured Winemaker: Michel Chapoutier
The Rhône's dynamic master of Hermitage has grown M. Chapoutier into a global success
Wine: Decanting in a blender?
Don't blame me. Blame Nathan Myhrvold.
Italian Wine Consumption Hits Record Lows
Consumption is at its weakest since Italy was unified as a country in 1861, according to Coldiretti, the main farmers' association. The most immediate cause has been the economic downturn, which has pinched incomes.
Wine: Millennials find a taste for adventure
The most interesting new wine venue in Washington is Vin de Chez, a pop-up bar in a parking lot. It's the creation of Liz Bird and Tom Madrecki, two 20-somethings intent on proving that wine can be taken seriously yet still be fun. It also gives me the perfect excuse to discuss millennials and wine; after all, baby boomers tend not to drink wine in parking lots.
Virginia's wine industry is growing
According to Richard Lewis, public relations director for the Virginia Tourism Corporation, the Piedmont, a fertile region at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains running north to south, is growing into a wine region that's beginning to measure up to some of Europe's greats.
Pa. wine production ranks 5th in the nation
In fact, over the past 10 years, the number of wineries has spiked from 64 wineries in 2000 to 171 in 2011. Part of the reason is because Pennsylvania's environment is a sweet spot for grape growing.
CDFA accepting Specialty Crop Block Grant proposals
The California Department of Food & Agriculture is now accepting proposals for the 2014 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program designed to enhance the competitiveness of the Golden State's specialty crops.
Washington State Wine Commission releases informative, amusing iPad app to promote the state's wines
Brought to you by Washington State Wine, this app features comedian Greg Proops as The Recommendeuer, the master of education and recommendation of Washington State wines. - App description
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