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  Daily News for Tuesday, November 5th
Sources: Famed chef Charlie Trotter found dead in home
An ambulance was called to Trotter's home in the 1800 block of North Dayton Street at 10:45 a.m. and Trotter, 54, was found unconscious and not breathing, according to the friend and fire officials
Charlie Trotter dies: 'He made us all better chefs'
"I've spoken with 10 or 12 people this morning who worked with him and every one is very sad about this. Those of us who got to spend a lot of time with him knew a very caring side of him that not everyone could see."]
Revamped Vin De France Category Sees Big Opportunities In U.S.
While previous efforts at building big-volume French wine brands in the U.S. have faltered, a recent loosening of blending rules and a new marketing push for the pan-French Vin de France category have made producers bullish about growth prospects in the world's biggest wine market.
Back In Growth Mode, DC&E Keeps The "Lifestyle" Brands Coming
Diageo NA president Larry Schwartz credited "innovation and price increases" as contributing to the turnaround. Now that DC&E has righted the ship, Schubert says it will stay on the offensive in courting broad swaths of consumers with so-called "lifestyle brands" at around the $10-$15 mark
Wine + Grape Expo: Panel to Discuss Role of Vineyards in Lower Alcohol Wines
Many critics have complained that California wines, notably those from Napa, are getting too alcoholic. The San Francisco Chronicle recently started listing the alcohol level of wines it reviews. "I know my role on the panel is to talk about consumer acceptance," says Bonné.
Alma Rosa Winery Receives Offer From PE Firm Co-founder
Vintner Richard Sanford may have found the ingredient that will keep the wine flowing at his Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards: EnCap Investments LP's Robert Zorich
Hold On To Your Beards: 'Duck Dynasty' Wines Are Real
Red red wine may make you feel so fine-but what about redneck wine?
Paper wine bottle to go on sale in US
On the back of launching a square wine bottle, drinks packaging design firm Stranger & Stranger has designed the label for a wine bottle made from recycled paper created by UK-based GreenBottle
Breaking Ground in Geneva, N.Y.
Finger Lakes Community College to build teaching winery
U.S. Mail bag could start carrying wine
U.S. Chuck Schumer's proposal to allow mailing of wine, beer and liquor through the Postal Service has met with praise locally.
Fake wine now accounts for 20% of market
Fake wines now account for 20% of global wine sales according to unofficial industry estimates.
Global wine shortage not seen with Bay Area winemakers
The headlines read "Wine Shortage" and it was the talk of many wine sippers since a report was released last Monday predicting a shortage of wine production. But, many in the wine industry have questioned that report and winemakers in the Livermore Valley Region said they were not seeing it.
Phil Coturri and Sonoma's new AVA - Moon Mountain
At 61, Phil is finally receiving the recognition his lifetime of work deserves. Against the odds, through bullheaded persistence, hard work, common sense, and some luck, he defied the conventional farming industry ...
Solano wine industry ripe for expansion
Straddling the markedly different wine worlds of giant Central Valley producers of low-priced wines for the masses and North Coast wineries seeking higher-end grapegrowing and production expansion opportunities, Solano County has a place in the wine industry that is growing even more formidable, according to a longtime local voice for winegrowing.
What to Learn from Jon Rimmerman, the Man Who Blew Up the Whole Wine World
His strategy is simple: relentlessly hunt down the world's unsung underground vintners, then sell their wines to anyone, often cheaply.
Wine World Atlas Revised to Include Finger Lakes, China
Perusing the new maps added to the World Atlas, first published in 1971 and revised about every six years, is one way I track the wine world's latest buzz-worthy vineyard spots. Many of these produce superb wines that are relative bargains.
Arizona Stronghold Vineyards Promotes Michael Pierce to Winemaker
Michael will take over all winemaking and custom crush responsibilities which include client relationships, scheduling, bottling, production material/facility planning, and market support.
Supplier News: BTN confirms expansion of Advanced Broker System BevBrokerConnect
The database is structured to allow pre-approved, licensed Agencies and Brokers to post precise product descriptions for new beverages they are looking to carry.
Purple Wine Company Appoints Jeff Lubin as Vice President, Marketing
Lubin comes to Purple Wine Company with more than three decades of wine industry experience ranging from retail and distributor wine sales to brand building and strategic marketing.
Purple Wine Company Appoints Ryan Conner as Southern California Area Manager
Conner's past wine experience in Northern California built a proficiency in all aspects of distribution as well as retail and on premise sales.
Purple Wine Company Appoints Jack Eastman as Gulf Region Sales Manager
As a top performer in his earlier positions with O'Neill Vintners and Terlato Wines, Eastman has worked managing multiple states, and has a strong sales background in branded and private label wines and spirits.
Purple Wine Company Promotes Lynn Mahlebjian to Northern Division Manager
Mahlebjian will report to Michael Mestas, Vice President, National Sales Manager.
Purple Wine Company Promotes Carlton Scott to Southern Division Manager
Scott will report to Michael Mestas, Vice President, National Sales Manager.
Bar Stories From Six Top Wine & Spirits Professionals
All throughout Cocktail Week 2013, bartenders and spirits professionals have shared their favorite weird bar stories.
How China Became the Wine World's Most Unlikely Superpower
Don't worry, this doesn't mean China wants to drink all your wine
ETS puts wine consistency, value to the test
Guides the 'intelligent combination of art and science'
Total Wine & More superstore may steer you to its private labels
Because Total Wine's prices are often even less than Costco, according to reports where the two stores compete, TW doesn't make its profit selling national brands.
Marqués de Cáceres 'very pleased' with 2013 harvest
Despite a difficult year for many winegrowers in the Rioja region, Marqués de Cáceres has told the drinks business it's "very pleased with the quality of this year's wine".
British Columbia Wines secures Asia partnership
The British Columbia Wine Institute has announced a partnership with Cuvées, a wine supplier in Hong Kong, in the hope of expanding its Asia market.
UK: Supermarket wine sales: wine rack or wine racket?
You're in Tesco, Sainsbury's or Asda and the wine deals look too good to resist. But are those offers really what they seem?
UK: Supermarkets 'inflating' wine prices
A study by price comparison site mySupermaket has found that the likes of Tesco, Sainsbury's and Asda artificially inflate wine prices before slashing them in order to give the appearance of a bargain.
Making "less ambitious Pinot Noir"
Errazuriz chief winemaker Francisco Baettig has explained how working alongside a big name from Burgundy has helped his mission to make "less ambitious Pinot Noir"
Twomey 2013 Merlot may be California's best
In a discussion with the drinks business last month, Daniel Baron, director of winemaking for California's Twomey and Silver Oak wineries said last year's Merlot had hit a new quality benchmark, but added that 2013's grapes were even better.
South Africa to focus on US and emerging African markets says new WOSA chief
South Africa will increasingly target the entire domestic market of Africa along with the US as trading conditions become ever more challenging in mature export markets such as the UK, according to the new head of Wines of South Africa (WOSA).
Global wine production in 2013 is expected to be up 10% on 2012 says OIV
The worldwide production of wine in 2013 is up by over 10% on the 2012 vintage, according to the latest figures from the OIV (Organisation Internationale de la Vigne et du Vin).
China could be world's second largest wine consuming country within five years
China is on course to be the second largest wine consuming country behind the United States within the next five years, according to Don St Pierre Jr, co-founder of Chinese importing company, ASC Fine Wines, speaking ahead of his appearance at this month's
NZ: Opportunities to open up for winemakers
A decline in production of wine in Europe could see Northland wineries making a place for themselves in overseas markets.
Three make it through latest Master Sommelier exams
The Court of Master Sommeliers has welcomed three new members, but several times that number failed to get past the body's strict examination policy.
Argentina must make Malbec work harder
As many in Argentina are keen to look beyond Malbec, Trapiche's chief winemaker thinks producers could do a lot more to promote the diverse styles of its signature grape variety.
Kanonkop wine has narrow escape in fire
One of South Africa's foremost wine producers, Kanonkop, came close to remembering a 40th anniversary for all the wrong reasons after a fire ripped through the estate's offices and tasting room
Oyster farm draws support in court battle
An embattled oyster farm in the Point Reyes National Seashore is a legitimate exception to the Wilderness Act, a San Rafael attorney asserted
Bordeaux Faces Worst Grape Harvest in Decades
Rain and hail have destroyed much of the crop of France's largest fine-wine region
Canada warns US COOL rules could hit lucrative California wine exports
Canada's minister of argiculture and agri-food warns that his country may impose retaliatory tariffs on US wines if the country does not revise or revoke controversial country of origin (COOL) labeling laws
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