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  Daily News for Thursday, November 14th
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11/14/13
Australia: Wine industry merger to deliver increased returns to producers: Govt
The newly named Australian Grape and Wine Authority would be responsible for marketing and research and development of the country's $3.4 billion wine industry.
11/14/13
Sonoma group fights for tighter grip on hotels
The proposal calls for allowing permits for hotels larger than 25 rooms only if the town's annualized hotel room occupancy rate exceeded 80 percent in the previous calendar year. There are 500 hotel rooms in Sonoma.
11/14/13
Is Treasury Wine Estates undervalued?
For investors it is always important to distinguish between short-term bad news that a company can overcome and long-term issues that may continue to hamper a firm.
11/14/13
Stand-Alone Food Section Faces Demise in Bay Area
In the food-obsessed Bay Area, The San Francisco Chronicle's food section has been as much of a city institution as the cable car, and to many San Franciscans, more useful
11/14/13
Farm bill remains challenge
Steering a tractor in a straight line across an open field takes a bit of learning. And so it seems with writing a new farm bill - given the extremes pulling to the right and left.
11/14/13
Boehner closes door on House-Senate immigration panel
"The idea that we're going to take up a 1,300-page bill that no one had ever read, which is what the Senate did, is not going to happen in the House."
11/14/13
Greg Clark in line to become Napa's next ag commissioner
Greg Clark, assistant agricultural commissioner, is being recommended to replace Dave Whitmer for the office of Agricultural Commissioner-Sealer of Weights of Measures.
11/14/13
Northwest Winery Dealings Continue
French wine company becomes sole owner of Osoyoos Larose as Constellation sells off shares
11/14/13
Corks with "Fingerprints" to Combat Wine Fraud
Italian manufacturer launches new cork that tracks the life of a wine.
11/14/13
Paul Hobbs Imports Becomes Sole U.S. Importer for Argentine Pinot Noir Producer Alto Limay
Alto Limay, dedicated to the production of Pinot Noir from Patagonia, Argentina, has appointed Paul Hobbs Imports as its United States importer. Since 2008, Paul Hobbs has been working with the producers of Alto Limay as consulting winemaker in an effort to explore this frontier geographical area and its synergy with the Pinot Noir varietal.
11/14/13
Report: "Craft Beer and Wine at a Crossroads" - Craft Beer Emerges as a Force
Frank, Rimerman + Co. LLP publishes a comprehensive research report on the craft beer industry: "Craft Beer and Wine at a Crossroads."
11/14/13
Grazing for Solutions: Holistic Integration of Animals into Orchards and Vineyards
The immediate and long-term benefits of integrating animals in orchard and vineyard operation - such as the use of raptors for rodent control or sheep for weed suppression - will be a topic of discussion at the upcoming Sustainable Ag Expo, Nov. 18 and 19 at the Madonna Inn Expo Center in San Luis Obispo, California.
11/14/13
Gallegos' next generation
"One can say wine makes itself, if you control the quality of the grapes from start to finish," Ignacio Gallegos Jr. says.
11/14/13
60 California wineries at "ProWine" China trade show
The wineries represent 110 brands and 32 American viticultural areas and regional associations. Napa Valley, Paso Robles and Santa Barbara wine regions are displayed in Wine Institute's Pavilion.
11/14/13
Record HKTDC Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair Draws 1,005 Exhibitors
More than 1,000 exhibitors from 40 countries and regions, a new exhibitor record, took part in the HKTDC Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair, which ran November 7-9 in Hong Kong. The fair also drew more than 20,000 visitors.
11/14/13
William Cole gets extension to comply with winery permits
It wasn't until recently that the permitting issue was noticed, and it took county staff two years - including filing a lawsuit against William Cole earlier this year - for the building permit to be issued.
11/14/13
Direct Wines sells Virgin Wines in £16m buyout
The managing director of Laithwaites owner Direct Wines has said his company is not turning its back on the UK, after agreeing to sell its Virgin Wines business in the country.
11/14/13
DAWA 2013: New World dominates as International Trophies revealed
Winemakers from across the Southern Hemisphere are celebrating today after the region dominated the list of 15 International Trophies awarded by the 2013 Decanter Asia Wine Awards (DAWA).
11/14/13
Sweet Bordeaux takes action
Producers across the sweet wine appellations of Bordeaux are busy exploring stylistic, packaging and marketing initiatives to safeguard their commercial future.
11/14/13
Top 10 new products in November
Here is a range of November's new products including Champagnes, wines, chocolate liqueur and a product designed to help "unlock the hidden flavours" in wine.
11/14/13
Okanagan: Diversity versus uniformity
Wine producers are still trying to discover which grapes work best in the Okanagan Valley and how to exploit the region's potential.
11/14/13
Majority of Brits prefer cheap wine
The majority of British consumers favour cheap wine over an expensive equivalent, according to a study carried out by the London Wine Academy.
11/14/13
Q&A with Sandro Saadé, one of Syria's leading winemakers
Sandro Saadé, together with brother Karim, is the founder of Château Marsyas in the Lebanon's Bekaa Valley and Syria's Domaine de Bargylus, the latter described by Hugh Johnson as "the finest wine produced in the Eastern Mediterranean". He talks to Douglas Blyde about realising an ancient dream.
11/14/13
Liquor Beats Wine As An Investment
Me? I prefer to avoid wine stocks altogether and focus instead on spirits. Go With Booze Instead, Buy Diageo: I've recommended Diageo off and on for years, and I still consider it one of my favorite long-term holdings.
11/14/13
Lawmakers Consider Allowing Wine Shipments In Mass.
At the State House on Tuesday, the Joint Committee On Consumer And Professional Licensure heard testimonies from business owners and customers pushing for a winery-to-consumer bill to be passed.
11/14/13
Jeff Siegel deflates wine snobs
Texas-based wine writer Jeff Siegel earned the moniker Wine Curmudgeon not because of his feelings about wine, but about the other stuff: the wine business, wine snobbery, wine critics, wine regulations and notions about wine in the United States.
11/14/13
Virginia winemakers question 'global wine shortage' but acknowledge challenges
"We already have a shortage in Virginia, because people are excited about Virginia wines. We don't have enough grapes in the ground already, so we have to reach out further to buy grapes, because we can't always get enough locally. And as that market continues to experience more pressure, the harder it gets."
11/14/13
Vintners take different paths to find wine-making
Some people dream of opening a winery. The easiest way to do this is to make a substantial amount of money in another business, "retire" to the country and start a winery.
11/14/13
Northstar Winery opens Northstar Blending Experience
Walla Walla winery offers guests the opportunity to blend and bottle their own wine.
11/14/13
California Wine: Certification Beyond Organic
What began as a self-assessment system in 1996 turned into third-party certification in 2008.
11/14/13
Washington wines continue to pour it on for 20something crowd
20something also casts a spotlight on some of Seattle's up-and-coming wine professionals.
11/14/13
Yellen To Say Economy Needs Support, New Data Seem To Agree
As Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Janet Yellen prepares to tell the Senate Banking Committee that she supports continuing the central bank's policy of buying billions of dollars worth of bonds to boost the economy, there's fresh evidence that the relatively slow economic recovery continues to be ... relatively slow.
11/14/13
Chicken In Popular Products May Soon Be Made In China
The USDA has cleared the way for Chinese poultry processors to ship meat to America.
11/14/13
What Are You Drinking, Joshua Greene?
Most of what I buy for drinking at home or with friends is Finger Lakes riesling ...
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