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  Daily News for Friday, November 22nd
Last Red Mountain land grab this weekend
As there are about 1,400 acres of vines in the ground, this will leave precious little left that is plantable.
Massachusetts Consumers and AWCC Call for Comprehensive Direct Wine Shipping Law (Press Release)
AWCC has suggested that H.294 not only be amended to allow consumers to receive shipments form both wineries and wine stores, but also that lawmakers pass legislation allowing the state's own wine stores to ship ...
R.J's Holiday Champagne Buyer's Guide
My annual Holiday Champagne Buyer's Guide includes ratings on 325 current releases. It's packed with some amazing wines and many excellent values.
China to Double Wine Production Within 5 Years
While China is currently the world's fifth-largest producer of wine, Boris Petric, an anthropologist with the research body, estimates it will soon have the most land under vine and produce more wine than any other country.
Zinfandel's Renaissance Featured at Zap's New Zinfandel Experience Trade & Media Seminar and Tasting
Pre-Event will be held at new location and on new day, January 22, 2014
Taxpayer-Funded Propaganda to Show the "Evils" of Private Alcohol Sales
As if there wasn't enough money in politics, now government agencies are using taxpayer dollars-our dollars-in an attempt to influence state policy
Sonoma State Forum Covers Wine Trends
An intimate group of 20-plus, virtually all representing North Coast wineries, grilled a panel of wine writers and data miners about marketing issues during Sonoma State's Wine Trends seminar
Wine-As-A-Service Company Rewinery Has Shut Down
After existing for more than a year with what its now former CEO describes as no outside capital, it shut down. Issues relating to a key supplier led to the decision, indicating perhaps that the company had simple cash flow problems.
2013 Vintage Report: United States
In the Pacific Northwest, a sunny summer raised hopes; on the East Coast, a sunny autumn saved the day
In Wine Drinking, Europe and America Trade Places
A recent article in Newsweek bemoaned that Italians, particularly younger Italians, are drinking less wine today than they did five years ago. Fifty years ago, they consumed about twice as much annually. All this, even though no country makes more wine than Italy (which exports a great deal of it, especially to the United States).
On Baja Wine: Store shelves stocked with bottles from California, Chile
It's not that Baja doesn't have a wine business (it dates back to 1791). I'd hesitate, though, to yet call it an "industry" on the scale of, say, Italy, Spain, or even Chile. It is small, growing; with lots of potential.
VINx2 Winery Software named exclusive sales agent for VinSuite in Australia, New Zealand
Under the latest deal, Vinx2 will offer direct-to-consumer modules, which make up the VinSuite platform, in Australia and New Zealand, beginning Q1 2014.
Freezing Temperatures Bring an Early Start to the BC Icewine Harvest
Winemakers and viticulturalists in BC are collectively rejoicing with the arrival of the annual Icewine harvest. With sub-zero temperatures in the Okanagan this week, the harvest for BC's "liquid gold" started on Wednesday, Nov. 20 and continued into the early morning hours on Nov. 21.
Santa Barbara Wine Country Critiques Revised Rules
Santa Barbara vintners and their neighbors critique proposed winery ordinance ideas.
1976 Judgement of Paris wines enter US hall of fame
The Napa wines that famously beat France's best in the 1976 Judgement of Paris tasting have been chosen from among millions of artefacts as one of the 101 items that 'made America'.
Majestic sees no end to UK Prosecco trend
UK wine retailer Majestic expects strong sales momentum for Prosecco to continue, after drinkers' thirst for the Italian sparkling wine proved a highlight of its financial half-year.
Ducru-Beaucaillou declared world's best Cab blend in blind tasting
A blind tasting of some of the world's top Cabernet blends from the 2009 vintage in London yesterday saw Château Ducru-Beaucaillou come out in first place.
Shades made from wine barrels launched
The frames of the Wayfarer-shaped specs are made from wood used to age Central Coast red blend, Robert Mondavi Private Selection Coastal Crush Red.
Home winemakers now need only a pod and a laptop
A US company is offering people the chance to buy winemaking equipment they can install at home and produce their own wine with a computer programme.
Think Oregon, drink Pinot?
There has never been so much great wine being produced. Time and time again, I am surprised and excited, not only by wines from regions that I have never explored before, but also by those that I thought I knew inside-out!
Top 10 wines in the US press
Wines to enjoy with a Thanksgiving feast are a theme in the US this week and Dave McIntyre recommends a full flight for $40 and Sandra Silfven picks a "wine to impress your guests".
Biltmore Relaunches Pas de Deux Sparkling Wine as Separate Brand For Millennial Audience
Biltmore Estate Wine Company has relaunched its Pas de Deux sparkling wine as a separate brand, reflecting the wine's success with younger female wine buyers and its distinctive position within the Biltmore portfolio of wines.
Benchmark Wine Group secures rare wines from Texas Collector
The wine lot is its first cellar released featuring only the top producers in the world. The leading wine ecommerce website will sell the blue chip wines ranging in price from $250 for a bottle of Carruades de Lafite to $12k for a 6-pack of Château Petrus stored in the original wooden case.
Chalone Vineyard releases new Gavilan Wines
Chalone Vineyard announces the first commercial release in more than a decade of its popular Gavilan wine brand. The new Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, both from the superb 2012 vintage, are available at fine restaurants and wine shops around the country.
Adding Intelligence To A Wine Bottle
The sensor tag informs consumers about the state of their wine and an app, which contains a web dashboard and a QR code, enables winemakers to measure consumer engagement and prevent counterfeiting and brand duplication.
CA: Wine grape growers statewide report excellent vintage
Following a warm, dry spring with near-ideal conditions for bringing grapes to maturity, the harvest was remarkably smooth; wineries are at capacity and working with some very high quality wine grapes, according to the California Wine Institute.
San Joaquin County commission puts cork in wine-related moratorium
It is only a recommendation against a 12-month moratorium.
Hahn Family Wines Takes New Direction, Aiming Upmarket
Known mainly as a producer of accessibly-priced, entry level wines from the Central Coast, Monterey-based Hahn Family Wines is now seeking to reorient its portfolio in a more premium direction.
Valley Wines vs. Mountain Wines: Is There a Difference in Taste?
It was a wine-soaked showdown of valley floor vs. mountain Cabernet Sauvignon at the Napa Valley Vintners last Friday - with points scored on both sides and the winner left entirely undecided.
World's oldest wine cellar discovered
The wine cellar is roughly 3,700 years old.
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