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  Daily News for Wednesday, December 4th
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12/04/13
Coffee Icon to Give Unified Symposium Keynote
Former Peet's owner and Starbucks co-founder to kick off annual wine and grape conference.
12/04/13
Napa Grapegrowers honor retiring Ag commissioner Dave Whitmer
Retiring Napa County Agricultural Commissioner Dave Whitmer has received the first "Ed Weber Award" from the Napa Valley Grapegrowers.
12/04/13
Winners of the Miljenko Grgich Wine Studies Endowment Fund Announced
Scholarship to assist professional wine studies
12/04/13
Sonoma State Seminar: How to Find the Right Publicist & Make the Most of the PR Experience
With Lisa Mattson, Holly Evans, Christine Deussen, Amber Gallat and Liza Zimmerman
12/04/13
Applications Being Accepted for $370,000 in Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Community Grants
Sonoma County Nonprofits Invited to Apply for Grants--Deadline Jan. 15, 2014
12/04/13
Wine.com Releases Annual 2013 Wine.com 100
The industry's only list compiled based solely on consumer purchasing data
12/04/13
80 years after Prohibition, Just 9 states don't allow wine shipments
16 million Americans still live in dry areas
12/04/13
EU wine producers in limbo as China probe continues
Bordeaux's wine council hopes the French prime minister's visit to China this week can help ease tension over an ongoing anti-dumping investigation into European wine shipments, but a quick resolution looks unlikely.
12/04/13
Becoming A Wine Destination
C-stores have a huge opportunity to delve into the wine category, which continues to grow in popularity.
12/04/13
Cultivating a Wine Region in India
In India, where whiskey is the alcoholic drink of choice and teetotalers exist by the legions, a wine culture has been almost nonexistent.
12/04/13
New World wine gains recognition in China
A new wine consumption trend is taking place in China with New World countries becoming increasing popular in the country.
12/04/13
SurePure Announces Launch of Premium "Sulphur Free" Wines by Winemaker Using SurePure Technology
NPW employs SurePure's photopurification technology to microbiologically purify wine using ultra violet light instead of having to add sulphur-compounds to stabilise the wine. This not only provides a 'greener' alternative to traditional preservative methods, but also ensures a less harmful alternative to traditional chemical intervention for the consumer.
12/04/13
12/04/13
Wines of British Columbia Increase Presence in United States (Press Release)
... partnership between the British Columbia Wine Institute (BCWI) and Good Company Wines.
12/04/13
Man Fakes Own Death to Avoid Wine Payments
A 68-year old Frenchman has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for ordering nearly 50,000 euros ($67,690) worth of wine and going to extremes to avoid payment, including telling producers he had died.
12/04/13
Harvest 2013: Big & Rich-Laetitia Vineyard & Winery Reflects
With Laetitia Vineyard & Winery's harvest wrapped up, president and head winemaker, Eric Hickey, projects that wines from 2013 will be "big, rich, intensely colored and balanced."
12/04/13
Farmland hides mobster for 10 years
Mobster Enrico Ponzo changed his name, put on a cap, grew a goatee, bought a tiny herd, and hoped farmland would hide him forever. It almost did.
12/04/13
Pommard producers step up grand cru promotion push
Producers in three premier cru areas of Pommard have stepped up their quest to achieve grand cru status by submitting a 150-page support dossier to the local INAO office.
12/04/13
Silverado Vineyards Cofounder Diane Disney Miller Dies
Disney daughter was a passionate lover of vineyards and supporter of the arts
12/04/13
Gift liquor sales decline for Chinese New Year
There is a huge decline in gift liquor sales ahead of this year's Chinese New Year as a result of the government's demands for a cut in luxury and wasteful spending.
12/04/13
China is the most 'promising' market for Portuguese Wine
Portugal is now the seventh largest wine exporter to China and many Portuguese winemakers believe that China is their "most promising market".
12/04/13
Pernod Ricard USA re-appoints Legacy Marketing Partners as national on-premise agency of record
After an extensive agency review process, Pernod Ricard USA has re-appointed incumbent Legacy Marketing Partners, a leading Chicago-based experiential marketing agency, as national on-premise activation agency of record, effective July 1, 2013.
12/04/13
Say it ain't so...Is there a global wine drought?
While Morgan Stanley's figures weren't incorrect, per se, their forecast did not take into account 2013's production levels which actually show a return to 2006 production levels, a healthy state of production for the industry. What's more -- Spain, Italy, France and Chile produced record wine levels in 2013.
12/04/13
Apparently, this Wine Contains Drowned Baby Mice
When making Baby Mice Wine, one needs a) rice wine, and b) a maximum of 3-day-old mice. Dozens of itty bitty tiny baby mice are bottled up, drowned alive in the wine and left to brew. After about 12 to 14 months they are "safe" to drink.
12/04/13
Mapping The Microbial Terroir Of Wine
A new study from UC Davis, MicroTrek, Inc. and Constellation Brands Inc. offers evidence that grapes and the wines they produce are also the product of an unseen but fairly predictable microbial terroir, itself shaped by the climate and geography of the region, vineyard and even individual vine.
12/04/13
Price Increases, Uptrading Driving Italian Wine's Value Growth
After a 1 percent decline in shipments to 27 million cases in 2012, Italian wine is expected to be back in positive growth territory in the U.S. market by year-end, with volume estimated to rise 3 percent - 5 percent.
12/04/13
Wine "shortage"? Not in Michigan, anyway
"Shortage? They didn't include reds in their count at the end of 2012. In truth, 2012 was perhaps the greatest vintage year we've had in northern Michigan, and 2013 was one of the biggest harvests ever. We were at capacity. They didn't use that data."
12/04/13
Wine and spirits affect holiday spirit
Fifty to 70 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). During the holidays, that number can increase as stress piles on and alcohol consumption levels increase.
12/04/13
Words on Wisconsin wine left bad taste -- Aimee Gauger
I was saddened by Peter Botham's harsh commentary on his fellow Wisconsin winemakers in the Sunday Business article "Sales continue to lag for Wisconsin-made wines."
12/04/13
Sales continue to lag for Wisconsin-made wines
A report from the state Department of Revenue showed that just 5.3 percent of the taxable liters of wine prepared and bottled for sale in the state in 2012 came from state wineries.
12/04/13
Announcing the 2013 edition of the Wine.com 100, the seventh year we have compiled our top 100 list based entirely on customer preferences
The ranking reflects the top wines sold nationally on Wine.com during the first 11 months of 2013. While many publications rank wines based on the opinions of their wine critics, we wanted our customers to be the judge.
12/04/13
December 5th marks 80th anniversary of Prohibition repeal (Press Release)
States across the country have greatly modernized their alcohol markets but some Prohibition legacies linger, according to the Distilled Spirits Council.
12/04/13
Registration Open for WSWA's 71st Annual Convention & Exposition
The WSWA 71st Annual Convention & Exposition will be held April 8-10, 2014 at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas
12/04/13
San Joaquin County supervisors vote to deny small winery
"They don't tell you what size parcel you need so you're shooting at nothing."
12/04/13
Pommard producers step up grand cru promotion push
Producers in three premier cru areas of Pommard have stepped up their quest to achieve grand cru status by submitting a 150-page support dossier to the local INAO office
12/04/13
World map of wine to be turned on its head warns Dr Richard Smart
"The wine business is the canary in the cage for world agriculture because it so sensitive to change," Dr Richard Smart told delegates to the 3rd International Sparkling Wine Symposium, being held at Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking, Surrey.
12/04/13
Smart warns of disease danger
Trunk disease represents the next great threat for the wine industry, posing a far greater risk than phylloxera, according to consultant viticulturist Dr Richard Smart.
12/04/13
WSWA Launches New Convention Website and Opens Registration for 71st Annual Convention & Exposition
Register today to take part in the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) 71st Annual Convention & Exposition, the wine and spirits industry's premier event.
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