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  Daily News for Wednesday, December 11th
Reynolds & Buckley co-founder David Reynolds passes
It is with heavy hearts that we announce that David Reynolds, co-founder of Reynolds & Buckley, suffered a fatal heart attack in his London family home on Saturday, December 7. David spent the last 30 years helping non-profits around the country revolutionize their approach to fundraising auctions. He was a visionary and he was larger than life. We are all better for having known him.
Penn State Names Research Viticulturist
Michela Centinari to join Department of Plant Science in 2014
Prosecutors Reveal Evidence Against Accused Wine Counterfeiter
Hundreds of corks, capsules and labels of iconic wines the FBI says it confiscated from Rudy Kurniawan's home
Australian Wine and Grape Industry crushed 1.75 million tonnes of grapes in 2012-13
South Australia crushed the largest volume of grapes accounting for 42.4% of the crush, followed by New South Wales/Australian Capital Territory with 33.9% and Victoria with 19.7%.
Personal Wine Partners with the American Bar Association for Exclusive Wine Program
Personal Wine, a leading provider of high-end customized wine, has partnered with the American Bar Association (ABA), one of the world's largest professional organizations, to create a program that provides ABA members with the ability to create personalized wine at an exclusive 15 percent discount.
This wine brought to you by ... retired teachers
New York-based TIAA-CREF (the initials stand for Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association and College Retirement Equities Fund) owns more than 20,000 acres of vineyards, which in turn produce grapes for more than 190 vintners, including Stag's Leap, Cakebread Cellars, Robert Mondavi, Sutter Home, and others.
The Rise of the American "Somm"
The reinvention of the wine professional has resulted in a new brand of next-gen swagger, complete with a revamped lexicon and liberal arts degree. Francis Percival tracks the American transition from "sommelier" to "somm."
Tweet by tweet, Napa wineries master social media
"Social media is everybody's job. There is always (a return on investment) in talking to your customers. Social media allows you to be scalable. You can talk to more people like that for less cost."
Wine industry veterans see declining vineyard expansion
As the largest wineries increase their vineyard holdings, industry veterans say future expansion of vineyards in Sonoma County may be minimal because there is little land left to plant.
Interested in the Michigan winery business? Attend the 2014 Michigan Grape & Wine Conference
Growers, winery owners and those interested in the business will benefit from the wide selection of topics at the Michigan Grape & Wine Conference Feb. 26-28, 2014 at the Grand Traverse Resort in Acme, Mich.
Top 10 influential wine consultants
Winemaking consultants don't just shape many of the world's most prestigious wines, but often entire regions too.
Colorado wine industry shows steady growth in production and demand
Consumers in Colorado paid on average $16.68 per bottle for Colorado-made wine compared to an average of $6.14 for all other wines.
Wine from a rock at Gorgona's island prison
Gorgona's island prison requires toil and isolation; in return, it offers a wine salvation of sorts.
Kurniawan trial: 'This is a case about greed,' prosecution says
State prosecutors have portrayed alleged fine wine fraudster Rudy Kurniawan as a greedy individual who funded his taste for fast cars by baiting collectors into buying 'phony knock-offs', but defence lawyers argued that their client has been unfairly victimised.
Can Wine Terroir be Proven by Examining Microbes on Grapes?
Vineyard microorganisms may be the first step toward understanding wine's sense of place
Napa Technology introduces new wine dispensing system
Napa Technology, a manufacturer of intelligent dispensing systems for wine, has introduced WineStation, an intelligence-based, automated, temperature-controlled wine dispensing and preservation system.
Fresno winery scene coming into its own
The number of small wineries in the Fresno area has grown to 11 with six of the wineries in the west Fresno wine country where signs guide visitors to the various producers.
Seattle police arrest second suspect in $600,000 wine heist
Seattle police have arrested a second suspect in the theft of more than $600,000 worth of wine from a South Seattle wine shop and storage facility. But the search continues for the missing wine.
Scam-pagne! Wine counterfeiting becoming more sophisticated
Chinese wine consumption is at an all-time high, and Chinese wines are becoming more sophisticated (okay, relatively). Unfortunately, so are wine counterfeiting rings, who've evolved beyond churning out bootlegs with hilariously incorrect names on the label, and are now pulling counterfeit jobs that would put Frank Abagnale Jr. to shame.
Startup: New Wine Brand Named After Ancient Tradition
Called Kukeri Wines, its first release is a Mt. Veeder (Napa Valley) 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon. The brand's concept, which has directed its striking label design, is to highlight ancient tradition using the original artwork.
Connecticut Must Revisit Minimum Liquor Pricing
Rhode Island has joined Massachusetts in removing the sales tax on wine and liquor; that means even more competition for Connecticut consumers.
Medina looks to amend winery restrictions
Village trustees voted unanimously Monday to refer an expansion of the Central Business District's regulations that would allow urban wine, spirit or beer-making operations within the district to the village planning board.
People who drink alcohol live longer than teetotallers: study
Researchers found that those who did not consume any alcohol appeared to have a higher mortality rate.
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