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  Daily News for Thursday, December 12th
Northwest Grapegrowers Mull Damage
Temperatures dip below zero in Washington and Oregon wine regions.
BC government backs 12 liquor policy changes
According to the release, the B.C. Liberal government is throwing its support behind the following recommendations: The Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) should improve its marketing of B.C. liquor products in stores, developing new opportunities for product placement and innovative promotional and educational materials...
Wine Entrepreneurship Returns to Sonoma State
A new offering of the eight-week certificate starts Feb. 27, 2014
Groups find middle ground for Paso water basin governance
In recent months, two groups have tackled the ailing Paso Robles Groundwater Basin with separate and differing proposals aimed at overseeing future water use. But earlier this month, those groups agreed to join forces for a single groundwater management structure proposal.
Almonds vs. grapes a grower's dilemma
Tree nut crops like almonds are more likely to provide a better return than vineyards, but that could change as water scarcity drives up costs.
St. Helena easing rules for wineries
The new rules would eliminate the requirement that ag-zoned wineries be subordinate to residential use. Details such as the number of allowable marketing events would be decided on a case-by-case basis as applicants come to the Planning Commission for a use permit.
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. ca_wine_001David 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.
Premier announces liquor policy changes
Premier Christy Clark announced the provincial government's support of several liquor policy recommendations at a stop in West Kelowna Wednesday morning; however, liquor sales in grocery stores was not one of them.
Nelson Mandela's Legacy Left for a Nation and Her Wine Industry
Mandela's leadership had other positive ripple effects -- for example, it helped expose the local wine industry to the outside world, forcing improvements in viticulture and winemaking practices. Thus, this week we pay tribute to his extraordinary legacy through a missive exploring South Africa's wine country.
AmazonFresh Grocery Delivery Has Arrived in the SF Bay Area
While there's a sizable liquor selection, AmazonFresh offers only 50 bottles of wine and a handful of beers, most of them high-end 750 mL bottles. There are no six-packs to be found and only one wine under $10.
Mandela's legacy lives on through House of Mandela wine collection
With Nelson Mandela's blessing, the Mandela women set forth on an effort to share the family's rich heritage and historic legacy through the distinctive medium of fine wines. Their mission was to create wines that embrace the energy and soul of South Africa while encouraging the spirit of unity, family and tradition that Nelson Mandela wholeheartedly stood for.
Tim Atkin's 10 Most Underrated Bordeaux Chateaux
... there are something like 8,000 châteaux in Bordeaux. The name is slightly misleading, as it covers everything from a tatty warehouse in the middle of a field to the palatial glory of Château Margaux
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.
Santa Barbara Wine Couple Comes Home
The Funk Zone's Art Foundry welcomes Fox Wine Co., run by Santa Barbara natives Blair and Sarah Fox.
Kurniawan trial: Alleged fraudster owed millions of dollars
Rudy Kurniawan had spiralling debts totalling millions of dollars around the same time that he attempted to sell counterfeit fine wine at auction, a court has heard in the second day of the alleged wine fraudster's trial.
Champ invests more in Accolade Wines
Champ Private Equity is continuing to invest in Accolade Wines by installing an extra bottling line at its UK packing facility and re-branding Kumala.
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
Napa Valley Vintners receives certification for wine region in Australia, Taiwan
The Napa Valley Vintners (NVV), an American nonprofit trade association responsible for promoting and protecting Napa valley wine producers, has received certification mark protection for the Napa valley wine region in both Australia and Taiwan.
Bottoms up (cheaply): 99 Cents Only to add beer and wine
Local 99 Cents Only stores are working to bring beer and wine sales to the Las Vegas area. The chain is seeking approval from the city of Las Vegas City Planning Commission to sell the products in three of its 15 area locations.
Pennsylvania adds research viticulturist to its wine industry team
As of mid-January 2014, Pennsylvania will have a research viticulturist to assist with the maturation of its wine industry. Dr. Michela Centinari will be joining Penn State's Department of Plant Science and based in Tyson Hall at University Park.
OH: Metro Parks to sell permits for beer, wine
Metro Parks will allow beer and wine at two Highbanks Metro Park shelters as well as two lodges at other parks beginning next year. The Metro Parks board approved the new policy yesterday.
The Minnesota Flavor Of Wine & Spirits
It's a mellow sweetness that many winemakers and distilleries count on, and it comes from a surprising source - our woods.
CO: Chilly temps freeze grapes, creating early ice wine harvest
Workers moved quickly to hand pick 2-3 tons of frozen grapes from the vines on Wednesday morning for the annual Ice Wine harvest that came a little early this year with the cold temperatures.
Brecon Estate winery remodeling old Norman property in Paso Robles
Brecon Estate, a partnership between a Welsh winemaker and an Australian investor, is giving the winery a new look. The tasting room is set to open in the first week of March with the Paso Robles Zinfandel Festival.
5 up-and-coming California wine regions on our radar
Famous wine regions like Napa Valley, Sonoma and Santa Barbara County are wildly popular for travelers, but a number of up-and-coming California wine regions are producing stellar grapes - and wines worth seeking out.
Move Over, California - Florida Wine is a Tasty Alternative
There are more than thirty officially bonded wineries scattered around Florida; but one, Florida Estates Winery in Pasco County, is making wine that's just a little bit different than everyone else's.
Recent move to sweeter wines now heads to port
I have found a lot of chatter on social media recently in praise of port, the fortified wines of Oporto, Portugal. Perhaps this is related to a general trend over the past couple of years toward brisk sales of sweeter wines.
Germany Cuts Wine Production Estimate as Riesling Volume Slides
Germany's wine production, Europe's fourth-biggest, probably fell 6.5 percent to the lowest in three years as output of white Riesling declined, the government statistics office reported.
Wine appellation proposed to boost American Canyon tourism
City called a visitor destination "in its infancy"
Complicated 2011 Red Wine Central Coast
What do you do when all of the names you brainstorm for a new business are already taken? You name the company "Taken." Josh Phelps and Carlo Trinchero have known each other since kindergarten and now conspire to produce good, fun wines under the name, Taken Wine Co.
Seattle Police Find 2,500 Stolen Bottles of Wine
Detectives have recovered more than 2,500 bottles of fancy wine stolen from a Seattle shop, police said Wednesday, and they're examining whether the Thanksgiving heist might be related to a similar break-in at a San Francisco wine seller earlier this year.
Va. ABC sees record profit on increased alcohol sales
Virginians bought more alcohol in the state's beverage control stores and restaurants as the state agency saw a record profit in the last fiscal year.
World's first winery for sale for Bitcoin (Press Release)
Do you love wine and Bitcoins? You can now combine the two!
Finally: Hair-Proof Wine Glass
Being an adult has its advantages, like being able to booze while a stranger takes sharp implements to your split ends.
'Blurred Lines' Gets Transformed Into 'Mulled Wine' Parody
Craving a less risque version of "Blurred Lines"?
Obama will extend amnesty for young illegals, says top White House aide
"You're going to be able to renew your deferred action."
Agriculture Groups Fight Farm Bill's Subsidy Limits
Provisions in Measure That Would Curb Payments Spark Lobbying Push
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