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  Daily News for Friday, December 13th
The Winemakers' Federation of Australia sets course for future
The Winemakers' Federation of Australia says it's confident it can grow the demand for Australian wine both locally and on the global market.
Court Blocks Sonoma Vineyard Planting
Judge rules that winery needs to review environmental impact; Artesa argues land is zoned for farming
Paul Hobbs Winery Files in Court to Protect Important Sonoma County Vineyard Regulations
The motion seeks to halt a suit filed in late November by an activist group called the Watertrough Children's Alliance (WCA). The WCA suit claims that county permits issued to Hobbs for re-planting on his 48-acre Watertrough Road property should be subject to California's Environmental Quality Act regulations.
Proposed Bill in Washington Would Allow Wine Sales in Growlers
If a proposal by the advocacy group Family Wineries of Washington State becomes law next year consumers would be able to fill customer owned containers, or "growlers," with wine anywhere in Washington that beer can presently be sold in that format.
Final WFA Actions Released - The WFA Board has finalised 43 Actions (Actions Document)
Winemakers' Federation of Australia Actions for Industry Profitability - 2014 - 2016
Wine appellation proposed to boost American Canyon tourism
Someday bottles of pinot noir, chardonnay and other wine varietals may have "American Canyon" on the label if officials heed the recommendation of marketing consultant Terry Hall.
Wine world's bid to boost production
Growing demand from emerging markets and recent poor harvests places wine industry under pressure.
Restructuring announced at Miner Family Winery
Miner Family Winery has restructured, appointing winemaker Gary Brookman as general manager and director of winemaking, and promoting Stacy Vogel to winemaker.
Ukiah-area winery agrees to 1-month license suspension after altercation
A Ukiah-area winery agreed to a 30-day suspension of its license stemming from a confrontation there in September involving a Mendocino County Sheriff's deputy and an intoxicated co-owner.
PR: Constellation Brands Renews Distributor Agreements with Republic National Distributing Company
Constellation Brands, Inc. announced the signing of new, five-year distribution agreements with Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC), granting exclusive rights to sell Constellation's portfolio of wines and spirits in specific markets in the U.S. The new agreements extend a 2009 collaboration and take effect in March, 2015.
Germany Cuts Wine Production Estimate as Riesling Volume Slides
The 2013 vintage is estimated at 8.49 million hectoliters (224 million gallons) from 9.08 million hectoliters in 2012, Statistisches Bundesamt wrote in an online report today, down from an October forecast for little-changed production.
Wine Entrepreneurship Returns to Sonoma State
A new offering of the eight-week certificate starts Feb. 27, 2014
Amazon Wine Announces 1¢ Shipping in Time for the Holiday Season today announced a 1¢ shipping program for select orders placed on Amazon Wine ( ). More than 100 wine sellers have opted into the new program offering over 1,000 labels of wine available to ship for 1¢. As the program grows, a greater selection of wines will be available to ship for 1¢ from participating wine sellers.
B.C. shoppers may soon buy beer and wine in grocery stores
"I'm concerned about the public safety aspect of that," she said. "We need to pay real close attention to that, at the same time we are making sure that B.C. products benefit from it, and health and safety is protected. But the public told us really clearly that they want convenience. We're trying to see if we can make that work."
Wine in the Show Me State
Tourism, retail and sweet wines key to building Missouri's wine industry
South African wine producers create new association
Premium wine producers of South Africa have created a new association called Cape Vintners Classification (CVC) at Ellerman House in Cape Town to promote the area wines globally.
VA: Tareq Salahi accused of charging wine tour guests more than expected
Engles said that after purchasing a $1,500 tour through the site, his credit card was charged an extra $723 for the use of a minibus - a charge he said wasn't authorized.
Huge Seattle wine heist may have S.F. ties
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.
Wine Merchants of Hawaii Add Kelly Fleming
Wine Merchants of Hawaii will be bringing the 2010 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012 Sauvignon Blanc and 2010 Big Pour Napa Red to the Hawaiian market.
Crazy ants are coming for you
There's a new invasive kid on the block that swarms like a fire ant on crack - neurotic, unpredictable crazy ants, and their spread is on across the South and Southwest.
Kurniawan trial: Rudy's house 'a wine factory' - prosecution
An FBI officer who was part of the raid on Rudy Kurniawan's house has told a court of how agents found the alleged wine fraudster's house littered with labels of famous wine chateaux, bottles and bottling equipment.
Top 10 wines in the US press
Eric Asimov picks Champagnes for the holiday season, including one with "great finesse", while Rebecca Murphy recommends "a great find for your holiday entertaining".
Kurniawan's house was a 'wine factory'
As the trial of alleged wine counterfeiter Rudy Kurniawan continues, FBI agent James Wayne told the court on Wednesday that his house was a "wine factory".
UK wine trade must 'wake up' to change
"The wine trade is at a crossroads", warns John Osborne of PLB Group, as he outlined the need to adapt to a major shift in promotional mechanics and stop consumers abandoning the wine category.
Study says drinkers live longer than teetotallers
A new study has found that people who drink alcohol regularly live longer than those who completely abstain.
Sotheby's Auctions Sunken Gruaud-Larose
Plus, a French wine fraudster eludes real payment for real wine with fake death, and an armchair to pair with Montalcino
Ice Wine: Winter Weather Brings Hope for This Sweet Treat
As the winter approaches, winemakers in colder areas of the country such as Michigan, upstate New York and areas of Pennsylvania are adjusting to the weather conditions to prepare to make their unique ice wines.
More choosing Colorado for wine bottles
Local grapes are finding their way into more wine glasses in Colorado in recent years. The Colorado Wine Industry Development Board has found sales of state-produced wine increased from $19.1 million to $28.2 million this past fiscal year.
Wine makers wise up as wine fakers get sneaky
An FBI agent recently showed Arnaud de Laforcade a file with several labels supposedly from 1947 bottles of Chateau Cheval Blanc, one of France's finest wines. To the CFO of Saint-Emilion vineyard, they were clearly fakes - too new looking, not on the right kind of paper.
The Heightened Sense of the 'Blind Sommelier'
Amy Dixon Is a Sommelier, Wine Consultant and a Champion Triathlete
'Sherlock Holmes' of French wine testifies against accused fraudster
After vino baron Laurent Ponsot became suspicious of bottles of Domaine Ponsot Grand Cro that were up for auction, his sleuthing resulted in the arrest of Rudy Kurniawan. The alleged counterfeiter faces up to 40 years in prison if he is convicted.
Washington liquor stores and legal pot face ferocious competition
Most of the new owners have gone bust in the scant 19 months since the state auctioned the stores.
PD Editorial: Grape-growing still a family business
The Press Democrat's comprehensive review this week on the state of the grape-growing industry and vineyard ownership in Sonoma County leaves readers much to savor.
Blogger Offers Restaurants a Rave Review in Exchange for Free Food
A blogger for Philadelphia's premier e-magazine has come up with a foolproof way of ensuring her family gets fed this Christmas: She's offering to promote one lucky area restaurant in exchange for "an amazing night dining out" free of charge.
The 19 Hottest Wine Bars Across the Country Right Now
Eater's guide to the country's hottest new wine bars, so that no matter where you may roam this Christmas and/or New Year's holiday, you will be able to find a nice glass of champagne (or pinot noir, or riesling, or whatever).
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