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  Daily News for Tuesday, December 17th
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12/17/13
Wine Industry Sales Grow in November

Domestic wines showed 7% growth in off-premise sales and 1% growth in direct-to-consumer shipments, while winery hiring activity rose 52%, all compared to November 2012

12/17/13
Wine Industry Symposium Group Appoints Lisa Adams Walter Director of Programs
"We are pleased to have Lisa join our group as our programs will continue to evolve to match the future needs of educating the wine industry"
12/17/13
Rack & Riddle Announces Leasing and Operations Agreement with Murphy Winery
Rack & Riddle Custom Wine Services, one of the largest custom crush and winemaking companies on the North Coast, announced today it has signed a lease agreement for the Murphy Family Winery, located in Alexander Valley just south of Geyserville. Rack & Riddle will assume responsibility for all operations at the facility on Jan. 1, 2014.
12/17/13
International wine research partnership to benefit global wine industry
Three of the world's leading grape and wine research organizations, the Institute of Vine and Wine Sciences (ISVV) (Bordeaux, France), the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) (Adelaide, Australia), and the Hochschule Geisenheim University (HGU) (Geisenheim, Germany), have joined forces in a new wine research alliance.
12/17/13
Oregon grocers file liquor privatization measure
Oregonians for Competition said in a statement that it's filed five proposed initiatives ...
12/17/13
Report: November restaurant traffic, sales soften
Operators hopeful for 2014 upswing, according to latest NRN-MillerPulse survey
12/17/13
Technomic Reveals U.S. Wine Winning in Restaurants and Bars
Generating $10.8 billion in sales, domestic table wine volume grew 1.2 percent to reach 48.1 million 9-liter cases and account for 69.4 percent of total on-premise wine in 2012. By comparison, imported table wine volume has been essentially flat.
12/17/13
Commercial Development Guide 2013: Rebounded wine business drives new Napa County construction
The resurgence of the luxury wine business following the economic recession plus capital and marketing investments in downtown Napa to make it more of a tourism destination have supercharged demand for wine-related warehousing, retail space and lodging.
12/17/13
Nobel Prize-winning Scientist to Join the Australian Wine Research Institute Board
Nobel Prize-winning astronomer and winemaker Professor Brian Schmidt will join the Board of the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) as a special qualifications director in February 2014
12/17/13
People News Recap from 12/3 - 12/16
Wine industry people on the move from December 3 to December 16
12/17/13
Jamieson Ranch Vineyards Becomes First Napa Winery to Launch Wine-on-Tap Program
Jamieson Ranch Vineyards has announced a first in Napa Valley hospitality, a full liter of craft wine in a stylishly branded, returnable, refillable and environmentally-friendly container. The most progressive winery development in recent years is wine-on-tap.
12/17/13
Long Island Harvest Report 2013: "Delicious Perfection"
After a relatively cool and wet start to the growing season, the weather turned warm and dry throughout the summer and into the early autumn, enabling grapes to be picked at optimal ripeness.
12/17/13
Deutsch, Precept Partner On New Restaurant-Focused Washington Wine Brand
The brand's moniker was inspired by Precept's Yakima Valley vineyard of the same name.
12/17/13
Commentary: Chinese seed thieves hit US farmland; feds hit back
Robert Mo is accused of trying to pilfer seed secrets from U.S. seed companies and take them to China. He and several others are charged with stealing seed technology worth up to $40 million.
12/17/13
Top 10 stories of 2013
It has been a bumper year for thedrinkbusiness.com, and some stories have proved hugely popular on the website.
12/17/13
Canada: Benjamin Bridge Vineyards secures federal funding to improve production
The Government of Canada, through Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency's (ACOA) Business Development Program, is providing the company with $222,500, supporting the acquisition of modern equipment.
12/17/13
NY: Bankruptcy Court Hearing Examines Mystery at Wine Storage Business
Exactly what happened to all those reds, whites and ros├ęs that WineCare coddled in its temperature-controlled cellars, and why have most of its clients still been unable to get anywhere near their wine?
12/17/13
'Sub 10.5% ABV wines can Rule Britannia!': New Zealand government
The New Zealand government insists that the British are increasingly keen on sub 10.5% ABV wines as it backs a NZ $16.97m investment in lower alcohol wines, but there is skepticism in some quarters.
12/17/13
Ontario to allow wine sales at farmers markets
The Ontario government has uncorked a new $75M wine push on the eve of an expected Niagara Falls byelection.
12/17/13
Romanee-Conti Burgundy Getting Top Prices at Global Wine Sales
Romanee-Conti, the world's most desirable Burgundy, is dominating the top end of the market for fine wines, generating the highest prices at U.S. and U.K. auctions after a case fetched a record HK$3.675 million ($474,000) in Hong Kong last month.
12/17/13
Early Icewine harvest in Wine Country Ontario starts the festival fever
Icewine harvest had an early start this year as the temperature began to dip to below minus 8? Celsius in late November; temperatures that Canadians proudly embrace.
12/17/13
Winery & Grower Alliance of Ontario supports Provincial Government's Announcement Strengthening Wine Industry
The decision by the Government of Ontario today to invest $15 million per year - $75 million over five years - to support Ontario wine is a significant investment for a key industry in the province.
12/17/13
Lexington wholesaler helps bring a non-migraine red wine to Kentucky
Veglio Michelino e Figlio, a red wine from Italy, promises a dinner party without the prospect of a migraine the next day.
12/17/13
Washington State's Small Retailers Seek Redress Against Pricing Pressure By Big Chains
Washington state lawmakers are exploring potential remedies to the rising outrage of small, independent spirits retailers who are being squeezed out of the newly privatized market by larger chain operators, according to Washington State Wire.
12/17/13
Sotheby's wine department veteran takes stand in trial of Rudy Kurniawan
...who is accused of bilking wealthy clients like oil baron Bill Koch out of millions of dollars.
12/17/13
Kurniawan trial: Rudy wanted source of auction wines kept secret, witness says
One prosecution witness in the trial of Rudy Kurniawan has told of how the alleged wine fraudster tried to consign wines to auction anonymously through him, in a fifth day of the trial that also saw billionaire wine collector and counterfeit hunter Bill Koch take to the witness stand.
12/17/13
Kurniawan trial: 'This wine cannot exist', winemaker Ponsot tells court
Laurent Ponsot and Domaine de la Romanee-Conti's Aubert de Villaine have told jurors in the trial of alleged wine fraudster Rudy Kurniawan of their shock at seeing wines supposedly from their own estates that should not have existed.
12/17/13
Time Is Up for High-Security Wine Cellar Hit by Hurricane, Judge Rules
The wealthy clients of a troubled high-security wine storage cellar in West Chelsea will not be getting back their 27,000 cases of valuable wine in time for the holidays.
12/17/13
12/17/13
Good news for California wineries in Technomic report
According to Technomic's 2013 "BarTAB Report," domestic table wine volume grew 1.2 percent to reach 48.1 million 9-liter cases and account for 69.4 percent of total on-premise wine in 2012.
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