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  Daily News for Wednesday, December 18th
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12/18/13
Accused Wine Counterfeiter Rudy Kurniawan Guilty in Landmark Case
From Wine Spectator - First federal prosecution for selling fake wine yields a conviction; Indonesian collector faces possible sentence of 40 years.
12/18/13
Fed Scales Back Stimulus Campaign
The Federal Reserve said on Wednesday that it would reduce its monthly bond-buying campaign to $75 billion in January, beginning a retreat from its stimulus campaign, because it no longer saw the need for the full force of those efforts.
12/18/13
Supervisors approve of efforts to create water district for Paso Robles basin
We will see increases and decreases in storage over the years, no matter what, but capacity is declining."
12/18/13
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.
12/18/13
AgCredit plans 120,000-square-foot 'ag center' in Santa Rosa
The rapid growth of the institution, which has $6 billion in assets, helped inspire talk of accelerating long-term plans with a single large structure.
12/18/13
People: Wine Industry Symposium Group Appoints Lisa Adams Walter Director of Programs
After an extensive selection process, Lisa was clearly the most appropriate candidate to join our team."
12/18/13
Recession's over, so who forgot to tell diners?
Despite aggressive promotions, stagnant sales at sit-down restaurants continue to sap overall industry growth.
12/18/13
St. Francis Winery honored by Open Table
"It is a wine-and-food tasting," Silva said. "People can't come in and order off a separate menu."
12/18/13
Amador Wine Country gets USA Today nod
Several of our own wineries and winemakers are feeling the holiday spirit this week after a writer at USA Today wrote about "5 up-and-coming California wine regions on our radar"
12/18/13
Wines by the Book
New Jersey importer markets fine "Wines For Dummies"
12/18/13
Two Vines to become own brand, use California grapes
Ste. Michelle Wine Estates will unveil Two Vines as a new stand-alone winery, separating the brand from Columbia Crest. And it will produce a quarter-million cases of wine using California grapes - in addition to wines using Washington fruit.
12/18/13
Liquor privatization battle heads to Oregon
Big retail stores in Oregon will push to privatize state-controlled liquor sales on the ballot next year, duplicating an effort by retailers in Washington State that led to one of the most expensive political battles in history.
12/18/13
US: Wine Collector Fooled Buyers With 'Magic Show'
Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Facciponti said in his closing argument at the criminal trial of Rudy Kurniawan that the defendant sold so many bottles of wine that were supposedly rare between 2004 and 2012 that the sales in New York and elsewhere "were the stuff of legends."
12/18/13
India freezes duty-free alcohol in row with US over diplomat's arrest
The dispute was triggered by the Dec. 12 arrest of Devyani Khobragade, a deputy consul general at the Indian Consulate in New York
12/18/13
Wine experts say holiday champagne recession is over
A 2012 study by Karl Storchmann, an economics professor at New York University and managing editor of the Journal of Wine Economics, showed sales of French champagne are a fairly accurate indicator of Americans' future income.
12/18/13
Commentary: Farmer suicide and the road to agricultural ruin
There is sometimes a bitter overlap between farming and suicide, and agriculture statistics from bear blunt testimony.
12/18/13
What Would You Say Today to Your Younger Wine-Self?
A voice from the Ghost of Wines Past (with apologies to Dickens)
12/18/13
Marisco Vineyards announces five-year planting plan
Marisco Vineyards is betting on long-term demand for New Zealand wine by announcing a five-year planting plan for its recently acquired Leefield Estate.
12/18/13
UK and Japan vital for fine wine
Fine wine brands shouldn't forget Japan and the UK for sales and image building, believes Opus One CEO David Pearson.
12/18/13
Top tips for luxury drinks brands
Sadly there's no fail-safe method to building a luxury drinks brand, but there are steps you can take to smooth the way.
12/18/13
Hangover Joe's to expand presence to Japan with Media2UCo deal
US-based Hangover Joe's has inked a distribution agreement with Media2UCo, for the sale of its products across Japan. Hangover Joe's produces and sells Hangover Recovery Shot, a beverage that helps in relieving the symptoms associated with alcohol induced hangovers.
12/18/13
Ontario is relaxing its rules to allow sales at farmers' markets, but much of the London area could be shut out.
Unless there's some leeway, most of the area's farmers' markets and small wineries could be shut out of an Ontario move to allow homegrown wine to be sold at such markets.
12/18/13
TX: TSTC toasts to new wine makers degree
As the Central Texas wine industry continues to grow, skilled and educated workers are in high demand. Texas State Technical College's new Viticulture and Enology Science and Technology Program, also known as VESTA, hopes to fill that void.
12/18/13
NZ wine industry returns to profitability
Vintage 2013, the eighth benchmarking survey of the industry's finances by accounting firm Deloitte and NZ Winegrowers, says bigger may be better when it comes to making money from wine.
12/18/13
Cultivating India's wine region
In India, where whisky is the alcoholic beverage of choice, and teetotallers exist by the legions, a wine culture has been almost non-existent. However, Nashik (also Nasik) - a picturesque area with deep-green, rolling hills, about a two-and-a-half hour drive from Mumbai - is changing that perception.
12/18/13
Rodney Densem, chairman of Rodney Densem Wines and Telford Wines has died suddenly, aged 65
Rodney Densem, chairman of Rodney Densem Wines and Telford Wines has died suddenly, aged 65.
12/18/13
Conference committee sees progress, but no farm bill vote until 2014
The 2013 farm bill will wait until January for passage, again with the threat of higher milk prices and a return to 1940s farm policy looming.
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