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  Daily News for Monday, December 23rd
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12/23/13
Edgar M. Bronfman, Who Built a Bigger, More Elegant Seagram, Dies at 84
Edgar Bronfman Jr. became president of Seagram in 1989 and chief executive in 1994. With his father's approval, he sold Seagram's shares in DuPont and used the proceeds, more than $9 billion, to purchase MCA
12/23/13
Drouhin Family Purchases 279-acre Oregon Vineyard
The Burgundy-based family acquired the Roserock Vineyard for an undisclosed sum.
12/23/13
PD Resistant Vines Available in 2015?
Pierce's Disease Research Symposium highlights progress and new tools
12/23/13
Beer distributor challenges Indiana liquor laws
Indiana liquor laws that date from the days of Prohibition are facing a challenge from the state's largest beer distributor, which argues it should be able to supply liquor to bars, restaurants and stores
12/23/13
Chinese billionaire feared dead after helicopter crash
Businessman had been pictured outside a French vineyard he had bought hours before the helicopter he was travelling in crashed
12/23/13
Paso Robles woman dies at Broken Earth Winery.after husband accidentally hits her with truck
A Paso Robles man and his four children are being held in their community's embrace after the husband ran over his wife in a tragic parking lot accident
12/23/13
Jackson Family acquires Spring Mountain winery
the transaction consists of a 77-acre property, which includes the Yverdon vineyard, winery and villa. This purchase marks the company's first acquisition on Spring Mountain
12/23/13
Constar Announces Agreement to Sell Its US Assets to Amcor Rigid Plastics USA
Constar International LLC, is a leading global producer and supplier of plastic bottles, jars and preforms for food and beverages
12/23/13
You Can Buy a 30% Stake in This Californian Winery With Bitcoins
Mondo Cellars, situated in the rolling hills of Paso Robles, is selling a sizable chunk of its business in an effort to promote the use of bitcoin. It is not a small business, either
12/23/13
The growing business of replanting: Vineyard Owners Reinvest in Napa Vineyards
A grower must answer several questions to determine if the time is right to replant:
12/23/13
Fatal accident at Northern San Luis Obispo County winery
A woman was killed in Templeton Thursday in an apparent car accident at the Broken Earth Winery.
12/23/13
Bounty Hunter inks financial deal for 'global expansion'
"Right now we have the world at our fingertips."
12/23/13
Second annual WiVi winemaking and viticulture symposium set for 2014
Direct-to-Consumer topics added to educational sessions
12/23/13
WAWGG: Fundamentally Important for Wineries, Grape Growers
Registration is now open for the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers 2014 Convention with the theme of "Fundamentally Important."
12/23/13
Napa council denies winery water hookup
The city of Napa won't be providing a water hookup to an Upvalley winery on Rutherford Road after City Councilman Scott Sedgley balked at the request, saying it would create a bad precedent for growth management.
12/23/13
Fernz Wine Releases its 2013 Vintage with a Label and Logo Redesign
Fernz, New Zealand producers of ultra-premium Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir reveals its redesigned logo and label that will debut with its 2013 vintage, Sauvignon Blanc. The new logo and label is designed by award winning graphic designer, Michael Kornoff.
12/23/13
Drync Wine App Announces New Android and iOS7 Platforms
Drync LLC is proud to announce that Drync -- the first free mobile application that allows consumers to scan, track, share and purchase wine instantly -- is now available to Android users.
12/23/13
Vinitaly International Importer Connect Debuts With a Pilot Study
Vinitaly International is creating a new supporting channel for Italian wineries through an experimental project "Vinitaly International Importer Connect" (VIIC) with local partners, a potential 360 degree B2B beverage business matchmaking online tool to help suppliers find importers and distributors worldwide.
12/23/13
VinoVisit is Now Available for Both Wineries and Consumers at No Cost
VinoVisit.com, the first tasting room management solution built just for wineries, rolls-out completely free pricing for wineries and re-launches consumer-facing website and winery dashboard.
12/23/13
Canvasback Takes Flight
Duckhorn Vineyards of St. Helena, Calif., has landed on Washington's Red Mountain with the purchase of 20 acres located between Col Solare, Chateau Ste. Michelle's venture with Italy's Antinori family, and the Hedges family's Bel' Villa Vineyard.
12/23/13
Comment: 'To anyone who watched the trial, the outcome was a foregone conclusion'
It took just a week of testimony and barely more than an hour of deliberation for a jury to convict 37-year-old wine fraudster Rudy Kurniawan, but the ramifications of this case may not be resolved so quickly, says Michael Steinberger
12/23/13
EU reforms sharpen competitive edge
The body that represents wine businesses in the European Union has welcomed final approval of controversial reforms, which it claims will bring an end to the "prohibitionist" restrictions on vineyard planting.
12/23/13
TN speaker: Wine in grocery stores may pass this year
A bill sent to the Senate floor last spring would let supermarkets, pharmacies, convenience stores and other retailers with beer licenses place wine on their shelves.
12/23/13
Major Northwest wine and beer distributor solves space woes
Columbia Distributing, one of the region's largest distributors of wine, beer and nonalcoholic beverages, is adding another warehouse to its network. CoStar Group reports Columbia leased the entire 80,358-square-foot building at 3250 N.W. Guam St. from Holman Transfer Co. It will take occupancy as Holman vacates the property.
12/23/13
NY: Cutchogue winery Vineyard 48's liquor license revoked
Neighbors and officials from the town of Southold had alleged that the winery had an excess of loud music, intoxicated patrons wandering into surrounding neighborhoods, and noisy "DJ Dance Parties," the liquor authority reported.
12/23/13
Paso Robles winery for sale for Bitcoin
Mondo Cellars is offering investors the opportunity to own a part of an established winery for Bitcoin. The owners of Mondo Cellars understand the need for diversification and are also large Cryptocurrency enthusiasts.
12/23/13
The Ontario government plays Santa to Ontario Wine Growers
Early this week the Ontario government announced its new New Opportunities for Ontario Wine Growers policy paper. It has gone almost unnoticed in the Canadian media but for the provincial wine industry Santa has come early and is finally delivering on a wish list that has been gone unanswered for years.
12/23/13
Blends becoming popular
"Whenever I visit a winery or walk through a wine shop or grocery store, I'm seeing more and more red blends. What's behind this trend?"
12/23/13
Vino Spina! Birmingham lawyer branches out into the import wine business
Tommy Spina has partnered with some of his relatives from Sicily to form the new Sam Spina Importing Co., offering Sicilian wines that are being distributed throughout Alabama by Birmingham's International Wines & Craft Beer.
12/23/13
New Study Finds Wine Helps Increase Economy
A new study released this month shows the wine industry is helping boost Colorado's economy.
12/23/13
Top 10 wines in US press
In the US press this week wine experts pick out their favourite wines and sparklers for "holiday entertaining".
12/23/13
Niagara Wine Trail grows to 20 sites
Joining the trail is Schwenk Wine Cellars, in business for 30 years, and located off Route 18 in the Town of Kent in Orleans County.
12/23/13
Karnataka Wine Board ups focus on tourism to boost sales
The Karnataka Wine Board (KWB) has increased its focus on wine tourism in the state in its bid to boost awareness to increase wine consumption in the state. The body believes wine sales can increase by 20 percent to 25 percent each year.
12/23/13
A parched summer makes for an intense harvest in Monterey County.
Another unique problem arose this year from the abnormally warm weather and lack of rain: The grapes all ripened at the same time.
12/23/13
Napa winery buys 20 acres on Red Mountain, to plant in spring
A famous Napa Valley winery has found its place on Washington's Red Mountain
12/23/13
Unfiltered: When Jailhouse Wine Goes from Bad to Poison
Plus, Siduri's Adam Lee takes a winemaking gig in Willamette Valley, and the Official Champagne of (almost) everything takes on New Year's Eve
12/23/13
Non-Traditional Wine Entrepreneurs Doing Cool Things In 2014
this 2013 recap of entrepreneurial spirit is also a preview of the stories to come in 2014
12/23/13
Rémy Martin appoints new cellar master
Rémy Martin has announced that Baptiste Loiseau will succeed Pierrette Trichet as cellar master in spring 2014
12/23/13
Forty Million Target Customers Affected By Data Breach - Forbes
According Krebs on Security, Target is investigating a data breach that has potentially affected millions of customer credit and debit cards. These sources say the breach appears to have begun around Black Friday 2013 and involves the theft of data stored on the magnetic strip of cards used at stores.
12/23/13
Wine fraudster's conviction 'tip of iceberg'
Kurniawan made at least $1.3 million between 2004 and 2012 (the FBI estimates profits running into the millions). In 2006 alone, he sold some 12,000 bottles of fake wine.
12/23/13
'The Wine Savant' by Michael Steinberger
He knocks California's "fruit bombs,'' but finds plenty of good stuff on the Left Coast, and looks beyond Napa and Sonoma
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