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  Daily News for Friday, January 3rd
Water officials cut Russian River releases from Lake Mendocino
Without cutting the flows dramatically now, there is a risk of the reservoir effectively running dry next summer should the drought continue. The Water Agency plans to roll out an unusual mid-winter ad campaign next week urging sharp voluntary water conservation measures by consumers in southern Sonoma and northern Marin counties.
Napa Ag Commissioner Retires
Dave Whitmer successfully fought grapevine pests during his 33-year career.
Wine Industry PR Veterans Establish New Cooperative Business
Wine Industry public relations experts Tim McDonald and Rusty Eddy, in a move to build a new full-service wine country agency, will combine their two independent PR/Marketing agencies as of Jan. 1, 2014.
RSVP Today for Sonoma County Winegrowers' 23rd Annual Dollars & $ense Seminar and Tradeshow, Jan. 15, 2014
This year's event will focus on "Sustaining the Moment" with a lineup of speakers and topics surrounding the importance of sustainability.
Washington Winegrape Convention Highlights Top Priorities
The Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers' 2014 Annual Conference is the premier educational opportunity for the Northwest grape and wine industry featuring sessions and workshops for growers, viticultural staff, wineries, enologists, tasting room staff and marketers.
Pennsylvania GOP tries new private liquor sales proposal
Some lawmakers are bullish on reaching a historic agreement to eventually end Pennsylvania's status as the only state other than Utah to control retail and wholesale sale of wine and spirits.
5 key events for the wine industry in 2013
What were the biggest events in the Bay Area wine industry in 2013?
Rémy Cointreau CEO Steps Down After Three Months
Chairman François Hériard Dubreuil will take over Mr. Pflanz's responsibilities "as a transitional measure."
NYC's Top Sommeliers on 2013 and the Year Ahead
"What wines are undiscovered and what has been oversold? In part two of our sommelier year end Q & A, we ask sommeliers and wine directors where the conversation may be headed in 2014"
Some Clark Co. wineries may be forced to close
"We can't get a straight answer and that's why we're losing sleep over this thing. We would love to do whatever the county wants us to do. Just give us a list. Make it clear that this is what we need to do and we'll do it!"
Wine sales rise at limited-service restaurants
Although overall on-premise wine sales fell 2.6 percent from May 2013 to October 2013, compared with the same period a year earlier, sales of wine grew by 10.2 percent in the limited-service sector, virtually all from fast-casual restaurants.
University of Missouri-Columbia to develop teaching winery
Meanwhile, the university is seeking the remaining funds from the state for the winery, which will be the first of three phases of the development, reported The Columbia Missourian.
Sauternes producers split on plan to boost image of dry whites
A call to list dry white wines from the Sauternes appellation as AOC Graves rather than simply AOC Bordeaux Blanc has divided opinion among chateau owners, some of whom fear for the future of the reigon's signature sweet wines.
Drouhin expansion caps 'big year for Oregon wine'
Burgundy's Drouhin family has doubled its vineyard land in Oregon after expanding into the Eola-Amity Hills area, rounding off a series of wine investments in the U.S. state in 2013.
André Lurton announces new appointments
Vignobles André Lurton has made several key appointments to its viticultural and winemaking teams.
Wine Growers Trash Perfectly Good Grapes To Increase Profits In Unusual Business Approach
In Montalcino, it's perfectly normal to discard an alarming percentage of your total production, a practice called "dropping fruit" that slices il Poggione's yield by up to 50%. In fact, it's expected, even though those grapes would otherwise be crushed and matured into top-quality Brunello, which fetches about $75 per bottle.
Argentina Wine Country: Beyond Malbec!
While Argentina is South America's largest wine producer and the world's largest producer of Malbec, its wine regions grow a wealth of varietals spanning from Torrontes to Riesling, Syrah to Bonarda, Cabernet Franc to Cabernet Sauvignon and the list goes on.
Vineyards are putting Virginia on the wine map
Thomas Jefferson was a failure. Yes, the man did some good work, writing the Declaration of Independence and running the country as our third president. Monticello is fairly impressive, too. But there is no way around it: As a winemaker, Jefferson was a disaster.
Superficial article from NPR: Cork Versus Screw Cap: Don't Judge A Wine By How It's Sealed
Increasingly, winemakers "prefer screw caps for white wines and reds meant to be drunk young," says , a wine writer whose columns appear in The Washington Post.
Bitter Cold Temperatures, Wind Chills Could Reach Record Low
Many locations will have seen falling snow for nearly 36 hours by the time the last flakes fall from the sky Friday.
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