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  Daily News for Monday, January 6th
Vineyard manager sued over grape dispute
Del Dotto Vineyards alleges vineyard manager Hill Wine Company LLC ordered employees to deliver 12 bins of grapes - about 6 tons - to Hill's winery instead of Del Dotto and Fleury Vineyard.
Napa: Free Morning in the Winery event designed for locals
The vineyards may be brown and dormant in winter, but some Napa Valley winemakers are preparing to invite locals to see their inner workings - and their touted commitment to greener practices.
Journalist and wine writer Simon Hoggart has passed away at the age of 67 after a three year battle with cancer
His final Saturday column appeared in the Guardian newspaper on 19 December. He did not let his illness become widely known.
Hispanic Education Program Now I-BEST
The Hispanic Orchard Employee Education Program (HOEEP) is now an I-BEST program according to the Wenatchee Valley College. I-BEST or Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training Program is a nationally recognized model that quickly boosts students' literacy and work skills so that students can earn credentials, get living wage jobs, and put their talents to work for employers.
How Compassion Keeps Wineries Sustainable
A perspective for the New Year on putting 'social equity' into action
Video: A Closer Look At China's Fake Wine Epidemic
A new Bloomberg video takes a look at the various methods of faking, from the most sophisticated, such as re-bottling with empty bottles, down to the painfully obvious, such as making up vineyards that don't even exist.
Guarachi Family Wines is the next step for an importer-turned-vintner
Many professional athletes have become vintners, and Alex Guarachi might have been one of them if an injury at San Jose State University hadn't ended his hopes of playing professional soccer.
Duckhorn sues rival over duck wine label
Napa Valley wine producer Duckhorn has filed legal action against a rival wine group and retail giant Wal-Mart, claiming that it has trademark rights over the word 'duck' on labels.
French watchdog hits Castel with multi-million euro fine
French wine broker and producer Castel has been hit with a €4m (US$5.46m) fine for not telling France's competition watchdog that it had bought Burgundy's Patriarche.
Opus One credits global success to Bordeaux négociants
Californian Cabernet blend Opus One is enjoying strong international demand through Bordeaux négociants, despite stagnating sales for the region's Left Bank brands handled by the same distributors.
WineCare goes into liquidation
WineCare, the New York wine storage facility ravaged during Hurricane Sandy, has gone into liquidation.
Vinifera Imports gets nod for wine distribution in US city of Santa Fe Springs
Vinifera Imports, a US-based importer of premium Italian wines, has received an approval from the Santa Fe Springs City Council for the distribution of wines.
Amusing, if controversial article from the SF Chronicle: Wine Country's next generation breaks from their parents
Young, ambitious and eco-friendly, with hobbies like deer hunting and Porsche racing, the next generation of California's wine heirs is coming of age - and they think they'll do it better. Unfettered with romantic visions of relaxed Napa living, these new vintners are putting out funkier, sometimes cheaper and often radically different bottles than their parents.
Kermit Lynch's Journey of Wine Discovery | David White
"When I wrote the book," explained wine merchant Kermit Lynch, "I thought the oenologists were going to take over."
Press Democrat Viticulture Briefs
Dollars & $ense seminar coming Jan. 15
ArchDaily Feature: Tasting Room at Sokol Blosser Winery / Allied Works Architecture
... a "transparent solid", a building that catches and holds space as it passes through. The building shifts and bends perception as it foreshortens vistas and distorts depth, all in service of intensifying the specificity of the visitor's experience.
Robert Parker & American Express International to Host Inaugural Wine Advocate Grand World Tour in 2014
... a nine-city series of exceptional fine wine and dining events running February through June 2014.
Treasury's Chateau St. Jean Continues Strong Run, Closing 2013 Up Double-Digits
The brand's marketing tie-up with singer Sheryl Crow has helped boost visibility and drive off-premise progress.
2014 Naples Winter Wine Festival, "Celebrate the Journey" to take place at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort Jan. 24-26
Festival ticket packages are $8,500 per couple; $20,000 for reserved seating at the same vintner dinner for two couples.
Rainfall didn't dampen Oregon grape harvest?
To the outside world, the September rain didn't bode well for Oregon's harvest, but growers who have lived in Oregon for any period of time understand rain is a fact of life.
Restaurants reconsider automatic tips because of new IRS ruling
Automatic gratuities are commonly applied to bills for large parties to prevent stiffing the servers. The new IRS ruling, however, changes the categorization of automatic gratuities from a tip to a wage.
Chroincle Winemaker of the Year: Steve Matthiasson digs for Napa's roots
Steve and Jill Klein Matthiasson are proud owners of one of California's most improbably situated farms.
Washington state growler law a barrier for wineries, others
At Lost River Winery in Winthrop, refilling reusable containers called growlers - with wine is the second most-popular offering after pinot gris.
Crews Respond to Brush Fire Near Santa Ynez Valley Winery
Firefighters responded Friday afternoon to a small vegetation fire near a winery in the Santa Ynez Valley.
Brutally-cold weather looms for East Coast as icy conditions wreak havoc on U.S.
The Midwestern U.S. shivered through the region's lowest temperatures in two decades and forecasters warned that life-threatening cold was heading eastward.
Colorado River Drought Forces a Painful Reckoning for States
The sinuous Colorado River and its slew of man-made reservoirs from the Rockies to southern Arizona are being sapped by 14 years of drought nearly unrivaled in 1,250 years.
Historic freeze could break Midwest temp records
It has been decades since parts of the Midwest experienced a deep freeze like the one expected to arrive Sunday.
Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot Are Ruling the Wine World
Just think of them as the Coca-Cola and the Pepsi of viticulture.
Cold Snap Hurts Western Colorado's Wine-Grape Crop
Western Colorado's winegrape crop faces another blow this year after record-low cold temperatures earlier this month killed vines and grape buds across the valley.
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