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  Daily News for Wednesday, January 8th
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01/08/14
With Succession Plan in Place, B.R. Cohn Moving Volume Up the Price Ladder

"I'm excited about my new life," Bruce Cohn, 67, told winebusiness.com. "I'm keeping my sleeves rolled up and my nose to the grindstone, but I'm going to have a different life than I've had for the last 40 years."

01/08/14
Collectors secure liquidation of hurricane-hit New York wine storage firm
Due to the magnitude of the task, the process will take some time, but we think that process will start very quickly.
01/08/14
Wine Industry Vintner and Patriarch Leo Trentadue Passes Away at 88
On Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, at the age of 88, Sonoma County vintner and World War II Veteran Leo Trentadue passed away of respiratory heart failure.
01/08/14
Northeast Ohio wineries to lose millions as subzero weather damages grape crop
"It was like walking through Rice Krispies. You could hear them snap, crackle and pop. That was the cell structure of the vines exploding."
01/08/14
Using Social Media in China to Promote Wine & Spirit Brands
After my visit here, I believe that China may be more advanced now in using social media for marketing purposes than the U.S. Interestingly, when I asked her how they calculated return on investment for social media activities, she responded, "Social media builds brands people love, not driving sales so we don't calculate ROI."
01/08/14
Columbia Winery Invites You to Taste the New Expression (Press Release)
Washington State's first premium winery has revamped its portfolio
01/08/14
Ladue investment firm buys Winetasting Network
A Ladue-based investment firm led by Steve Schepman, has acquired the Winetasting Network, a Napa Valley-based online wine business, from 1-800-Flowers.com.
01/08/14
Champagne Taittinger poaches Moet exec for UK role
Champagne Taittinger has said that Kevin McKee has left his job at rival house Moet Hennessy to join the group as UK director.
01/08/14
Zepponi & Company: Domaine Drouhin Purchases Roserock Vineyard in Oregon
Zepponi & Company served as the exclusive financial advisor to the seller's management firm, GI Partners, and negotiated the sale. Financial terms were not disclosed.
01/08/14
Figone to lead California Women for Agriculture
Whether as a candidate for dairy princess as a Petaluma High School student, traveling the country for six years giving tours of livestock barns or serving as national secretary for American Agri-Women, Lynn Figone has always been an advocate for the agricultural industry. Even her license plate identifies her passion: TLK4AG.
01/08/14
Constellation Brands Beats Q3 Ests
Due to consolidation of the newly acquired businesses, Constellation Brands' adjusted operating income increased more than twofold.
01/08/14
Sonoma State University Announces New Home for its Wine Business Institute and Seed Gift from Korbel's Gary Heck
Sonoma State University president Ruben ArmiƱana announced that its Wine Business Institute will have a new permanent home on campus in the former University Commons building, which was recently vacated with the opening of SSU's new Student Center.
01/08/14
Calif. farmers, agencies brace for historic drought
California's worst drought in nearly four decades may make even water transfers virtually impossible because of poor runoff into bone-dry reservoirs. Irrigation districts throughout the state are telling their customers to brace for little or no state or federal water deliveries.
01/08/14
TracMap signs with tomato grower
''We are already supplying a similar system into viticulture so this is quite a simple and logical extension of what we already do for grape harvesting."
01/08/14
Bernard Magrez to use drones in Bordeaux vineyards
Bernard Magrez is to roll out newly-developed vineyard drones in his four classified Bordeaux estates.
01/08/14
The Truth About Old Wines
Why absolutely nobody is an expert when tasting old wines
01/08/14
Marlborough 'most appealing' destination from space
Marlborough is the place one famous astronaut most wants to visit having seen it from 200 miles above the Earth's surface.
01/08/14
5 Ways to Drink Wine and Keep Your Waistline
It's no secret that cutting alcohol out of your diet will help you to achieve that goal, but if you're anything like us, that's not a realistic option!
01/08/14
Duck, duck, duck, booze - bird wine beyond Duck Commander
Bird-booze lovers take note: Recent news has revealed that Napa Valley producer Duckhorn Vineyards has gotten in a snit and is suing the makers of Duck Dynasty's Duck Commander wines.
01/08/14
Tickets for Finger Lakes Wine Festival available
The festival at Watkins Glen International will kick off July 11 with the Yancey's Fancy Launch of the Lakes, a toga party that costs $20. It includes wine and cheese samples, concessions, live music and fireworks.
01/08/14
What Will Happen With Wine in 2014?
For the average wine drinker, however, I see far more good wine available at stable prices than ever in 2014. With so much competition now offered by quality South American wineries, especially Argentina, Chile, and, now, Uruguay, producers in Spain, Italy, Australia and New Zealand will be forced to keep prices down.
01/08/14
WA: Dry December puts winter cap on arid year
This made it the third consecutive month of subnormal rainfall in a year that ended up as the second driest for Walla Walla since 1949, when such records began being kept here.
01/08/14
Ontario: VineAlert program helps protect vineyards during frigid temps
With next year's grape crop at risk from the frigid temperatures, researchers at Brock University have issued a grapevine cold hardiness alert for growers across the province.
01/08/14
VIDEO: How Is the Cold Weather Affecting Agriculture?
Bloomberg's Alan Bjerga reports on the danger of cold weather for agriculture in the U.S. He speaks on Bloomberg Television's "Bloomberg West."
01/08/14
Old World versus New World wine according to Vinopolis
In the world of wine, it appears that what's old has become new again.
01/08/14
UK: The alcohol pricing U-turn shows the power of the business lobby
It seems to be getting trickier and trickier to keep money and politics apart. But don't expect the recent lobbying bill to help.
01/08/14
WSTA calls on government to freeze duty on all alcohol
The Wine & Spirits Trade Association has called on the government to freeze duty on all alcohol, not just beer, if it's serious about helping pubs as part of its ongoing Call Time on Duty campaign.
01/08/14
Immigration reform's narrow window for survival
Immigration reform backers see a narrow window in late spring to push a sweeping overhaul through the House - a goal that eluded them in 2013
01/08/14
Cabernet Sauvignon tops global grape variety league - study
Cabernet Sauvignon has replaced Spain's Airen as the world's most popular grape variety, shows a new study, but researchers warned of shrinking diversity in vineyards.
01/08/14
California's lack of rainfall is major threat to winemakers in 2014
2013 marked one of the driest year's on record in California, with cities like San Francisco reporting the driest year since 1849, when annual rainfall totals first started being recorded.
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