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  Daily News for Thursday, January 9th
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01/09/14
Cooperative Extension Turns 100
Grapegrowers celebrate a century of university farming research
01/09/14
New Economic Impact Data Indicates Sonoma County's Winegrowers and Winemakers Contribute $13.4 Billion to Local Economy
The wine industry, directly and indirectly, provides 54,297 full-time equivalent jobs in Sonoma County with $3.2 billion total wages paid; compared to 27,534 jobs and $1 billion in wages in 2005.
01/09/14
Governor Brown Appoints Lori Ajax as Chief Deputy Director of California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control
Lori Ajax, 48, of Fair Oaks, has been appointed chief deputy director of the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC). Ajax has served in multiple positions at the Department since 1998, including deputy division chief, district administrator and supervising investigator
01/09/14
Sonoma State University's Wine Business Institute gets new home
This week, SSU announced it had received a $1 million gift from Gary Heck, owner of Korbel Champagne Cellars, to help create a permanent home for the institute at SSU's University Commons building.
01/09/14
WAWGG Provides Insight at Convention
The statewide expansion of wine grape acreage has seen a parallel increase in the incidence of virus diseases affecting the overall growth and sustainability of Washington's grape and wine industry. As solutions are found for select virus diseases, previously unrecognized diseases such as Grapevine red blotch are emerging that could derail the industry's growth trajectory.
01/09/14
Winetasting Network starting over after problems
Winetasting Network's Napa office had been shuttered after Chris Edwards, a former senior executive at the company, was indicted for fraud by a federal grand jury and then disappeared in June. The website, winetasting.com, continued to operate out of Chicago.
01/09/14
Blending Red Wine With Porter Ale: A Crossover Beer Worth The Buzz? (NPR)
The idea came to Sebastian Zutant when he learned that winemakers usually toss out the tannin-rich sediment known as lees.
01/09/14
Grapevine moth development affected by geography
Research led by Fanny Vogelweith of the University of Burgundy in Dijon, France, and INRA Bordeaux-Aquitaine in France indicates the moths are better adapted and more successful in certain French wine-growing regions than in others because of the grape variety and the presence or absence of their natural enemies.
01/09/14
WSU introduces first student-made wine
WSU has released it's first student-produced wine under the label "Blended Learning". The riesling is the first in a series produced by WSU's viticulture and oenology program.
01/09/14
Entire vintage destroyed from Burgundy clos
Hail damage has ensured that not a single drop of wine is to be produced from one of Beaune's most important premier cru vineyards in 2013.
01/09/14
The Stars Align for CabFestNV the Napa Valley's First Festival Devoted Exclusively to Cabernet Sauvignon (Press Release)
Keynote presentations by Karen MacNeil, bestselling author of "The Wine Bible," educational seminars by the Culinary Institute of America, informative panels, exceptional food by noted Chef Cindy Pawlcyn, special perks and surprises, a VIP-exclusive "Cigars & Guitars" post-concert party, and world-class entertainment.
01/09/14
Wine database app Vivino crosses three million users with a successful end to 2013
On Christmas Day, the app was downloaded 30,000 times, and 475,000 wines were scanned on New Year's Eve.
01/09/14
Sonoma's Valley of the Moon Winery Announces Partnership with Celebrity Chef Elizabeth Falkner
"Valley of the Moon Winery is thrilled to announce the appointment of celebrity Chef Elizabeth Falkner as spokesperson for its 2014 promotional campaign aptly titled A Slice of the Sonoma Lifestyle -- the Search for the Perfect Pizza."
01/09/14
Former Direct Wines director joins re-branded closure company
Former Direct Wines director Justin Howard-Sneyd MW has taken on a part-time role at CorkGuard, the new name for Bacchus Wine Closures, to promote its hi-tech stoppers to "decision makers".
01/09/14
Richard Tanner: 1938-2014
Richard Tanner, who built his family firm into one of the UK's most distinguished wine merchants, has died aged 75.
01/09/14
Californian vines ripped up for almonds
According to Bloomberg.com, up to 8,000 hectares of vines are set to be removed with land replanted with higher yielding almonds, global wine brokers Ciatti Co. have said.
01/09/14
Kim Pinello quits job to pursue wine and horses business The Galloping Grape
Confucius said "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." A Virginia woman took those words of wisdom to heart. She gave up a job with full benefits to start her own business and pursue her twin passions: wine and horses.
01/09/14
Arizona Culinary & Wine Center opens as 'foodie incubator' in Scottsdale
Two local culinary organizations have partnered to create a venture that seeks to educate and celebrate Arizona's burgeoning foodie culture.
01/09/14
China Poised to Challenge Europe in Wine Exports, Says Research
Although China currently exports only around 100,000 hectolitres of wine a year, a report, entitled 'The Post-Recessionary Face of the West European Wine Market', states that the country is already a top-ten global wine producer and consumer.
01/09/14
The Stow Company adds wine storage manufacturer to its portfolio
The Holland-based firm announced Tuesday it had acquired Distinctive Wine Cellars, a leading maker of custom-designed, high-end residential and commercial wine storage.
01/09/14
Trinchero Family Estates adding huge wine warehouse, distribution center
Trinchero Family Estates is well underway in its construction of a massive $180 million wine warehouse west of Lodi.
01/09/14
RETAIL: Yucaipa uncorks its first winery
Anointed Suveg Cellars and Vineyards after its owner, Craig Suveg, this micro boutique produced 466 cases last year of hand-crafted, mostly Rhone Valley varietals.
01/09/14
Virginia legislature looking at tweak to winery licenses
That bill, S.B. 169, was introduced with language that would have limited special events at wineries to 12 per year, although steps were already being taken to amend that shortly after the session opened Wednesday morning.
01/09/14
The Stow Company adds wine storage manufacturer to its portfolio
The Holland-based firm announced Tuesday it had acquired Distinctive Wine Cellars, a leading maker of custom-designed, high-end residential and commercial wine storage.
01/09/14
Riedel becomes official glassware for IMW
Riedel Crystal has become the official glassware supplier to the Institute of Masters of Wine in a tie-up announced yesterday.
01/09/14
UK retailers report strong Christmas for Prosecco, Bordeaux, Bucks Fizz
Magnums of Prosecco and Champagne surged in popularity over Christmas, according to UK supermarket Sainsbury's, with several retailers including Majestic and Tesco reporting higher festive wine sales versus 2012.
01/09/14
Constellation stock soars after reporting boost in Q3 sales, profit
Midday, its shares (NYSE: STZ) were trading at $76.40, up more than 9 percent from Tuesday's close of $69.93.
01/09/14
Noted Finger Lakes vineyard placed in land trust to protect it from development
The Finger Lakes Land Trust announced today it has purchased what is known as a "conservation easement" on the property. That means the property can remain in private hands, but must remain a vineyard even if sold. The easement also establishes permanent environmental protections on land surrounding a stream and gorge on the property's northern edge.
01/09/14
Vineyard receives Superior Service Award from AgriLife Extension
Todd Vineyard, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent for agriculture and natural resources in Wise County, has received the agency's Superior Service Award for County Extension Agents.
01/09/14
Major wine players must invest more in their brands to compete, warns David Dearie
It is vital the industry's major wine companies start to invest major sums in their brands if they are to compete against other drinks categories, has warned former Treasury Wine Estates chief, David Dearie.
01/09/14
Sonoma Valley: Planning Commission to grapple with tasting rooms again
Under discussion will be amendments to the Development Code establishing definitions and zoning regulations for wine tasting facilities
01/09/14
Rio Grande Regional Water Authority to research groundwater district proposal
The Rio Grande Regional Water Authority's board agreed Wednesday to research how the Rio Grande Valley could establish a regional groundwater conservation district and report back during March.
01/09/14
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