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  Daily News for Thursday, January 16th
U.S. Wine Sales and Winery Jobs Up in 2013

DtC shipments hit $1.58 billion, hiring activity grows by 27%

Following Three Years of Declines, Silicon Valley Bank Forecasts 6-10% US Sales Growth for Fine Wine in 2014 (press release)
"Despite news to the contrary in recent months, wine supply is in balance heading into 2014 and we expect the highest rate of sales growth since the recession, despite a tough economy."
Grape and Bulk Wine Prices Stable After Big Harvests
Sonoma County growers received an update on grape and wine prices as well as details about the push toward countywide vineyard sustainability certification at today's Dollars and $ense program.
Rogue Valley Cab Awarded 90 Points Three Vintages in a Row
"This recognition affirms my idea that the growing conditions at Del Rio Vineyard are well suited for the Cabernet Sauvignon. You know that the variety has found a sense of place or terroir when consistency is achieved through several vintages."
Impact Databank Exclusive: U.S. Wine Market Rises 1.5% In 2013
The U.S. wine market continued its long-term growth streak in 2013, as a solid off-premise performance offset tougher conditions in the on-premise.
Report: December restaurant sales continue downward trend
Industry sees worst year for same-store sales since 2009, according to NRN-MillerPulse survey
Cheers! Banner year forecast for California wine
Rob McMillan said he expects wine sales to increase by 6 to 10 percent in 2014 from last year.
A wine forecast the industry can toast-for now
The coming year is expected to bring good news to the U.S. wine industry, even as aging baby boomers present a question mark for future demand, according to a new report.
Wine Market Council Introduces New Survey Methodology at This Year's Consumer Research Conferences and Focuses Efforts on the High Frequency Wine Drinker Founder Michael Osborn will speak at the conference in California and present analysis on the online purchasing habits of wine consumers
Federal court upholds Kentucky ban on liquor sales in groceries
Kentucky's post-Prohibition era ban on wine and liquor at grocery stores is constitutional, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday, saying the state has every right to restrict the sales, "just as a parent can reduce a child's access to liquor."
Wells Fargo CEO expects 'steady improvement' in economy for 2014
"We sit here in better than where we've been for the past five or six Januarys,"
California areas brace for water rationing as reservoir levels fall
Residents in some Northern California communities are being asked to cut back on water consumption. In one area, marijuana growers are among the biggest users
Fruition Sciences hosts 2013 vintage conference
The fourth annual technical conference, focused on the 2013 vintage, is being held by Oakland-based Fruition Sciences from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., followed by a wine tasting on Tuesday, Jan. 21 at the Westin Verasa, Napa, 1314 Mckinstry St., Napa
World Ag Expo announces Top-10 New Product Winners
Judges, consisting of farmers, ranchers, and industry professionals, selected the Top-10 New Products
A Degree in Beer, Wine, and Kombucha
"When I tell people that I'm doing fermentation sciences, they're like, 'Oh, you're just drinking beer.'"
Local store owner wants to keep fighting liquor, wine ban in Ky.
A Federal Appeals Court has now reinstated the 76-year-old ban on Kentucky grocery stores, gas stations and other retailers from selling wine and liquor.
St. Helenan wins vine pruning contest
Last weekend the St. Helena Agricultural Boosters and the St. Helena High School agriculture department hosted a Future Farmers of America (FFA) Vine Pruning Contest in the Napa Valley. Thirteen schools from across the state were represented with 52 students participating.
Annual 'State of the Wine Industry' released
The report will include winery financial performance from 2013, bottle pricing expectations for 2014, forecast of consumer demand and sales growth rate for fine wine producers, wine inventory positions and more.
Terra Valentine continues with wine production
Last December, Jackson Family Wines announced they had acquired the Yverdon Vineyard and Winery in the Spring Mountain District AVA from Terra Valentine owners Angus and Margaret Wurtle. The purchase included the 77-acre property, with the vineyard, winery and villa.
Sonoma County wine growers set goal of 100% sustainability
The Sonoma County Winegrape Commission wants every vineyard and winery in its domain to be certified sustainable in the next five years.
TN Grocery Stores Prepare To Sell Wine
Retailers are optimistic that Tennessee lawmakers are closer than ever to passing the bill, that was rejected in 2013.
On Wine: Luring a new generation into a fascination with Bordeaux
An American woman who imports and makes wine fosters a common sense approach to the classic.
Project to help protect vines
The South Australian government is expanding the development of a world-leading soil DNA testing system to help protect our grapevines which are an integral part of the state's $1.8 billion wine industry.
Australian heatwave brings fires and near-record heat
The heatwave moving across the south of Australia comes with bushfires and near-record temperatures in South Australia.
MU awaits state funding for teaching winery
The university now is seeking matching funds from the state for the winery, which will be the first of three phases of the effort to teach students how to make and bottle wine, The Columbia Missourian reported.
Grape Growers of Ontario raise a glass to a record harvest
As well, over 6,000 tonnes of grapes were netted in the autumn and left to be harvested for Ontario's celebrated Icewine production.
Cabernet Franc's popularity set to 'explode'
Australian winemaking consultant Brian Croser has predicted an imminent boom in the popularity of Cabernet Franc, especially from the New World.
MW Seminar Considers Causes of Sudden Vine Death in Burgundy
Banning poisonous treatments, poor grafting techniques and electric pruning shears were all suggested as causes for the rise of esca in Burgundy during an MW seminar last week.
'Doyenne' of women wine writers dies
Pamela Vandyke Price, considered the "doyenne" of women wine writers, died on Sunday aged 90.
Top 10 wine feuds of 2013
From smashing a chicken factory selling fake wine to the jailing of multi-million pound wine fraudsters, the wine world saw its fair share of feuds in 2013.
St. Helena OKs small wineries in neighborhoods
The new regulations are intended to protect agricultural land and support small wineries - especially family-owned ones - that are increasingly reliant on direct sales
French government endorses Burgundy vineyards, Champagne for UNESCO status
France's government is aiming to put Burgundy's vineyards and the entire Champagne sector on the UNESCO world heritage list, to the delight of producers after they missed out last year
Silicon Valley Bank to Release Annual State of the Wine Industry Report January 16, 2014 (Press Release)
In a live broadcast from SVB TV studios. Rob McMillan, founder of Silicon Valley Bank's wine division and author of the report, will be joined by Paul Mabray of VinTank, Mario Zepponi, Principal at Zepponi & Company, and Glenn Proctor, Partner at the Ciatti Company
Do You Know Who Owns Your Favorite Liquor? (NPR)
Liquor companies like to make drinkers think that their favorite spirits always have been and always will be attached to a very particular place - Kentucky bourbon, Irish whiskey, Russia vodka
Is There Rain on the Horizon for California's Vineyards?
How bad is it? Some of the growing regions in Napa Valley got less rain than Las Vegas. Paso Robles, on the California Central Coast, got 1.92 inches of rain in 2013 instead of the average 12.78, according to the National Weather Service. By comparison, Death Valley got 2.17 inches.
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