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  Daily News for Monday, January 20th
Why Cork Is Still a Show-Stopper, Will Lyons on Wine

"They've set up a technique allowing them to test the presence of TCA in each cork without changing either its chemical or physical qualities. It is a significant step we would not have dared dream of only a short time ago! We will most likely be able to check most of our corks for the 2012 vintage."

California drought: Gov. Jerry Brown urges 20% cuts
Perhaps more importantly, the governor called on Californians to voluntarily reduce their water use by 20 percent, a plea that water experts say has proved effective in past periods of dry weather. He noted that mandatory restrictions could be coming soon.
After over three decades behind some of California's most praised wines, Bob Sessions had to step down. Lettie Teague looks at how he still influences Hanzell Vineyards
Bob Sessions, winemaker emeritus of Hanzell Vineyards in Sonoma, Calif., "forgot about wine," according to his wife, Jean Arnold Sessions. She didn't mean that, after more than 30 years of producing some of the most heralded Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays in California, her husband had abandoned his work, but that he literally no longer knew how to make wine
Feds apprehend Chris Edwards in Mexico on fraud charges
Wine executive fled U.S. after 2013 indictment
Obituary: Wine world remembers Pamela Vandyke Price
Wine critics have been paying their respects to Pamela Vandyke Price, considered one of the first female wine writers, who has died aged 90 after a long illness.
Free Flow wines matures well
With 300-plus premium wine brands on offer to 1,750 restaurants, hotels, and sports or entertainment venues such as AT&T Park, Pebble Beach Co. and Lyfe Kitchen, the startup is toasting its success
New German Rieslings somewhere between dry and sweet, by Jon Bonné
Here are seven German Rieslings that flirt with sweetness but come across as perfectly dry
How education is driving China's unquenchable thirst for wine
Vinexpo, a market research firm, lists China as the fifth largest wine-consuming nation in the world. And according to the Vinexpo - IWSR forecast, between 2012 and 2016 Chinese wine consumption will increase by 40% (or 858 million bottles)
CSU-Chico's ag enrollment keeps rising
Enrollment at California State University-Chico's College of Agriculture is still increasing, as the college has become one of the fastest growing in the country. Urban youngsters' interest in food production and quest for jobs are driving the increases, experts say.
Water seminar, OSU reception highlight agenda
A special seminar on water and agriculture, and a second annual event focusing on Oregon State University Beavers past and present highlight the education and outreach efforts of this year's Northwest Ag Show.
Beaujolais producers unite to stop 'loss of vines'
Three major Beaujolais producers have created a joint investment company to buy vineyards in Beaujolais and Beaujolais Villages to guard against the 'worrying loss of vines in the region'.
First vintage released from Lake Ranco
Chile's southernmost vineyard has released its first vintage produced from the newly cultivated Lake Ranco region in Patagonia after seven years.
Liv-ex launches Fine Wine 1000 index
Liv-ex has launched a new fine wine index covering more wine regions to reflect the changing shape of what is now a US$4 billion market.
Coppercraft Distillery to begin wine production in US
The company's application for small wine maker and microbrewer licenses to the Michigan Liquor Control Commission is backed by the Holland Township Board, reported The mlive.
Naked Winery doubling size as e-commerce soars
Rob McMillan, executive vice president and founder of the wine division of Santa Clara, Calif.-based Silicon Valley Bank, called out Naked Winery's e-commerce prowess in a well-viewed wine industry forecast webinar Thursday, saying the Oregon winery is a leader in using social media and internet channels such as to reach customers.
Wine-Industry Related Businesses Lease Close to 1-Million Square Feet of Space in Fairfield, California
The companies are Encore Glass, a customer-service focused wine bottle supplier, which recently moved its operations from Benicia, California, and Saxco International, LLC (Saxco), a leading provider of rigid packaging solutions to the wine, beer, liquor and food industries in North America.
University of Missouri raises its share of funds for teaching winery
Those involved in the campus's viticulture program hope the facility will allow students to have hands-on opportunities with grape and wine research before they start applying for internships or before they graduate.
Treasury Wine in urgent need of new CEO to see off predators who fancy Penfolds
TWE marched previous boss David Dearie in September over $160 million in writedowns taken against the US business. Since then non-executive director Warwick Every-Burns has been filling the role on an interim basis.
A port strike in Chile should not significant affect Chilean grape shipments to North America
The Chilean fruit industry trade group ASOEX said the strike is directly affecting Chilean exporters' ability to ship their fruit and called on the Chilean government to take action
Surprise: It's Riesling and Syrah
Analysis points to British Columbia's candidates for signature grapes
Polar vortex's little brother to bring big freeze to eastern U.S.
A huge dome of arctic air will send temperatures plummeting across parts of the Midwest and Northeast early this week in a deep freeze reminiscent of early January's "polar vortex."
Deep freeze boosts Canada's Icewine harvest
A deep freeze across large swathes of North America has led to a strong harvest for Canada's Icewine producers
Chicago liquor sales before 11 a.m. on Sunday?
Chicagoans could do their Sunday morning booze shopping three hours earlier, under a change in the works by Mayor Rahm Emanuel's City Council floor leader
Albertsons to close doors at 26 locations
This is part of our typical review cycle, and after reviewing store performance, we determined that these stores could not be positioned for future profitability"
Australia: Potential impact of extreme heat on vintage 2014
Some Australian wine regions are reporting above average temperatures. Grape growers have taken proactive measures to irrigate crops and grow canopies to shield the fruit from sun and minimise the impact. At this stage, it's too early to predict what impact this will have on the yield or the timing of vintage
CyT ups investment in Isla Negra and Casillero and relaunches Frontera
Concha y Toro plans to "disproportionately" increase spending on its Isla Negra and Casillero del Diablo brands as part of a five year growth plan
Governor declares drought emergency in California
California Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a statewide emergency because of drought, giving state agencies more flexibility in managing water supply and ordering them to conserve water.
California drought: Farmers, ranchers face uncertain future
... as long as the drought continues, the nation's largest agricultural state will remain in turmoil, with repercussions stretching to consumer pocketbooks in the form of higher prices for such basic staples as meat, milk, fruit and vegetables
Industry Icons Elected to Wine Industry Foundation
Long-time industry leaders were elected to the Washington Wine Industry Foundation Board to help strengthen the future of the wine industry by advancing education, research and leadership.
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