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  Daily News for Tuesday, January 21st
BORDEAUX: An Iconic Region Battles to Sustain Market Share - Part 1

by Roger C. Bohmrich MW, Bordeaux is being buffeted by serious challenges. In the U.S., sales have remained essentially unchanged for more than two decades while the overall market has become the world's largest. ... Fortunately, there is another side to Bordeaux: one that is dynamic, energetic and relatively open-minded. The region is more susceptible to change than most outsiders are inclined to believe.

100% Cork Launches Campaign to Help Wineries Gain Market Share with the Use of Cork (Press Release)
Selected Wineries that Use Cork to be Provided with Range of Powerful Marketing Tools to Promote their Brands
People News Recap from 1/14 -1/20
Wine industry people on the move from January 14 to January 20
Public comment sought on Bay Delta plan
As part of the 120-day public review and comment period for the Draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan and its Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement, which together total more than 40,000 pages, there are to be 12 public "open house meetings" throughout the state
Economic confidence ticks down
• Most say economy is getting worse - • Likely related to weak job growth reported in December
Florida's Independent Retailers Brace For A Walmart Push To Sell Spirits - Shanken Daily
Currently, Florida's licensed spirits retailers can only sell beverage alcohol, other goods associated with entertaining (such as mixers) and tobacco
Microvinyas: ethical vineyards producing wine for the common good
Wine producers in Spain are pioneering a collective approach, where investors can buy a small plot and produce their own vintages from the vines there
Grocery wine bill negotiations near breakthrough in Tennessee
After years of bitter legislative fights over efforts to allow Tennessee grocery stores to sell wine, groups representing liquor stores and supermarkets are nearing an agreement that would give the measure its best ever chances of becoming law.
Concha y Toro to bolster spending on Isla Negra and Casillero brands
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.
British alcoholic firms seek increased funding from Wine Australia
The increased funding will enable Wine Australia's UK unit to reach the next phase of Australian wine developments in the country, reported Offlicence News.
Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada Announces the Resignation of David Bart
Regarding Bart's departure, Vassar said, "David joined Southern a decade ago in a senior sales role in our Illinois division, and thereafter moved over to the leadership team of our Nevada division. He has done a very good job for us over that period of time, in a number of different roles, and we are going to miss him. I thank David for his service to Southern and wish him well in his future endeavors."
Wine business growing in Kansas
DesRuisseaux says winemaking is becoming a leading source of agritourism in Kansas. Kansas has 33 farm wineries.
Viticulture briefs
Rynders named consulting winemaker at Jackson Family Wines, Malone joins wine M&A firm Maher Advisors and more.
Veuve Clicquot Sues Italian Producer Over Label
Champagne giant Veuve Clicquot is suing a small Italian producer over the color of its sparkling wine labels, according to Italian media reports.
Colorado brewery tries to convert Manning
A brewery in Colorado has been trying to introduce NFL star Peyton Manning to craft beer after he expressed a preference for Bud Light.
Australia assesses uneven performance
Australia saw global wine volume exports fall by 6% in 2013, although their average value rose by 1%, according to figures released today by Wine Australia.
Province OKs VQA wines for sale at farmers markets
The $75-million, five-year program, will focus on 100 per cent Ontario grown Vintners Quality Alliance (VQA) wines. "The Grape Growers of Ontario welcome the announcement, and look forward to building on the governments strategy to grow the success of Ontarios grape and wine industry," said Debbie Zimmerman, CEO, Grape Growers of Ontario.
New Business Journal research: North Coast cooperages and barrel brokers
Some top cooperages on last year's list were not ranked this year because they didn't respond to questionnaires or wouldn't note how many employees they had
Frigid Winter Tough on Grapes
Polar vortex drops temperatures from Central Plains across the East
Much of grape crop 'basically toast' due to cold January
The polar vortex two weeks ago was too much for the grape vines to handle and the more sensitive grapes likely didn't survive
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