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  Daily News for Thursday, January 30th
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01/30/14
Wine Economy to Improve This Year
The stage is set for the U.S. wine industry to enjoy a better year in 2014 than it did in the slow-growth year of 2013, according to a panel of industry analysts who addressed the Western Hemisphere's largest audience of winemakers and grapegrowers Wednesday at Unified
01/30/14
U.S. wine sales up 2.7 percent in 2013 - Press Democrat
"It wasn't a great year for wine overall, but it was a growth year ... and there were many success stories."
01/30/14
2013 was another solid year for wine industry, but drought looms - Sacramento Bee
"The future looks bright for California and American grown grapes," said Nat DiBuduo, president of Allied Grape Growers
01/30/14
Price Becoming "No. 1 Weapon" in U.S. Wine Market Says Francesca Schuler, chief marketing officer of BevMo California
Rick Kushman reports from the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium's most-anticipated session: the State of the Industry seminar
01/30/14
What the Drought Means for California Wine ... and in Santa Barbara County
Winemakers seems perhaps even more concerned for the 2015 growing season than this one
01/30/14
Wine market in 'transition' for growth in 2014, experts say - North Bay Business Journal
North Coast crop 7% smaller in '13; pinot planting surges
01/30/14
Wine Sales Drop for Second Year as Bordeaux Demand Wanes
Sales by Acker Merrall & Condit Co., Christie's International, Sotheby's, Zachys Wine & Liquor Inc. and Hart Davis Hart Wine Co. dropped 15 percent to $278 million in 2013, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
01/30/14
Owens-Illinois reports flat earnings in 2013
The Perrysburg-based maker of bottles and other glass containers reported annual earnings of $184 million, or $1.11 per share for 2013, the same as it had in 2012. The company had revenues of nearly $7 billion in 2013, also the same as in 2012.
01/30/14
Video: Drought threatening Bay Area wine industry
California's drought is threatening a major industry in the state -- one that's particularly important to the Bay Area. Grape growers are facing serious challenges and they're already taking big steps to avoid a disastrous year
01/30/14
Treasury Wine Earnings Drop as China Cracks Down on Luxury Gifts
Profit before interest, tax and other items dropped to between A$42 million ($37 million) and A$46 million in the six months ended Dec. 31, from A$73.4 million a year earlier, the Melbourne-based company said.
01/30/14
If You Like This Beer, Then You'll Love This Wine [Infographic]
So if you've been meaning to expand your taste pallet and make the switch from beer to wine (or vice versa), take a look at the infographic below.
01/30/14
Sacramento Bleeds Purple with Major Wine Conference
Thousands of top wine and grape industry professionals will gather to taste wine from all over the nation and learn about the latest science and tech developments in the wine world.
01/30/14
Helix - New twist in stopper war: Portugal's Amorim, the world's largest cork stopper maker, will have new-stopper bottles on the shelves in France next year
"It retains the technical capabilities and the environmental advantages of cork with added convenience. It is for bottles in the $5-$10 range, to be drunk within three or so years of production."
01/30/14
Treasury Wine Estates - TWE earnings guidance update
government austerity measures in China impacting consumer demand for premium wine
01/30/14
St. Helena council to reconsider small winery ordinance
The council will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Vintage Hall before the Planning Commission's regular meeting at 6 p.m.
01/30/14
California Water: Bay Area Democrats, Central Valley GOP clash over water
Republican leaders are expected to pave the way for House consideration as early as next week of a bill to halt the restoration of the San Joaquin River and send water south to Central Valley farms
01/30/14
Texas: Groundwater representatives share expertise in trade show
Participants spent the day listening to seminars and browsing the 120 exhibits.
01/30/14
A test for the best way to preserve wine: CapaBunga, dude!
The CapaBunga system involves a can of inert gases - argon, nitrogen and carbon dioxide - and a silicone cap that slides over the top of the wine bottle
01/30/14
As Vinitaly Comes to New York, Italian Wine Well-positioned in Rising Us Millenial Market, says Vinitaly
"As Millennials' wine spending power continues to grow, Italian wine must continue to play to its inherent strengths"
01/30/14
Rudy Kurniawan documentary film goes into production
A documentary film charting the rise and fall of convicted wine fraudster Rudy Kurniawan is in production and set to be complete by the end of 2014, according to producers
01/30/14
Finger Lakes Winery Publishes Groundbreaking History of Region, Winery
Available for sale for the first time, the new book A Sense of Place: A Discovery of Finger Lakes Wine History and Villa Bellangelo Winery, is slated for release 2/1/14
01/30/14
Restaurant response to State of the Union is mixed
President Barack Obama's call for increasing the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour ups the ante from his earlier push to bring it up to $9
01/30/14
Gabrielle Union Launches Napa Valley Chardonnay Brand Vanilla Puddin' For Valentine's Day
Hollywood actress Gabrielle Union announced today the launch of a new wine, Vanilla Puddin', a 2012 Napa Valley Chardonnay produced in partnership with John Truchard, President and CEO of JaM Cellars, and R.C. Mills, President and CEO of The Brand Elite
01/30/14
Most applicants for Stanislaus County water advisory committee have stakes in groundwater use
Of the 11 applicants from Chiesa's supervisorial District 2 (Turlock, Denair, Hughson), three are from agribusiness, four have ties to irrigation districts, two are elected officials from Turlock and Hughson, and the others are a well driller and schoolteacher
01/30/14
Sacramento: Thousands flock downtown for wine symposium
While there are more than 600 exhibitors, wine tasting is one of the more popular attractions for attendees. People will be able to taste wine from 18 associations. Organizers expect 10,000 wine glasses to be used because of the wine tasting
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