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  Daily News for Monday, February 3rd
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02/03/14
New Positioning, Package For Hahn SLH Estate Wines
Redesigned Label Reinforces Santa Lucia Highlands as Top Pinot Noir, Chardonnay Growing Region
02/03/14
Rack & Riddle moves as Duckhorn expands: Part of North Coast crunch of wine production capacity
As St. Helena-based Duckhorn Wine Co. plans to shift full production of a rapidly growing brand to Mendocino County winery, Rack & Riddle Custom Wine Services is preparing to complete its relocation and expansion from that facility to Sonoma County's Alexander Valley
02/03/14
California Drought Raises Stakes for Water Tunnels - Bloomberg
California's worsening drought is raising the stakes for a $15 billion plan endorsed by Governor Jerry Brown to build two 30-mile (48-kilometer) water tunnels under an ecologically sensitive river delta east of San Francisco Bay.
02/03/14
California Department of Water Resources Drops State Water Project Allocation to Zero, Seeks to Preserve Remaining Supplies
Everyone - farmers, fish, and people in our cities and towns - will get less water. DWR's actions are in direct response to Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.'s drought State of Emergency. In the declaration, the Governor directed DWR and the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) to act to modify requirements that hinder conservation of currently stored water and allow flexibility within the state' s water system to maintain operations and meet environmental needs
02/03/14
Groundhog Day: Punxsutawney Phil forecasts six more weeks of winter
Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his burrow on Sunday and predicted six more weeks of winter, much to the chagrin of those hoping for an early spring
02/03/14
Wine Industry CPA Presents Survey Results
45% of wineries and grape growers note price erosion or margin compression
02/03/14
US billionaire Foley expands wine interests in NZ with the acquisition of pinot noir pioneer Martinborough Vineyard Estates
The business would add to the Te Kairanga Wines company, just down the road in the town of Martinborough that Foley acquired in 2011
02/03/14
WAWGG Banquet Explores Washington State Terrior
The multiple appellations of Washington will be tasted in a unique banquet dinner at this years Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers Annual Meeting and Trade Show. Nuances of that regional diversity have been paired with the meal being prepared by Chef Dan Carr.
02/03/14
Treasury's Fast-Rising Matua Takes Aim At On-Premise With New Upscale Tier
, Treasury has been laying the groundwork over a longer period, making "significant investments" at the brand's Marlborough winery and revamping its packaging over the last 18 months
02/03/14
Washington buyers boosted Idaho liquor sales by $10M in 2013
when Washington privatized liquor sales in June of 2012, the changeover bumped up prices enough that more customers crossed the state line
02/03/14
Italian wine company working to snag NYC Mayor de Blasio
Vinitaly has worked doggedly to snag Bill de Blasio to kick off its annual trade show
02/03/14
Scottland: Police agree to 'amicable settlement' with Buckfast wine company
The force also said it will only put tracking stickers on bottles of alcohol in areas where there are high crime rates.
02/03/14
Widow and son take over Adams Vineyards in Willow Spring NC
dams is making it work with the help of her 43-year-old son, Quincy, who became the winemaker
02/03/14
Senators land federal aid for NY grape growers
The U.S. Department of Agriculture will spend $11.5 million to purchase surplus Concord grape juice from upstate New York growers to use in domestic nutrition programs
02/03/14
The World's Hottest Vineyard Property: Which wine regions have seen the biggest price rises over the past year, and what exactly can you get for your money?
Mendoza seems to have been the place to buy a "lifestyle" vineyard in 2013, with demand pushing prices up by 25 percent, according to the latest Global Vineyard Index from property consultants Knight Frank
02/03/14
Krug 2003 vintage sells out in hours, say merchants - Decanter
Only a small volume has been produced and, following praise from several critics, buyers have been quick to pounce on merchants' offers - underlining not only Krug's popularity but also rising consumer interest in vintage Champagne
02/03/14
Study aims to better understand Napa's retail ecosystem
This proprietary study is part of a new market development strategy designed to encourage new retail growth
02/03/14
Flying Beer Drone Is Intoxicating, FAA Delivers Immediate Hangover
It turns out that the Federal Aviation Administration has already grounded Lakemaid's ambitious plans
02/03/14
Charleston Winery Works To Offer First Organic Arkansas Wines
Organic wineries are rare in the United States, and even more rare in Arkansas. John Trickett of Circle T Winery & Vineyards is working to become the first in the state. - See more at: http://swtimes.com/business/charleston-winery-works-offer-first-organic-arkansas-wines#sthash.tOixCEwd.dpuf
02/03/14
Whites of Central Europe ideal wines for winter, by Jon Bonné
So, maybe the weather isn't entirely underscoring winter right now (everyone east of the Sierra: please ignore that last clause). But the flavors on our plates certainly are.
02/03/14
California Syrahs, on Such a Winter's Day, by Eric Asimov
My own theory is that, while some superb California syrah was being produced, too much of it was generic fruity, oaky red wine with little to distinguish it
02/03/14
Spending on Modesto Irrigation District elections has varying results for board candidates
Campaigns for three open seats prompted unprecedented attention - and campaign contributions
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