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  Daily News for Tuesday, February 4th
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02/04/14
Wine's New Competition: Craft Beer
Experts urge wineries to stand their ground against rival in beverage sector.
02/04/14
NRA: Restaurant sales, traffic dip in December
bad winter weather in many parts of the country might be partly to blame for the December dip
02/04/14
New York liquor warehousing law in the works, may cost small dealers big
The bill would require spirits sold in New York to be kept at warehouses within the state for at least 24 hours before sale. Many small-scale wholesalers currently use New Jersey warehouses
02/04/14
Southern Wine & Spirits of America Announces Opening of First Southern Supply Center (SSC)
SSC Redefines Wine and Spirits Industry Supply Chain Model to Achieve Optimal Inventory and Replenishment Management
02/04/14
Wine Industry Leaders, and Hot Topics, Lined Up for 20th Annual Central Coast Insights Event set for March
Because of consistent globalization and consolidation in the wine business, the Wine Industry Symposium Group continues to operate with the mission of providing a critical platform for important communication and dialogue between the multiple facets of the wine business and the lending community
02/04/14
Oregon symposium expands bilingual program: A grant from The Erath Family Foundation in 2013 made the idea of offering bilingual education a reality
The Oregon Wine Board approached Oregon Translation about supplying interpretation services for select viticulture classes. Virginia Anderson, principle and owner of Oregon Translation, was immediately captivated by the idea
02/04/14
Gov. Jerry Brown Calls Congress Drought Bill 'Unwelcome And Divisive'
"It would override state laws and protections, and mandate that certain water interests come out ahead of others."
02/04/14
California Water Dries Up as Brown Pushes $15 Billion Tunnel
The tunnels, each as wide as a two-lane interstate highway, would ship water more reliably from northern California to thirsty farms and cities in the south
02/04/14
Marin vineyard owners concerned about drought, preparing for fewer wine grapes
"With no water, the grapes are going to die. That's the simple fact."
02/04/14
Dry January weather warms up tourism
January's mild and dry weather has led to increasing talk of drought and water conservation. But for some tourism-oriented businesses, those cloud-free days and sunny skies have warmed up their winter business.
02/04/14
Wine Professionals Advance Industry with Education
From choosing the right vineyard and grapes all the way to hosting tourists and distributing internationally, working in wine business requires specialized knowledge, skills and insight to keep up with the industry's rapid growth. As a result, an increasing number of wine professionals have sought MBAs to fine tune their business skills and careers, as well as to advance their companies and thereby the industry as a whole.
02/04/14
Latour ex-director Jean-Paul Gardere dies - Decanter
Jean-Paul Gardere, director of Chateau Latour for 25 years between 1964 and 1989, has died in Bordeaux aged 93
02/04/14
Auction Napa Valley 2014 Tickets Now Available
Live Auction at Meadowood Napa Valley and Barrel Auction at historic Charles Krug will showcase the region's scenic beauty and its talented winemakers and chefs
02/04/14
Guglielmo Winery in Morgan Hill Experiences Solid Gold in 2014
89-Year-Old Family Winery Signs New Domestic Distributor, Scores Big in International Distribution and Prestigious Wine Competitions
02/04/14
High Awards for Small-lot Producer Trust Wines: Stephen & Walker
Producing small-lot, ultra-high quality wines, Stephen and Walker: Trust Wines have now received outstanding marks from the judges at the 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Earning a Best of Class and two Gold medals at this year's competition, owners Nancy Walker and husband Tony Stephen are elated with the results.
02/04/14
Idaho Department of Water Resources warns of possible curtailments
The Idaho Department of Water Resources has warned well users of the potential for curtailment this season due to a bleak water outlook.
02/04/14
Bill designed to protect Idaho's wine industry
Idaho lawmakers have voted to introduce a bill designed to protect Idaho's wineries and grape growers in the event a winery were to have its license suspended, revoked or not renewed for any reason.
02/04/14
A naive little domestic burgundy without any breeding
Non-California friends often ask me about visiting "California wine country." My reply is , "You mean Modesto, Fresno and Bakersfield??" Roughly 60 percent of the state's grapes to make wine comes from the Central Valley.
02/04/14
10 agriculture stories you should read today, Feb. 3
Minnow trumps agriculture. Farm bill's Tea Party. Big Ag rides organic bus. To catch an ag thief. Biobullets rejected. Food porn. Rattlesnake gassing. Boulder in the vineyard.
02/04/14
Prestige cuvees help Moet Hennessy buck Champagne trend in 2013
Sales of higher-priced presige cuvee Champagnes helped Moet Hennessy to buck an overall decline in the sector in 2013, but the company's results were mixed.
02/04/14
How To Start A Winery In Napa If You Can't Afford $100K An Acre
How do you start a decent winery in California these days? Unless your family's been making wine in Napa or Sonoma County for decades or you're looking into winemaking as an expensive hobby, stumping up $100,000 an acre for prime land is an impossible dream.
02/04/14
Video: Carmel wine country runs dry
John Boekenoogen of Boekenoogen Vineyards said the vineyard doesn't normally irrigate until June, but he's concerned about his water supply lasting.
02/04/14
Bulgaria's Making a Comeback
Bulgarian wine has been in the doldrums since its 1970s heyday, but its new wave winemakers are looking to put the country back on the map.
02/04/14
How NASA banned wine from space menus
Sherry almost made its way onto the menu of 1970s astronauts, but was pulled following a slew of complaints and because of the "awful stench" it caused in space.
02/04/14
Wine in grocery stores bill passes Tennessee Senate
Tennessee is one step closer to permitting the sale of wine in grocery stores after Tennessee Senate voted 23-8 Thursday morning to approve a bill that would let grocery stores, big-box retailers and convenience stores sell wine.
02/04/14
NY sees surge in distilleries, wineries
Since 2011, state distilleries have increased from 10 to 42, a 320 percent increase. Cuomo signed legislation that allows state and county fairs and farmers' markets to promote growth in 2012.
02/04/14
Grape Growers Conference Brings Steep-Slope Viticulture and Wine Making Specialists to Madison County
On Tuesday, February 25, 2014, the Sustainable Appalachian Viticulture Institute, the French Broad Vignerons, and the Jewel of the Blue Ridge Vineyard will host the 4th Annual Grape Growers Conference at the Madison County Cooperative Extension Office in Marshall NC.
02/04/14
Brewery, winery licenses up 72 percent in NY: New laws have made it easier to to obtain farm-based beverage licenses for wine, cider and beer
A release from Cuomo's office attributed the rise to legislation that was enacted to help those businesses open new markets across the state
02/04/14
Record Attendance Marks 20th Anniversary of Nation's Largest Wine & Grape Industry Show
This year's official total of 14,000 Unified attendees surpassed last year's record audience by 600. In addition to the largest wine and grape trade show in the Americas featuring a record 668 exhibitors from every corner of the world, the industry-organized event provides a full program of sessions exploring wine and grape production, marketing and sales issues.
02/04/14
House sends Indiana direct to retail winery bill to Senate
Originally, the bill would have gone further
02/04/14
Police have recovered the body of the former owner of Bordeaux's Château de la Rivière, James Gregoire. He sold the property to a Chinese billionaire, Lam Kok, in late December and piloted a helicopter flight with the new owner to celebrate the sale.
DNA analysis confirmed that the body found in the Dordogne river on Thursday was that of Gregoire. Kok's body is still missing, although divers had earlier recovered those of his 12-year-old son and his interpreter, Peng Wang
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