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  Daily News for Friday, February 7th
Mercer family gives $250k to WSU Wine Science Center
A prominent longtime grape-growing and winemaking family is donating a quarter-million dollars to the Washington State University Wine Science Center
WSU wine science center pushing ahead
The Washington State University Wine Science Center should be completed by fall. Donations by the Mercer family and T.J. Rodgers, CEO of Cypress Semiconductor, were announced at the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers.
Red Blotch Virus concerns Washington wine grape growers
Expansion of Washington's wine grape acreage and tonnage may be driving a new virus from propagation of unclean plants.
Truett-Hurst second-quarter sales surge on new brands
Safeway last week expanded its 90-day exclusive sales agreement for the paper-bottle-around-a-bladder Paper Boy brand by another two or three months, and Truett-Hurst has already started shipping to areas without Safeway-related
Livermore wine label printing company expands to Santa Rosa
Vintage 99, a wine label printing company, recently expanded its operations from Livermore to Santa Rosa, to better serve clients in the North Bay.
Napa: Producer of BottleRock 2013 files for bankruptcy
This bankruptcy case "is not expected to have any impact on Latitude 38 Entertainment's plans to produce a 2014 BottleRock Festival."
Wine benefits from farm bill
Specialty Crop Block Grant annual funding was increased to $85 million from $55 million. Wine organizations, including Wine Institute and the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance, have tapped the competitive grant program in the past.
USA Today: Raise a glass in one of the 10 best wine bars at sea
At the top cruise ship wine bars you can order wine by the bottle or glass, chat with experienced sommeliers and educate your palette as you sample different varietals.
Timeline Uncertain for Canada Liquor Legislation
Ontario recently announced that wines bearing the VQA designation and made solely from Ontario grapes could be sold at farmers markets, while a three-location pilot of boutiques selling exclusively VQA wines would be expanded.
The People's Republic of Wine, Bill Lyons, WSJ
One of China's most respected sommeliers on the country's unquenchable thirst for fine wine
TTB Allows Use of 'Black Spanish' Label on Wine
The office received, "a petition containing evidence that the name 'Black Spanish' is a recognized synonym commonly used in Texas for the name 'Lenoir', which is an already approved grape variety name," giving her cause to allow the winery and all other bonded wineries use of 'Black Spanish' as a name.
California drought will impact Texas wines
Texas' 275-plus wineries are similar to California wineries in that most wineries rely on outside vineyards to provide grapes to make up for limited winery production of grapes. There are only two wineries in Texas that are 100-percent Estate Wineries, being Pheasant Ridge Winery north of Lubbock and Kiepersol Winery near Tyler.
Behind the Scenes at... Trefethen Vineyards, By W. Blake Gray
A decade after joining Trefethen, Jon Ruel (center) is now president
Senate approves port wine bill for Georgia
The chamber passed a measure Thursday that would raise the legal percentage of grape-based alcohol made in Georgia to 24 percent.
Who Are the Customers For Wines Over $20?
While wines from most countries are purchased both by high-end and value-conscious Americans alike, Greek wines are the preserve of the first group - which is mysterious, because most Greek wines aren't that expensive.
Water is the issue in the West
Water is not an issue of importance in the West. It is the issue of importance. The stakes are huge. Some $51 billion in crops are grown across the West. That provides milk, vegetables, grains, berries, fruits - more than 300 different crops in all - to Americans and much of the world.
Commentary: Farmer dragged into harvester escapes with life
Severely mangled and trapped in the rollers of a potato harvester, Darren Taylor literally held on for life: "I had to stay awake to keep out of that machine. I was shouting, 'You're not going to pull me through.'"
Beaujolais distances itself from 'quenelle' wine
Beaujolais producers have distanced themselves from a local wine showing the controversial 'quenelle' sign on its label. Some have associated the quenelle sign with antisemitism, likening it to an upside down Nazi salute with one arm down straight and the other placed across the chest. But, others argue it is merely anti-establishment.
WineRatings+ App Available for iPad, Updated for iOS7
Updated for iOS7, the popular ratings app provides access to nearly 300,000 wine reviews on multiple devices
NYU Stern Students Know Their Wine Better Than Other MBAs Do
Last month the trio won first place at a wine competition held at the French consulate in New York, besting representatives from eight U.S. schools and winning a place in an international competition to be held on the hallowed grounds of Ch√Ęteau Lafite Rothschild in Bordeaux, France.
Without Water, Will There Be Wine in California?
When you grow grapes to make wine in California, the mention of "D4" can wither you on the spot. "D4" is the classification used by the interagency U.S. Drought Monitor reserved for dry spells so intense they occur fewer than once in 50 years, with more than 98 percent of California land now considered at least abnormally dry.
Natural wines making way onto radar of SF Bay Area wine buyers
As natural wines are seeping into the consciousness of Bay Area wine buyers, there is bound to be confusion. If you are curious, there are a couple of handfuls of producers from California dedicated to natural winemaking. Here are the most consistent and some of the wines to look for
Gunfire and grapes in taxis: How civil war threatened Syria's only harvest
Syria's civil war forced staff at the country's only commercial winery, Bargylus, to abandon the estate on the eve of harvest, nearly causing the loss of the 2013 vintage, according to its co-owner
Closing Restaurant on Manhattan's Lower East Side Asks Customers to Help Drink 1,300 Bottles of Wine
"I guarantee you will drink some of the greatest stuff ever pressed from a grape, and at a sinfully low price."
US farmers, food interests unite against GMO labeling
US farmers joined with the food industry Thursday to launch a united front against labeling genetically modified products, amid mounting consumer pressure and an ongoing trade dispute with China
Russian River Brewing braces for Pliny madness
Looking to avoid the Pliny the Younger madness, to slip quietly into Russian River Brewing Company for a quick pint of the ultra-rare beer that will be released Friday? Forget it, say the experts.
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