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  Daily News for Tuesday, February 11th
Crush Report: Record 4.23 Million Tons Crushed
Preliminary results from the California Grape Crush Report, released by the California Agricultural Statistics service show another year of record winegrape harvests, indicating 4.23 million tons of winegrapes were crushed, up 5 percent from 2012's 4.01 million tons.
Williams Selyem Winemaker Bob Cabral Stepping Down
The 2014 harvest will be his last at the iconic Russian River winery as he explores other projects
Treasury Relaunches Souverain, Adds New North Coast Wines
Treasury revamped California wine brand Souverain, aiming to reinvigorate a label historically known as a reliable, value-oriented Sonoma producer.
The Carneros Wine Alliance Unveils a New "Voices of Carneros" Campaign, Updates Website and Prepares for a 'Year of Chardonnay' focus in 2014
Carneros Wine Alliance shares locals' insights and secrets of a wine region that spans two counties and produces some of the finest Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Sparkling Wines
At Rest in New York: Sen. Klein may become a pain in the glass
New York storage would require the creation of warehouses that do not currently exist. Nearly 80% of the 235 New York-licensed wine and spirits wholesalers now operate from New Jersey warehouses. Thus, the impact would be immense
At Rest in New York: Baffling wine bill leaves a sour taste
"I don't believe two major players should be able to buy legislation at the expense of small-businesspeople, which in my opinion is what's blatantly happening here. This just absolutely reeks."
US economy may be stuck in slow lane for long run
In the 4½ years since the Great Recession ended, millions of Americans who have gone without jobs or raises have found themselves wondering something about the economic recovery: Is this as good as it gets?
White House delays health insurance mandate for medium-sized employers until 2016
By offering an unexpected grace period to businesses with between 50 and 99 employees, administration officials are hoping to defuse another potential controversy.
Record California Wine Grape Harvest - Wines & Vines
The bulk wine and grape market for 2014 is already pretty active, and Clements said that possibly could be explained by the industry-wide concern over drought. Despite the recent rains, the 2014 and 2015 harvest could be at risk from drought, and producers may be locking in supply now.
North Coast grape harvest breaks records - Press Democrat
The good times kept rolling in 2013 for North Coast wineries and growers, thanks to another boffo harvest that established new records for size and value
Napa Register on the Crush: Value of 2013 grape harvest comes close to record
Napa County's 2013 grape crop was only off 2012's record mark by about 8,000 tons, earning local growers $638 million last year,
Crush Report: Tidal Wave of Moscato Rises in California
Californian moscato production reaches all-time high in 2013 harvest report while Napa cab fetches record prices.
Crush Report: Smash hit for Lodi grapes
State, local grape industry saw record numbers from 2013 harvest
CAWG: Another California Grape Crush for the Record Books
"Consumer demand for California wine is strong. After short crops in 2010 and 2011, growers delivered two remarkable vintages, with record-sized harvests and exceptional quality," said Heidi Scheid, chair of the California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG).
Ciatti: Back to Back Record Harvests for California Winegrapes
Statewide prices dip slightly from prior year. We should have more than enough supply unless the drought materializes.
Turrentine: Second Consecutive Record Winegrape Harvest, Experts Explain Market Impacts
This record harvest stretched capacity to its fullest, putting downward pressure on prices for late season grapes and on some early bulk market sales
Retailers promise 'robust' sales tax campaign
In its annual public policy agenda, the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) highlighted the sales tax bill and data privacy regulations as among the industry's most important agenda items for 2014
Washington's tangled politics could slow Trans-Pacific Partnership
Complex modern trade deals such as the TPP that go far beyond tariff reductions to encompass regulatory regimes and intellectual property.
More Unified Coverage: California wine grape outlook is bullish, despite drought
Nat DiBuduo, Allied Grape Growers president, is bullish on the short-term outlook for California wine grapes. He says wine grape supply and demand are in balance.
Commentary: Big Data is agriculture's big blank on the map
Big Data is giant blank on the map and U.S. agriculture is charging right toward it. Nobody, including farmers, gets to opt out of the unintended consequences of digital technology.
Krug wanted 'total submission', says Austrian producer
The Austrian winemaker in a trademark dispute with Champagne Krug has said that agreeing to the Moet Hennessy-owned firm's demands would mean 'total submission'.
UK: Almost one in five consumers buy alcohol at independent discount retailers
Independent discount retail is booming, with 17% of customers typically buying alcohol there, according to a poll.
Wine: Arizona chardonnay -- who knew?
Winemaker Eric Glomski says people's perceptions of Arizona are "based on seeing Looney Tunes, the Road Runner and Coyote." Think vast stretches of desert with the occasional cactus and Acme anvil. But Arizona, he says, "is much more than desert."
Hubert Opici is NJ's 'American Wine Legend'
As head of American B.D., a wine wholesaler based in Glen Rock, Opici established the earliest pipeline connecting New Jersey to avant-garde winemakers on the West Coast determined to give Europe a run for its money.
California wine maker knows from experience where Pennsylvania industry is
The Pennsylvania Wine Society was kind enough to have me speak at its Wine Excellence XII tasting in Harrisburg last month. Here are five observations about regional wine that are most striking a little more than a month into 2014.
AU: Fragmented protection will devalue Broke wine region
The state government claims they have got the balance right when it comes to the Strategic Regional Land Use Policy and the mapping of two critical industry clusters (CIC) in the Upper Hunter region.
Dunne on Wine Profiles Michael David Winery in Lodi
The Phillips brothers also have shown that cabernet sauvignon does indeed deserve a place in Lodi. One of their two most expensive wines is their Rapture cabernet sauvignon ($59), the jammy yet spirited 2011 version of which scored a rare double-gold medal at last fall's Houston competition
Millennials, sparklers drive up Italian wine sales in U.S.
Americans are drinking more Italian wines than Italians themselves, owing to the popularity of sparkling wines from the southern European country and millennial
10th Annual Wine Industry Technology Symposium to Unite Wine Business Leaders, Technology Experts on June 30 & July 1, 2014
The WITS Steering Committee, comprised of technology and business leaders across the wine industry, is currently finalizing panel topics and keynote speakers
Building permit issued for Washington Wine Science Center
Officials held a ground breaking for the facility this fall at the corner of George Washington Way and University Drive near Washington State University Tri-Cities
The Government Took the Time to Prove that Americans Really Love Pizza
13 percent of Americans eat pizza on any given day
Buzzfeed on Coravin: Meet The Magical Wine Gadget That Wants To Change The World
This white whale of wine gadgets does a seemingly impossible thing
Reservoir levels growing, but drought measures remain (w/video) - Press Democrat
Despite the strong storm and heavy runoff, local government officials said drought measures, including mandatory cuts for water users in Cloverdale, Healdsburg and Willits, were still on.
California drought: Storm a reprieve, not a cure - SF Chronicle
"The bottom line is that this storm is not going to end California's drought."
World Ag Expo kicks off 47th annual show with opening of new arena - Video
World Ag Expo officials began the countdown to the opening today of the 47th edition of the world's largest outdoor farm show in Tulare, Calif.
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