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  Daily News for Wednesday, February 12th
Eric Asimov: Why Can't You Find That Wine?
Often plaintive and occasionally hostile, the missives arrive regularly by email, snail mail and phone: "You have an uncanny ability to discuss wines that are difficult if not impossible to find."
WiVi Winemaker Wednesdays Start Today with Matt Brain of Baker & Brain
Starting today, Adam-host of Up and Adam in the Morning on Q104.5 and one of the Krush 92.5's beloved Cork Dorks-will bring a Central Coast winemaker into the studio to talk about wine and WiVi, the Central Coast's only comprehensive wine industry tradeshow and symposium. They'll also be giving away a Two-Day Session Pass to WiVi, a $275 value each week.
Santa Maria Valley Wine Country Association Dissolves, Think Tank Emerges
The Santa Maria Valley Wine Country Association will be dissolving in the calendar year of 2014. The organization will hand over its website and collaterals to the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce, and will officially disband. The association's popular event, The Chardonnay Symposium, will now be operated by the Dolphin Bay Resort and Spa in Shell Beach, California.
Supervisors delay vote on pursuing Paso Robles groundwater district
After five hours of public testimony and deliberation, the county Board of Supervisors Tuesday postponed until next week taking two actions intended to help the water crisis in the Paso Robles groundwater basin
Southern Wine & Spirits of the Pacific Northwest Strengthens Senior Management Team
Ryan Lumaco Named Vice President, General Manager, Washington; Michael Jeffrey Appointed Vice President, General Manager, Oregon - Matt Haskins Adds Trade Development to Role as Southern's Pacific Northwest Senior Vice President, Wine
TTB Revises Interim Policy on Gluten Content Statements
Alcoholic beverages made without any ingredients containing gluten (such as wines fermented from grapes or other fruit and distilled spirits distilled from materials other than gluten - containing grains, where such products do not include any ingredients containing gluten) may continue to make "gluten - free" claims
South Dakota: Wine by mail passes first legislative hurdle
A bill that would make it legal for South Dakotans to order wine by mail cleared its first hurdle on Tuesday. Barely. Senate Bill 114 establishes a licensing system through which in and out-of-state wineries can legally send residents wine by mail. South Dakota is one of 10 states that do not allow direct shipping of wine, according to the Wine Institute. The bill deadlocked on a 3-3 vote in the Senate Commerce Committee with one senator, Dan Lederman, excused. The committee then voted 4-2 to send it to the Senate floor without a recommendation.
Bordeaux's Official Line: 2013 "Uneven" But No Disaster
"It's no worse and no better than the 2011 and 2012," said Olivier Bernard, president of the UGCB and owner of Pessac-Léognan estate Domaine de Chevalier. "Not everyone had equal success: 'uneven' would be the best word to describe it."
Fine Wine Prices Take an Unusual Fall - winesearcher
Prices usually go up in January, but not in 2014, and lack of interest in Bordeaux first-growths is the culprit
Farm Group Seeks Immigration Changes
Study commissioned by the American Farm Bureau said food prices would increase an additional 5 percent to 6 percent over the next five years if enforcement-only policies were put into place, because of a lack of workers to harvest crops
Bloomberg News: An Intoxicating New Year: America's Alcohol Sales on the Rise
As for wine, unit sales rose 3.3 percent in January. At-home wine consumption increased by roughly 5 percent last year
Americans Are Drinking More Italian Wines Than Italians
Italian brands of Moscato, such as Riunite, Maschio Cadora, or Ceretto Santo Stefano, are battling U.S. brands, including Barefoot, Beringer or Cupcake, for shelf space
Opinion: CEO choice a last chance for Treasury Wine board
"From a corporate governance perspective, the decision by Treasury Wine Estates to install board member Warwick Every-Burns, albeit temporarily, is a no-no as it blurs the lines between the board and company management. It is an even bigger problem when the director has no operational experience in the wine industry."
Press Release: Bronco Wine Company Celebrates 10 Years of Recycling, Now Near 100%
"Our goal is to preserve the environment and become a sustainable operation from the vineyard to the shelf," Fred Franzia said.
Long Shadows' Chester-Kidder to be served tonight at White House reports the other two wines being served by President Barack Obama's culinary team are Morlet 2011 La Proportion Dorée from Napa Valley and Thibault-Jannison Blanc de Chardonnay from Monticello
Mosel and Sonoma Meet in the Finger Lakes
On Feb. 4, Paul Hobbs, winemaker and owner of Paul Hobbs Winery in Sebastopol, Calif., and Johannes Selbach, winemaker and owner of Weingut Selbach-Oster in Zeltingen, Germany, announced that they plan to establish a vineyard and start a winery on Seneca Lake in the Finger Lakes region of New York.
Despite rain, California forecasters don't expect miracle
Even as more rain was expected to reach Northern California late this week, the long-range outlook is still drier than normal in most of the state, cautioned Michelle Mead, a National Weather Service warning coordinator here.
French Police Bust Massive Wine-Theft Ring
Armed gendarmes sweep up 20 suspects in gang that allegedly stole high-priced Bordeaux
Millennials fuelling Italian wine sales in US
Both Millennial drinkers and the ongoing popularity of Prosecco have led US consumers to drink more Italian wine than the Italians.
UK best-placed for premium South Africa
The UK offers the greatest potential for South African wine over £10 according to the chairman of PIWOSA, Rollo Gabb
Viña Concha y Toro signs distribution deal with Russian Standard
Chilean wine producer Viña Concha y Toro has signed a long-term distribution agreement with Russian Standard, a wine and spirits company in central and eastern Europe.
Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers Announces Honors
The Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers announced awards for Grower of the Year, Industry Service, Lifetime Achievement, Restaurant Appreciation and Posters at their annual meeting held in Kennewick last week.
Distilled Spirits, Wine Consumption Continued to Rise in 2013; Beer Saw Pockets of Growth
It was another positive year for the distilled spirits and wine industries, as each posted gains in both volume and dollar sales, although growth slowed from years past. The beer industry also saw success in some categories, but was unable to post its second year of increases overall.
Sonoma State Wine Entrepreneurship Grads Thriving in the Wine Industry
As the start date for the 2014 Wine Entrepreneurship certificate nears, past grads shared how the certificate required them to systematically look at the different components of a successful wine brand and how the lessons in creating profitability and cash flow led them to real business results.
Tennessee food-store wine bill likely headed to House floor vote Feb. 20
Despite its easy passage on an unrecorded committee voice vote, there was some pushback by committee members on anti-competitive measures written into the compromise bill.
Vallejo vineyard's wine served at the White House
It's not a matter of keeping these Chardonnay grapes' origins secret, said Debra Eagle, general manager of Hestan Vineyards, which produces Meyer wines, among other labels. It's just the way the wine industry's regions are designated.
Ontario looking to update the way beer is sold, Wynne says
Premier Kathleen Wynne pledges to "modernize" beer sales in Ontario but won't be specific in Reddit chat on the Internet.
Winter's effect on American vines
Vintners won't know the winter's true effects until the growing season starts in spring, but there have been reports of extensive damage to vineyards in Ohio and Michigan. Cornell University reported bud damage in New York's Finger Lakes, especially to Riesling and merlot vines around the northern end of Seneca Lake.
Ponzi Vineyards aims to fortify its sustainability chops
Ponzi Vineyards, which operates facilities in three cities, will work with Portland-based Green Endeavor Inc. to reduce the environmental impact, water usage and production costs of its wineries, wine bar and bistros.
Love, wine, dreams intersect for three new authors
Emily Brown, Cortney Roudebush and Lisa Mattson shared their paths to hoped-for literary fame, and how the Napa Valley's wine country has shaped the plot and spirit of their books
Dan Berger: Facts and realities about aging wines
One could probably write a book on this arcane subject, but generally something like 90% of the wines made in the world are in Category A - drink now. Another 5% are in Category B, and 5% in Category C
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