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  Daily News for Thursday, February 13th
Huh? New York Legislators Fire Back On "At-Rest" Opposition
Carl Heastie of the Bronx, chairman of the New York Assembly's labor committee, and Samuel Roberts of Syracuse, a member of the labor committee, say the so-called "at-rest" legislation will "promote the creation of more than 1,600 new jobs with an average salary in excess of $100,000 plus benefits and ensure that the jobs which currently exist in this industry stay in New York State."
Napa Valley Vintners Welcomes Top Trade and Media for Premiere Napa Valley Week
"Napa Valley will be firing on all cylinders," commented Linda Reiff, president and CEO of the Napa Valley Vintners (NVV), the nonprofit wine trade association that hosts Premiere Napa Valley. "It's the best week to be here and we look forward to rolling out the red carpet for the many retailers, restaurateurs, wholesalers and wine media who will be joining us."
Biodynamic Pioneer Alan York Dies
He will be remembered by his many friends, co-workers, and clients for his astounding sense of humor, infectiously deep laughter, keen wit and intellect, and devotion to his art and craft
Mondovino Jonathan Nossiter Releases Natural Wine Documentary
Ten years after "Mondovino" mocked Michel Rolland, Robert Parker and Robert Mondavi, director Jonathan Nossiter is back on the wine trail, this time in Italy
Battle Over California Drought Solution
A bill introduced Tuesday by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) would aid farmers, businesses and communities in drought-ravaged parts of California and Oregon by providing $300 million for such things as new water projects and by making it easier to buy water from neighboring jurisdictions.
St. Helena council repeals small winery ordinance
The St. Helena City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to repeal the recently passed small winery ordinance, in response to a barrage of criticism from residents who said it would commercialize residential neighborhoods
USA Today: States consider changes in liquor, beer, wine laws
Among the other liquor law changes being considered in states legislatures for 2014 are ...
Robert Parker to start world tour in Beijing
According to Parker, the events have been designed to engage wine lovers at multiple levels. Each city on the tour will have a two-part program with a selection of wines tailored to the city.
Lodi Mechanized Pruning Trials in Progress
Paul Verdegaal, the University of California Cooperative Extension viticulture advisor for San Joaquin County, updated growers on two mechanized pruning field trials in progress to evaluate and compare different trellis systems for managing vine balance at Lodi Grape Day.
Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Reports Sales Increase of More Than 3 Percent in First Six Months of the Year
Both wine and spirits sales showed growth when compared to the same period in 2012-13. Wine sales increased by 3.4 percent, while spirits sales increased by 3.3 percent at Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores.
Adler Deutsch Vineyard Appoints Aaron Pott Winemaker
"Aaron's approach to winemaking is in sync with our personal philosophy to create an honest expression of Napa Cabernet, taking each step slowly and deliberately. His methodologies and expertise express the best of viticulture and winemaking, making him the ideal person to join our dedicated, focused team."
'New Chile' wines are changing the perception of the country's vino
"The fantastic thing about 'The New Chile' is that we are nine wineries working together, and that is quite unusual in the wine world," he said. "We are here with five of the wine producers sitting at the same table and trying our wines together, which is quite unique - you won't find this very often."
Chint Power Systems provides inverters for winery project
Chint Power Systems America has delivered six 100kW central inverters for the winery application at San Joaquin Wine Co. in the Central Valley of California. The CPS inverter is UL-approved, CEC-listed and outdoor-rated - designed for harsh environments and cost-sensitive, distributed-generation solar projects.
Wineries worry about proposed 'at rest' law for distributors
Under an 'at rest' law, bottles of wine and spirits would have to sit in New York state for up to 48 hours before they could be sold. While the direct impact will be on distributors working mainly in the New York City area, many upstate wineries like Missick's are worried about losing business.
Kobrand Corporation Named Exclusive U.S. Importer for Legendary Estate From Alsace, France: Domaine Zind-Humbrecht
Effective February 1, 2014, Kobrand is the exclusive U.S. Importer for all wines from the Zind-Humbrecht portfolio and is responsible for all sales and marketing activities in the United States.
U.S. wine consumption continues to grow
Budget wines - those priced at less than $10 a bottle - attracted 47 percent of buyers. High-end wines - priced at more than $20 a bottle - attracted 30 percent of buyers, and box wines attracted 23 percent of buyers.
Liquor's Loss Is Red Wine's Gain For China Austerity Drive
If it wasn't already clear how much Chinese drinkers love red wine, recent growth numbers as a result of the government's anti-corruption crackdown should make it pretty obvious. While the campaign has caused high-end alcoholic beverages as a whole-including both wine and spirits-to see major sales slumps, red wine has stood out as a bright spot in the alcohol market.
Napa County Landmarks offers historic winery tours
A total of six properties will be toured, including the Gustave Niebaum Mansion, Charles Krug Winery, Trefethen Family Vineyards, Stag's Leap Winery, Bremer Family Winery and Pope Valley Winery, with a demonstration at the historic Pope Valley blacksmith shop.
Decanter: Moscato surplus looms after record California harvest?
There are concerns about a future excess supply of Moscato in the US after California reports its biggest wine grape harvest on record for 2013.
Former Screaming Eagle co-owner to take control of New Zealand's Trinity Hill
Charles Banks has expanded his post-Screaming Eagle wine empire by signing a deal to take control of New Zealand's Trinity Hill wine producer.
Bordelais will slash 2013 prices 'by 30%'
Olivier Bernard, president of the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux, believes Bordeaux's top estates will slash their prices by up to 30% this year due to the poor conditions of the vintage.
New National Standard for Icewine in Canada
After extensive consultation, the Government of Canada is introducing regulatory amendments that will help Canadian icewine producers expand export markets and protect consumers from fraudulent products. Primarily, the amendments will create a new national standard for icewine.
Quini Announces Breakthrough Wine Tasting and Rating App for iPhone and iPad
New benchmark for wine reviews, ratings and personalized recommendations set to shift consumer wine buying habits.
CSUSM Announces New Water Resource Management Program
The course was developed in collaboration with local industry leaders and incorporates the study of regional water usage and sources, disposal and recycling, water infrastructure, impact of water shortage as well as career opportunities in water management.
Athens, Tenn Winery owner wounds children, kills self
multiple sources said Stanley Striker shot his two minor children and then himself inside the family business, Striker's Premium Winery near exit 49 off Interstate 75
Spain: Tan's Emperador buys into Spain's Bodega Las Copas
Grupo Emperador Spain said it has reached an agreement to infuse money into Bodega Las Copas, a fully-integrated producer of brandy in Spain under liquor conglomerate Gonzales Byass S.A.
Pernod Sees Savings Plan Supporting Brands Amid China Drop
Pernod said it wants to "improve organizational efficiency" while delivering annual savings of 150 million euros ($205 million) over three years. The project will focus on faster business-plan execution and may lead to some job cuts, Chief Executive Officer Pierre Pringuet said on a call today. The company will reveal a more detailed plan later this year
College of the Canyons Installs Vineyard at Valencia Campus
"The addition of a vineyard to our Valencia campus couldn't come at a better time," said COC Chancellor Dr. Dianne Van Hook. "It will perfectly complement the Culinary Arts facility we are building, creating unique learning opportunities for our students and augmenting our Wine Studies curriculum
Crop Insurance Supporters Talk Farm Bill, Statistics at Convention
USDA's Risk Management Agency, Sen. Debbie Stabenow address Crop Insurers Convention
Obama comes to Fresno to talk drought, but good luck seeing him
The White House is not publicly releasing a schedule or any other details of Obama's visit. But airspace restrictions issued Wednesday by the Federal Aviation Administration offer tantalizing hints
Thousands gather for World Ag Expo for science, farming tech
The 47th annual World AG Expo, the largest agricultural exhibition in the world is in full swing
Napa: $349 million, 20-year proposed fix for Highway 29
Easing traffic congestion in south Napa County, the focus of a yearlong Caltrans-funded study, may cost more than $349 million and take 20 years, the Napa County Transportation and Planning Agency reported Monday
Video: California Secretary of Agriculture KAREN Ross prays for rain at World Ag Expo
"When I came to the state our farmgate value was about $38 billion. It's now more than $45 billion."
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