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  Daily News for Monday, February 17th
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02/17/14
January restaurant sales could indicate trouble ahead
Softer sales trends in January among quick-service restaurants appear to indicate a more lingering weakness, even after adjusting for the impact of bad weather
02/17/14
California high court may end a protection for party hosts in alcohol suits
Some justices appear ready to open the way for lawsuits against people who charge fees to attend underage drinking parties and an intoxicated guest hurts someone
02/17/14
Famous filmmaker James Cameron buys Beaufort Winery in Courtenay, BC
Although Beaufort's new manager Mark Timmermans couldn't give many details Wednesday, he confirmed Cameron is the new owner
02/17/14
Obama visits California's drought country
The worst drought in the recorded history of the state is hurting farms and wildlife and threatening its drinking water
02/17/14
Fake Bordeaux fine wine company exposed
A fake wine company which accepted more than £1 million in sham investments in Bordeaux fine wines has been exposed by UK police.
02/17/14
US labels leading non-European fine wines
Further examination of the fine wine market over the last two years on the Liv-ex Fine Wine 1000 shows that two US labels are key market drivers.
02/17/14
Vin de France advances 'French revolution'
Results from the 2014 Best Value Vin de France International Selection have highlighted the increasing consistency and creativity to emerge from the Vin de France wine classification.
02/17/14
It's now or never for immigration reform, supporter says
Even though prospects for immigration reform have dimmed again, agriculture and industries most desirous of it need to develop a strategy and push for it this year or it may never happen, says a key negotiator of the agricultural component of the Senate immigration bill.
02/17/14
The Device That's Opening Palates: A Medical-Grade Needle Pierces a Wine Bottle's Cork
Coravin is a tool that took 15 years to perfect-mostly in the basement workshop of Mr. Lambrecht's home
02/17/14
Fearing higher costs, Santa Rosa appeals wastewater ruling
Santa Rosa is appealing new rules regulating the discharge of treated wastewater from its Laguna Wastewater Treatment Plant, arguing that guidelines issued last November could undermine existing efforts to recycle the vast majority of treated waste for agriculture and electricity and ultimately lead to higher ratepayer costs
02/17/14
Bottle battle: Staten Island wine purveyors are sour on wine legislation
Lorie Honor, owner of Honor Wines in St. George, said that the law could put boutique wine shops like hers out of business by exerting pressure on the smaller wholesalers that bring her off-the-beaten-track wines
02/17/14
Bottle fight: Novelty v classic wines; 'Diners on both sides of the Atlantic may search for classic bordeaux or full-blooded California Chardonnay in vain'
The fact that 90 per cent of all Chardonnay is deeply dull should not diminish our respect for Domaine de la Romanée-Conti's Montrachet. Nor should Blossom Hill Merlot make us think any the worse of Petrus ...
02/17/14
Obama in California: a pledge of drought aid, climate change planning
President Obama heads to the parched San Joaquin Valley in central California on Friday to announce executive action on the state's devastating drought. He will also draw a link between extreme weather and climate change.
02/17/14
Wisconsin Assembly OKs bill allowing unaccompanied minors in wineries
The Assembly passed the measure on a voice vote Thursday. The Senate passed the measure earlier this week. It now goes to Gov. Scott Walker who can sign it into law or veto it. A Walker spokesman said the governor would evaluate the bill
02/17/14
A sunny French lesson on white wine
If you're seeking a shorthand solution to match grape and place, you're out of luck. Languedoc and Roussillon thrive on a crazy jumble of varieties. It is at the heart of the lust for innovation
02/17/14
Wine storer plans Healdsburg custom crush: Opportunity seen as custom wineries are acquired
Premium Wine Storage has 2.2 million gallons of tank capacity at 1450 Airport Blvd. north of Santa Rosa. Similar to that facility, Red Custom Crush likely will offer about 1 million gallons for aging of wine with microxidation and client-provided oak-stave systems, both of which approximate desired attributes of oak barrels
02/17/14
French wine exports drop in 2013
French wines lost market share around the world in 2013, according to new figures that a show a drop in exports from the country. France exported 3.1% less wine last year, with shipments totalling 174.8m 12-bottle cases, according to the national wine export trade body FEVS.
02/17/14
Wine Metrics Positive in January
New year brings solid growth in winery job activity and DtC and off-premise sales
02/17/14
The cutting edge: Pruners show their stuff
Small groups of men with red-handled Felco pruning shears and sharpening stones holstered on a hip - some with a cigarette, others with coffee - gather by the rows of grape vines readying themselves for the yearly pruning competition at Hop Kiln Vineyards on Ford Street.
02/17/14
Demand rises to finance alternatives to water as drought persists
Agriculture lenders are contemplating the effect of California's recent dry spell on the North Bay wine industry, with both near and long-term implications under consideration for vineyards and other agricultural ventures in the region and beyond
02/17/14
Pa. liquor stores record spike in sales before recent snowstorm
Compared with the same day a year earlier, wine and spirits sales jumped 51 percent - about $2 million - on Feb. 4, the day before a winter storm pounded the state with a messy mix of snow, ice and freezing rain, according to the state Liquor Control Board. Figures for the storm on Feb. 12 and 13 were not available.
02/17/14
NC: Local vineyard wins prestigious state award
Ever since Ken Craven decided to spend his retirement years operating a vineyard, there have been plenty of days he wondered whether he'd made the right decision.
02/17/14
Trinity Hill winery sold to US buyer
Trinity Hill, a mid-sized Hawkes Bay wine producer, said US winery owner Charles Banks planned to take a controlling 67 per cent stake in the company, subject to regulatory approvals.
02/17/14
The Interview: Life is a Cabaret For Jean-Charles Boisset
Jean-Charles Boisset carries a whiff of the theater around with him. Meeting for lunch in Paris, it comes as no surprise that he is staying at the Hotel Costes in the Place Vendôme, which is bedecked with plush red velvet furniture and gilt-edged mirrors. It is reminiscent of the rococo interior décor of Raymond Vineyards, the Napa property Boisset bought in 2009.
02/17/14
Opici Wines Launches New Spirits Division
Last week, importer and producer Opici Wines announced the launch of its new spirits division, Market Street Spirits. Market Street Spirits-named for the street on which Opici's first office was located in Paterson, New Jersey, in 1913-informally launched in 2013 with the introduction of the company's own Rebellion Bourbon, a Bardtown, Kentucky small-batch Bourbon, which is aged six years and produced from 70 to 72 percent corn and 28 to 30 percent rye and barley.
02/17/14
NY: Cold Damage to Wine Grapes
Local grape growers are getting more concerned that the bitter cold has caused severe damage to valuable wine grapes.
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