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  Daily News for Tuesday, February 18th
Calif. wine-grape growers celebrate bumper crop
California agriculture officials reported good news for wine lovers and vineyard operators alike: a record harvest of wine grapes.
California Toasts 2013's Record Wine Grape Harvest (Audio)
Finally some good news out of drought-ravaged California. The state's reporting the largest wine grape harvest on record.
French wine exports down in 2013; low-priced bottles decline the most
According to the French wine trade body FEVS (Féderation des Exportateurs de Vins & Spiritueux), in a story reported by the British Wine magazine Decanter, French wine exports in 2013 were down by 3.1% in volume. (The sales value was just 0.1% less.)
Limited supply of French wines on bulk market
French wines have only limited availability in the bulk market, with white and rosé wines in shortest supply.
Suntory to Focus Beam on Global Markets
Suntory Holdings Ltd. tried to cast aside any lingering doubts that its $13.6 billion acquisition of Beam Inc. is overpriced, saying it will successfully capitalize on the overseas brand recognition of the U.S. whiskey maker as it transforms into a global spirits player.
NY: Growing pains
Sen. Schumer calls for disaster assistance for grape farmers
NY: Schumer asks U.S. to help grape growers hurt by winter
The recent subzero temperatures that have seized New York may have cost grape growers untold millions, according to U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-NY.
Drought puts state in crisis, but where's the water rationing?
Fourteen months into a historic drought, with reservoirs running low and the Sierra snowpack 27 percent of normal, a growing number of Californians are wondering: Why isn't everyone being forced to ration?
California drought threatens environmental laws
When President Barack Obama travelled to Fresno, California on Friday, he waded into a decades-long water fight that is pitting farmers against fish. More than that, however, he is confronting a wider public policy debate that goes back at least a century - over the environment, industry, and the role of government.
Parched California Pours Mega-Millions Into Desalination Tech
Besieged by drought and desperate for new sources of water, California towns are ramping up plans to convert salty ocean water into drinking water to quench their long-term thirst. The plants that carry out the high-tech "desalination" process can cost hundreds of millions of dollars, but there may be few other choices for the parched state.
Federal drought aid targets California ranchers
As President Barack Obama and USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack got a personal look at California's drought-ravaged Central Valley on Feb. 14, USDA and other federal agencies prepared to speed disaster aid to the state.
The Wine Guys: Rugged terrains can grow excellent wines
There have been made times when we stood atop a rocky mountain overlooking a verdant vineyard and wondered aloud what inspired a grape grower to choose such a rugged terrain for his crop. Boulders had to be moved, packed ground dynamited and tractor equipment destroyed to get a crop that, at best, was often just good.
Newcomer vintners shaking up Chilean wine scene
Sven Bruchfeld doesn't mind if you don't like his wine, as long as some people love it.
Wine: 'Old vine' zinfandels
California has zinfandel vines that are more than 140 years old. But when you buy a bottle of "old vine" zinfandel, don't assume that the grapes are from such venerable vines.
PR: builds executive team with e-commerce veterans from Shutterfly, Williams-Sonoma
Peter Elarde and Greg Tatem join innovative online wine retailer
Passing the torch
Tucked away in the Goldridge and Altamont soils along Vine Hill Road in Sebastopol, Dehlinger Winery has been quietly questing for quality since 1974, when a former pre-med student and trained enologist named Tom Dehlinger, with job experience at Beringer, Hanzell and Dry Creek Vineyard, bought an old apple orchard in the Russian River Valley and made his first set of wines, starting with chardonnay, zinfandel and cabernet sauvignon.
Challenges, rewards of a 30-year wine grape vineyard
Achieving a successful 30-year-old California wine grape vineyard is possible with smart decision making which can reap financial rewards from the longevity.
New serve and preserve fine wine system
WineEmotion is a new by-the-glass serve system for the on-trade that is claimed to keep opened bottles of fine wine in perfect condition for up to 30 days
UK: Tesco strengthens wine product development team
Charlotte Lemoine has been appointed as the new assistant product developer to the Tesco wine team and will be overseeing the Italian wine category starting on February 24, 2014.
Watchdog: Finns' favourite wines made in wretched conditions
A recent report by the Sweden-based whistle blower Swedwatch finds that Finland's favourite wines are being produced under questionable circumstances in foreign vineyards. Local NGOs are calling on the state-owned alcohol monopoly Alko to improve its buying practices.
Simpson to lecture on chemistry of wine
On Friday, in The Collins College of Hospitality Management Wine Auditorium, Cal Poly Pomona Chemistry Professor Emeritus Ernest "Ernie" Simpson will give a guest lecture titled "The Chemistry of Wine."
US Finger Lakes could rival Mosel, says Paul Hobbs
Winemaker Paul Hobbs is swapping comfort in California for a dormitory-style bed in his native New York state as he prepares the ground for a Finger Lakes Riesling he believes will rival Germany's best.
UK police probe suspected fraud at wine investment firm
UK police say that they have exposed an investment firm that took up to £1m in orders for fine wine that it never had access to.
The Wine Program of the Future Makes Sense Today
If you walk into a restaurant wine cellar and see a big room full of expensive stuff that hasn't sold, trust me that you are viewing it in the same way as those many restaurant operators who have forgone large wine programs.
ID: Brewery bill aims at allowing beer tasting
Beer enthusiasts could soon have a reason-and a way-to celebrate, thanks to a fledgling bill that aims to clear Idaho breweries to hold beer tastings.
New Entry Belle Ambiance Targets Millennials With Wine Collection Debut (Delicato Family Vineyards)
Delicato Family Vineyards announces the national launch of Belle Ambiance, a new portfolio of rich, indulgent California wines crafted to enhance any moment.
NY: Viticulture Center bids to be opened March 4
Now that site preparation work is complete, Ontario County will open bids for the actual construction of the Viticulture Center at 3 p.m. March 4.
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