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  Daily News for Thursday, February 20th
Treasury Wine Estates names Michael Clarke as new chief executive
Treasury Wine Estates has appointed former Kraft and Coca-Cola Amatil executive Michael Clarke as its new chief executive replacing board member Warwick Every Burns.
Constellation splits from Accolade in Europe
Constellation Brands and Accolade Wines have split their mainland European portfolios, but will maintain a partnership in the UK and elsewhere in the world.
Nationwide forums promote cover crops
Eastern Washington farmers are working to find the right mix of cover crops to improve their soil health. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service held forums around the nation to coincide with a national conference.
Brief: The Impact of Aging Baby Boomers on Labor Force Participation
Older people have lower labor force participation rates than younger adults, so aging baby boomers are pushing down overall participation. This aging effect accounts for more than 40 percent of the decline since the onset of the Great Recession.
Health experts warn of water contamination from California drought
Rural communities where residents rely on wells are at particular risk, as contaminants in the groundwater become more concentrated with less water available to dilute them, top state health officials said at a legislative hearing on the drought.
California drought could cause problems for wine grape harvest
California's wine grape growers are reporting a record harvest for 2013, but now the drought is raising concerns for the current crop.
Calistoga: Planners approve barrel storage, special events
Barrel Builders, which has its main operations in St. Helena, will lease about 9,700 square feet of space in the former Calistoga Beverage Co. facilities located at 865 Silverado Trail.
Why the 'Penfolds curse' could strike again
It's as if the ghosts of the founders Dr Christopher and Mary Penfold, who started Penfolds in 1844, are wreaking their revenge because the wine brand has strayed so far from its original purpose of being a medicinal benefit for patients of Christopher's medical practice.
ProfitSolve app assists with competitive wine pricing
Fetzer Vinyards has announced the launch of ProfitSolve, a mobile phone application designed to help restaurant and bar operators to optimize wine profitability in the context of their local competitors.
Diageo warns of the dangers of any UK departure from the EU
Diageo has fired a warning shot against any possible British departure from the European Union and the risks it would have on not only its business but the future of key markets such as the Scottish whisky industry. This could be exacerbated further if Scotland chooses to become independent later in the year.
Italians' thirst for wine diminishes as younger generation turns to beer
Italy, a country that has produced wine for centuries, is seeing dramatic drops in wine consumption as a younger generation reaches instead for beer.
Alaska and Alabama are taxing booze hard
They are the only states that claim a spot among the top five with the highest excise taxes each for beer, wine and spirits, according to the free market-oriented Tax Foundation.
Kansas businesses split on expanded liquor sales
Proposal to allow grocery store sales has come up for years
TN: House to vote on wine in grocery stores today
The Tennessee House of Representatives is expected to vote this morning on legislation that would let supermarkets, convenience stores and big-box retailers sell wine.
Top 10 Wine Consuming Countries
You would expect big wine producing countries such as Italy and France to make a top 10 list of wine consuming countries per capita - but data from the Wine Institute of California also threw up a few surprises.
An Entrepreneur's Guide To Portland's Wine And Food Scene
The momentum is fueled, in part, by a social consciousness that scales roll-out plans to the neighborhood - at least initially, though some recent nationwide successes indicate a powerful trajectory outward.
West Virginia: The wine and cheese (Mountaineer) crowd?
Wine could be an option for Mountaineer football fans this fall in a bill being considered by state lawmakers. The state Senate Judiciary Committee approved a measure Wednesday afternoon that would allow wine sales at NCAA Division I athletic stadiums in West Virginia.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's French wine sells out - again
The 2013 Jolie-Pitt & Perrin Cotes de Provence Rosé Miraval - Brangelina rosé - went on sale earlier this month and promptly sold out. There are rumors that the wine will be available for $20 in select wine shops later this month, but at press time, we were unable to confirm.
Sparkling red wines have come a long way since sorry '70s
Australia and Italy are producing food-friendly red sparklers, some of them dry.
Winemakers create unique wines for Premiere Napa Valley
This week is Premiere Napa Valley, and hundreds of wine professionals from around the world have converged in the valley to attend the annual grand tasting and futures auction to be held at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone.
The future of Argentine Malbec: 8 views
What does Argentina need to do to protect the image and strength of Argentine Malbec as a brand?
Argentine Malbec: Old dog, new tricks
No one can argue with the strength of "brand Malbec", which is bringing new consumers to wine via its generous and reliable style, but what does Argentina need to do in order to avoid Malbec becoming a commodity?
Rioja sees record-breaking sales in 2013
Sales of Rioja reached 277 million litres in 2013, surpassing its previous record set before the global economic downturn.
Body of Bordeaux Wine Estate's Chinese Owner Found
The body of Chinese billioniare Lam Kok, a 46-year-old tea magnate who sealed the biggest deal ever made by a Chinese national on a Bordeaux wine estate in December, has finally been recovered - two months after going missing in a helicopter crash.
Northwest Wine: Oregon winemaker turns to Washington for Zinfandel
When Ed Fus arrived in Oregon in 1997, he was intent on getting into the wine industry. His path ended up being a little different than most.
Copestick Murray shoots for top wine brand spots
Copestick Murray is aiming for its I Heart range to become one of the UK's top 10 wine brands and Mionetto to be the number one Prosecco brand within five years.
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