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  Daily News for Friday, February 21st
Governor plans $687 million for California drought
The Democratic plan, which now goes to the Legislature, does not address long-term improvements to California's water supply and distribution system. Rather, it provides money for immediate aid.
Rogue Valley Growers Seek Extension Funding
A study of wine industry clusters around the world notes the role extension organizations have in facilitating the transfer of knowledge between government, researchers, and industry. But funding for that vital work has been under increasing pressure. Despite the wealth of taxes the wine industry generates ($17.1 billion annually in the United States alone), extension work itself doesn't generate a direct, measureable payback. It's work done for the public good-supporting residents as well as economic development-and the beneficiaries are increasingly being asked to pony up funds to keep it going.
EPA offers revisions to ag worker safety standard
The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed the first revisions to its Agricultural Worker Protection Standard in more than 20 years, seeking to minimize workers' exposure to agricultural chemicals. The proposed changes include new record keeping and training requirements for farms, as well as new buffer zones for chemical applications and the first minimum age requirement for handling chemicals.
Storms rain optimism on West's water outlook
February storms have improved the water supply outlook for the Pacific Northwest but the snowpacks in California were boosted minimally.
New CEO takes on 'beleaguered' Treasury
One of the most challenging jobs in global drinks has gone to an executive with no experience of the wine industry.
Half year operating profits significantly down at Treasury Wine Estates
Half-year operating profits at Treasury Wine Estates fell by 38% to A$45.8 million, which it blamed on increased marketing and distribution investment and challenging conditions in Asia and Australia.
NY: Start Spreading the Economic News
In the midst of a cold and snowy winter, New York grapegrowers and winemakers received some good news this week related to the condition of a different kind of climate-the wine business climate. On Feb. 18, the New York Wine and Grape Foundation reported the results of a new study showing that New York grapes, grape juice and wine have an impact on the state's economy totaling $4.8 billion.
New Beer Industry Technology Symposium "BITS" Set For June 30 & July 1 in Napa, California
Leaders of the brewing, distribution and technology industries have formed the new Beer Industry Technology Symposium, BITS, to create a dedicated industry forum where technology and strategy intersect. The first BITS will be held in Napa, California in conjunction with the Wine Industry Technology Symposium - WITS June 30 & July 1, 2014 at the Napa Valley Marriott.
New Mexico Sparkling Brand Gruet Now Growing At 10% Annually, Passes 100000-Case Mark
Boosted by a solid critical reputation and accessible positioning compared with other sparklers in its super-premium price tier, Gruet's volume has now reached 120,000 cases and is advancing at about 10 percent annually.
Drought Damages Vines as California Wineries Go Thirsty
The drought has some residents questioning wineries' water consumption and has forced growers to abandon vines. It prompted a campaign for a municipal water district to free farmers and homeowners from dependence on fickle weather patterns and dwindling groundwater, and it has growers in rural areas digging new wells in search of a reliable supply.
Visit Napa Valley wins 2014 Poppy Award
Visit California recently honored statewide destinations and attractions for outstanding tourism advertising, marketing and public relations programs.
Grand winery openings see Napa rise
The rise of premium wine sales in the US has prompted a number of new winery and hospitality centres to spring up at some of the best GPS coordinates in Napa Valley.
Washington wine industry raises record sum
A record $120,000 was raised by the Washington Wine Industry Foundation in an auction at the industry's recent annual meeting.
Texas Wine & Grape Growers Association Conference: A Summary
David Furer discusses conference highlights.
Umpqua Valley Winegrowers Association Celebrates 30-year AVA History with New Branding and Website
This year commemorates the 30th anniversary of the approval of the Umpqua Valley AVA in 1984 and over 50 years of commercial grape growing in the area. It also marks the region's 44th annual Greatest of the Grape event, being held on Saturday, March 1 at the Seven Feathers Casino Resort in Canyonville, Oregon.
Kosher Food & Wine Experience Sets Sail for 8th Year
Now in its eighth year, the Kosher Food & Wine Experience (or KFWE) has grown to be the destination for wine lovers and foodies the world over.
UK retailers split over calories on wine labels
Sainsbury's, which late last year overtook Asda-WalMart to become the UK's second largest supermarket, has committed to printing calorie amounts on all its own-brand wines over the next two years. Its move drew praise from the UK government, but also revealed division between multiple retailers, which together account for the vast majority of the country's wine sales and have large own-brand ranges.
Italians' thirst for wine diminishes as younger generation turns to beer
Wine Monitor Nomisma, an Italian site that follows the wine market, reports on new data on the country's wine consumption: In 2012, consumption dropped 3.6%. Troubling, but not severe. But just twelve months later, for 2013, it nosedived 6.5%. During the same period, however, the total value of wine sales increased by 3.5%, but that's only because of a price increase of 7.9%.
TN: House approval of wine bill not the last hurdle
The Tennessee House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday that would let grocery stores sell wine, in perhaps the biggest overhaul of the state's liquor laws since the end of Prohibition.
Climate change is making English wine better
The UK is seeing much warmer summers, and that's reversed the fortunes of a once derided industry: English winemaking. Once it was widely dismissed as "undrinkable."
Minn. grape varieties fuel northern wine industry
As the Minnesota Grape Growers Association gathers in St. Paul this weekend, a new report shows how far northern winemakers have come.
Lake County wines garner awards at American Fine Wine Competition
Lake County wines are among the top award winners at this year's American Fine Wine (AFW) Competition, one of the most prestigious wine contests in the nation, held this month in southern Florida.
Michael Cox: 1951-2014
Part of the Clark family that founded UK wholesaler Matthew Clark and with a grandfather who was involved in the founding of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association and the Institute of Masters of Wine, alongside his twin David, Michael was already steeped in the trade before becoming one of its stalwarts.
Tributes made from across the trade following the death of Michael Cox
Tributes from across the trade are being made to Michael Cox, the highly respected industry figure and European head of Wine of Chile who died last night after a year long battle with bile duct cancer.
New Jersey Matures as a Wine Producer
[W]hen Mr. Stark moved from an assistant winemaking job at Sinskey Vineyards, a famous Napa Valley winery, to the head position at Unionville Vineyards in 2003, a California-based head hunter told Mr. Stark that it was "pretty much the worst career move that he'd ever heard of in his life," recounted Mr. Stark with a laugh.
Vinisud attracts buyers from around the world to highlight its Mediterranean wine and spirits
Over 1,600 exhibitors from across the Mediterranean's world of wine and spirits are set to descend on Montpellier in Southern France next week for this year's Vinisud trade show which hopes to attract buyers from all over the world.
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