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  Daily News for Wednesday, February 26th
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Early Bird Registration for WiVi Central Coast 2014 Ends March 1
WiVi now offers you several ways to experience the only comprehensive wine industry tradeshow and symposium on the Central Coast.
AB InBev keen to steal larger 'share of throat' from wine and liquor
Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) says its keen to capture a larger 'share of throat' from wine, hard liquor and other drinks by creating new consumption occasions for beer.
Mail-order wine receives South Dakota Senate approval
A bill that would establish a licensing system to allow in-state and out-of-state wineries to send their products by mail passed the Senate on Monday. SB114 almost died in committee earlier this month, but after making it to the Senate floor it passed by a comfortable 23-11 margin.
Bill proposed to allow liquor sales in grocery stores in Florida
The bill is still making its way through committee. No clear date has been set for a vote.
Eastern Winery Exposition Moving to Syracuse in 2015 , will return to Pennsylvania in 2016
n a press release announcing the change, Mignarri said the conference center in Syracuse offers the show a state-of-the-art facility and means less traveling time for vintners and growers in New York and Canada
Vintner Dario Sattui recovering after bike crash, neck surgery
Sattui, 72, suffered broken bones, face lacerations and other injuries. He underwent a five-hour operation to repair four bones on his neck and receive a bone graft from his lower back in the process. Twelve screws were inserted in his neck
South Dakota: Senate delivers wine-shipping bill to House
Senators voted 23-11 in favor. SB 114 now goes to the House of Representatives. Brown said the governor supports its passage.
Drought leaves California farmers choosing which crops get water and which wither
"It goes beyond devastation, you're going to see farms that have been in business 30 and 40 years, they do not have any water, they are out of business."
TTB: New "The Rocks District of Milton - Freewater" Viticultural Area in Oregon Up for Comment
The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau will publish a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register proposing to establish the approximately 3,770 acre "The Rocks District of Milton Freewater" viticultural area in Umatilla County, Oregon. The proposed viticultural area lies entirely within the Walla Walla Valley viticultural area which, in turn, lies within the Columbia Valley viticultural area
Gallo plans office building with open work environment
Stanislaus County supervisors agreed to rezone 4.6 acres from residential to industrial for constructing the parking lots for a 116,000-square-foot office building at Gallo's campus on Yosemite Boulevard in Modesto
Designer Ken Fulk to Restore Sonoma's Historic Vallejo-Casteñada Adobe for Bill Price and Three Sticks Wines
The Adobe, located at 143 W. Spain St., circa 1842, is the oldest occupied residence in Sonoma and stands as one of the few remaining buildings from California's Mexican Period. Located just off of the Sonoma Plaza, it will serve as the new Three Sticks Wines tasting lounge and headquarters offering daily tastings by appointment.
Wired: Scientists Figure Out How Microbes Make Wine Good
Now, scientists from (where else) Italy and Spain have studied the proteins O. oeni makes, and think they're getting closer to figuring out how the bacteria add flavor and aroma to wine
Chateau Morrisette Winery Names Brian Cheeseborough New Winemaker
Cheeseborough has an extensive winemaking background along with a collection of award-winning wines. Most recently, he produced wines for Vignobles Garcin, a collection of five Chateaux located in France's Bordeaux region, including Chateau Barde Haut, a St. Emilion Grand Cru Classe.
Schug's winemaker on greatness in Pinot
Mike Cox, winemaker at Schug Winery in Carneros, shares his views on attempting to achieve perfection with Pinot in California.
It Takes How Much Water to Grow an Almond?!
Why California's drought is a disaster for your favorite fruits, vegetables, and nuts.
Data demand from regulators and buyers will only increase
"The data makes the difference; we have to marry it with the stories we tell," said Hank Giclas, Western Growers senior vice president for strategic planning, science and technology. "The old anecdote is no longer enough."
Wine bill hits wall in West Virginia
A bill that would allow for wine sales at NCAA Division I athletic stadiums in West Virginia, meaning Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, failed to make it out of the Senate Finance Committee before a Monday deadline.
MillerCoors adopts first US beer nutritional labelling
MillerCoors has stepped up to be the first US brewer to pour one of its beers, Miller64, into cans and bottles with nutritional labelling
Sonoma wineries open cellar doors for barrel tasting
Organizers say they don't expect any complications from overconsumption this year because they've stepped up efforts to control it. They are expecting a total of 16,000 tasters over two weekends, roughly 8,000 each weekend. Most will come from Northern California, but Southern California is the next big draw.
Michael Yurch to Lead Wine Retailing Seminar at Sonoma State
The seminar will explore product concept and price positioning for sustained success, traditional distribution and distributor relations, direct-to-consumer management, core products and line extensions, public and press relations, and key account targeting and management.
With farm bill done, major issues remain for ag
... says John Anderson, deputy senior economist for the American Farm Bureau Federation in Washington
More Uncorked and Women of the Vine to Host Second Annual Women of the Vine Grand Tasting Event in Napa, California
The Women of the Vine Grand Tasting Event sponsored by MORE Uncorked will unite more than 30 of Napa Valley's finest women winemakers and proprietors for an exclusive tasting and discussion. The event will take place on Saturday, March 8 from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. PST and will feature wines from acclaimed winemakers.
Warm weather ignites California almond blossom
A stretch of warm and dry weather in California's Central Valley has facilitated a vibrant almond blossom, signaling that spring is on its way.
Margaret River 2014 harvest 'strongest yet' for white wines
Winemakers in Western Australia's Margaret River region are becoming increasingly confident that 2014 will be one of their best vintages yet for white wines.
Video: Winter Weather Ravages Some Erie PA Wine Grape Crops
The wintry weather has ravaged some grape crops in Erie County, forcing some area growers to regroup. Arrowhead Wine Cellars is working to pick up the pieces… And with spring still weeks away, it's a difficult task.
Op Ed: California Water, Federal fish biologists are right
Salmon communities have seen this movie before
Alabama bill would give wine, beer distributors same protection
The House Montgomery County Legislation Committee on Monday passed two bills, including one that would give wine distributors doing business in Montgomery County the same protection beer distributors have.
Bordeaux Mayor Attacks Winery Tax Breaks
The deputy mayor of a Bordeaux village is crying foul over a loophole that sees immensely wealthy banking and financial interests offered tax exemptions meant for struggling farmers. Ludon-Médoc's Benedict Simian says that prestigious châteaux in the Haut-Médoc are often owned by banking or industrial interests and should not receive the same government largess as smaller, owner-operator vineyards.
Fascination with process leads Napa's Celia Welch to create wine consultancy
Her father inspired her to study winemaking "at a time when very few women were in the business"
Editorial: Closing of pioneering winery Westbend Vineyards in North Carolina will leave a void
Today, more than 100 wineries in North Carolina make some or all of their wines with European grapes, many with distinction.
Direct to consumer market key for Oregon wine
Oregon wineries, with their premium-priced Pinot noir, continue to thrive on direct to consumer marketing, a researcher and banker told the Oregon Wine Symposium
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