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Tuesday, August 19th

02/27/14

U.S. wine exports, 90% from California, reached a record high $1.55 billion in winery revenues in 2013, up 16.4% compared to the previous year, an increase for the fourth consecutive year by value. Volume shipments reached 435.2 million liters or 48.4 million cases, up 7.5%.

02/27/14

Wellington, which is based in Boston in the US, scooped up the extra shares late last week and early this week, buying tranches worth $10 million, $3.5 million and two lots of about $5 million each

02/27/14

Booth space at WiVi Central Coast 2014 is now sold out-with more than 125 exhibitors featuring new and innovative products. The Central Coast's largest wine industry trade show will take place on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at the Paso Robles Event Center.

02/27/14

In the ongoing quest to understand the influence of microbes on the taste, aroma, and mouthfeel of wine, researchers have taken another step forward. Research Council and the University of Foggia in Italy has partially mapped the proteome of a bacterium (Oenococcus oeni) the bacterium responsible for malolactic acid fermentation or deacidification

02/27/14

A team of researchers at the Australian Wine Research Institute have isolated a strain of yeast that, in lab tests, has produced lower-alcohol wines. During trials, an Aussie Shiraz was made with alcohol levels 1.4 percent lower than a conventionally produced wine from the same must. In a test with Chardonnay, alcohol was 0.9 percent less.

02/27/14

A bacterium that causes malolactic fermentation in wine has been partially genetically mapped by a team of Spanish and Italian scientists. The report was compiled by a team from university departments in Madrid and Foggia and shows the preliminary map of the 152 proteins that make up a Oenococcus oeni (O. oeni) and dictate the success of malolactic fermentation.

02/27/14

The process involves taking water from the Pacific Ocean, removing the silt, sand and "organics," then pressurizing the water through very fine membranes. The technical name is reverse osmosis. And the result? "Every 2 gallons of seawater that goes in, 1 gallon of high-quality drinking water comes out

02/27/14

NASA scientists have begun deploying satellites and other advanced technology to help California water officials assess the state's record drought and better manage it, officials said Tuesday. The California Department of Water Resources has partnered with NASA to use the space agency's satellite data and other airborne technology to better measure the snowpack, groundwater levels and predict storms.

02/27/14

Seithel will be responsible for overseeing sales and distribution teams throughout the U.S., developing and implementing strategic sales goals, and growing national and regional accounts.

02/27/14

Farmers in California, where Gov. Jerry Brown last month, are facing hard choices as a drought threatens to ruin their crops. They must weigh the costs of paying for irrigation against the chance that their fields will never get enough water this season. A striking picture illustrates the severity of the situation, as Northern California's Folsom Lake, a reservoir northeast of Sacramento, is seen in January at only 17 percent of its capacity. In July 2011, "the lake was at 97 percent of total capacity and 130 percent of its historical average for that date," according to NASA.

02/27/14

Bill Roberts, vice president and general manager EMEA at E&J Gallo, said: "We want to grow our Moscato family and with our Pink Moscato we are aiming to target women who like to share a glass of wine with their girlfriends before they go out."

02/27/14

New winery tasting rooms proposed for downtown Sonoma will be subject to acquiring a use permit, the City Council advised Monday, adding a level of approval and public input currently lacking from the process

02/27/14

British Columbia Wine Institute says wider sales threaten local wineries. "Our biggest concern is a grocery store getting hold of a liquor license, frankly," said Miles Prodan, president and CEO of the B.C. Wine Institute, at a seminar held by Law Seminars International this week to review legal issues associated with the wine business in B.C.

02/27/14

More wine drinkers in the UK are looking for the Fairtrade symbol on bottles, show new figures released this week.

02/27/14

The 2014 Premiere Napa Valley Barrel Auction raised $5.896 million during 3 1/2 hours of spirited bidding Saturday afternoon. Last year the event, open only to the wine trade, raised $3.04 million

02/27/14

Inventory management, sales planning key to success amid macro supply changes

02/27/14

With hundreds of wine industry trade members in town last week for Premiere Napa Valley, the St. Helena Appellation organization, ASH, hosted its 10th annual Preview Trade Tasting for Premiere guests last Thursday. Held in the Raymond Vineyards' cellar, it was never going to be like any other trade tasting event. More than 30 wineries poured numerous wines, including many one-of-a-kind lots created especially for Premiere.

02/27/14

A bill proposing to treat alcohol distilleries in Utah the same as wineries and breweries ran dry in a House committee Wednesday. Members of the House Business and Labor Committee didn't want to expand a state law governing those outlets because they say it's confusing and flawed. The law doesn't address distilleries.

02/27/14

A month after crashing his bike near his winery, Castello di Amorosa near Calistoga, vintner Dario Sattui continues to recuperate from neck surgery at his Upvalley home. "I'm better every day," said Sattui, who now wears a neck brace and uses a walker.

02/27/14

This signature event offers an intimate, exclusive opportunity for women to experience the fine wines of Napa and the women who create them. Guest accommodations and the entire experience is designed to offer quiet luxury.

02/27/14

This past weekend, the Minnesota Grape Growers Association held its Annual Grape and Wine Conference, where the public could taste Minnesota wines.

02/27/14

The measure, which is backed by Republican and Democratic lawmakers, is in response to Washingtonians crossing borders to buy cheaper booze in Idaho and Oregon. Last month Idaho regulators reported that Washingtonians boosted the Gem State's coffers by $10 million

02/27/14

In his first column, Mike Steinberger claims the general quality of wine is so good today we have been reduced to arguing over the minutiae.