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04/09/14

"This is the fourth consecutive year of market share gains for our iconic beer portfolio with Corona Extra registering strong growth and Modelo Especial continuing to grow double digits while surpassing the 50 million case milestone. Within our wine and spirits portfolio, our brand building investments drove U.S. market share volume gains, while we maintained dollar share across measured channels."

04/09/14

Three of the market's six largest distributors-Republic National Distributing Co. (RNDC), Glazer's and Wirtz Beverage Group-have entered new markets through M&A plays over the past 12 months. These moves have occurred in the interior of the country

04/09/14

Rubén Martínez, a graduate in Biology and Biochemistry at Elhuyar Fundazioa, and colleagues have developed a new methodology that makes it possible to know what physiological state the yeast is in at each point in the wine fermentation process. This knowledge is of particular interest for producers, since changes in the grape directly affect the chemical composition of the must.

04/09/14

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed against a wine store and its owner by a customer who bought wines he "didn't like".

04/09/14

Gauging groundwater health in the hillsides would have to be done on a property-by-property basis

04/09/14

The unwinding and dispersal of the nearly 5,000 acres of vineyard properties formerly owned by the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) and its partners is complete. Napa-based Atlas Vineyard Management Inc. announced this week that it had acquired 683 acres at two sites in the Willamette Valley. The properties include the Cooper Creek vineyard, a 300-acre property just west of Monmouth, Ore., and Fern Creek, a 383-acre property near Dallas, Ore.

04/09/14

Governor Andrew Cuomo will introduce the Craft New York Act to simplify distilling manufacturing licenses and lower fees, expand marketing opportunities and modernize shipping laws. It would have to be approved by the Legislature

04/09/14

All of those stores earned the right to sell spirits after the passage of Initiative 1183 in fall 2011. Following its passage, the state auctioned off its 167 stores, completing the process in late April 2012

04/09/14

For vintners, distributors, and restaurateurs across Northwest Michigan, Michigan Wine Month is in full swing. It's a huge promotional event for the local industry, and is rapidly gaining steam beyond the state's borders.

04/09/14

Snoqualmie Winery, Washington's largest certified organic vineyard in the state, introduces new packaging and an updated website (www.snoqualmie.com) for its entire line of wines. The first wines to feature the new packaging began shipping nationally in February 2013.

04/09/14

Oliver's Markets takes its partnership with local vendors to the streets during the 4th Annual Taste of Sonoma, a showcase of North Bay farms, food producers, wineries, breweries, non-profits and more. The event will be held in the parking lot of its Cotati location from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. on April 26 (weather permitting).

04/09/14

Crane was hired in 1987 to build Domaine Carneros from the ground up. She had fresh experience with this kind of colossal endeavor by heading the construction of Sonoma's Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards in 1984.

04/09/14

With adequate Washington snowpack the only water worries are mid-summer for orchards along certain streams if higher-than-average spring temperatures continue.

04/09/14

An Israeli company has set up its desalination plant on property owned by the 44,000-acre Panoche Water and Drainage District in Firebaugh in western Fresno County. In the pilot phase the unit has cleaned and returned to the distribution system as much as 80 gallons per minute irrigation water of a purer quality than farmers can obtain from their own wells or from district canals. Instead of using conventional power sources the unit relies on solar power.

04/09/14

California-based Jackson Family Wines is looking to buy more properties in Europe and will be the only New World sponsor at this May's Master of Wine symposium in Italy.

04/09/14

There is speculation that Treasury Wine Estates may announce job losses after the Penfolds producer's new chief executive said he is planning 'structural changes'.

04/09/14

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is hosting a second beer, wine, spirits and cider summit Tuesday as a way to boost the growing industry in New York.After reforming New York's laws, the number of farm-based beverage licenses for distilleries, wineries, breweries and cideries has risen 72 percent since 2011, Cuomo announced late last year.

04/09/14

Much like its lively host city, the Austin FOOD & WINE Festival (April 25-27) is growing at an exponential clip. The third annual festival will offer more than 40 events over three days, running the gamut from the traditional (panel discussions, wine tastings) to the offbeat (hands-on grilling demonstrations, interactive fire pits manned by big-name Texas chefs).

04/09/14

Vietnam will host an International Grape and Wine Festival in central Ninh Thuan province from April 17-19, with the aim of promoting exchange, seeking investment opportunities and attracting more tourists, said organizers on Tuesday.

04/09/14

Rock 'n' roll and silken Cabernets weave a lasting tapestry at the highly regarded B.R. Cohn Winery near Glen Ellen in the Sonoma Valley. For 40 years and running, owner Bruce Cohn has managed the Doobie Brothers and led a successful winery at the same time - and shared all his musical love at local charity concerts. Finally, he is addressing his personal life and cutting back to one job - managing the Doobie Brothers who are releasing a new album in May - and handing the winery reins to his oldest son, Dan.

04/09/14

A bill filed this year would allow stores to sell both kinds of alcohol. Former Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco Director John Harris agrees with the idea.

04/09/14

Consensus of 13 analysts polled by Thomson Reuters is for the alcoholic beverage-maker's fourth-quarter earnings per share to climb 62% to 76 cents on an 85% jump in revenue to $1.29 billion.

04/09/14

Once thought of as the "nectar of the gods" and a favorite of those hard living marauding Vikings circa 1000 A.D., mead dates even further back to China back in 2000 B.C. And now, this drink made of fermented honey often blended with herbs, fruits, berries and spices, is making a comeback.

04/09/14

The April 7 issue of the Business Journal included the latest list of the largest wine label printers in the North Bay and Bay Area. See a summary of these company rankings in the online Book of Lists, from which you can order an electronic copy with full information.

04/09/14

Moet Chandon Chief Winemaker Benoit Gouez discusses the Moet Chandon brand and the wine industry with Stephanie Ruhle and and Erik Schatzker on Bloomberg Television's "Market Makers."

04/09/14

Cool conditions during flowering at the end of last year resulted in poor fruit set. Australian Vintage viticulturist Murray Leake says it's disappointing that yields are so low. "Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Grigio on average have all been about 50 per cent down.

04/09/14

Residents in the Perth's south and eastern suburbs are being urged to keep an eye out for European wasps which have established a presence in the area this year. Eight of the 49 European wasp nests destroyed by the Department of Agriculture and Food this year were located around Kelmscott and Mt Nasura, Department senior technical officer Marc Widmer said.

04/09/14

Country also the biggest consumer of red wine, and industry sees sales continuing to grow

04/09/14

The Tasty Grape Wine Store and owner Cindy Holland are suing the British Columbia Wine Institute for allegedly unreasonably denying an application to sell the BC Vintner's Quality Wine Store to Liquor Barn.

04/09/14

At an average price of about $86 a bottle, Cakebread Cellars tops the list of most popular wines sold in restaurants across the U.S. Jordan Vineyard, Duckhorn, Sonoma-Cutrer and Silver Oak round out the top five.

04/09/14

Symposium will offer a detailed overview of this emerging threat and provide a great opportunity for exchanging information with the main international experts on this topic

04/09/14

the cru Beaujolais will generally be more complex and intriguing than Beaujolais-Villages. ...

04/09/14

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, a time to learn about the health and social problems caused by drinking too much. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) encourages the public to dedicate this month to understanding how excessive drinking can affect health, to evaluating their own drinking habits, and to discovering the latest developments in treatments for alcohol use disorders

04/09/14

Planning farm plantings and water schedules can be difficult or impossible, depending on the crop and where the farm is located. Farmers without well water will likely fallow most row crops, but they must do what they can to keep tree crops alive

04/09/14

Mitt Romney's old firm is getting into the matzo business

04/09/14

Scientists think porcine epidemic diarrhea, which does not infect humans or other animals, came from China, but they don't know how it got into the country or spread to 27 states