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Wednesday, August 20th

06/19/14

The FTC (Federal Trade Commission) has made a final order to approve Ardagh's proposed acquisition of Saint-Gobain after the company sold off six glass plants

06/19/14

Allied Grape Growers report more California vineyard acres than state

06/19/14

Holly Eve Brooks, who co-founded and ran Pence Ranch Vineyards and Winery with her longtime life partner, Blair Pence, was killed shortly after midnight on Friday night when the all-terrain vehicle she was driving on their private property flipped onto her. She was 54. Her passenger, 32-year-old Alyssa Whitcraft - the daughter of pioneering winemaker Chris Whitcraft, who died last month - managed to escape without injuries.

06/19/14

The St. Helena Planning Commission has given its blessing to the proposed Crocker & Starr Winery

06/19/14

V2 Wine Group of Sonoma, California announces several promotions within its organization that will strategically enhance their growing business. These changes will take effect immediately.

06/19/14

The issue has been a grey area in consumer rights law for several years - albeit never tested in the courts - after the European Commission announced a review of its Distance Selling Regulations in 2007. Read more at http://www.decanter.com/news/wine-news/587182/en-primeur-wine-buyers-have-no-right-of-return-says-eu#vVoF3ImYl8rTozB4.99

06/19/14

The only one that we're having to fight a little bit on is Firestone (which sold roughly 75,000 cases in 2013 and is basically flat in 2014). It was tarnished when I bought it (in 2007). We've since fixed the wine, and repackaged it, but bringing back a wine that's been pretty beat up can be difficult

06/19/14

Mug Club members in Pennsylvania are now one step closer to being able to enjoy beer discounts without fear of aggressive crackdowns from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, Watchdog reports

06/19/14

A major vineyard supply company in the heart of Oregon's commercial wine country has announced that it will immediately halt sales of certain herbicides most commonly associated with accidental drift. Oregon Vineyard Supply, based in McMinnville, said the decision stems from reports by a number of specialty-crop growers of multiple-year damage from so-called growth regulator herbicides applied on neighboring farms.

06/19/14

Pittsburgh-based robotics firm RE2 Inc. on Wednesday announced it is partnering with A&M AgriLife Extension Service as a subcontractor on an USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Foundation program. The program is looking at ways to use robotic technologies to aid wine and grape production.

06/19/14

The new company, based out of Infinite Monkey Theorem's winery in the River North Arts District, will keg wines under a law recently passed in Colorado that streamlines state regulations allowing wineries to keg and co-package wine. The new law eliminates the need to ship kegs or cases of wine across the country for distribution.

06/19/14

The state of Washington has canceled the only monthly measurement of seasonal agricultural labor shortages right when tree fruit growers are concerned about having enough pickers for large cherry and apple crops.

06/19/14

An industry insider debunks the theory that California wineries are moving to the Northwest as a hedge against climate change.

06/19/14

Ann Mills, the USDA's point person on drought resilience, was visiting California this week to talk with farmers and state decision-makers about drought response.

06/19/14

After a long and successful career running Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, Allen Shoup retired as CEO of Washington's largest wine producer. But the visionary leader was far from finished. In 2003, he launched Long Shadows Vintners, a Walla Walla winery that acts as the umbrella organization for several small producers -- all co-owned by some of the world's top winemakers.

06/19/14

It's official: women are naturally better tasters than men according to Dr Deborah Parker, beer sommelier and associate director at Marketing Sciences.

06/19/14

Californian craft brewery Lagunitas' new venture in Chicago's west side is set to open fully by the end of the month.

06/19/14

One of Oregon's leading green wine companies, A to Z Wineworks, has just become the first winery in the world to earn a new type of certification focused on operating a socially and environmentally responsible business: B Corp.

06/19/14

Far from having a negative influence on wine, American drinkers are the world's grape saviors, argues Mike Steinberger

06/19/14

Lawmakers approved the measure yesterday without debate by a 200-to-1 vote. The bill would amend the Pennsylvania liquor code to allow unlicensed B&Bs to provide one bottle of wine produced by a licensed, limited winery to guests when they check in without it being construed as the sale of alcohol.

06/19/14

CCU jumped 3.2 percent, the most in nine months, and Concha & Toro surged 3.4 percent. The stocks led gains in Chile's benchmark Ipsa index, which advanced 1.1 percent.

06/19/14

If you enjoy wine festivals, get ready to enjoy three of them in San Luis Obispo County this summer, with events ranging from tastings and food pairings to dinner at Hearst Castle.

06/19/14

After Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week announced that consumers will no longer have to pay sales tax at wine tastings, local wineries are unsure whether the change will have much effect on their business. "I don't think it's going to have much of an impact," said John Brahm, owner and wine master of Arbor Hill Winery in Naples. "I would much rather see the New York state government do more to promote sale of New York state wine."

06/19/14

The Forestry Bureau of Ningxia has destroyed more than half a million young vines, which it said were carrying a virus that could harm the Chinese region's fledgling wine industry.

06/19/14

A recent trend in Ontario: red wines made from dried grapes, a style popular in Italy (where it's called appassimento). There's absolutely no reason why Ontario wineries shouldn't make wines this way.

06/19/14

With the trend of collaborations increasing and the popularity of Saison-style beers soaring, Mill Street Brewing Co. has partnered with Brothers Beer Bistro to create a special brew in honour of Ontario Craft Beer Week.

06/19/14

Swiss wine producer Dominique Giroud is due to appear in court on spying charges in the next few days, alongside a computer hacker, a private detective and a fourth person belonging to Switzerland's secret service.

06/19/14

Heading the wine development team at Tesco and chairing the WSET, Laura Jewell MW is a shining light for women in the wine industry.

06/19/14

The demolition of an Edinburgh office block may uncover remnants of a 200 year old cellar that held the wines of Scottish philosopher David Hume.

06/19/14

Over 7,000 people took part in the first London Wine Week earlier this month which included a series of specialist tastings, including Robert Parker's first UK appearance in 25 years, and events across the capital.

06/19/14

Exports of Loire wine to the UK have grown by one third in the first four months of 2014 compared to the same period last year, according to figures from InterLoire

06/19/14

Glen Ellen is a great example. Here are three great places to visit up there that also just happen to make seriously great wines

06/19/14

Scratchpad, a new line of wines from the Central Coast's Terravant Wine Company, introduces the first interactive wine label. It comes with a charcoal pencil, the better to draw or doodle all over the blank label. (Scratchpad)

06/19/14

PALERMO - It's a genetic test, but no body parts or blood are being analyzed - it's bottles of wine instead

06/19/14

At the trial last December that ultimately convicted Kurniawan of fraud, Egan was able to draw on his years of experience

06/19/14

The world of wine media has changed greatly in the 10 years since I began my wine blog, Vinography.com. By the end of 2004 there were perhaps a dozen wine blogs in existence, but within two years that number would swell into the hundreds, and later, thousands. With the exception of a few pioneering websites such as Tom Cannavan's Wine-Pages.com and the late Daniel Rogov's website on Israeli wine, the emergence of wine blogs marked the first true wave of non-mainstream wine journalism, made all the more interesting (as well as variable in quality) by the fact that many wine bloggers had no background in traditional wine writing.