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08/06/10

Off-premise wine sales data increased 2.8 percent from the same period last year in the 4 weeks ending July 24 according to The Nielsen Company-tracked data. In the 13 weeks ending July 24, sales were up 3.2 percent.

08/06/10

Jim and Cathy Bodenstedt operate MUY Brands, a business consisting of 117 Kentucky Fried Chicken, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, Long John Silver's and A&W restaurants in Texas and New Mexico. The Bodenstedts submitted one of two offers in a sealed-bid auction which ended midnight Tuesday, August 3.

08/06/10

Enomatic wine dispensing systems may be growing in popularity, but purchasers face closer scrutiny from regulators who see the machines as a challenge to liquor control regulations. The latest concern comes from British Columbia's Liquor Control and Licensing Branch, which has been investigating the use of the system at private liquor stores.

08/06/10

It is the first time since the competition was established in 1855 that a winery from Paso Robles or the Central Coast has won the coveted "Golden Bear." Robert Hall wines are now distributed in 48 states and seven countries.

08/06/10

Some 62,000 acres of vineyards in the heart of Lodi's winegrape growing district will soon be under quarantine due to the discovery of a destructive agricultural pest, farm officials said Thursday.

08/06/10

Bill Cascio is VP Director of Winery Relations for Glazer, one of the country's largest wine distributors. In view of anecdotal information about the toll the recession is taking on the sale of ultra-premium wines, we asked Bill to tell us how things are going.

08/06/10

Bonny Doon Vineyard's Randall Grahm is about to embark on a radical project to make wine from a vineyard grown from grape seeds of uncertain parentage.

08/06/10

Despite continuing global financial woes, a sunbeam of optimism has started to shine brightly on the Italian Wine Industry. Figures released by the Italian Wine and Food Institute (IWFI) in New York on Aug. 5 named Italy the leading importer of wines in the USA.

08/06/10

The treatment results in the rupturing of cell walls initiating an efficient breakdown of the structure of the berry. The demonstration-scale system will be operated in the Canada's Niagara Region during this harvest season.

08/06/10

Trialto Wine Group Ltd. announces it has joined Altovin, Calibrium and Liquid Art to form one company that now operates under the Trialto name.

08/06/10

Lamborn Family Vineyards in Napa Valley is receiving OSU's "Orange Spotlight" award, which highlights businesses and organizations either operated by Oregon State alums and faculty or who employ a large number of Oregon State graduates.

08/06/10

Constellation Wines U.S., the leading premium wine company in the U.S., announced today the addition of the newly created position of vice president of luxury wines and a further increase in resources towards its fast-growing luxury wine business.

08/06/10

Ninety-seven square miles of vineyards in the Lodi area could face a quarantine after San Joaquin County officials detected two European grapevine moths that can severely damage grapes.

08/06/10

Nashik-based York Winery Pvt Ltd has set the target of selling 75,000 litres of grapewine in the current FY 2010-11. The company is also planning to launch four new brands in the next 18 to 24 months. The company exports 30 per cent of its total sales.

08/06/10

After the Gruets, who own New Mexico's Gruet Winery, bid $6.5 million a few weeks ago to purchase the Cap*Rock Winery in Lubbock, the deal fell through, and a new auction was scheduled last Monday.

08/06/10

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau has granted the Napa Valley Vintners' request to extend the public comment period on the proposed Pine Mountain-Mayacmas American Viticulture Area. The new deadline is Sept. 9.

08/06/10

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) is presently testing this latest innovation that requires ID and breath test for intoxication. According to the report, this winevending machine can accomodate up to more that 700 bottles of alcoholic drinks.

08/06/10

The number of tasting rooms pouring the county's wines is expected to grow, giving the region's small wine industry an economic boost, following a vote by county supervisors Wednesday.

08/06/10

With little public notice, distributors of alcoholic beverages are pressing for a federal law that would allow states to block interstate sales of wine and beer to their residents - a result that could limit consumer choices, raise prices and hurt hundreds of small vintners and microbrewers.

08/06/10

A difficult economy may be forcing Americans to do without some things, but wine isn't one of them. Consumers are buying more each year. According to the Beverage Information Group's recently released 2010 Wine Handbook, the wine industry continued to post positive results in 2009, marking its 16th consecutive year of case gains.

08/06/10

As an avid gardener in a rural area, I am constantly battling critters for control of our flowerbeds, vegetable garden and fruit trees. But my frustrations pale in comparison to what grape vineyard owners are faced with. From various insects and birds to deer and moles, the number of destructive critters they face seems to be endless.

08/06/10

A powerful state board on Tuesday for the first time adopted criteria defining how much water must flow through the Delta to the Bay to maintain a healthy ecosystem. The criteria, while nonbinding, are based on findings that showed the state's farms and cities are using far too much Delta water.

08/06/10

Plus, more details on the Clinton family's wedding wines and Virginia's centuries-old Mother Vine takes a shot of herbicide

08/06/10

Alcohol has rarely been in short supply at airports, but some cash-strapped local governments are taking steps to open the taps further.

08/06/10

Grape growers and winemakers will be seeking to answer 'what next' for New Zealand wine at a major conference later this month, which is set to focus on economic recovery and continuing to drive the quality of wine production.

08/06/10

Not only is the younger crowd drinking more wine, but it is evincing a far greater interest than its predecessors in the details, from growing conditions to flavor nuances, that define wine connoisseurship.

08/06/10

Wine tourism in Washington is far from dead. As restaurant and wine-shop sales slowed to a trickle, winemakers became increasingly dependent on direct sales to wine lovers.

08/06/10

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau has granted the Napa Valley Vintners' request to extend the public comment period on the proposed Pine Mountain-Mayacmas American Viticulture Area. The new deadline is Sept. 9.

08/06/10

Grape growers and winemakers from throughout the Western U.S. are expected at the Fresno State Grape Day Aug. 10. The visitors to the university's viticulture and enology facilities and vineyards will have opportunities to learn the latest research in viticulture, enology and grape microbiology, view demonstrations and tour the award-winning student winery.

08/06/10

Although paper wine lists will still be available, diners can instead receive an iPad uploaded with GrapePad software. GrapePad also has a practical purpose for the restaurant because it keeps a running tally on the wine bottles as they sell.

08/06/10

"Reps present wines to me. Everyone brings in what their priorities are -- the new hot thing, what's going to sell. The great thing about wine is there are so many different choices."

08/06/10

Off-premise wine sales data increased 2.8 percent from the same period last year in the 4 weeks ending July 24 according to The Nielsen Company-tracked data. In the 13 weeks ending July 24, sales were up 3.2 percent.