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January 27, 2015

 

Number of North American Wineries Grows 7%

 

San Rafael, Calif.—The number of wineries in North America grew at a faster pace in 2014, as 599 net new wineries were in business, or 7.1% more than in 2013, when winery growth was just 4.3%. Wines & Vines magazine reports this sign of a booming wine economy in its 2015 Directory & Buyers Guide, along with thousands of other data points and 12 other extensive content sections.

 

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March 11, 2014

 

Wine trade ‘losing touch’ with Millennials

 

The study, commissioned by the London Wine Fair, found that Millennials “have an overall lack of engagement with wine.” Also known as “Generation Y”, Millennials are categorised as those born between 1980 and the year 2000. Exposed to a barrage of drinks offerings, the report found that wine is in danger of losing Generation Y to other more engaging drinks categories such as beer, cider and spirits.

 

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March 7, 2014

 

Albertsons parent Cerberus to buy Safeway

 

Safeway has agreed to be acquired by an investment group led by Cerberus Capital Management, the owner several supermarket chains. The acquisition is worth about $7.64 billion in cash, and pending other transactions could top more than $9 billion.

 

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March 3, 2014

 

Rodeo Wine Auction raises a record $1.7 million for scholarships

 

HOUSTON - The 2014 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo wine auction Sunday night brought in a record of more than $1.7 million for scholarships. A nine-liter bottle of the Grand Champion Best of Show wine, the 2009 Antinori Guado al Tasso Bolgheri Superiore, went for $230,000, shattering the record set a year ago by Alexander Valley Vineyards Cyrus, which went for $215,000.

 

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February 11, 2014

 

Americans Are Drinking More Italian Wines Than Italians

 

NEW YORK, Feb 11 (Reuters) - Americans are drinking more Italian wines than Italians themselves, owing to the popularity of sparkling wines from the southern European country and millennials. Italian varieties are the top imported wine in the United States, which is the world's largest consumer market, according the Italian Wine and Food Institute.

 

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February 7, 2014

 

Raise a glass in one of the 10 best wine bars at sea

 

At the top cruise ship wine bars you can order wine by the bottle or glass, chat with experienced sommeliers and educate your palette as you sample different varietals. Check out these wine bar offerings. Oceania: La Reserve on the Marina and Riviera is a cozy, yet elegant upper deck space reserved for wine fans. Here you can experience both tastings and gourmet wine-paired dinners ($95 and up per guest), with selections chosen by experts from Wine Spectator magazine. Celebrity Cruises: A cool self-serve, Enomatic wine-by-the-glass dispensing system makes it easy for passengers to sample a collection of wines from around the world at Cellar Masters, on the Solstice- and Millennium-class ships. Sommeliers help guide your exploration. If you're not sure about a wine, you can start out with a 1-ounce sample.

 

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February 3, 2014

 

California Dries Up as Brown Pushes $15 Billion Tunnel

 

California’s worsening drought is raising the stakes for a $15 billion plan endorsed by Governor Jerry Brown to build two 30-mile (48-kilometer) water tunnels under an ecologically sensitive river delta east of San Francisco Bay.

 

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October 30, 2013

 

Global wine shortage looms, says report

 

Here’s a sobering thought for you. A global wine shortage may be around the corner. According to a report released this week by Morgan Stanley Research, there was a global undersupply of about 300 million cases of wine in 2012, the largest deficit recorded in almost 50 years.

 

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October 23, 2013

 

The Best Restaurants For Wine In The US

 

Attention oenephiles: Here are the best restaurants for you. OpenTable.com recently came out with its list of the Top 100 Restaurants With the Most Notable Wine Lists, based on reviews by more than 5 million diners on OpenTable.com.

 

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October 11, 2013

 

Margaux Launches Biggest Bottle Ever With $195,000 Price Tag!

 

If you’re passing through Dubai international airport’s terminal 3 and have $195,000 burning a hole in your pocket, a 12-liter bottle of 2009 Château Margaux could be just the ticket. The first-ever Balthazar (equivalent to 16 bottles) of Château Margaux claims to be the world’s most expensive single bottle of wine to be sold in a retail store.

 

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September 12, 2013

 

Soleil Mimosa Mini was awarded
"The Best New Products of the Year Award"
by Convenience Store News!

 

 

 

Soleil,” the French word for Sun, is pure sunshine in a bottle. A blissful blend of luscious juices and premium white wine, graced with light effervescence, Soleil Mimosa (formerly St. Clair Mimosa) is the love-child of French ingenuity and American hard work.

 

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August 31, 2013

 

Restaurant Awards


 

 

The world's best wine lists are featured in this annual issue, which presents the winners of our Restaurant Awards program. Spanning all 50 states and more than 75 countries, these are the wine-savvy addresses to look for, whether you are close to home or overseas.

 

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July 24, 2013

 

Investment potential fuelling surge in Champagne sales

 

A lacklustre 2012 Bordeaux en primeur campaign has contributed to a surge in fine Champagne sales, merchants reckon. London wine merchants Bordeaux Index – and their peers – are reporting considerable year-on-year increases in Champagne sales.

BI said it had sold almost the same amount of Champagne in the first six months of this year as in the whole of 2012: £5.35m, against £6.5m last year and £2.5m in 2011.

 

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July 17, 2013

 

MARTINI® -The Iconic Italian Brand - Celebrates 150th Anniversary

 

Acclaimed brand salutes playful, stylish Italian MARTINI lifestyle with consumer party, limited edition vermouth, new sparkling wine packaging and commemorative label

 

HAMILTON, Bermuda, July 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - Happy Anniversary, MARTINI®! Bacardi Limited is marking the 150th anniversary of its world-famous MARTINI brand, and with it, a century and a half of an unrivaled heritage that has made MARTINI the world's leading vermouth and best-selling Italian sparkling wine. This milestone year showcases the brand's iconic culture and defining association with stylish and playful Italian living.

 

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July 7, 2013

 

DEWAR'S ® Announces TED Partnership

 

DEWAR'S® Scotch Whisky is excited to announce its partnership with TED, the organisation devoted to ideas worth spreading. Dewar's is supporting the TEDGlobal 2011 conference, which is being held in Edinburgh for the first time this year, from July 11th - 15th. The theme for the conference is "The Stuff of Life" and the world-class, inspirational speakers will include: philosopher Alain de Botton, anti-torture activist Karen Tse, pianist and composer Balazs Havasi, brain scientist Allan Jones and actress Thandie Newton. Speakers are challenged to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less to the 850 delegates attending the conference.

 

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June 20, 2013

 

Breast Cancer Survivors and Supporters Complete Expedition of Mt. Shasta

 

Braving a spring storm that delayed summit attempt, 27 climbers take part in Breast Cancer Fund’s Climb Against the Odds to promote prevention. MT. SHASTA—Twenty-seven cancer survivors and people touched by the disease successfully completed their expedition on Northern California’s 14,179-foot Mount Shasta in the name of breast cancer prevention. So far, the Breast Cancer Fund’s Climb Against the Odds 2013 has raised about $400,000 to support the organization’s work to prevent breast cancer by eliminating our exposure to toxic chemicals and radiation linked to the disease.


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April 9, 2013

 

Elqui Wines: The Northern Frontier of Chilean Winemaking

 

Underneath a clear blue sky full of stars, lies the Elqui Valley in Chile. Full of picturesque villages, rapid rivers, immense prairies and cultivated vineyards, this region is rich in potential for the wine industry.

Yet, one bright star stands out amongst the others.

Elqui Wines.

A small winery full of passion and heart, Elqui Wines was started by Steffan Jorgensen and wife, Pamela Nunez. 2011 was their first vintage but combined, they have over a decade experience in the wine business.

 

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April 7, 2013

 

Why Cab is king in Washington wine country

 

Cabernet Sauvignon is now the undisputed red king of Washington state.Last fall, Washington grape growers harvested 35,900 tons of the noble Bordeaux grape, effectively doubling its output in the past decade. In fact, Cab is not far from being the state’s No. 1 wine grape – trailing Chardonnay and Riesling by about 2,000 tons in 2012.

 

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April 2, 2013

 

Paolo Basso crowned world's best sommelier

 

Paolo Basso has beaten off competition from 53 other hopefuls to be named Best Sommelier in the World. The 47-year-old Swiss-Italian was crowned champion at the 14th finals held by Association de la Sommelerie Internationale in Japan. The global contest takes place every three years.

 

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March 6, 2013

 

Ribera Del Duero: Rich, Tempranillo-Based Wines

 

If you like rich, complex, high quality red wines, you owe it to yourself to get to know the wines of Ribera del Duero. The steep vineyards rising along the banks of the Duero River in Spain's second most important wine region, after Rioja, yield wines that are frequently outstanding.

 

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March 5, 2013

 

Canadian Wine and Grape Industry Contributes $6.8 Billion in Economic Impact to Canadian Economy

 

For every bottle of wine produced in Canada there is $31 of domestic economic impact generated in the country. The wine and grape industry is responsible for more than 31,000 jobs in Canada from manufacturing, agriculture, tourism, transportation, research, restaurants and retail.

 

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February 1, 2013

 

Chateau requests Bordeaux's first-ever single-vineyard appellation

 

A 400-year-old Bordeaux property has applied for the creation of a single-vineyard appellation – the first of its kind in Bordeaux. The owners of Chateau Le Puy, in AOC Francs Côtes de Bordeaux, have asked appellations body the INAO for the tiny AOC, which might be as precise as a single plot within a vineyard. Jean-Pierre Amoreau and his son Pascal, whose family has owned the estate since 1610, applied in August 2011, and hope to have a successful result by 2014.

 

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January 28, 2013

 

Naples Winter Wine Festival Raises $8.5 Millions

 

The Naples Winter Wine Festival experienced a slightly smaller turnout this year than in 2012, with just under 500 auction-goers beneath the tent at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort. The 55 live-auction lots, which garnered bids ranging from $20,000 to $750,000, brought in $8.5 million, notably shy of the $12 million raised in 2012.

 

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January 16, 2013

 

Terlato Wines Captures Sweepstakes Prize, Best in Class & Multiple Double Golds in 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

 

TWine Competition is the world’s largest American Wine competition and includes a field of 5,500 wines from all over the United States. The judging panel is made up of 60 accomplished and influential wine journalists, professors, and educators of enology, winemakers and sommeliers from all over the country

 

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Sustainability at Concannon Vineyard

Preserving a Way of Life for Future Generations

 

Concannon Vineyard blends tradition with innovation in its grape-growing, winemaking and estate management

practices. The winery recently completed a 10-year, $30 million revitalization across vineyards, winery and

operations, and in 2010, introduced a new tier of “Conservancy” wines to mark the conservation trust agreements

that protect its estate vineyards from future urban development.

 

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Gap's Crown, a Top Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir Vineyard, Is Sold

 

Gap’s Crown, a Sonoma Coast vineyard that supplies Pinot Noir to top producers like Kosta Browne, Patz & Hall and MacPhail, has been purchased by Bill Price, a financial investor who has taken a stake in several leading California vineyards and wineries in recent years.

Price would not disclose a sale price for the 138-acre vineyard, but he did offer this ballpark figure: “We have crossed the threshold of $100,000 an acre for a Sonoma vineyard.” Price holds ownership interests in wineries such as Kistler, Three Sticks, Gary Farrell and Kosta Browne, as well as Durell Vineyard.

 

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