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Afternoon Brief, Jan. 16

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Special yeast reduce alcohol, improve wine
A team of Australian researchers has taken a giant step towards controlling a growing problem in the wine community. They have identified special yeast that produce a lower level of alcohol, helping to preserve the flavor…

Today’s News

Silicon Valley Bank: The 2014 State Of The Wine Industry Is – Forrest Gump?
Forget Millennials for a while, but they may be a good market later. Foreign wine is 30% and here to stay. Supply and demand are pretty much in balance. Political mismanagement of our economy means the middle class is sucking and that hurts wine sales. Only wines at $69 a bottle and up are really sizzling. And winery performance as a whole is just okay, which is only one point higher than Forrest Gump’s IQ…

Impact Databank Exclusive: U.S. Wine Market Rises 1.5% In 2013
The U.S. wine market continued its long-term growth streak in 2013, as a solid off-premise performance offset tougher conditions in the on-premise. The market added nearly 5 million cases over the past year, according to Impact Databank…

Worldwide Wine Auction Revenues Fall Again in 2013
Global sales of fine and rare wine at auction fell 13 percent this past year, from $389 million in 2012 to $340 million in 2013, according to figures released by the major commercial auction houses…

Bordeaux 2013 en primeur could shake up wine industry

Burgundy producers look for new sources of supply

Celebrity wines hit-and-miss

Sustainable Harvesting

Wine Industry Businesses Lease 1-Million Square Feet in Fairfield, California

WA State Experiencing Driest Winter Since 2000: How Will This Affect Wine Growers?

Court reinstates Kentucky ban on stores selling liquor

Wine Market Council Introduces New Survey Methodology at This Year’s Consumer Research Conferences and Focuses Efforts on the High Frequency Wine Drinker

Lot 18 Secures Brick & Mortar Retail License from NYSLA

St. Helena OKs small wineries in neighborhoods

Sonoma County to Become Nation’s First 100% Sustainable Wine Region

Vineyard & Winery News

St. Francis Winery & Vineyards Launches “Sonoma Tastemakers” Food and Wine Program

Jackson Family Wines hires Oregon Pinot Noir star Rynders

Trout Springs Winery- Evolution of a Dream

Chateau Montelena Winery Certified in Napa Green Land Program

Napa Winegrower Group Takes Active Environmental Role

This winemaker hunts trees to help make the perfect wine

Korbel California Champagne Wins Sweepstakes Award At San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Napa winery seeks historic status to avoid county mandates

Long Meadow Ranch, Land Trust Announce 11-Acre Conservation Easement

Greenhouse Winery in Sewickley Township PA plots $1M expansion

British Columbia wine sells for over $900 a bottle in China

Winemaker’s development plans near Hollywood sign produce sour grapes

Sylvaner Hill: Alsace’s Zotzenberg grand cru vineyard takes the lowly grape and makes it noble.

Eberle isn’t the only one stunned at takeover

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