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USA, September 18th 2014
Convicts do time in Californian vineyard
By W. Blake Grey at

Grape pickers are always hard to find because the job is such hard work and pays poorly. One winery in Mendocino County, California is trying a new idea this year: prisoners.
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United Kingdom, September 17th 2014
Naked Wines looking to raise capital
By Kiel Porter at

Naked Wines Ltd., the online wine retailer founded by former Virgin Group Ltd. executive Rowan Gormley, is looking at ways to raise capital to help fund an expansion, said two people with knowledge of the matter.
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USA, September 17th 2014
Californians believe international competition in US to intensify
By Steve Adler at

A new report showing that the United States continues to lead the world in wine consumption is viewed as good news for the California wine sector—but it shouldn't lead to complacency, according to three experts.
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Russia, September 17th 2014
Russian ban won't help Australia
By Graeme O'Neill at Sunraysia Daily

Over-production continues to plague the Australian wine industry, and Russia’s ban on wine imports from Europe won’t help fix it, Rabobank Australia wine industry analysis Mark Sciocco said this week.
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France, September 16th 2014
Miracle recovery in Bordeaux thanks to heat wave
By David Chazan at The Telegraph

After months of cool, rainy weather that brought the prospect of a poor grape harvest, winemakers in Bordeaux are looking forward to exceptional vintages thanks to the Indian summer.
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Hong Kong, September 16th 2014
Sotheby's open Hong Kong fine wine shop
By Frederik Balfour at

Sotheby’s opens its first Asian retail operations today in Hong Kong, featuring a 12-liter bottle of Haut-Brion 2000 that costs HK$280,000 ($36,124).
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Australia, September 15th 2014
Wine flavour precursors revealed in new research

For the past 14 months, scientists at The Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) have been looking in depth at glycosides – flavour compounds attached to sugars in wine – and have shown they play a role in the development of the in-mouth flavour we perceive when drinking wine.

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France, September 15th 2014
Bordeaux vintage looking good

The white grape harvest has begun in Bordeaux, and an Indian summer looks set to ensure a high-quality vintage for both reds and whites this year.
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France, September 15th 2014
Fine wine market shows positive signs
By Guy Collins at

The fine wine market is showing some indications of revival after price declines from its peak in 2011, helped by a strengthening dollar, according to Miles Davis, partner at Wine Asset Managers LLP in London.
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Italy, September 12th 2014
Italian police foil plot to flood market with counterfeit wine

According to Italian police, a wine expert who had obtained fake Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino labels and was able to falsify certification in the region’s wine database, was selling lower quality local wine as bulk supplies of the coveted red to unwitting local producers.
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