Wine Gift Recommendations – 2017

Where do we start with wine recommendations and just as important – where does it end? Wine, like food, is a matter of taste. Luckily we have so many wines to choose from made in a wide array of styles and offered at prices from modest to absurd. Do yourself a favor and take on pass on the absurdly prices wines. This year I...

South Africa: Wine industry braces for effects of drought

Source: https://www.iol.co.za/ JOSEPH BOOYSEN 10 DECEMBER 2017 The South African wine industry is bracing itself for the smallest harvest in more than a decade as the drought and water shortages in the Western Cape threatens farms and wineries that employ thousands of seasonal workers. Francois Viljoen, consultation service manager for the wine industry organisation VinPro, said the drought conditions that have rocked province for...

Spirits Gift Recommendations – 2017

Are you waiting until the last minute to do your holiday gift buying? You’re not alone. Last-minute shoppers represented 36 percent of the overall total. If you are among the many who have not completed their holiday shopping we have assembled a few, straightforward gifts ideas for you. Here is our spirits recommendations sorted by type: Brandy Christian Drouin XO Calvados, Pays d’Auge Christian...

Lawsuits Take Aim at Interstate Shipping

A concerted effort is underway to to get shipping laws before the Supreme Court, W. Blake Gray reports. Source: https://www.wine-searcher.com 05-Dec-2017 Here’s some good news for wine lovers in middle America: lawsuits have been filed in three states that could allow wine lovers to order wines from any state. And not just by any law firm – it’s the same lawyers who opened up...

Six New Grape Varieties Approved For Designating American Wine

Source: TTB November 24, 2017 We recently granted administrative approval for the use of six new grape variety names on American wine labels. The variety names are as follows: Sauvignon Kretos, Merlot Kanthus, Fleurtai, Sauvignon Rytos, Cabernet Volos, and Soreli. Wine bottlers may use these names, as well as others granted administrative approval, to label American wines pending the results of our next rulemaking...

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