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...

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...

157TH HOSPICES SALE HITS £12M RECORD

Source: the drinks business by Rupert Millar 20th November, 2017 This year’s Hospices de Beaune auction raised the highest total in its history, while the ‘Pièce des Présidents’ charity barrel was the second most expensive ever sold. In total, the sale held over the weekend realised ?13,529,301 (£12,041,078/US$15,964,575) and was 100% sold by lot and well exceeded the pre-sale estimate. With 787 barrels in...

Serving Beverages on Thanksgiving

Pairing wine with your Thanksgiving dinner, whether it be traditional fare or your own twist, is always a challenge. Roasted turkey is straightforward enough but the table is often filled with a wide range of flavors. Do yourself a favor and skip considering the sickening sweet dishes that find their way to the table when considering wine pairings. Nothing will pair well with candied...

Winemaker who drained 27,000 litres of rival’s wine sentenced

Trevor David Jones emptied shiraz and chardonnay from Barossa Valley’s Kellermeister Wines worth almost $300,000, following family breakdown Source: Australian Associated Press 8 November 2017 A Barossa Valley winemaker, who destroyed 27,000 litres of shiraz and chardonnay at a rival company, has been given a suspended jail sentence. In February 2015, Trevor David Jones went to Kellermeister Wines at Lyndoch and opened valves to...

Dr. Bryan and Denise White Acquire the Historic Troon Vineyard in Oregon

Grants Pass, OR: The historic Troon Vineyard winery business in Oregon’s Applegate Valley has been acquired by Dr. Bryan and Denise White of Arlington, Texas., subject to customary regulatory approvals. The Whites previously purchased the vineyard adjacent to Troon, which is now known as White Family Vineyard. The Whites will be combining the two properties as they convert Troon to become a producer of...

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