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...

Montepulciano – Abruzzo and Beyond

Montepulciano is a workhorse kind of grape creating wines as a solo performer and in red blends. It also makes a damn fine rosé as well. If Montepulciano is known at all it is most frequently associated with its starring role in Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. This is easily understood as nearly half of the Montepulciano grown in Italy is utilized in the DOC of Montepulciano...

FAULTY CORKS RUIN 3,000 CASES OF TOP WASHINGTON WINE

The Drinks Business 26th October, 2017 by Lucy Shaw A bad batch of corks has wreaked havoc at Cayuse Vineyards in Washington, writing off nearly 3,000 cases of 2015 wine and at a potential loss of $3 million. Among the wines to be affected were some of winemaker Christophe Baron’s top drops, including Bionic Frog Syrah, Cailloux Vineyard Syrah, En Chamberlin Syrah, En Cerise...

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