Twenty-six wine educators from eight countries and 12 states gathered in the Napa Valley recently for the fifth convening of the Napa Valley Wine Educators Academy, hosted by the Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) nonprofit trade association.
Manchester City Football Club fans may be tempted to put down their warm pints of beer and pick up a glass of shiraz after winemaker Wolf Blass inked a multi-year marketing partnership with the famous Premier League team to gain access to its huge fan base throughout Asia, Middle East, Africa and Mexico.
Pressure is building on the Department of Health to revise controversial guidelines limiting alcohol consumption to 14 units after it was revealed that anti-alcohol lobbyists played a large role in setting them.
While visiting Austin some five years ago, friends took me to a wine festival. The wines were all from Texas and almost all were…well…just bad, really bad. The ones we labeled "drinkable" came from grapes sourced from California.
Last year I met a fellow journalist in Paso Robles, California, who over a beautiful 1980 Eberle Cabernet Sauvignon, swore that things were changing in her home, the Longhorn State, and encouraged me to give the wines another consideration.
In April, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) announced it would be approving 14 new liquor stores, which would bring the state total to 262 stores in a state with a population of almost 4 million people. OLCC chairman Rob Patridge said that their plan is driven by an attempt to "increase store density while exploring new and innovative market-driven business models" due to "more sophisticated and ... greater demand for modern, consumer-friendly shopping."