Here are some highlights from the tasting, along with a suggestion for a reasonable alternative. The never-before, never-again wines are now in someone else's hands, it's true, but there are still viticultural themes to follow.
Visit any winery or brewery tasting room in California, and you can sample the sips -- and then buy as many bottles, cans or kegs as your budget allows. But tour a craft distillery? Sure, you can taste the spirits, but to buy even one bottle requires a trip to a liquor store or beverage retailer
Stepping away from the tried-and-true wines from their portfolios, the Davies family introduced their inaugural vintage of a wine that may not be made every year, their J. Davies "Jamie" Cabernet Sauvignon
Champagne house Vranken-Pommery Monopole has followed in Taittinger's footsteps by announcing it will produce English sparkling wine in a collaboration with Hattingley Valley - and its UK chairman confirmed that there is a plan to 'develop our own vineyards'
For as much guff as Anheuser-Busch has gotten in recent years for taking control of small American craft breweries - it's up to seven as of this writing - its own 2008 sale to Belgian company InBev jarred its home base of more than 160 years. The sale also changed the city's beer-drinking habits
Gallup's U.S. Economic Confidence Index was -9 for the week ending May 3 -- its lowest weekly score since December. This reflects a six-point decline from the previous week, and is the largest week-to-week drop since last July
It's minimally interventionist, wine nerds say. It's gentler on the earth, a man mansplains, holding his glass up to the light. I've heard it doesn't cause hangovers, your friend stage-whispers. In chorus, their voices rise: It's the only wine worth drinking!