A source close to the deal that Robert Parker has struck with a group of Singapore businessmen to sell Wine Advocate have confirmed the main shareholder is Soo Hoo Khoon Peng, formerly of wine importers Hermitage.
"Balance" was the word of the day as Santa Barbara County staff members led about 40 representatives of the wine, agriculture and hospitality industries and a few Santa Ynez Valley residents through a discussion of modifying the county's winery ordinance.
It's meant to be an inviting way to uncork your dream wine store - while making a point the time has come for independent wine stores. In an innovative campaign that started mid-November, the Wine Council of Ontario is asking visitors to www.mywineshop.ca to create their own shops that sell domestic and import vintages.
Robert Mondavi Winery has appointed Nova Cadamatre as Winemaker, beginning January 7. Cadamatre most recently served as a winemaker for Souverain, Chateau St Jean, Beringer Knights Valley and Emma Pearl in Cloverdale, California. With this move she will join Genevieve Janssens, Director of Winemaking, and Rich Arnold, Winemaker, as a part of the award-winning Robert Mondavi Winery winemaking team
As part of its business strategy, Constellation Brands has introduced its wine brands in the app and will use the push notification and sponsorship features of the app to give wine recommendations to shoppers along with contextual messages.
Hamel Family Wines, a Sonoma Valley-based family winery that produces wines from estate-grown organically farmed grapes, has commenced construction work on its new estate winery, barrel storage caves and hospitality center.
Maison Louis Latour, a France-based family-run company that produces red and white wines, has taken up the task of revitalizing Beaujolais region in France by taking control of Chateau des Labourons in the region.
The number of wineries planning to make ice wine in British Columbia this winter is up, but odds are in favor of lower overall production. British Columbia Wine Authority general manager Steve Berney told Wines & Vines this week that 30 wineries registered by the end of October to pick grapes for ice wine production, up slightly from 27 last year.
Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey says he wants to do enough for proponents of wine-in-grocery store legislation to give them a shot at passing a bill in 2013, but he also acknowledged Thursday that the issue is a low priority for many, despite its popularity.
Despite coming under constant fire from temperance lobbies, wine is still an iconic and popular drink in France. Better still, according to the results of a recent opinion poll, 79 percent of the French tout its health benefits.