If it can't reorganize in bankruptcy, Centennial will be the first big casualty in a market that turned hypercompetitive after Houston-based Spec's and national chain Total Wine & More opened stores in Dallas and Fort Worth over the past year.
Alsace has two new communal AOCs, Alsace Bergheim and Alsace Coteaux du Haut Koenigsbourg, bringing the total to 13. Chile has added three new broad-based, complementary appellations--Costa (coastal areas), Andes (mountain areas) and Entre Cordilleras (between Chile's two mountain ranges).
Adam Torpy, CEO of Goelet Wine Estates (GWE), the global family owned wine company whose holdings include Napa Valley's Clos Du Val Winery, the Languedoc's Domaine de Nizas and Australia's Taltarni Vineyards, announced today his acceptance of the resignation of former Clos Du Val COO and head winemaker, John Clews.
Trinchero Family Estates announced Wednesday that it will launch a new wine brand on Jan. 1, 2013. Echo Bay's first vintage is a 2012 100% New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc with a Marlborough appellation and a suggested retail price of $12.99.
"The Hess Collection is a wonderful neighbor, in addition to being a top-notch winery and art museum. We had the true pleasure of attending their annual holiday party recently, which is hosted primarily for their wine club."
The new ordinance does not grant a license to the prospective winery; but simply creates the licensing mechanism and sets the fee at that authorized by the state -- 1.5 times the charge made by the state. That figure was not available at press time Tuesday.
Paul Hobbs Winery in Sebastopol bought Tourmaline Vineyard in Napa Valley. The winery's owner, Paul Hobbs, bought the 90 acre vineyard off East Imola Avenue from GI Partners, a Menlo Park private equity firm.
A wine industry leader has warned it is too early to expect improvements in business conditions, after the collapse of a fourth-generation family winery in Victoria's north-west. Buller Wines, based in Swan Hill and Rutherglen, has gone into voluntary administration, appointing Deloitte to take over the business's management.
File this one under "unintentional oversight." "Wine Buzz" mentioned last week some big accolades for Terre Rouge & Easton Wines of Amador County, which earned a spot on Wine Spectator's list of 100 outstanding values of 2012 for its Easton 2010 Zinfandel Amador County ($18).
Brent Marris, the owner and winemaker behind New Zealand's Marisco Vineyards, which produces the Ned and the King's Series wines, has bought a 2,000 ha property in the Waihopai Valley, Marlborough and is on the lookout for more sites to buy.
Canadian wine critic Natalie MacLean has denied offering wine reviews in return for website subscriptions, but has promised to fully reference third-party reviews amid growing scrutiny of her practices.
Olivier Bernard, owner of the renowned Graves property Domaine de Chevalier, was unanimously voted today as president of high-end Bordeaux's top marketing arm, the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux (UGC).
Starbucks announced Tuesday that it had started selling beer and wine in its Dulles Airport location in Washington, D.C.. The outpost joins 16 other locations in six states that serve alcoholic beverages after 4 p.m. every day.
The South African government is investing in scientific research to foster production of agricultural products like pinotage (the country's signature red wine) and honeybush (source of a tea so fragrant that a potful can perfume an entire house) to create jobs and boost the economy.
The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) has released its annual report, Mission in Review 2012, highlighting gross sales of $734 million, up $41 million from the previous year, and profit transfers of more than $132 million.
A decade ago, syrah was a grape on the rise. Winemakers tweeted its greatness, wine lovers seemed to appreciate it as a saner-priced alternative to pricier red wines, and all was looking up for a grape that essentially didn't exist in California 30 years earlier.
The report prioritizes the top seven scientific challenges facing agriculture: the need to manage new pests, pathogens, and invasive plants; increase the efficiency of water use; reduce the environmental footprint of agriculture; adapt to a changing climate; and accommodate demands for bioenergy