Two 40-foot containers of Oregon wine-about 27,000 bottles-will be departing the Port of Portland this weekend, headed for South Korea and its largest retailer. The shipment of Oregon Pinot signals a potentially bright future for export to a growing Korean market.
The new Elkton Oregon AVA, which becomes effective March 7, was announced last week by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. It encompasses 74,900 acres currently within the larger Umpqua Valley AVA and the Southern Oregon AVA.
"For us, all these great brands from Accolade represent bringing them back 'home' with a wholesaler who understands each of them, and--through our unparalleled national footprint--we will steward their development and growth for years to come."
Terrabella Wineries, a British Columbia-based group that is involved in acquiring and establishing wineries to centralize production, management and distribution, has acquired an 18 acre vineyard property in West Kelowna, British Columbia.
Maisons Marques & Domaines USA (MMD), a California-based marketer and importer of wines from family-owned wineries, has partnered with a Tuscan estate - Podernuovo a Palazzone - to represent its wines in the US.
Ciatti estimates that approximately 40 million equivalent cases were imported in bulk in 2012, partly on the back of grape price increases sparked by the US shortage. Although grape prices continued to rise upwards of 20 percent for the 2012 crop in many areas of California, eventually the larger crop and inventories should push the bulk wine market pricing down from the highs of last year, says Ciatti.
As European winemakers brave freezing temperatures to finish their winter pruning, more than 12,000 kilometers away South African vineyard workers are battling the heat as they prepare for this year's harvest
Even moderate alcohol use may substantially raise the risk of dying from cancer, according to a study released Thursday offering the first comprehensive update of alcohol-related cancer deaths in decades.