Essex County wineries anticipate superior vintages from last year's record-quality harvest, and they're booking an increasing number of weddings, tours, tastings and festivals to show off what they have to offer.
The Canadian wine industry has experienced a tremendous evolution over the past two decades due in large part to pioneering wineries such as Ontario's Cave Spring Cellars and B.C.'s Quails' Gate Winery.
A new generation of ownership structure at Seppeltsfield and Kilikanoon Wines has come to pass. Seppeltsfield estates Managing Director Warren Randall recently purchased Kilikanoon's share of Seppeltsfield and increased his share in Seppeltsfield to more than 90 per cent.
Last year's acreage report pegged barbera at covering just 6,659 acres, up only a few hundred acres from a decade earlier. That compares with almost 100,000 acres given to chardonnay, 80,000 to cabernet sauvignon, 48,000 to zinfandel and 45,000 to merlot.
Out of approximately 3,505 varieties of wines from wineries in 20 different countries and all 50 states, Table Mountain Vineyards took home two bronze awards during the 13th Annual Finger Lakes International Wine Competition (FLIWC) held in Rochester, N.Y. in late March.
In its latest bid to build awareness from residents about Garden State vintages, the New Jersey Wine Growers Association will begin airing a half-hour long feature about the industry on Comcast channels around the state tonight.
The new generation of winemakers in South Africa is helping to increase the prestige and sophistication of wines coming out of the country, according to leading wine critics at last week's ProWein in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Treasury Wine Estates Ltd. (TWE), the world's second-biggest listed winemaker by revenue, lifted the price of its premium 2008 Penfolds Grange vintage by 15 percent as growing Chinese demand for high-end wines outpaces supply.
The tentative list of judges has been announced for the new North Coast Wine Challenge wine competition, sponsored by The Press Democrat. Judging will take place May 29-30 at the Hilton Sonoma Wine Country hotel in Fountaingrove.
Faced with otherwise bright and trendy or stoic and traditional bottle labels, it might be hard not to gravitate toward one with a cute, entertaining or otherwise eye-catching mascot. And is that such a bad thing?
"We will be selling wine by the glass, bottle and case," Buchanan said. "We will be deepest in French wines, also Burgundy, Rhône and Alsatian wines, along with Languedoc-Roussillon. Also wines from most or other renowned winemaking areas in the world: Italy, Spain, Argentina, Chile, Australia, New Zealand.
In Maine, we call distributors "importers" and add a fourth tier of our own, the state-licensed distributor. (Whereas in New York, for instance, where I enjoyed the wonderful wine, the importer can sell directly to the retailer.) The official reason for this is a desire to be especially arcane and ridiculous, or to pry more revenue out of us. I forget which.
The club will celebrate its 40th anniversary on April 17, and the festivities include some friendly wine competition and groovy 1970s-style nostalgia. Participants are asked to bring their oldest bottle of homemade wine for tasting, and everyone will vote for a favorite.
Over the past two years Kokomo Winery has worked closely with the Wine MBA students at Sonoma State to create a real-world project in the business of wine. On April 20 the students will celebrate another successful vintage at Release Party #2 on the grounds of Timber Crest Farms in Dry Creek Valley where Kokomo Winery produces and sells the wine.
We have 1970s-era anti-growth activists of St. Helena to thank for Davis Bynum's move to the Russian River Valley. The Bay Area newspaperman-turned-winemaker had been tending a Napa Valley vineyard and wanted to build a winery there. The locals did not want another one.