Cork Supply USA is pleased to announce that it has successfully completed and passed the auditing requirements for ISO 9001-2008 and has been granted a certificate of registration effective March 8, 2013.
Constellation Brands' net sales increased 5% to $2.8 billion in its fiscal year ended February 28, as key wine brands like Kim Crawford, Robert Mondavi, Simi, Ruffino, Mark West, Black Box and Rex Goliath all saw double-digit depletions growth. Newer brands like Simply Naked, Primal Roots and The Dreaming Tree were also up robustly, and Svedka,
On Monday, Miljenko Grgich, founder of Grigich Hills Estate and maker of the 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay (of Paris Tasting fame, where it triumphed over several White Burgundies) celebrated his 90th birthday by looking back - by sharing what few remaining bottles of the first wine he made at Chateau Montelena (1972) are still stashed in his personal cellar - and forward, with the release of a special Paris Tasting tribute Chardonnay.
Changing climate may well redraw the familiar map of world wine production, making it harder to grow grapes in some traditional regions while opening up new frontiers for vineyards. But satisfying our thirst for wine in a warmer world could take a toll on biodiversity, a new study suggests, if vineyard changes aren't managed carefully.
Out of all the production sources, including foreign countries, California wine accounted for 58 percent of US wine sales with estimated revenue of $22 billion from sales of 207.7 million cases in 2012.
Napa Valley College's Viticulture and Winery Technology program will host representatives from Constellation Brands as they present an informational session on career opportunities at Constellation wineries such as Ravenswood, Robert Mondavi and Franciscan Estate and meet with prospective employees in an informal networking session following the presentation.
Places like California's wine-growing regions could lose more than 50 percent of their suitable territory, while the Canadian border country of Montana, Washington and Idaho could see a 200 percent boost in vineyard potential.
Megan Haller and Shannon Zouzoulas, co-owners of Arizona Hops and Vines in Sonoita, had already planted a vineyard and hop field when they discovered that state law prevented the operation of both a brewery and a winery on the same piece of land.
Premium sangria has grown 19.4 percent in dollar volume over the past year. Available in only a handful of markets, Eppa alone contributed 26 percent of the category's growth and quickly rose to become the leading sangria priced over $10 for a 750ml.
Groove, one of Northern California's digital marketing, creative and communications agencies, has just announced a reorganization of the company and the opening of its new headquarters in Sausalito, California and satellite offices in Norwalk, Connecticut.
Charlie Hoppes, one of Washington's veteran vintners and Fidelitas owner and winemaker, announced plans today to devote Fidelitas to making Red Mountain wines exclusively, promising singular focus on a diverse collection of vineyard-designated Bordeaux varieties and blends from Washington's smallest AVA.
Percy Fox is gearing up to launch 50cl bottles of the best-selling varieties of Blossom Hill as it looks to broaden the brand's appeal to convenience shoppers and those looking for a lower price point.
Areas suitable for viticulture may decline from Bordeaux to Australia as climate change prompts a shift in wine production to higher latitudes and elevations in New Zealand and the Northern Hemisphere, researchers said.
"The area north of Yellowstone will be one of the areas with the greatest increase in suitability for growing wine grapes in the next 50 years," said the scientists, who published their work in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
What's changed is the rise of third-party sites run by companies that don't make wine, like Lot18.com, which offers special deals on wine. These sites got a boost in 2011 when the California Alcohol Beverage Control officials issued guidelines allowing third-party providers to act as agents in the sale of alcohol but requiring wineries to stay in control of the wine, making them responsible for following all the relevant laws.
Resveratrol, the active compound found in the skins of red grapes and cocoa, is an antioxidant produced by plants to help protect them from extreme environments and block the effects of ultraviolet sunlight, infections and temperature changes.
Steeple City Spirits, which will open in the former Staples storefront in Steeple City Plaza, will offer over 1,400 varieties of wine and 500 types of beer, much of which will be craft or microbrews, according to Lou Matney Jr., of North Adams
Because of their relative isolation, they've harbored fantastic winemaking traditions that have only recently come to international notice. Whether it's nero d'Avola from Sicily, assyrtiko from Santorini or rosé from Corsica, there's something sexy about the idea of vines surrounded by water, cut off from the rest of the world.
That The Vineyard at Hershey is planning its "State of the Brew-nion" speech and ceremony Friday night to welcome its newest partner, brewer Ryan DeLutis, to an expanding operation is in itself news. But it's also a harbinger of what's ahead across the region, with wineries beginning to add the sum total of hops, yeast and grains to its beverage portfolio.
That bottle of Bordeaux you put aside may become even rarer in the next few decades as climate change could reduce wine grape production in traditional parts of the world and move it elsewhere, researchers say. Danish Cabernet, anyone?