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The two essential elements of the CORKZILLA experience – Wine and music – in a pairing. Our signature feature will continue in 2013, but we've decided to take a break from the grind of producing thoughtful pairings on a monthly basis. Please look for an archive page highlighting our pairings from the past coming soon. Cheers!

What We're Listening to

Keith Richards, "Crosseyed Heart," Republic Records

Gary Clark Jr., "The Story of Sonny Boy Slim," Warner Brothers Records

Warren Haynes Featuring Railroad Earth, "Ashes and Dust," Concord Records

Jason Isbell, "Something More Than Free," Southeastern Records

Phish, "Live Bait Vol. 11" (free digital download)

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, "Chasing Yesterday," Sour Mash Records

Neil Young, "On the Beach," Reprise Records

Massive Attack, "Protection," Circa Records

D'Angelo and the Vanguard, "Black Messiah," RCA Records

Brokedown in Bakersfield, "Live!," Little Sur Records

Ryan Adams, "Ryan Adams," Pax-Am Records

Rich Robinson, "The Ceaseless Sight," The End Records

Jack White, "Lazaretto," Third Man Records

The Wayne Shorter Quartet, "Without a Net," Blue Note Records

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Wednesday
Aug212013

Weekly Wine News Around the Web

Wasted Wine: Australian wine company, Treasuary Wine Estates, is planning to destroy more than half a million cases of wine that has sat on shelves too long. More than $33 million of wine will be lost which equals about 500,000 to 600,000 cases of white wine that didn't move off the shelves as fast as company executives hoped, according to this report in The Press Democract. Treasury Wine Estates owns Chateau St. Jean, Cellar No. 8 and Souverain in Sonoma and it's Napa brands include Stag's Leap Winery, Beringer Vineyards and St. Clement.

Top WA Wines: Washington State ranks second in the United States in the production of wine, behind only California. Here's a quick look at some of the State's top wineries, published in this week's Puget Sound Business Journal. Wineries are ranked by gallons sold in 2012.

Eastern States: Wineries from North Carolina to Connecticut are a bit concerned as to how the 2013 growing season will turn out. A cool spring led to a later than normal bud break and the summer has been exceptionally wet. As Wines & Vines reports here, for September, sunny/warm days and cool nights until the end of harvest would make a big difference in overall wine quality - this according to Hans Walter-Peterson, viticulture extension specialist at the Cornell Cooperative Extension in New York. The article has a nice state by state forecast for the end of the 2013 growing season.

Crooked Winery Sales: According to Global Financial Integrity (GFI), a Washington, D.C.-based non-governmental organization that monitors money laundering, it is belived that a few Chinese and Russian investors are hiding money gained illicitly by using investments in French vineyards, as reported here by Wine Spectator. Investigations reveal that foreign investors are devising ways to invest in wineries through complex legal structures based on multiple holding companies in tax havens and friendly countries that make it nearly impossible to determine the identity of the owner or the origin of the money, according to the article. 

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