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'Zilla Wine and Tunes Pairing

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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Weekly Wine News Around the Web

Editor's note: After a holiday and work-related hiatus, the Weekly Wine News Around the Web returns as an occasional CORKZILLA feature.

BottleRock Hard Ball: A pair of recent stories in the Napa Valley Register paint a interesting picture of a wine country music festival at once in a better place, but perhaps hamstrung by the mistakes of the inaugural 2013 event. The BottleRock 2013 music festival (photo of Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes at BottleRock 2013 at right, courtesy of, which took place at the Napa Expo in the city of Napa, was a musical success perhaps, but a financial debacle. The first piece details the bankruptcy filing by the original promoters, BR Festivals LLC, while the second delves into just how the city of Napa plans to deal with the new promoter, Latitude 38 Entertainment, who bought some of the assets from the original group. Evidently, the city plans to ask for full payment of overdue 2013 bills before approving the 2014 version of the festival. Stay tuned.

Another Record Harvest in California: The California Agricultural Statistics Service released a preliminary version of its Grape Crush Report detailing a 5 percent increase in crushed wine grapes over 2012, according to this Wines and Vines magazine report. Prices for wine grapes dropped by 3.4 percent for the year, however. Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Zinfandel (in that order) remain the three most widely planted varieties in the state, according to the report.

Turley Shines Light on Amador County: The San Francisco Chronicle’s Jon Bonne has a terrific piece on a recent vineyard purchase by Turley Wine Cellars in the Amador County portion of Northern California, southeast of Sacramento, and the history of this often overlooked region.

New Zealand Empire for Foley: With its acquisition of Martinborough Vineyard Estates for an undisclosed sum, Foley Family wines of Healdsburg, Calif. Continues its expansion march. The acquisition gives Foley 1,100 acres of vines and a 550,000-case production in New Zealand, according to this Shanken News Daily blog post.

Mendocino County Legend Passes Away: John Parducci, an industry pioneer that is credited with putting Mendocino County, Calif. On the map as a wine region, died recently at the age of 96. This affectionate appreciation in the Ukiah Daily Journal details a full life of a man dedicated to vineyards and wine.