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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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Entries in Bordeaux (4)


Weekly Wine News Around the Web

Brunello Vandalism: Vandals raided a wine cellar in the Tuscan hills of Italy and released wine from six different vintages in barrels of the renowned Brunello di Montalcino, according to this report from Bloomberg. The target was the Case Basse winery (label at left), but no wine was stolen, only the valves opened, allowing the barrels holding the entire vintages of 2007-2012 to empty, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Where Did my Chateau Go?: A Bordeaux chateau originally scheduled to be renovated by its new owner was destroyed by mistake, according to this report. The chateau was not on property associated with growing wine, but is known in the area as an architectural landmark.

Garagiste Winemakers Gather in Paso: A second informal Garagiste Festival of small winemakers was held in Paso Robles, Calif. last month and this report provides details on just how the festival helped to promote small producers and the wine programs at nearly California Polytechnic University.

Mon Dieu!: The French just aren’t drinking wine like they used to, with national consumption at 30-year lows, according to Decanter magazine. The number of “regular drinkers” of wine has dropped sharply, according to the referenced study, released as part of the Vinitech wine industry trade show in Bordeaux.

Making the Connection: Attracting and retaining customers in an era of social media and increased competition was top of mind at a recent Sonoma County, Calif. wine conference, according to this Santa Rosa Press Democrat report. The upshot? Whether it’s Twitter or the telephone, reaching out to potential customers goes a long way toward retaining them as lifetime advocates for your brand.


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Auction Prices Take a Dip: The Atlantic Magazine surmises that recent declines in wine auction prices portend a possible wider contraction in the luxury goods market. Auction prices have reportedly taken a 23 percent dip this year, largely due to Chinese buying patterns, after a 264 increase since the end of 2003.

Ongoing Bordeaux Uncertainty: In related news, store owners are predicting further “pain ahead” even as Bordeaux producers continue to discount their vintages, according to this Decanter magazine report. Given the run up for high-end Bordeaux, this contraction is to be expected, but the ongoing softness from Asian markets remains a bit of a surprise, given their love affair with the French varietal.

Lot18 Tries to Keep Focus: the flash wine deal site Lot18 has let 11 employees go after expanding its business too quickly after raising $44.5 million in venture capital funding, according to this report. “One of the perils of having a lot of money is, it’s easy to launch a lot of things,” Founder and President Philip James told Betabeat. The food and travel businesses will be eliminated, according to the report.

Two Prong Strategy for Diageo: Alcohol conglomerate Diageo has its sights set on the so-called millennial consumer with the launch of three new wine brands, according to this report. The three new brands – Butterfly Kiss, Rose ‘n’ Blum, and Stark Raving – will all be priced in the $12 to $14 range and hope to sell 100,000 cases of each brand by the end of the year. Diageo professes to be focused on its “heritage” wine brands and its aforementioned “lifestyle” brands, part of a “two pronged” strategy in its wine business.


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Bordeaux Pricing "Arrogance": On the heels of successive high-priced vintages, one key figure in the French wine business is called for more restraint with the 2011 vintage - thought to be solid, but not quite as stellar as the 2009 and 2010 vintages. Decanter magazine details the current state of a Bordeaux market in flux due to the hyped and well-received 2009 and 2010 years.

Hillside Vineyards On Hold in Sonoma: In order to update regulations, local leaders in Sonoma have halted approval of new hillside vineyards in Sonoma County for four months, according to a Santa Rosa Press Democrat report. The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors said it intended to update 12-year old regulations that do not currently include guideleines on tree removal.

Super Bowl Zin: With the clock ticking toward the National Football League's annual Super Bowl championship game, it's time to start thinking about what you're going to be drinking. Your favorite beer is most likely your 1st pick, but if you're also going to be enjoying some savory meaty dishes, you may also consider a mighty California Zinfandel to pair with your game day fare - as proposed this week by Bloomberg's Ryan Flinn (Editor’s note: As in baseball, Team 'Zilla is spilt down the New York/New England middle for a favorite in Sunday's game).

Prost from NY: There seems to be more and more positive press about wine coming from New York these days. Many people have at least heard about the ever-growing wine region on the North Fork of Long Island. Upstate New York has also earned some bragging rights due to some fantastic Riesling production. A new collaboration between three wineries from the New York Finger Lakes region has produced a world class Riesling that could go toe-to-toe with many Rieslings coming from Germany, as reported this week by the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.


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Screaming Rock?: Cult Cabernet Sauvignon wine producer Jean Phillips has acquired the 114-acre Pillar Rock Vineyard in the Stag’s Leap district of Napa Valley. Phillips founded Screaming Eagle Winery, a cult Cabernet Sauvignon brand with an enviable price tag and just as impressive waiting list. She has been out of the wine industry for five years, according to a Wine Spectator report. Phillips is purchasing the vineyard only, according to the report, not the winery or brand.

Foster’s Group in the Balance: There’s more consolidation on tap in the beverage industry, with two giants – Foster’s Group and SAB Miller – jockeying to find the best deal in a hostile bid by SAB. SAB Miller’s more than $10 billion bid should be accepted by Foster’s, according to a third-party broker.

High Tech Harvest: As vintners in Bordeaux get ready for this year's first harvest, some are getting high tech help from above via satellite which assists in identifying which grapes are ripe for the picking and which need to have more time on the vines. A company called Geo-Information Services offers a service called Enoview that presents winegrowers satellite imagery of their plot(s) of land which enables them to see where they should focus first for the harvest. "This satellite map can determine the uniformity of the ripening process as it takes place in a specific plot of land. The greener the grapes, the stronger the plant surface is; the more red and blue they are, the less developed the vegetation is. From this report, vintner can draw numerous conclusions, including the optimum harvest date," according to the article, originally posted by French newspaper Le Monde. Based on this data vintners can make alterations to their growing practices in areas that need more improvement. Pretty slick.

For Those About to Make Wine, We Salute You or If you Want Wine (You've Got It)!: It was announced this week that legendary Australian rockers AC/DC have launched their own brand of wine through a partnership with Warburn Estates Winery, also from Australia. So far four varietals (Bottles at left) are being offered - "Highway to Hell" Cabernet Sauvignon, "You Shook Me All Night Long" Muscat, "Back in Black" Shiraz, and "Hells Bells" Sauvignon Blanc. The grapes for these rockin' varietals are being sourced from the Aussie regions of Barossa and Coonawarra as well as the Marlborough region in New Zealand. Just another example of the worlds of music and wine colliding. Stay tuned for a 'Zilla tasting review.