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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 pricing (2)


Weekly Wine News Around the Web

Bordeaux 2014 Future Sales Not Up to Par in U.S.: Sales of the “en primeur,” or futures, of the 2014 vintage from Bordeaux chateau owners are “lukewarm” thus far, according to this report in the Shanken News Daily blog. This comes even as prices at retailers have dropped on the 2014 vintage as compared to prior en primeur offerings, the report said.

Duckhorn Buys Three Palms Vineyard in Napa: Duckhorn Wine Company has purchased the Three Palms Vineyard along the Silverado Trail in Napa Valley, adding to its stable of assets, according to this report in the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat. Terms were not disclosed, according to the report. Duckhorn (logo at left courtesy of Duckhorn Wine Company) has sourced fruit from the vineyard for the past 37 years and purchased all of the grapes since 2011, the report said.

Canadian Contraband Wine Ring Thwarted: A Montreal-area contraband wine ring responsible for selling 1.8 million bottles of fraudulent wine over four years have been arrested, according to this report. Police arrested 11 people, included a presumed ring leader who is a wine specialist, for passing off cheap bulk Italian wine as premium. Two suspects remain at large, the report said.

And Now We Move to Recent Shenanigans in France…: In a similar tale of alleged chicanery, the chief executive of a chateau in France is accused of passing off “inferior wine” as high-end Chablis, according to this article on The six-month investigation resulted in the arrest of Jean-Claude Fromont, CEO of Maison Fromont, located in Ligny-le-Chatel, Yonne, the report said.

What Will Cyrus Do with her Vines? Pop starlet Miley Cyrus has purchased an estate in the San Fernando Valley in California that includes more than 50 grape vines, according to this report. CORKZILLA at this point could add some witty comment alluding to one of Cyrus’s songs, but we frankly don’t know any of her music. Keep rocking, people!

Casual Chinese Wine Drinker Demographic Grows, According to Study: The imported Chinese wine market has seen a shift from high-end wine connoisseurs to more casual, entry-level drinkers, according to an article in Decanter magazine. The study, completed by Wine Intelligence, highlights a new demographic segment has emerged since its last study of China came out in 2012.


Weekly Wine News Around the Web

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.