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 Wine-Searcher.com. 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.