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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

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

Turn that Frown Upside Down: A new report indicates 22 states in the U.S. receive grades of “D” or worse when it comes to creating a friendly, welcoming environment for wine consumers (a Dry Creek Valley, Calif. vineyard is pictured at right). The 2013 version of the report, compiled by the American Wine Consumer Coalition, highlights some interesting data points and underscores the notion that many states still have “archaic laws” when it comes to the interests of wine consumers. A press release overview of the report posted on can be found here and the full report can be downloaded here.

Through the Proverbial Wine Varietal Fog: Some interesting thoughts on Riesling and Oregon Pinot Gris from one of our go-to bloggers, the always interesting Mike Veseth and his “Wine Economist.” In his latest installment, Veseth offers some thoughts on how to sell these sometimes misunderstood wine varietals in an ultra-competitive market. A good read.

A French Hailstorm’s Impact: A recent severe hailstorm has damaged vines across France, with the price tag for the weather event estimated at more than $125 million, according to this report in The Guardian. The larger houses and grand crus of Champagne and Bordeaux were largely spared the worst, according to the report. 

Duckhorn Looks to Expand: The St. Helena, Calif.-based Duckhorn Wine Company has purchased a Hopland, Calif. property that serves as the custom crush facility for the Rack and Riddle wine brand, according to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.

A Review of Clone and Root History: A Sonoma State professor offered a good historical take on the relationship between some key California vine clones and their French roots, no pun intended. Read the article here.