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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 Oregon (3)


Weekly Wine News Around the Web

Cutting U.S. Inventories Leads to Ouster at Treasury: It was a bit of an odd announcement when it was released earlier this year that Treasury Wine Estates would either destroy or discount excess U.S. wine inventory from prior vintages to position itself for future growth. Now that decision has cost Chief Executive David Dearie his job. Read coverage of this interesting wine industry development here and here.

U.S. Grape Prices Heading South: A recent post by the esteemed Silicon Valley Bank’s Rob McMillan indicates that two straight bountiful harvests in the U.S., a continued sluggish economy, and continued pressure from consumers on price increases, among other factors, will likely lead to downward pressure on grape prices. It’s a great read for those who want, or need, to know.

Oregon Joins the 20th Century: Anyone who has ever purchased alcohol in Oregon knows how difficult it is to figure out where you need to go to get a bottle of vodka, for example, versus a six-pack of beer or a bottle of wine. The state liquor stores sold the liquor, while a variety of stores sold beer and wine. Now that’s changing, with state liquor stores adding beer and wine to their portfolio, according to this report. It’s about time.

Commonwealth of MA Punts on Wine Shipping Regs: Direct shipping regulations will gather a little more dust after the state legislature in Massachusetts declined to advance a bill that would allow wineries to ship directly to consumers in the state, according to this release from Free the Grapes. No word on when the “HB 294” bill may get a hearing.

Bordeaux Production Levels Lowest in More Than Two Decades: The Bordeaux region of France suffered through a cold spring and random hail storms this year. The result will be a 20 percent drop in grape production, the lowest levels seen since 1991, according to this report. Industry experts are watching how this will impact pricing closely.


WBC Coverage - Coming Shortly

The annual Wine Bloggers Conference this past weekend in Portland, Ore. was a whirlwind of great people, great conversation, great wines, and great hosts, including the folks at Phelps Creek Vineyards and King Estate Winery, among others, who were generous enough to emcee spectacular evening wine and dinner events. After an early start on Sunday on the trip back to the Bay Area, CORKZILLA needs to face the reality of the week, but look for our random thoughts and insights from a terrific weekend in Oregon later this week. Until then, cheers!


Weekly Wine News Around the Web

New Era for Remnants of Crushpad?: Despite ongoing issues with existing clients, the new owners of Sonoma, Calif.-based custom-crush and micro-winery Crushpad are pledging to rebuild trust with its inherited customers, according to this Santa Rosa Press Democrat report. Crushpad’s assets were sold earlier this week, and the new owners are attempting to untangle a myriad of issues at the faltering concern.

Change at OR Wine Institute: An evaluation of the Oregon Wine Institute’s role as a center for research and promotion of the state’s wine industry is underway, according to this report. The organization has tapped wine industry veteran Bill Nelson to help architect a strategy for going forward amid continued growth in the state’s wine-related economy. In unrelated Oregon wine news, another American Viticultural Area (AVA) designation may be on the way for Oregon’s Willamette Valley, according to this report.

Another Day, Another Alcohol Study: A new Swedish study claims that long-term responsible drinking helps to lower the risk of arthritis, according to this report in the Wine Spectator. The study focused on women and tracked a group from 1987 to 1997, according to the report.

France’s Duboeuf Bets on New Label Growth: One of the more widely known imports from France, George Duboeuf (owned by Deutsch Family Wine and Spirits) is pondering new vineyard acquisitions and betting big on a recent label addition to its portfolio, according to this report. The HobNob brand has turned into a big growth driver for the company and will be extended, making up for continued contraction in Duboeuf brand sales, the report said.