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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 Paso Robles (2)


Weekly Wine News Around the Web

The New Paso Robles AVA Jigsaw Puzzle: The Paso Robles wine region in California has gotten its wish – the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) issued a new American Viticultural Area (AVA) regulation that divides much of the area into 11 distinct districts, effective in November of this year. The TTB ruling is seven years in the making and is intended to better represent the diversity of different grape-growing districts in the Paso Robles region, according to this report.

California Winery Volunteer Buzz Kill: News of fines for the Castro Valley, Calif.-based Westover Winery due to use of volunteers during the grape harvest have shook the wine industry and produced a lot of visceral reaction as a result. The Westover Winery will close as a result of the fines, according to this report. Alder Yarrow tackles this ridiculous situation in a well-said piece on his Vinography blog.

Declines in Global Grape Production This Year: Wine grape production will decline in 2014 across the board, with the likely exception of France, according to a new report on global production by Rabobank, as reported in Harpers Wine and Spirit. Total decline is expected to be 4 percent, according to the report.

Napa and Sonoma Harvest Update: Napa Valley grapes are 95 percent picked, according to this Napa Valley Register report, and reports indicate Northern California has largely dodged drought worries this year, according to another report. Growers in Napa and Sonoma counties in California weighed in on the harvest here earlier this month.

Costco Weighs In: An influential executive at the box store giant Costco discussed the state of the wine industry at the retail level with the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat. There are some pretty interesting insights here. Interestingly for this Rose lover, those wines “performed well” this year, according to the article.


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.