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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 Silicon Valley Bank (2)

Tuesday
Sep242013

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.

Tuesday
Jul162013

Weekly Wine News Around the Web

Mid-Year Wine Business Check: As usual, the Silicon Valley Bank’s wine division weighs in on some mid-year hot topics in the wine industry, including such things as a lack of water and continued heat waves impacting crop size for the year. Rob McMillan is always a good read and his insights are significant as we head toward August.

The Natural Jump: Olive oil producer Colavita plans to partner with Terlato Wines for a line of super-premium wines scheduled to debut later this summer. The wines, to be sold under the Colavito label, will be comprised of familiar Italian varietals, such as Pinot Grigio and Valpolicella Ripasso, as first reported by the Shanken News Daily blog.

Wine Power Rankings: One of our favorite wine business blogs, the Wine Economist, has an interesting take on Decanter magazine’s wine industry “power rankings” issue. The list is compiled every other year, according to the post, and showcases a lot of what’s changing and not changing in the industry.

Pondering Chardonnay: Here’s some good insights from Steve Heimoff’s blog on the evolution in the perception of Chardonnay and where in California you can find the best of the bunch. He also delves into just how Chardonnay sometimes gets a bad reputation.