Search the 'Zilla
'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

Reach out to CORKZILLA

Entries in Sonoma State University (2)


Wine Spectator Donates $3M to SSU

Renowned wine publication Wine Spectator will make a $3 million gift to Sonoma State University in California to help build a new home for the institution’s Wine Business Institute. The donation will be made through the Wine Spectator Scholarship Foundation.

“The potential benefits to the wine industry are enormous,” said Marvin R. Shanken, editor and publisher of Wine Spectator magazine, in a press release announcing the gift. “We are pleased to be able to help the university and their students achieve their goals.”

As CORKZILLA readers know, the roots of this endeavor dates to the campus of Sonoma State and we couldn’t be happier for the university as well as Ray Johnson, the director of the institute. A mockup of the proposed new building, to be built on the Sonoma State campus can be found above (photo courtesy of Sonoma State University).


Quick Note: Sonoma State Wine Biz Certificate Program

By Ben Heskett

As some of our readers know, the roots of CORKZILLA can be traced to a nondescript classroom at Sonoma State University where the co-founders took a course called "Wine Entrepreneurship." As a result of that class, a variety of efforts began among classmates, with the 'Zilla being just one example.

I chose to further my wine education by taking a series of online wine courses as part of Sonoma State's Wine Business Certificate Program, a practical, innovative and thought-provoking way to get a deep dive into the wine business and all of its complexities, from the vineyard to sales of your product. I know it has furthered my own  knowledge of the industry and also helped guide me in my efforts to find a role in the wine business that suits my talents.

They're firing up another year of this offering, with the "Foundation Level" course, and I wanted to give the effort a little shout-out as a proud graduate. They're doing great work. The application deadline for the first portion of the certificate is Feb. 1, 2013.