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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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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.