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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 Tablas Creek Vineyard (3)


Weekly Wine News Around the Web

B.R. Cohn Latest Industry Acquisition: Vintage Wine Estates, based in Santa Rosa, Calif., announced it has purchased the B.R. Cohn Winery and approximately 70 acres of vineyards, according to this report in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. The deal, just the latest in a series within the wine industry, could be the end of a more than 40-year winery odyssey for founder and band manager Bruce Cohn. In the article, Cohn was less-than-optimistic about family-owned wineries surviving in the current climate – “It’s a really tough business,” he said in the report. Separately, E & J Gallo bought two brands from Treasury Wine Estates, according to this report.

Diageo Draws SEC Scrutiny: Global beverage giant Diageo is under investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for allegedly inflating sales, according to this report. The investigation centers on alleged efforts by Diageo to send more cases to distributors than they’ve ordered, which would allow the company to report increased sales, according to The Guardian.

Profitability Question in Auz: A new report indicates 90 percent of Australian wineries in many regions will be unprofitable, according to this article in Decanter magazine. The report, authored by the Winemaker’s Federation of Australia, points to cooler climates as a major factor, with those wineries having a better chance to make money.

Wine Harvest 2015 Updates: With news that Mumm Napa has started harvesting its grapes for sparkling wine in Napa Valley, Calif., the 2015 harvest begins in earnest, according to this report. Over on the west side of Highway 101 outside Paso Robles, Calif. on the central coast, the Tablas Creek Vineyard is predicting an “early September” start to the harvest, according to a recent blog post.


Weekly Wine News Around the Web

The Ebbs and Flows of the Direct Shipping Battle in the U.S.: One of the more astute winery bloggers has posted an update on what has been a recent upturn in the fortunes of state direct shipping legislation in the U.S. Tablas Creek Vineyard, based in Paso Robles, Calif., reviewed recent developments in the direct shipping fight, with solid gains in Massachusetts and South Dakota, and progress in Indiana. Important news for consumers and producers alike (image at right courtesy of Free the Grapes!).

British Wine Theft: Bolney Wine Estate, located in southern England, lost 5,000 bottles of a wine as a result of burglary, according to this report in Decanter magazine. The theft represents a potential loss of nearly $125,000 in wine for the producer, known primarily for its sparkling varietals.

Chinese Approach to Fake Wine Sales Unclear: After appearing to clamp down on sales of counterfeit products, including wine, over the Internet, it remains unclear at just what stage Chinese government enforcement is at, according to this report. A state agency reportedly admonished some Chinese online commerce sites for their practices, but that warning was quickly retracted, leaving some to wonder just what to make of it.

California’s Suisun Valley Beckons Wineries: With both Napa and Sonoma Counties in California grappling with growth issues, some wineries are looking eastward to Suisun Valley to either start or expand their operations, according to this report in the Napa Valley Register. Wagner Family of Wine is among those placing bets on the emerging region, according to the report.


Weekly Wine News Around the Web

PA Backs Off on Privatization: Anyone who’s spent time in Pennsylvania knows it’s a hassle to procure wine and spirits – Stores are state-controlled and, like similar states, have an interesting approach to customer service, hours of operation, location, and many other key consumer issues. Well, it looks like privatization is on ice in the state, for now, according to this report, with a modified approach preferred by the state’s Senate.

Meditation on Terroir: One of our favorite winery blogs by Tablas Creek Vineyard reflects on the genesis of the term “terroir” and its increased importance in the wine industry, particularly among so-called new world appellations. It’s a great read, delving into the history of terroir and its growth as an essential element for many winemakers and drinkers.

“Parkerization” a Myth?: Wine critic of all wine critics Robert Parker has criticized the notion that there’s been a “Parkerization” in the wine industry so that wines suit his tastes, according to this report. Parker says his tastes remain “complicated and varied,” the report said.

Northwest Vineyard Buys: Two purchases in Oregon highlight increased vineyard buyout activity in recent months. According to two reports from Great Northwest Wine newsletter, Bacchus Capital Management of San Francisco, Calif. purchased Panther Creek Cellars and Precept Wine of Seattle, Wash. bought the Yamhela Vineyard in Oregon’s Yamhill-Carlton appellation. Terms were not disclosed.

Editor’s note: The ‘Zilla has been offline for a bit, but we wanted to share the following older news stories with our readers.

Advocate Settles with Former Critic Galloni: The lawsuit filed by wine-rating newsletter the Wine Advocate and its founder Robert Parker against former critic Antonio Galloni has been settled out of court, according to this report. As previously reported, the lawsuit attracted a lot of attention in the wine industry due to the prominent personalities involved.

Land Loss: Some startling results from a study done by researchers at the University of Texas were released last week which suggests that land suitable for growing grapes will disappear between 25% to 75% in major wine producing areas throughout the world by 2050 due to global warming. The study is the first to combine the impact of global warming on wine regions, according to this report from Decanter magazine.