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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 Treasury Wine Estates (3)

Friday
Jul242015

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.

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.

Thursday
Jan242013

Weekly Wine News Around the Web

Treasury a Takeover Target?: Speculation is increasing that Treasury Wine Estates, the second largest wine business in the world, is ripe for acquisition by a Chinese company, according to this report in Decanter magazine. This is an interesting development to watch, as it would further China’s aim to be a player in the global wine industry.

Asia and U.S. Driving Wine Sales Growth: Some interesting observations from the CEO of the annual Vinexpo conference held in Bordeaux, France, on the key drivers of sales in the wine business – increased Asia momentum and ongoing U.S.  growth. It’s a good Q&A from the Shanken News Daily blog.

Some Memorable Wines of 2012: The blog of the Tablas Creek Vineyard in Paso Robles, Calif. is always a good read and we thought it was appropriate to pass along some of their favorite bottles of wines from 2012. Agree or disagree?

Oxygen Nerd: Here’s some great information on the impact of oxygen on wine, as well as shipping and bottling, from Jamie Goode’s blog. It goes pretty deep but it’s useful for those wine consumers that want to know.

Keep Rocking: Though promotional in nature, this video series below offers some interesting insights into the geological factors that make California’s Napa Valley the abundant grape-growing region that it has become. See below along with links to the right on the YouTube page for other segments in the series: