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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 Vintage Wine Estates (2)

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.

Monday
Sep022013

Weekly Wine News Around the Web

Kiwi Sales Momentum: Sales of wine from New Zealand to the U.S. grew 13 percent in the last 12 months, according to the latest data (Map of New Zealand at left). The growth, as reported by the Shanken News Daily blog, is largely based on the continued popularity of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, which accounts for more than 90 percent of imports to the U.S., the article said.

Vintage to Add Viansa?: Anyone familiar with the drive to Napa or Sonoma Valley has undoubtedly passed the hilltop Viansa Winery. Now that winery is up for sale for around $15 million, according to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, with Vintage Wine Estates expected to soon close a deal for the 50,000-case operation. A Vintage Wine Estates spokesperson declined to confirm the deal, according to the report.

Labor Challenges in Napa: As we celebrate Labor Day in the U.S. it’s worth noting the increasing issues facing wineries in Napa Valley, where rising wages, competition for workers and a lack of housing will present challenges moving forward, according to this report from Wines and Vines magazine. The news may present some new dynamics for Napa Valley, but it could be a boon for skilled workers in the area, the report said.

We Won’t: A critic at the Wine Advocate Magazine will stop reviewing wines from Friuli’s Fluvio Bressan after the Italian wine producer waded into an immigration debate in his country with a racist post on his blog. “If you are offended by rants… just don’t read them. If you don’t like me please DON’T buy my wines,” Bressan said in a subsequent blog post, as reported by Wine-Searcher.com. Inspired idea.

“Smoke Taint” Worries: As if the wanton destruction of hundreds of thousands of beautiful, pristine California forest around Yosemite National Park were not enough, smoke taint from the so-called Rim Fire may now impact the harvest in Calaveras County, according to this report in the Calaveras Enterprise.

Big Year for Cooperage: In another clear sign that the American wine industry has rebounded fro m recessionary times, orders for new barrels are up, according to this report. What could be an issue going forward, according to the Wines and Vines magazine report, is high-quality wood. Barrel storage at the Jordan Vineyard and Winery in Alexander Valley, Calif. is pictured at right.