Daily Wine News: Summer Red

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Bacchus Capital Management, a San Francisco-based private equity firm, is providing capital to Qupé Winery so the Central Coast producer can double its production. This is interesting for a number of reasons — not the least of which is that some smart people are betting on low-alcohol, Central Coast Syrah!

“For the fourth time in 12 years, the Federal Trade Commission plans to study the effectiveness of the voluntary guidelines followed by most marketers of alcoholic beverages.”

Mike Steinberger tastes through some 2008 Bordeaux. His conclusion? “There were some good wines in 08, but overall, it is not an outstanding vintage.”

I need to drink more Burgundy. Fortunately, Fredric Koeppel has discovered a “special,” single-vineyard option from a big name producer that’s quite tasty — and just $25/bottle. (H/T: Eric Asimov.)

Speaking of lighter reds, Gallo will launch “Summer Red” this May, a dark, full-bodied Merlot Rosé with an ABV of just 10.5%. The company will urge folks to serve it cold.

Terroirist is approaching 1250 followers on twitter (if you’re not following us, please do!). According to Esquire, our tweets are worth about $5.00 each. Anyone interested in purchasing some tweets?!?

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