Daily Wine News: Expensive Champagne

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 04-25-2011

In July 2010, divers discovered the world’s oldest Champagne — several bottles of 185+-year-old Veuve Clicquot – at the bottom of the Baltic Sea. Some of those bottles are going to be auctioned on June 3 in Mariehamn. Analysts predict the bottles will fetch about $150,000 each.

First, the nannies came for the premixed alcoholic energy drinks. Now, they’re coming for “another sugary, high-alcohol drink” — Blast by Colt 45. Nineteen state attorneys general want the drink recalled. Over on Reason magazine’s blog, Michael C. Moynihan sarcastically suggests that lawmakers should also target flavored vodka and Godiva liqueur. Please don’t give them any more bad ideas!

On the ShipCompliant Blog, Cary Greene – the COO and general counsel of WineAmerica – sifts “through some of the best evidence-based economic and legal reports that have implications for the CARE bill.”

In other #StopHR1161 news, Dick Rivera — president of the American Beverage Institute (ABI) and the former CEO of Real Mex Restaurants and TGI Friday’s – chimes in with a blistering Washington Times op-ed. Check it out.

The wine for the Royal Wedding has been announced: Pol Roger NV Champagne. Considering “southern England has become a source of excellent sparkling wines,” Eric Asimov wonders if the royal couple should have selected something from closer to home.

In the San Francisco Chronicle, Jon Bonné and Stacy Finz wonder what’s next for Kendall-Jackson now that the company’s founder has passed away.

Jamie Kutch sits down with NPR’s Liane Hansen to talk about “balance” in Pinot Noir.

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