“Considering the cold shoulder that Mother Nature gave to Northern California this year,” it’s no surprise that California’s wine grape crop was off by 9 percent.
Wine Spectator reports: “Sonoma’s oldest family-run winery, Foppiano Vineyards, is facing the twin threats of plummeting sales and a lawsuit between family members over its management.”
Burgundy has been getting increasingly expensive. In Bloomberg, Craig Copetas makes the case that prices will continue to rise.
Harold and Kumar, pass me a glass. White Castle, the 90-year-old hamburger chain, is testing beer and wine sales at a restaurant in Indiana.
Decanter.com reports that wine exports from California are set to “smash all previous records in 2011 after a 23% surge in shipments in the first 10 months of the year.”
In the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat, Dan Berger looks at the rise of Jean-Charles Boisset in the California wine industry.
Mike Steinberger has penned the latest installment of The Wine Ethicist. In this edition, he asks how you react to family members and friends who insist on drinking “the priciest, most prestigious wines in your collection.”
“Sparkling wine might seem an extraneous purchase, yet it can be sanity-saving — the difference between a stellar day or a crappy day. Bubbles have a way of scouring away the blues, making even Meatloaf Night a bit brighter.” Taylor Eason shares some wisdom, and suggests turning to Prosecco and Cava.