Daily Wine News: Bordeaux Cools

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 01-16-2012

New Jersey’s decision to finally legalize direct shipping from wineries is certainly worth celebrating. But, as Tyler Colman points out,  “the bill only legalizes shipments from wineries, not wine stores, thus disallowing free trade in over a third of the wine consumed in the US.”

At a weekend auction in Hong Kong, “lots of first growth Bordeaux, including Chateau Lafite-Rothschildand Chateau Margaux, went unsold… [as “wealthy Chinese and other collectors focused on the very best older vintages and Burgundies such as DRC Domaine de la Romanee-Conti.”

From Dr. Vino: "Sun Xitai, a 62-year-old businessman in China has been sentenced to life in prison... [for] bringing about $7 million worth of wine from Hong Kong to mainland China and failing to pay sufficient duty.”

In Chicago, Walgreens just opened a 27,000-square-foot, high-end flagship where customers can enjoy made-to-order sushi and select from a large selection of “gourmet foods, wine, spirits and beer.” Who goes to Walgreens for sushi and wine?

In the Los Angeles Times, Mike Ives visits a winery in China — and discovers that the industry is on its way, but still has plenty of kinks to work out.

Lettie Teague sees no slowing down in America’s thirst for Moscato, so decides to purchase and taste through 25 different bottles ranging in price from $5 to $30.

Ray Isle, executive wine editor at Food & Wine, sits down with Eater to discuss what’s next in wine and beer.

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