A recent proposal by the Federal Government to require listing fining agents as “ingredients” on wine labels is drawing criticism from the industry. At issue is whether or not trace amounts of these agents can cause allergic reactions.
The Matthews Laboratory at the UC Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology released an interesting graphic on the effect of grape yield and berry size on quality. Conventional wisdom asserts that the smaller the berries and yields, the higher quality. But the Matthews Laboratory declared,
Jan. 13th, 2007 – The 4th annual Decanter World Wine Awards is now open for entry. This year, all entries can be made online. Decanter is expecting over 7,000 entries from every recognized wine producing region in the world.
The World of Fine Wine Magazine is a periodical based out of London that is sold internationally by subscription. The writers for The World of Fine Wine Magazine are as good as they come; topics include, Authenticity in Wine, Wine and the Brain, Terrior in Australia and more.
Wine Enthusiast Magazine is one of the most widely read and respected wine publications in the world. At the end of each year, the magazine announces its coveted Wine Star Awards. Alexander Valley was recently named wine region of the year for 2006. The results were published in Wine Enthusiast’s December 15th, 2006 issue.
A wine’s complexity and ability to develop with age is directly related to the physiological ripeness of the grapes. This may seem counterintuitive because most New World wines are not generally known for aging, yet the grapes are harvested at much higher Brix levels than in the Old World.
Jan. 10th, 2007 – Pro wine blogger and wine marketing extraordinaire Tom Wark was appointed the Specialty Wine Retainers Association’s (SWRA) new Executive Director. As an organization, SWRA works to build a market for retailer-to-consumer sales. SWRA president Leslie Berland commented, “Tom’s long background in wine marketing and communications and his keen understanding of the issues that confront wine retailers and consumers put him at the top of the list to lead SWRA.” The SWRA lobbies in legislative and regulatory areas to curtail “discriminatory laws” that hurt both retailers and consumers.
Riding the coattails of popular culture, Tastes of the Valleys is set to open a wine bar called SIDEWAYS. As most of you probably know, SIDEWAYS is an Academy Award winning movie set in Santa Barbara County. The SIDEWAYS wine bar will feature wines from 15 Central Valley and Central Coast producers.
The Modesto Bee recently ran an interesting piece about the boon to negociants like Cameron Hughes from California’s wine surplus. Hughes is famous for bottling excess wine under his own label and selling it at Costco as well as on his website.
With the direct shipping issue raging, the battle lines have been drawn. One of the major arguments against direct shipping, (mainly wholesalers and prohibitionist groups), is that the alcohol industry already targets a youthful audience and less regulation would lead to minors buying wine directly. But a new Penn State study takes issue with these alleged efforts to push booze on children.