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Monday, September 22, 2014

Daily Wine, Beer and Spirits news for September 22, 2014 by Philip S. Kampe

Wine news of the day, reported five days a week by Wine Media Guild journalist, Philip S. Kampe.

Burgundy 2014
The extraordinary warm September weather may have rescued the 2014 Burgundy harvest from disaster, ripening ‘intensely aromatic whites and ‘concentrated’ reds. Devastating hailstorms earlier this year created poor prospects for this year’s harvest. In  June, up to 40% of the vines from Meusrault, Pommard, Volnay and Beaune were destroyed by ‘golf-ball sized hailstones’. Other communes received worse damage. But, September’s weather, with less than two inches of rain so far has made the harvest very positive. ‘The Chardonnay is fantastic, ripe with lots of acidity’, remarked Jerome Flous of Domaine Faiveley. He also said that the Pinot Noir is concentrated with thick skins. Expect prices to increase for the 2014 crop as supplies will be lower than normal.

Cru Bourgeois 2012
The Alliance des Crus Bourgeois du Medoc announced that 267 chateaux have made it into the official selections for 2012. That is up from 256 estates in 2013. The 2008 vintage was the first to be released under the new system with 243 chateaux selected. Any Medoc vineyard can apply for Cru Bourgeois status. Wines are blind tasted by independent experts and the selection for a particular vintage is always announced two years after harvest.

Tullamore D.E.W. Toasts the opening of their new Distillery
The second largest Irish whisky company, Tullamore D.E.W., celebrated the opening of its new $50m distillery in its hometown of Tullamore, located in the Irish midlands. As the first spirit flowed from the stills, cheers from hundreds of invited guests filled the building. The milestone marked the return of whisky production to the town, 60 years after the original distillery closed its doors. ‘It is a new chapter in our 185 year history’ commented senior brand manager, Cindy Wang,  She also went on to say that ‘Irish whisky is the fastest growing spirit in the world. Our new facility should keep us up with production levels needed over the next coming decades. 

Philip S. Kampe

Thursday, September 18, 2014

New Daily Feature: News of the Day in the World of Wine, Spirits and Beer by Philip S. Kampe

Industry News  reported by Philip S. Kampe
A summary of today’s, September 18, 2014 edition, of wine, spirits and beer related news.

> Former ‘Cru restaurant owner, Roy Welland, fetches over $6.6m at a recent auction held in New York by Wally’s auction house. All 1,767 lots were sold. Burgundy was the highlight with a 55 lot cache of Domaine Bachelet fetching $216,480. Estate Domaine G Roumier sold 196 lots for $882, 464. A second auction is planned for November 21 and 22 in Los Angeles.
> Piper-Heidsieck and Charles Heidsieck Champagne sold to EPI for over $600m..
> Demarville of Veuve Clicquot to experiment with super-sweet style of Champagne.
> Finger Lakes winemakers fight gas storage plan.
> Domaine Faiveley buys top Chablis producer, Billaud-Simon.
> In a first, a wine from India was awarded a Gold medal during judging at the Asia    Wine Awards, yesterday. The company will be revealed on October 22nd at the award ceremony.
> Super Tuscan estate Monteverro plans to significantly increase production of its top wines over the next decade.
> Wine investment firm, Boltons, goes under.
> Dogfish Punkin Ale is back for 2014
> Redhook Brewery’s ‘Out of Your Gourd’ Pumpkin Porter set for release.
> Grey Goose opens new home in the Cognac region of France.
> The Bombay Sapphire Distillery at Laverstoke Mill opens to the public on October 1st.