The name battle is finally over. Bronco Wine Co. has agreed to stop selling Napa Ridge, Napa Creek Winery and Rutherford Vintners after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear their appeal. If a company is going to use “Napa” in their title, 75% of the grapes must come from that region even if the … Continue reading “NAPA VICTORIOUS OVER TWO BUCK CHUCK”

Vintner Bobby Fetzer of Mendocino County tragically drowned Sunday morning, April 30 while rafting on the Eel River with son Ben and friend Matthew Frey. Neither Ben nor Matthew was injured. The Fetzer family built Fetzer Vineyards into one of the largest wineries in the nation before selling it to Brown Forman in 1992. Bobby … Continue reading “BOBBY FETZER DIES AT 50”

Jose Cuervo is going fruity with the introduction of three new flavors: orange, lime and tropical fruit. Citrico, Oranjo and Tropina are distilled and bottled in Mexico and will be available nationally in grocery, liquor, club and drug stores this May. The company is hoping that a more versatile portfolio will pull in cocktail and … Continue reading “FRUITY VERSATILITY TO EXPAND THE TEQUILA EXPERIENCE”

Guinness Draught is coming out with new can and bottle packages in mid-May that the company describes as “more stylish and contemporary yet remaining true to the brand’s classic heritage and identity.” The new look includes mirrored facing on the front and back, and a more modernized version of the classic logo without the holding … Continue reading “AN EDGIER LOOK FOR A HISTORICAL BREW”

Vincor International attained an interim order from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice having to do with their proposed statutory plan of arrangement. The plan states that all of Vincor’s common shares will be acquired by Constellation and will be considered by shareholders at a special meeting June 1. You are unauthorized to view this … Continue reading “ONTARIO SUPERIOR COURT ISSUES INTERIM ORDER”

Sonoma Wine Group’s new brand, Better Half, will make its Florida debut on the cover of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association magazine next week. A network of Miller and Coors wholesalers in Florida already distribute Sonoma’s Bluey White Zinfandel, Los Danzantes Shiraz and Turtle Moon Chardonnay in 375 ml bottles with twist-off closures. Designed … Continue reading “SONOMA WINE GROUP’S BETTER HALF”

Not only has direct wine shipping and online wine shopping become a huge issue in the U.S. alcohol beverage industry, but consumers are taking notice as well. In this week’s “Tastings” column by Dorothy Gaiter and John Brecher in The Wall Street Journal, the writers discussed the enormous popularity of online wine shopping saying:“Lately, thanks … Continue reading “A SURGE IN ONLINE WINE ORDERS”

Napa Valley’s Folio Fine Wine Partners, founded by Michael Mondavi, today announced a new marketing deal with Lenz Moser which will bring two Austrian Gruner Veltliner wines to their portfolio. The two wines fall under the Laurenz V label and are entitled “Charming” and “Singing.” In a statement Lenz Moser said: “Representing the 6th and … Continue reading “AN AUSTRIAN DEAL FOR FOLIO FINE WINE”

Fortune Brands’ wine and spirits category showed strong growth along with an overall profit jump of 14% and a 33% rise in sales. The company said it benefited from “the addition and growth of newly acquired spirits and wine brands,” which had double-digit sales gains thanks to last year’s acquisition of Allied Domecq brands, including … Continue reading “FORTUNE BRANDS SHOW DOUBLE DIGIT GROWTH FOR WINE AND SPIRITS”

Led in a survey by Australian winemaker McWilliam’s Wine, 1,100 U.S. consumers answered questions concerning the Australian wine industry. Over half of the respondents reported they drink more wine than beer (52%) although half said they have never tried wine from Australia, also 52%. Out of the survey participants, 86% said they didn’t realize Australia … Continue reading “65% OF AMERICANS WANT TO TRY WINE FROM “DOWN UNDER” OVER ANY OTHER COUNTRY”

The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ruled in favor of Pernod Ricard in a U.S. trademark battle with Dutch company Stichting Lodestar. The ruling rejected Stichting’s application to register the trademark “Wile Geese” for alcoholic beverages due to its similarity to Pernod’s Wild Turkey Kentucky Bourbon. The Trademark … Continue reading “BIRDS OF A FEATHER DON’T FLOCK TOGETHER”

Napa County had another great agricultural year according to the 2005 Napa County Agricultural Crop Report. The total value of all farm production in the county topped a half-billion with wine grapes accounting for an impressive 55% at $541 million. The wine grape success had a lot to do with weather, growing conditions and harvest … Continue reading “GRAPES REIGN AS KING IN NAPA”

Yesterday, the Florida House unanimously approved HB 247, sponsored by Rep. Ellyn Bogdanoff, that will not allow wine producers making more than 250,000 gallons a year to deliver directly to residents. The bill must now go on to the Senate for approval. A separate Senate bill (SB 282) ready for floor consideration does not include … Continue reading “CAPS THREATENING TO BOTTLE WINE SHIPMENT BILLS”

Paso Robles Wine Services announced today that they are in the second phase of constructing a new facility that will serve as a consolidated cased good and wine shipping center. It is scheduled to open this fall. “Last year’s bumper crop and the increased number of wineries in the area translate to the highest production … Continue reading “PASO ROBLES SPREADING OUT”

French wine imports have slowly gone done in the past couple of years, but a new study conducted by two Stanford economists suggests political reasoning could be at the root. In response to France’s opposition to the war in Iraq, many Americans boycotted French wine which may have cost millions in sales. Weekly sales of … Continue reading “FREEDOM FRIES AND FRENCHIE WINE”