Nick Dokoozlian, VP for viticulture at E&J Gallo Winery, stressed the importance of mandatory research and development procedures for United States wine-growers Tuesday at the Unified Wine and Grape Symposium. “We have numerous funding organizations, but the contribution is voluntary,” said Nick. “We need to make that funding process more vigorous.” He believes that by … Continue reading “US WINE EXECUTIVE CALLS FOR MORE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT”

The 2004-2005 Australian grape crush reached a new height, trumping the previous year’s record levels. The Australian Bureau of Statistics showed that 1,925,490 tonnes of grapes were crushed in 2004-05 which is 8,252 tonnes higher that 2003-04. This means that 1,422.8 million litres of wine will be produced on the island, an increase of 1.3%, … Continue reading “RECORD OUTPUT FOR AUSSIE WINERIES”

Ok, maybe “rampant” is not the right word. But Wine Spectator’s Daniel Sogg reported that New Zealand’s Central Otago region farmers have a reason to scratch their heads following a recent infestation of the destructive root louse phylloxera. This is the second outbreak in Central Otago and serves as “as bit of a wake-up call … Continue reading “INFESTATIONS RAMPANT IN CENTRAL OTAGO”

Sleeman Breweries, the third largest in Canada, warned that 2005 profits may not be up to what they originally projected, blaming the difference on competitive pricing. They initially thought earnings per share would fall somewhere in the $0.81 to $0.85 range but now expect it to be between $0.60 and $0.64. “The industry experienced compressed … Continue reading “SLEEMAN RETRACTS EARLIER PRICING PROJECTIONS”

Johnnie Walker was voted 2005 Distiller of the Year by Wine Enthusiast Magazine yesterday. “This award comes at a notable time in Johnnie Walker’s history as we are currently celebrating the 200th birthday of the original blender and founder John Walker,” said Chris Parsons, vice president of marketing, Scotch, Diageo North America. You are unauthorized … Continue reading “JOHNNIE’S WALKING HIGH.”

The SWA (Scottish Whiskey Association) has recently appointed Richard Burrows and Diageo’s chief Paul Walsh to join their board. Richard, who formerly served as joint director-general at Pernod, will succeed Ian Good as chairman. He believes that, “With companies of all sizes investing in the category and growing exports of both malts and blends worldwide, … Continue reading “SPIRITS INDUSTRY GREATS UNITE ON WHISKEY”

Karl Lippert will take over Ricardo Obregon’s former position as CEO of Bavaria, a Colombian brewery recently acquired by SABMiller. Karl lately served as managing director of Kompania, SABMiller’s Polish subsidiary, and will transfer to Colombia this week. You are unauthorized to view this page. Username Password Remember Me     Forgot Password

The U.S. Supreme Court must once again decide whether it will hear the case between Napa Valley winemakers and Central Valley-based Bronco Wine Company. Ever since a California law was passed in 2000 requiring wines with Napa County names to be made with at least 75% Napa County grapes, Bronco has sought legal measures to … Continue reading “BRONCO WINE COMPANY PLEADS WITH SUPREME COURT”

Ricardo Obregon, current Chief of Bavaria, announced yesterday that he is planning to leave the Colombian company in the near future. Although SABMiller spokesman James Crampton was unable to reveal possible candidates, he confirmed that “we have started the process of trying to find a successor.” Ricardo might already have another job in line since … Continue reading “BAVARIA LOSES THEIR CEO”

Piedmonte’s Pio Cesare has announced they will partner with the U.S. wine importer Maisons Marques & Domaines following their split from Paterno Wines International. MMD president Gregory Balogh said, “Pio Cesare produces outstanding wines from the region…we are delighted to welcome Pio Cesare to our family of wines.” You are unauthorized to view this page. … Continue reading “PIO CESARE AND MMD TEAM UP”

After working together for 28 years, U.S. distributor Paterno Wines International and Italian wine producer Pio Cesare have agreed to part ways. Paterno claimed they were “proud” to have imported Pio Cesare, a premium wine from the Piedmont valley, into the United States and called the decision an “amicable separation.” You are unauthorized to view … Continue reading “PATERNO WINES AND PIO CESARE AGREE TO SEPARATE”

Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm passed a law to overturn out-of-state direct shipment bans yesterday and now allows all in-state and out-of-state wineries to send up to 1,500 cases a year to residents. However, the state attorney general believes it may not stand up in Michigan court. You are unauthorized to view this page. Username Password … Continue reading “MICHIGAN CEASES TO BAN NATIONAL WINE SHIPMENTS”

Vergelegen wines of Stellenbosch, South Africa won the 2005 New World Winery of the Year Award from Wine Enthusiast Magazine marking the first award for South African wines and the New York trading company 57 Main Street Imports. Main Street Imports are the exclusive U.S. importers of Vergelegen, and are “proud to represent Vergelegen, and … Continue reading “WINE ENTHUSIAST COMMENDS VERGELEGEN WINES”

93% of Coopers Brewery shareholders voted in favor of removing Lion Nathan’s pre-emptive share purchase rights today, dealing a serious blow to the Australian company’s acquisition plans. Coopers managing director Tim Cooper said, “We would not have thought there is merit pursuing us in further litigation. The shareholders are very happy for us to be … Continue reading “IT’S FINAL: COOPERS SHAREHOLDERS SAY NO”

According to Yves Benard, president of the trade group l’Union des Maisons de Champagne, Champagne sales are expected to rise by 1.5% in volume and 3% to 4% in value in 2005 on the previous year. YTD sales should be between 300m and 310 m bottles. You are unauthorized to view this page. Username Password … Continue reading “CHAMPAGNE SALES LOOKING GOOD”