Friday, March 15, 2013

Weekly Wine Happenings for March 15, 2013

It's been a fairly slow news week for wine, although there have been some interesting stories as well. Keep up with the latest wine news with our weekly wine happenings roundup!

Some rather scandalous news to round off the week today, as the Drink Business reported that 2 men had been jailed over counts of wine-related fraud totalling £5 million.

In winery expansion news, Donald Trigg (former chief of Vincor) has launched a new winery in BC's Okanagan Valley.

Similarly, the Jackson Family (owners of Kendall-Jackson and numerous other Californian and Australian brands) are evidently close to closing a deal on some new wineries in Oregon, according to Wine Spectator.

Speaking of Australia, Decanter reports that a winery in Western Australia's Margaret River region have created Western Australia's first ice wine. It'll be interesting to see if the unique climate will make for a different wine than icewines from Niagara or Germany.

Moving to sunny Spain, Spanish winemaker Raventos I Blanc has unveiled a framework for a new Cava appellation with a goal of creating higher-quality Cava wines. We're always excited about the prospect of higher-quality wines, although the new appellation is still very much a work in progress.

The Telegraph reported that French wine consumption has hit a record low. Perhaps the iconic image of a French family sitting to dinner with a bottle of wine is changing? I suppose that leaves more for us, though!

Finally, in Vintages releases, the Domaine de Papolle Gros Manseng 2011 is being released this Saturday. It has received fantastic reviews from a variety of wine writers, and David Lawrason has made it one of his top Vintages picks this week!

We hope you have a fantastic week-end and visit us again next week for our roundup of the hottest wine news around the world!

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