On Sunday night, a fire got out of control somewhere north of the Bay. Seasonally dry conditions had left the area like a tinderbox. So when whipping winds of up to 70 mph hit the initial flames, they spread, well, like wildfire. Tragically, the blaze has now prompted the evacuation of 20,000 people, burned over […] The post Fires savage Napa and Sonoma appeared first on Dr Vino's wine blog.
Climate change is a bitch. Severe weather events have roiled wine growing areas with depressing regularity in recent years. Burgundy seems to be on the forefront of this plagued by floods, hail storms, late frosts and other events that have reduced (or in some places even eliminated) the crop. Jeremy Seysses, owner and winemaker at […] The post Hail strikes Burgundy and Beaujolais — again appeared first on Dr Vino's wine blog.
The Golden State Warriors won their second NBA title in three seasons last night. As a hoops fan, the most impressive stat for me was 147 assists on 216 made baskets–teamwork! But as a wine geek, we here at the Dr. Vino World Headquarters had to wonder…what would the team pop to celebrate in the […] The post Warriors toast NBA title with actual champagne! appeared first on Dr Vino's wine blog.
Wine drip stains on white tablecloths have a new nemesis and his name is Daniel Perlman. The biophysicist at Brandeis University discovered that all it took to eliminate the bane of (red) wine pourers everywhere is to etch a small groove at the top of the bottle under the lip. We can but hope this […] The post Behold the drip-free wine bottle! appeared first on Dr Vino's wine blog.
The French presidential election is heating up. Polls show Emmanuel Macron defeating Marine Le Pen in the decisive second round on May 7 by 62-38 (yes, polls have been deceiving ahead of recent elections but this is a big margin). We are single-issue voters around here and that issue is wine! Actually, that’s not true […] The post Vote Emmanuel Macron! A blind tasting appeared first on Dr Vino's wine blog.
How about some wine classes to shake off the winter blues (wait, what winter? It’s 70 degrees!)? I’ve been doing a series of wine classes at Schoolhouse at Cannondale, a new American restaurant in Wilton, CT. Chef/owner Tim LaBant–friend of the blog–has been running some cooking classes and I’ve been doing some wine classes on […] The post Wine class at Schoolhouse appeared first on Dr Vino's wine blog.
Economic policy has about as much clarity as a tank of Puligny after batonnage right now. There’s some reasonable certainty about various reforms (ahem, tax cuts) but one area that is shrouded in mystery: how imports will be taxed. Trump made trade a big issue in the campaign and has continued in the same vein, […] The post Wine import tax: Make American Wine Great Again? appeared first on Dr Vino's wine blog.
Apparently there’s a real rivalry among airlines for first class wine service–although you’d never guess it in the back of the bus where the wine selections are generally bad enough to drive a wine to beer. A piece in Bloomberg details how Emirates has splashed out over $40 million a year on wine for the […] The post Wine on the wing: Emirates wine program appeared first on Dr Vino's wine blog.
“Winery X, in family for generations, sold to billionaire” is a headline that would normally barely raise an eyebrow. But the winery in today’s news is Clos Rougeard from the Loire. Located in Saumur, Clos Rougeard is the Bentley of the Loire. The wines, almost all red, are expensive, rare and of exceptional quality–the kind […] The post Clos Rougeard sold to billionaire appeared first on Dr Vino's wine blog.
Sour Grapes recently went live on Netflix. Has Netflix recommended it to you yet? If not, you’re clearly not watching the right shows! After speaking with one of the directors and seeing the trailer, I was ready to fire up the documentary when I saw it was available. Sour Grapes tells the story of Rudy […] The post Sour Grapes – wine fraud movie now on Netflix appeared first on Dr Vino's wine blog.
Coravin, the company formerly known as Wine Mosquito, has raised another $22 million in private equity funding. That brings the total equity sold to $40 million (plus another $3 million in debt). The lead investor of this round, closed on November 8, was not publicly disclosed. Neither were company revenues. Nor was the valuation. The […] The post Coravin raises another $22 million appeared first on Dr Vino's wine blog.
Daniel Johnnes may be the closest thing the American wine world has to Burgundy royalty. Yesterday he announced that he has joined Grand Cru Selections, an importer and wholesaler based in New York City, as a partner. It’s a big move, if somewhat “inside baseball.” “This is an opportunity to be a partner in a […] The post Daniel Johnnes, Burgundy specialist, joins Grand Cru appeared first on Dr Vino's wine blog.
Sour Grapes, a new documentary about wine fraud, is being released on Netflix next month. The movie centers on the case of convicted wine counterfeiter Rudy Kurniawan. In fact, the film’s two directors, Jerry Rothwell and Reuben Atlas, met at Kurniawan’s trial in Manhattan where they had ventured separately, each with an eye to making […] The post Sour Grapes, a wine fraud documentary coming to Netflix appeared first on Dr Vino's wine blog.
Charles Banks, a former owner of Screaming Eagle whose current wine and hospitality holdings have been pegged at $200 million, was indicted in federal court today on two counts of fraud. Banks is accused of defrauding Tim Duncan, the NBA legend, of $20 million in investments. Yahoo sports has the story: The indictment was unsealed […] The post Charles Banks, owner of wineries, indicted on fraud appeared first on Dr Vino's wine blog.
Vietti, the Barolo winery founded in 1893 and known for its single-vineyard wines, has been sold to the American Kyle J. Krause. According to Wine Spectator, the sale includes the winery in Barolo’s Castiglione Falleto, the brand and 84 acres of vineyards. Luca Currado, enologist and current head of the winery, will be staying on […] The post Vietti wine sold to US businessman appeared first on Dr Vino's wine blog.
Tumult (anarchy?) is the current state of the main political parties in Britain after the Brexit referendum. Will the vote to exit the EU leave the British wine trade in any better shape than the political parties? By way of background, the UK was, pre-Brexit vote, one of the bright stars in the wine world. […] The post Brexit will give UK wine a hangover appeared first on Dr Vino's wine blog.
Billionaire and famed wine collector Bill Koch’s wine cellar is up for auction at Sotheby’s in a three-day sale happening now. Koch is selling about 20,000 bottles with an estimated range of $10-$15 million. But don’t worry, he’ll still have plenty to drink since he’s only selling about half his famed collection. I attended the […] The post Billionaire Bill Koch’s cellar on the block appeared first on Dr Vino's wine blog.
April frosts bring May floods? Weather at harvest used to be dicey with rains. But now severe and unusual weather events are buffeting the Burgundy region throughout the growing season with shocking and disheartening regularity. Devastating hail storms pounded vintages 2012, 2013, and 2014. Last month, there was some bitterly cold weather overnight on April […] The post Freeze and flood: a rough start to the Burgundy 2016 vintage appeared first on Dr Vino's wine blog.
Copain winery has been sold to Jackson Family Wines for an undisclosed sum the wineries announced today. Copain has taken twists and turns to end up at the winery perched above the Russian River Valley floor. Co-founded in 1999 by Wells Guthrie as winemaker, Guthrie started making full-throttle wines and received high scores from point-wielding […] The post The latest in consolidation: Copain sells to Jackson Family appeared first on Dr Vino's wine blog.
Tonight at the White House, President and Michelle Obama will welcome not one Nordic leader–but all five! What will they be drinking out of horned helmets in the viking style? Actually, it will be out of crystal glasses but we have the deets for you on the Nordic state dinner wines. The dinner will honor […] The post State dinner wines for the Nordics! appeared first on Dr Vino's wine blog.