Weekly Wine News Roundup

Week of September 27, 2010


Welcome to the Weekly Wine News Roundup

Each week, we'll be bringing you a collection of interesting and compelling wine content from around the web. 

Included in this week's post you'll find: 

  • Crushpad's US market share
  • Another set of thieves stealing an entire crop
  • Whole Foods selling wine grapes?
  • A winemaker suing anonymous commenters on wine blog
  • If the deep wine discount phenomenon will continue

Crushpad creates 1 out of 100 wines sold in U.S. (Bottoms Up)
Published on: October 1, 2010
It’s hard to believe, but the warehouse winery that started in San Francisco’s Potrero Hill in 2004 has crossed the 1 percent mark for U.S. wine production...

Published on: September 30, 2010
Thieves using a harvesting machine have stolen the entire crop of a Languedoc-Roussillon vineyard. Grower Roland Cavaille his vineyards in Villeneuve-les-Beziers were targetted on Sunday night. Thieves took advantage of a full moon, and used a harvesting machine to steal 30 tonnes of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes...

Published on: October 1, 2010
The Whole Foods Market in Winston-Salem, NC, sells wine grapes by the pound. $2.49 a pound for “Organic Red Granache (sic) Wine Grapes,” “Organic Green French Colombard Wine Grapes,” and “Organic Black Carignane Wine Grapes."...

Published on: September 29, 2010
About a month ago, my friend and fellow wine writer Blake Gray wrote a piece on his blog about a visit with Charles Smith of K Vintners in Washington. Smith is a larger than life winemaker with a reputation that is even larger (and more controversial). Several anonymous commenters on Blake's piece took swipes at Smith, and Blake announced today that Smith is suing those commenters and requesting that Google (who hosts Blake's blog) disclose the IP addresses of those anonymous commenters so they can be brought to court...

Published on: September 30, 2010
In five, 10, maybe even 20 years time, will we look back longingly on 2010 as the “year of missed opportunity”? The global economic crisis of the past few years has resulted in a glut of fine and collectible wines across the world. As a result, we’ve seen deep discounts on many premier names from premier wine regions...

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