SANTA ROSA, California (Reuters) – Despite a late harvest in the Sonoma region of California and heavy rains that tore through vineyards, California wine makers expect this year’s grapes to yield superior wines.
Like other grape growers in the region Saralee Kunde is coping with the impact of the delayed harvest because of the above average rainfall and cool summer weather.
NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) – Global economic woes dented sales of fine wines at auctions in Hong Kong, New York and London, but some lots fetched record prices or exceeded presale estimates.
Fears of a Greek default roiling the world’s markets and stubbornly high U.S. unemployment rates impacted the auctions. Unlike last season none of the houses sold 100 percent of their lots.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – A brush with the horror of the September 11 attacks on a visit to New York prompted Rebecca and Peter Work, Californian corporate executives, to rethink their lives and opt for a quieter existence on the land.
Peter Work, the chief technology officer for an outsourcing firm, had a 9 a.m. appointment near the World Trade Center on that day which would have put him close to the Twin Towers when the hijacked planes hit. It was canceled at the last moment.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Kevin Zraly was offered a bottle of wine that survived the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, but he didn’t even want to see it.
“It’s quite possible that some bottles survived,” said the former wine director of Windows on the World, the restaurant at the top of the North Tower. “But I didn’t want to look. I told him: ‘keep it. It’s yours.’”
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Although it is nearly 50 years since the first woman graduated with a wine degree from a top university, less then 10 percent of women are chief winemakers at U.S. wineries.
MaryAnn Graf became the first woman to graduate from the viticulture and enology department at the University of California Davis in 1965, and since the mid-90s women have made up nearly half of the students in that specialty at the university.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Wine collectors, particularly from Hong Kong, bought more than $200 million worth of fine wines at auction in the first half of 2011, nearly doubling the amount for the same period last year.
But while the buying opportunities have expanded, prices for individual bottles have stabilized.
NEW YORK/TOKYO (Reuters Life!) – Beer, long the preferred beverage at baseball games, is seeing some competition from wine as North American stadiums go up market and increase their beverage offerings.
Wine has been seen as the beverage of choice by the upper classes, while beer and hotdogs have been staple fare at baseball games across the United States.
NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) – Wine producers from New Zealand, the United States and even France are switching from glass to plastic wine bottles, saying they are lighter, good for the environment and not bad for the wine.
The PET, polyethylene terephthalate, bottles are 100 percent recyclable, unbreakable, lighter and smaller to transport than glass and take less energy to create.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – It seems size does matter, at least when it comes to serving wine.
Some U.S. wine producers are taking a tip from their European cousins and are shipping restaurants and bars wine in kegs, instead of bottles. For consumers it should mean better wines at cheaper prices.
NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) – The quest for the perfect wine container has been going on since the Stone Age when our ancestors drank naturally fermented grapes from animal-skin pouches.
They are now back in vogue in the United States where at least three U.S. wineries are offering wines in high tech foil pouches that resemble children’s fruit drinks — only for adults.