Terlato Wines announced its exclusive agreement to import the Marco Abella estate’s portfolio of wines from Spain’s Priorat region. The flagship Clos Abella ($85) comes from the Masos d’en Ferran vineyard and blends the traditional local varieties Carignan and Grenache with smaller amount of Cabernet Sauvignon. Also included in the portfolio are the Mas Mallola ($45) and the Loidana ($30). All three wines are fermented with indigenous yeasts, transferred to and from barrel by gravity and aged in French oak.
On Saturday, August 24, Wine Enthusiast Magazine presented Harvest East End 2013, a charity fundraiser that also commemorated 40 years of winemaking in New York’s Long Island wine region. The annual event, held at the McCall Vineyard and Ranch, benefitted four regional charities (East End Hospice, Group for the East End, the Peconic Land Trust and the Long Island Farm Bureau Promotion and Education Foundation), with guests tasting current releases, barrel samples and rare library wines from local winemakers, as well as dishes and bites from the region’s restaurants, farmers, fishermen, cheesemakers and other food artisans. A silent wine auction was held alongside the Festival Tasting. In addition, Wine Enthusiast hosted a raffle. Amongst the 1,300 guests in attendance was New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is a big advocate for the state’s wine regions. Read more >>>
Last week was a big week for Oregon winery sales. Burgundy’s Maison Louis Jadot purchased the 20-acre Resonance Vineyard in Oregon’s Yamhill-Carlton AVA for an undisclosed sum, while Jackson Family Wine Estates acquired the Soléna winery from Laurent Montalieu and Danielle Andrus Montalieu. The Louis Jadot purchase is the company’s first outside of Burgundy. Jacque Lardiere, formerly winemaker at Louis Jadot’s French operations, will oversee vineyard operations.
BinWise, which produces cloud-based software for restaurant beverage programs, announced its partnership with Avero, which provides insight and data to the hospitality industry. The two companies have joined forces to create an automated process that streamlines a restaurant’s beverage inventory while also providing managers with insights on wine, liquor and beer sales and performance. To date, 50 customers are using Avero’s and BinWise’s integrated software.
Boutique wine brand ONEHOPE Wine is releasing its Pinot for Paws, a wine that will benefit the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). Produced in partnership with Rob Mondavi, Jr., the Pinot Noir is sourced from Napa, Sonoma and the Central Coast. Previous ONEHOPE iterations contribute to other charities, including children with disabilities, green initiatives and breast cancer research. ONEHOPE is available online and nationwide, including in Whole Foods.