Vinexpo Overseas is postponing its June 2014 Vinexpo Beijing event, citing its inability to secure a license for the event from the Chinese Government. In a statement, Vinexpo has said it will focus its efforts on its Hong Kong event, slated for May 2014, however, this does not reflect a lack of interest and potential for the wine industry in China. It will extend the exhibition to two floors of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, offering an additional 161,500 square feet of stand area, which Vinexpo says are “selling…faster than in previous years.”
Sonoma-based Truett-Hurst launched its California Square wines last week, each bottled in a square, spirits-inspired bottle. The 2012 releases include a Russian River Valley Chardonnay, a Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon and Paso Robles Red Blend, made with Merlot, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Sangiovese and Syrah. In the United States, California Square is available in Total Wine & More stores and online.
Chicago’s Goose Island Beer Co. will be releasing its limited-edition Bourbon County Brand family of brews on Black Friday (Nov. 29), according to the company’s Facebook page. The original Bourbon barrel-aged stout will be available nationwide, while the Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout—made in collaboration with Intelligentsia Coffee—will be available only in four packs. Additionally, three newcomers have been announced: Bourbon County Brand Barleywine, which is aged in third-use Bourbon barrels (originally housing Bourbon and then Bourbon County Brand Stout); Backyard Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout, which is aged in Templeton rye whiskey barrels with a variety of fresh berries (and only available in 22 ounce bombers); and Proprietor’s Bourbon County Brand Stout, which is aged in Templeton barrels and available exclusively in the Chicago market.
Sixty-five cases of one of the country’s most sought after Bourbons, small-batch Pappy Van Winkle, were stolen last week. According to Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton, 195 bottles of Pappy Van Winkle 20 Year and nine cases of 13-year-old Van Winkle Family Rye were stolen, with a likely plan to sell the stolen wares on the black market. For instance, the suggested retail for the Pappy Van Winkle 20 year is $130 but was recently sold at the Bonhams auction for $1,190.
U.S. importer Cognac One recently added Chinon-based Domaine du Raifault to its portfolio. Beginning in October, the producer’s Cuvée Tradition 2012 and Clos du Villy 2010 Cuvée Prestige, both made with Cabernet Franc, will be available throughout the country for $18 and $25, respectively.