Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Opens Its New Visitor Center

Plus other news and notes in the world of wine, beer and spirits.

On Tuesday, September 23, Napa’s Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars officially opened the doors of its new FAY Outlook & Visitor Center. A joint venture between owners Ste. Michelle Wine Estates and Marchesi Antinori, the 6,000-square-foot facility cost $7 million. At the official grand opening ceremony, Ted Baseler (president and CEO of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates), Steve Spadarotto (general manager, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars), Marcus Notaro (winemaker, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars), Barcelona-based designer Javier Barba and local architect Dan Macdonald revealed the new space. Warren Winiarski and his wife Barbara, who founded the winery in 1970, and Steven Spurrier, who organized the 1976 Judgment of Paris tasting, also attended the opening.

Joseph Wagner, the founder and winemaker of Belle Glos and Meiomi Pinot Noirs, has formed a new wine company, Copper Cane Wines & Provisions.  Based in Napa, the company will produce Meiomi Pinot Noir, alongside new wine brands, including Meiomi Chardonnay and Elouan Pinot Noir.

Researchers at Aarhus University in Denmark created an artificial tongue that uses salivary proteins to judge the effect of tannins and astringency in the mouth. The report, published in ACS Nano, claims the device is better at assessing a wine’s tannin than professional tasters. Researchers hope to use the device to develop new medicines.

The Sustainable Australia Winegrowing (SAW) program, developed by McLaren Vale’s grape-growing community, is expanding to include all of Australia’s wine regions. The program provides reports to participating growers on their sustainability status, and includes benchmarks for improvement and development.

It’s official: your Web browser is about to have some beer. This week, the new “.beer” Internet domain became available to the public, part of Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers’ (ICANN) restructuring of online business and community names. The .beer domain is just one of 1,000 ICANN-proposed “top-level” domains being introduced over the next 18 months. Well-known brewers like Elysian Brewing Company and Bear Republic Brewing Company have already registered their use of the domain, as well as the Brewers Association. In the meantime, trade and industry organizations in the United States and European wine industries are arguing for tougher rules with regards to release of the .wine and .vin names. 

Wine Enthusiast Contributing Editor Sean P. Sullivan was interviewed by Great Northwest Wine. In the podcast, he discussed his work with the magazine as well as his blog, Washington Wine Report. Listen here >>>

Published on September 29, 2014


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