Dubai Airport Stocks 60 years of Penfolds Grange

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

Le Clos, the fine wine and luxury spirits retailer in Dubai International Airport, announced its installation of the complete vertical of the iconic Australian wine, Penfolds Grange. The rare collection at Le Clos showcases the only vertical to contain all 60 vintages of Grange outside the Penfolds winery, produced continuously since 1951.

On November 18th, 2014, Robert Mondavi Private Selection welcomed Chris Millard as the new director of winemaking. Millard has spent the past 14 years making critically-acclaimed wines at two award-winning Napa estates, Sterling Vineyard and Newton Vineyard.

The French Wine Society recently released its schedule for their 2015 wine-immersion study trips to some of the top wine regions in France.The US-based non-profit organization offers week-long immersion trips in each region including professional-level education programs and certification through FWS’s industry-endorsed Masters-level program for each regionThe award for best “Doc Wine Travel Food Prize 2014” at the Turin Film Festival goes to Barolo Boys: The Story of a Revolution. The documentary recounts Barolo’s unlikely rise to prominence in the last 30 years. 

Paul Hobbs Imports announced a deal to become the exclusive U.S. importer of El Porvenir de Cafayate Torrentés and Tannat wines. The small family-owned winery has been working with Paul Hobbs since 2010 and they currently import El Porvenir de Cafayate’s Amauta and Laborum lines, into the U.S.

ONEHOPE Wine announced the launch of their Clayton Kershaw Signature Series Varietal on November 18th, 2014. The wine, named for the Los Angeles Dodger and 2014 National League’s 2014 MVP, embodies ONEHOPE’s mission to integrate causes and impact into every bottle and Kershaw’s personal dedication to charitable causes and the L.A. community. The Napa Valley Signature Red blend is made in partnership with Robert Mondavi, JR. and retails online at ONEHOPE Wine for $60.

Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines announces the appointment of Yian Lu as assistant winemaker at Chalone Vineyard, located in the Pinnacles area of California’s Central Coast. Prior to working at Chalone, Lu worked harvests in France, Australia and Napa Valley’s St. Supéry. Lu will be featured in DC&E’s Women Behind the Wine celebration, beginning in March 2015, in honor of Women’s History Month.

A new, irreverent radio show about wine is hitting the airwaves. Hosted by award-winning writers Rick Kushman and Paul Wagner, “Bottle Talk with Rick and Paul” seeks to bring would-be wine enthusiasts into the fold and discourages snooty wine-talk. The streaming radio show aims to break new ground in conversations about wine by including questions from listeners, interviews, and wine recommendations.

Published on November 24, 2014


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