Beer Giant Halts Production to Can Water for Storm Victims

Plus "Happy Hour" may return to Chicago, and other news and notes in the world of wine, beer and spirits.

Headlines

On May 21, American brewing company Anheuser-Busch temporarily halted one of the seven packaging lines at its Cartersville, Georgia, brewery in order to can drinking water for victims of recent severe storms and flooding throughout Oklahoma and Texas. The brewery plans to donate 50,000 cans of emergency drinking water, which will be donated to the American Red Cross.

Since 1989, Illinois law has prohibited all-you-can drink offers or lower-priced “Happy Hour” drink specials during certain hours, but a new bill making its way through the state legislature is expected to change that. If passed, The Culinary and Hospitality Modernization act would allow restaurants and bars to offer alcohol specials for up to four hours a day and 15 hours a week. The bill successfully cleared the Illinois House, and it is expected to pass when it goes before the Illinois Senate in the next few weeks.

In the Trade

Amidst forecasts of a global Prosecco shortage—aligned with a region-wide 8–10% yield decrease, increased global consumption and lower production due to newer vineyards—the sparkling’s governing body has made moves to downplay consumer fears. The Consorzio di Tutela Prosecco DOC insisted that even though conditions were harsher in 2014, production was still 17.9% higher than 2013. The demand for Prosecco, they point out, has limited supplies, which is a sign of growth for the region, not a loss. Managing Director of Mionetto USA, Enore Ceola, commented in a release, “Everyone is struggling but we were able to properly plan for this, given our experience and relationships with our growers. In addition to maintaining quality and value, we’re aiming to preserve our market leadership.”

Alastair Maling MW, general manager of winemaking at New Zealand’s Villa Maria winery, is joining Foley Family Wines as chief group winemaker and head of viticulture. Maling will stay on at Villa Maria through June before starting at FFW.

According to the New York Wine and Grape Foundation, on Thursday, May 28, New York’s Fox Run Vineyards celebrated its 25th anniversary with news about new construction initiatives. The 100-acre property, located on Seneca Lake in the Finger Lakes wine region, will soon be powered entirely by solar energy. The 150-kilowatt, 576-panel system will be installed and functioning by early July, powering the tasting room, administration offices and wine production facility. The whole system would generate enough power to produce 15,000 cases of wine in a year.

On the Scene

Executive Editor Susan Kostrzewa donned her polo best for Veuve Clicquot’s annual Polo Classic fête. Skies were blue and clear as Kostrzewa and fellow polo spectators sipped on Veuve Clicquot Champagne and stomped on divots. For a taste of more polo-powered parties, click here >>>

 

Despite the torrential downpour, Associate Editor Christina Pellegrini attended the (Red) Supper to #86AIDS, a charity dinner hosted by Maria Batali, with proceeds benefiting the fight against AIDS. Here’s her photo of Batali addressing the crowd, before a special performance by The Roots, followed by dinner prepared by 10 top chefs.

On Thursday, March 28, Spirits Editor Kara Newman hosted a lively Twitter chat using the hashtag #WEshakeit. Cocktail enthusiasts tapped Newman for her mixology insight while introducing her to unique cocktails of their own. Stay tuned for highlights! 

Published on June 1, 2015
Topics: Wine News, Wine Trends
About the Author
Joseph Hernandez

Hernandez is a Chicago-based writer and editor obsessed with wine, food and being an oft-misguided know-it-all. WSET certified, his work has appeared in various print and digital publications, including National Geographic's Intelligent Travel blog, Food RepublicModern Luxury's Men's Book and Chef Marcus Samuelsson's blog. When he's not drinking Champagne or funky Loire Valley reds, you can find Hernandez documenting his latest meal or day trip on Instagram.




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