UnCorkings

The top ten industry stories of the week.



Hundreds, possibly thousands, of European grapevine moths are now emerging from cocoons in dozens of vineyards in the heart of Napa Valley. It is the first time the pest has ever been seen in North America. . .

New York State Assembly rejected a proposal to allow the sale of wine in grocery stores. . .

After a new tax hike was approved, wine producers Constellation Brands and Foster's blamed Britain's crippling tax system for forcing them to look to continental Europe for expansion. . .

Warren Buffett is getting into the wine biz–not as a producer, but as a distributor. Berkshire Hathaway confirmed that its subsidiary McLane Company (a grocery distributor) agreed to acquire Kahn Ventures; Buffett also opened the door for future distributor acquisitions. . .

Southern Wine & Spirits confirmed a deal with Frederick P. Winner, Ltd to form a distribution joint-venture in Maryland and Washington, DC. This marks the third market Southern has entered recently, after Indiana and Minnesota. . .

More Napa Valley wineries are offering sample-sized bottle kits that aim to send the tasting room experience home. Read more.

Edonys, a French television channel devoted to wine-related programming, is in danger of being banned in France before even filming its first show. The channel’s production company is currently seeking more welcoming places to broadcast, and is in talks with Britain, Belgium, and Luxembourg, which it considers a frontrunner…

The Wall Street Journal reports that Chinese winemakers are stepping up production of high-end wines, although wine sophistication in China has yet to keep pace with the rise in prices. . .

Winery Insider, the first members-only, private sale company to focus exclusively on the wine category, went live last week. . .

San Francisco’s Distillery No. 209 has formulated what it believes to be the first kosher-for-Passover gin. . .
 

UnCorkings, our weekly update, on the top news stories in the wine and spirits industry, runs every Monday.  

 

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