Uncorkings 12.20

News and notes from the world of wine.



San Francisco-based American Truffle Co. is encouraging North American vineyard owners to plant trees designed to encourage truffles to grow.

California Vintage, a chain of California-themed wine bars launching across Asia, will open its first branch in January in Hong Kong. The restaurants will offer 80 wines by the glass from partner wineries, including Fritz, Hope, Peachy Canyon and Tierra Roja. 

Walmart is seeking regulatory approval to install wine vending machines in its Pennsylvania stores.

Some winemakers in Wisconsin are trying to create less expensive ice wine by limiting the uncertainty that can drive up the price. Grapes are harvested earlier in the fall and aged in freezers that simulate the chill takes place under ideal outdoor conditions.

No, you’re not seeing double: The Kraken Black Spiced Rum will be rolling out bottles with 3-D labels at select stores nationwide.

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