Uncorkings 7/12/2010

News and notes from the world of wine.

The U.S. wine market is expected to swell by 2030, according to a study from the Department of Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis. Driven by Millennial consumers, the study forecast a market for 407 million cases of table wine in 2030, compared to 282 million cases sold in 2009.

Please pass the sunscreen: Roederer will introduce a brown glass bottle in the fall for their brut premier Champagne. Apparently, the green glass bottle only kept out 92% of UV light. But their clear Cristal bottles come shrouded in orange crinkly wrap that filters out 98% of UV rays.

Pennsylvania is testing wine vending machine “kiosks” in two grocery stores, and they may make an appearance in 100 other stores if they are a success. The vending machines, which are about the size of four large refrigerators, are made by Simple Brands.

Amazon, which tried to sell wine unsuccessfully, acquired woot.com for a reported $110 million; the deal-of-the-day site sells wine among other things. (If you’ve got a sense of humor, watch the “We Got Acquired by Amazon” video from woot.com.)

Sheldon “Shelly” Stein has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Glazer’s Distributors. Stein will assume total responsibility for Glazer’s beverage distribution business.

Armida Winery announced Brandon Lapides as its new winemaker.


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