Uncorkings 8/2/2010

News and notes from the world of wine.

French authorities approved four new appellations in Burgundy and the Rhône Valley.

Michael Batterberry, a food writer and historian who with his wife founded two enduring, influential magazines, Food & Wine and Food Arts, passed away last week.

After a dismal first half in 2009, luxury products group Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy LVMH) reported its wine and spirits division made a strong return to growth in the first half of 2010, driven by sales in the Champagne and Cognac sectors.

At the annual Tales of the Cocktail conference in New Orleans, 15 individuals and establishments were honored with Spirited Awards. New York’s Death & Co. walked away as the ceremony’s big winner, grabbing awards for best American Cocktail Bar, World’s Best Cocktail Bar, and World’s Best Cocktail Menu.

Négociant Georges Haushalter was named to head up the Bordeaux Wine Council, in addition to his current leadership of Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin.

Spanish World Cup hero Andrés Iniesta is hoping to score more success with the launch of his own wine company, Bodegas Iniesta. 

A farmer in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley is feeding her cattle red wine for the 90 days before slaughter. According to the Vancouver Sun, Janice Ravndahl of Sezmu Meats stumbled on the idea while watching chef Gordon Ramsey feed beer to pigs on his show, "The F Word. Why do it?" Local chefs attest to the subtly more complex flavor.

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