News and notes from the world of wine.
A number of large wineries, solid-waste recyclers and transportation companies have chipped in $3.5 million to create Wine Bottle Renew. The new venture will enable some of the millions of wine bottles in the U.S. each year that go to landfills to go back into use instead.
Trade organizations representing the wine, beer, and distilled spirits producers in all 50 states issued to members of Congress an unprecedented joint letter strongly denouncing HR 5034, also known as the CARE Act. The groups signing the letter included: the Distilled Spirits Council; Wine Institute; Beer Institute; Brewers Association; and WineAmerica.
Pabst Blue Ribbon, a budget-priced beer (lately embraced by urban hipsters), has been acquired by Connecticut investor C. Dean Metropoulos
The NextGen Wine Competition for Millennial Wine Drinkers awarded its Best of Show award (for winemakers of any age) to Gallo’s Barefoot Cellars (non-vintage) Moscato Spumanti. Meanwhile, Charter Oak Winery received Best of Show in the Millennial Winemakers Challenge for its’07 Monte Rosso Zinfandel. The complete list of winners is available at www.nextgenwinecomp.com.
The first public sale and tasting of the new George Washington Rye Whiskey produced at George Washington’s Distillery using the Founding Father’s own historic recipe will take place on July 1 at the Mount Vernon, VA distillery.
The commonwealth of Virginia said it is doubling the money spent to promote its wine industry: more than $1 million will go to research and marketing.
Wine industry icon Richard Arrowood has announced his decision to leave his long-time position as Winemaster at Arrowood Vineyards & Winery to make a full-time commitment to his newest venture, Amapola Creek—a tiny, ultra-premium winery that focuses on organically farmed, estate grown, small-lot Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Zinfandel from the Sonoma Valley.
In Healdsburg, California, Twomey Cellars purchased Monument Tree Vineyard, known for its Pinot Noir.
Alberto Arizu, owner of Luigi Bosca Winery in Argentina, was elected the new president of Wines of Argentina.