Vega Sicilia Won't Release 2010 Alion

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In a statement to customers, Spanish wine estate Vega Sicilia announced it will not be releasing its 2010 Ribera del Duero-based Alion bottling, citing sediment in the bottle. The problems affect more than 500,000 bottles of wine and will cost the winery an estimated $13 million. A similar issue is said to affect Vega Sicilia’s 2009 Pintia, though it "has not been equally present in all bottles." The estate suggests decanting, but is also offering to replace affected 2009 bottles with its 2008 bottling or an advance opportunity to purchase its 2010 vintage. Wine Enthusiast contributing editor and reviewer Michael Schachner previously rated the 2009 Pintia 93 points.

Accolade Wines finalized the purchase of a number of New Zealand wine brands from the Mud House Wine Group. Initially announced November 2013, Accolade will add the Mud House, Waipara Hills, Dusky Sounds, Haymaker and Skyleaf brands to its portfolio, as well as take over operations of various winery assets.

Nike’s new NIKEiD Air Force 1 series allows customers to design their own athletic training shoes made out of cork. The material will be available on most parts of the shoe, from the base to overlays and the midsole. Available for a limited time, the cork option will cost up to $200.

Partners of Les Marchands Wine Bar & Merchant in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone Master Sommelier Brian McClintic and Sommelier Eric Railsback announced the second edition of their 2014 Santa Barbara County Wine Futures Tasting. The event will spotlight Santa Barbara County producers through a series of events including a tasting with 40 wineries and a winemaker dinner.

Buffalo Trace Distillery announced a limited-release single-barrel Bourbon in honor of the distillery’s master distiller, Elmer T. Lee, who passed away last year. Beginning in April, the 46% abv Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel Bourbon will be available in limited quantities for $35. Lee worked at the distillery from 1949 to 1985 and created the world’s first single-barrel Bourbon in 1984, according to the Buffalo Trace.

Update: An earlier version of this article noted Vega Sicilia issued a recall on its 2009 Pintia. That is not the case and we regret the error. 

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