Uncorkings 10.18

News and notes from the world of wine.

Sales of Chilean wine jumped by 25% following the successful rescue of 33 trapped Chilean miners.

Respected Beaujolais producer Marcel Lapierre died October 10 at age 60.

In the first 9 months of 2010, total champagne volumes grew 20% for LVMH Moet Hennessy. The company said champagne's performance in the third quarter "reflected the good return of consumer demand," while Hennessy cognac "continued to perform well."

The offspring of famed crooner Frank Sinatra enter the wine business with Sinatra Family Estates brand, which includes a 2008 Napa cabernet sauvignon and a 2008 Tuscan sangiovese. For more details, click here. Cabernet producer Hall Wines acquired a majority stake in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay producer Roessler.

Christie’s will auction off on October 21 a collection of almost 2,000 bottles of whiskey discovered in a secret wood-paneled vault, hidden behind a bookcase in an Italian villa. The bottles range from pre-Prohibition bottles reserved for “medicinal purposes” to exceptionally rare vintages, the largest single-owner collection of whiskey ever offered by Christie's. For the e-catalogue, click here.

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