Uncorkings 11.22

News and notes from the world of wine.



The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned makers of caffeinated alcoholic drinks that their products are unsafe and violate federal laws, following a public outcry and several state bans. No mention of caffeinated spirits was made. More information is available on the FDA’s website.

Meanwhile, earlier in the week, Four Loko maker Phusion Projects said it would remove caffeine from its controversial alcoholic beverage.

Remy Cointreau says it is putting up its Champagne unit for sale, which includes the brands Charles Heidsieck and Piper-Heidsieck.

A new American Viticulture Area was recently approved by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Alcohol, Tobacco, Tax and Trade Bureau. The geographic area is in the South East portion of New Jersey and has been designated The Outer Coastal Plain.

New records were set at auction houses: At Christie’s in Geneva, a rare bottle of 1947 French Cheval-Blanc Bordeaux wine was sold to a private collector for $304,375, setting a world record price for a single bottle. Meanwhile, at Sotheby’s in New York, a rare bottle of 64-year-old Macallan Scotch and a bespoke Lalique crystal decanter sold for $460,000—a bid made in support of an organization called charity: water, which provides people around the world with clean water. The sale smashed the world record for the most expensive whiskey ever sold.

Charles Curtis, MW, was appointed as Specialist Head of Wine for Christie's Asia; he previously was Head of North American Wine sales at Christie's.

Foley Family Wines announced the purchase of Eos winery in Paso Robles, California.

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