Uncorkings for 10.31.11

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On November 6, a team drawn from 15 renowned Bordeaux chateaus will compete in the New York City Marathon. Racing under the name the Bordeaux Grands Crus Runners, the team will be running to raise money for Lysistrata, a French association that helps to fight violence against women. Included in the team are Jean-Emanuel Danjoy, director of Pauillac’s 5th growth Château Clerc Milon; David Launay, director of sales of St.-Julien’s 2nd growth Château Gruaud Larose; and Henri Lurton, owner of Margaux’s 2nd growth Château Brane-Cantenac.

The request to rename Sonoma County’s Black Mountain to Alexander Mountain, originally made by the late Jess Jackson, a California wine pioneer famed for building the Kendall-Jackson label, was denied on Thursday, October 27, by the U.S. Board of Geographic Names. Members of the geographic board believed there was no compelling reason to amend the historical name, and the board’s unanimous 11-0 vote secured the decision.

The Washington State wine giant Chateau Ste. Michelle Estates posted a net revenue gain of 23.4% to $132 million during the last three months through September.

The Mendocino Winegrape and Wine Commission (MWWC), an alliance of 91 wineries and 343 growers in Mendocino County, has appointed Megan Metz executive director. Prior to the promotion, Metz served as the MWWC’s director of marketing and communications.

On October 8, famed grape grower Rawson Kelham passed away in his home in the Napa Valley after a long battle with diabetes. He was known for his traditional Old World farming practices and supplied fruit to wineries such as Robert Mondavi, Cakebread Cellars and Beaulieu Vineyards.
 

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