Uncorkings for 11.7.11

News and notes from the world of wine.

Willamette Valley, Oregon, producer Antica Terra took first prize for its 2009 Estate Grown Pinot Noir in a blind tasting held on October 28 in London. Among the panel of expert judges were Jancis Robinson, MW; Tim Atkin, MW; and Gearoid Devaney, MS.

Spirits giant Beam Inc. reported a momentous fiscal third quarter with net sales rising 10% to a record $707.3 million.

The Court of Master Sommeliers appointed Master Sommelier Shayn Bjornholm as the organization’s new examination director. Prior to his appointment, Bjornholm was the education director for the Washington State Wine Commission.

Bill Deutsch, chairman of the fine wine importing company W.J. Deutsch & Sons, was honored with the esteemed title Commandeur of the Ordre National du Merite Agricole by the French government, a recognition of his service to French agriculture.

The Burgundy-based wine company Boisset Family Estates has recently expanded its holdings by purchasing Lockwood Vineyard in California’s Monterey County. Boisset’s U.S. portfolio includes nine other brands from Sonoma and Napa, such as DeLoach, Raymond and Buena Vista. To read more about the purchase, click here.

Leading Port producer The Fladgate Partnership, owner of Taylor Fladgate and Fonseca, purchased most of rival producer Real Companhia Velha in a deal worth nearly $30 million. The Fladgate Partnership now possesses the producer’s offices, bottling facilities and cellars.

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