Uncorkings 7.16.12

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A recent study conducted by researchers at Oregon State University in Corvallis revealed that postmenopausal women who drink one or two alcoholic drinks per day lower their risk of developing osteoporosis. Research indicated that there was a significant increase in blood markers of bone turnover in women who stopped drinking for as little as two weeks. Previous studies have showed that moderate drinkers have higher bone density compared to heavy drinkers or teetotalers. While the study hasn’t provided a reason for the differences in bone density, researchers believe alcohol reduces bone turn over similarly to estrogen.

On July 12, the Court of Master Sommeliers awarded the Master Sommelier diploma to the following candidates: Gillian Ballance (Murray Circle Restaurant, Sausalito, California), Ian Cauble (The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, California), Desmond Echervarrie (French Laundry, Yountville, California), Yoon Ha (Benu, San Francisco), Sur Lucero (Oenotri Restaurant, Napa, California), Chris Miller (Spago, Beverly Hills, California) and John Ragan (Union Square Hospitality Group, New York City). Since the first Master Sommelier exam, which was proctored in the United Kingdom in 1969, 197 professionals have received the title of Master Sommelier.

According to the trade group Wine Australia, bulk exports of Australian wine to the United States increased by 52% to 74 million liters for the 12 months through June 30, 2012. As Australian exporters increasingly choose to ship wine in bulk and then bottle it in market, bottled exports to the U.S. have declined 11% to 117 million liters for the same period.

As first reported on winemag.com, Etienne de Montille, co-proprietor of Domaine de Montille in Volnay, has acquired Château de Puligny-Montrachet in Puligny Montrachet for $22.1 million. Finalized on June 28, the deal includes approximately 50 acres of vineyards, the château and various stocks of wine. As first reported on

The wine company Treasury Wine Estates (TWE), has announced that 100% of its company-owned and leased vineyards located in California are now certified sustainable. The company’s North Coast vineyards received certification from the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance and its vineyards in the Central Coast were certified by the Sustainability in Practice program. TWE’s portfolio is comprised of more than 60 brands, including California’s Beringer Vineyards and Stags’ Leap Winery.

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