Uncorkings: French Wine Production in 2012 to Reach 40-Year Low

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France’s wine production could see an approximately 20% dip, the lowest French output in at least 40 years, according to Bloomberg BusinessWeek. France’s Ministry of Agriculture reported that production is predicted to decrease to 1.07 billion gallons in 2012 from last year’s 1.34 billion gallons due to unfavorable weather conditions that have damaged vines and grapes.

The Santa Maria Valley, California-based winery Qupé has launched a limited-edition Syrah to celebrate its 30 years of winemaking. Set to be released October 14, the 30th Anniversary Syrah will be available for $100/750 ml at the winery’s tasting room in Los Olivos, CA. Qupé was founded in 1982 by Bob Lindquist, and has developed a reputation for producing wines based on Rhône varieties and Chardonnay.

Greg Miller has been appointed director of wine at Jordan Vineyard & Winery in Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley. Miller’s role will span duties across many of Jordan’s departments, including winemaking, viticulture, hospitality, communications and sales. Prior to joining the Jordan team, Miller worked in viticulture and wine education at Quintessa winery in Napa Valley.

According to the Beer Institute, beer volume growth increased 1.9% to 141.4 million barrels in the first eight months of 2012. Prior to the rise, U.S. beer volume had been in decline for three years.

In the 2013 Michelin guide for New York City restaurants, a total of 66 establishments received stars. While the list of three-star recipients hasn’t changed from the 2012 guide, 10 new restaurants made the list: Atera debuted with two stars, while Café China, Blanca, Aquavit, 15 East, Hakkasan, Jungsik, Lan Sheng, The NoMad and Torrisi Italian Specialties were all bestowed one star.

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