10-Minute Hailstorm in Bordeaux Wreaked More Damage than Initially Reported

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Officials from Bordeaux’s Chamber of Agriculture revealed that damage caused by a 10-minute hailstorm weeks ago was wider spread than initially thought. It is now being reported that about 20,000 hectares of vines have been affected. In Entre-deux-Mers, 7,000 hectares of vines have been stripped of their crop; Stéphane Defraine, president of the Entre-deux-Mers Winegrowers Union, estimates the loss will cost local growers $26.3 million.

Importer Wilson Daniels recently appointed Lisa Cleaver as Vice President of Spirits and New Brand Development. Cleaver will oversee the innovation and market momentum of the hand-crafted, small-batch spirits joining the company’s portfolio.

The American Wine Consumer Coalition, the United States’s first wine consumer advocacy group, released its inaugural “report card,” grading all 50 states and Washington, D.C. on how friendly their wine laws are to consumers. After surveying 1,000 wine consumers to determine the six issues important to them, AWCC graded the states based on these issues (including Sunday wine sales, state control of wine sales and ability to ship wine from wineries). California, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Oregon and Virginia, plus the District of Columbia, all received an A+ grade. Read the full report >>> 

Martin Riese of Los Angeles’s Ray’s & Stark restaurant at the L.A. Museum of Contemporary Art made a splash last week with the debut of his extensive Water Menu. A certified “water sommelier” from the German Mineral Water Association, Riese constructed his global, 20-bottle list to complement the space’s Mediterranean menu. The prices range from $8 to $16, with a $12 water tasting menu available, complete with extensive tasting notes that break down each water's mineral content and flavor profile.

Portland’s Rogue Ales is partnering with Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and Portland Roasting Company to produce a flavor honoring Portland, Oregon. Part of Ben & Jerry’s City Churned campaign, the partnership is a crowd-sourced, social media-driven contest to develop a locally inspired flavor for Portland. The campaign has already stopped in Washington, D.C., San Francisco and New York City, where Six Point Brewery was a local partner. 

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