Massachusetts Legislators Set to Approve Wine Direct Shipping Laws

Plus, remembering Chicago Chef Charlie Trotter.


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Massachusetts’s Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure has scheduled hearings for House Bill 294 on Tuesday, November 12. If approved, the bill would implement wine direct shipping laws similar to those in effect in other states. The state would issue permits to approved wineries, which will be required to pay taxes, report shipments and limit the amount of wine shipped to customers.

Chef Charlie Trotter, whose eponymous Chicago restaurant was renowned the world over, was found dead in his home Tuesday, November 5. The 54-year-old chef was found unconscious and not breathing in his home by his son, and was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Though Trotter had a known aneurysm, the autopsy was considered inconclusive, though officials found no foul play. Public memorial services are being held on Monday, November 11. Chef Graham Elliot, who trained under Trotter for three years, tweeted that Trotter was a “chef, mentor, trailblazer, philosopher, artist, teacher, leader. He now belongs to the ages.”

Edna Valley’s Paragon Vineyard celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Planted by Jack Niven in 1973, the vineyard is the oldest continually producing vineyard in the AVA. Niven also championed the creation of the Edna Valley AVA in 1982.

IDCORK is a new technology that purports to be another solution to the recent worldwide uptick in wine counterfeiting. The cork, developed by Labrenta Group, is printed with a code that also identifies the cork’s unique physical make-up. The code also traces the wine’s history and production, available for look up via an IDCORK app. The technology is now available to wineries and producers.

Accolade Wines reached a deal to purchase Waipara Hills, New Zealand’s Mud House from the Mud House Wine Group. The acquisition includes Dusky Sound, Haymaker and Skyleaf, and will retain the existing team and grower contracts.

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