Researchers Discover Bronze Age Wine Cellar

Plus other news and notes from the world of wine, beer and spirits.

A team of American and Israeli researchers discovered a vast wine cellar dating back to 1700 B.C. At the northern Israeli site, known as Tel Kabri, the archaeologists discovered 40 three-foot tall ceramic jars in a storage room. Analysis of the vessels determined traces of acids common in wine, along with honey, mint, cinnamon and juniper, all ingredients used in ancient winemaking. According to the New York Times, the researchers believe they maybe able to recreate the Canaan wine.

In November, the inaugural ProWine China trade event went off without a hitch. Over three days, 570 exhibitors from 30 nations showcased their products to 7,650 trade members, who were on hand to further break into the Chinese wine market. The event was produced by Düsseldorf, Germany-based Prowein in partnership with FHC China, an imported food trade fair, with plans for a 2014 ProWine China already in the works. 

Last week, Luna Vineyards Inc., and The Luna Collection announced its appointment of Andre Crisp as president and chief executive officer (CEO). The 33-year old was the president and partner of Luna Vineyards Sales Company, a position he held for the past 18 months.

Suntory Ltd. has launched a new vodka brand called Ao in the United States. Distilled from Japanese rice in a proprietary pot-still at a distillery in Osumi, Kyushu, the $50, 40 percent abv is currently available only in New York.

Chalone Vineyard announced the first two commercial releases in more than a decade of its Gavilan wine brand. The 2012 Pinot Noir and Chardonnay will be available nation-wide. The fruit was sourced from the Chalone Vineyard Estate, from Dijon and Pommard clones planted in 1998, 1999 and 2000, and both wines were aged in 20 percent new French and Hungarian oak. The suggested retail price is $24 for the Pinot Noir, and $20 for the Chardonnay.

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