California’s Grape Acreage Continues to Grow

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


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California’s farmers are growing more grapes statewide, according to a USDA report. California’s 2013 total grape acreage of table, wine and raisin grapes totaled 878,000 acres, up from 847,000 acres; wine grapes account for 570,000 acres. Leading wine-grape varieties remain Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Georgia-based Terrapin Beer Co. is releasing 5.9 percent abv Hi-5 IPA, a new canned beer made from five different hops strains. The beer will be available in six-pack, 12-ounce cans starting in May.

Wild Turkey recently opened its new 9,140-square-foot visitor center on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail in Lawrenceburg. Situated on the Kentucky River, the facility expects 80,000 visitors this year. In addition, Wild Turkey released limited-edition Wild Turkey Diamond Anniversary. The whiskey marks Master Distiller Jimmy Russell’s 60 years in the industry. The $125 bottle will be released nationwide in the summer.

News of a powdered alcohol product call “Palcohol” went viral this week when it was reported that its labels were approved by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. Those approvals were made in error according to a bureau official told the Associated Press. The company has surrendered the labels back to the bureau but intends to re-submit after making changes. Palcohol plans to offer six varieties of alcohol, including rum and vodka, meant to be mixed with water or a mixer.

Organizers behind a proposed California wine museum hope to open in 2015. Located in downtown Santa Rosa, the museum will house 4,500 historical artifacts collected by Jim McCormick, a wine and viticultural antique dealer. The museum—whose mission is to educate visitors about California’s wine heritage—will feature wine tastings and classes alongside exhibits. 

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