News and notes from the world of wine.
The Chico, California-based Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. has chosen Mills River, North Carolina, as the location for its new East Coast brewery and taproom.
The fine wine importer W.J. Deutsch & Sons, Ltd. reported the addition of a new extension to its Yellow Tail wine brand, Sweet Red Roo. Slated to be available in March 2012, the sweet red blend of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and other varieties marks the 15th wine in the Yellow Tail portfolio.
Whisky producer Glenmorangie has added a new whisky, Glenmorangie Artein, to its Private Edition series. Artein—Gaelic for “stone” —is a 15-year-old whisky that’s extra matured in super Tuscan wine casks. Retailing for $79.99/750ml, the new whisky became available in the United States February 1, 2012.
According to the organization Wines of Chile, the Chilean wine industry has certified its first group of wineries under the Wines of Chile Sustainability Code, a long-term commitment toward environmentally friendly practices in the vineyard. The 14 wineries that are now authorized to use the Certified Sustainable Wine of Chile seal on their labels include: Anakena, Arboleda, Caliterra, Casa Silva, Cremaschi Furlotti, Emiliana Organic Vineyards, Errázuriz, Montes, MontGras, Santa Cruz, Santa Ema, Santa Rita, Ventisquero and Vía Wines.
After six months of decline, the Liv-ex Fine Wine 100 index, which benchmarks the 100 most sought-after wines on the market, reported an increase of 3.97 points, or 1.39%, in January 2012.
PlumpJack Group, owner of Napa Valley’s PlumpJack and CADE wineries, added the Steltzner Vineyard property and winery located in the valley’s Stags Leap District American Viticultural Area (AVA) to its holdings. With the newly acquired 40-acre property, the group plans to develop a new Stags Leap District AVA wine brand.