Enth Degree August 2006

News and notes from the world of wine.

The Enth Degree – August 2006

Pooches Against Poverty

They’re not exactly greyhounds, but the Jack Russell terriers at Longview Vineyard in Adelaide Hills, Australia sure can run. What they lack in speed, they make up for in spunk, scampering for charity in the Australian National Terrier Race and Calcutta at this South Australian winery’s fundraiser for the homeless, scheduled this year for October 15.

—Jeanette Hurt

Organic & Orgasmic

Dark Ginger is the latest flavor to be added to the line of Green & Black’s Organic Chocolates. The spicy bar joins classic (Milk, Dark, Mint, White) and neo-classic (Maya Gold, Espresso, Hazelnut & Currant) flavors in this extensive line, many available in both 3.5-ounce bars and in boxes of individually wrapped squares.

Green & Black’s chocolates are not only organic, which supports pesticide-free, sustainable agriculture practices, but the cacao beans are purchased through fair-trade agreements, ensuring that the farmers are paid a fair price for their beans. The chocolates are manufactured in Italy.

Green & Black’s chocolates, hot chocolate drink and cocoa powder are available in major retail stories, natural food stories and via the web at worldwidechocolate.com and chocosphere.com.

—Tim Moriarty



Banrock Station Wines, one of the world’s leading environmentally conscious wine brands, is donating C$1.25 million through the Banrock Station Wetlands Foundation Canada to Bring Back the Salmon, a five-year project to restore reproducing populations of native Atlantic salmon to Lake Ontario. · Schlatter Family Estate and Merryvale Vineyards have appointed winemakers Larry Cherubino and Sean Foster. · To honor their 15th anniversary, Unibroue has created a limited-edition (5,000 cases) ale to be sold exclusively in the U.S. Information available at unibroue.com · Third-generation Gallo family winemaker Gina Gallo has been honored for Professional Excellence in Oenology by the New York Institute of Technology. · Bobby Fetzer, a member of the Mendocino County family that built one of the nation’s biggest wineries, drowned April 30 in a rafting accident on the Eel River. He was 50 years old. The Fetzer family built Fetzer Vineyards into one of the nation’s largest wineries before selling in 1992. One of 11 siblings, Fetzer had raised organic, grass-fed cattle on a 7,000-acre ranch in Mendocino County’s Round Valley and grew wine grapes on about 40 acres. Fetzer and his wife were partners with their two sons in Masut, an organic wine bottling business that also brought their organic beef to market. · Mark Cornell has been named president and CEO of Moët Hennesey USA, replacing John Esposito. Panos Sarantopoulos has been named managing director of Krug, Vins Fins de Champagne SA, succeeding Cornell. · Tim Bell has been named director of winemaking operations at Kunde Estate Winery & Vineyards. Bell previously held the position of winemaker at Freemark Abbey Winery.

—Samara D. Genee

Published on August 1, 2006