Uncorkings 9.13

News and notes from the world of wine.

The 2010 harvest season continues to bring headaches for California vintners. The harvest is running two to three weeks behind, and weather forecasters recently warned growers that a major storm system could bring significant rain in mid-September.

Meanwhile, East Coast vineyards are grappling with a new pest, brown marmorated stink bugs from China, which eat and contaminate fruit.

Beringer Vineyards is betting on strong growth in wine consumption among U.S. Hispanics. The company is rolling out a new pilot program this week, including targeted lifestyle advertising, a new Spanish-language wine wheel, and an emphasis on wine pairings with Latino dishes.

The Washington Post pointed to the proliferation of ultra-premium tequilas, including a product placement on the popular HBO show Entourage, and asked, “is tequila the new vodka?” Full article here:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/09/07/AR2010090703718.html

Foster’s rejected a $2 billion-plus private equity takeover offer for its wine group.

Winemaker Anne Vawter joined Oakville Ranch Vineyards in Napa Valley.

Published on September 13, 2010