Uncorkings 9.27

News and notes from the world of wine.

H.R. 5034, a bill that could allow states to ban direct shipping of wine, is scheduled for a hearing on September 29.  

Upscale auction house Sotheby’s announced the launch of Sotheby’s Wine, a retail wine store located on New York ’s upscale Upper East Side, and a web site.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that low-alcohol cocktails are gaining popularity, as bars and restaurants substitute fortified wines like sherry and vermouth for stronger base spirits. More details here.

Small wineries, liquor store owners, and breweries are worried about Initiative 1100, which could eliminate price controls, making it easier for big-box retailers and other stores to get better deals on wine and beer, effectively pricing out smaller enterprises. 

Twitter announced that it would begin pre-selling wine from its Fledgling Initiative. The social media company is working with San Francisco-based winery Crushpad to produce $20 bottles of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay; $5 from each bottle benefit Room to Read, a nonprofit that promotes literacy for children around the world.

Published on September 27, 2010