Uncorkings 4.11.11

News and notes from the world of wine.

The big news of last week was En Primeur in Bordeaux, where WE editor, Roger Voss, assessed the 2010 vintage in a five-day special series. Click here to read his En Primeur diary.

The Trump Organization, headed by business mogul and potential presidential candidate Donald Trump, bought the bulk of Virginia’s Kluge Estate Winery & Vineyard at auction. Click here for the full story.

Steve Griessel, who owns the private equity company InSync in Phoenix, and his wife, Bridgit, purchased Betz Family Winery for an undisclosed sum. Betz has produced some of Washington’s top-rated wines. Click here for the full story.

Wine and spirits maker, Constellation Brands, forecasts full-year profit above Wall Street’s view representatives of the world’s largest drinks company, whose portfolio includes Robert Mondavi and Clos du Bois, said growth in its North American wine business and strong sales of Svedka vodka contributed to better-than-expected results for the fiscal fourth quarter.

A growing number of wineries are benefiting from QR (Quick Response) codes, those scan squares that pack information for inventory systems. Visitors are using QR codes via iPhones and iPads to rate wines and post wine notes. In turn, wineries are harvesting email addresses and intelligence about wine preferences from those visitors.

Innovative packaging alert: Smirnoff and ad agency JWT Brasil created a series of bottles with wrappers designed to mimic the textured skin of fruit; consumers “peel” the skin off the bottle. View it here.

Published on April 12, 2011