Uncorkings 8.1.11

News and notes from the world of wine.

According to a new Gallup poll, wine ties beer as the most popular beverage choice of U.S. drinkers. In two decades, this has happened only once before.

The sale of a 200-year-old bottle of white wine for $117,000 (about 75,000 pounds) has set a new Guinness World Record for the most valuable bottle of white wine ever sold. The buyer of the 1811 Château d’Yquem was private collector Christian Vanneque, former head sommelier at the Michelin-starred La Tour d’Argent restaurant in Paris, France. To read more on this story, click here.

Fortune Brands, the parent company of Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark, appointed David Mackay as Beam Inc.’s board chairman, a Fortune Brands director and, since 2006 former chief executive of Kellogg. Matt Shattock, who led Fortune Brands’ alcohol business, will be Beam’s CEO. Fortune is in the process of splitting its three businesses, creating Beam Inc. as a stand-alone spirits business.

Loosen Bros. USA, was appointed the sole U.S. importer for the wines of Burgundy Winemaker Nicolas Potel’s new estate, Domaine de Bellene, and his new négociant company, Maison Roche de Bellene.

Maisons Marques & Domaines announced its MMD Mobile site, to provide the wine industry with quick reference to the MMD USA portfolio. Click here to visit the mobile site.

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Published on August 1, 2011
Topics: News and Trends