To cope with a rising demand for Champagne, the Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne (CIVC) will permit a 20% increase in yields this coming harvest. Resurgent consumer demand for Champagne in the past 18 months has played a part in the decision, according to Thibaut le Mailloux, a CIVC spokesperson.
The 2011 Champagne harvest will be one of the earliest on record, with picking allowed to start as early as August 19.
After a five-year hiatus from the wine industry, Jean Phillips, founder of Napa’s cult-Cabernet phenomenon Screaming Eagle, has purchased the Pillar Rock vineyard in Napa’s Stags Leap District. Phillips said she acquired the winery’s 114-acre parcel of land but not the winery or brand.
Sonoma wine producer The Other Guys introduced an upscale, straight rye whiskey called Masterson’s. The spirits division, named 35 Maple, is helmed by August Sebastiani, a fourth generation of the Sebastiani family.
Rock band AC/DC has teamed up with Australian winery Warburn Estate to release a range of AC/DC wines in national retailer Woolworths. The wines will be named after the band’s greatest hits.
Beam Global Spirits & Wine named Christopher G. Bauder to lead its Bourbon business. Following the break up of Fortune Brands, Beam Global Spirits & Wine—which owns Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, Knob Creek and Basil Hayden’s—will stand on its own.