Google acquired restaurant and lifestyle reviewer Zagat Survey, LLC. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Inertia Beverage Group of Napa will acquire the wine shipping division of 1-800-Flowers, known as WTN Services. The new company is to be called WineDirect.
Symphony IRI Group reported that domestic wine sales grew 7% by dollar volume for the year to date compared to a year ago. Meanwhile, imports have grown less than 2% year to date.
A 300-bottle collection of Château Lafite-Rothschild wine sold at auction in Hong Kong for 4.2 million Hong Kong dollars ($539,280), the highest price for a single lot of wine at auction this year. Christie’s auction house said a private Chinese buyer purchased the lot.
Israel’s preeminent wine critic, Daniel Rogov, passed away on September 7, at the age of 76. Click here to read more about him.
The Institute of Masters of Wine announced 11 new Masters of Wine qualified for the designation, bringing the Institute’s membership to 300 for the first time in its history. The 11 new Masters of Wine are:
Michele Anderson MW (Australian living in USA)
Christy Canterbury MW (USA national and resident)
Sam Caporn MW (UK national and resident)
Mary Gorman-McAdams MW (Irish living in USA)
Andy Howard MW (UK national and resident)
Emma Jenkins MW (New Zealand national and resident)
Richard Kershaw MW (British living in South Africa)
Paul Liversedge MW (British living in Switzerland)
Caro Maurer MW (German national and resident)
Mai Tanaka MW (Japanese living in UK)
Clem Yates MW (UK national and resident)
In addition to those listed above, the first two new Masters of Wine in 2011 were announced in May, after completing their dissertations. They were:
Antony Moss MW (UK national and resident)
Dr. Liz Thach MW (USA national and resident)