On Sunday, March 25, 2012, renowned chef and cookbook author Daniel Boulud will hold his annual charity gala in support of Citymeals-on-Wheels. Now in its 14th year, the event will be held at Boulud’s namesake restaurant, Daniel, in New York City, and will feature both live and silent auctions of rare wines and travel and culinary experiences.
On February 10, 2012, Christie’s Hong Kong auctioned wines from the private cellar of the late Henri Jayer, a renowned Burgundian vintner. With 100% of the lots sold, the auction fetched $8.5 million in total. Top lots of the auction included a case of Jayer’s 1985 Vosne-Romanée Cros Parantoux, which sold for $265,147, and two magnums of Jayer’s 1985 Richebourg, which netted $218,357.
In April, Beam Inc. will launch three California wines under the Skinnygirl label. Having gained fame for its Skinnygirl low-calorie margaritas, the brand will release a Syrah-based red blend, a white blend made predominantly from Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio and a rosé based on Grenache and Syrah. Using grapes from the 2011 vintage, the three wines will be priced at $15 per 750-ml bottle.
According to the Wine Institute, an advocacy and public policy association for California wine, the 2011 U.S. wine exports set a new record of $1.39 billion in winery revenues––an increase of 21.7% compared to 2010. Of these exports, California wines accounted for 90%.
American actress, producer and director Drew Barrymore has partnered with U.S. importer Wilson Daniels on a new wine label, Barrymore Wines. The new brand’s first offering is an IGT delle Venezie Pinot Grigio, created from grapes grown throughout Italy’s northeast regions of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Trentino-Alto Adige and Veneto. Available in California now for $20 per 750-ml bottle, broader distribution is expected in spring 2012.