Exports of rosé wine from Provence, France, to the United States increased by 62% in volume from 2010 to 2011, according to statistics reported by French customs via UBIFRANCE, the French Trade Commission in the United States. For the 2010–2011 period, rosé exports increased by 49% in value, totaling approximately $13 million.
According to wine industry consultant Gomberg, Fredrikson & Associates, sales of California wines within the United States rose to 211.9 million cases in 2011, a 5.6% increase in volume compared to 2010, the figure represents an estimated $19.9 billion in retail sales.
Napa Valley wine consultant Kerry Damskey has launched Costa Rica’s first commercial winery. The winery and vineyards are located near Copey, a small city in central Costa Rica. In 2011, Damskey planted the vineyard with Grenache, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Syrah. The first commercial vintage is slated to be released in 2015.
On March 20, Connecticut’s proposed Sunday alcohol sales policy passed a major legislative hurdle, with the state’s General Law Committee voting to allow alcohol sales on Sundays from 10 am to 5 pm, as well as on Memorial Day and other select holidays. The bill is currently being sent to the Joint Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee. If passed, the bill will then be reviewed by the House and Senate, which will have until May 9—the legislative adjournment date—to approve it. If the house passes the bill, Sunday sales would go into effect immediately. The Office of Fiscal Analysis projects the proposed liquor law would result in an estimated $5.3 million in revenue. Connecticut and Indiana are the only two states in the U.S. that currently ban the retail sale of alcohol on Sundays.
Under a French wine law published in 2009 that was originally slated to go into effect 2019, winemakers who wished to legally bottle an Appellation d’Origine Protégé (AOP) Pomerol would have to produce the wine from a winemaking facility located within the appellation. This law would force 23 chateaus that did not have winemaking facilities within Pomerol to construct facilities within the appellation by 2019, or the chateaus would be forced to stop producing AOP Pomerol wine. The group Bannis de Pomerol, which consists of nine of the excluded chateaus, appealed to the Conseil d’État, the highest administrative court in France, and has won a reprieve. Under the new ruling, winemakers in AOP Pomerol would still be allowed to vinify wines in a winemaking facility outside of the appellation.