Bordeaux Inspired by Downton Abbey to be Released

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A series of Bordeaux wines inspired by the award-winning period drama Downton Abbey are soon to be released, though the official release date has not been revealed. Produced by online merchant Wines That Rock in collaboration with Dulong Grands Vins de Bordeaux, the wines are a nod to the clarets imported by the British upper crust during the Edwardian era of the 1900s. The series of wines will include a red and a white, sold as single bottles and in branded gift sets. Wines That Rock produces a variety of branded wines, including Rolling Stones 40 Licks Merlot and a Grateful Dead red blend.

A deadly fungal disease (Phytophthora austrocedrae) is threatening Scotland’s juniper berries. According to research conducted by Forestry Commission Scotland, 45 percent of current stocks are at risk of being wiped out. Most of the juniper used in London gin production is currently sourced from Eastern Europe, but authorities are still forecasting a shortage.

Bend, Oregon-based Deschutes Brewery is expanding to the East Coast via a new distribution partnership with Muller Inc. Deschutes’s Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Black Butte Porter and Chainbreaker White IPA will be offered on draft and in bottle. The brewery will also ship bottles of its Inversion IPA, Deschutes River Ale and its recently released Fresh Squeezed IPA. Deschutes is currently available in 21 states, as well as British Columbia and Alberta, Canada.

Napa-based Caymus Vineyards recently purchased a 178-acre site in Solano County, with plans to build out a winery, production and warehouse facility. If the plans are approved, completion of the new project is slated for 2016 or 2017. The new facility will focus on expanding the production of Caymus’s Meiomi, Mer Soleil, Conundrum and Belle Glos labels, while its Caymus Cabernets will continue to be produced in Rutherford, Napa Valley.

Legendary Australian winemaker Peter Lehmann passed away last Thursday at the age of 82. He founded his company, Peter Lehmann Wines (originally Masterson Barossa Vineyards) in 1979 in response to corporate wineries no longer buying fruit from the region’s grape growers. He and Rockford owner, Robert O’Callaghan, are widely credited with preserving the vines and livelihoods of many Barossa grape growers. Though he retired and sold the business in 2002, the company now produces more than 40 wines while working with 140 Barossa growers. Read the full story here >>>


Published on July 1, 2013