Wine Institute Kicks-off its Tenth Annual California Wine Month

Plus other news and notes in the world of wine, beer and spirits.

September officially marks the 10-year anniversary of California Wine Month, created by the Wine Institute. Throughout the month, nearly 100 events will be held at wineries and wine regions that will celebrate the state’s vinous history and culture. See the regional listings for details. Read all about California’s wine regions >>>

The Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction shattered its own records, raising a whopping $4 million for Sonoma County charities—its highest amount to date. Read more about the event >>>

The Magic Hat Brewing Company recently released Wilhelm Scream, its first-ever pumpkin ale. Named for the iconic scream sound effect used in movies, the 5.4 percent Abv brew is available on draft and in 12 ounce bottle 6-packs, 12-packs and variety packs only through October.

Napa Valley Vintners, the nonprofit trade organization representing the region’s wine industry, has partnered with the Napa Valley Community Foundation to create and administer $10 million to help residents and local businesses affected by the August 24th earthquake. Read about the earthquake here >>>

After two years of production, the documentary Barolo Boys: The Story of a Revolution has announced release dates and screenings. The film, which chronicles the rise of Barolo wine during the ‘80s and ‘90s, will first premiere at Eataly Torino, followed by the Wine Country Film Festival in Sonoma and Eataly, New York City.

American diner chain Denny’s restaurant has gone upscale with the opening of its first New York City eatery in Lower Manhattan. One of only a few locations with a bar, the location serves up craft cocktails and a $300 “Grand Cru Slam”—two Grand Slam entrees served with Dom Perignon’s 2003 Champagne.

Published on September 1, 2014