Christmas has come early for wine-loving Trekkies. Following the release of the collectible Star Trek wine series launched last year, CBS Consumer Products produced its latest addition to the line, the Klingon Bloodwine. The 2012 Klingon Bloodwine is Malbec, Petit Verdot and Syrah blend from Paso Robles and is available for $20 online through Vinport.com and national retailers.
The 2015 AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction will be held February 13–14, the organization announced last week. According to founder Mike Ratcliffe of Warwick Estate, the event will be held at Boschendal Estate. John and Erica Platter, founders behind leading publication Platter’s Wine Guide, have been named honorary chairpersons for the two-day event. The event, which raised 7.045 million rand (or $650,000) in 2014, will benefit 13 South African wineland charities. Read all about the 2014 inaugural auction >>>
Accolade Wines confirmed today its agreement to buy Barossa, Australia-based Grant Burge Wines for an undisclosed sum. The deal includes the Grant Burge brand, its business and its Krondorf Winery, and is expected to close in January 2015.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection service last week reported that a routine inspection of a wine shipment from Australia turned up a black duffel bag filled with 35 pounds of cocaine. The shipping container had been reloaded onto another ship in Panama before customs officials discovered the contraband in Port Newark, New Jersey. Officials turned over their findings to agents working with Homeland Security Investigations.
Santa Rosa, California-based Vintage Wine Estates announced various promotions amongst its top brass on November 25, 2014. President Pat Roney promoted both Mack Hoehner and Mike Gilboy to senior vice president, sales/national sales manager and senior vice president, sales and marketing, respectively. Vicki Daigneault, meanwhile, was named to vice president, sales and marketing/exclusive brands, while Executive Vice President Terry Wheatley’s role was expanded to include direct-to-consumer sales and hospitality responsibilities.