As it turns out, not everyone is a fan of booze. Anti-alcohol groups in California and France are taking their fight against intoxicants to the next level, protesting advertisements that promote alcohol consumption to their respective legislatures. In Los Angeles, the Coalition to Ban Alcohol Ads on Public Property—an organization comprised of community members as well as a group called Alcohol Justice—is holding a press conference to announce an ordinance prohibiting alcohol ads on city-owned property. Meanwhile in France, the coalition group called ANPAA is contending an advertisement recently released by Côtes du Rhône winemakers, which features a man holding red balloon with the slogan “a taste for life,” is unlawful.
Southwest Airlines announced last week that it will offer two new beer options on its flights. The airline will stock Leinenkugel’s rotating seasonal offerings, as well as Dos Equis Lager Especial, each selling for $5. The new additions round out Southwest’s current selections of Miller Lite, Bud Light and Fat Tire.
Jose Cuervo Tequila will celebrate its 220th anniversary with the release of commemorative Jose Cuervo Especial Gold and Silver bottles. The limited-release, metallic bottles feature a Day of the Dead skull to honor the brand’s Mexican roots and will only be available in 750-ml bottles. The bottles will be sold nationwide, though pricing is not yet available.
In the Trade
On January 15, 2015, online bidding for the second-annual 2015 AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction went live. Partnering with New York-based company Gavel&Grand, the auction has made all 36 lots available to international bidders until February 13, 2015. As previously reported, the event will be held February 14 at the historic Boschendal Estate. Last year’s event earned a whopping 7,045,000 rand (approximately $650,000) for charity. All proceeds from the auction will benefit educational charities in the South African winelands. Read more about the auction and lots here.
At the annual Victoria Whisky Festival held in Victoria, British Columbia, a jury of nine whisky experts named Collingwood 21-year-old Rye 2014’s Canadian Whisky of the Year. Other announcements included: Stalk & Barrel Rye Whisky was named the Best New Whisky, while Forty Creek distillery’s John Hall was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement award—the first time this award has been given.
Bill Foley of Foley Family Wines and Managing Director of Piccini Wines, Mario Piccini, announced they have entered into a partnership to market and distribute Piccini’s portfolio in the United States. The partnership will include the producer’s Chianti Orange Label and Memoro wine, made up of red, white and rosé selections.
On the Social Scene
Italian Editor Kerin O’Keefe speaks to Montalcino News about the 2010 and 2009 vintages of Brunello di Montalcino. Her quick take on 2010: “There are a lot of really good wines from 2010, that have a wonderful structure, that are balanced, with enough acidity to last over time and with great fruit.”
Spirits editor Kara Newman attended the Victoria Whisky Festival in British Columbia (see above) and had the enviable task of tasting through Canada’s best drams mixed into colorful cocktails. Follow more of her spirited adventures on Twitter and Instagram.