Beginning May 1, Max Kuller, Wine Director at Washington, D.C.’s Doi Moi, is launching “Ga May,” a month-long celebration of the Gamay grape variety as an effort to help raise money for pancreatic cancer. The illness claimed the life of Max’s father, Mark Kuller, in October 2014. Kuller is featuring a Gamay by-the-glass program at Doi Moi, and donating 50 percent of the proceeds to the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer. Twenty-five restaurants, wine retailers, distributors and vintners in the greater D.C. area are joining in on the effort by creating cocktails featuring Gamay wines, among other initiatives focused on the variety. For more information, visit Doi Moi’s Web site.
Sonoma County Vintners (SCV) hosted the inaugural Sonoma County Barrel Auction on Friday, May 1, attended by more than more than 250 trade and media guests who tasted and bid on rare small lot wines from 14 of Sonoma County’s 17 appellations. The auction resulted in $461,700 for SCV. Of the 71 lots, two tied for the highest bid, at $24,000. The first was a barrel collaboration between Joseph Swan Vineyards, Kosta Browne Winery and Williams Selyem Winery. The second lot, Williams Selyem Reverence, incorporated seven different heritage clones from 10 Russian River Valley vineyards.
In the Trade:
A lion of France’s wine industry, Joseph Henriot died in Paris on Monday, April 27, at the age of 79. As the owner of Champagne Henriot, Chablis’ William Fèvre and Burgundy négociant Bouchard Père et Fils, among other influential roles, Henriot’s career spanned decades. After studying agronomy in the 1950s, a 21-year-old Henriot began working for his family’s Champagne house in 1957, and became president after his father’s death in 1962. In the ensuing decades, he grew brands like Veuve Clicquot and Charles Heidsieck into household names. He is survived by his wife and three children.
In a new report, the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) determined that China is the second-largest wine-growing area in the world after Spain. France follows in third. China now accounts for 11% of vineyard acreage worldwide, up from 4% in 2000. In related reports from Drinks Business and Vinexpo, China is the world’s largest red-wine market, with the country’s consumption growing 136% since 2008. Despite losing ground, France remains the largest producer, while the U.S. is the world’s largest consumer.
As reported by Bloomberg Business, family-run JB y Compania S.A., owners of Jose Cuervo Tequila, plans to sell $500 million 10-year bonds to pay for its acquisition of Bushmills Irish whiskey. In February 2015, the 250-year-old Mexican distiller agreed to the $408 million purchase of Bushmills and the Don Julio Tequila brand from Diageo. Bank of America Corp. and Citigroup Inc. are arranging investor meetings through May 5.
On the Scene
Wine Enthusiast’s Assistant Tasting Director Alexander Peartree traveled to the Mile High State to taste wines from diverse producers. His packed Colorado itinerary included stops at The Infinite Monkey Theorem, an urban winery located in the heart of Denver.