Bottle Shock: The Musical
One of a spate of wine-themed films in the past decade, 2008’s Bottle Shock recounted the 1976 Judgment of Paris competition pitting California Chardonnays against top tier Burgundies. At last month’s Napa Valley Film Festival, plans were announced to turn it into a musical.
“With the 40th anniversary of the historic event approaching next year,” reports Justin Lowe on wine-searcher.com, “Bottle Shock musical co-creators James Sasser and Vincent Burwell brought their ‘70s-era rock and roll musical to the Lincoln Theater for a staged read-through before an enthusiastic audience of festival attendees, local residents and wine industry professionals.” The talk is of a San Francisco debut next fall, highlighted by such original tunes as “Best Wine In The World,” “Dyin’ On The Vine” and “Summer In A Bottle.” Where’s Jim Croce when you need him?
American Airlines to Kickoff LAX-SYD Service in Style
Passengers who book first-class tickets on American Airlines’ new service from Los Angeles to Sydney (Australia) will be treated to pours of 2010 Penfolds Grange on the inaugural flight, December 17th. That ticket will run you about $11,000 one-way, so it’s not the cheapest 100-point wine you’ll ever drink, and you’ll be sharing four bottles with seven others in first class seating. But wait, that’s not all. The airline promises additional amenities aboard the 777-300ER aircraft, including a walk-up beverage and snack bar, international Wi-Fi service and refreshed menu selections. Extra peanuts anyone?
Women of the Vine Global Symposium Announces Keynote Speakers
Topics and speakers for the second annual Women of the Vine Global Symposium, scheduled April 4–6, 2016 at the Meritage Resort & Spa in Napa, have been announced . Keynote speaker Lynda Spillane—among the best in the world at transforming heads of state, presidents, CEOs and executives into high-performing communicators—will be presenting “Brilliant Women, Excellent Speakers.” Stephanie Gallo, VP of Marketing, E&J Gallo, will be speaking on the subject of “Cultivating Boldness for Personal Growth and Professional Gain,” while other speakers include Maggie Henriquez, President & CEO, House of Krug; and Dr. Maki Mandela, of South Africa’s House of Mandela Wines. Wine Enthusiast’s Executive Editor Susan Kostrzewa will moderate a panel dubbed “Spirited Women: Taking the Lead.
Just For Fun
Man Poses As Wine On Tinder And Scores Big Time!
Food writer Sean Fahmy created an account on popular dating app Tinder, where he imagined himself as a glass of red wine, securing 300-plus matches in the course of a couple of days. His profile: “I can be fruity at times but I can also be sweet. I’m not fat, just full-bodied. I was locked up in an oak barrel for a long time. I don’t wanna talk about it. If I ever get too chatty just tell me to cork it.”
If dating doesn’t work out, Fahmy might wish to join forces with Sam Bompas and Harry Parr, inventors of breathable alcohol who now plan to market distilled tears. They’re hosting a London workshop series offering a chance to have your teardrops extracted, pasteurized, and then tinctured into bottles of bitters.
“Arguably the most poignant and personal Christmas gift imaginable,” their Web site promises, “the bitter tears will be delicious as well as a decadent gift.”
In the Trade
Over 100 Million U.S. Wine Drinkers By 2025
Now that the Boomer surge in wine drinkers has been eclipsed by millennials, it’s time to ask what’s next? Well, according to a Wine Intelligence report called “Future Wine Consumers in the US Market,” the so-called Next-Gen demographic (born 1995 or later) will bump up the percentage of regular wine drinkers to 44%—109 million—by 2025. About one fifth will be Next-Gen consumers, who are like millennials in that they are ambitious and tech-savvy, but also less adventurous, more entrepreneurial and money-driven. Some 60% of those surveyed prefer a cool product to a cool experience. How this will impact specific wine styles and trends remains to be seen. But it’s clear that this country will remain the world’s top wine consuming nation over the next decade, while France, Italy and Germany—rounding out the top four—are projected to decline.
Quintessential to Import Georges Duboeuf Wines
For more than four centuries, the Duboeuf family has been producing wine. Georges Duboeuf founded his own company in 1964—selecting, bottling and selling fine French wines from the Beaujolais and Mâconnais regions of Burgundy. In order to grow their U.S. business, Les Vins Georges Dubœuf has entered into an agreement with fine wine import, marketing and sales company Quintessential to exclusively represent their branded wines.
“In looking to the future,” said Georges Duboeuf, “we feel this is the right time to make changes in order to re-introduce our Villages, Cru, Domaine and Chateau wines to the trade and to consumers.” Based in Napa, California, Quintessential has found great success navigating both traditional and new sales and marketing avenues for its roster of family-owned producers from all over the world. It is this energy and ‘creative thinking’ that has attracted the father and son currently overseeing Les Vins Georges Dubœuf.
Dennis Kreps, who owns Quintessential with his father Stephen D. Kreps, says “Les Vins Georges Dubœuf is a very welcome addition to our portfolio of family owned-and-operated wineries.” He is confident that “they are waiting to be ‘discovered’ by younger wine consumers, some of who may not recognize the Dubœuf name but will greatly appreciate their history and heritage, be eager for the stories the growers and winemakers with Dubœuf have to tell, and enjoy the fresh, fruit-forward style of their high-quality wines.”
E. & J. Gallo Named Exclusive U.S. Importer For Whyte & Mackay
Beginning January 1st, Whyte & Mackay, the fifth largest producer of Scotch whisky in the world, will now be imported into the U.S. by E. & J. Gallo. Included are The Dalmore and Jura Single Malt Scotch Whiskies, and John Barr Blended Scotch Whisky.
This expands Gallo’s U.S. spirits portfolio with entry into the whisky category. Whyte & Mackay will still play a strong role in strategic marketing and will support Gallo’s sales and distributor teams with active brand ambassadors.
“Our aim is to grow the availability of The Dalmore, Jura and John Barr Scotch whiskies in targeted on and off-premise accounts across the United States,” says Anna Bell, Director of Marketing for Gallo Spirits,
The spirits are expected to retail at $45 and above per bottle for single malts and at $20 and above per bottle for blended whisky.
U.S. Brewery Count Hits All-Time High
Posting the biggest numbers since the 19th century, U.S. breweries reached a record level in 2015, clocking in at 4,144, according to a year-end review by the Brewers Association. The not-for-profit trade association, dedicated to small and independent American brewers, reports that the new number tops the country’s historic high of 4,131 breweries back in 1873.