Actor Jonathan Goldsmith has been known as “The Most Interesting Man In The World” in a much-loved series of ads for Dos Equis beer since 2006. But, no more. In his newest and final ad for the brand, the Most Interesting Man In The World is seen taking off in a spaceship on a one-way trip to Mars. “His only regret is not knowing what regret feels like,” the announcer says, as Goldsmith advises us one final time, “stay thirsty, my friends.”
Doing some traveling yourself? A more portable wine bottle makes its debut.
The war against TCA continues, with more and more non-cork wine closures making debuts. The latest from Humanitas Wines of Napa Valley is a swing-top cap. Swing tops, mostly seen on pricey Belgian beers, are closures with a gasket-ringed stopper, generally made of ceramic. It’s held down by a heavy wire clamp that pivots from two holes in the neck of the bottle.
Humanitas hand-bottled 46 cases of their rose Pinot Noir in the new bottles last November, which are for sale in the tasting room for $30.
This bud’s for you.
Last week (March 7) it was reported that unusually warm temperatures have brought an early start to the 2016 wine-grape season in Northern California. “Bud break,” when vines awaken from winter dormancy and shoots emerge from buds on the vine, is starting ahead of schedule in Napa, Sonoma and Lake counties according to Jennifer Putnam, CEO and executive director of Napa Valley Grapegrowers.
Bud-watchers say it’s about a week ahead of 2015, itself an early start. However, growers and vintners also comment that early bud break doesn’t predict much about the size or quality of the coming vintage.
Meanwhile, In the Trade
Opici Chairman Hubert Opici Turns 100!
June 16–18, more than 60 Walla Walla Valley winemakers, two Master Sommeliers, four celebrated chefs and others come together in exploring one of the world’s most renowned grape varieties—Cabernet Sauvignon. Taste and compare local and international wines, sample rare vintage wines and join in on intimate winemaker dinners.
On May 1, for a full-bodied taste of Portland’s wine scene, PDX Urban Wineries is kicking off Oregon Wine Month with its Urban Wine Experience. 12 wineries will be offering tastings of their various bottlings with small plates for pairing and discounts on purchases.
Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.