Château Haut-Bailly Goes to the Moon; What Wines Are Trending Among Millennials, Plus More Wine and Spirits News
By Paul Gregutt
Photo courtesy Bordeaux’s Museum of Decorative Arts and Design Facebook
Château Haut-Bailly has its sights set on being the first Bordeaux to be enjoyed in space. Poured from a circular wine bottle designed for use in zero gravity, it carries a specially made Haut-Bailly label. The bottle connects to a drinking utensil that resembles a conductor’s baton with a circular grip attached. It’s currently on display at Bordeaux’s Museum of Decorative Arts and Design.
Meanwhile, back on Earth…
Research released last week from the Wine Market Council claims that rosé is the fastest growing premium wine category in the U.S, The group says that sales of rosé over $11 is up 60% year over year, with millennials contributing significantly to the spike. Rosé sales now match all U.S. sales for South African wines. Not surprisingly, Pinot Noir remains the most expensive varietal wine. But look what’s in second place—Sauvignon Blanc. It’s propelled New Zealand wines ahead of France as the fourth-largest wine exporter to the U.S. by total dollar sales.
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The Virginia Wine Summit (April 5) is an all-day conference for wine and restaurant industry workers. It features panels and Q&As with wine experts from around the world. Topics include The Art of Whites, Meet Virginia Reds and an exploration of Virginia terroir.
The second-annual Sonoma County Barrel Auction is scheduled for April 29. Seventy-five unique wine lots will be sold to the highest bidder at the one-day auction. The lots represent 16 Sonoma County appellations, and were cultivated in Sonoma County’s most respected vineyards.
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.