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Champagne Bollinger Names New General Manager

Société Jacques Bollinger (SJB) announced this week that the company has named Charles-Armand de Belenet as the general manager of Champagne Bollinger, effective Sept. 5. de Belenet, 46, brings with him 20 years of experience in...

Don And Sons Custard Chardonnay

Don and Sons has announced a new wine, their 2013 Custard Chardonnay. This "comfort wine" is rich and creamy on the nose, according to the company, with flavors of toasted almond and vanilla derived from six months of French-oak aging. Predominant tasting notes...

The State of Merlot, 15 Years After ‘Sideways’

It has now been 15 years since the release of the Alexander Payne hit film “Sideways.” Many credited this movie with killing merlot sales when Miles Raymond, played by actor Paul Giamatti, proclaimed “If...

By the Glass: Unlucky in Love but Lucky in Wine

Verona is home to many things, like an authentic ancient Roman arena that’s still hosting events after two thousand years and a not-so-authentic Juliet’s balcony, modeled after Shakespeare’s tragic heroine. The city is also...

Why The 2015 Beaujolais Vintage Could Be The Best Since 1947

The King of Beaujolais liked what he tasted from 2015. Legendary French winemaker and merchant Georges Duboeuf was on hand Wednesday to present his company’s 2015 Beaujolais vintage of small-batch Domaine and Chateau Cru wines....

9 Trends Driving Wine Sales in 2016

This year in wine will be determined by a number of emerging and established trends. Most notably, perhaps, is the rise of Millennials (especially women) as a major demographic of wine drinkers. But so...

May/June 2014 Retailer Wine Selections: Pinot Noir

For this issue, we asked members of the Beverage Dynamics National Retailer Wine Panel to recommend some of their favorite pinot noirs. As always, these selections include brief tasting notes, a rating and the...

California Wines Achieve Domestic, Global Sales Growth in 2014

The California wine market continues to flourish. According to The Wine Institute, California wine shipments in the U.S. totaled 225 million cases in 2014, up 4.4% from the previous year, with an estimated retail value of $24.6...

Chanel Acquires St. Supery Estate Vineyards and Winery

Napa Valley wine just got a new French fragrance. The French luxury brand Chanel has agreed to buy St. Supéry Estate Vineyards & Winery, of Rutherford. The sale is expected to be finalized later this month, according...

3 Emerging Alcohol Trends in 2016

As a brand strategist at a food and beverage agency, I have an insatiable appetite for curiosity in culture and consumer behavior. I have to - it’s part of my job. But more importantly,...