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December 02, 2008

Copia - please pull through

Copia filed for bankruptcy yesterday - December 1, 2008.

 While they have always struggles to breakeven, I believe it is an institution worth striving to keep alive in some form or another.  It is a credit to Robert Mondavi that the facility was even built.  The Oxbow area of Napa is just starting to come alive, I am not sure if that helps or hurts Copia - but it is worth finding out.

To read more:  here is a link to Google News aggreagation of stories on the subject.

http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&ned=us&ie=UTF-8&ncl=1276712142

 

To all those in the wine education department of Copia - we know you did your best.


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November 28, 2008

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November 13, 2008

India - fast on the heals of established wine drinking nations?

There has been a lot going on in India lately - even in wine.

I follow Sommelier India

 Here are a few examples of the exciting things going on.

Nov 13 India Wine Challenge Results. Indage, D'Ori & Sula Lead

Nov 9 Wine and Fashion Evening at Fort Jadhavgadh, Pune

Nov 6 Australia in free trade agreement talks with India? - India has some of the highest tariffs on alcohol around 150%

Oct 31 It’s a bumpy ride for the Indian Wine market

Oct 31 WTO issues ruling. U.S gets moral victory, India flexibility

Oct 27 United Vintners introduces 10 Chapters of South Africa


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Why use barrels?

If you ever wanted a quick piece on why winemakers want to use barrels - here it is

Barrels Are Expensive—Why Do We Use Them?
Posted: 09:56 AM ET, November 13, 2008
Posted by Barbara Kronenberg-Widmer

The alcoholic fermentations are done, both at Brancaia in Chianti Classico and in the Maremma, so our principal task and decision-making process during the next 12 to 20 months involves when, for how long and in what kind of oak we barrel all the different young wines. At Brancaia, all wines are matured in small oak barrels for at least 12 months. Apart from some tests we do every year, we exclusively use French oak barriques and use them for two to three years before we sell them off to other producers.

you will need an online subscription to Wine Spectator to read the rest here.


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November 11, 2008

Moet vs Veuve in London

Moet Chandon and Veuve Clicquot will find out what branded outlets will do for them in these tough economic times.

Moet decided to go with a temporary outlet open from December 3rd through December 28th, Wednesdays through Saturdays.  Now why not all the way thrrough the 31st?  The Moet facility will be on high retail Bond Street.

Veuve has decided to create a permanent space inside of Harrods. The Bar/Boutique will be on the first floor next to the designer fashion labels.

Moet details: Atelier Moet

 The Drinks Business article

Veuve details: Tallking Drinks article

 Sommelier India article

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