Things that make you go hmmm . . .
Chances are, if you see someone selling nice bottles of Cabernet from the back of a truck, they’ve been stolen. Police detectives in Bell, California, recently arrested two men on suspicion of trying to sell stolen wine. Acting on a tip, detectives spotted a man trying to sell bottles of 2OO7 Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon in a parking lot, then followed him and another man to a self-storage unit. There the detectives arrested the two [...] Read More »
It seems as if bloggers are everywhere these days, spouting their opinions (either as raves or rants) on just about everything, including wine. But when it comes down to actually purchasing wines, it turns out that shoppers trust their own retailer far more than the word of the blogger. Independent bloggers are one of the least trusted sources for wine information in the US, UK and France, according to research published by the group Wine [...] Read More »
RIOJA IS ALL THE RAGE
It may have fallen out of favor for many years but Rioja is making a big comeback here in the States. According to the Vibrant Rioja marketing campaign, there was a 33 percent overall increase in Rioja wine export volume to the US market in 2O1O, compared to the same period in 2OO9. Total shipments from January to December 2O1O reached 857,OOO cases. Export increases ranged across the four DOCa classifications, with the youngest Cosecha [...] Read More »
IT’S GOOD TO BE THE OTHER GUY!
Last year was challenging for many California wine companies, but for The Other Guys, part of the Don Sebastiani Family of Companies, it was a very, very good year. According to the company, sales for its rapidly growing portfolio were up 66% over 2OO9. Three brands accounted for the bulk of the sales increase, led by the company’s Leese-Fitch label, which is almost solely dedicated to on-premise accounts. Four wines under the Hey Mambo label [...] Read More »