SPIT: wine and football
NFL players endorsing (their own) wine? That’s a no-no. But the NFL accepting alcohol ads? Bring it on! [The Atlantic]
SIPPED: wine and “football”
Meanwhile, Spanish soccer star Andres Iniesta is plowing his profits back into a $9 million vineyard in Castilla-La Mancha! [Bloomberg]
SPIT: cellar age
Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte of Bordeaux will export about 1,600 cases of their wine to Montreal via sailboat! Incidentally, the shipper claims that the mode of transport will improve the wines “giving an impression of having aged a year in the process.” [Decanter]
SIPPED: the wine biz
Amazon, which tried to sell wine unsuccessfully, acquired woot.com for $110 million; the deal-of-the-day site sells wine among other things. Be sure to check out the CEO letter announcing it to the staff. [TechCrunch]
SIPPED: new bottles
Roederer will introduce a brown glass bottle in the fall for their brut premier Champagne. Apparently, the green glass bottle only kept out 92% of UV light. But their clear Cristal bottles come shrouded in orange crinkly wrap that filters out 98% of UV rays. Perhaps that should be sold as sun protection? [Drinks Business]
SPIT: keeping up with inflation
California’s budget may be reeling, but authorities won’t be hitting the bottle–for more excise taxes, at least, as they maintain excise taxes at 1991 levels. [Sac Bee]
SPIT: one-stop shopping
The WSJ reports that wine in NY grocery stores has been all but bagged (paper, not plastic).
HoseMaster of Wine lists the top ten things he learned in Walla Walla.