Auction booty, 50 Cent, adulteration, heir apparent – sipped & spit

SIPPED: boom times
Wine auctions brought in a total of $408 million, nearly doubling the 2009 take according to Peter Meltzer. Hong Kong boomed, with $165 millon in wine auctions, surpassing New York’s $154 million. According to the article, the five largest auction houses by wine gross are: Acker worldwide, Sotheby’s worldwide, Christie’s worldwide, Zachys worldwide, and Hart Davis Hart Chicago. The highest price paid for one 750ml bottle was $232,692 for 1869 Lafite. Bottoms up!

SIPPED: chemicals
Chinese Central Television, an outfit not known for investigative journalism, has outed 30 wineries practicing wine adulteration in Changli County of Habei Province, leading to their closure. []

SIPPED: the stuff of sitcoms
Not all the “hot” wine was mulled over the holidays: two thieves broke into rapper 50 Cent’s Connecticut mansion; one was found in the closet drinking wine from his cellar. [People]

SIPPED: the hard stuff
A Napa vintner is distilling sauvignon blanc vodka and selling it as varietal and vintage. After six distillations, is there really any trace of either? []

SIPPED: the free stuff
Samples of wine and spirits can now be poured in California grocery stores. Happy shopping! []

SPIT: basement dwellers
The WIne Advocate publisher asserts that “two dozen troublemakers,” basement-dwelling, “generally single men” led to eBob paywall. He also hints at his heir apparent. [winebersekers]

SIPPED: wine frontiers
Remember those vines planted in Norway? Well, now there are also vines planted in Tanzania, specifically the flat area around Dodoma (come on, Arusha, where’s cuvée Kilimanjaro?). []

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2 Responses to “Auction booty, 50 Cent, adulteration, heir apparent – sipped & spit”

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  2. “just 20 percent fermented grape juice – the rest was sugar water mixed with chemicals, including coloring agents and flavorings.”

    Having had a look at the article on chemicals, excerpt above. This is crazy, how has this ever been allowed to happen – how long had it been occurring? Although I understand there must be a business sense and plan behind the winery or wine production itself, but this is just wrong…


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