Daily Archives: August 2, 2019

Diamond Creek co-founder ‘Boots’ Brounstein dies

Adelle ‘Boots’ Brounstein Brounstein and her late husband Al, who died in 2006, founded Diamond Creek in 1967, achieving a series of firsts over the coming years, including the first all-Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard in California, and the first US$100-a-bottle wine from the state. ‘Boots’ – she was given the nickname as a baby – died after a short illness earlier …

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The Alicante Bouschet Wines of the Alentejo

Alicante Bouschet originated in Franc, but today its principal home is in the Alentejo region of Portugal. Developed in 1886 as a cross of Petit Bouschet and Grenache, it’s a teinturier (red colored flesh) grape that produces inky red wines.  First planted at Herdade do Mouchão, Alicante Bouschet is today Alentejo’s flagship red. A thick skinned, dark colored grape, Alicante …

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Daily Wine News: How the Year 2004 Changed Wine

The movie Sideways premiered in 2004. In the San Francisco Chronicle, Esther Mobley offers a fascinating look at how the year 2004 transformed wine. “…though it might not have looked like it at the time, 2004 would turn out to be the most pivotal year in California wine of this millennium. It was the year that the movie “Sideways” premiered …

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Anson: Visiting Vinding-Diers’ Sicily project

Grapes in Sicily Peter Vinding-Diers is an adventurer of the old school. Itinerant, an explorer, always ready with a story, blunt in his opinions and thoroughly good company. Before becoming a winemaker he was a war correspondent, and you can easily imagine it came naturally to him. The post Anson: Visiting Vinding-Diers’ Sicily project appeared first on Decanter. Source : …

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Majestic Wine sold to private equity firm Fortress

The deal, announced this morning (2nd August 2019), includes Majestic’s 180-plus UK stores, its two shops in France, plus its on-trade division and company headquarters. In an open email to the UK wine trade, the Majestic board outlined its vision for future growth, saying: ‘Fortress are not buying a retailer in distress, but rather one which is growing sales, customer …

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