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Tag Archives: Robert Mondavi

• Flavoured Whiskey Outpaces Flavoured Vodka

Flavoured Whiskey Outpaces Flavoured Vodka

Imported flavoured vodkas are losing market share in the US amid growing demand for flavoured whiskey and homegrown brands, according to recent analysis. According to Rabobank’s Spirits Quarterly Q1 2015, flavoured whiskeys, or whiskey-based liqueurs, was the “hottest growth segment in the US spirits market” in the first three quarters of 2014, while volumes of imported […]

Classic Chianti – The Rodney Dangerfield Of Italian Wine

Classic Chianti – The Rodney Dangerfield Of Italian Wine

“So why is Chianti so unappreciated? Including my (Nick Passmore) pick of the ten best Chiantis. A few years ago I was talking to the sommelier of a high-end Italian restaurant in New York, and he complained that the hardest wine on his list to sell was Chianti. But why? He had no real explanation, and […]

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• Carlos Santana Sells Hot Tequila Biz In Latest Booze Deal

Carlos Santana Sells Hot Tequila Biz In Latest Booze Deal

U.S. alcoholic beverage giant Constellation Brands (IW 500/306) (STZ) said Wednesday it will buy Casa Noble, a Mexican organic tequila maker partly owned by music icon Carlos Santana. “As the first super premium spirits brand we’ll add to our portfolio, Casa Noble is a natural fit,” Constellation CEO Rob Sands said, adding that the acquisition […]

Last Minute Gift Guide! It’s Not Too Late!

Last Minute Gift Guide! It’s Not Too Late!

            SUNGLASSES MADE FROM WINE BARRELS Woodzee makes sunglasses out of wood. In November, they’re teaming with Northern California’s Robert Mondavi Private Selection to offer glasses made of repurposed barrels, wine stains included. The wood is smooth and the aroma heavenly. They come in four different lenses but the same […]

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Wine Lovers Must Have: Eyeglasses Made From Wine Barrels

Wine Lovers Must Have: Eyeglasses Made From Wine Barrels

Robert Mondavi Winery has collaborated with California-based sunglasses maker Woodzee on a pair of shades crafted from old wine barrels. The frames of the Wayfarer-shaped specs are made from wood used to age Central Coast red blend, Robert Mondavi Private Selection Coastal Crush Red. Priced at an eye-popping US$120 a pair, the limited edition sunnies, […]

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• Facebook Enters The Wine Business

Facebook Enters The Wine Business

Facebook has started selling wine via a new online store on the site that encourages its US customers to send gifts to their Facebook friends. Keen to take advantage of the opportunity to trade on the world’s biggest social networking site, according to The Huffington Post, several US producers have put their wines up for […]

• Cheers! Now You Can Buy Booze On Facebook

Cheers! Now You Can Buy Booze On Facebook

In the real world, you don’t make friends by pressing a little button. You make friends by buying a round. Facebook is about to become more like the real world. Starting soon, users will be able to send each other bottles of wine through the social network’s recently introduced Gifts feature. Two winemakers, Robert Mondavi […]

• Say it ain’t so. Mondavi teams up with singer Josh Groban

Say it ain’t so. Mondavi teams up with singer Josh Groban

Robert Mondavi Winery is to collaborate with pop singer-turned-actor Josh Groban on an as yet unnamed Napa Valley wine scheduled for release next year. The hook up will also stretch to in-store displays promoting Robert Mondavi wines alongside Groban’s new album, to be released early next year. Downloads of Groban’s latest singles will also be […]

• From Farm Workers to Wine Makers—Latinos a Growing Force in Wine Industry

From Farm Workers to Wine Makers—Latinos a Growing Force in Wine Industry

From Charles Krug, the pioneer, to Robert Mondavi the father, Napa and Sonoma counties in California are considered Mecca for wine making in the United States.  But from the 1960s on, it’s been the Latino labor force behind the wineries fueling the industry. Today, many of its workers have become wine owners and influencers. With […]

• Constellation Courts Millennials With 50 New Wine Brands

Constellation Courts Millennials With 50 New Wine Brands

–Company plans to launch more than 50 new wine brands and extensions this year, above last year’s 25 –Wine launches come as Constellation’s total domestic wine business has lagged the overall market –Constellation hopes to court Millennial drinkers, who have driven wine category’s growth in recent years An evolving palate and high interest in wines […]

• Congrats! Another Mondavi Enters Vintners Hall of Fame

Congrats! Another Mondavi Enters Vintners Hall of Fame

The Vintners Hall of Fame in St. Helena will induct Peter Mondavi Senior tonight after eight decades of making fine wine. Peter is far less famous than his late brother Robert, who was as good at self-promotion as he was at making great wine. Peter keeps, in his own words, “plugging along” at 97, as […]

• California Wine Bars Open in Hong Kong

California Wine Bars Open in Hong Kong

Susan Darwin, a former accountant to wine legend Robert Mondavi, pulled off an admirable feat during the recent economic slump. She sold 22 small California wineries on taking a financial stake in a venture she hopes will tempt Chinese wine palates. Known as California Vintage, the California-themed wine bar opened for business earlier this year […]

• Be there! 6th Annual LAWineFest: June 11-12

Be there! 6th Annual LAWineFest: June 11-12

The 6th Annual LAWineFest is scheduled for June 11-12, 2011 at the historic Raleigh Studios 5300 Melrose Ave. Hollywood, CA 90038. Saturday Trade Only–Early entry is only granted to qualified buyers and members of the trade: noon – 2pm General Admission: 2pm – 6pm Sunday Noon to 6pm The 2010 LA WineFest was incredibly well […]

• Constellation Brands Ramps Up Its Chinese Operations

Constellation Brands Inc. is ramping up its Chinese operations as the winemaker looks to capitalize on a growing thirst for its offerings there. The company, whose brands include Robert Mondavi and Kim Crawford wines and Svedka vodka, has installed a senior executive in Hong Kong to build its infrastructure there and in coming weeks will […]

• Fumé Blanc: another name, another style of Sauvignon Blanc

Fumé Blanc: another name, another style of Sauvignon Blanc

If you ever spend time perusing wine labels, you’ve probably seen a few bottles of Fumé Blanc shelved in stores alongside California Sauvignon Blancs. Have you wondered if the Fumé Blanc is made from a different grape or perhaps a blend? It isn’t. In fact, the name “Fumé Blanc” was made up in the 1960s […]