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Willamette: The Pinot Noir Auction to be Held April 6

Willamette Valley Pinot noir will be the talk of the wine industry on April 6, 2019, when the nation’s top wine trade and media convene at The Allison Inn in Newberg, Oregon, for the Fourth Annual Willamette: The Pinot Noir Auction.

C. Mondavi & Family Names Claire Hobday CFO

C. Mondavi & Family, the parent company behind iconic wineries and brands such as Charles Krug, CK Mondavi and Purple Heart Wines, announced Claire Hobday as the company’s chief financial officer.

Sell More Wine this Winter with a Mulled Offering

It’s time to part ways with summery cocktails and start offering drinks that will warm guests. Mulled wine’s composition varies far and wide, but the hot beverage usually incorporates dry red wine; mulling spices such as clove, cardamom, allspice, nutmeg, and cinnamon; fruity additions like oranges and raisins; and a splash of brandy or port.

Kosta Browne Launches Chef Series Lineup of Winery Dinners

California Pinot Noir and Chardonnay producer Kosta Browne announced the Chef Series lineup of winery dinners. The first event—already sold-out—will take place on November 9, 2018, and feature a custom menu from Chef Kyle Connaughton of two-Michelin-starred SingleThread.

Pét-nats are the Next Big Thing in Wine

The sparkling wine section of a menu can often read like it’s been spit out by a generator—the expensive Champagne, more affordable prosecco or cava, maybe a wild card of crémant or Franciacorta. The selections tend to feel the same—safe and predictable, consumed before dinner or with appetizers, and generally reserved for celebrations or special occasions.

5 Marcus Restaurant Group Locations Earn Wine Spectator Awards of Excellence

Marcus Restaurant Group announced that five of its premier properties have earned 2018 Wine Spectator Awards of Excellence to recognize their superior wine programs. The award-winning restaurants, include:Geneva ChopHouse located in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, and Bloomington ChopHouse located in Bloomington, Minnesota, which received the award for their first time;Mason Street Grill, located in Milwaukee, which is celebrating its sixth award;Milwaukee ChopHouse, also located in Milwaukee, which is receiving the award for its eighth year; and,Grey Rock Restaurant, located at the Heidel House Resort & Spa in Green Lake, Wisconsin, which has earned the award for 16 years.

Long Meadow Ranch Wine Estates Acquires Stony Hill Vineyard

Two of the Napa Valley’s most well-known multigenerational winemaking families have joined grape-growing and winemaking operations. Peter, Willinda and Sarah McCrea of Stony Hill Vineyard, along with Ted, Laddie and Chris Hall of Long Meadow Ranch, announced that Stony Hill Vineyard, located in the Spring Mountain District, will become part of the Long Meadow Ranch Wine Estates (LMR).

Trending Wine Varietals and Why They Matter

In today’s trend-driven landscape, even occasional wine drinkers grow weary of the predictable varietals like Pinot Grigio and Merlot that have been widely available on restaurant menus for years. This overabundance of tradition has led to lingering fads (think rosés), but demand for seasonal alternatives is growing.

‘Cool’ Down Your Beverage Menu with Ice Wine

Made from late-harvest grapes that have frozen on the vine, ice wine is a sweeter, slightly thicker drink generally enjoyed with—or as—dessert. Known as eiswine in German, this sugary concoction requires patience and remains notoriously difficult for winemakers to perfect, which bumps up the cost.

Wine Spectator Picks its Best Wine Programs for 2018

Wine Spectator released its annual Restaurant Award Winners, honoring 3,759 restaurants in all 50 states and more than 75 countries for their industry-leading wine programs. As always, the awards were broken down across three categories: Award of Excellence, Best of Award of Excellence, and Grand Award.

Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse Honored by Wine Spectator

Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse Eau Claire has just been honored for its outstanding wine program in Wine Spectator’s 2018 Restaurant Awards. The restaurant is recognized among other winners from all over the globe as a top destination for wine lovers.

8 Simple Steps to Building Your Best Sangria

There’s no better time than the summer to introduce cool, shareable pitchers of sangria to guests. Sangrias offer the perfect vehicle for getting creative with local produce and bar specials. Master the basics, and move on to incorporating seasonal fruits and inventive wines for a unique, captivating thirst-quencher.