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Latest Wine News Updates

Last few days were filled with important announcements in the wine world, so I wanted to bring them to your attention just in case you missed them.

Target, one of the major department stores in the US, made the decision to catch up with success of Trader Joe’s “Two Buck Chuck” wines and announced the new wine series called One Buck Willie. The wine will retail at $1.01 and will initially include Pinot Grigio, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, as well as “Hello Willie” Moscato. Target’s major rival, Wal-Mart countered that with their Rollback series which includes Rollback Red, Rollback White and Rollback Sweet Ending, all proprietary blends. Rollback wines will retail for $0.98 and $1.96 in the magnum size and will be available this fall at the Wal-Mart retailer near you.

According to the information leaked on Twitter by the law firm Trellis & Press, Antonio Galloni surprised James Suckling with the lawsuit a few days ago. He claimed that James Suckling’s bad influence forced him to quit his lucrative position at the Wine Advocate. The lawsuit is seeking an unspecified amount in damages, but it seems that its major target is Suckling’s exclusive collection of Barolo and full vertical of Petrus starting from 1928. James Suckling declined the request for an interview.

Chinese wine fashion finally arrived in New York, and it is all official. Coca-Cola and Chateau Latour cocktail, called CocaTour, is now served at all leading New York restaurants, and it seems that bartenders can’t make it fast enough. The cocktails are priced according to the vintage ratings, with 1947, 1961 and 1982 being the most expensive. Eying the success of the competitors, unconfirmed reports seem to indicate that Pepsi-Cola entered into preliminary talks with Domaine Romanee-Conti to endorse the new Pepsi-Cola/DRC cocktail which will be called PepsidRC. Representatives from both companies couldn’t be reached for the comment.

Riedel, the world leader in the manufacturing of the wine glasses, announced a new line of plastic glassware. In the recent interview given to National Enquirer, Maximilian Riedel admitted that customers long enough demanded high-quality plastic glassware capable of highlighting qualities of the different wines. The first release of the plastic glassware series called PlastiXtreme will include Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Port glasses,  and it will be available exclusively at Costco this fall. Single-use plastic duck shaped decanter will also be available in time for holiday season.

Joe Roberts of 1WineDude fame and Gary Vaynerchuk of VaynerMedia announced their new joint venture which will be called DudeChuk. DudeChuk owners wowed to create content will be funnier than Ron Washam’s HoseMaster of Wine and Chris Kassel’s Intoxicology Report combined. Partners also plan to continue writing wine reviews not only for Playboy magazine but make them specifically white-labeled for ease of reuse by Natalie MacLean.

That’s all I have for you for today, folks! Cheers!

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  1. Jayne
    April 1, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Hmmmm, not sure about plastic wine glasses. I bring my Riedel (glass) wine glasses on picnics, wine out of plastic just isn’t as good. You only live once and you can get glass (even crystal) wine glasses at Goodwill for pennies! And you won’t be clogging up the landfills 🙂

    • talkavino
      April 1, 2013 at 6:21 pm

      No worries – I don’t think we will ever see plastic glasses from Riedel 🙂 Happy April 1st!

  2. April 1, 2013 at 9:38 am

    You had me on the first one, but by the second, I was on to you! Cheers!

    • talkavino
      April 1, 2013 at 6:22 pm

      Makes me very happy – I managed to score at least one : )

  3. PSsquared
    April 1, 2013 at 11:23 am

    I’m just shaking my head. 🙂

    • talkavino
      April 1, 2013 at 6:22 pm

      Hope you enjoyed that : ) Happy April 1st!

      • PSsquared
        April 1, 2013 at 6:34 pm

        I did enjoy it, even if I fell for it for a little bit. Well done, sir! 🙂

        • talkavino
          April 1, 2013 at 9:37 pm

          Thank you!

  4. April 1, 2013 at 11:34 am

    The DudeChuk abides! Happy April 1!

    • talkavino
      April 1, 2013 at 6:23 pm

      Same to you!

  5. April 1, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Totally had me on the first one! Honestly I wouldn’t put it past them haha. Well done!

    • talkavino
      April 1, 2013 at 6:23 pm

      Thank you! Glad you liked it : )

  6. April 1, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    Awesome post!

    • talkavino
      April 1, 2013 at 11:00 pm

      Thank you very much, glad you like it!

  7. April 2, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Hehehe, you also had me on the first one, Anatoli! CocaTour is hilarious!!! Well done! 🙂

    • talkavino
      April 2, 2013 at 10:45 am

      Thank you, Stefano! Glad you liked it! 🙂

  8. April 2, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Reblogged this on Abuzz Wine.

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