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Latest Wine News

There were a number of interesting developments in the world of wine and related “beverages”, which prompted this post. Here are some of the latest happenings:

Who doesn’t like Rum and Coke? It is easy, simple and refreshing, and it clearly says “warm days are here”. Yielding to the ever increasing popular demand, Coca-Cola company just announced the brand new product – Rum and Coke in the can, which should be available in the supermarkets next to you starting in May. Going an extra mile, and taking an advantage of thawing relationship between US and Cuba, Coca-Cola signed an agreement with Bacardi company to use their famous authentic Cuban Rum for this product line, thus this new line from Coca-Cola will appear under the name of “The Real Rum and Coke“. Coca-Cola arch nemesis, Pepsi-Cola Corporation is reportedly peeved by the announcement and entered into the talks with the famous French Cognac producer, Hennessy, to come up with some authentic concoction. Stay tuned for the further updates.

Starbucks recently announced that in addition to the Starbucks Evenings program, which adds wine and beer offerings at a number of select Starbucks locations, the purveyor of the fine coffee will add a Starbucks Mornings program, which will feature a special morning beer program to be available in select markets nationwide. The pilot will start in Las Vegas and New Orleans stores, and then it is expected to expand to New York and Los Angeles markets. Starbucks also announced a partnership with Blue Moon Brewing Company to produce a special light morning brew called “Blue Bucks”. A number of analysts in the industry believe that Starbucks Mornings program will be widely successful.

Considering recent acquisitions of Siduri Wines by Jackson Family and J Vineyards by the Gallo, Bronco Wine Company, producer of the famous Fransia and Two Buck Chuck wines, decided not to be outdone by the competitors and made an offer to buy a legendary California producer, Sine Qua None, at an undisclosed amount. To express his reaction to the Bronco’s offer, Manfred Krankl, proprietor at the Sine Qua None, responded in his usual eclectic fashion by sending a case of one of his latest and greatest wines, a 100% Grenache, to the Bronco’s headquarters. The wine, called Middle Finger, had specially designed unique label, surprisingly quickly approved by TTB. There is a great suspicion in the industry that the acquisition talks might collapse after that.

And just a few more tidbits. Screaming Eagle, producer of the eponymous most desired California Cabernet Sauvignon, recently acknowledged growing trend of “Rosé Rules” by announcing the brand new Rosé, made from the best plots of Cabernet Sauvignon, under the name of “Screaming Hen”. The new Rosé wine will be priced at the $500 per bottle, and will be available to the mailing list subscribers. 150 cases will be produced. After this information became public, Christian Moueix, producer of the famous Petrus wines in Bordeaux, reportedly attempted to enter into the partnership with Chateau Miraval in Provence, to produce the best and most expensive in the world Rosé. Based on the limited information available to the press, the talks fell through as Christian Moueix was unable to convince Brandelina team to rip out Cinsault and replant it with Merlot.

That’s all I have for you for today. Happy Wine Wednesday and Cheers!


  1. April 1, 2015 at 9:14 pm

    As far as I’m concerned, great news about Starbucks! I look forward to seeing how everything will work! Thank you, Anatoli!

    • talkavino
      April 2, 2015 at 6:38 am

      Absolutely, Francesca, me too!

  2. April 2, 2015 at 8:29 am

    Sad about the J. Can you imagine 500 for a rose? Or any wine for that matter. But I suppose if you have that much money it is just like 50 for us. Maybe?

    • talkavino
      April 2, 2015 at 8:33 am

      My friend, take a look at the date of my post. Also, can you actually envision the wine called “Screaming Hen”? 🙂

      • April 2, 2015 at 8:47 am

        That’s what I get for being slow on the read. Not the first (or probably last) post to get me. Your naive friend, A

        • talkavino
          April 2, 2015 at 8:51 am

          🙂 believe me, I tried! 🙂

  3. April 2, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    Good stuff Anatoli! Ha!

    • talkavino
      April 2, 2015 at 1:44 pm

      Glad you like it! 🙂

  4. April 3, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    I love it, Anatoli!
    Particularly your idea about Krankl’s response! That’s the way to say no in style! 😉

    • talkavino
      April 4, 2015 at 10:20 am


  5. April 7, 2015 at 8:16 am

    I was almost taken in. Very clever! I wish it were true!!! 🙂

    • April 7, 2015 at 8:17 am

      You might consider writing for the Onion. 😉

      • talkavino
        April 7, 2015 at 8:35 am

        You are too kind! I need to get “in the zone” in order to do this type of writing, but I like it once I’m there 🙂

        • April 8, 2015 at 8:51 am

          You do it well! I was with you, believing it, until the screaming hen. 🙂

    • talkavino
      April 7, 2015 at 8:34 am

      Hmm, which part? A “Screaming Hen” Rosé at $500? 🙂

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