The Weekly Cuvée, Volume 2

It’s time for another edition of the Weekly Cuvée! Sure, it’s been 2 weeks since the last edition, but that just means we have a lot more to talk about this time around. For anyone who missed the last one, the Weekly Cuvée is our (semi-) weekly wine and spirits news roundup. So without further ado, here’s what’s been going on in the wine and spirits world as of late.

Photograph by Gerard Prins

Photograph by Gerard Prins

First off, Great Northwest Wine reports that the 2013 Washington State grape harvest brought in upwards of 220,000 tons of grapes, shattering the previous record of 188,000 tons in 2012.  This significant increase in tonnage is due to the large number of new vineyards in Washington. “We’re not seeing any big surprises as far as yields being up or down,” Kevin Corliss, vineyard operations director for Ste. Michelle Wine estates, told Great Northwest Wine. Corliss added that Merlot and Syrah yields were a little better than they predicted, while Cabernet Sauvignon fell behind slightly.

Back in New York, Sen. Charles Schumer recently announced his support of a proposal to remove a Prohibition-era law banning the shipment of alcohol through the United States Postal Service, according to USA Today. Currently, the shipment of beer, wine, and liquor is restricted to private shipping companies – the new law would only allow federally licensed breweries, wineries, and distilleries to ship via the USPS. According to Schumer, removal of the law could bring an estimated $225 million to the struggling Postal Service.

And now for some global news – some of you may have heard the recent rumors of a worldwide wine shortage. Thankfully, experts have rebuked these rumors, according to an SFGate article. While a report from MorganStanley claimed the world’s wine demand surpassed supply by around 300 million cases in 2012, analysts say wine production has “increased significantly” while “consumption is stabilizing.” So while we, of all people, are not going to tell you not to stock up (we have great case discounts!), we will say that it’s probably not necessary to panic.

Finally, three whiskeys we love (and carry!) have made it on Wine Enthusiast’s list of 7 Must-Try New York Whiskeys. While we’re glad Catskill Distilling Company‘s Defiant Rye Whiskey, Tuthilltown Spirits‘ Hudson New York Corn Whiskey, and Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery‘s Black Dirt Bourbon all made the list, we find it a bit surprising that there was no mention of the Widow Jane Bourbon Whiskey. Regardless, it’s nice to see some New York State spirits featured in a publication as prominent as Wine Enthusiast.

And that’s it for this edition of the Weekly Cuvée – check back next week for our very first wine review, and be sure to ‘like’ us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter if you haven’t already!

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Introducing the Weekly Cuvée

One of our goals here at Stone Ridge Wine & Spirits is to keep fellow wine lovers informed about the goings on of the wine world. With that, I’d like to introduce our first ever roundup post: the Weekly Cuvée (for those of you who are less wine-nerdy than I, the word Cuvée is used to describe a wine that is blended from several different vats or batches). Without further ado, here are my weekly picks for this week’s best wine news.

First off, a Japanese company called B&H Lifes just introduced “Nyan Nyan Nouveau,” the first ever wine made for cats, according to a post by TIME NewsFeed. The wine is made from Cabernet Franc grapes, and while it doesn’t contain alcohol, it does contain catnip, so I would imagine a cat could still get fairly “drunk” from a few glasses, dishes, or whatever you’d use to serve wine to a cat. Anyway, B&H Lifes is only producing 1,000 bottles, and as far as I can tell they aren’t being sold online, but who knows? Maybe cat wine will be the next big trend.

Next up, we have a story from Medical News Today, who reported that according to a recent study, the resveratrol found in red wine is not only good for your heart, skin, and metabolism, but could also aid in the treatment of certain cancers. According to the article, when resveratrol was used in conjunction with radiation therapy, the therapy killed 65 percent of melanoma cells, up from 44 percent with radiation alone. Other research suggests that resveratrol could also help prevent certain cancers, so with moderation in mind, uncork a nice bottle of red and drink up for your health!

Back in California, the St. Helena Star reports that the Napa Valley harvest has all but come to a close, thanks to what they called a “remarkably early and trouble-free growing season.” According to the harvest report, 2013 is shaping up to be a great vintage, with many growers indicating yields as good as, if not better than last year’s. Because they need time to age, it might be a few years before we see many of these 2013 vintages, but it sounds like they’ll be worth the wait.

Finally, we have some news of our own – this weekend, we’re hosting not one, but two wine tastings!

The first tasting is tonight (Friday, 10/18) from 5-8 pm. and is a fundraiser to celebrate Marbletown Multi-Arts‘ (aka MaMA) 15th anniversary. We’ll be featuring some rare vintage wines, including Burgess Cellars 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon and Blandy’s 15-Year Madeira, and more.

The second tasting is tomorrow (Saturday 10/19) from 1-6 pm, and will feature a selection of heavier, fuller-bodied whites and reds to help kick off the fall and holiday seasons. Among the wines we’ll be serving are the Josh Cellars 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, Dead Bolt 2011 Red Field Blend, Dinastia Vivanco 2011 Blanco, Santa Alicia 2012 Reserva Pinot Noir, and many others.

And that concludes the first edition of the Weekly Cuvée – enjoy your weekend, and we hope to see you at one (or better yet, both) of our tastings!