A summary of today’s, September 18, 2014 edition, of wine, spirits and beer related news.
> Former ‘Cru restaurant owner, Roy Welland, fetches over $6.6m at a recent auction held in New York by Wally’s auction house. All 1,767 lots were sold. Burgundy was the highlight with a 55 lot cache of Domaine Bachelet fetching $216,480. Estate Domaine G Roumier sold 196 lots for $882, 464. A second auction is planned for November 21 and 22 in Los Angeles.
> Piper-Heidsieck and Charles Heidsieck Champagne sold to EPI for over $600m..
> Demarville of Veuve Clicquot to experiment with super-sweet style of Champagne.
> Finger Lakes winemakers fight gas storage plan.
> Domaine Faiveley buys top Chablis producer, Billaud-Simon.
> In a first, a wine from India was awarded a Gold medal during judging at the Asia Wine Awards, yesterday. The company will be revealed on October 22nd at the award ceremony.
> Super Tuscan estate Monteverro plans to significantly increase production of its top wines over the next decade.
> Wine investment firm, Boltons, goes under.
> Dogfish Punkin Ale is back for 2014
> Redhook Brewery’s ‘Out of Your Gourd’ Pumpkin Porter set for release.
> Grey Goose opens new home in the Cognac region of France.
> The Bombay Sapphire Distillery at Laverstoke Mill opens to the public on October 1st.