News Briefs for October 20, 2016October 20, 2016
•Lawyers who filed a suit last month in an Illinois federal court challenging a ban on wine sales by out-of-state retailers have launched another salvo, this time in Missouri. Meanwhile, in Michigan, legislators are considering a bill that would allow in-state shipping by retailers but explicitly ban sales by out-of-state stores. Supporters of allowing wine consumers to have access to more wines by legalizing retailer sales across state lines hope the fights will eventually lead to the U.S. Supreme Court. Wine Spectator has a full report.
•Australian wine exports to the U.S. grew 4% by value to $344 million for the 12 months through September, according to trade group Wine Australia. The average value of Australian wine exports to the U.S. was up 12% to $2.25 per liter for the period, marking the highest average value for the category in seven years. Growth was most pronounced at the high end, as exports priced at $8 (A$10) or more per liter grew 21% to $30 million, while shipments within the $3.90-$5.80 (A$5-A$7.49) per liter range increased 14% to $18 million. The $2-$3.80 (A$2.50-A$4.99) and below $2 ($A2.49) categories rose 3% and 5%, respectively.
•Sonoma’s 3 Badge Beverage Corp. has extended its Gehricke wine brand with a new Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($35). The newcomer, limited to 1,077 cases, features 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as Petit Verdot (6%), Petite Sirah (5%) and Malbec (4%), and is aged 18 months in French oak. The Gehricke brand also offers a variety of small-lot wines from Sonoma County, including a Russian River Valley Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Los Carneros Pinot Noir and Sonoma Valley Zinfandel.Subscribe to Shanken News Daily’s Email Newsletter, delivered to your inbox each morning.