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A New Bubbles and Corking Mastery Facility Opens in Portugal

A New Bubbles and Corking Mastery Facility Opens in Portugal

M. A. Silva Announced New Manufacturing Facility For Sparkling And Technical Cork Closures In Portugal

Sonoma County based M. A. Silva USA announced a new manufacturing facility located in Santa Maria de Feira, Portugal. The 64,500-square-foot building is dedicated to the production of sparkling and technical cork closures. The $4.1M investment includes state-of-the-art technology and created 35 jobs.

“I founded M. A. Silva USA 17 years ago with Manual Alves Silva, founder of M. A. Silva Portugal, a family-owned and operated company with a 45-year history of wine cork manufacturing,” said Neil Foster, President of M. A. Silva USA. “The vertical integration of our companies combined with our rigorous quality and testing standards ensures that we deliver the finest premium cork closures to the North American wine industry, meeting and exceeding our customers’ expectations. This expansion is ultimately the result of the substantial growth we’ve seen in the cork business over the last years. It will allow us to significantly increase our technical cork production.”

About M. A. Silva USA: Based in Sonoma County, California, M. A. Silva USA is a leading manufacturer of premium natural corks, glass and packaging for North American markets. Its quality-assurance program ensures unmatched visual, mechanical and sensory characteristics of its products. The company operates on solar power and is committed to sustainability and eco-friendly operations. M. A. Silva earned both Sonoma Green Business Program and ClimateSmart™ certifications and received the Excellence Award for Sustainable Manufacturing by Trade Monthly Magazine. The company has been named Best Cork Supplier 2013, 2015 & 2016, Best Glass Supplier 2016 and 2016 North Bay Maker by the North Bay Business Journal, Best Cork Supplier 2013, 2015, 2016 & 2017 and Best Bottle Supplier 2013 & 2015 by Vineyard & Winery Management magazine and 2017 Best Cork & Bottle Supplier by Trade Monthly Magazine. It is a six-time winner of the North Bay Business Journal’s Best Places to Work. For more information, visit www.masilva.com or call 707.636.2530.

Gloria Ferrer’s Annual Glorious Bites Challenge Opens For Entries

Gloria Ferrer’s Annual Glorious Bites Challenge Opens For Entries

Do you love food & wine pairing and know how to pull together creative, crowd-pleasing appetizers worthy of a trophy?  Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards is searching for the nation’s most glorious appetizer recipe to pair with its Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Brut and it’s willing to pay $5,000 to get it!  Starting August 15th, budding home cooks age 21 and over are encouraged to channel their inner-foodie and submit their signature appetizer recipe for the 3rd annual nationwide Glorious Bites Challenge. Each recipe entered will be reviewed by a panel of wine and food experts based on originality, perceived taste appeal and perceived ability to pair with the award-winning Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Brut.  For official rules, entry deadlines and more please visit www.gloriousbites.com.  

Last year, Chera Little of Leander, Texas, beat out over 1,800 entries to take home the grand prize for her recipe for Miso-Maple Glazed Cod Wonton-Cho’s with Crispy Bok Choy Slaw.  This year, twelve semi-finalists will be chosen from all entrants to participate in three live cook-off events scheduled around the country that will culminate in the Glorious Bites Challenge Finals at Gloria Ferrer Winery in Sonoma, California. Tickets for all events are available now! Events include plenty of cookoff excitement, special guests, delicious Gloria Ferrer wines, savory bites and a cooking demonstration by Keynote Judge and Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company Executive Chef Jennifer Luttrell.  Event details below:

Boston, MA – Glorious Bites Challenge Semi-Final Cookoff
Tuesday, October 3rd, 6-8pm
Divine Design Center
2 Battery Wharf, Boston, MA 02109

Minneapolis, MN – Glorious Bites Challenge Semi-Final Cookoff
Thursday, October 5th, 6-8pm
Kitchen Window
Calhoun Square, 3001 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55408

Denver, CO – Glorious Bites Challenge Semi-Final Cookoff
Saturday, October 7th, 6-8pm
BAC Appliance Center
1880 W. Oxford Ave. Englewood, CO 80110

Sonoma, CA – 2017 Glorious Bites Challenge Finals
Saturday, October 14th, 6-8:30 pm
Gloria Ferrer Winery
23555 Hwy 121 (Arnold Dr.), Sonoma, CA 95476

Our Signature Bite from Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company 

Gloria Ferrer is happy to once again partner with its Sonoma County neighbor, Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company, for the Glorious Bites Challenge.  The secret to all the cheeses made on the farm lies in the unique combination of 3 key ingredients: Grade A milk from a closed herd of Holstein cows that graze on the pastures overlooking Tomales Bay, the coastal fog and the salty Pacific breezes. Our three Glorious Bites Finalists will get to see the farm as VIPs and enjoy a five-course dinner the evening before the Glorious Bites Final Event prepared by Executive Chef Jennifer Luttrell.

Luttrell has been the Executive Chef of The Fork, a Culinary and Educational Center on the Giacomini family dairy at Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company in Point Reyes, California, since 2011.  For the second year in a row, she will serve as our Keynote Judge at each Gloria Ferrer Glorious Bites Challenge event and has created a delicious signature appetizer using the iconic Point Reyes Original Blue!  Get inspired with her recipe for Point Reyes Original Blue and Caramelized Biscuits with Fig Jam here.

Special Guest Judges
In addition to our Keynote Judge, Gloria Ferrer has tapped three social media foodies from around the country to serve as special guest judges at each of this year’s semi-finals events:

Susie Williams –Glorious Bites Competition Semi Finals, Boston
Susie Williams started blogging to show the world that cooking and baking good food doesn’t have to be difficult. Most importantly, it should be fun. She’s been sharing original recipes for meals, baked goods, cocktails, and more on We are not Martha for ten years. Susie’s recipes have appeared in publications such as The Huffington Post and Bon Appétit, and she has been a regular contributor to Parade magazine and PBS Food. Her culinary icon is Martha Stewart, of course! Her favorite guilty pleasure? Absolutely anything involving peanut butter. And cheese. Probably not together. But maybe.

Kim Ly Curry—Glorious Bites Competition Semi Finals, Minneapolis
Born and raised in Minneapolis, Kim Ly Curry has two passions — capturing beautiful things on camera and a love of great food. She has successfully combined these two loves into one via social media. Kim scours the Twin Cities and beyond for the best eats and as her appetite for great food has grown, so has her following on her Instagram account, considered one of the city’s best. Kim enjoys variety, engaging with an array of chefs, cuisines and cooking styles. I consider them artists, she says. I truly respect their craft and they are a constant inspiration.”

Erin Sellin – Glorious Bites Competition Semi-Finals, Denver
Erin Sellin is a self-professed casual home cook that loves to feed people. A cooking enthusiast her entire life, she began her blog Dinners, Dishes, and & Desserts in 2011 as a source for deliciousness and every day meal planning. Today, Erin boasts hundreds of thousands of devoted followers and fans eager for her homemade, from-scratch sweet and savory recipes that take you from breakfast to happy hour and beyond. When she’s not in her kitchen, you can find her traveling the world or exploring the mountains of Colorado with her family.

About Gloria Ferrer
Founded in 1986 in Sonoma, California, by the Ferrer family of Spain, Gloria Ferrer combines the best of sparkling winegrowing history with the bounty of the Carneros winegrowing region using time-honored méthode traditionelle winemaking traditions and centuries-old sustainable practices.  Gloria Ferrer produces the most awarded California sparkling wines that have won over 500 gold medals and received 50 outstanding 90+ point ratings in the last 5 years.

A New Master Blender For Hennessy

A New Master Blender For Hennessy

We love wine, but news that Renaud Fillioux de Gironde who has mastered the art of selection to become and 8th generation master blender is amazing news.

Hennessy, the world’s best-selling Cognac, marks an important milestone in its history by announcing Renaud Fillioux de Gironde as the 8th generation Master Blender. Renaud was recently appointed to the role after finishing a rigorous apprentissage under his uncle, 7th generation Master Blender Yann Fillioux. The passing of the Master Blender title and responsibilities continues a lineage that has remained unbroken for more than two centuries and is unique in the world of Cognac.

“As CEO and President of Hennessy, my obsession is to guarantee the excellence of Hennessy Cognacs just as my predecessors have done. After 15 years of preparation, Renaud, with the support of the experts of the Tasting Committee, is now a part of the Maison Hennessy’s future,” Bernard Peillon.

Renaud Fillioux de Gironde, Hennessy’s 8th generation Master Blender (PRNewsfoto/Hennessy)

A 39-year-old Cognac native, Renaud Fillioux de Gironde has already completed a comprehensive journey at Hennessy. Previously the Winegrower Relations Manager, he has been groomed for the role of Master Blender by his uncle for more than fifteen years, mastering the art of selection.

In Cognac, Hennessy’s historic seat, Renaud Fillioux de Gironde followed in his predecessors’ footsteps by becoming a guarantor of eaux-de-vie’s excellence, ageing and quality. As the leader of the prestigious Tasting Committee, a group of in-house experts, the Master Blender samples and selects the best eaux-de-vie through daily tastings conducted with discipline and discernment. Only Hennessy has this multi-generational Tasting Committee, where each of its members is specialized in a facet of Cognac-making and appointed by in-house connoisseurs.

Renaud Fillioux de Gironde embodies the new generation of Master Blenders who know first-hand the issues winegrowers and wine-growing regions face, keeping up with technological evolution and making a point of being open to the world. He stands ready to enter the creative process without ever sacrificing quality and the long-term vision for the brand.

“I am very honored that Hennessy has entrusted me with this mission and I am also conscious of the responsibility I have been given as the 8th generation of Master Blenders in the Fillioux family,” says Renaud Fillioux de Gironde.

ABOUT HENNESSY

In 2017, the Maison Hennessy celebrates over two and half centuries of an exceptional adventure that has linked two families, the Hennessy’s and the Fillioux’s, for seven generations and spanned five continents. It began in the French region of Cognac, the seat from which the Maison has constantly passed down the best the land has to give, from one generation to the next. In particular, such longevity is thanks to those people, past and present, who have ensured Hennessy’s success both locally and around the world. Hennessy’s success and longevity are also the result of the values the Maison has upheld since its creation: unique savoir-faire, a constant quest for innovation, and an unwavering commitment to Creation, Excellence, Legacy, and Sustainable Development. Today, these qualities are the hallmark of a House – a crown jewel in the LVMH Group – that crafts iconic and prestigious Cognacs.

Hennessy is imported and distributed in the U.S. by Moët Hennessy USA. Hennessy distills, ages and blends spanning a full range: Hennessy V.S, Hennessy Black, V.S.O.P Privilège, X.O, Paradis, Paradis Impérial and Richard Hennessy. For more information and where to purchase/ engrave, please visit Hennessy.com

Black Stallion Estate Winery Goes Solar

Black Stallion Estate Winery Goes Solar

Delicato Family Vineyards’ flagship winery on Silverado trail completes their solar installation

Delicato Family Vineyards announced the completion of the installation of a Solar Electric Energy System at its flagship winery in Napa Valley.  The 347.93 kW PV system includes over 1,000 panels and was installed on the building roofs at Black Stallion Estate Winery by Sunworks.

The system reduces carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 377 metric tons per year, which is equal to taking 79.6 passenger vehicles off the road, reducing 902,773 miles driven by an average passenger vehicle, or planting 357 acres of U.S. forests.*

Because of the ‘time of use’ of energy at the winery and working closely with the utility company, the new system results in a 98% energy cost offset and an 84% energy consumption offset, which means the property is almost at carbon neutral operation.  In addition to the sustainability benefits, the solar installation is expected create six-figure annual savings in utility expenses.

Clean energy continues to be an important part of business strategies, with top US corporations investing in an estimated 1 gigawatt of onsite solar installations, which equals a reduction of approximately 1 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.**

“As a family-owned agricultural business, our commitment to innovation and environmental stewardship has always been a cornerstone of our company and the companies we work with,” noted Chris Indelicato, President and CEO, Delicato Family Vineyards. “This solar program supports our dedication to sustainability and saves the company resources, which ultimately benefits our consumers.”

All of Delicato’s wineries and facilities are certified by the Wine Institute’s Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing program, and implement other environmentally friendly efforts such as water conservation; soil restoration; rootstock selection; erosion control; responsible packaging and recycling.

*Source: https://www.epa.gov/energy/greenhouse-gas-equivalencies-calculator

**Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) 2016 Report

About Black Stallion Estate Winery 

Located on the historic Silverado Trail in the heart of Napa Valley, Black Stallion Estate Winery pays homage to the rich history of the 32-acre estate which was once home to the Silverado Horseman’s Center. The property was purchased in 2010 by Delicato Family Vineyards. The winery sources from the most prestigious vineyards with a commitment to crafting the most expressive wines possible.

About Delicato Family Vineyards
Delicato Family Vineyards is a family-owned company founded in 1924.  Four generations of the Indelicato family have overseen vineyard operations and winemaking at their California properties, maintaining the unparalleled standards for which they are known. The Delicato portfolio includes a unique range of brands such as Bota Box, Gnarly Head, Noble Vines, Black Stallion Estate Winery, Z. Alexander Brown, Diora, Belle Ambiance, Brazin, HandCraft, Irony, Loft, and Earth Wise. For more information, visit www.delicato.com

Hell-ish Heat Causing Problems for this Years Italian Grape Harvest

Hell-ish Heat Causing Problems for this Years Italian Grape Harvest

A severe heat-wave that meteorologists have named “Lucifer” is causing some serious problems for Italy’s vineyards.

The high temperatures, which have seen thermometer peaking at 40ºC+ (over 100ºF) are a grave concern for many of the Italian grape farmers and producers. Accompanied by months of drought, this weather has brought forward this year’s harvest by almost two weeks. 2017 is seeing the earliest start to the grape harvest in the last 10 years – as a result, production is also affected.

The harvest in Italy is seen as the biggest in the world (with over 17% of the world wine production), while France, Spain and the US rank after Italy – so this may have an impact on global wine production as a knock-on effect.

“The high temperatures have created a drastic decline in production of about 10 to 15 percent,” said Simone Frusca, a spokesman for Italy’s agriculture lobby.

Violent hailstorms and spring frosts also hurt some of the country’s grapes.  Despite the weather earlier in the year and now this heat wave, many of the country’s producers and vintners are seeing the glass as half-full. The “quantity” may not be there, but they say it could be a very good year in terms of “quality.” That’s because excessive heat has prevented fungus and disease from spreading on the vines. And some Italian towns had occasional rain before the hot weather, leading to more concentrated sugar levels in the grapes.

Another reason winemakers are not completely panicked is technology that helps mitigate the impact of wildly changing weather. “With the technology they have now for wine-making and cooling down grapes, when they make wine and things like that, it’s a lot easier to manipulate… and not suffer a bad harvest,” Roger Brown of Majestic Wines.

Last year, Italy produced about 1.5 billion gallons of wine, and Italian wine sales topped $12 billion. Agriculture industry officials predict the country will retain the title of world’s biggest wine producer because chief rivals France and Spain have also had wild weather.

Source – CBS

New Fine Wine & Good Spirits Opens in Philadelphia

New Fine Wine & Good Spirits Opens in Philadelphia

Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Celebrates Grand Opening of New Fine Wine & Good Spirits Store in Philadelphia

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) today welcomed local officials and the public to the grand opening of a new Fine Wine & Good Spirits store at Penrose Plaza, 2900 Island Ave., Philadelphia.

With almost 6,200 square feet of space, this brand new store features nearly 2,400 wines and spirits, including the popular Chairman’s Advantage® products, which are hand-selected, highly rated wines available for less than $10 a bottle.

The Fine Wine & Good Spirits store offers a warm, welcoming atmosphere for consumers to browse the extensive selection. The focal point of the store is the center table, where customers can find staff to answer questions or provide recommendations. The center table provides counters for highlighting promotional items and educational materials for customers such as:

  • Answers to frequently asked questions about wine and spirits
  • A vintage chart
  • A food pairing outline
  • A party planning guide
  • A calorie chart
  • Tips for responsible hosting and consumption

The store has a “Made in Pennsylvania” section to highlight wines and spirits produced in the commonwealth. Also, this store features Pennsylvania Lottery ticket sales.

Throughout design and construction, the PLCB was committed to developing a store that is attractive and environmentally responsible. Most store lighting is state-of-the-art LED or energy-efficient compact-fluorescent lighting, which uses a fraction of the energy of traditional lighting.

The Penrose Plaza Fine Wine & Good Spirits store will be open from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM Monday through Saturday and from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM Sunday. The store phone number is 215-365-0299. To find additional store locations and hours, visit www.FineWineAndGoodSpirits.com.

The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide, and licenses 20,000 alcohol producers, retailers, and handlers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups, and licensees. Taxes and store profits – totaling $15.1 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies, and local municipalities across the state. For more information about the PLCB, visit www.lcb.pa.gov.

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