Monthly Archives: February 2011

Mom's Grilled Cheese and Other Childhood Memories

What do you think of when you hear the term “comfort food”?

For me, several things come to mind… all, not surprisingly, connected to my childhood. Even though she worked a more-than-full-time job at the family bakery in Balboa, Calif., my Mom somehow found time to cook dinner six nights per week. Her only “day off” was Tuesday, when the whole family would go bowling together, and then eat dinner at the bowling center’s coffee shop.

In our family, “comfort food” ranged from a tuna-and-peas casserole to meatloaf, and from spaghetti to broiled hamburgers…

Posted in Editor's Journal

Wine Exports Bounce Back in 2010

United States wine exports rebounded to a new record of $1.14 billion in winery revenues in 2010, an increase of 25.6 percent over 2009 wine exports.

Volume shipments rose 1.9 percent to 425.5 million liters or 47.3 million nine-liter cases.

“This positive news indicates that our goal of $2 billion in wine export revenues by 2020 is achievable,” said Robert P. (Bobby) Koch, Wine Institute President and CEO. “California is the fourth largest wine producer in the world…

Posted in The Wine Business

Canadian Consumption Up; Global Challenges Remain

They’re drinking a lot of wine in the Great White North these days.

According to a report in the Montreal Gazette, Canadians increased their total annual wine consumption to 40.4 million cases between 2005 and 2009. That’s an increase of 22.5 percent, a rate six times faster than the world average.

Looking ahead, research by ISWR, a British firm, predicts that the total will grow to 49.7 million cases by 2014 – a 19 percent increase…

Posted in The Wine Business

North Carolina Town Is a Boone to Romance

Valentine’s Day has come and gone for another year, but romance remains in the air thanks to the folks at Korbel Champagne Cellars.

As a Korbel spokesperson pointed out, romance is in every city in America because in every town there are stories of first loves, first kisses and special memories.

This was evident by the hundreds of cities that were nominated in a contest hosted by Korbel to find the “Most Romantic City in America.” After all the entries had been assessed, the North Carolina town of Boone was selected as the winner…

Posted in Wine Buzz
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