For those of you who have been reading the blog for a long time, you know that I’m a huge fan of Goose Island. Whenever we go to Chicago, we make a special point of heading out to the brewery for seasonals and dinner. I even co-hosted an event last year with the Dilly Cafe, the Hoperatives, and Goose Island. They make my favorite beers.
It was announced today that Anheuser-Busch has purchased Goose Island. Now remember, Anheuser-Busch itself is owned by global conglomerate InBev, so in essence, InBev now owns Goose Island.
I know this is probably a good thing for Goose Island, and the deal was worth a lot of beer: $38.8 million. According to WBEZ Chicago, not much will change:
In a statement, the head of Goose Island, John Hall, said the Chicago company has grown so rapidly in the last five years that demand for Goose Island beers has outgrown the capacity of its brewery. Hall said the company has had to limit production of some of the beers. Hall said the deal with Anheuser-Busch will help Goose Island continue to grow.
“This agreement helps us achieve our goals with an ideal partner who helped fuel our growth, appreciates our products and supports their success,” Hall said in a statement.
In announcing the acquisition, Goose Island said Hall will continue to be responsible for the Chicago brewery, which the company says will remain in operation.
So I have my fingers crossed I won’t see a Matilda Select or Fleur Lime anytime in the near future.
The Community Farm Alliance (CFA) today announced it will be hosting Planting Seeds of Change Fundraiser and Mingle, Friday, April 8 at The Artisan’s Enterprise Center, 25 West 7th Street, Covington, KY. Cost is $10 per person and all proceeds go to the Community Farm Alliance Seeds of Change project.
The $10 per person donation includes hors d’oeuvres and non-alcoholic beverages. Savor Catering will be serving locally produced foods in scrumptious small bites and there will be a variety of non-alcoholic beverages. A cash bar will include Kentucky liquor, wines and beer. Enjoy the art installation presently on the walls, as well as a special farm-related presentation on display for the evening, featuring photography, art, quilts, pottery and more from local farms and artisans. There will be a silent auction with a variety of wonderful items including a full sized, specially made farm-themed quilt. All proceeds benefit the CFA. Tap your toes as local musicians fiddle, pluck and strum bluegrass and other selections. No RSVP is needed—just stop by and have a great time meeting local folks that all share the legacy of food.
Community Farm Alliance is a grassroots membership organization with over 2,000 members in 75 Kentucky counties. The CFA creates new farmers’ markets in underserved urban communities and develops farm-to-cafeteria programs that link local farmers with institutional buyers. The organization also provides a grassroots voice for Kentucky’s citizens—farmer and non-farmer, urban and rural—by promoting family farm-friendly policies in the halls of the state capitol.
Tickets will be available prior to the event by calling 859-643-3276 or email Tricia to receive tickets via email or postal service.
For more information on Community Farm Alliance, visit their web site.
Hart Davis Hart, America’s largest wine auction house, conducted a highly successful auction over the weekend devoted exclusively to the wines of Château Lafite-Rothschild. The sale comprised the largest selection of Lafite ever offered at auction and was 100% sold, realizing $5.8 million in sales against a pre-sale auction estimate of $4.3m-$6.5m. Bidders participated from 22 states as well as Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Hong Kong, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. Five of the top ten invoices of the day went to Asian buyers.
The celebrated 1982 vintage brought in $1.39 million over 39 lots and achieved the highest hammer prices of the sale; the top lots of the day were two full cases of this vintage (est. $40,000-$60,000), fetching $59,750 each. Other acclaimed vintages posted strong results as well, with several cases of the 100-point 1996 vintage bringing $23,900 (estimate $16,000-$24,000), and a case of the 1995 commanding $19,120 (est. $10,000-$15,000). Prices for 15 of 20 comparable vintages rose from the strong levels achieved in Hart Davis Hart’s most recent previous auction, held at the end of January. In total, prices for Lafite rose 4% sale to sale. Both the 1998 and 1999 vintages rose more than 14% while the 1982 vintage fell slightly by 4.7%.The average price achieved per lot across the entire auction was an astounding $14,789.
Bidders in attendance at Chicago’s award-winning restaurant TRU enjoyed tastings of several vintages of Lafite paired with specially-created dishes from Executive Chef Anthony Martin. Multiple vintages were poured from magnum format, making the day “a complete celebration of the legendary wines of Château Lafite,” as Vice-Chairman Michael Davis noted.
Hart Davis Hart will be donating 3% of the buyer’s premium from The Lafite Auction to Japan Society’s Japan Earthquake Relief Fund and many of the consignors in the auction will provide matching donations. Hart Davis Hart will raise more than $30,000 which will be used to directly support victims of the earthquake and tsunami.
“The recent devastation in Japan has been weighing heavily on our minds, especially since many of our clients were directly impacted. We were thrilled to get such a great response in support of this effort from both our buyers and consignors,” said Chairman John Hart.
Top Lots (inclusive of 19.5% buyer’s premium):
Lots 275-276: 1982 Château Lafite Rothschild (12 bs)
(est. $40,000-60,000) $59,750
Lots 1-3, 114-115, 142, 196: 1982 Château Lafite Rothschild (12 bs) (est. $40,000-60,000) $57,360
Lot 116: 1982 Château Lafite Rothschild (3 dbl mags)
(est. $38,000-55,000) $53,775
Lots 27, 117: 1982 Château Lafite Rothschild (1 imp)
(est. $26,000-38,000) $41,825
Lots 11-12: 2000 Château Lafite Rothschild (12 bs)
(est. $26,000-38,000) $38,240
Lot 7: 1996 Château Lafite Rothschild (12bs)
(est. $16,000-24,000) $28,860
Lot 48: 1995 Château Lafite Rothschild (12 bs)
(est. $10,000-15,000) $19,120
Percent sold by lot: 100%
Total Aggregate: $5,887,526
Low Pre-Sale Estimate: $4,337,250
High Pre-Sale Estimate: $6,483,700
Welcome to Wine-Girl’s Annual Wine Festival Survival Guide. Every year I poll a large group of wine bloggers and find out if there are any outstanding tips, which I add to my own. This year, I’ve added new tips based on my experience pouring wines at last year’s festival.
These tips are geared for people who are heading to the Festival to try new wines, learn new things, and not get generally hammered.
So in no particular order, here are my tips for surviving a festival with hundreds of wines and even more people:
I’m in search of a new calendaring system for my blog. Why? Because I don’t have the 4-6 hours/week it takes to maintain the current calendaring system. Basically, I have to enter everything in by hand. Since I started working a “real” job, this just hasn’t been feasible. And until the wine blog pays me more than pennies, the “real” job is a requirement.
Right now, this note is at the top of the calendar page:
NOTE: The Calendar has not been updated in the last 8 months due to time constraints. I’m now looking for an alternative calendaring system. Weekly (recurring) wine events are possibly still up to date, but no promises. If stores have moved or changed times in the last 8 months, it is not reflected in this calendar. For now, please take all calendar entries with a grain of salt and please double-check before you go anywhere.
As far as I can tell, no one reads the note. So please take it to heart right now; the calendar is out of date until I can find better, more self-sufficient technology. Call or check online at the retail location first before you head to a tasting.
Here is what I would love to find in a calendaring system (which is very similar to the proprietary system on Cincinnati.com):
If you know of a lovely piece of technology like this, please let me know. In the meantime, remember the calendar is a loose, slightly out of date guide and you should always double-check with the retailer before you head out.
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