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Cheap Wine Pouring More Than Ever



    Times are good for two-buck chuck.

    With the economy ailing, cheap wines have flourished in recent years. Consumers are reaching for the lower-cost options, forgoing the more expensive drinks. Which is just fine, because most of us can't really tell the difference anyway.

    What Goes With Shark? Red or White?

    [BAY] What Goes With Shark? Red or White?
    In 1993, Bert George dreamed up Sharkies Chardonnay. He had no idea what a big deal his hockey-themed wines would be.
    (Published Wednesday, April 14, 2010)

    That's putting a squeeze on North Bay wineries, which have struggled to continue producing the more top-shelf varieties. Discounts have made it necessary to retain customers, but those discounts could wind up costing the winemakers more than the price of producing the drink. As a result, employment is down in wine country.

    One winemaker estimated that it could take as much as a decade before consumers were comfortable again with prices over $50 a bottle. Others made more optimistic predictions of 3 to 5 years.

    Napa Wineries Take on Congress

    [BAY] Napa Wineries Take on Congress
    You could use the old Gallo phrase to explain this fight: You will sell no wine outside the state line.
    (Published Friday, June 11, 2010)

    Nervous vineyards dodged a bullet in San Francisco this week, with Mayor Gavin Newsomvetoing an alcohol tax that merchants said would keep patrons out of bars and discourage drinking. The tax would have funded an alcohol treatment program.