22nd September – Slow Day in the Wine World

Opus One Is Its Own
The owners of Opus One, Philippine de Rothschild and Constellation Brands, said Thursday (Sept 22, 2005) that, in the future, the winery will operate more independently from its Napa Valley sibling, Robert Mondavi Winery. The likeness of Mondavi remaining on the label is still undecided.
Constellation Brands, which bought Mondavi last year, and Baroness Philippine de Rothschild will continue to own Opus One jointly, but they said it was time for the celebrated Oakville winery to strengthen its own identity.
Some thought that the owner of Bordeaux first-growth Château Mouton-Rothschild would not want to work with a company that had long been known for mass-market brands such as Almaden and Paul Masson.
Instead, Philippine de Rothschild described Constellation’s involvement as “an enrichment” and said that she never gave serious thought to parting with her half of Opus One, which she inherited after her father’s death. “For us, there was very little talk of buying the other 50 percent [from Constellation],” she said. Selling Opus “would have broken my heart. It really didn’t cross my mind. I’m really not a seller.”
Although she allowed that, eventually, “[a sale] might happen,” adding that “anything may happen in life,” she dismissed the possibility for now. “For the moment, for me, it’s really out of my thoughts.”
Constellation Brands wanted to keep the prestigious Opus One brand, which sells up to 30,000 cases a year of its Bordeaux-inspired interpretation of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon at $150 a bottle.
On 22 September 1998, CA Wine moved to Wine, Etc. office to better service its clients. CA Wine was appointed sole distributor in Thailand by Alexander Valley Vineyards, Bronco Wine Company, Cain Vineyard, Joseph Phelps Vineyards, Pine Ridge Winery, and Storybook Mountain Vineyards.

Suntory Introduces Premium Bourbon Whisky – Suntory began marketing Super Premium Bourbon Whisky Woodford Reserve on September 22 1998 nationwide. The product retails for 5,000 yen (750 ml).
Woodford Reserve is the best bourbon whisky produced by Brown Foreman, which is famous for its “Early Times” and “Jack Daniel’s.” Bourbon whiskies produced in small batches have proved popular in the U.S. in recent years.

Founded in 1979, Peter Lehman Wines produces around 600,000 cases annual with distribution to Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States and many other countries. In late 2003 it became the subject of a heated bidding war between UK-based Allied Domecq and Swiss based Hess Group. Allied Domecq had acquired 14.5% of Peter Lehman Wines when it first submitted a takeover bid on September 22nd. Peter Lehman and the board of directors countered by recommending sale to the Hess Group instead. Hess matched the Allied Domecq offer and purchased the company for shareholder of $103 million USD.

Louis A. Wehle is born September 22nd 1889. That year investors purchase the stock of three Rochester breweries—Genesee, Rochester, and the city’s largest, Bartholomay Brewery Company. Wehle’s grandfather, Casper, and his father, John, both work at Bartholomay. While still in high school, young Wehle will begin assisting his father at the brewery. Still later, he is named the youngest brewmaster in New York State by Genesee.