? Markham Vineyards' Mark of Distinction: The Napa winery will again award $25,000 grants to two groups or individuals ? selected by the public through online voting ? who have submitted compelling plans to make positive change in their community, town or city. Anyone, from an established charity to a citizen with a great idea, is eligible. You can make a nomination on the web site using the link above.
? Michigan consumers lose out: The legislature has made it more difficult for residents to get wine from something other than a traditional retailer. In Michigan, stores can only ship wine to state residents from vehicles they own, and not companies like Fed-Ex or UPS. And since most out-of-state retailers don ?t own trucks in Michigan ? and most in-state retailers don ?t, either — they can ?t ship wine in the state. So if I live in Ann Arbor, I can ?t order wine from a Detroit retailer over the Internet or even by phone, unless I drive to Detroit to pick it up. Even wine.com has given up, and won ?t ship to Michigan.
? Cult wine prices drop 50 percent: Or so reports Elin McCoy after attending a major Napa wine auction last month: ?Five cases of 2007 Shafer cabernet from their Sunspot Vineyard, which provides the heart of the winery ?s top cab Hillside Select, pulled in $24,000, compared with $62,000 in 2008. ? More about slumping U.S. wine sales, and what the industry doesn ?t want to face up to, coming soon.