? Mansion sommelier wins: Scott Barber of Dallas ? Mansion on Turtle Creek has been named Texas ? Best Sommelier for 2008 in the fourth annual competition. He received a $2,500 scholarship from the Guild of Sommeliers Education Foundation. Laura Atkinson of Horizon Wines in San Antonio was second, with a $1,500 scholarship, while Dallas residents Kim Wood of Pappas Bros. Steakhouse and D ?Lynn Proctor of Wine ?tastic tied for third, each receiving $1,000 scholarships.
? Sinkoff gets new job: Martin Sinkoff, a legend in the wine business, has been named director of marketing for the fine wine division of internationally known importer Frederick Wildman and Sons. I don ?t have enough space to detail how much Sinkoff has done to make it easier and cheaper for Americans to drink quality European wine, so let me add a personal note. He helped a very young and very inexperienced Wine Curmudgeon take his first steps as a professional wine drinker. His best piece of advice? If you think you know enough about wine, you ?re wrong. You never know enough.
? Big losses down under: The slowing economy, the weak dollar, and increased global competition added up to the first loss in 16 years for Foster's Group, Australia's biggest beer and winemaker. The company, whose brands include Beringer, Chateau St. Jean, Rosemount and Little Penguin, lost A$602.9 million (US$517 million). How bad were those results? Fosters says it may well its wine brands.