? Pinot noir fraud update: French authorities are apparently still looking into allegations that millions of gallons of wine from southern France were fraudulently sold as pinot noir and exported to the U.S. over the last four years. I did some more reporting on this end, and a Gallo spokesman said his company is still waiting to hear whether its Red Bicyclette pinot noir is involved. Sieur d’Arques, a leading French wine company that may be part of the scandal, works with Gallo on the wine. L ?Orval, another inexpensive Languedoc pinot brand, is not part of the scandale, said a spokesman for its U.S. broker.
? American Wine Bog Awards finalists: The list is here. And, in big news, the OpenWine Consortium is going to run the awards next year. Or, if you ?d like something a little sillier in terms of awards, go here. Our old pal W.R. Tish ? who promises a big April Fool ?s treat this year ? won Best Non-Blogging Wine Blogger.
? Australia harvest down by 20 percent: Looks like Mother Nature is lending a hand with the oversupply problems facing the wine business Down Under. A searing heat wave across South Australia and Victoria devastated crops, while the Victorian bushfires destroyed vines in the Yarra Valley wine-growing region.