French authorities have approved Bourgogne Côte D’Or, a new regional appellation in Burgundy. The new appellation is a delimited geographical area of about 1,000 ha, essentially covering Burgundy’s Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune regions of production. Under rules for the new appellation, minimum vineyard density will be 9,000 vines per hectare, instead of 5,000 for the generic Burgundy AOC. Yields will be set at 66 hectoliters (hl) per ha for whites and 58hl for reds, versus 68hl and 60hl respectively for AOC Burgundy.
New Belgium Brewing Company has signed an agreement with Seattle Cider Company to distribute the company’s products throughout the greater Fort Collins, Colorado, market. “The deal we have set up is just like any other distributor,” he explained. “We offer them our products at an FOB [freight on board] price, which is pretty standard for distributors, and then they mark it up at their percentage to make money on it as well.” New Belgium’s “Brewery Direct Services” team will be tasked with delivering Seattle Cider’s year-round, limited release, and seasonal offerings to kegs to bars, restaurants, and liquor stores throughout Fort Collins.
BJ’s Restaurants Inc. has launched alcohol delivery and an online ordering platform in California. The pilot alcohol delivery program allows customers in select California markets to add six-packs of the chain’s craft beer to orders. Other chains are expected to follow, as Buffalo Wild Wings Inc. announced in July that it was in the planning stages of a beer delivery program.
The bill is currently making its way through the Legislature. Some advocates say last call should be extended to two hours, and others say it should be the decision of the municipality. Currently, the legislation would only affect bars and restaurants—liquor stores would still have to abide by existing rules.