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October 2008

Wine Spectator magazine reports in their November 2008 issue that Amazon.com is jumping into the wine business. The largest online retailer is launching a new Web site dedicated to wine. Consumers in 25 states will be able to purchase wine on the site by mid autumn, with expansion to other states in the future. A Napa wine executive who has spoken with Amazon stated “I think their intention is to have nearly every wine available on their Web site”. Started in 1994 as an online book seller they moved into many other products including electronics, clothes and movies. Amazon has enormous resources with revenues over 17 billion reported last year. Amazon has tried to recruit scores of Napa Valley estates. Details on wine producers and a range of foreign wines that will be available have not yet been released. For the full article see Wine Spectators November issue or visit winespectator.com.

Authorities in Italy have released thousands of bottles of Brunello Di Montalcino that were seized back in April of this year. Vintner Castello Banfi released a statement today saying there bottles have been released from impound and are back on sale.
Over 600,000 bottles were seized in April after an Italian magistrate alleged that there were too many of them for the wine to be authentic. News reports stated that investigators calculated that the land dedicated to Brunello could not have yielded as many bottles as it did without mixing the wine with another grape variety. Italian authorities had no comment on the investigation.

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