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    Wine news October 8. 2015

    by Christopher Barnes on 10/8/2015

    NPR reports that California's vineyards are being pressed to turn less water into wine. "So, about six months ago, Kivelstadt installed an onsite water treatment system that recaptures 99 percent of his rinse water and has cut Free Flow's water use down to almost nothing."

    People Magazine reports that Diane Keaton has a launched a new wine and it is meant to be served over ice. "Ellen heard I drink my wine on ice and surprised me with a nice glass!" Keaton says with a laugh. "I couldn't turn that down. Eventually it got nicknamed "The Keaton" and don't forget I also played beer pong with Jimmy Fallon but had my cups filled with wine!"

    Grub Street provides 10 essential tips for the modern wine drinker. "I hear all the time, 'I can't remember what I liked,'" Betts says. "Okay, well, you have a phone in your pocket. Take the picture. You'll be so stoked when you have it next time. Super, super important. I do that all the time, and this is my job."

    Eater on pairing wine with steak.

    The News Observer reports that the Michigan wine industry may suffer after two years of bad crops. 

    Jane Anson in Decanter on an alternative Bordeaux tour. "I had never been to Gazinet. And it started me thinking about all of those outlying villages and hamlets that edge the Bordeaux map – lucky enough to be situated within the differently colored zones that signal plantable land, but unlucky enough to be situated far away from the more prestigious strips along the Garonne and Dordogne rivers, and nowhere near the famous villages that we more usually concentrate on."

    The Grateful Dead has released a wine to commemorate 50 years reports The Drinks Business. "The goal was to capture the “joy, spontaneity and uniqueness of a Grateful Dead show”, resulting in a “dark, spacey and cerebral” Cabernet Sauvignon with notes of “black olive, tobacco, black currant and dark plum”.

    Winefolly asks do calories in red wine matter? "Back in the 1960’s there was a popular diet called the “Drinking Man’s Diet.” The idea was that a dieter would replace their sugars and starches for alcohol… It was like Atkins + wine."

    Punch on the great equalizing of natural wine. "Their other realization? That these wines get a far better reception when food is involved, which is why some of today’s best natural-wine evangelists have hung their shingles in restaurants—like Fung Tu, one of Wildair’s neighbors, where wine director Jason Wagner’s virtuosic list shows just enough funk to be the perfect foil for Jonathan Wu’s hybrid Chinese-American cooking."

    Vinepair provides and introduction to the wines of Germany.

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  • Wine news

    Wine news October 7, 2015

    by Christopher Barnes on 10/7/2015

    In USA Today a personalized wine label goes viral. "All you need is a bottle of wine and a custom label with a photo of your kid and the words, "Our child might be the reason you drink, so enjoy this bottle on us!" Or you can order them from Evermine."

    Business Insider on eight over-rated wine regions and where to go instead.

    The Huffington Post on a guide to New Zealand wine.

    Decanter on Europe's superb 2015 harvest. "If there is an issue, then it could be yields – which took a hit in some of the areas mentioned following an intense heatwave in July."

    Vinepair explores biodynamics.

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  • Wine news

    Wine news October 6, 2015

    by Christopher Barnes on 10/6/2015

    Vogue discovers orange wine.  “I prefer skin-fermented,” says Master Sommelier Pascaline Lepeltier of NYC’s soon-to-reopen Rouge Tomate, referring to the method by which the wine is made: fermented on the skins, or “macerated,” the same way a red wine obtains its color and texture."

    The Robb Report recommends a helicopter tour of the wine country.  The only way to travel.

    Le Pan talks to wine consultant Michel Rolland. "The best Cabernets I know are from Chile, Napa, Italy and France. In the near future, we’ll see good Cabernets from around the Black Sea." 

    Palate Press explores Amarone. "There’s no doubt that in the Valpolicella region, the dehydration of grapes is a very old practice, which producers learned how to manage centuries ago. It dates back to pre-Roman times, and was widespread mainly in Northern Italy, Greece, and in the French Alps."

    Jamie Goode tackles bias, dogma and fashion in the wine world. "Part of the problem with fashion and dogma is the way we are educated in western societies. We tend to think dualistically. Right or wrong. True or false. We are not good at holding in tension several statements that appear to contradict each other."

    Winefolly asks what is wine?

    Jancis Robinson interviews Champagne brain Richard Juhlin.

    In Do Bianchi Gambero Rosso suspends Friuli producers in the wake of alteration allegations. 

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  • Feature

    Why MOVI, the Chilean Movement of Independent Vintners, is important

    by Christopher Barnes on 10/5/2015

    For wine lovers who want to support small family wineries the challenge is that those businesses often don't have the resources to invest in the marketing that would allow for their wines to be available outside their local market. read more »

  • Wine news

    Wine news October 5, 2015

    by Christopher Barnes on 10/5/2015

    Fox News asks what's the hype about Virginia wine? "Virginia has a history of viticulture that dates back to Thomas Jefferson, who attempted (with little success) to grow wine grapes on his central Virginia estate, Monticello."

    Fortune asks why aren't you drinking Spanish wine? "The problem is that exports have been dominated by low-price/low-profit bulk wine, which accounted for 55% of Spain’s export volume last year."

    Alder Yarrow on how to help Lake County after the fire. "More than 1200 single family homes were destroyed by the valley fire, leading President Obama to declare it a national disaster. Wildfires have burned more than three times more acreage this year than last, and until the rains start falling, the fire season is not over."

    Gizmodo says that orange wine looks like pee but tastes like magic. "Many people say Gravner deserves sole credit for sparking the global craze for orange wine."

    Entrepreneur on wine gadgets.

    Yahoo News reports that Senegal has produced its first wine. "Extending over just one hectare (2.5 acres) dotted with baobab trees which watch over the young grape as it gorges on nourishing, year-round sunshine, the plot is the realisation of a cherished dream shared by two French businessmen who are lovers of all things Senegal."

    In Decanter Andrew Jefford explores wine culture in China. "Nowadays, the majority of purchasing decisions are made by the person who is going to drink the wine. That’s a big shift.” In other words, the Chinese wine-market is becoming more like other markets."

    The Drinks Business reports on wine regions under threat from development. "Famous appellations Sauternes, the Mosel and the Douro are all currently suffering from threats to their appearance and ecology due to schemes that should never have received the go-ahead, according to leading figures in the trade."

    Zachary Sussman in Punch on reconsidering the influence of the wine store. "According to Frank, this common misperception involves a lingering stigma from an earlier wine-buying landscape, when stores heavily relied upon “shelf talkers” and point scores from trade publications to push case after case of whatever might sell."

    Jancis Robinson on the white burgundy village of Meursault. "Dominique Lafon permitted himself a little step towards 'le matchstick' style with his négociant bottling of 2013 Meursault, while Raphaël Coche is arguably making very slightly fruitier, more accessible wines than his father."

    The Washington Post on how to discover tainted wine. “Take two sips, and if it doesn’t taste good, say something,” Myers advises. “If the wine is flawed, it’s an easy exchange: new glasses, new bottle, everybody’s happy."

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  • Understanding Wine

    Understanding Kosher Wine

    by Nickolaus Hines on 10/4/2015

    It’s impossible to think of Israel without thinking of history and, for oenophiles, kosher wine. On the land where some of today’s most cherished traditions began also sits one of the oldest viticulture areas. read more »

  • Wine news

    Wine news October 2, 2015

    by Christopher Barnes on 10/2/2015

    The Los Angeles Times reports that the black women kicked off the wine train sue for discrimination. "After the investigation has been conducted we will have the appropriate response to the complaint that is being filed seeking $11 million in damages," he said."

    CBS News rehashes the arsenic in wine debate. "Of the samples tested, the researchers found Washington state wines had the highest average arsenic concentrations, while Oregon's had the lowest."

    Eric Asimov's New York Times Wine School on Chinon. "Peter Bell, the winemaker at Fox Run Vineyards in the Finger Lakes of New York, commented that many Finger Lakes winemakers were inspired by Loire cabernet francs but were often put off by a prevalence of brettanomyces, a spoilage yeast, which they frequently detect in the wines."

    Crains advocates for New York to allow grocery stores to sell wine.

    The Wall Street Journal on a weekend in Southern England's vineyards. "England’s legacy of grape growing dates back to the Romans, but it’s only in the past decade that the country has begun to produce wine capable of rivaling international competition (still reds and whites are made here, but the sparkling wines show the most promise)."

    Bloomberg explains Pét-Nat wine. "Pétillant-naturel (natural sparkling) is a catch-all term for practically any sparkling wine made in the méthode ancestrale, meaning the wine is bottled before primary fermentation is finished, without the addition of secondary yeasts or sugars."

    Winefolly on Cabernet Franc.

    The New York Times Wine School looks at Gigondas. "Gigondas, by contrast, tend to be a little fresher and gentler in potency and price than Châteauneuf, while retaining many of the characteristics that come from the Mediterranean climate and the bright Provençal sun."

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  • Wine news

    Wine news October 1, 2015

    by Christopher Barnes on 10/1/2015

    NPR reviews the new wine book Hungry for Wine: Seeing the World Through A Glass of Wine. "Another chapter is devoted to Turkey's "hero wine," named for the defiance and creativity it took to bring the wine to market."

    The Miami Herald on why wine blends are great. "Rules are more restrictive in France. That country’s famous red Bordeaux must contain at least two of the following grapes: cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc, petite verdot and malbec."

    Vice says that English people like cheap crappy wine. "A recent Nielsen market survey found that when it comes to wine, Brits’ brand loyalty is weak, with 79 percent of those surveyed reporting that they switch brands regularly and aren’t loyal to any one brand."

    The Huffington Post on pairing wine with TV. "Portlandia: A tossup between orange wine (because the fermentation process might as well be called artisanal) and biodynamic wine (because it's the most organic)."

    Jon Bonné in Punch asks will the real Jura please stand up. "We have made it into an idyll, and its top talents into a little pantheon of household gods. In that reverence, we have created a narrative that doesn’t quite mesh with reality."

    The Drinks Business reports billionaire collector Bill Koch has won damages against another wine dealer who sold him fake wine. "The court said there was evidence that Greenberg had “misrepresented” châteaux and vintages and knew that these wines would end up in the hands of others."

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  • Wine Travel

    Dining and Lodging In Mexico's Up-And-Coming Wine Region, Valle de Guadalupe

    by The Editors on 9/30/2015

    As Mexico's Valle de Guadalupe emerges as a top food and wine travel destination, Grape Collective highlights some of the area's restaurant and hotel options. read more »

  • Winemaker Interviews

    Murat Güner of Sevilen Wines in Izmir, Turkey

    by Christopher Barnes on 9/30/2015

    Family run Sevilen is the second largest wine company in Turkey. Murat Güner discusses some of the challenges facing the Turkish wine industry. read more »

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