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    Wine news June 24, 2016

    by Christopher Barnes on 6/24/2016

    Eater on Vinho Verde. "Most are grown in the backyard-size vineyards—about 29,000 of them—that make up the viticultural area’s more than 51,000 acres of vines."

    The Boston Globe on Chilean wine. "Chile’s wine identity isn’t easy to peg, and that poses a challenge when communicating with export markets."

    The Guardian on how Bordeaux wine prices could raise by 60% after vintage year. "The top grands crus – a classification dating to 1855 – are on average 56% more expensive than in 2014, at about €600 (£490) a bottle in the wine shop."

    The Chicago Tribune on Michigan's wine country. "Michigan wines are winning more awards every year. In fact, Traverse City’s Chateau Chantal’s Ice Wine was chosen by the White House to be served at a state dinner this spring honoring Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau."

    James Suckling interviews Francisco Baettig of Errázuriz in Chile. :)

    Decanter asks what will the Brexit mean for wine. "Merchants are somewhat less fearful of trade barriers being erected in the event of a vote to leave the EU, with Boom claiming it was ‘unlikely’ that European wine-producing countries would impose additional tariffs, given the significance of the UK market."

    Tom Wark looks at the role of gender in marketing wine. "Elling herself reminds us that 70% of all wine purchased in the United States is purchased by women."

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  • Feature

    The Rise of the Hipster Sommelier Part II: The Bubble People of NYWC and Their Fancy Wines

    by Stuart Pigott on 6/24/2016

    "Isn’t it time to name names? I had to point out to them that I’m not the DA of wine and this is not a list of people wanted for felonies." - Stuart Pigott read more »

  • Winemaker Interviews

    Ricardo Campinoti of Le Ragnaie in Montalcino

    by Monty Waldin on 6/23/2016

    "Our lowest vineyard is 180 meters and our highest vineyard is 621 meters. The difference is dramatic." - Ricardo Campinoti read more »

  • Wine news

    Wine news June 23, 2016

    by Christopher Barnes on 6/23/2016

    Deadspin provides instruction on how to order wine like you know what you are doing. "If you’ve been staring at the wine list for an embarrassingly long amount of time and still have no idea what to order, ask your server!"

    The Chicago Tribune on large format bottles. "Besides being festive, large-format bottles are better for aging wine than standard-size bottles."

    Decanter on a fight over residual sugar levels in Alsace. "But the heated discussions going on in Alsace right now (and, let’s face it, for many years) show that even the most ardent champions of this diversity know the confusion is helping neither consumers nor themselves."

    Wines and Vines on how Washington wineries are planting flags in Oregon.

    Jon Bonné in Punch says the world's best rosé is coming from Austria and Germany. "And both countries are obsessed with quality; their most talented winemakers don’t see rosé as a second-class task."

    Bloomberg on how Prince Robert of Luxembourg is building an empire in Bordeaux. "Though Prince Robert has become a savvy businessman, he never intended to join the family firm. “I wanted to be a musician, and in my twenties, I was in Hollywood writing screenplays with my wife,” he explained."

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  • Column

    Cruising With Montrachet, Heitz, Guigal and Marie Weiss – for $15 Each (Kind Of)

    by Dorothy J. Gaiter on 6/22/2016

    "Over the years, John and I have found two modes of travel that satisfy our desire to be alone as much as we want and to drink as many of our own bottles of wine as we want: We’re big-time fans of cruises and of long-distance train travel in Amtrak’s deluxe sleeper cars." Dorothy Gaiter read more »

  • Wine news

    Wine news June 22, 2016

    by Christopher Barnes on 6/22/2016

    Forbes profiles wine app Vivino. "Vivino hopes go beyond becoming a source of recommendations, to evolving into a fully-fledged digital marketplace for wine."

    Vice explains why one should put their wine in a slushy machine.

    The Huffington Post explains biodynamic wine. "We know this might sound hokey to some, and maybe it is, but the strength of biodynamic practices is an adherence to growing crops naturally, and that is something many people consider priceless in this day and age."

    Food and Wine asks will a hot apartment hurt my wine? "But a few days or weeks in less-than-ideal conditions won’t do much to affect their aromatic and flavor profiles, so you should feel confident pulling the corks on recent purchases."

    In the Wine Spectator Matt Kramer asks will Gamay be the next big grape? "My guess is that Pinot Noir, at its current price points, is now saturated. It's that old supply and demand thing."

    ABC News says rosé is a lifestyle. 

    In Punch Zachary Sussman goes in search of true Vinho Verde. "Over recent years, a new wave of Vinho Verde producers—typically small-scale, independent winemakers, who represent a stark contrast to the large corporate firms that dominate production—has begun carving out an alternative ethos for the region."

    The Drinks Business on cocaine infused wine.

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  • Value Wine

    Great Value Wine That Won't Break The Bank

    by Joyce Lin on 6/21/2016

    A selection of tantalizing wines under $25. read more »

  • Wine news

    Wine news June 21, 2016

    by Christopher Barnes on 6/21/2016

    The Sacramento Bee says the Hungarian grape Furmint might be the next big thing. "He suggested that the Communists preferred mediocre mass-produced semi-sweet wine and failed to keep abreast of advances in grape growing and winemaking; as a consequence, the nation’s wine standing on the international stage slipped into virtual obscurity."

    Winesearcher on California's affordable cult wines. "They were founded by people like Duncan Arnot-Meyers, enophiles who initially started their projects without any ambition to leave a lasting mark on the Californian wine scene. "My business partner Nathan and I started Arnot-Roberts in 2001, just to make some wine for ourselves," admits Arnot-Meyers."

    Winefolly on wine additives explained. "The main reason wine additives are popular is because most are harmless (when used correctly) and improve the organoleptic qualities (taste, smell, etc), stability, color, clarity, and age-worthiness of the wine."

    The Drinks Business reports on a boycott of Paso Robles Justin Vineyards over culling of oak trees to make way for new vineyards.

    The Wine Enthusiast recommends wine cruises.

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  • Winemaker Interviews

    Francisco Baettig of Errázuriz

    by Christopher Barnes on 6/20/2016

    "I don't think Chile should stick to just one variety or use Carménère, the equivalent of Malbec in Argentina, or Sauvignon Blanc in New Zealand." -Francisco Baettig of Errázuriz read more »

  • Wine news

    Wine news June 20, 2016

    by Christopher Barnes on 6/20/2016

    The Huffington Post on non-alcoholic wine for cats. "Then it dawned on him — maybe some people out there reallywould like a wine-like treat for their cats."

    Bloomberg on the world's top wine lists. "Robuchon beat out Vienna’s grand Palais Coburg, the best European list, and New York’s Eleven Madison Park, 2015’s top award winner and the top list in North America (not to mention the No.3 best restaurant in the world)."

    Eater on the NYSLA  dropping its proposal to outlaw restaurants and wine retailers selling auction wine. And The Drinks Business on how NY has rolled back its Prohibition era Sunday alcohol laws.

    Andrew Jefford in Decanter on the Brexit and wine. "The consequences for Britons (like those in the wine trade) whose livelihood depends on international trade must also be a matter of guesswork."

    Jancis Robinson profiles Miguel Torres and looks at his quest to rescue Catalan native grapes. "Torres worked on samples of vine fragments in conjunction with the University of Montpellier and its DNA analysing equipment and in about 50 instances, the mystery vines turned out to be genuinely mysterious."

    The New York Times talks to rosé pioneer Sacha Lichine. "In 2008, he said, when he was getting started, he sold just 3,500 cases of the rosé made on his estate. Now, he’s selling more than 200,000 cases, 50,000 of them in New York alone."

    The Washington Post on Mid-Atlantic wineries. "When we think of Virginia and Maryland, we savor the cabernet franc, salivate over petit verdot and nod in appreciation over the Bordeaux blends."

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