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    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 »

  • Wine news

    Wine news September 30, 2015

    by Christopher Barnes on 9/30/2015

    The Washington Post reports that sales of Virginia wine has hit record heights. "Virginia wineries sold a record 6.3 million bottles of wine over the past year, while the state’s makers of alcoholic cider saw sales more than double, according to state figures released Tuesday."

    The Robb Report on different approaches to wine collecting. "I do think that proximity is the enemy to a good wine collection,” he says. “I know too many people who have their wine at home and at 4 am they’re drinking a $5,000 bottle, which is never a good idea.” 

    Bloomberg on the impact of the 2015 California wildfires on the grape harvest. "The Valley fire delayed our harvest for a few days,” is all Beckstoffer would concede. I spoke with him, via cellphone, as he was driving around in an effort to check his 1,300 acres of vineyards in Lake County’s Red Hills area. “An awful lot of the roads were closed.”

    The Arizona Republic on a crack down in out of state shipping. "The enforcement of these long-standing regulations began this year. A search of the liquor department's website shows that no out-of-state wineries were accused of violating shipping laws in 2014."

    In Decanter Beaujolais winemakers protest over low prices. "A decrease to €180 for a great vintage like 2015 is absurd,’ Landry Collonge, of Domaine André Collonge et Fils told, ‘especially since the 2015 yields are 15% to 20% down due to the drought."

    In Wines and Vines plaintiffs up the ante in arsenic case. "The complaint names vintners including Sutter Home Winery, The Wine Group Inc. and Treasury Wine Estates Americas Co., among others, and cites 200 anonymous defendants pending the naming of other defendants."

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  • Wine news

    Wine news September 29, 2015

    by Christopher Barnes on 9/29/2015

    Business Insider on why wine tastes different from year to year. "The best vineyards benefit from a confluence of environmental factors that produce exceptional flavor on most years. But no two years are the same."

    Vox on the truth about red wine's benefits. "Back in the 1990s, researchers were puzzling over why the French had lower rates of heart disease than people in other countries, even though they smoked more and ate more saturated fat."

    Decanter reports on Napoleon's wine prison rations. "Handwritten notes show that Napoleon and his staff received a bottle of Champagne plus 10 bottles of ‘claret’ every day while imprisoned on St Helena, a tiny island off the west coast of Africa."

    The top 10 wine label controversies in The Drinks Business. "This prompted the winemaker – clearly a man inspired by Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver – to name his wine You F**k My Wine?!."

    The Hosemaster of Wine on America's Next Top Somm. "Known for underpaying sommeliers because he knows they want his name on their resumés, he’s a hero to restaurant owners everywhere, it’s Thomas Keller!”

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