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    Wine news July 22, 2016

    by Christopher Barnes on 7/22/2016

    Eric Asimov in the New York Times is looking for soul in Douro reds. " Yet the wine panel recently tasted 20 Douro reds from the 2012 and 2013 vintages and was left feeling that too often something seemed to be lacking."

    Wines and Vines on why Riesling is hard to sell. "Retail sales of Riesling, by dollar amount and volume, have been down slightly every year since 2014, according to the Nielsen market research firm; sales barely ticked up in 2013."

    Jamie Goode asks how useful are comparative blind tastings. "Sometimes you rate a wine you like quite a bit quite low in the rankings."

    Jon Bonné in Punch asks can Savoie become the Rhône's rival sister? "Along with parts of the Pyrenees, the Savoie is France’s true mountain region for wine, a mysterious place dotted with dairy cows and chalets."

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  • Column

    Antidotes for Our Time, Lambrusco, Unoaked Chardonnay, and Others

    by Dorothy J. Gaiter on 7/21/2016

    "So while we think deeply about what the heck is going on and how we can make things better, here is a vinous soundtrack to sample while we try to help, improve and reorient the things we can affect." Dorothy Gaiter read more »

  • Wine news

    Wine news July 21, 2016

    by Christopher Barnes on 7/21/2016

    Eater reports that the Philadelphia 76ers having failed at basketball are now making wine. "Only time will tell whether the Sixers' wine can match that of former Miami Heat and current Chicago Bulls superstar Dwyane Wade."

    In Food and Wine Anthny Giglio extols the virtues of rosé. "In fact, today’s rosés pack much more flavor and character than those white Zins ever did."

    Harpers Bazaar on a collaboration between designer Zac Posen and wine brand Ecco Domani. "Posen took inspiration from his resort collection when it came to designing Ecco Domani's limited-edition Pinot Grigio bottle for summer."

    In Decanter Jane Anson visits Victoria, Australia. "We’re here for a cool climate tasting of mainly Rieslings and Pinot Noirs from Victoria, so I guess it shouldn’t be surprising to hear that poor old Cabernet Sauvignon is getting a mauling from winemakers who are frustrated with the one-dimensional image of Australia internationally."

    The Drinks Business reports that Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger is running for French President. "Among his aims as president would be to reduce unemployment and to create “a new vision” for the country – one presumably in which more Champagne is drunk."

    W. Blake Gray on ordering wine in a restaurant. " I tell the sommelier what we ordered. I ask for a suggestion. By this time I have some wines in mind, but I want to hear her opinion."

    Tom Wark on evil alcohol franchise laws. "In essence, these laws prevent producers from ever dismissing their wholesaler no matter how bad that wholesaler is performing."

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  • Wine news

    Wine news July 20, 2016

    by Christopher Barnes on 7/20/2016

    The Wall Street Journal on a big box wine store in Brooklyn. "Although Brooklyn is most often characterized as the borough of boutique wine stores and hipster wine bars, it also is home to a large wine and liquor warehouse."

    Decanter reports there is a wine war in Sancerre. "Saboteurs up-rooted the hectare of young Sauvignon vines over the weekend in the commune of Saint-Satur, at a place called The Cabarette. They belonged to Jean-Jacques Auchère, a winemaker in Sancerre located in the village of Bué."

    The Drinks Business reports on thieves stealing from Barolo estates. "Security cameras at the estate show three thieves disguised in lab overalls carrying cases of wine into Parusso’s truck, which they got going with tractor fuel. Thus far, local police have no suspects and have not located the truck."

    Stuart Pigott on "Delicious and I, A Love Story." 

    Jancis Robinson on who uses wine label scanning apps the most. "I would suspect most non-Brazilians would be surprised by how significant Brazil in general and São Paulo in particular are in Vivino's usage."

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  • Wine news

    Wine news July 19, 2016

    by Christopher Barnes on 7/19/2016

    LA Weekly discovers orange wine. "Devout beer drinkers may be pleasantly surprised that some orange wines resemble cider or lambic beers fermented with wild yeast, a result of the oxidation that can occur when they are fermented in traditional earthenware vessels — like amphorae or Georgian qvevri."

    Food and Wine discusses wedding wine. "That’s not to add further stress to your planning process; it’s just to say—nobody expects great wine at a wedding."

    Winefolly on Hungarian wine. "Countless small estates, replanted and cultivated across the country are turning out beautiful wines–a result of traditional winemaking culture mixed with a modern sensibility."

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  • Producer Profile

    Meursault: The Stranger You Can Take Home

    by Joyce Lin on 7/18/2016

    Located in the heart of Meursault, Chateau de Citeaux produces some of the most exceptional white wines in the region. read more »

  • Winemaker Interviews

    Rombauer’s Richie Allen: “I'm Going To Make What The Climate Gives Me”

    by Peter Feld on 7/18/2016

    Peter Feld talks with Richie Allen, the Australia native who went from a Rombauer internship to top winemaker. read more »

  • Wine news

    Wine news July 18, 2016

    by Christopher Barnes on 7/18/2016

    The Telegraph on the biggest wine region you have never heard of. "The world’s largest wine region is surprisingly under the radar. Great Southern occupies 200,000 square kilometres of land, almost as much as England and Scotland combined, yet few drinkers could so much as name which country it’s in (Australia)."

    In Decanter Andrew Jefford searches for France's best cooperative. "Back in 1980, the Cave de Tain had 600 members; numbers have halved since then.  Director Xavier Gomart admits that it’s hard to retain ambitious youngsters – while the lazy drift away because they don’t like the rigorous standards which the Cave de Tain imposes on its members."

    Business Insider on how to keep your wine fresher. 

    The Drinks Business on a start-up that claims to be able to clone wine.

    Jancis Robinson explores the 1996 Champagne vintage. "The finest 1996 champagne of all in the BI tasting was from a (very rare) magnum of Roederer Cristal."

    The Washington Post is excited about 2015 Austrian wine. "Here’s why I love the 2015 Austrian whites: They combine the refreshing acidity and minerality that make grüner veltliner and Riesling such exciting, food-friendly wines with exceptional ripeness, adding fruit flavors and body without excessive alcohol."

    Eric Asimov in the New York Times visits the Aeris vineyard in the foothills of Mount Etna, a joint venture between Salvo Foti and the California winemaker Kevin Harvey of Rhys Vineyards. "The prodigious rainfall makes Milo white wine territory, and a welcoming home for the carricante grape in particular."

     

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  • Winemaker Interviews

    Davide Merano, Poggio dei Gorleri

    by Marco Salerno on 7/14/2016

    The Italian Riviera, as it is known, is more than a vacation destination with stunning landscapes... read more »

  • Wine news

    Wine news July 14, 2016

    by Christopher Barnes on 7/14/2016

    Bloomberg on the most fascinating wine destinations for 2016. "Venissa, on the tiny, peaceful island of Mazzorbo in Venice’s lagoon, is the ultimate urban vineyard resort and surely the only wine destination where you can learn how to row a gondola."

    Lettie Teague in The Wall Street Journal on a new NYC restaurant with a great American wine list. "With a restaurant whose chef (Gunnar Gíslason) is Icelandic and whose owner (Claus Meyer, a co-founder of the famed Noma) is Danish, why an all-American wine list? I asked Mr. Walsh when we sat down for a chat."

    Decanter on a 200 year old "Napoleon wine" up for auction. "Fewer than a dozen bottles of the 1821 vintage have been preserved."

    The Drinks Business reports Chilean wine pioneer Aurelio Montes is experimenting with dynamite.

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