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    Wine news February 9, 2016

    by Christopher Barnes on 2/9/2016

    The Verge reports that Amazon has launched a wine concierge service in Japan. "One problem, however, is that it's not really convenient to look at Amazon while you're talking on the phone about products with unfamiliar names."

    Eater on a new wave of wine lists. "For Island Creek Oyster Bar, also in Boston, mouthfeel was a driving factor. The wine list here runs light to heavy, from "Genuine Luster" to "Large as Life" for whites. "Just like our dinner menu has a dining progression, so does the wine list," says wine director Noell Dorsey."

    In Winefolly a brief illustrated history of wine.

    Decanter reports that Diageo has sold Chalone estate in California to Foley Family Wines. "During the famous ‘Judgement of Paris’ tasting in 1976 – when top French wines were tasted blind against rivals from California – Chalone Estate’s 1974 Chardonnay was placed third."

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  • Critics' Picks

    Surfing Delectable: What The Pros Are Drinking

    by Rachael Doob on 2/8/2016

    A look at what the experts are drinking featuring Yoon Ha, Paul Mabray, Shelley Lindgren, Michael Scaffidi, Laura Catena, Jason Heller and Alder Yarrow. read more »

  • Wine news

    Wine news February 8, 2016

    by Christopher Barnes on 2/8/2016

    The Washington Post on the cost of premium wine at the Superbowl.

    The Telegraph reports on the death of the "world's best chef" who was scammed as a part of $1M wine scheme. "According to Bilan, Violier’s restaurant suffered losses due to the scam of between £554,700 and £1.37 million."

    The Napa Valley Register on Broncos player Vernon Davis' wine passion. “He really fell in love with just the different grapes, the whole process of the wine creation, pairing the different wines with different foods, etc. etc.,” said Powell. “It was something I could tell (had become) a true passion of his.”

    Mashable on an upside down wine glass.

    The Guardian recommends some Georgian wines.

    CBS asks what is in your wine? "There can be more than 200 potential additives in wine. These include sulfites for preservation, mega purple for coloring, gelatin for texture and a chemical called Velcorin that kills any living organisms in the wine."

    The Drinks Business reports on the death of the father of Italian wine. "Widely credited for spearheading a renaissance in Italian wine in the 1970s and 1980s, Tachis was the oenologist behind Super Tuscan icons Sassicaia, Solaia and Tignanello, made for the Antinori family, along with San Leonardo and Turriga."

    Andrew Jefford in Decanter on Germany's journey to dry.“I am Generation Riesling,” said Alexander Pflüger (Pfalz), “but my father was Generation Everything. They tried to do everything well. We’ve simplified varieties; we skip the system of Prädikats and go straight to origin. The quality has to be there, but it is the individualism and authenticity of the wines which we are looking for.”

    Jamie Goode on framing and wine tasting and how words can get in the way of experience.

    Jancis Robinson says Spain is in a pickle. "In Rioja the finest examples share an appellation with the cheapest supermarket special offer."

    The Washington Post on the Virginia's Cup wine competition. "Some of the wineries considered among Virginia’s best, such as Linden and RdV, typically don’t enter wines in competitions, arguing that such snapshot assessments don’t do their products justice."

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    Wine news February 5, 2016

    by Christopher Barnes on 2/5/2016

    The Wine Spectator on the potential of keg wine. ""What started as a cool curiosity is now a central piece of how restaurants are built out," said Jason Haas, partner and general manager of Tablas Creek Vineyard in Paso Robles."

    Yahoo News on a man who died at 107 and thanked red wine for his long life. "Spaniard Antonio Docampo Garcia died last week after many years of refusing to drink water, preferring to guzzle his home-made red wine instead."

    Eater on what to pair with Super Bowl snacks. "When I'm gearing up for the long day of buffet-grazing on Super Bowl Sunday, I like to kick it off with some bubbles."

    Eater reviews the new "Somm" film and doesn't love it.

    Time Magazine on how to find a wine bargain. “A $15 bottle of wine can be a good wine. A $3 bottle can be good,” he says. “It really depends on your tastes.” 

    The Daily Meal on how to score wine deals at Costco. "If you shop online, you can get prices close to that of Costco, but in terms of physical stores, Costco is hard to beat on price." 

    The Wine Enthusiast talks to Jasmine Hirsch. "I buy a lot of Rhône. Loire wines are probably what I have most, and Austrian and German wines."

    The Guardian asks why don't labels list ingredients.

    The Napa Valley Register on Andy Beckstoffer's quest to elevate Lake County wine. "We’re in the branded-product business, and we believe that Amber Knolls cab could be in the $80- to $100-per-bottle category of vineyard-designated wine."

    The New York Times on restaurants getting around liquor regulations. "To comply with their beer-and-wine-only license, the restaurant’s owners use wine-based beverages intended to mimic the taste of popular liquors."

    Vice meets a winemaker from Devon, England who is a Grappa advocate.

    Decanter picks the top 10 Napa wineries to visit.

    The natural wine fair RAW will launch in New York in 2016 reports The Drinks Business.

    Eric Asimov in the New York Times on Valtellina in the Alps. "As in other wine regions with precipitous hillside vineyards, like Cornas, stalwart growers persevered even as much of the rest of the world ignored them."

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  • Feature

    Michael Mondavi on painful lessons from his famous father

    by Dorothy J. Gaiter on 2/4/2016

    Michael Mondavi on Painful lessons from his famous father read more »

  • Wine Adventures

    Around the World in 80 Harvests: where would you go?

    by Amanda Barnes on 2/4/2016

    Wine journalist Amanda Barnes has just launched a wine kickstarter, Around the World in 80 Harvests, where she plans to write an interactive wine book documenting the harvests of 80 wine regions around the world. read more »

  • Wine news

    Wine news February 4, 2016

    by Christopher Barnes on 2/4/2016

    Vanity Fair profiles Francis Ford Coppola and relationship with wine and Italy. "So after The Godfather,the first time I had any money, I said to my wife, ‘Let’s buy a summer house where there’s some trees and water to swim in and maybe an acre of grapes and we’ll make wine and give it to the family at Christmas."

    The Hosemaster writing on TimAkin.com on aging wine critics. "Too many aging wine critics are long past their “Use By” dates. If they were chickens, we’d all have salmonella."

    Jane Anson in Decanter on vandalism, fraud and a rare Bordeaux wine. "Pasquet has said he wants to ‘recreate the taste of Bordeaux as it was in 1855’, and has been busy reviving long-lost varieties such as castet, mancin, saint macaire and prunelard that he promises will be blended into the wine for the 2016 vintage."

    Le Pan profiles Krug Champagne.“Krug only launches a vintage based on two circumstance,” says Olivier. “First is if it tells the story of the vintage – why 2002 is so different from the 2003. Second is that as long as it is as good as the Grande Cuvée.” 

    The Drinks Business on England's first Albarino. "In October 2015, Chapel Down released England’s first skin contact white wine, Chapel Down Orange Bacchus 2014, and a number of other trials are also underway."

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  • Wine and Food Pairings

    Eccentric But Delicious Wine Pairings

    by Marco Salerno on 2/3/2016

    Port and doughnuts, Grenache and fried chicken, and other peculiar combinations. read more »

  • Wine People

    Interview With Greg Tresner, The Only Master Sommelier in Arizona

    by Nickolaus Hines on 2/3/2016

    Greg Tresner knows what it's like to be the only one on the playing field. He also knows that being the only Master Somm in Arizona gives him a unique set of opportunities. read more »

  • Wine news

    Wine news February 3, 2016

    by Christopher Barnes on 2/3/2016

    The New York Daily News on how to cut your wine budget without sacrificing quality. "Can't give up your bubbly? Switch to a cremant, which is made in the same method as champagne, if you want to keep buying French. Open to trying something different? You can opt for a cava or prosecco."

    Lifehacker on opening your bottle of wine without a corkscrew. 

    The Sacramento Bee asks what should be the state wine of California? "A decade ago I lobbied on these pages that zinfandel should be the state’s official wine. Then-state Sen. Carole Migden, D-San Francisco, subsequently introduced a bill to that effect."

    The AP reports on the California Wine Symposium in Havana, Cuba. "Some 50 private restaurants, or paladares, and hundreds of sommeliers and buyers for state-run restaurants attended the conference, whose participants included representatives of the E&J Gallo and Francis Ford Coppola wineries."

    The AJC on Idaho wines. " And, while the Snake River Valley saw new vine plantings in 1970, Idaho winemakers have only recently made a push to gain a bigger regional or even a national presence. There are now 55 wineries in the Gem State. (Not the Spud State. Go figure.)"

    The Drinks Business reports that England's top medical officer urges "think about cancer before drinking" wine.

    Imbibe Magazine interviews Jason Wise of Somm: Into the bottle. "I think the greatest trend is that people are beginning to realize that good wine is often some of the least expensive. Across the board, the best wines in my opinion are in the $18 to $40 range. Italian whites like Verdicchio, rosé wines, fino sherry, even a ton of good red Bordeaux is inexpensive, you just have to look deeper, and people seem to be interested in doing that now."

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