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    Wine news May 29, 2015

    by Christopher Barnes on 5/29/2015

    The Guardian on how to win at the wine list. "Côtes du Rhône offers great consistency and quality, and countries like Romania and Hungary are producing good value wines at the lower end, and are worth looking out for."

    The Telegraph also asks how to pick a good wine off of a wine list.  "These are usually those with reliably warm climates, so Australia, Chile, South Africa, the south of France, Sicily, Spain. I don’t mean to suggest these places always provide the most interesting, complex, cutting-edge wines. But within the first, less-expensive half of a wine list, these areas are more dependable than cooler-climate spots."

    Lettie Teague in The Wall Street Journal on a wine list that doesn't break the bank. "Mr. Ahn eschews the title wine director or sommelier. “Just call me a waiter,” he said—although the wine list he has put together doesn’t look the work of a waiter."

    Time Magazine on 7 things you didn't know were in your wine. "Heavy metals are metals and metal compounds that can adversely affect our health when consumed in the right (or wrong, as the case may be) doses."

    Cosmopolitan proclaims you are really smart for drinking cheap wine. "The takeaway? Your friends may act Very Important for drinking $50 bottles of wine, but you can be perfectly, legitimately pleased with your $12 bottle of Barefoot."

    The Huffington Post on how to decode and American wine label. 

    In the Washingtonian, Washington Nationals wine has nothing to do with Washington. 

    Eater asks what wine pairs well with everyday snacks.

    In the New York Times Magazine a group of upstart are redefifing California wine and enraging the world's most important critic. "But the winemaker who leases the Wenzlau vines next door — Rajat Parr, a former sommelier who is a co-owner of two wine labels, Sandhi and Domaine de la Côte — can’t understand why anyone would drink them. He believes that the grapes are picked far too late, when they’re far too ripe, and that the resulting wine is devoid of both subtlety and freshness."

    In The Drinks Business a sommelier hails wine and weed pairings.

    Alice Feiring reviews Lettie Teague's new book.

    Punch recommends six sparkling wines under $25.

    Eric Asimov's New York Times wine school takes on Cava. "Yet a handful of cava producers, working conscientiously in the vineyards and diligently in the cellar, have demonstrated that it can be among the most distinctive of all sparkling wines."

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  • Wine news

    Wine news May 28, 2015

    by Christopher Barnes on 5/28/2015

    In The Wall Street Journal a number of U.S. wineries have begun offering fitness classes including yoga, Pilates and boot camp-like training, usually followed by wine tastings. "Drinking after working out hasn’t been strange at all, says Ms. Mehta. She says the winery chose light options that went with the “exercise vibe,” including a crisp Sauvignon Blanc."

    Entrepreneur Magazine on the framework that changed the US wine industry. "Whereas large wine companies had developed strong brands over decades of marketing investment, Yellow Tail leapfrogged its taller competitors by employing no promotional campaign, mass media or consumer advertising in its initial years."

    The Telegraph asks is wine on tap any good? "This being Roberson, we’re not just talking picpoul de pinet here (though, of course, there is one) but a selection of diverse and intriguing wines, from a delicious trousseau gris made by Wind Gap in California to a more traditional Lussac St Emilion, that promise to make the wine on tap experience contemporary and aspirational."

    Jane Anson writing in Decanter asks do we needs a Louvre of wine."In possession of what has been dubbed the world’s largest private collection, Chasseuil’s 40,000 bottles, 3,000 magnums and 3,000 spirits might be worth anything from €50 million to €500 million, depending on the day and the buyer."

    The Drinks Business on a pen that writes with wine that was funded by Kickstarter.

    W. Blake Gray says the overwhelmed wine consumer is mostly a myth.

    In The Wall Street Journal, Chateaux Latour is playing the long game. 

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    From Mt. Hood to Willamette: Uncorked in Oregon

    by Colin West on 5/27/2015

    Oregon, together with Stoller Family Estate, brings exciting flavors to the West with its amazing skiing and Pinot Noir to be had. read more »

  • Wine news

    Wine news May 27, 2015

    by Christopher Barnes on 5/27/2015

    In the Huffington Post 10 ways to develop your wine palate. "In Italy, palates are different. This explains why Caramel, Cinnamon and Pumpkin Spice coffee flavors are popular at Starbucks in the U.S,. and why Americans tend to order cappuccino as an after dinner drink." on how an expert spots fraudulent wine. "Wine fraud is an old tradition, too. Apparently Pliny the Elder complained about the rampant fakery plaguing the wines of Rome, reports Kim Gittleson for BBC News"Not even our nobility ever enjoys wines that are genuine," he wrote in his Natural History."

    The San Diego Union Tribune on how draught is darkening the Valle de Guadaloupe in Baja, Mexico. "Dry, in that the semiarid Valle has fallen well below its already paltry 8 to 10 inches annual average rainfall since 2010. Last year saw less than 3 inches of rain; even the desert that is Las Vegas gets an average of 4.2 inches a year."

    The on how to succeed as a newbie wine collector. "There are units that feature zero vibrations in addition to all the other cellaring commandments, but they are expensive. These go for $3,000 to $6,000 and can realistically hold 150 to 200 bottles. Eventually, you’ll need two."

    Alder Yarrow on the Champagnes of Anselme Selosse."Both Anselm Selosse and his wines possess the singular quality of being lost in time, existing somewhere between eternal youth and the patina of age, but most assuredly not of this moment."

    The Village Voice talks to Fung Tu beverage director Jason Wagner about pairing wine with Eastern dishes. "I always have one riesling on the list, and probably never more than that, though I'm not crusading against it or anything. I'm just trying to get people to think differently about Chinese food and wine together."

    In the Daily Mail, a study shows that one small glass of wine a day harms older ladies' hearts.

    In Punch Zachary Sussman asks what is Pét-Nat really? "One is left with the curious impression that pét-nat represents two contradictory things: on the one hand, it’s the latest hipster-approved wine trend—the kind of effortlessly drinkable stuff designed to be knocked back with abandon. And yet, on the other, it’s designed to be some sort of old-school vinous throwback steeped in tradition."

    The Drinks Business says there may be a NZ Sauvignon Blanc shortage looming.

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  • Feature

    Allegra Antinori

    by Christopher Barnes on 5/26/2015

    Allegra Antinori on growing up in a famous wine family, succession and what's next for Marchesi Antinori SRL. read more »

  • Column: White's Wines

    Austrian Reds: Difficult to Pronounce, but Easy to Drink

    by David White on 5/26/2015

    Blaufrankisch. St. Laurent. Zweigelt. Even though the names of these varieties are difficult to pronounce, the wines go down easy. read more »

  • Column: Love by the Glass

    Feel Stuck? Try Something New From an Old Region

    by Dorothy J. Gaiter on 5/26/2015

    I know that John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival famously wrote, “Oh Lord, stuck in Lodi again”—he’d actually never been there, he’s said--some things do leave. read more »

  • Wine news

    Wine news May 26, 2015

    by Christopher Barnes on 5/26/2015

    Eonline reviews 15 celebrity wines."Nicki Minaj won't stop rapping about this so I was excited to try it but it's way too sweet! I did not like it. Tasted like expired champagne mixed with Jolly Ranchers and Capri Sun."

    Vice says rosé is the Drake of all wine. "You know how people bring up that Drake was Wheelchair Jimmy? That is like rosé and white zinfandel."

    The Telegraph on the world's best in-flight wines. "BA did so well in the other categories that, against 35 airline competitors, it also bagged the overall gold medal for the very best “Cellar in the Sky”. 

    In The Wall Street Journal Lettie Teague asks what goes into wine label design. "Dr. Miller, a San Francisco-based M.D.-Ph.D. turned wine entrepreneur, just launched a label-centric wine company, Bare Bottle, that matches top American design talent with first-rate winemakers from the West Coast."

    In the New York Times rosé from Provence needs to live a little."The vast majority of rosés are, in fact, like street-corner flowers. They’re superficially, sometimes cynically pretty, yet made to wither quickly."

    The Wine Enthusiast on the pros and cons of decanting.

    Andrew Jefford in Decanter on some new tools for wine students. "Pity the poor wine student, faced with complexity of this order. I still think mind maps are a useful aid, but I would recommend that every student starts with two blank sheets of A3 paper, and slowly fills each one up for themselves, based on their tasting experiences alone and with a total disregard for any kind of reputational aura." 

    In Winesearcher Roberto Anselmi forced his own father to quit the family business in order to improve the wines.

    Alder Yarrow on the great Prosecco crisis of 2015. "After a particularly rainy and poor harvest last year, production is down as much as 50% in some areas of the Valdobbiadene and Congeliano regions of northern Italy that produce this beloved sparkling wine."

    Alice Feiring asks can natural wines change your life?

    Jancis Robinson on first growth influences in Napa Valley. "Still a relative newcomer, Bascaules was number two to Paul Pontallier at Margaux and is already revelling in how much easier it is to effect change in the Napa Valley than in Bordeaux."

    The Washington Post finds good reasons for wine snob behaviours. "A sommelier friend of mine chews his wine so noisily, I had to ask him to be quiet when we were judging a wine competition together. I could hardly hear myself taste."

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  • Wine Term

    Meritage Wine: Recognizing the Art of Blending

    by Rachael Doob on 5/24/2015

    Meritage is a term coined by a group of American winemakers wanting to create standards of identification for a class of excellent American blended wines made with traditional, “noble” Bordeaux grape varieties. read more »

  • Wine Region

    A Snapshot of Tavel

    by Rachael Doob on 5/22/2015

    Situated just north of Avignon and across the Rhône River from Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOC is Tavel, a winemaking appellation in the southern Rhône region of France that is only permitted to produce dry rosé. read more »

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