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    Croatia: A Land of Wine Stories

    by Željko Garmaz on 4/28/2017

    Top Croatian wine blogger Željko Garmaz on Croatia's unique wine journey. Both a very old and a very new wine region, Croatia has had to overcome communism and war as it now re-establishes itself on the world wine stage. read more »

  • Wine news

    Wine news April 28, 2017

    by Christopher Barnes on 4/28/2017

    The Wine Enthusiast on ten wine tips for beginners. "Keep your wine comfortable. The worst place to store wine is on top of the refrigerator, where heat and vibrations can wreak havoc. If space allows, put a rack in a room without direct sunlight."

    In Vogue actress Drew Barrymore shares her tips for drinking wine like a pro. "Drew Barrymore is passionate about wine. It’s apparent from the moment she starts to tell you about her latest rosé, an easy-drinking, medium hue pinot noir with a pale pink Shepard Fairey–designed label."

    New York Times Wine School wraps up Lambrusco and moves on to Spätlese Riesling. "Seldom will you see a style that is so beloved by critics, sommeliers and other wine authorities, yet so ignored by the public."

    Reuters on sharp frost damaging French wine regions. "Vineyards report temperatures plunged in all three regions last week, sometimes to below -7 degrees Celsius (19°F), hurting shoots already well-developed because of earlier mild weather, and growers fear a new cold snap could cause more damage."

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    Wine news April 27, 2017

    by Christopher Barnes on 4/27/2017

    Inc says wine is the new recurring revenue business. "Winc has raised $30.6 million over 5 rounds and Lot 18, another wine club, has raised $44.5 million in 5 rounds."

    Refinery29 on a guide to buying cheap wine. "The problem is, when you shop the section of the wine store that trades in cheap wine, you can also wind up with some not-so-great bottles."

    The Chicago Tribune explores Albariño. "The albarino grape is thick-skinned — not as in the quality that keeps tech support workers from hanging up on angry callers, but literally."

    The Austin Chronicle asks how Texas is Texas wine? "Currently, federal standards require that bottles labeled "Texas wine" must contain a minimum of 75% Texas-grown fruit, but state bills put forth by Sen. Dawn Buckingham (R-Lakeway) and Rep. Jason Isaac (R-Dripping Springs) could soon require that, over a phase-in period of five years, 100% of a wine's volume come from Texas-grown fruit in order to claim the state as an appellation of origin."

    Decanter on why Uruguay could be the new Jura. "Uruguay is South America’s fourth biggest wine producer, but currently less than 5% of its bottles are exported, mainly because the vast majority of properties are small (average 5 hectares) and family-run."

    The Drinks Business on England's most expensive sparkling wines. "Champagne Pommery is likewise releasing its first English sparkling wine, Louis Pommery, in partnership with Hattingley Valley and, while still some way off, Taittinger’s Domaine Evremond is steadily being built up with the first wines expected in around 2022."

    Jon Bonné in Punch asks what does great wine service look like today. "But the seeds of the New Casual have been sowed in New York for a long time. Even before Nopa, the idea of eliminating pretense was taking hold at places like Gramercy Tavern, which led to Terroir, where Gramercy alumnus Paul Grieco created an East Coast beachhead for West Coast laissez-faire."

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  • Wine news

    Wine news April 26, 2017

    by Christopher Barnes on 4/26/2017

    Food and Wine reports Blue Wine is coming to America. " Adding to its allure, though the color may seem otherworldly, Gik maintains that the product is made entirely from natural organic ingredients: The wine itself comes from a mix of red and white Spanish grapes and the color comes from grape skin extract and a plant-based dye."

    The Sacramento Bee on wine from Thailand. "Viognier, petite sirah, cabernet sauvignon, chenin blanc, verdelho, grenache and syrah stretch in orderly rows across the gently sloping Asoke Valley, nudging up against Khao Yai National Park, about 100 miles northeast of Bangkok."

    The Wine Enthusiast on wine from India. "Seventy producers account for the 24 million bottles that India produces per year. A little more than 10 percent of that total is exported."

    W. Blake Gray on sex wine and pageviews. "You want to know why people aren't writing about Robert Parker as much these days? It's not just that he's semi-retired. Stories on Parker don't get as many clicks."

    Punch explores rainwater Madeira. "Present at the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the inauguration of George Washington in 1789, Madeira boasts a storied pedigree in American history. But among the myriad styles, which run the gamut from fairly dry to sweet, it’s rainwater Madeira that—for a brief moment—held the highest level of prestige."

    The New York Times says American brandy is surging. "Brandy has become a quiet giant of the liquor industry. More than 13 million cases were sold domestically in 2016, outpacing gin, Scotch and Irish whiskey, according to the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States. And most of that — eight million cases — was American brandy."

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  • Wine news

    Wine news April 25, 2017

    by Christopher Barnes on 4/25/2017

    The New York TImes visits the Valle de Guadalupe in Baja, Mexico. "An obscure Russian sect of agrarian Christians known as the Molokans immigrated to Mexico around 1905 and put their farming talents to the test of the desert. The Molokans didn’t drink alcohol, but they sold their grapes to those who did."

    The Boston Globe on how to support central Italy after the earthquake - by drinking its wines. "Tourism has fallen sharply. “People’s fear of seismic activity keeps them away,” he explains. “The smaller producers are really at risk, but even the bigger producers rely on tourism.”

    Food and Wine on wine and bug pairings. "Land lobster and land shrimp, or scorpions and giant water bugs, actually have a slightly fishy taste to them, and they pair well with the buttery whites,” says Moore."

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  • Wine news

    Wine news April 24, 2017

    by Christopher Barnes on 4/24/2017

    The Los Angeles Times on Chinese money investing in Temecula wine country in Southern California. “Napa Valley is bigger, but it’s too far away,” said Liu, 57, a former statistics professor turned real estate developer. “Here, we have 20 million people living at least a two-hour drive away. And the quality of the wine is much better than before.”

    The Washington Post reviews "Cork Dork." "She also plays to stereotypes of sommeliers as sneering over our shoulders as we dine, criticizing our wine choices and table manners."

    Bon Appetit asks why is French wine great? "That chaos also leads to everything real and beautiful and memorable. That’s what I learned I loved about French wines. It’s not one specific thing but rather the space created for so many possibilities."

    Eric Asimov in the New York Times on the Sonoma Coast. "But I would not be telling the whole story if I did not add that I have my own emotional reasons for pondering the Sonoma Coast. It may be my favorite area in the world, for reasons that have little to do with wine."

    The Guardian recommends alternatives to Burgundy and Bordeaux. "Canny wine collectors always used to count on a calculus that involved buying two cases of 12 bottles: one for drinking, and one to sell to fund your drinking."

    Andrew Jefford in Decanter: "Marie Maria – a Madiran re-boot."

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  • Column

    Dorothy J. Gaiter Column: In a World of Rosé, Try These Six; Fried Catfish Optional

    by Dorothy J. Gaiter on 4/21/2017

    "Our favorite rosés are those that truly taste pink. They’re not light reds or colorful whites masquerading. They’re proudly pink." Dorothy J. Gaiter read more »

  • Wine news

    Wine news April 21, 2017

    by Christopher Barnes on 4/21/2017

    CNBC on Silver Oak purchasing a Napa winery for $50M. "Silver Oak Chief Executive David Duncan said he's bought up more than a dozen vineyards over the past few years, trying to stay "ahead of trend." His latest acquisition of Ovid, a Napa Valley "cult darling" known for its Pritchard Hill Bordeaux Blends and Cabernet Franc, is estimated to come with a $50 million price tag, according to an industry source who spoke to CNBC."

    CNN asks is wine healthy? "Benefits of moderate alcohol consumption such as wine include a 30% reduction in the risk of heart attack compared to non-drinkers, a finding that has been repeated over 30 years and in various countries, according to Eric Rimm, a professor of epidemiology and nutrition who has been researching the effects of alcohol and chronic disease for decades at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health."

    New York Magazine on drinking drinking white wine raises your risk of developing rosacea. "Researchers studied data from nearly 83,000 nurses in the U.S. and found that women who consumed one to three glasses of white wine a month had a 14 percent increase in the risk of developing rosacea, while women who drank five or more glasses a week increased their risk by 49 percent."

    Jancis Robinson in the Financial Times says Chinese winemaking is making good progress. "In my experience, the quality of the best Chinese wine has recently turned a corner — in the right direction."

    Decanter on a fatal frost that hit Champagne vineyards. "Benoit Tarlant, from Champagne Tarlant in Oeuilly, did not agree with this. ‘We lost just about all of our Chardonnay last night, and had big losses in our Pinot Noir vineyards as well. Our first impressions are a potential loss of 70%, which is more than we suffered in 2003."

    Punch goes inside one of the world's great wine cellars. "And while the list contains everything from the humble (locally made txakoli) to the extravagant (a complete vertical of Château d’Yquem dating back to 1933; Mouton Rothschild to 1945), the wine program is as much a testament to Spanish history as it is a carefully curated nirvana for drinkers."

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  • Wine news

    Wine news April 20, 2017

    by Christopher Barnes on 4/20/2017

    Jane Anson in Decanter considers how wine lovers could get better value for money by treating Bordeaux 2016, 2015 and 2014 as a trilogy. "It’s extremely rare to have three vintages where quality is so uniform,’ Hubert de Boüard told me during the primeurs this year, also drawing the comparison with 88-89-90."

    The Drinks Business looks at weed and wine pairings. "Winemaker and marijuana lover Robert Mark Kamen, who wrote the script for The Karate Kid, believes weed is “a companion piece” to wine."

    Winefolly provides a guide to the Mosel. "The Mosel Valley is home to more grapes than just Riesling, that said, Riesling does account for over 60% of the vineyard land. Other grapes worth investigating further include Elbling, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Kerner and Auxerrois."

    In Punch Megan Krigbaum on Passetoutgrain, a historic but little-known appellation in Burgundy responsible for high-quality, affordable wines made from gamay and pinot noir. "The name, which loosely means, “throw it all in,” is a nod to the heritage of these wines as field blends, in which gamay and pinot noir have historically been co-planted in vineyards in Burgundy’s Côte d’Or, and then co-fermented."

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  • Grapes

    Obscure Light-Bodied Italian Reds

    by Eric Petrucci on 4/19/2017

    Eric Petrucci on getting acquainted with some lesser-known Italian red grape varietals. read more »

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