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    Wine news February 21, 2017

    by Christopher Barnes on 2/21/2017

    In Palate Press W. Blake gray like the cheap wine in Valpolicella . "The best local grape in this region near Verona – home of the fictional Romeo and Juliet – is Corvina, which produces a light-bodied, fresh-tasting red."

    Thrillest is excited about red wine brownies. "Sarah Fennel, the food writer and photographer behind the recipe, writes that she dreamt it up because, "I constantly struggle with the decision of drinks or dessert." 

    The Drinks Business talks Arizona wine with Maynard James Keenan. “We live right on the edge,” said Keenan. “Some of the best wines in the world don’t come easy. We have years where it’s almost a tragedy. In Arizona we have late spring frosts and are fighting cold and humidity more than heat. Some years we don’t make it.”

    In Decanter a man builds a house out of Champagne bottles. "The house in Russia is made from 12,000 Champagne bottles."

    Winefolly on the buttery taste in Chardonnay. "The process of Malolactic Fermentation is a winemaking process that gives both red and white wines a richer and creamier texture. Oddly enough, Malolactic Fermentation isn’t technically a fermentation at all."

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    wine news February 20, 2017

    by Christopher Barnes on 2/20/2017

    Jancis Robinson on the challenges and opportunities in the Loire. "Charles, with a grizzled grey beard and intimate knowledge of every tributary of the Loire and the vineyards thereon, will doubtless snort on reading this, and mutter grimly, 'if only she'd written about the Loire one tenth as much as she's written about Burgundy'."

    The Washington Post on how a Trump wine boycott has backfired. “The Gates-based grocer said that nine of its Virginia stores had sold out of the Trump-branded wine despite efforts to boycott the product and Wegmans for selling it,” the Democrat & Chronicle reported Friday."

    The Smithsonian asks can ancient techniques make modern wine better? "The husband-wife duo are committed to Armenia’s karases, terracotta pots used in winemaking in Armenia for millennia, and they’ve taken painstaking lengths to acquire hundreds of these vessels for their winery, often by demolishing walls of villagers’ basements to retrieve them as they are often too large to fit through the door."

    The Democrat and Chronicle on New York made hemp infused wine. "The duo sources their wine from Glenora Wine Cellars in Dundee, Yates County, and the hemp extract from Bluebird Botanicals in Colorado, one day hoping to use local hemp made in the Southern Tier."

    The Guardian asks how do you spot a hipster wine? "The hipster wine scene has the original terroir-obsessed French small producer zones of Burgundy and the Northern Rhône, the stubbornly traditional eccentricities of the Jura, the orange wine visionaries of north-eastern Italy and the volcanic wines of Sicily among its guiding inspirations."

    Andrew Jefford in Decanter on enigma variations and France's Gaillac region. "e Benedictine monks of the Abbaye St Michel in Gaillac created a set of appellation-like rules for its production, which they wouldn’t have done had there been no reputation to protect (it included the singular one that the vines could only be manured with pigeon droppings, known as colombine, which is why the area is still full of majestic stone dovecotes)."

    Eric Asimov in the New York Times on Sonoma County Pinot Noir. "Despite the frustrating vagaries of the appellation, which make choosing wines difficult for consumers, the true Sonoma Coast shows great promise for pinot noir."

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    Wine news February 17, 2017

    by Christopher Barnes on 2/17/2017

    The Huffington Post on how Trump winery is looking to hire foreign workers. "Thursday’s posting says potential workers will earn $11.27 hourly working at the 1,300-acre estate from April 3 to as late as Oct. 27. The workers are being sought using the federal H-2A visa program, which permits U.S. employers to hire foreign agricultural laborers for temporary work as long as no qualified Americans want the jobs instead."

    WTVR.com on how Trump wine sales have doubled in Virginia.

    Bloomberg on how fine wine pricing is soaring. "Prices for fine wines have climbed to their highest levels since October 2011 on speculation that equities near record highs are poised to drop. Wines and the funds that buy them are being viewed much like gold -- as a store of value in uncertain times -- after the U.K. voted to leave the European Union and the U.S. elected Donald Trump as president."

    Forbes on how fake wine is a billion dollar market and ways to spot fraud. "The total value of fake wine according to Maureen Downey, one of the foremost experts on fake wine who was leading the wine authentication classes, is around $3 billion."

    The Telegraph on the countries that drink the most wine per capita. "So which country takes the crown? The proud title of most fervent vino guzzler goes to Andorra."

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    Wine news February 16, 2017

    by Christopher Barnes on 2/16/2017

    Bloomberg picks its top Burgundies under $100. "Sadly, there’s one big problem for all us Burgundy aficionados: constantly rising prices."

    USA Today on visits Calistoga in Napa Valley. "In 1976, two California bottles triumphed during a blind tasting against French entries, to the disdain of a panel of French tasters. Known as the Judgment of Paris, the competition resulted in Calistoga’s Chateau Montelena Winery being awarded the winning Chardonnay."

    Men's Fitness on making wine taste better by putting it in a blender. "Of course, if you’re patient, a more practical alternative to using a blender is to empty the bottle into any container—decanter, pitcher, bucket—that will maximize air contact with the surface, splash it around, then let it sit for half an hour."

    Decanter looks at Bordeaux 2017 ten years later. "Before 2013, it was the 2007s that were seen as the whipping boy of the past decade, for the red wines at least."

    The Wine Economist on the challenges for the South African wine industry.  "I think wine tourism is a key to South Africa’s future because the wine tourism opportunities are fantastic and visitors are often your best brand ambassadors."

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  • Feature

    The Iconic Domaine Tempier From Founders Lulu and Lucien Peyraud To Daniel Ravier Today

    by Lisa Denning on 2/15/2017

    Looking back while moving forward at Domaine Tempier in Bandol. read more »

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    Wine news February 15, 2017

    by Christopher Barnes on 2/15/2017

    The Los Angeles Times on how wine exports are reaching record levels led by California. "The $1.62 billion in foreign trade revenue for 2016 bested the previous year’s record of $1.49 billion by a slim margin through steadily strong sales in the top market, the European Union, and sharp growth increases in China and Britain."

    The Daily Progress on a boycott of supermarket chain Wegmans over their stocking of Trump wine. "The regional supermarket chain with a cult following is facing calls to remove Trump Winery products from its 10 Virginia stores. Over the weekend, about 300 members of the Prince William County chapter of the National Organization for Women made plans to pressure Wegmans to stop carrying products from the Albemarle County winery."

    US News And World Report on wine and sensory ability. "As if differences in sensory abilities weren't enough, aromas are inherently challenging to describe. Unlike shapes, colors or letters, humans don't seem to have a natural mental framework for smells, so they're hard to remember and harder to describe to others."

    The Willamette Week on how Bow and Arrow's Scott Frank came to wine after hitting rock bottom. "After being jobless and "bottoming out," he says, he bluffed his way into a job at the wine department of New Seasons Market, then worked harvest at the influential Cameron estate winery in Dundee."

    The Drinks Business talks to actor Sam Neil about how terrifying it is to make wine in Central Otago, NZ.  “Living on the edge of viability is one of the most extremely satisfying things of all, but also fucking terrifying,” Neill so eloquently stated during the recent Pinot Noir NZ 2017 conference in Wellington."

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    Wine news February 14, 2017

    by Christopher Barnes on 2/13/2017

    Eric Asimov in the New York Times asks should restaurants offer guests that first taste of wine. “The overlying factor is, what is the best service I can give my guests?” she said in a telephone interview. “I wondered, how are guests expected to know these things? I don’t want to put my guests in the position of having to guess whether a wine is corked.”

    In Decanter Andrew Jefford on the other Châteauneuf. "Gadagne was included in the Côtes du Rhône zone back in 1937, and in the general Villages appellation in 1997.  Its history, vineyards and the potential quality of its wine, though, merited more than that: named village and perhaps, one day, cru status.  Why not climb the ladder?"

    Metro on why red wine is the best alcohol for great sex. "Without getting too bogged down in science, according to the research, red wine actually has compounds that stimulate our erogenous zones."

    Vogue on the best wines at every price point. “I love exploring the wines of the world,” Mondavi exclaimed, “It’s hard to nail it down to only a few!”

    Palate Press on the evolution of Lebanese wine. "The Lebanese – long time consumers of whisky, arak and French wine – are “slowly waking up to pride in Lebanese wine,” says Ixsir’s Hady Kahale."

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  • Feature

    Conversations with Women Winemakers in Portugal's New Douro

    by Lucia Albino Gilbert John C. (Jack) Gilbert on 2/12/2017

    Lucia Albino Gilbert and John C. Gilbert on the impressive women winemakers of Portugal's new Douro. read more »

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    Wine news February 9, 2017

    by Christopher Barnes on 2/9/2017

    The Wall Street Journal on Dolcetto (subscription). "Some grapes, through no fault of their own, are the perennial plus-one, the second banana, the vinous add-on. That’s the sad story of Dolcetto today."

    The Mercury News evaluates supermarket wines. "Just because your bank account needs a break doesn’t mean you have to give up good wine. I’d rather not spend more than 15 bucks for an everyday wine, and I’ve discovered some terrific bottles at three grocery stores."

    The Independent on cancer risk and red wine. "In fact, around 21,000 cancer cases could be prevented in the UK every year if no one drank alcohol."

    The Chicago Tribune on the Spanish delight Rueda. "Rueda is in northwestern Spain in the larger Castile and Leon region, occupying the high plains (roughly 2,300 to 2,600 feet elevation) northwest of Madrid, inching toward the northeastern corner of Portugal."

    Decanter on how a chinese law change may hurt vineyard purchases. "To legitimately take money out of China an application must be made to SAFE, usually through a bank, to show proof of income taxes paid in China.

    The Drinks Business on how Red Blotch could be as damaging as phylloxera in California. "Having told db that he has already pulled out 22 acres (9 hectares) of Cakebread vineyards due to the virus, he said there are “a lot of vineyards being ripped up now and being re-planted with virus free vines”.

    Punch on New Australia and the McLaren Vale and Barossa Valley. "Quite clearly, what it does well now—grow a lot of very ripe and uninteresting shiraz and cabernet, much of it going to Australia’s wine conglomerates—is neither sustainable nor particularly relevant as tastes evolve."

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    Wine news February 8, 2017

    by Christopher Barnes on 2/8/2017

    Bloomberg reports that working women in Japan are drinking more wine than ever. "Chilean vintners have emerged as the biggest beneficiary of Japan’s booming wine market. Their low-priced, fruit-driven product has found a receptive niche among women in their 40s and 50s, who have helped boost wine consumption to a new record every year since 2012."

    The Wine Enthusiast visits Arizona. "With its diverse topography and elevation ranging from 3,200 to 5,000 feet (the average elevation for vinegrowing here is 4,300 feet), Glomski says that while Arizona looks like parts of the Rhône Valley, Italy and Spain, “there are some notable differences that we’re learning to manage, and some of us have gotten our butts kicked in the assumptions we’ve had wrong."

    The Independent on what really goes inside your wine. "The animal rights campaign group Peta even warns on its website of the animal-derived fining agents which can be used including “blood and bone marrow, milk protein, chitin (fibre from crustacean shells), egg white derivative, fish oil, gelatin and isinglass (gelatin from fish bladder membranes)”.

    The Drinks Business reports that Australia is going for freshness. "Australia is fortunate in that is has more warmth and sunshine than many cool-climate countries and is able to achieve phenolic ripeness with depth of fruit flavour,” says Hancock, adding, “The Chardonnays coming out of Margaret River, the Yarra Valley, Adelaide Hills, Tasmania and Tumbarumba are all a little bit different in character, which adds to their interest."

    Julia Harding on JancisRobinson.com about the microbial terroir. "Microbial terroir is all about the influence of site-specific fungi and bacteria on the flavour of wine."

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