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    An inside look at the factors propelling this region to new heights.

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  • Winemaker interviews

    "In the years since we've grown grapes here, we haven't had any loss due to frost, and I've had vineyards planted here since 2006." Robin Ross of Arrowhead Spring on growing grapes in Niagara

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  • Wine news

    Lettie Teague in The Wall Street Journal discovers wine professionals use social media. "Sommeliers share photos of sought-after bottles on Instagram; educators offer tips via YouTube videos; on Facebook, oenophiles share stories of visits to famous vineyards; wine merchants tweet news of tastings and sales."

    The Napa Valley Register on how to pass wine exams. "A novice taking all these classes would learn an enormous amount. Forty percent of the students I teach are in the wine industry, in marketing or cellar masters who know what they are doing in their wineries."

    Food and Wine on the mother, daughter team behind Château Margaux. “When we were kids, my mother brought us to the harvest. We were tasting wine when we were young,” Alexandra recalls of her early memories at the winery."

    The Drinks Business reports that The Wine Spectator has been banned from New Jersey prisons. "The exclusion of the magazine from prisons in New Jersey was uncovered by the magazine amid the furore over the state’s decision to ban The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness – a book by Michelle Alexander, a civil rights litigator and legal scholar – which discusses race-related issues specific to African-American males and mass incarceration in the United States on the premise that “mass incarceration is, metaphorically, the New Jim Crow”.

    Seven Fifty Daily on why regionality is key to Chile's wine success. "The wine industry in Chile has historically been dominated by large companies, which grow bigger and stronger every year, but a fracture has appeared in that model."

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  • Grape Collective Publishing

    Grape Collective, in partnership with The Clare and Chilean sommelier Jonathan Charnay, put on a Chilean wine extravaganza. The event celebrated the launch of our book Chile: Conversations with Winemakers, telling the story of the modern Chilean wine industry through the voices of the artisans.

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    USA Today reports on a former Goldman Sachs assistant to stole a lot of expensive wine."The indictment identified De-Meyer's former boss only as "an individual who collects rare and expensive wine." However, Goldman Sachs confirmed to news organizations that the victim was David Solomon, co-president of the New York-based investment bank."

    Winesearcher on the Silicon Valley Bank annual State of the Wine Industry Report that says wine sector growth in the US will slow. "One statistic that bothers McMillan is that the rise in growth has flattened – wine sales are still growing, but not by much. He says demographic change is the reason."

    The Wine Spectator asks sommeliers their predictions of 2018. "Fewer Francophiles (nothing against them; they like wine!) and more people who support domestic—particularly California—wine."

    Decanter profiles hot young winemaker Jesse Katz. "And then meeting him again in New York and witnessing the pretty mensch-like reaction that he gets when he walks in a room. The kind of reaction that is accorded to just a few winemakers; I can think of Christophe Salin, for one, Angelo Gaja certainly, Peter Gago… there are others, but you can count them on one hand."

    The Drinks Business on reports that French police have arrested a group of Languedoc winemakers. "According to French media outlet France 3, the exact charges the winemakers are being detained on is not known but as many as 30 charges including actions relating to the, at times violent, protests against foreign (especially Spanish) wine by large négociants are currently under investigation by the local police."

    Punch on six affordable Bordeaux. "Is this an image problem, or something deeper? Bordeaux—at least the distorted version we think of, when we think of it at all—constitutes but a small handful of top properties, along with a few overachieving upstarts and the patrician business framework that surrounds them."

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  • Wine news

    The Jerusalem Post on rebooting Zionism with wine and weed. "Their flagship initiative, however, is Wine on the Vine. The concept is a simple one – individuals or groups buy a vine in an Israeli vineyard. Instead of planting trees, Wine on the Vine hopes to entice culturally aware pro-Israel Jews, Christians and wine lovers of all backgrounds to invest in the Land of Israel through its booming wine industry."

    The BBC reports that Australia has filed a WTO complaint against Canada over wine sales. "Like the US, Australia has protested against rules in the province of British Columbia, where local wines can be sold in grocery shops but imported wine must be sold in a "store within a store" with a separate cash register."

    Bon Appetit provides a beginners guide to wine faults. "There was a good six months of my life I thought that all wines from the Loire tasted like barnyard. It turns out, I was just drinking wines that had a lot of Brettanomyces, a yeast that has nothing to do with the Loire."

    Eric Asimov in the New York Times is inspired by the wines of Pearl Morissette on the Niagara Peninsula. "More often, though, the wines are captivating. The lineup includes savory, textured chardonnays; cabernet francs of uncommon depth and purity; fresh, joyous gamays and pinot noirs that can vary from a pretty, floral 2011 that is delicious right now to a spicy, smoky 2012 that manages to be both brawny and elegant."

    Decanter on the risks of buying a vineyard. "‘We didn’t really know how to farm or to change oil on a tractor,’ confesses Newman. ‘Conceptually we understood it, but practically we had no idea what we were doing. Thankfully we were young enough to take the risk.’

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  • Wine news

    Bloomberg profiles wine critic Antonio Galloni. "What sets Galloni apart from competing publications such as Wine Spectator and Decanter, or individual critics such as Jancis Robinson and James Suckling, is ambition."

    The Napa Valley Register on the challenges with direct to consumer shipping. "If you’re among the 94 percent of the U.S. population that lives in states where such shipping is legal, the wine can then be sent from the winery and delivered right to your doorstep."

    Decanter explores vegan wine. ‘I suspect that quite a lot of wine is vegan but the producer doesn’t necessarily put it on the label,’ said Kristin Syltevik, of the Oxney Organic Estate in East Sussex, England."

    The Drinks Business on new findings on the genetic history of grapes. "As reported by Genome Web, there was a particularly strong link between one 900-year-old seed sample and the Alpine variety Savagnin."

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  • Winemaker interviews

    The Štimac family, owner of the Rizman winery, is one of Croatia's most famous sporting last names. Igor Štimac is a well-known modern soccer player in Croatia, playing center back for the national team as well as for Derby County in the Premier League. And they make great wine.

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    The Blast reports Lady Gaga's wine is facing legal challenges. "Officials from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office have suspended Gaga’s application for “Joanne Trattoria Vino Rosso” because they claim it would cause confusion in the marketplace with a company who has already locked up rights to the term “Trattoria.”

    The Harvard Gazette on how climate change will impact wine grapes. “It’s going to be very hard, given the amount of warming we’ve already committed to … for many regions to continue growing the exact varieties they’ve grown in the past,” Wolkovich said."

    Food and Wineon Harry and Meghan's rumored wedding winery. "In an effort to highlight the strides made by English wine producers, in 2011, Prince William and Kate Middleton reportedly served vino from Kent’s Chapel Down Winery at their royal wedding and now, rumor has it that the same producer will be served for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding as well."

    Andrew Jefford in Decanter on the pros and cons of the cru system. "The quality revolution is so recent in Priorat that you could argue, with Pérez, that the institution of such a detailed system is premature – yet the experience of Sancerre, in fact, suggests the opposite: that early legislation is desirable."

    Jancis Robinson is excited about Margaret River Chardonnay. "I spent all last week tasting 2016 burgundies, but the more whites I tried, the more I lusted after the Western Australian alternatives I came across during a visit there last November."

    The Washington Post on the virtues of sweet wine. "Truth is, the wine industry is appealing to our sweet tooth by flooding supermarkets and convenience stores with cheap treacle whose only defining characteristic is sweet. Not fruitiness or acidity, just sweet."

    Punch on wine London is Europe's new wine capital. "That natural-curious but not strident approach repeated itself over and over during my most recent London trip."

    Seven Fifty Daily profiles sommelier and retailer Dustin Wilson. “[It] was a really fun opportunity for me to get out of my comfort zone a little bit,” he says, “and get into a world I really didn’t know a lot about—and get to run.”

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  • Cantina ArmosA is located in the town of Sicili, belonging to the Province of Ragusa, in the southeast corner of the island. ArmosA has a great sense of their region's history disregarding fleeting trendy moments of today, audaciously evokes emotions of historical consciousness.

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