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  • Wine Grapes

    Tannat: Not Just Uruguay's National Grape

    In the spectrum of red wine grape varietals, not only is Tannat rarely even considered, but outside the minds and palates of wine aficionados the world over, it probably is not even known...

  • Wine Region

    Out of (South) Africa

    The Constantia and Stellenbosch regions in South Africa are best known in the United States but there are some lovely artisanal and affordable wines from smaller regions worth seeking out.

  • Spain

    Bernabeleva: Garnacha, unleashed

    Bernabeleva treats Spain's mighty staple grape, Garnacha to a well deserved all-natural, low-production approach. The results are magical.


Latest News

  • Wine news

    Wine news January 24, 2017

    by Christopher Barnes on 1/24/2017

    In the Smithsonian Magazine Eric Asimov on how the expanding world of wine can take your palate to exciting places. "Of the seven continents, only Antarctica does not have vineyards."

    Ad Age on how Yellow Tail bought a Super Bowl ad. "How do we really turn this to our advantage? And we said instead of investing in price [discounting] we are going to invest in the Super Bowl, the world's largest stage."

    The Telegraph reports that the French wine industry is mad a plans for bigger pregnancy warnings on wine labels. "The warning consists of the silhouette of a pregnant woman holding a glass inside a red circle with a diagonal line through it. The government wants to enlarge it to a minimum of 1 centimetre instead of 0.5 cm as at present."

    Decanter reports on a Chinese food and beverage company bought Domaine de Bellair on Bordeaux's Right Bank and plans to use the wine to supply its businesses across Asia.

    The Drinks Business ranks the world's top fine wine brands.

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  • Winemaker Interviews

    Organic Brunello Pioneer Francesco Leanza

    by Monty Waldin on 1/23/2017

    "We must focus on hundreds of different Brunellos, from hundreds of difference vineyards, from hundreds of different cru and terroirs. We must produce different wines from this unique place." Francesco Leanza in conversation with Monty Waldin read more »

  • Wine news

    Wine news January 23, 2017

    by Christopher Barnes on 1/23/2017

    Metro on why adding salt to wine might be a good thing. "Sat next to Gina Gallo of E. & J. Gallo Winery at the time, he says that she wished her glass of Cabernet was a little more savoury rather than fruity – so he added a pinch of salt."

    Alder Yarrow on thirteen years wine blogging.  "The engagement and dynamism of the community that used to comment on blogs has shifted to Facebook and Twitter, and while the former is still going strong, we may be seeing the decline of the latter, to be replaced by who knows what."

    Forbes explores fake wine. "Controversially, Downey says John Kapon, the CEO of Acker Merrall, not only funded Kurniawan’s wine purchases but, “Rudy the great collector became a creation of Kapon, and was responsible for putting Acker Merrall & Condit the auction house on the map,” adds Downey."

    The Street on wine clones. "With the rise of genetics, scientists have hastened the process by trying to develop clones with favorable characteristics such as disease resistance, yield potential or suitability for a given climate."

    In Decanter Andrew Jefford goes in search of a lost wine. "Seyssuel did die – or rather never became an appellation at all, despite its pre-phylloxera history.  The renaissance was due to three growers, Yves Cuilleron, François Villard and Pierre Gaillard."

    The Drinks Business reports that Queen Elizabeth's sparkling wine has sold out. "In 2011 four hectares of the Windsor Great Park Estate were planted with 16,700 Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier vines with the intention of making English sparkling wine."

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  • Wine news

    Wine news January 20, 2017

    by Christopher Barnes on 1/20/2017

    Eric Asimov in the New York Times explores Corsican reds. "But grown in the dry granite soils of southern Corsica, sciaccarellu becomes another thing entirely, with bright, vivid flavors of flowers, red fruit and stony earth that transcend Tuscan mediocrity."

    The San Francisco Chronicle asks who decides which wines get served at the inauguration lunch? "Korbel this year has donated magnums of its Natural Cuvée, a blend of Russian River Valley Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. It marks Korbel’s ninth (ninth!) inauguration."

    The Wall Street Journal on tricks to make bad wine better. "HAVE YOU EVER stuck a spoon in an unfinished bottle of Champagne, stuffed Saran wrap into a decanter of corked wine or spun a Cabernet in a blender?"

    Esquire on removing wine stains. 

    Austria is looking to boost wine exports reports The Drinks Business. "Klinger admitted that it had taken more than twenty years for Austrian exports to recover from the 1985 scandal when the story broke that certain wineries had been adding a substance used in anti-freeze – diethylene-glycol – to bulk out and sweeten their wines."

    Jon Bonné in Punch asks can northern Rhône Syrah survive the spotlight? "Despite the new high-elevation plantings, vineyard prices in the past 20 years have jumped to $490,000 from $86,400."

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  • Column

    Why We’ve Fallen for Verdicchio, Hook, Line and Sinker; a $9.99 Steal

    by Dorothy J. Gaiter on 1/19/2017

    "This is a serious food wine, a wine of presence. People who like cocktails, specifically martinis, would love this." Dorothy J. Gaiter explores Verdicchio read more »

  • Wine Grapes

    Tannat: Not Just Uruguay's National Grape

    by Peter Zusman on 1/19/2017

    In the spectrum of red wine grape varietals, not only is Tannat rarely even considered, but outside the minds and palates of wine aficionados the world over, it probably is not even known... read more »

  • Wine news

    Wine news January 19, 2017

    by Christopher Barnes on 1/19/2017

    USA Today on New Year's wine resolutions for travelers. "Thanks to DuVine Cycling & Adventure Co., wine fans gain a deeper understanding of their favorite California winemaking regions by seeing the varied landscapes up close and personal via two-wheeled treks."

    The Chicago Tribune talks up unexpected wine regions such as Texas and Uruguay. "I can think of about 10 things I would associate Texas with before I got to wine, even though it is one of the country's most prolific wine-producing states."

    The Wall Street Journal on how the US has filed a trade challenge against Canada over wine. "Mr. Froman said British Columbia’s rules “effectively deny” the sale of U.S. wine on grocery-store shelves, and as a result gives that province’s winemakers an unfair advantage."

    The Napa Valley Register profiles golfer and winemaker Cristie Kerr. “When I decided I wanted to make my own wine, I kind of took the bull by the horns,” said Kerr. “We wanted to make a small production, very high quality wine.”

    In Decanter Jane Anson talks to some of the winemakers who helped put the Loire on the map. "Nicolas Joly’s first words to me, on arrival at la Coulée de Serrant, were ‘Je suis très philosophe’. You almost certainly don’t need that translated – but maybe rather than, ‘I’m very philosophical’, a better summary might be ‘I think deeply about things."

    In Palate Press W. Blake Gray asks does the same wine taste different on different days? "I’m a believer in science, and you can tell from these theories. These enable hypotheses; variables that can be tested. Like the biodynamic calendar: it was a theory, and now it appears that it’s not true."

    Winefolly picks wine trends in 2017. "Sales of French wines have been rising in the U.S. in recent months and the strong dollar will help this this trend persist by offsetting somewhat the effects of the poor 2016 harvest in many regions."

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  • Wine news

    Wine news January 18th, 2017

    by Christopher Barnes on 1/18/2017

    Yahoo reports on Silicon Valley Bank's annual wine report which predicts growth in the mid priced wine category. "Wines sold between $12 and $25 will grow in demand as will high-end luxury wines with an established brand. We expect to see small price increases in these segments, with volume and price drops for bottles priced under $9."

    The Sacramento Bee on Jancis Robinson gifting UC Davis 40 years of her archives. "For university officials, this bulky trove enhances the library’s rising reputation as the calm and quiet warehouse where academics, researchers, writers and students can explore the pivotal personalities and critical issues shaping the food and wine scene of the 20th and 21st centuries."

    The Wine Enthusiast reviews canned wine. "Canned wines and spritzers have become more prevalent over the years and general quality has risen in kind, so we sat down to taste an assortment."
    The Washington Examiner on which wines the foreign dignitaries are drinking at a special Trump dinner. "He's into every detail of everything," Barrack told the New York Post. "I beg him all the time to go back to running the free world and let me focus on setting the tables."
    The Drinks Business reports that Francis Ford Coppola is the official wine sponsor of the Oscars. "The deal will run for three years, with the partnership continuing with the 2018 and 2019 Academy Awards events."
    In Decanter Oz Clarke on finding balance in California. "And the word ‘green’ is reappearing. For red wines. Nate Weis of Silver Oak – famed for a lush interpretation of Cabernet – wasn’t alone when he said ‘a little greenness is a good thing’ in a Cal Cab."
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  • Wine news

    Wine news January 17, 2017

    by Christopher Barnes on 1/17/2017

    Forbes on how wine and weed are coming together in Sonoma. "This first Wine & Weed Symposium is a one-day educational conference set for August 3, 2017 in Santa Rosa, California. It will focus on how the legalization of cannabis is expected to make an impact on and present opportunities to the California wine industry."

    Quartz on a website that figures out what a bottle of wine costs. “What I really like about what [Alit] is doing is that they’re listing all of their costs, which is great for consumers,” says Goldstein, adding that it lets customers decide whether that French oak barrel is worth an extra few dollars. “I think people do wonder sometimes if pricing is totally arbitrary.”

    Bloomberg asks how fine is fine wine as an investment? "Fine wines make poor investments. There are only four winemakers with market values of more than $1 billion."

    The New York Daily Newsis excited about Portuguese wines. "It felt good to be a little decadent and indulge myself."

    Alder Yarrow profiles Enologix. "Fifteen years ago, at the height of wine critic Robert Parker's influence and fame, WIRED magazine wrote an article about Enologix, an obscure company in northern California started by a man named Leo McCloskey who audaciously claimed to be able to use statistical analysis to predict wine scores based purely on the chemistry of the finished wine."

    The Drinks Business reports that Lafite's premium is weakening further. "n its first post on the topic, Liv-ex suggested that part of this decline may have been due, at least in part, to the dip in critical scores that Lafite has been receiving since 2009 – especially from The Wine Advocate either from Robert Parker or, latterly, Neal Martin."

    In Decanter Andrew Jefford looks at the competitive coop scene in Alsace. "Why, though, are co-operative standards in Alsace high?  Competition drives up quality, of course; if one or two achieve outstanding results, others are forced to compete."

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  • Wine Region

    Out of (South) Africa

    by Barbara Sturgis on 1/13/2017

    The Constantia and Stellenbosch regions in South Africa are best known in the United States but there are some lovely artisanal and affordable wines from smaller regions worth seeking out. read more »

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