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  • Column: White's Wines

    In Its Greatest Moments, Wine Provides an Idealized Reality

    by David White on 3/3/2015

    Fifteen years ago, Stephen Tanzer, one of the world's leading wine critics, described the Cabernet Sauvignon from Ridge's 1991 harvest in Monte Bello Vineyard as "among the top dozen made in California during the last 20 years." read more »

  • Wine news

    Wine news March 3, 2015

    by Christopher Barnes on 3/3/2015

    In the New York Times in France pesticides get in the way of natural wines. "The nation is the third-largest consumer of pesticides in the world, after the United States and Japan. Apples grown in southern France, for example, are subjected to about three dozen pesticides."

    State sues Gallo over hazardous dust used to make wine bottles reports Capital Public Radio. "Both the state and Gallo say the glass is sealed and poses no threat to people."

    Top 10 erotic wine labels from The Drinks Business.

    Zachy's sees resurgence in New York auction business reports Decanter.

    Haaretz on what makes Israeli wine Israeli.

    Wine Enthusiast offers a guide to Chile.

    W. Blake Gray breaks down a report on consumer response to back labels.

    Forbes on 5 surprising tips to buying land in Napa.

    Zachary Sussman in Punch on Nicolas Joly and the Loire's wine culture war. "The organization’s newfound receptivity, however, demonstrates what Joly calls a preliminary “guarantee” that change is possible—at least, when demand for it comes at the urging of someone like him."

    The Wine Economist on Eyrie Vinyards' 50th anniversary.

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  • Critics' Picks

    Surfing Delectable: What The Pros Are Drinking

    by Rachael Doob on 3/2/2015

    A look at what some of the top wine experts and sommeliers are drinking including Alder Yarrow, Mark Bright, Arvid Rosengren, Cathy Corison, Michael Madrigale, Hardy Wallace, and Jordan Salcito. read more »

  • Blind Tasting

    The Judgment Of The Upper West Side, Cab Franc

    by Christopher Barnes on 3/2/2015

    We hosted a blind tasting of Cab Franc from Baja, Mexico, Virginia and France. The results may surprise. read more »

  • Wine People

    Meet Meridith May, Publisher of The Tasting Panel Magazine

    by Rachael Doob on 3/2/2015

    A brief introduction to Meridith May, publisher of The Tasting Panel. read more »

  • Love By The Glass

    Port from Texas, Sangiovese from Long Island, Memories From Everywhere: OTBN

    by Dorothy J. Gaiter on 3/2/2015

    Open That Bottle Night 2015, the Grape Collective edition, was a tremendous success on Feb. 28. read more »

  • Wine news

    Wine news March 2, 2015

    by Christopher Barnes on 3/2/2015

    Lettie Teague in The Wall Street Journal on Madeira, historic but hip again. "It’s one of the world’s most complex wines, with multiple styles and types and a long and illustrious history."

    The Washington Post asks what is wrong with a family selling its winery to a corporation. Looking at the Siduri sale to Jackson Family Wines. "Siduri is the first winery purchased by Jackson Family that did not have its own vineyards to bring into the sale."

    Jancis Robinson on the Hermitage conundrum. "One of the most frequent laments I hear from wine producers during my annual visits in the northern Rhône is how difficult it is to sell Hermitage."

    W. Blake Gray asks what will happen if Robert Parker's palate declines?

    In Bloomberg, Robert Parker stepping away from Bordeaux will likely lower prices.

    In Winesearcher, Abe Schoener is looking to make carbonated wine cool. "But there aren't many better examples of swimming against the tide than announcing that Blowout, your new "unashamedly carbonated" sparkling wine, is inspired by an Italian philosopher who campaigned vigorously for the abolition of pasta."

    Andrew Jefford writing in Decanter on the Languedoc. "There’s no doubt that many ambitious Languedoc reds are exuberant -- to a fault."

    New world wine regions are increasingly making wine from Italian varietals, reports Wine Enthusiast.

    The Telegraph asks when should you decant a wine?

    Organic Soho wine store robbed reports the New York Daily News.

    The Guardian celebrates the wine cask turning 50.

    Fox News talks to Giovanni Geddes, CEO of the Italian branch of the French group Remy Cointreau, CEO of Frescobaldi, CEO of Ornellaia & Masseto.


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  • TV & Wine

    House of Cards Season Three and Wine

    by The Editors on 2/27/2015

    Want to know what to drink while binge watching House of Cards? read more »

  • Wine News

    Wine news February 27, 2015

    by Christopher Barnes on 2/27/2015

    Food and Wine on how to talk like a Master Sommelier. "What’s the best way to sound like a wine expert, even if you aren’t? I always say, if you don’t know anything about wine, pick up a glass, swirl it, say, “Yes,” sort of thoughtfully, swirl it again and say, “Hmm—no,” then swirl it again and say, “Well, maybe.” Then put the glass down and walk away."

    Treasury Wines marketing strategy appears to be working reports The Wall Street Journal. Operating profit rose 69% as they focused on marketing their premium brands and offered deep discounts on wine fridges.

    In the New York Times, tasting notes on Langhe Nebbiolo. Also in the New York Times, Wine School takes on Napa Cabernet.

    Medical Daily says the health benefits of wine don't make up for all the other unhealthy things you do. "In terms of polyphenols, red wine doesn’t beat out apples or almonds, spinach or strawberries, black olives or blackberries."

    On Babble, I could parent without wine but I don't really want to. "When Mommy is happy, everyone else might not be happy, but there’s a much better chance of it then when I’m not."

    Pennsylvania is voting on privatizing State Liquor Stores reports Wines and Vines.

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  • Wine People

    Robert Parker Passes The Torch, Reactions Vary

    by Rachael Doob on 2/26/2015

    Responses to the news that after 37 years Robert Parker Jr. will no longer report on Bordeaux en primeur. read more »

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