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  • Wine Event

    Wine on Wheels 2017 Grand Tasting and Auction

    by The Editors on 3/24/2017

    Wine on Wheels 2017 run by top sommelier Yannick Benjamin allows one to taste older vintage wines from some of the world's most unique producers selected by a who's who of New York's top restaurant professionals - and all this for an amazing cause. read more »

  • Winemaker Interviews

    Gianluca Colombo, Réva Winery in Piedmont

    by Christopher Barnes on 3/24/2017

    Gianluca Colombo talks about about the challenges and opportunities of starting a Barolo-focused winery from scratch in an area steeped with tradition. read more »

  • Wine news

    Wine news March 24, 2017

    by Christopher Barnes on 3/24/2017

    Mashable on how a small tweak can make it easier to pour wine. "After numerous tests, Perlman came up with the perfect groove that a wine stream could not get past — measuring roughly 2mm wide and 1mm deep."

    Digital Trends reports wine app Vivino is launching a recommendation enginge tied to ecommerce. "The new marketplace makes use of data aggregated from Vivino’s bustling community of 23 million members, recommending the wines that align best with individuals’ tastes and price points."

    The Wine Spectator reports that Gallo has purchased Stagecoach vineyard with its 600 acres of hillside vines. "Today, Stagecoach sits in a popular area, next to Bryant Family Vineyard and Dalla Valle. Krupp sells fruit to more than 90 wineries, including Alpha Omega, Caymus, Duckhorn, Pahlmeyer and Quintessa."

    Decanter explores the differences between aging wine in a double magnum versus a standard bottle. "Logic tells us that the larger format should age more slowly, the colour should be deeper and darker, and aromas should be fresher and less evolved."

    The Drinks Business on fakes at a Chinese wine fair. "For a fair of this magnitude, you will be sure to see not only new wine releases but also plenty of fraudulent and outright counterfeit wines from what they call ‘DIY Penfolds’ to look-alike Bordeaux first growths."

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  • Column

    Smith-Madrone: A Napa Cabernet That’s Classy and Ageable, in English or Latin

    by Dorothy J. Gaiter on 3/23/2017

    "It was so elegant and true, with ripe black fruits, cedar, rich earth and minerals that cut through it all like a blade, that we geeked out about it for hours." Dorothy J. Gaiter on Smith Madrone Cabernet Sauvignon read more »

  • Wine news

    Wine news march 23, 2017

    by Christopher Barnes on 3/23/2017

    The New York Times reviews the new book Cork Dork. "She gets a quick, boozy education, and so do we. About how to decant properly, which is as difficult as sinking a hole in one. About how to serve, which involves more rules than cricket."

    Winesearcher reviews Game of Thrones wines. "Unlike winter in Westeros, we live in an era when almost all wines are competently manufactured. Game of Thrones Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 is solid – balanced, with straightforward cherry flavor."

    The Chicago Tribune on pairing food and wine. "The key to pairing wine with soup is finding a point of interest in the individual ingredients, allowing you to choose your wine accordingly."

    Metro on how to tell if a glass of wine is good. "There is no quality difference between a wine enclosed with a synthetic wine closures and a traditional cork."

    Decanter visits the small producers in Pauillac. "It’s true that in Pauillac almost all of us would make more money by selling our land than making wine,’ agrees Albistur. ‘You have to love it to work as a tiny producer here, but I do want to hand over to my children, and am trying to find ways to perhaps sell some of the vines and keep the rest. I like the idea that if you give them vines, you also give them work – because if they don’t work it themselves they’ll never make anything’."

    The Drinks Business on new player in the US wholesale wine market who is trying to shake things up. "The LibDib tech platform will automatically handle invoicing, payment processing, collections and taxes, which Durzy says allows producers and retailers to do business in “a more open, efficient and cost effective way”.

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  • Wine news

    Wine news March 22, 2017

    by Christopher Barnes on 3/22/2017

    Time reports on a big time wine and cheese heist. "In what's being considered one of the biggest "wine and cheese busts" in recent Italian history, a group of ten people have been arrested by police for stealing more than $250,000 in fine wines and gourmet cheeses."

    The Financial Times on China and the outlook for fine wine.

    Decanter asks where is all the Champagne going? "Total Champagne sales fell by 2% globally, to 306 million bottles, also hit by a 2.5% decline in France – which still constitutes around half of the overall market. In value terms, global Champagne sales reached 4.71 billion euros last year, only just short of the record of 4.74bn euros set in 2015."

    Palate Press explores Brunello. "So what DO single-vineyard Brunellos taste like? Well, obviously they vary. What struck me was how elegant so many are: they can smell pretty like Nebbiolo, but the tannins are much smoother than young Barolo."

    Food and Wine's sommeliers of the year pick some interesting wines.

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  • Wine news

    Wine news March 21, 2017

    by Christopher Barnes on 3/21/2017

    Food and Wine asks why does wine give you a headache? "According to a 2013 study, more than a third of regular wine drinkers report occasional headaches from wine—and not from overindulgence."

    Forbes profiles Billionaire investor and entrepreneur,Howard Leight Jr. and his winery, Malibu Rocky Oaks. "The grape vines that were planted were primarily placed there to assist with water runoff from the mountainsides."

    The Guardian on pairing wine with music. "Burzynska herself set up the world’s first “oenosthetic” wine and sound bar in Christchurch’s the Auricle Sonic Arts Gallery in 2014 (it has since closed)."

    Karaksis.com interviews Mark Andrew the founder of Noble Rot Magazine. "As someone who is actively seeking out Greek wines, selling and promoting them, there is a shortage of small artisanal boutique wineries focusing on indigenous varieties when compared to France, Italy and Spain. For me, that is the main issue. When I look at Santorini it is 2-3 wineries, in Naoussa 4-5. We need more!"

    Decanter on a sommelier shortage in England due to BREXIT. "‘More and more top-end sommeliers are going to other countries, like China – and Asia in general,’ he said."

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  • Wine news

    Wine news March 20, 2017

    by Christopher Barnes on 3/20/2017

    Bianca Bosker in the New York Times says drink tasty wine. "At the very least, these mass-market bottles are an invitation to people who might otherwise never pick up a glass."

    The New York Times on the marijuana industry in wine country. "Sam Edwards, co-founder of the Sonoma Cannabis Company, charges diners $100 to $150 for a meal that experiments with everything from marijuana-leaf pesto sauce to sniffs of cannabis flowers paired with sips of a crisp Russian River chardonnay."

    The Guardian on the impact of BREXIT on wine. "Still it’s very hard, even for the most zealous Leavers, to build a case for Brexit having anything other than an inflationary effect on wine prices for the foreseeable future."

    Business Insider talks to the head sommelier at EMP about how to talk wine. "Tannin" is something with red wines that is often spoke about, you know, between sommeliers, we use it to really judge wines when we are blind tasting and even whether it goes with food."

    Jancis Robinson checks out Mexican wine. "Cabernet still rules the roost in Baja when Rhône varieties are probably much more suitable for the dry climate, although L A Cetto's Nebbiolo, available throughout Europe, Canada, the US and Japan, would be a perfect introduction to Mexican wine. No one is quite sure which Nebbiolo it is."

    The Washington Post visits RdV Vineyards in Virginia. "And while RdV makes Bordeaux-style wines, it does not make Bordeaux. “In Bordeaux, they want barrels that will give the wines fatness and body,” de Vink said. “We have that fatness, and we want barrels that will impose some focus on the wines.”

    In Decanter Andrew Jefford is excited about 2015 Crozes-Hermitage. "These soils have high potassium levels, meaning in general less piercing finished acid levels in its red wines than in some of its Northern Rhône peers, giving wines grown here potential fleshiness and voluptuousness."

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  • Wine Importers

    Anthony Lynch The Next Generation at Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant

    by Christopher Barnes on 3/17/2017

    "Other certain trends like orange wines or natural wines, they're also fascinating, really amazing wines to be tasted. But, often these sort of trends can overpower the notion of tradition and of terroir and diversity in all the wines that are being made in the world." - Anthony Lynch read more »

  • Wine news

    Wine news March 17, 2017

    by Christopher Barnes on 3/17/2017

    The Miami Herald on made in Australia, the affordable 19 Crimes wine. "The corks feature one of the crimes that could result in such exile, such as “assaulting, cutting or burning clothes.” The entire cast of “Project Runway” would be doomed." 

    Eric Asimov in the New  York Times on one wine glass to rule them all. "Most households need only one set of all-purpose glasses, which is perfectly fine for whites, reds, sparkling wines, rosés and fortified wines."

    The SF Chronicle on the Clarksville AVA. "Established as an American Viticultural Area in 1985, Clarksburg is marked by its location along the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, which pulls in ocean breezes and creates a cool maritime climate."

    The Daily Meal checks out Friuli. "A crossroads of cultures that mingles influences from regal Austria to the north, snow-capped Slovenia to the east, the Adriatic Sea to the south, and the vine-covered Veneto to the west, Friuli is not only a terrific travel destination, it’s a wine region like no other in Italy — a wine region with a breathtaking range of grape varieties, some of them grown only here."

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