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    Eric Asimov in the New York Times celebrates Oregon Chardonnay. "Since Oregon emerged as an important wine producer in the 1970s, pinot noir has been the dominant narrative in the Willamette Valley. All else was an afterthought."

    Jancis Robinson profiles Château Lafite's 31-year-old Saskia de Rothshchild.

    Daily Seven Fifty profiles sommelier turned entrepreneur Patrick Cappiello. "Unlike many somms, who commonly move into retail or importing, Cappiello left the floor and turned to wine brokering."

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  • Feature

    In the spirit of giving, we've decided to put together a shortlist of our favorite BYOB spots all around New York City.

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  • Winemaker Interviews

    "Plavac Mali is something that we cannot measure, or we cannot say it's similar, or like some other wines from other countries. It's special. It has this special terroir. You can feel the land and taste it in the wine." Fani Marinović-Skaramuča of Skaramuča Winery

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    The Chicago Tribune explains wine terms. "Have you ever struggled to distinguish Tom Wolfe from Thomas Wolfe and Tobias Wolff?"

    Food and Wine on why one should drink rosé on a plane. "Flight can make things like tannins taste even more astringent, and wines taste less fruity than they might on the ground, which is why I prefer working with young wines that have a lot of fruit and freshness,” he explains."

    The Drinks Business reports that magnets could be used to remove off flavors in wine. "According to a study recently published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry entitled in ‘Chemical and Sensory Evaluation of Magnetic Polymers as a Remedial Treatment for Elevated Concentrations of 3‑Isobutyl-2-methoxypyrazine in Cabernet Sauvignon Grape Must and Wine’ magnetic polymers can reduce off-flavours in Cabernet Sauvignon while preserving other volatile aromas and maintaining overall aroma intensity and fruity characters."

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    Delish reports on wine water. "The drink plays on the 'near water' category that has everyone and their mother launching new seltzers, teas, and other lightly flavored bevs. This one mixes the smell and taste of wine with pure spring water."

    The Wine Enthusiast explains wine blending. "The art of blending, to me, is to take individual pieces and make the sum of what you’re blending better than those individual pieces you started out with,” says Mike Macmorran, winemaker, of Mark Ryan Winery."

    Bloomberg reports that there is such a thing as an Executive Wine MBA. “We couldn’t have launched Nine Suns winery without that,” she says. “Our business model grew out of a class I took on wine distribution.”

    Sevenfity Daily explores cold climate hybrid grapes. "Some 10,000 planted vines are presently under evaluation as part of UMN’s grape breeding and enology project, which is supported by a full lab and research winery."

    The Drinks Business reports that a scientist has discovered that storing wine on its side doesn't help. "The cork will never dry out with almost 100% humidity in the headspace, so it is a myth that you need to store a bottle on its side,” he said."

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    Refinery 29 on how to speak wine talk. "Most of us know when we like a wine and when we don't, we just lack the words to describe WHY but the WHY is everything," Milne says. "The WHY is what makes your palate yours, and there is no shame in that...If we can view wine as just a language and geography game, then all we really need are a few back-pocket terms."

    The Missoulian on the case for Montana wine. "Oaxaca believes, with the backing of scientific research, that global climate change will warm Montana to the point of being the next great wine-growing region of the United States, and he wants to get in on the ground floor and encourage others to do the same."

    Bon Appetit says don't drink wine when you are sad. "Not only is alcohol a depressant, but pouring a drink to escape emotion is a bad habit, one that has been glamorized by everyone from Charles Bukowski to the cast of Sex & the City to today’s top 40 music. It's a habit that's so easy to fall into and so hard to get out of. I’ve watched alcoholism destroy people I love."

    In Decanter Andrew Jefford salutes a Russian renaissance in the Gassac valley. "Chirkunov is the third Russian to buy a major Languedoc estate after Dmitry Pumpyansky purchased Prieuré de St Jean de Bébian in 2008, and Boris Pakhunov of the Russian wine and spirits group Praskoveyskoe bought St Martin de La Garrigue in 2011 and then the Corbières property Ch de St Louis in 2012."

    Jancis Robinson explores bargain wines. "My blanket recommendations for sources of value have been South Africa and Muscadet for whites, and Chile and Beaujolais for reds."

    Punch on vintage Amaro. "But when you head down the rabbit hole, there are a whole lot of unknowns. What ingredients are in the bottle, and how will age effect the botanicals? "

    Seven Fifty on why French winemakers are going to South Africa. "French winemaking is not exactly new to South Africa; it has a long history there, dating to 1688, when the Huguenots joined the country’s Dutch and German settlers and planted vines in modern-day Franschhoek Valley—Franschhoek is Dutch for “French corner.”

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  • Column

    "They’re not quite the Rodney Dangerfield of wines, not like Müller-Thurgau by any means, but they still don’t get the respect they deserve: Pinot Grigio and Beaujolais. We had some recently that reminded us how good they can be." Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher

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    In the New York Times Eric Asimov drinks a lot of expensive wine from different years from the same producer. "First 1982, a great vintage marking the end of some difficult years and inaugurating the current era of Bordeaux as a luxury good. At almost 36 years of age, it was still youthful, ripe and a bit exotic, yet balanced and harmonious."

    Forbes asks have Italian wine regulations become a sham? "The uproar from other regions was immediate, and, as things go in Italy, the bureaucrats’ response was to stick the D.O.C.G. appellation onto dozens of wines from all over Italy."

    Business Insider explores Walmart's foray into private label wine. "And Walmart is, in some ways, playing catch-up with rival Target, which launched its own line of bargain wines, called California Roots, last fall. (It added a Rosé to the line two months ago.) Even The Olive Garden has an exclusive line."

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  • Winemaker Interviews

    The Malan family can trace back its winemaking roots for ten generations. Johan Malan, cellar master at Simonsig Estate, talks with Grape Collective about how his father Frans led the way for the now vibrant South African MCC category of sparkling wine.

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    Bon Appetit on pairing natural wine with take-out. "While at O Vins d'Anges, Schwartz realized that she wanted to put natural wine in the glasses of more young people, so, when she got back to New York three years ago, she started Thirsty Thirsty, pouring natural rose at Cafe Henrie and summer wines paired with Italian snacks at Fitzcarraldo in Williamsburg."

    Bloomberg on how a 31 year old war correspondent is taking over one of Bordeaux's great estates. "In April the 31-year-old became the youngest person to currently lead a first-growth Bordeaux estate,Château Lafite Rothschild."

    Seven Fifty Daily on winemaking yeasts. "And in 1890, Hermann Müller first isolated pure strains of yeast and used them as starter cultures for winemaking."

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