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    Wine news April 29, 2016

    by Christopher Barnes on 4/29/2016

    Wine is great for your microbiome reports the Los Angeles Times. "Your microbiome is made of up of the community of mostly beneficial bacteria, fungi and viruses that live on and in your body."

    Eater asks what kind of wine pairs with spicy food? "Typically, I like to pair lower alcohol beverages with spicy food, the higher the alcohol the more intense any sort of heat and spice becomes."

    Nymag.com on Gucci's new book which is dedicated to the god of wine. "He is the god of fertility and winemaking and ritual madness. He is the one having a good time."

    Decanter on how Burgundy has been hit by the most frost since 1981.

    Eric Asimov in the New York Times on specialized wine lists. "Is a restaurant obliged to give customers what they want by offering something for everybody? Or can it stay true to a vision, no matter how narrow, uncompromising or esoteric?"


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    Wine news April 28, 2016

    by Christopher Barnes on 4/28/2016

    Ebay pours resources into selling wine reports Fortune. "The e-commerce company opened a new area on Wednesday for buying and selling wine, part of its push to be a marketplace for nearly all kinds of merchandise."

    Newsweek reports that Russian wine prices spike amidst financial crisis. "Russia’s financial crisis continues to hit the alcohol industry hard, as wine prices are up by as much as 15 percent among some brands, exceeding winemakers’ bleak projections."

    Quartz on how to order wine like you know what you are doing. "So that delicious bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon you bought for $25 at the local wine store will run you about $50 or more at a restaurant."

    Jane Anson in Decanter on benchmark wines from Chile. "But right now it is undergoing a rebirth with more small and medium-sized wineries bottling under their own name, and a gradual move away from the trend for a highly oaked international styles that was dominant ten years ago’."

    The Drinks Business pick their favorite wine photos.

    Food & Wine on what it takes to be the best sommelier in the world.

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  • Wine Explained

    Wondrous Zibibbo from Pantelleria

    by Marco Salerno on 4/27/2016

    Zibibbo is much more than wine. It's a moment of wonder in a glass. read more »

  • Column

    Can a wine lose its mojo?

    by David Rogers on 4/27/2016

    Have you ever spent a memorable holiday in a wine-growing area, shipped your favourite wine home in the expectation of future enjoyment, but when you opened that first bottle, at best it didn't seem quite as good as you originally remembered, or at worst, was a complete let down? read more »

  • Wine news

    Wine news April 27, 2016

    by Christopher Barnes on 4/27/2016

    Bloomberg on wine from Thailand. "Grapes are harvested once a year between January and March, before temperatures soar across Thailand. Average temperatures at PB Valley, which sits about 350 meters above sea level, range from 15-28 degrees Celsius (59-82 degrees Fahrenheit)."

    The SacBee on Amador County. " Its grape-growing and winemaking professionalism and prestige have risen sharply since then, though several farmers and vintners still aren’t content, continuing to scrabble in the rich red dirt of the county’s vineyards for results that will raise Amador’s standing for fine wine."

    Eateron a new proposal that would slash taxes for winemakers. "It contains big benefits for sparkling wine producers by reducing their federal excise taxes from $3.40 a gallon to $1.07 a gallon, which is the current rate for still wine."

    CBS Sports on Ernie Els the golfer and winemaker. "But 16 years ago ... “It was the most expensive wine in South Africa,” Strydom says."

    Decanter on the top wine consuming countries in 2015.

    Palate Press on wines of the West Bank. "It’s shattering news: your wine from Israel might actually not be from what you prefer to think of as Israel."

    Wine Specator on an Amarone family soap opera. "The effort aimed to distinguish their wines from what they considered lower-quality, supermarket versions of Amarone—the intense, dry red wine made through partially drying the local Corvina, Rondinella and, optionally, Molinara grapes."

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    Wine news April 26, 2016

    by Christopher Barnes on 4/26/2016

    Forbes picks its coolest wine labels of 2016.

    The Telegraph reports that Italy drinks less wine than Germany in historic drop. "The United States topped the list of the world’s biggest wine-drinking nation in 2015, followed by France and then Germany, according to a new study from the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV)."

    NPR talks Manischewitz. "After the repeal of Prohibition, the secular Monarch Wine Company struck a deal with Manischewitz to license its name for a brand of wine. The agreement also stipulated that the Monarch Wine Company would get to borrow the Manischewitz rabbis for kosher certification."

    The Washington Post asks what does a fat Gamay look like? "Maryse Chevriere has a professional interest in the silly language of wine tasting."

    Jancis Robinson on Bordeaux 2015. "First off, for the first time in five years, in 2015 the Bordelais have a vintage worth making a fuss about."

    The Guardian on a shelter that gives wine to alcoholics. "Ten of the Oaks’ residents are mental health patients and don’t get the pour – just fewer than 50 others do."

    The Jerusalem Post talks to Eran Pick, Israel's Master Sommelier and the winemaker at Tzora. "It is not an exaggeration to say that Tzora is at the same time one of the fastest-improving wineries in Israel as well as being one of the finest wineries in Israel."

    The Huffington Post asks what wine should you drink based on your zodiac.

    The San Francisco Chronicle on California cult Cabernet. "Weaver acknowledges that many people assume Harlan wines are overripe and hedonistic."


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    Wine news April 22, 2016

    by Christopher Barnes on 4/22/2016

    Eric Asimov in the New York Times on 20 wines under $20, the Spring edition. "Value is not simply a synonym for inexpensive. It ought to mean that the amount of pleasure is beyond the norm for the price you paid."

    Fox News on Spring wines under $25. 

    Vogue says Kosher wine can be great. "I always liken walking into a wine shop to ask for kosher wine to what some men must feel when walking into a drugstore to buy tampons for their girlfriend for the first time."

    Vogue on natural wine. "If you have been to dinner in Copenhagen or Tokyo or Brooklyn or Montreal in the last few years, then you have probably drunk wines made with little to no chemical manipulation."

    The Huffington Post on climate change and wine. "Fifty years from now a red Burgundy might not be Pinot noir grapes and Chianti may not be primarily made from Sangiovese as they have for centuries."

    The Guardian on British fizz. "Not only that, but consumers I speak to seem to like the idea of a home-grown alternative to champagne."

    I'll Drink to That talks to Jean-Louis Chave.

    Jamie Goode talks about Champagne.

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  • Wine news

    Wine news April 21, 2016

    by Christopher Barnes on 4/21/2016

    Bloomberg on an  wine mogul who is suing Fidelity. "Deutsch remembers the man informing him that Fidelity was “uncomfortable” with his purchases of China Medical Technologies, a Beijing-based maker of cancer-treatment devices. Effective immediately, the man told Deutsch, he could no longer buy the stock."

    The New York Times reports on a settlement in the Napa wine train discrimination suit. "The group of 11 women, 10 of them black and one white, filed the lawsuit two months after the episode in August, when the group was escorted off the train for laughing and talking too loudly, then met by police officers at the station where they disembarked." 

    The Telegraph reports on how English sparkling wine beat Champagne in a blind tasting. "In the first tasting of its kind in Paris, those taking part said the English sparkling wine was better in two out of three categories, and it drew with the champagne in the other."

    Jane Anson in Decanter on reclaiming Bordeaux terroir. "The American buyer told me that Bordeaux was now so unfashionable in the States that many sommeliers have never even considered it for their lists – but that this means it is now a discovery wine, the new Gruner, or Jura."

    The Drinks Business reports that a Swede has won best sommelier title. "Swedish sommelier Arvid Rosengren took the title this year as the Best Sommelier in the World after a gruelling four day Concours du Meilleur Sommelier du Monde competition in Mendoza, Argentina, where 61 sommeliers competed for the title."


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  • A Great Springtime Wine for $11? Yes, and There’s More!

    by Dorothy J. Gaiter on 4/20/2016

    "OK, John and the girls tease me that I’m like Marshall from that episode of “How I Met Your Mother” during which he greets everyone he comes across on the sidewalk. I am a bit like that." -Dorothy Gaiter read more »

  • Wine news

    Wine news April 20, 2016

    by Christopher Barnes on 4/20/2016

    Eater says grapefruit wine is France's latest obsession. "Sales of grapefruit rosé increased 125 percent from March 2012 to March 2013, and 22 million liters of flavored wine were sold in that year alone."

    Press Democrat reports that Ste. Michelle winery has purchased Sonoma's Patz and Hall winery. "Patz said Tuesday the four were not looking to sell, but that as they were formulating their business plan for the next 10 years, the Ste. Michelle offer “sort of came out the blue.”

    The Daily News likes Brad Pitt's rosé. "And most interestingly, I found that, again and again, the wines are actually good."

    Bloomberg on China's $250 luxury wine backed by LVMH. "It’s nearly 15 percent alcohol and tastes unique, something like a combo of a Spanish Ribera del Duero and a Napa cult cab."

    The Sacramento Bee profiles Dashe Cellars. "“Paul Draper is definitely my mentor, certainly when it comes to zinfandel. I learned a heck of a lot (at Ridge). Paul is such a master blender,” Michael Dashe says."

    The Telegraph on how to plan a tasting party. "Ask them to Google the website of their wine so they can give a three- to four-minute talk about it, always without revealing the name or grape."

    The Drinks Business on the top ten China sommeliers. 

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