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  • Column: Love by the Glass

    From Stringbeans to Pinot Noir: How Rochioli ‘Created a Monster’

    by Dorothy J. Gaiter on 7/6/2015

    Dorothy J. Gaiter on how the Rochioli family created one of the most in-demand Pinot Noir estates in California. read more »

  • Wine news

    Wine news July 6, 2015

    by Christopher Barnes on 7/6/2015

    In the Independent, Champagne and Burgundy sites achieve UNESCO world heritage status. "By awarding “world heritage” status to a patchwork of more than 1,000 tiny vineyards in the Côte d’Or, south of Dijon, Unesco is, in effect, backing the traditional French belief in the untranslatable  word “terroir”."

    Vinography on brand versus terroir in wine. "When we (those of us who actually care enough about it to actually discuss it) talk about wine, we often forget that it includes everything from Two Buck Chuck to DRC, and that ideas of what really matters at either end of that spectrum are wildly different. We are also easily blinded by the romance of wine the point that we forget it is a business. A big one."

    The Week says don't invest in wine. "Not only does wine generally perform worse than equities, it's also riskier. The standard deviation — a measure of variation when analyzing a variety of data points — of a wine portfolio consisting of grand cru selections is more than twice as high as that of the Dow Jones Industrial Average."

    Lettie Teague in The Wall Street Journal profile VinePair. "“We see a potential audience of 20 million readers,” he said. Based on the men’s own analytics, they said VinePair receives a million unique visitors to its website a month."

    In Decanter Google Street view offers virtual tours of California wineries. "The internet giant has added 360-degree panoramas of nearly 80 of California’s 1,000-plus wineries as part of an initiative that has extended Street View to more than 200 new locations across the state."

    Also in Decanter Andrew Jefford on the mood in Burgundy. 

    Jancis Robinson on how Americans feel about southern hemisphere wines. "In late 2013 on a visit to New York I was shocked to be told by a fellow wine writer that southern hemisphere wines were out of fashion."

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  • Feature

    Italian Winemakers Talk Natural Wine

    by Christopher Barnes on 7/4/2015

    "What I do is wine. The other thing is industrial wine." - Elena Pantaleoni, La Stoppa read more »

  • Critics' Picks

    Surfing Delectable: What The Pros Are Drinking

    by Rachael Doob on 7/3/2015

    A look at what some of the leading wine experts and sommeliers are drinking featuring Fabien Laine, Travis Morningstar, Megan Krigbaum, Charles Antin, and Ray Isle. read more »

  • Wine news

    Wine news July 3, 2015

    by Christopher Barnes on 7/3/2015

    Time Magazine on how to choose a good wine for under $25.

    CNBC on how the Greek crisis is hitting wine exports. ""Imports (have) already ground to an immediate stop and exports are limited to the available transport currently in Greece," said Frangistas, who also serves as managing director of exporter Gefra."

    New York Times Wine School goes to the Greek Island of Santorini. "Because of the strong winds off the Aegean Sea and the powerful summer sun, the assyrtiko vines are trained in a peculiar way, like the woven strands of a circular basket, hugging the ground for protection."

    Eater on pairing wine with BBQ. "Garnatxa and Macabeo are also some fun favorites for grilled vegetables kissed with smoke and hints of spice. Montsant and Priorat, Spain are legends for making these two white varietals."

    Jamie Goode asks is natural wine a fad? "So, to my first point. It is only because of the advances in modern winemaking, pretty much all of which have been positive for consumers, that space was created for the natural wine movement to emerge."

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  • Winemaker Interviews

    Gaetana Jacono, Valle dell’Acate

    by Jameson Fink on 7/2/2015

    Jameson Fink interviews Gaetana Jacono of Valle dell’Acate in Sicily who is straddling the traditional and the modern. read more »

  • Wine news

    Wine news July 2, 2015

    by Christopher Barnes on 7/2/2015

    Business Insider on why Trader Joe's wine is so cheap. "Making wine in huge quantities keeps production costs low. Bronco makes an impressive 90 million gallons of wine a year, according to Taber."

    In the Press Democrat Constellation Brands purchased Napa Valley Meiomi wine brand for $315 million.

    In the Telegraph Britain's worst wine etiquette revealed. "The poll of 2,000 UK adults by the International Wine Challenge (IWC) found other blunders included adding lemonade to red wine and pronouncing the 't' in Merlot and Pinot Noir."

    Will Lyons in The Wall Street Journal on a biodynamic winery in Bordeaux. "But I like what they’re doing at Pontet-Canet. The last time I was there, they were building stables. In three years’ time, Ms. Tesseron says, they will have 15 horses working the land."

    San Jose Mercury News recommends 5 summer wine books.

    The New York Times on Delectable. "Over the same period, wines from the Loire Valley in France and Piedmont in Italy — again already favored among the wine pros — have become slightly more popular among regular users, while interest in the typically bolder wines of Tuscany and especially Bordeaux has fallen."

    Mashable says Georgia is the next big wine destination. "Perhaps even more impressive than Georgia’s millennia of winemaking experience is the fact that many wineries still produce wine in the traditional Georgian way. These “natural wines”are growing in popularity internationally, with Georgia at the forefront of the movement."

     The Huffington Post on how to tell if wine is "cooked." "Please keep in mind that "cooked" wine is different than "corked" wine. Corked wines typically remind us of a wet newspaper."

    Jane Anson in Decanter on Ernst Loosen. "Another interesting idea is one being trialed by Ernst Loosen in the Mosel Valley – a man described, with brilliant succinctness by journalist Dorothy Gaiter, as the German Mick Jagger for his rakish air." 

    The Wine Enthusiast lists the 100 best wine restaurants.

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  • Wine news

    Wine news July 1, 2015

    by Christopher Barnes on 7/1/2015

    In Forbes, Austrian wine has increased prices and demand. "In 2014, Austria exported 50 million liters of wine, with a new record high value of 146 million Euros. In 2003, by comparison, Austria exported 83 million liters of wine, but its net value was less than half, at 69 million Euros."

    Ray Isle in Yahoo asks what wine goes best with burgers. "So there it is: inarguable, statistical proof—er, sort of—that U.S. wines go better with burgers than European ones."

    Winesearcher talks to Miguel Torres Maczassek, the general manager of Spain's most famous wine brand. "China has changed during the last two years and it seems that it will no longer be the country of two-digit growth every year. We expect that it will perform more and more like other developed markets, where margins are lower and where there is more offer than demand."

    In Wines and Vines wine eCommerce remains a niche. "Almost all, or 96%, of consumer packaged good sales occur in stores, and just 5% of consumers intend to buy wine online in the next six months, according to Laurie Rains, a vice president in Nielsen’s Retail Consulting and Analytics Group."

    In Amazon Prime to offer 1 hour free wine delivery in London.

    Contact Music on Nicki Minaj's rider request which includes 4 small bottles of Sutter Home Chardonnay.

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  • Wine regions

    Understanding Chablis

    by Barbara Sturgis on 6/30/2015

    A snapshot of Chablis. read more »

  • Wine news

    Wine news June 30, 2015

    by Christopher Barnes on 6/30/2015

    In the Daily Mail over 9,000 revelers spray 130,000 liters of wine at Spanish "Battle of Wine."

    The Guardian on a rhinoceros that drank red wine. "It could guzzle vast quantities (three or four bottles in a sitting). Which may explain how, in October 1792, the rhino stumbled and dislocated its right front leg."

    Alder Yarrow tastes wine from Idaho. "Like in many young wine regions (both here in the United States as well as around the world), the Idaho vintners whose wines I tasted seem to believe that the way you make a good wine is to buy lots of expensive barrels each year and make sure the wine spends lots of time in them."

    The Washington Post on why the American wine market is so important to Bordeaux. "Eizaguirre acknowledged that the Bordelais “forgot our traditional markets,” including the United States, with the China boom of the last decade, which fueled a sharp price increase in the most prestigious wines."

    The Wine Economist on concerns for New Zealand wine. "Some of the people we talked with in Marlborough back in 2014 were thinking in terms of protection and brands and they were worried by New Zealand’s lack of a stronger geographic indicator system for wine."

    Winefolly looks at the myths around the health benefits of wine.

    Dr. Vino looks at Europe's heatwave. "Burgundy, which is known for producing wines more winsome than boxum, will have four days in the 100s (39C+) this week–and the balance in the 90s."

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