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    Wine news March 6, 2015

    by Christopher Barnes on 3/6/2015

    TMZ reports that Shark Tank's Kevin O'Leary won't invest in Yao Ming's wine because he is starting his own wine brand.

    In The Wall Street Journal wine bars find their way to Brooklyn.

    The Wine Enthusiast picks 12 exciting new wine regions worth trying. "Turkey has the fourth-largest vineyard acreage in the world, but only 2% of its grapes are vinified."

    Palate Press reviews a year in Champagne. "Having looked forward to the release of this film for some time, I’m disappointed."

    Alder Yarrow on the Siduri Wines sale to Jackson Family Wines. "The late Jess Jackson and his wife Barbara Banke, who now runs the company, have a history of acquiring brands and helping them shine, as opposed to subsuming them into mediocrity, something which can be all too common in the world of mergers and acquisitions in any industry."

    Alice Feiring visits Australia. " Sublimely minimalist, the wine showed me that a revolution had indeed touched down within the Australian industry."

    In wine critic Tim Atkin calls Bordeaux en primeur "out of touch."

    In the New York Times, paying homage to Burgundy and Michel Lafarge. "Perhaps nobody has embodied the allure of Burgundy as well as Michel Lafarge, whose family estate in Volnay makes wines that Burgundy lovers prize for their deep, soulful beauty."

    Snooth on the birth of a wine industry in Vietnam. on an Idaho winery putting wine in a beer can.

    MSN uncovers that Japan has invented a wine for cats.

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  • Feature

    Perusing Pinterest: Top 50 Wine Labels, Part 1

    by Ethan Millspaugh on 3/5/2015

    Perusing Pinterest: Top 50 Wine Labels, Part 1 read more »

  • Wine news

    Wine news March 5, 2015

    by Christopher Barnes on 3/5/2015

    Salton, Brazil's oldest winery looks to make a mark in the US, from the Daily Meal.

    NPR on Spains wine exports rise 22% but profits fall.

    Alvaro Palacios is Decanter's man of the year.

    Former NBA star Yao Ming is looking to use crowd-sourcing to expand his wine operations in the US and China reports The Drinks Business.

    Jamie Goode prescribes advice on how to deal with natural wines. "Natural wine is just a fad. Give it a year and it will all have gone away, and things will be just as they were before – the nice cosy, compartmentalized, tidy wine world that you learned about in your studies."

    W. Blake Gray on Southern Wines and Spirits Director dumping champagne during an evening out at the Hustler Club. "But that's exactly what most big distributors think of the wines they carry: interchangeable juice not as interesting as a stripper's grip."

    Will Lyons in The Wall Street Journal is excited about Greek wine. "That’s Greece’s first problem: unfamiliarity. After all, Malagousia, Xinomavro and Limnio hardly roll off the tongue like Chardonnay and Merlot."

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  • Winemaker Interviews

    Craig Becker, Priest Ranch

    by Christopher Barnes on 3/4/2015

    We discuss the challenges behind launching a brand new wine estate in Napa. read more »

  • Wine news

    Wine news March 4, 2015

    by Christopher Barnes on 3/4/2015

    In Bloomberg Cape Town's vineyards threatened by fire.

    Amar'e Stoudemire has stopped taking wine baths reports the Dallas Morning News. "Stoudemire’s process of soaking himself in a tub of red wine has ended. Since moving to Dallas he can’t find a place that offers it."

    Forbes asks what does 100 point score really mean? "But, for everyday living, those wines floating in the 88/89/90 range should probably merit more of your attention, especially if you are buying wine to pop and pour."

    The Sacramento Bee profiles Handley Cellars in Anderson Valley.

    The Guardian talks to Isabelle Legeron about natural wines.  "Perhaps the greatest difference, Legeron concludes, is that in a conventional wine, “The bulk of the work comes after the harvest, in the production process: how much of this you add, how much of that you do. With a natural wine, it’s in the farming."

    In Punch Jennifer Fielder asks what is a wine bar?

    The Drinks Business on a new study that says wine makes you more attractive. "The study found that those who had consumed one drink appeared more attractive to the majority of would-be suitors than those who had opted for a second drink, or were completely sober."

    Winesearcher on weird wine laws.

    Decanter on English wine estates bid to create Sussex appellation.

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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 »

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