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Wine news February 3, 2016

The New York Daily News on how to cut your wine budget without sacrificing quality. "Can't give up your bubbly? Switch to a cremant, which is made in the same method as champagne, if you want to keep buying French. Open to trying something different? You can opt for a cava or prosecco."

Lifehacker on opening your bottle of wine without a corkscrew. 

The Sacramento Bee asks what should be the state wine of California? "A decade ago I lobbied on these pages that zinfandel should be the state’s official wine. Then-state Sen. Carole Migden, D-San Francisco, subsequently introduced a bill to that effect."

The AP reports on the California Wine Symposium in Havana, Cuba. "Some 50 private restaurants, or paladares, and hundreds of sommeliers and buyers for state-run restaurants attended the conference, whose participants included representatives of the E&J Gallo and Francis Ford Coppola wineries."

The AJC on Idaho wines. " And, while the Snake River Valley saw new vine plantings in 1970, Idaho winemakers have only recently made a push to gain a bigger regional or even a national presence. There are now 55 wineries in the Gem State. (Not the Spud State. Go figure.)"

The Drinks Business reports that England's top medical officer urges "think about cancer before drinking" wine.

Imbibe Magazine interviews Jason Wise of Somm: Into the bottle. "I think the greatest trend is that people are beginning to realize that good wine is often some of the least expensive. Across the board, the best wines in my opinion are in the $18 to $40 range. Italian whites like Verdicchio, roseĢ wines, fino sherry, even a ton of good red Bordeaux is inexpensive, you just have to look deeper, and people seem to be interested in doing that now."

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