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Wine news March 6, 2017

The New York Times on blue wine from Spain. "Yet last month, the start-up company, known as Gïk, said it was forced to remove “blue wine” from its labels and slightly change the composition of its drink, after being slapped with a fine from the Basque section of Spain’s Agriculture Ministry for violating wine regulations."

The Washington Post talks to Michel Gassier, a fourth-generation vigneron in the Costières de Nîmes in the southern Rhone. "“We are less than 10 miles from the sea, and the thermal winds cool the temperatures so the fruit is fresher and retains acid better,” he says."

247 Sports on how Tom Brady and Robert Kraft celebrated the Super Bowl win with Drew Bledsoe wine. "Earlier this week, the Patriots Twitter account tweeted a post tagging the former Patriots quarterback as Brady and Kraft split a bottle of his Doubleback wine."

In Decanter Andrew Jefford catches up with Alain Razungles, long-serving Professor of Oenology at Montpellier SupAgro. "“When you taste the grapes of Pinot Noir, Grenache or Merlot, you can’t really discern much of a difference between them.  But when you taste a Pinot Noir from Burgundy, a Syrah from Hermitage or a Merlot from St Emilion, you see that they are clearly different.  What’s happened between the grape and the wine?"

The Drinks Business on the stories behind the bible names behind large format bottles. "To elaborate: the first two Biblical bottle names are Jeroboam and Rehoboam. They were (in the Bible at least) contemporary rivals, the former king of Israel, the latter of Judah. Jeroboam is a wicked king who commits many sins in the eyes of “the Lord” (Rehoboam isn’t actually much better) and is cursed by the prophet Ahijah that he, his house and the kingdom will one day fall."

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