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Wine news May 5, 2016

Eater's Ask A Somm on Meritage wine. "While most Meritage blends hail from California, the Washington State region is starting to gain a reputation for their New World Bordeaux blends."

The New York Daily news on how former NFL player Vince Ferragamo is being sued by an Italian shoe company over his wine brand. "The vintner’s website,, goes so far as to constitute “cybersquatting” because of the allegedly illegal similarity, the civil complaint said."

ClubW rebrands as Winc and raises $17.5 million reports Techcrunch. "Originally just an online marketplace, the company has expanded to a full-fledged alcohol business, sourcing and producing all of the wines it sells."

The Robb Report on wine from Tahiti. "That phrase, however, aptly describes Vin de Tahiti, which claims to be the world’s only vineyard and winery located on a coral atoll." 

GQ explores hangover free wine. "But alcohol—not a bunch of sulfurous compounds—is the reason your body feels like a Superfund site the morning after a bender."

The Chicago Tribune on the Judgment of Paris. " It was James Smithson, the French-born son of a British duke, who willed his wealth — close to $11 million in today's dollars — to the United States to create "an establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge."

In Decanter Jane Anson gets a sneak preview tour of Bordeaux's €80m euro wine cultural centre. "While we’ve all been busy pointing to the failures of Vinopolis in London and Copia in Napa, and the general impossibility of creating a wine museum that can sustain visitor numbers over the long term, the Cité du Vin has been quietly getting ready to prove us all wrong."

Jon Bonné in Punch asks is there life beyond rosé for Provence? "It’s not just that the wines have become boring; it’s that rosé’s deeper cultural relevance there has been whittled down to a vague fashionability. A bowl of saffroned, garlicky fish stew or a tranche of the onion tart known as pissaladière, plus a glass of salmon-hued wine, used to be the sort of simple pleasure that transported foreigners."

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