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October is Dedicated to Merlot Celebrations

October 9, 2017 - October 2017 marks the fifth year of international celebration of the noble grape, merlot.  Why?  What does “noble” mean?  Lots of questions. Merlot is one of the five “noble” grapes of Bordeaux, its royal cousins being Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot.  The “noble”...
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Wine Flour Cleverly Recycles Wine Pomace

September 19, 2017 – Let’s applaud the lonely entrepreneur taking recycling to the extreme.  Making flour out of wine pomace surely qualifies and that’s the mission of Finger Lakes Wine Flour of Hector, N.Y. Armed with an environmental science degree from SUNY ESF, Hilary Niver-Johnson founded Sustainable Viticulture Systems in...
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Is Drinking Rosé After Labor Day Okay?

September 9, 2017 – If not wearing white after Labor Day is lore (and semi-law) where you live, where does that leave drinking rosé?  After all rosé is summer’s sip and never more so than for the summer of 2017. According to Wine Market Council, Nielsen data show that sales...
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Put a Cork in it, but Don’t Sniff it

July 20, 2017 – Wine drinkers in the U.S. like their wine bottle to sport a cork according to a recent poll of 1,549 wine consumers by the Portuguese Cork Association and the California-based Cork Quality Council. Unsurprisingly, nearly all respondents viewed cork as an indicator of wine quality and...
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Is Blue the New Pink? Blue Wine Trending

May 16, 2017 – Rosé has been roaring and is set to reach new records this summer but nipping at its heels is blue wine, acclaimed the next big thing by several popular publications in the U.S. The blue wine causing such excitement in the U.S. is Blumond made of...
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At Last A Drip-Free Wine Bottle!

April 13, 2017 -- A biophysicist at Brandeis University has finally figured out a way to stop wine bottles from dripping.  Daniel Perlman is an inventor of considerable renown with over 100 patents to his name.  He is also a wine-lover who was tired of red wine dripping down the...
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How the Very Rich Taste Wine

March 27, 2017 – If your net worth is more than $30 million you qualify for a rarified group of approximately 211,000 people in the world who account for 19 percent of luxury market spending according to research firm Wealth-X.  In a recent article by Matthew Dalton in The Wall...
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A Puppy, a Little Girl and a Vineyard Come Together

February 9, 2017 – Stories about puppies and little girls are always heartwarming, this one especially so. Honig Vineyard and Winery in the Napa Valley’s Rutherford has a new employee with four legs and a wagging tail.  Honey, a golden lab, is being trained for two important tasks.  She will...
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Arizona the Next Hot Spot For U.S. Winemaking?

December 22, 2016 – It isn’t meant to be a pun but it turned out that way!  We came across an article on JamesSuckling.com that is quite fascinating and since we have respected and admired James Suckling’s writing for years, we think you’ll like it too. Years ago we read...
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Leonardo da Vinci’s Vineyard Reopened in Milan

November 4, 2016 – In the late 15th Century, the Duke of Milan was so pleased with Leonardo da Vinci’s fresco of The Last Supper in hall of the Dominican monastery adjacent to Santa Maria delle Grazie church, that he gave the artist a small vineyard nearby.  When Leonardo died,...
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New TV Show Based on Wine Crime Stars John Cho

August 26, 2016 – Variety, the authority on all things Tinsel Town, says that Star Trek’s John Cho has been lined up to play the lead character in a new series named “Connoisseur” for USA Network.  The hour-long drama is about a clever con man who dupes wealthy wine collectors...
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Canadian Scientists Research DNA of World’s Wine Regions

August 5, 2016 — Researchers at the University of British Columbia/Okanagan Campus are one step closer to identifying the biological personalities of the world’s greatest wines. In a recent study, UBC researchers Dan Durall and Mansak (Ben) Tantikachornkiat developed a technique that combines a process to identify the full spectrum...
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How To Build a Wine Cellar

July 29, 2016 – Anyone serious about collecting wine is eventually faced with a major dilemma:  Where-To-Store-It.  Unless you maintain your home at a constant 55 degrees, a closet in your house or under the bed really isn’t going to cut it.  Nor will suggestions we’ve seen for shelving above...
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Veraison Starts in California Vineyards. What Does it Mean?

July 15, 2016 — According to the Napa Valley Grapegrowers (NVG), veraison, an annual benchmark in the winegrape growing season, is officially underway. Known as the onset of ripening, veraison marks the colorful transition from grape growth to grape ripening, resulting in several changes in fruit development. They not only...
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eBay Moves Into Wine Sales

June 3, 2016 – All you wine geeks out there now have another avenue to find and buy wine.  At the end of April, eBay launched its wine platform in partnership with Drync, a successful mobile app for wine recommendations that has expanded into wine sales with retail partners and...
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Who to Thank for Rosé, the Sip of Summer

July 1, 2016 – Walk into any wine shop or grocery store with a wine section and you will almost certainly see a display of rosé wines.  At least that’s the story in California and we’re betting plenty of other places in the U.S. too, otherwise, sales would not be...
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The Wine Squirrel Way of Saving Wine

May 6, 2016 – Finding the solution to preserving an open bottle of wine has become a national pastime it seems.  A Kickstarter program started in April for the Wine Squirrel is already over-subscribed, suggesting there’s a booming business opportunity for anyone with the smarts to come up with a...
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Red Wine, White Wine, Sparkling Wine All Growing in USA

January 29, 2016 – The good news is wine sales continued their 20 years of growth in the USA in 2015.  With the explosion of the cocktail culture, craft beers plus cider, there were gloomy mutterings about wine losing its market share, especially among millennials who are the future of...
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Spanish Wine: Good News and Bad News

April 12, 2016 – Spain just became the world’s biggest exporter of wine overtaking Italy and France.  Exports in 2014 came to 22.8 million hectoliters, about 602 million gallons but because most of it was bulk wine, their profits were down. Somewhat surprisingly, France is the biggest importer of Spanish...
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Unique New “Business of Wine” Course Offered Online

April 8, 2016 – An exciting new online course covering virtually every facet of the wine industry in the US, from vineyard to sales, will be available starting April 27.  Master of Wine Tim Hanni created the new online Business of Wine course in collaboration with the Napa Valley Wine...
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Sparkling Wine From UK Wows Texas Judges

April 5, 2016 – A winery from England, Ridgeview Estate, took an impressive haul of Gold, Silver and three Bronze medals for their sparkling wines at TEXSOM 2016. Ridgeview Estate, founded in 1995 was the first UK winery to export sparkling wine to the United States and it is also...
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Another Way Wine May Benefit Us

March 11, 2016 – We all love to read about the health benefits of wine but here’s one you probably haven’t heard about. It comes from Australia where the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) is experimenting with feeding grape pomace to livestock to reduce methane emissions.  Pomace is what’s left...
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Wine Drinkers Can Have Their Say

February 19, 2016 — The wine industry has a habit of telling consumers what they should like and why, because there are rules and standards that everyone in the industry knows are correct because that’s the way it’s always been.  For example, it is a given that you should drink...
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Who is Drinking the Most Wine?

February 12, 2016 – Anyone over 38 knows Millennials rule.  Or at the very least, that they are very different from the generations that preceded them – Generation X, Boomers and everyone over 69 who we will label Seasoned Citizens. We reported on January 29 that the wine category was...
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Will California Wine Prices Increase Due to Drought?

By Jonathan Newman The following article appears in the current issue of Beverage Dynamicswww.beveragedynamics.comand is reprinted with permission. January 8, 2015 — The 2015 vintage on California’s North Coast (which includes Napa and Sonoma Valleys) is quite beautiful, but extremely tiny. And what was so surprising about the crop is...
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Maven Wine and Vodka Cocktail is Intriguing

December 9, 2015 – Wine and vodka?  Together?  It sounds a little weird, doesn’t it, so we were interested and a tad apprehensive when samples of Maven Chardonnay Vodka Cocktail and Maven Pinot Noir and Vodka Cocktail turned up on our doorstop. For no particular reason, we decided to crack...
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Carmenère Red Wine Grape Turns 21 in Chile

November 27, 2015 – Exactly 21 years ago, on November 24, the Carmenère (car-men-yair) wine grape was discovered in Chile.  Thought to be extinct, the grape had actually been growing in Chile for about 150 years but it was confused with Merlot and used in the production of Chilean Merlot...
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Wine for Your Zodiac Sign

November 19, 2015 – Want to have some fun at the Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner table?  Or deflate a pompous oenophile’s dissertation on wine?  Wine by the zodiac sign is the answer. We found it at http://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/travel-dining/g6014/best-wine-for-your-sign-horoscopes/ and, of course, had to look up our signs.  It’s good for a...
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Top Retailer Wine Selections for 2014

January 23, 2015 – We think you’ll enjoy browsing the wine selections of top wine retailers, which we bring you courtesy of Beverage Dynamics, November/December 2014 issue www.beveragedynamics.com Editor’s note:  Throughout the year, we’ve asked our retailer wine panel to review zinfandels, chardonnays, pinot noirs, summer white wines and cabernet...
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The Wines of Historic Georgia

By Harriet Lembeck, CWE, CSS October 9, 2014-If you really care about wine, you should think seriously about making the journey to the country of Georgia. You will experience true hospitality, tradition, winemaking, and still be close enough to the Black Sea’s famed resorts when you are ready to relax....
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Champagne and Weird Food Pairings

September 1, 2014-Julia Bainbridge writing on Yahoo! says, “It’s time to consider Champagne an everyday item”.  Right on, Julia.  Our sentiments exactly. Here are seven suggestions, including a couple from the U.K., that have been paired with Champagne: Hotdogs.  This came from Bubbledogs in the U.K.  Lots of flavor going...
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Coravin Safety Alert to Consumers

June 5, 2014-We told you about the Coravin Wine Access System, a clever device that allows you to pour wine without removing the cork.  Unfortunately, there are some safety issues and the manufacturer has voluntarily withdrawn the device from sale and is urging people not to use it until further...
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Single Serve Wines for Summer Fun

May 22, 2014-Planning a picnic?  Going to a ballgame? The Beach? State Park?  Wine would be lovely but who wants to lug a bottle, corkscrew and glassware.  Even wine in boxes or Tetra-Paks is problematic.  The answer is single serve wines. There are several to choose from, all cleverly packaged...
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ONLINE CALIFORNIA WINE COURSE OFFERS CREDENTIALS

March 18, 2014- California Wine Appellation Specialist (CWAS) is a credentialed course offered by the San Francisco Wine School.  Designed for professionals and enthusiasts alike, CWAS is the first and only formal credential relating to California wines.  It has the support of the California Wine Institute (the voice of the...
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Becoming a Master of Wine (MW)

Joel Butler MW February 16, 2014-“Through its Members and activities, the Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) promotes excellence, interaction and learning, across all sectors of the global wine community.”  This is the Mission statement of the Institute of Masters of Wine, created in 1953 to encourage greater professionalism and...
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How To Pour Wine Without Pulling The Cork

We posted news about the invention and market introduction of the Coravin Wine Access System on the Blog page. We are totally jazzed about this gizmo but don’t take our word for it. Here’s what world renowned wine expert Robert Parker had to say, “(It is) the most transformational and...
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No Question Considered Crazy

April 15, 2013-“I thought all white wine was Chardonnay.” “I thought Zinfandel was a white wine.” “Why are red wines red?” Those quotes, all 100 percent genuine, prove that wine is still a confusing subject for many wine drinkers. But who can blame them? Wine can be very intimidating and...
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Napa Valley Wine Aged In Ocean

July 26, 2013-Mira Winery of St. Helena has created a buzz in the wine world with their experiment of ocean aging four cases of Cabernet Sauvignon from the 2009 vintage. The wine was submerged in 60 feet of water in Charleston Harbor for three months. Phase two of the project...
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Wine On The Go

 June 21, 2013- Boxes. Aluminium cans. Plastic bottles. Tetra Pak. The wine industry is determined you will have no excuse to travel without your wine. Let’s talk Tetra.   One of the reasons we like the Tetra Pak so much is really, really basic – it takes up so little...
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Wine Auction In Napa Breaks All Records

The 33rd annual Auction Napa Valley was one for the record books, achieving $16.9 million in overall fundraising for healthcare and youth education nonprofits in Napa County.   The record-breaking results exceeded the previous record of $10.5 million raised in 2005 by more than 60 percent, reaffirming Auction Napa Valley’s...
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A Family Affair Of Historic Significance

April 29, 2013-If you’re planning a trip to the Napa Valley and would like to find a path less travelled, take a trip down Fulton Lane at the north end of the town of St. Helena. Here you’ll find several “boutique” wineries where the welcome is exceeded only by the...
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