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In Burgundy, Winemakers Who Don’t Own Land

In Burgundy, Winemakers Who Don’t Own Land | 'Winebanter' | Scoop.it
Some wine merchants buy grapes or juice from others and create their own high-quality wines.

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Tracy Cervellone CWE's comment, August 16, 2013 4:34 PM
And some of them are really, really good at it.
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My Blog: Differing Views In Piedmont – Giacosa & Conterno | Wine ratings, Wine reviews, Wine tasting notes & Wine videos

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Paul Draper, Ridge Vineyards, philosopher and winemaker - BKWine

Paul Draper, Ridge Vineyards, philosopher and winemaker - BKWine | 'Winebanter' | Scoop.it
Ridge Vineyards is a legendary vineyard in California. Their winemaker Paul Draper is also a legend in the wine world. Ridge was among the first to show the way towards quality wines in California.
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What's Next for Argentine Wine? A Chat With Christy Canterbury - Huffington Post

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What's Next for Argentine Wine? A Chat With Christy Canterbury
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Christy Canterbury is a wine phenomenon.
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Warm weather means early Calif. wine grape harvest - Manteca Bulletin

Warm weather means early Calif. wine grape harvest - Manteca Bulletin | 'Winebanter' | Scoop.it
Warm weather means early Calif. wine grape harvest
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“Higher yields mitigate against excessive sugar and tannins, which is great,” he said, mentioning the compound that gives a dry and bitter finish to red wine.
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Verdicchio: Italy’s Little Green One

Verdicchio: Italy’s Little Green One | 'Winebanter' | Scoop.it

Traveling throughout Italy is a journey that brings the past to life. This ancient land is rich with palaces, castles, monuments, and ruins that date back to antiquity. I guess that is one of the reasons I love this country so much, and dedicated most of my wine studies to the challenge of learning, and experiencing, the over 350 officially recognized varietals. [...]

Today I am in the lovely central Italian city of Ancona. Situated between the slopes of Monte Conero, Monte Astagno, and Monte Guasco, we have an alluring view of the Adriatic Sea. As usual, I am accompanied by long-time friend and fellow sommelier, Serena Dutto. We have been traveling throughout the Marche region and enjoying my favorite Italian white wine, Verdicchio. Affectionately known as the “little green one,” the popularity of this wine dates back to antiquity.[...]

Verdicchio is synonymous with dry wines in Italy. In the Marche region, two styles prevail in popularity, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi and Verdicchio di Matellica.[...] Verdicchio is a particularly aromatic variety. At its best, there are elegant aromas of citrus and nuts. The variety lends itself well to producing spumante. Sparkling wines are the local specialty on the Adriatc coast.[...]


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Verdicchio, ambassador of the wine production in Le Marche region

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Moonshine Is Growing in the U.S., and Big Whiskey Wants a Taste | TIME.com

Moonshine Is Growing in the U.S., and Big Whiskey Wants a Taste | TIME.com | 'Winebanter' | Scoop.it
Moonshine, the outlaw hooch made famous in backwoods Appalachia, is now regulated by the government and is sold at Walmart.

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French harvest set for 13% increase on 2012

French harvest set for 13% increase on 2012 | 'Winebanter' | Scoop.it
France is currently on course for a normal-sized grape harvest in 2013, but continued poor weather could yet jeopardise this year's crop, according to the country's agriculture ministry.

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Are wine critics fooling us into buying pricier bottles? | Canada | News | National Post

Are wine critics fooling us into buying pricier bottles? | Canada | News | National Post | 'Winebanter' | Scoop.it
The evidence could leave the average drinker imagining that judges and critics simply invent their often florid descriptions of wine and pull scores out of thin air

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Rich Reader's comment, July 20, 2013 3:31 PM
Critics are distinct from judges, because judges do not publish the scores that they give to wines that they taste and score blind. If someone else publishes judges notes, they have probably aggregated and condensed results from a very large collection of raw data which they themselves did not produce. Let's not put this complaint on the judges.
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I'm a Sommelier?

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Yep.  I am finally experiencing how the other half lives. After years on the "supply side" of the wine business, I have dipped my toes into the wonderful, gut-wrenching, nerve-wracking world of the...

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What is Grape Phylloxera?

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A scourge erupted in Europe that nearly destroyed every single wine grape in the world. In the late 1800′s, wineries all over Europe ripped up and burned their family’s ancient vineyards in a desperate attempt to stop the spread of disease. By the 1900′s Phylloxera had taken a beyond-imaginable toll: over 70% of the vines in France were dead –the livelihoods of thousands of families were ruined.
There was an international wine deficit. In one scenario, three small precious plots of Pinot Noir owned by Bollinger in Champagne magically resisted Phylloxera. The resulting 3000 bottles of wine called “Vieille Vignes Françaises” (French Old Vines) became the most sought-after bottles of Champagne. Devastated by the wrath, the Minister of Agriculture and Commerce in France offered 20,000 Francs –$1 million today– to anyone who could find a cure.
So what was the cause of the grape phylloxera destruction and how come there is still no cure?
What is Grape Phylloxera?
Phylloxera is a microscopic louse or aphid, that lives on and eats roots of grapes. It can infest a vineyard from the soles of vineyard worker’s boots or naturally spreading from vineyard-to-vineyard by proximity.
Where did Phylloxera come from? short answer: The United States.
The genus Phylloxera is characterized by having three-jointed antennae, the third or terminal much the longest, and by carrying its wings overlapping flat on the back instead of roof-fashion. It belongs to the whole-winged bugs (Homoptera), and osculates between two great families of that sub-order, the plant-lice (Aphididae) on the one hand and the bark-lice {Coccidae) on the other. In the one-jointed tarsus of the larva or newly-hatched louse, and in being always oviparous, it shows its affinities with the latter family; but in the two-jointed tarsus of the more mature individuals, and in all other characters, it is essentially aphididan.
(CHAS. V. RILEY, M. A., Ph. D. “The Grape Phylloxera” Popular Science, May 1874)
European Wine Grapes with American Roots
Today rootstock is still used for much of the wine world and phylloxera is still a danger.
There have been several cases where vineyards have remained untouched by grape phylloxera. While many of these locations are a mystery, a high proportion of the phylloxera-resistant vineyards have sandy soils in areas with high winds.


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Kramer on Napa Wine Insanity

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Wine Spectator columnist Matt Kramer says too many wine lovers have a problem accepting reality. "Get Over It Wine has its realities. Why is that so hard to accept?"... ( this image shows the fictional character of Kramer from Seinfeld and is not actually Matt Kramer of Wine Spectator ;-)


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Paul Blanck in Kientzheim: in the heart of Alsatian wine country

Paul Blanck in Kientzheim: in the heart of Alsatian wine country | 'Winebanter' | Scoop.it

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High-tech corkscrew takes wine from uncorked bottle - Boston Globe

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High-tech corkscrew takes wine from uncorked bottle
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“I don't know how many of them are still full,” he said, chuckling. It is hard to tell because Lambrecht drinks from the bottles without removing the corks.
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China agrees to talks on French wine dispute, EU says - Reuters

China agrees to talks on French wine dispute, EU says - Reuters | 'Winebanter' | Scoop.it
International Business Times China agrees to talks on French wine dispute, EU says Reuters BRUSSELS (Reuters) - China and the European Union have agreed there is a "window for discussions" to try to resolve accusations that Europe is dumping wine...
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Cheers! Vine times on a wine tour to Keira Knightley's French wedding retreat - Daily Mail

Cheers! Vine times on a wine tour to Keira Knightley's French wedding retreat - Daily Mail | 'Winebanter' | Scoop.it
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Cheers! Vine times on a wine tour to Keira Knightley's French wedding retreat
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The Reserve Red 2011, 'Le Gentleman', was the oaky red wine that won me over and converted me from an 'only white' drinker.
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Creation Wines – A winery builds sales using digital media - winetimes

Creation Wines – A winery builds sales using digital media - winetimes | 'Winebanter' | Scoop.it
There are few countries in which the wine tourism sector is more dynamic than South Africa, as I discovered on a recent trip to take part in the 2013 Great Wine Capitals, Best of Wine Tourism awards. Category winners such as ...

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Vine family trees (by Jancis Robinson)

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Pinot This family tree, which incorporates that of Cabernet Sauvignon, is taken from Wine Grapes, the book I wrote with Julia Harding MW and Dr José Vouillamoz, and is the most complex therein.

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THE HISTORY AND EVERYTHING ABOUT WINE (Full Documentary)

the history and everything about wine (full documentary). thanks for watching history life discovery science technology tech learning education national natu...
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Chill out for holiday with do-it-yourself wine coolers

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Summer is the perfect time for wine coolers, since it's the one time of year even the most dedicated vinophile toys with dropping a fistful of ice in a glass.

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30 Second Wine Advisor: Almost-red Rosato - wineloverspage.com

30 Second Wine Advisor: Almost-red Rosato - wineloverspage.com | 'Winebanter' | Scoop.it
Robin Garr's Wine Lovers' Page is an ideal starting point for wine lovers on the Web! It's a 'snob-free zone' for straight talk in plain English about wine tasting.
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Cult Favorite Wine Lover Gary Vaynerchuk Returns In Time For July 4th

Cult Favorite Wine Lover Gary Vaynerchuk Returns In Time For July 4th | 'Winebanter' | Scoop.it
Wine lover Gary Vaynerchuk has returned to his 'Wine Library TV' video podcast for a 1,001st episode on the new Touchcast video platform.

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Alcohol as a Tool in the Dating Game » Sociological Images

Alcohol as a Tool in the Dating Game » Sociological Images | 'Winebanter' | Scoop.it

I’ve never been able to find a picture of it, but when I was in graduate school (not so long ago) and living in Madison, Wisconsin, there was an ad for Bacardi on the side of a city bus that said: “Bacardi, the Ultimate Wingman.”  A wingman is a friend who helps you get laid, so the not-so-subtle message of the ad was: “get’er drunk and she’ll do ya!”

Here are two ads that have, essentially, the same message (the first was given to me by my student, Bo; the second was found here).

This one could be interpreted as, “Drink Heineken so you won’t be nervous,” or, “Drink Heineken so you’ll get what you want without any trouble.”


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Vino Ecology

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Some of the best winemaking regions sit on the same real estate as the most biologically rich habitats on Earth. As vineyards are expanding worldwide, so is a new conservation science dedicated to balancing wine with nature.

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