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"The best bets ranged from corn and silver futures to a Chateau Pavie Bordeaux and a 1957 Ferrari 250 Testarossa, which recently sold for $16.4 million"

"The best bets ranged from corn and silver futures to a Chateau Pavie Bordeaux and a 1957 Ferrari 250 Testarossa, which recently sold for $16.4 million" | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it

Hamilton “Tony” James looked up from his notes and peered out at the audience over the rims of his glasses. The investors seated in the chandelier-adorned meeting room of New York’s Waldorf-Astoria hotel had been in their chairs for hours. Yet James paused to let his point sink in. Someone laughed. James, president since 2005 of Blackstone Group LP (BX), was stone-faced.

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French Prohibitionists Aim to Spoil the #Wine Party

French Prohibitionists Aim to Spoil the #Wine Party | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
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Sleek Grüners and #Riesling from #Austria 's Kamptal

Sleek Grüners and #Riesling from #Austria 's Kamptal | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
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Chart Shows You Everything You Need To Know About Pairing #Wine With #Food

Chart Shows You Everything You Need To Know About Pairing #Wine With #Food | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it

Food pairing is a science — there’s a right way and a wrong way to do it. Just ask a sommelier. And some pairings are obvious. For example, a fish dish goes best with a light wine like Pinot Grigio while a grilled steak would pair well with a spicy Shiraz.

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Legendary #Port House Quinta do Noval Crafts Luscious Dry Reds

Legendary #Port House Quinta do Noval Crafts Luscious Dry Reds | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
When the maker of the world’s rarest and most collectible vintage port experiments with dry red table wines, the results are bound to be pretty exciting.
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#Wine Pride: Is #France Coming Out?

#Wine Pride: Is #France Coming Out? | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
My home département of Hérault has had a short crop this year. Normally it produces twice as much wine as the entire nation of New Zealand, but this year it’s a mere 4.5 million hl (or 1.8 times New Zealand’s large 2013 crop).
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Buyers Need #Bordeaux Growers to Cut 2014 Prices

Buyers Need #Bordeaux Growers to Cut 2014 Prices | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
Top Bordeaux growers need to price 2014 wines so they’re cheaper than mature vintages to revive demand, according to Simon Berry, chairman of London merchant Berry Bros. & Rudd.
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Price will not be the only determining factor in reviving demand.  French Bordeaux has a perception problem.

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The new McLaren 650S #Supercar : driving past world-class wineries like Chateau Cos d’Estournel, Pichon-Longueville...

The new McLaren 650S #Supercar : driving past world-class wineries like Chateau Cos d’Estournel, Pichon-Longueville... | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
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How do you pair port with food?

How do you pair port with food? | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
Port has a stuffy reputation and is generally thought of as a dessert or after-dinner wine. Can it work when served alongside a meal?
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Q&A: Nicolas de Bailliencourt of Château Gazin

Q&A: Nicolas de Bailliencourt of Château Gazin | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
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Wine Review: White Bordeaux

Wine Review: White Bordeaux | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
Good white Bordeaux does not conform to many general expectations of what makes a wine interesting.
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Stephen Carrier (Fieuzal): "Bordeaux's strong suit is quantity and quality."

Stephen Carrier (Fieuzal): "Bordeaux's strong suit is quantity and quality." | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it

"And that's what Bordeaux can do. We can produce quantities of excellent wine here," said Stephen Carrier, de Fieuzal's general director. "They can't do that in Burgundy or places like that."

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The Rise of #Burgundy #Wine

The Rise of #Burgundy #Wine | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
When it comes to the 50 most expensive bottles of wine in the world, more than three quarters of them now come from Burgundy, according to the global wine price database wine-tracker.com.
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#Bordeaux 2014: send for the cavalry?

#Bordeaux 2014: send for the cavalry? | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it

In recent years the Bordeaux en primeur campaigns have come to resemble a wagon train lost on the prairie and beset by hordes of hostile Comanche warriors.

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Have ultrahigh prices distorted our understanding and enjoyment of #wine ?

Have ultrahigh prices distorted our understanding and enjoyment of #wine ? | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it

The prices asked for wine have always triggered reactions among wine lovers. Typically, these reactions are along the lines of "I don't think it's worth that much," or a sputtering such as "That's outrageous. Who do they think they are?"

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The Growing Diversity of Premium #Port

The Growing Diversity of Premium #Port | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
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#Women & #Wine : Florence Cathiard of Château Smith Haut-Lafitte

#Women & #Wine : Florence Cathiard of Château Smith Haut-Lafitte | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it

Florence Cathiard, in 1990, together with her husband Daniel Cathiard, fell in love with the property Château Smith Haut-Lafitte and joined the list of prestigious owners, firmly intending to further enhance Smith Haut-Lafitte’s tradition of excellence. 

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Italian #Wine Drinkers: We Like #Green Whatever It Means

Italian #Wine Drinkers: We Like #Green Whatever It Means | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it

In Italian, it's called sostenibilitá. According to a  recent study by a team of researchers from the University of Torino, Italian wine drinkers love the idea of sustainable winemaking but are not sure of the implications, and, in many cases, sustainability is not a factor in their wine purchases.

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#Portugal is shaking up the #wine world

#Portugal is shaking up the #wine world | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
The world's greatest wine region? If you're thinking Bordeaux, Burgundy or Napa Valley, it may be time to think again.
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Introducing the wine-thirty economic indicator

Introducing the wine-thirty economic indicator | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
Silver Oak CEO David Duncan believes that wine consumption can be a decent gauge of how the economy is doing.
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#Women are the most powerful economic force in the world’s #wine market

#Women are the most powerful economic force in the world’s #wine market | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
Do women have a different relationship with wine to men? I feel quite strongly that — as consumers, at least — they do. In fact, in wine terms, I would actively dislike being a man. Wine joins cars and suiting as a heavily freighted social signifier.
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The Four Pillars of Greek #Wine

The Four Pillars of Greek #Wine | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
Wines from four major grapes exemplify the best qualities of Greek wine. Versatile and distinctive, any of them will be an excellent choice for your table.
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Champagne Maker Puts His Name on the Label

Champagne Maker Puts His Name on the Label | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
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#Wine #Marketing :"We want to push boundaries and go beyond using social just as a means to market to our fans and followers, but actually use it to power social retail"

#Wine #Marketing :"We want to push boundaries and go beyond using social just as a means to market to our fans and followers, but actually use it to power social retail" | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
Tesco’s latest social selling campaign has served up its top range of wines to target fine wine lovers.The ‘co-buy’ is...
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The other side of #Sicily produces lighter, more fragrant wines

The other side of #Sicily produces lighter, more fragrant wines | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
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