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In Napa Valley, Wine no longer reigns supreme at ‘finer tables’

In Napa Valley, Wine no longer reigns supreme at ‘finer tables’ | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
Once again, the wine industry has met the enemy — and it is us. An Aug. 11, San Francisco Chronicle headline read, “Cocktails take seat at finer tables.” Napa Valley
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Wine Collectors Snap Up 2011 Port as ’63 Vintage Sold

Wine Collectors Snap Up 2011 Port as ’63 Vintage Sold | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
Wine collectors used to Bordeaux at $5,000 or more a case have been seeking variety at lower cost in other regions, including Ports from the newly-made 2011s in the Douro as well as more mature bottles.
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Wine Roads Not Taken

Wine Roads Not Taken | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
Wine Spectator columnist Matt Kramer recounts his greatest wine regrets, but also the risks and roads he's glad he took.
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Fine wine being pawned for cash in New York

Fine wine being pawned for cash in New York | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it

According to The Financial Times, investors in urgent need of money are resorting to pawning their bottles of Château Lafite and Château d’Yquem.

Paul Aitken, founder of Manhattan lender borro, told the FT that there had been a recent surge in the use of wine as collateral to secure loans of over US$100k at interest rates of 2.5-4% a month.

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Sobering thought: Low-alcohol wine set to boom?

Sobering thought: Low-alcohol wine set to boom? | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
As the number of "low alcohol" wines continues to grow, industry experts are divided over the demand for these products.
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Château Marquis d'Alesme Links French and Chinese Architecture

Château Marquis d'Alesme Links French and Chinese Architecture | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it

 

The Perrodo family has launched an ambitious architectural project at Château Marquis d'Alesme Becker in Margaux that will open to the public in fall 2015 showcasing traditional French and Chinese building styles. 

A third Cru Classé of the Médoc according to the 1855 ranking, Marquis D'Alesme had fallen in the Margaux hierarchy...

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As the sluggish economy drags on, the practice of parting with fine wines for a few months to secure short-term loans is gaining traction.

As the sluggish economy drags on, the practice of parting with fine wines for a few months to secure short-term loans is gaining traction. | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
Investors who desperately need cash are pawning their bottles of Château Haut-Brion, Lafite Rothschild, Margaux and Mouton Rothschild.
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Cheap wine comes of age

Cheap wine comes of age | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it

People love to talk about wine. It's been called the beverage of conversation, but with some folks it's really blather and with others it's ostentation.

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Top 10 Wines that Taste Twice as Expensive as They Cost

Top 10 Wines that Taste Twice as Expensive as They Cost | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
I'm always searching for wine bargains: wines that taste twice as expensive as they cost. Call it the thrill of the hunt, much like discovering a Versace designer dress marked down to 10% of its original price in a discount warehouse.
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Interview: Why Look at Wine as an Investment?

Interview: Why Look at Wine as an Investment? | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
Banfi Vintners Co-CEO Cristina Mariani-May discusses the reasons to invest in wine with Deirdre Bolton on Bloomberg Television's "Money Moves." (Source: Bloomberg)
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Is your wine gluten free? Also Warren G, Moscato Regulator...

Is your wine gluten free? Also Warren G, Moscato Regulator... | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
Unfiltered's favorite Regulator, Warren G, is mounting up for Bronco Wine Company to be the new face of Allure Moscato. A pair of Champagne thieves in the U.K.
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British Health Ministers Want to Redefine Wine

British Health Ministers Want to Redefine Wine | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it

Excessive wine drinking has become such a problem in the U.K. that the government is actually pushing to redefine “wine” across the EU, but they’re encountering some pushback from other countries, including France and Italy.

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Mirjana Martic's curator insight, August 15, 2013 10:25 AM

On redéfinit le produit et non le modèle de consommation?

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Drync Is the Shazam for Wine

Drync Is the Shazam for Wine | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
Ever tried a good wine, studiously made a note of it, then weren't able to find that bottle anywhere? Drync, a new iOS app, can help.
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Designer Derek Lam debuts limited edition wine   

Designer Derek Lam debuts limited edition wine    | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
Leave it to Derek Lam to make cocktails couture. The fashion designer is taking good taste to a buzzworthy new level with the debut of his new wine, “Poetry by Derek Lam.”
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In Praise of Outsiders

In Praise of Outsiders | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it

I think the very best winemakers can become, let's say, restless in their own terroir. Michel Chapoutier has some of the world's finest plots of vine land on Hermitage hill. There's a challenge to maintaining the reputation of these wines, and Chapoutier could have remained a celebrated winemaker without ever leaving Tain, much as Justin Timberlake could have continued a perfectly respectable career with 'N Sync.

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Modest Grandeur

Modest Grandeur | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it

It was a hot, sultry evening in late July. You could sense a storm building, like a dark stack of whisky barrels in the sky, waiting for ignition in the small hours. If the 2013 vintage in France has a hallmark, it's violence from above: few regions have been spared catastrophic (though localised) hail and flood damage of the sort I described back on July 8th. This, though, is a happier tale.

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In USA: Where the Wine Prices Are All Right

In USA: Where the Wine Prices Are All Right | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
Wine-list markups can be as much as five times a bottle's retail price. Lettie Teague's guide to five restaurants across the country with impressive selections that are priced to pour, and pour again.
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No such thing as wild yeast fermentation?

No such thing as wild yeast fermentation? | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it

I might be  a decent journalist, but I am a very good cynic. That's why when I read the Wine Buisiness Monthly piece entitled  Study Indicates Commercial Yeast Strains Take Over Fermentation,  and then Tom Wark's , Wild Yeast Fermentation:There's No Such Thing, the  reportage and interpretation smelled off.

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Revolutionary reds

Revolutionary reds | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
Austria is in the middle of a red revolution, although one could argue that it has been a long time coming. It was in 1918 that the Austro-Hungarian monarchy collapsed; the first Austrian Republic came into being the following year.
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How Coravin Might Change Wine by the Glass Forever

How Coravin Might Change Wine by the Glass Forever | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
Eater SF's house sommelier Courtney Cochran, author of the Hip Tastes book and blog, checks in with another boozy installment of The Swill. Sometimes, a mad-scientist M.O. just works. You...
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Chateau Haut Bailly...Pessac chateaux show wines are worth the wait

Chateau Haut Bailly...Pessac chateaux show wines are worth the wait | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
Wine, as we all know, is about playing the long game. Returns on investments if you buy a vineyard are usually talked about in terms of decades - not dissimilar to the amount of time you have to wait for an expensive bottle of red Bordeaux to...
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In Burgundy, Winemakers Who Don’t Own Land

In Burgundy, Winemakers Who Don’t Own Land | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | 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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Bordeaux 2003: Time to Uncork It Now

Bordeaux 2003: Time to Uncork It Now | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
It's been 10 years since Bordeaux suffered the great canicule. As the region's 2003 wines reach their optimum maturity, Will Lyons tastes 67 of the leading wines and gives his verdict.
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Do you know Petrolo?

Do you know Petrolo? | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it

Tucked into the rolling hills between Chianti Classico and Chianti Colli Aretini is one of Tuscany’s most esteemed merlot vineyards on Luca Sanjust’s Tenuta di Petrolo.  This isn’t an area typically associated with French varieties, despite the success of IGT wines throughout Tuscany and the south, but the family has been planting merlot here for 25 years nonetheless.

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If a modern-day phylloxera emerged, shouldn't GMOs be an option?

If a modern-day phylloxera emerged, shouldn't GMOs be an option? | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
How Would You Stop a Vineyard Apocalypse? If grapes were being wiped out, genetically modified vines could be the solution—if people are willing to open their minds
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