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Concerns rise as grape-rotting fly found in Bordeaux vineyards

Concerns rise as grape-rotting fly found in Bordeaux vineyards | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
There is rising concern about an Asian fruit fly that causes sour rot in vineyards and has been found in Bordeaux for the first time, although it is not expected to significantly impact the 2014 harvest.
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The Busy Wine Lover's Guide to Clos des Papes

The Busy Wine Lover's Guide to Clos des Papes | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
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To My Friends Who Love Sparkling Wine

To My Friends Who Love Sparkling Wine | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
Franciacorta didn’t exist as a wine 50 years ago. Adding sparkle to it was a pitch that launched a category worth 18 million bottles a year.
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Roederer Launches New Brut Nature Champagne

Roederer Launches New Brut Nature Champagne | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it

Louis Roederer Champagne, best known for its tête du cuvée Cristal, is launching its first new cuvée in more than 40 years, a brut nature, meaning no dosage of sugar was added to the wine after secondary fermentation. The company will introduce its Roederer Brut Nature Starck 2006 at a nighttime event in New York on Oct. 7, after parties in Paris and London in September. 

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California Drought Produces Tastier Wine Grapes

California Drought Produces Tastier Wine Grapes | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
While California’s three-year dry spell has inflicted widespread economic damage, an exception is the heart of its Wine Country—Napa and Sonoma counties north of San Francisco.
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Hugel Family in Alsace angered by supermarket listing

Hugel Family in Alsace angered by supermarket listing | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
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Wine, From Where The Price Of Real Estate Never Goes Down

Wine, From Where The Price Of Real Estate Never Goes Down | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
They say there are two places in the world where real estate prices never go down: Manhattan's Upper East Side, and Tuscany. That may or may not be true, but here we look at one Tuscan wine estate whose fortunes have stood the test of time.
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Champagne houses eyeing English fizz

Champagne houses eyeing English fizz | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
Champagne houses will soon be seeking to acquire some of England’s top sparkling wine estates, according to one producer in the UK.
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Sotheby’s Sells Record $1.6 Million of Romanee-Conti

Sotheby’s Sells Record $1.6 Million of Romanee-Conti | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
Sotheby’s said a wine “superlot” containing a 114-bottle collection of Romanee-Conti from Domaine de la Romanee-Conti sold for a record HK$12.6 million ($1.6 million) today in Hong Kong.
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Port wine in Portugal and Douro River vineyards

Port wine in Portugal and Douro River vineyards | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
Ribbons of bright green grape leaves alternated with golden stone walls as far as I could see along the steep banks of Portugal’s Douro River.
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Nuno Gaspar de Oliveira's curator insight, October 4, 2014 1:18 PM

These mountain-hugging terraced vineyards produce one of the most recognizable winesin the world and the most visible export of this economically struggling country: Port, or vinho do Porto in Portuguese, from its namesake harbor city at the Douro’s estuary, 80 miles (130 kilometers)downriver from Pinhao.

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Twitter a grape resource

Twitter a grape resource | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
When used as an information tool, Twitter can be invaluable to small wineries who haven’t the resources to tell their story via traditional media channels, and to the large producers of wine in need of humanizing their operations.
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Looking for value in 2010 Bordeaux wines? You may want to check out these reds

Looking for value in 2010 Bordeaux wines? You may want to check out these reds | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
Although they’re ripe for the sipping now, a new wave of elegant, full-bodied reds produced in Bordeaux four years ago can also be cellared for a decade or more
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Moet bets on bubbly in China with sparkling winery

Moet bets on bubbly in China with sparkling winery | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it

France’s Moet Hennessy is betting on China’s taste for bubbly with the launch of sales this month by the first foreign-owned Chinese winery devoted to sparkling wine. China’s appetite for Western-style wines has boomed in the past two decades...

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Wine lovers urged to embrace old Rioja

Wine lovers urged to embrace old Rioja | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
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David Beckham Has a Boozy New Brand

David Beckham Has a Boozy New Brand | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it

Beckham is hardly the first celebrity to venture into the liquor business. There is, of course, Francis Ford Coppola’s wines, George Clooney and Rande Gerber’s Casamigos tequila, and Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s Miraval wine, which  sold out in five hours. 

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Full-Disclosure Wine Label Debate Continues

Full-Disclosure Wine Label Debate Continues | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
Full-Disclosure Wine Label Debate Continues. Mike Steinberger doubts that mandatory ingredient lists on wine labels would alter anything about how those wines are made.
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Ravi Joshi's curator insight, October 9, 2014 2:08 AM

An objective take on labelling norms ....especially in the Indian context of the day.

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France uncorks new generation of wine experts

France uncorks new generation of wine experts | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
PARIS (Reuters) - Not everything related to wine gets better with age, as a young generation of French wine experts can attest.Take Benoit Perrot and brothers Matthieu and Antoine Mondesert, all in their
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German river valley creates right climate for riesling

German river valley creates right climate for riesling | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
October's bright, but shortening, days and nippy evenings transform vineyard landscapes across Europe and North America into brilliant displays of color. Grape leaves from Burgundy ...
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Syrians, Lebanese Produce Wine in Ferment of War

Syrians, Lebanese Produce Wine in Ferment of War | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
In his high-rise office in Beirut, Sandro Saade carefully chews a merlot grape from a vineyard hundreds of miles away in war-ravaged Syria, trying to determine if it is ripe enough to order the start of the harvest. It's too dangerous for him to travel to the vineyards of Domaine de...
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Nuno Gaspar de Oliveira's curator insight, October 6, 2014 5:19 PM

"We are passionate about this, and we aren't stopping. We will continue as much as we can"

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Marc Hugel in Alsace: “When I started 35 years ago, almost all wines had less than 3 g residual sugar. Now Grand Cru Rieslings often have 7-8 g or more, and Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer have 20-30...

Marc Hugel in Alsace: “When I started 35 years ago, almost all wines had less than 3 g residual sugar. Now Grand Cru Rieslings often have 7-8 g or more, and Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer have 20-30... | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
Sweetness is the issue that absolutely bedevils Alsace. Should wine be dry or be sweet? And should it be the same every year or should it be allowed to vary with the vintage? There are two schools ...
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Haut Brion, the oldest luxury brand in the world. Really?

Haut Brion, the oldest luxury brand in the world. Really? | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
This week, an interesting news was published on Château Haut Brion's Facebook fan page: it says that the oldest mention of Haut Brio n is a notarial instru
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Health: This new attack on wine-drinkers makes me see red

Health: This new attack on wine-drinkers makes me see red | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
Instead of re-categorising us all as 'mild alcoholics', maybe the policy wonks should tackle the stress that causes our drinking
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How Rioja Got its Wire and Other Just So Stories

How Rioja Got its Wire and Other Just So Stories | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
How Rioja Got its Wire and Other Just So Stories. Are we all sitting comfortably? Then we'll begin. Claire Adamson tells the stories behind some familiar wine bottle features.
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Winemakers make a U-turn (by Jancis Robinson

Winemakers make a U-turn (by Jancis Robinson | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
In my little puddle of vinous life I am becoming aware of the most massive U-turn on the part of an increasing number of thoughtful wine producers. Interestingly, this is nothing to do with marketing but sheer disaffection with the wines they made
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Can English Wines Compete on the World Stage?

Can English Wines Compete on the World Stage? | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
How England went from producing literally no wine of any note 40 years ago to creating a mushrooming wine industry that appears to be on the cusp of something special.
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