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Chianti: Vast Region Makes Vast Improvements

Chianti: Vast Region Makes Vast Improvements | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
We've seen quality improvement in wine over the past few decades, resulting in more and better access to better wines, from virtually all regions.
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With Sancerre, the soils matter

With Sancerre, the soils matter | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
To learn the mysteries of wine, we need to know geology. This simple observation can sustain doctoral dissertations, but was driven home to me recently in a 10-minute conversation with Roy Cloud, managing partner of the Washington importer Vintage 59.
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Eric Asimov Talks Wine Criticism, NYC Sommeliers

Eric Asimov Talks Wine Criticism, NYC Sommeliers | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
This week on sommelier Levi Dalton's I'll Drink To That podcast, he sits down with New York Times chief wine critic and former interim restaurant critic Eric Asimov to talk...
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'Sideways' Author Talks New Book, Impact On Wine Industry

'Sideways' Author Talks New Book, Impact On Wine Industry | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
If you love wine, there's a pretty good chance you love the movie "Sideways" -- the Oscar-nominated movie based on the book by San Diego's own Rex Pickett.
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When it's good, pinotage very good

When it's good, pinotage very good | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
Pinotage (pinno-tahj), the distinctive South African wine, is a work in progress. The variety is viticulture parvenu invented in 1925 when Stellenbosch University wine whiz A.I. Perold crossed pinot noir and cinsaut (san-soh). Cinsaut is called hermitage (French pronunciation) in South Africa, thus the portmanteau "pinotage."
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Natural Wine: An Explanation

Natural Wine: An Explanation | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
What's in a glass of wine? The answer might be surprising. Wine is basically spoiled grape juice. (Whoever first ingested it millennia ago: hat tip.) But these days wine's ingredients can also contain a laundry list of adds in's: sulfur dioxide, egg whites, oak chips, water and numerous chemical additives, in addition to the base of fermented grape juice.
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French cows reared on fine wine

French cows reared on fine wine | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
French cows are enjoying up to two bottles of high quality wine every day as farmers attempt to produce the best beef in Europe.
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China's Favorite Alcholic Beverages

China's Favorite Alcholic Beverages | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
As the Chinese get richer, their taste in liquor is changing. According to Paris-based pollster firm Ipsos, red wine is the top selling alcoholic drink in China, with a penetration rate of 39 percent (meaning more than a third of those polled saying red wine was their preferred alcoholic beverage.)
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Is There Really A Taste Difference Between Cheap and Expensive Wines?

Is There Really A Taste Difference Between Cheap and Expensive Wines? | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
Can you really taste the difference between a $15 wine and a $150 wine? Wine enjoyment is such an objective experience and taste is not exactly an exact science.
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An 18th-century letter for auction reveals how Irish wine merchant duped British

An 18th-century letter for auction reveals how Irish wine merchant duped British | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it

A letter up for auction at Sotheby's in London shows an 18th-century Irish wine merchant duped the British authorities in Dublin Castle by giving them "vile plonk" instead of high-quality Burgundy.

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A bicycle gourmet in France

A bicycle gourmet in France | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
Following the longest main road in France, the route to the sun from Paris to Provence, cyclist Adam Ruck makes the most of the vineyards and foodie pit stops that have been refuelling travellers for centuries...
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Creating a Khmer palate for Rhone Valley French wines

Creating a Khmer palate for Rhone Valley French wines | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it

Thach Vibol proudly shows off a sample of the quality French wines and business partner Bertrand Mourier sell at French Wine Collection. Photograph: Will Baxter/Phnom Penh Post

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A long heritage of greatness

A long heritage of greatness | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
BILLECART-Salmon, as they say, has form. It was founded in 1818, and the family members still live in the (residential) house that was built in that year.
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US fine wine market larger than thought

US fine wine market larger than thought | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it

Speaking at the Fine and Rare Specialist course at Vienna’s Palais Coburg on 29 June, he said that annual US fine wine sales through retailers amounted to US$3.2 billion, before commenting, “The US is a larger fine wine market than people think”.

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The ins and outs of wine-tasting terminology

The ins and outs of wine-tasting terminology | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
Maybe I've been writing about wine too long (40 years), but I'm no longer amused by newcomers to wine writing who leap into the subject feet first and decry the terminology we old-timers use.
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French Wine Collector François Audouze Praises Cypriot Wines

French Wine Collector François Audouze Praises Cypriot Wines | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
Famous French wine collector François Audouze found out about a wine sale in Drouot, France, including different samples of the first half of the 19th century...
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Ancient wine discovered in Chinese tomb

Ancient wine discovered in Chinese tomb | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
Archeologists have come across what they believe is the oldest wine in China, according to a report in the state-controlled news agency Xinhua.
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Treasury Wine’s U.S. Business May Prove Fruitful

Treasury Wine’s U.S. Business May Prove Fruitful | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
Bank of America Merrill Lynch analysts like Australia’s Treasury Wine Estates for its exposure to the U.S. wine market, one of only a handful currently recording growth.
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Bordeaux 2011 Futures Fizzle

Bordeaux 2011 Futures Fizzle | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
The 2011 vintage may be remembered as a missed opportunity for Bordeaux. The wines were good, but not as outstanding as in 2010 and 2009, which meant Bordeaux had the chance to win back traditional markets like the United States during its annual springtime futures campaign … if the wines were priced right.
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Investors hungover after wine binge

Investors hungover after wine binge | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
During this depression, it would appear that investors are no longer finding solace in turning to the bottle. Fine wines are being hit hard by the global downturn, with the Liv-ex Fine Wine 100 index down 7.4 percent on the year, according to July’s Cellar Watch Market Report.
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Sancerres of France

Sancerres of France | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
For many wine lovers, New Zealand sets the standard for sauvignon blanc these days. But long before anyone even thought of planting wine grapes in New Zealand, there was Sancerre.
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Rhone producers 'will block roads' to stop new TV mast #ProtectHermitage

Rhone producers 'will block roads' to stop new TV mast #ProtectHermitage | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
Rhone producers including Michel Chapoutier are threatening direct action to stop the building of an 18m antenna on Hermitage hill.
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Sancerre to Rival Burgundy’s Best Whites

Sancerre to Rival Burgundy’s Best Whites | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it

It’s easy to claim that France’s finest dry white wines are its burgundies and Champagnes. But when it comes to awarding third place I will take a stand: Sancerre, the enchanting sauvignon blanc-based glory of the Loire Valley deserves to take the bronze.

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Condrieu: old wood passes the acid test

Condrieu: old wood passes the acid test | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
This is a bit like starting a tour of Rome at the Vatican, and in fact Georges Vernay is known in some parts as the Pope of Condrieu.
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An 'Organic' Encounter

An 'Organic' Encounter | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it

Last week, we attended a winemaker’s dinner with viticulture royalty: Michel Chapoutier, one of the greatest  winemakers of our time. Michel is an interesting man and his story is even more interesting.

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