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Sparkling wine in support of gay marriage

Sparkling wine in support of gay marriage | Wine in the World | Scoop.it
Newly launched wine targeted at the gay community with a special sparkling number for wedding celebrations too http://t.co/XRmLbMAn

Via VINGLISH - language and social media services for the wine industry
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Seeing all the rage about gay weddings in France, it's great to see somebody supporting a fair and just cause.

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Beauty, ugliness and branded wines

Beauty, ugliness and branded wines | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

It is great for the wine world when big brands do a good job. Examples that come to mind: Jacob’s Creek, Brancott, Concha y Toro.


Via Vitabella Luxury Wine / Twitter @Vitabellawine / Also check www.vitabella.fr
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It's nice to see somebody recognising the job done by a few of the big brands for a change.

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Consumers Clueless About Chenin Blanc

Consumers Clueless About Chenin Blanc | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

It took a three-year, six-figure study to figure out that consumers are clueless about Chenin Blanc. I could have told them that for free.

 

It can be a great grape, but it can also be dire rubbish. The biggest problem in the UK seems to be that the majority of the wine have been bargain-basement - and tasted like it too.

 

Read on to see what the rocket scientists think. Personally, I reckon that trying to sell better quality wine is the best approach.

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Naked art and wine - NYT

Naked art and wine - NYT | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art hosted a nake viewing, followed by a glass of wine over looking the harbour.

 

It's not unusual for art museum to try and promote their agenda by doing something a little of the wall, but this has to be one of the most unusual. Artist Stuart Ringholt took a party on a naked tour of the gallery, itself billed to be an artwork.

 

Where does the wine come in? At the end the participants enjoyed a glass of bubbles looking out at the harbour, quietly exposing themselves to Syndey's Ferry hub at Circular Quay. I wonder if many of the thousands making their way into the city noticed the naked imbibers?

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Moscato is the new Cristal - observer

Moscato is the new Cristal - observer | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

A host of rappers have eschewed their usual upmarket brands and included moscato as the object of their adorations.

 

At a time when people are concerned about price and the quantity that they drink, Moscato could be primed for the big time.

 

Personally, I'd recommend the Brown Brothers Moscato, which is available very widely. Go on, try it with a bit of sunshine. Sparkling Moscato was pretty popular down under during the summer, maybe Europe will follow?

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Dave Stewart's Sweet Dreams

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Following in the wake of AC/DC and Slayer, ex-Eurythmics muso David Stewart is releasing his own wine.

 

A re-bottling of Australian estate Mollydooker's "Carnival of Love Shiraz", the beardy one's wine is named "Ringmaster General", the same as the title of his new album.

 

At £78 a bottle, it's not going to be for your average MP3 buyer. Some would say it's a blatant PR stunt, while others might say that it's one of the first music and wine pairings. Waddaythink?

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The Problem with Wine Ratings

The Problem with Wine Ratings | Wine in the World | Scoop.it
What's wrong with them and their affect on how we buy wine. I’ve been thinking about writing up my thoughts on this issue for some time, but I had always thought it was just too simple an issue; something th...
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Is scoreflation killing wine ratings? Were they any use anyway? Read @GregoryDalPiaz at Snooth on this.

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Anthony Bourdain's mad about being hijacked into a commercial

Anthony Bourdain's mad about being hijacked into a commercial | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

I admire Anthony Bourdain. A chef who gets on with cooking and eating, and a presenter who loves to share his passion.

 

On his blog, Bourdain writes about how The Travel Channel have stooped low to try and make it look like he's endorsing a car brand. They've also created three Frankenshows, re-using clips from previous episodes.

 

It sounds like he's stinking mad, and rightly so.

 

I wonder where he'll appear next??

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India's wine dreams evaporate

India's wine dreams evaporate | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

It seems that the Indian wine market has simply failed to take off.

 

Predicted by some as the next boom country, India's wine market seems to be falling a bit flat. Many growers are ripping up their vines and winery owners are suffering financial problems.

 

I love the stat that the average per-capita consumption of wine in India is two teaspoons per head. That's less than 0.02% of the average Frenchman's thirst.

 

Like local wines, foreign imports have hardly taken off either. Maybe it's simply that the food doesn't suite wine, so it's never going to take off??

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Drew Barrymore Launches Wine - NY Post

Drew Barrymore Launches Wine - NY Post | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

Drew Barrymore has joined the slew of actors and musicians launching their own wines.

 

In this case she doesn't own the vineyard, make the wine or grow the grapes herself. She just licenses her name to go on the bottle and provides a lot of PR potential.

 

It might not be all bad though. It was awarded a gold medal at Le Challenge International du Vin, France’s largest international wine competition. So maybe this is more than a bland alcohol delivery device?

 

Still, it seems a little odd to me to have a recovering alcoholic's name plastered on the bottle. Did they really think this one through??

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Virginia Wine Signs

Virginia Wine Signs | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

17 highway signs are being installed in Virginia to highlight the American Viticultural Areas.

 

In a genius marketing move, the wine producers of Virginia have decided it's time to tell visitors that they're there.

 

There are some great wines in Virginia, but they can be a bit tricky to find - even when you're over there. At least you'll know that you're in the right area now.

 

Whatever next? Signs to the actual vineyards??

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Does increasing a wine's price make it "premium"? - SMH

Does increasing a wine's price make it "premium"? - SMH | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

Jacobs Creek are making a conscious effort to increase the price of their wine and take it up market. Are sponsorship, endorsements and a higher price enough to make a wine "premium"?

 

I've got to admit that Jacob's Creek often shows well in tastings, and their regional reserve wines are pretty good value - at the moment. Read how the owners, Pernod Ricard, are making a determined push to take the price upwards and move Jacobs Creek out of the supermarket discount bins.

 

Is this the beginning of the end for branded wine offers? Personally, I hope so. I'd rather see things selling at the price the market thinks they're worth. What about you?

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