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How not to be a wine snob

How not to be a wine snob | Wine in the World | Scoop.it
Sniff, swirl, sip and say something pretentious. It doesn't need to be this way.
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Want to avoid being a wine wanker?

 

Nick Bhasin's articles highlights some of the warning signs.

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The Very Best English Sparkling Wines

The Very Best English Sparkling Wines | Wine in the World | Scoop.it
The Very Best English Sparkling Wines
The Judgement of Parsons Green – not perhaps having the same lustre as the famous Judgement of Paris – but this yearly event pitches English sparkling wines against each other.
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Want the low-down on the best English sparkling wines?The Judgement of Parsons Green, and annual tasting, delivers it's results via Spittoon.

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Blood on the cellar floor - Robert Parker sues Antonio Galloni

Blood on the cellar floor - Robert Parker sues Antonio Galloni | Wine in the World | Scoop.it
The Wine Advocate files suit against Antonio Galloni for "Fraud, Breach of Contractual Obligations and the intentional and unjustifiable withholding of tasting notes and articles."
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Is that the dull thud of egos clashing I hear?

 

Wine power-house Robert Parker is suing his ex-contributor Antonio Galloni for withholding work. Galloni claims that it was incomplete when he left and wouldn't do justice to the region.

 

With the background of a multi-million dollar takeover of Parker's Wine Advocate publicastion, and Galloni moving on to set up his own competitor, there's a lot at stake here.

 

This article is well worth a read, providing background to the entertaining fight to follow. However it works out, I predict blood on the cellar floor.

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Extreme Cellars

Extreme Cellars | Wine in the World | Scoop.it
Viticulture specialists are always experimenting with new ways to develop fresh and exciting flavours of wine, producing sharper tastes and more expensive blends, and creating the perfect amount of tannins for that lovely bitter aftertaste.Another...
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I don't think I've ever read an article in "Concrete Playground" before, but I was amazed at this look at seven OTT wine cellars.

 

From gothic valuting to Shanghai oppulence, there's a world of wine storage out there. It's quite surprising to see the Ritz-Carlton storing lots of their bottles upright, but it does look cool.

 

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Wine Nutrition Facts | Wine Folly

Wine Nutrition Facts | Wine Folly | Wine in the World | Scoop.it
Learn the nutrition facts of red wine, white wine, sparkling wine and sweet wine. The calories can differ from wine to wine depending on one key factor: ABV

Via Maureen Bragg
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Get the skinny on calories in wine, from Wine Folly.

 

Are bubbles really the lowest calorie wine? Do reds make you rounder than whites? It's all wrapped up in a simple graphic.

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David Swaddle's comment, February 20, 2013 6:24 PM
Maureen, at least it's more than twice the fun of sugary, bubbly, brown water.
Vania Gutiérrez Flores's curator insight, February 24, 2013 8:51 PM

¿Un vinito?

Katarina Andersson's curator insight, March 5, 2013 10:06 AM

Cool...

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Vin : La minéralité, un concept à la mode - Actualités - La Vigne, le magazine du monde viticole, de la viticulture et du vin

Vin : La minéralité, un concept à la mode - Actualités - La Vigne, le magazine du monde viticole, de la viticulture et du vin | Wine in the World | Scoop.it
27 500. C’est le nombre d’occurrences à la minéralité que Cees Van Casteren, journaliste international du vin, a trouvé en épluchant 258 000 notes de dégustation du « Wine Spectator », célèbre revue américaine spécialisée dans le vin.

Via Audrey Domenach, Tourdot Raphaelle
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OK, it's all in French, but Google does a good job of translating this article.

 

Can you describe minerality?

 

It seems that "minerality" is all the rage. It's mentioned in 10% of all Wine Spectator and Decanter' tasting notes. That's more than "woody", "fruit" or "floral", yet nobody quite seems to be able to describe it.

 

I've done experiments getting people to put pebbles in their mouth and then taste Chablis. It's fun watching their Marlon Brando impressions and seems to help, but it's still difficult to describe.

 

So, how about you. Can you describe minerality??

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Tim Atkin MW | Articles | Everyday value?

Tim Atkin MW | Articles | Everyday value? | Wine in the World | Scoop.it
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Tim Atikin has written up his recent tasting of supermarket own-brand wines. It's interesting and might convince you to try a few.

 

What would be even more interesting would be to try the next levels up. I'd never expect the "value" or "kwality" wines to be that great, but the "special", "finest" and ones where we should "taste the difference" can represent really good value for money.

 

What do you think? Any wines that you'd add to Tim's drink or avoid lists?

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Five Bottles: A New Old Way to Evaluate Wine - Palate Press

Five Bottles: A New Old Way to Evaluate Wine - Palate Press | Wine in the World | Scoop.it
Wine evaluation often rests on a mere sip, but wine writing would become far more vital if writers tasted the way people do—as part of real life.

 


Via Frank Haddad
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Meg's right. Most of us end up enjoying our wine with food, so why isn't it reviewed and tasted with food?

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Frank Haddad's curator insight, January 28, 2013 1:57 PM

Great article by Meg Maker

 
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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 - One stop shop for language services & training for the wine & spirit, food and travel industries
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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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Fact or Fiction: Does a Spoon in the Bottle Keep Champagne Bubbly?: Scientific American

Fact or Fiction: Does a Spoon in the Bottle Keep Champagne Bubbly?: Scientific American | Wine in the World | Scoop.it
A persistent bit of kitchen folklore appears to have little basis in fact
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Have you ever put a spoon in the top of a Champagne bottle to help preserve the fizz? I have. And, now I discover that it's a waste of time!

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Wine Experts and Foodies: Are They Super Tasters? Or Are They Faking It? |

Wine Experts and Foodies: Are They Super Tasters? Or Are They Faking It? | | Wine in the World | Scoop.it
  I think it’s blatantly obvious that people have different taste preferences:  from food and wine to coffee and cake; if you grab someone off the...

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Perfect Pairings: Wines for Thanksgiving

Perfect Pairings: Wines for Thanksgiving | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

An excellent article on pairing wines for Thanksgiving, or just about any other turkey-fest.

 

Not only are there a bunch of recommendations, but there's a set of rules to help you make your own matches. Great stuff(ing).

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Naked Wine Australia offer - 12 bottles for $59 inc delivery

Naked Wine Australia offer - 12 bottles for $59 inc delivery | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

Do you know Naked Wines? They're a UK company that is trying to bring customers and wine makers closer together, cutting out a layer of two of the industry so that everybody gets a better deal.

 

They have a taster case on Scoopon (Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane only) that's $59 for a dozen wines including delivery. There's a real mix and they're from wine makers who they work with directly. Normally they box would cost over $140, so this looks like a real bargain.

 

I don't get any incentive for mentioning this deal and I have bought one for myself.

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Scans Yield Big Surprise About Beer's Effect On Brain

Scans Yield Big Surprise About Beer's Effect On Brain | Wine in the World | Scoop.it
By: Tanya Lewis, LiveScience Staff Writer Published: 04/15/2013 01:31 PM EDT on LiveScience The taste of beer, without its alcoholic effects, may be enough to trigger the release of the pleasure chemical dopamine in the brain, a study finds.

 

 


Via Frank Haddad
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Beer makes us happy!

 

It's official, just the taste of beer makes us happy, even if the alcohol is removed. It gets us wagging our tails just like Pavlov's puppies.

 

Has anyone done a similar experiment with wine? It'd be interesting to know if alcohol is a more vital component of the experience, seeing as there's 3 times as much present. I volunteer to take part.

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Frank Haddad's curator insight, April 16, 2013 11:02 AM

add your insight...

 

 
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Diners shun wine for a nice cuppa

Diners shun wine for a nice cuppa | Wine in the World | Scoop.it
Lunchtime, suppertime: any time is teatime at a growing number of top restaurants as chefs encourage diners to swap that glass of something for a nice cuppa.
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I have to admit that I've got a passion for tea too, but does it really pair as well with food as wine?

 

I'd love to hear other people's opinions.

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Getting Pairing Down to a Science

Getting Pairing Down to a Science | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

A molecular approach to wine pairing is proposed by Chartier, a French-Canadian sommelier and the author of the book Taste Buds and Molecules.

 

It suggests some very unusual pairing that this review suggests can work.


Via Mariano Pallottini, Ma Cave En France
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I love the idea of using science to improve food, which is what it sounds like is going on here. The basic idea is that when you know which aroma compounds are at work you can choose things that compliment each other. Simple.

 

I haven't read it yet, but a copy of Taste Buds and Molecules is on the shopping list.

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Battle of the bubbles

Battle of the bubbles | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

As Champagne loses its fizz, people are turning to other sparkling wines.

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Finally people are wising up to some of the great value alternatives to Champagne.

 

Don't get me wrong, I love a good Champagne, but unfortunately there are lots of rather boring ones sitting on supermarket and bottle store shelves. They're not cheap, but they are a bit dull.

 

If I'm looking for a fun bit of refreshment to get the evening started, then I love a glass of Prosecco. I've quite got into some of the Aussie bubbles, particularly Tasmanian ones. However, I just don't see the appeal of sparkling Sav Blanc from NZ.

 

What about you. What's your favourite fizz these days?

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Wowser health warning plan will deface our great wine labels

Wowser health warning plan will deface our great wine labels | Wine in the World | Scoop.it
WINE bottles will have to carry large and graphic health warnings similar to cigarette packs if proposals from public health lobbyists get the go-ahead.
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Is drinking the new smoking? It seems that Aussie authorities think so.

 

Moves are being considered to put graphic health warnings on wine to try and stave off "problem" drinking.

 

No Nanny State, no! A few graphic pictures aren't going to scare off people who simply want to get wrecked. I haven’t seen any evidence that this approach had any effect on smokers.

 

Whatever next. Will booze follow cigarettes and be banned from pubs too?

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Australian Breakthrough in Health-Boosting Wine

Australian Breakthrough in Health-Boosting Wine | Wine in the World | Scoop.it
Australian Breakthrough in Health-Boosting Wine,
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I haven't looked at the patents yet, but it sounds like Greg Jardine could be making a great step forward in making a glass a day a health requirement. Not that most of us need encouraging.

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Never Listen to a Wine Critic Babble About Tannins Again

Never Listen to a Wine Critic Babble About Tannins Again | Wine in the World | Scoop.it
Turns out, a lot of what wine experts know isn't really based on fact
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The most interesting nugget in this Smithsonian article is that wine critics seem to reserve a special vocabulary for the most expensive wines.

 

I've always advocated that there's no substitute for tasting a wine yourself and making up your own mind.

 

What do you think? Are wine critics' opinions little to do with your own personal taste?

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How Much Choice Do Wine Drinkers Really Have?

How Much Choice Do Wine Drinkers Really Have? | Wine in the World | Scoop.it
* How much choice do U.S. wine drinkers really have? The answer to this question, according to a study by a group of Michigan State University scholars, is that it depends on how you look at the qu...
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How much choice does the US consumer really have when over half of all wine in the USA comes from just 3 companies? Or, should I be asking how much do consumers in the USA like the wines from 3 big companies?

 

If anyone has similar stats for the UK and Australian markets then I'd love to see them.

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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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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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James Halliday's Top 100 wines of 2012

James Halliday's Top 100 wines of 2012 | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

James Halliday's Top 100 wines of 2012 is now available for free on his website. Take a look!

 

I definitely agree with a few of his choices:

 

Chateau Francois Pokolbin Semillon 2006 is a bargain and made by a lovely man.

 

Tahbilk Marsanne 2012 is from a much underratted grape that can flourish in many Australian environments. It's probably a bargain because most Aussies aren't that adventurous at trying different grapes.

 

Nepenthe Adelaide Hills Shiraz 2010 makes his list too and it's a great cooler climate Shiraz. It's a bit more refined and interesting than lots of the cheap sun-baked examples.

 

The Mike Press Single Vineyard Adelaide Hills Merlot intrigues me. I haven't actually tried this yet, but it has been recommended by a couple of people

 

I haven't tried that many of the wines over $20 yet, but now I've got a list to work from!

 

The Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay 2009 is great and on it's way to becoming the benchmark for Aussie Chardies. Tahbilk 1927 Vines Marsanne 2003 is worth the $35 or so it commands and has a bit of extra richness that the younger wines don't have.

 

More research and development required for me, I think.

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Taste 30 wines FREE this Sunday 12-7pm at The Good Wine Shop Kew

Taste 30 wines FREE this Sunday 12-7pm at The Good Wine Shop Kew | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

My friends at The Good Wine Shop, right by Kew Gardens Station, have a great tasting of their Christmas range this weekend.

 

If I still lived in London, I'd be there. They've got a great range of wines from smaller producers with a wide range of prices. If you're looking for something a little bit more interesting to drink during the bleak winter nights, or to celebrate with at Christmas, then why not see what they've got to interest you?

 

I don't get paid for promoting this, I just think it's a great way to find out more about wines that you enjoy.

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