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Did you know that they make wine in Thailand?

Did you know that they make wine in Thailand? | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

As well as being Thailand's first qualified female winemaker, Nikki Lohitnavy is oenologist at her parents' GranMonte vineyard in Thailand.

 

This interview sheds some light on Nikki's background, motivation and what she's trying to achieve. She sounds like an interesting person to me.

 

I've never tried a Thai wine, but when I get the chance I will. I can imagine them producing a decent Viognier, with a lot of work.

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Study finds wine boosts bone health

Study finds wine boosts bone health | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

A new study suggests that moderate wine consumption can help ladies boost their bones.

 

Wine's having a great time in the health press. It seems that it's benefits now include improving bone density, which can be an issue in girls as they age gracefully into old ladies.

 

According to the report...“Drinking moderately as part of a healthy lifestyle that includes a good diet and exercise may be beneficial for bone health, especially in postmenopausal women.”

 

So then girls, raise a glass to your health.

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New Zealand’s Best White Wines - Wine Enthusiast

New Zealand’s Best White Wines - Wine Enthusiast | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

Wine Enthusiast has a good piece on New Zealand white wines. It's a little cliché ridden (Dog Point & Cloudy Bay for the Savvies), but there are some great picks in there too.

 

Personally I'm a big fan of Neudorf's Chardonnay and the Saint Clair Pioneer Block 3, which both made the list.

 

If you fancy trying something from Kiwi Land that doesn't smell of cat's pee then this could be a good guide. 

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French cows reared on fine wine - Telegraph

French cows reared on fine wine  - Telegraph | Wine in the World | 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.

 

With echoes of beer-fed Kobe beef, Vinbovin of France seems to be catching on with wealthy diners. These pampered cows produce a supposedly superior hunk of beef.

 

I'm not to sure about the chances of picking up notes of Muscat if they switch grapes, but maybe the cows will prefer the taste?

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3,000-year-old wine unearthed in China

3,000-year-old wine unearthed in China | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

Taking the concept of aging a wine to the extreme is a 3,000 year old bronze vessel unearthed in Shaanxi province, China.

 

OK, they don't actually know that there's wine inside the vessel, but that's what they're expecting. It's even under an acient Chinese equivalent of a screwcap, so maybe it'll be OK to drink?

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Fiona Beckett's run down on Viognier.

Viognier has been a stand-out grape at recent tastings for Fiona Beckett.

 

I've long been a fan of the laid-back peachy characteristics. It varies massively in style depending on where it comes from.

 

My personal Aussie faves are Tahbilk, which is mentioned, and Rutherglen Estate's offering. I was surprised just how many good examples were coming out of the Rutherglen area.

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David Mitchell's Soapbox: wine tasting - video

Video rant about wine and the little taste that the waiter gives you to check the bottle.

 

Strangely enough, I often used to ask for a little sip of the bitter before I'd order it in a pub. I didn't realise that was an odd thing to do. Oh well.

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The Madness Continues - $12,000 Wine Tasting

The Madness Continues - $12,000 Wine Tasting | Wine in the World | Scoop.it
Robert Parker hosts a private wine tasting of 1982 Bordeaux for $12,000 per person.

 

Yes, the madness continues. In a bid to see who can set the craziest price for wine, Robert Parker is opening a few bottles from his famous cellar for the general public at $12,000 per person.

 

OK, so you do get to taste some wine, unlike those crazy bottle people buy to never open. In fact, this time you get to taste around 25 different wines. And you get to meet the most rated rater out there. And half your fee goes to charity.

 

I'll admit that I'd love to be able to afford to be there. Maybe next year?

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Panned Restaurant Wins Suit Against Newspaper

Panned Restaurant Wins Suit Against Newspaper | Wine in the World | Scoop.it
An Australian restaurant that closed six months after a scalding review has won a defamation suit against the newspaper that published it.

 

WTF?? The legal system is protecting restaurants against bad reviews!

 

What next? Will I be banned from calling most Pinot Grigios bland alcohol delivery devices? I'll update you if I'm sued.

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Is this madness? £100,000 for ONE bottle of wine!

Is this madness? £100,000 for ONE bottle of wine! | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

Decanter reports that Penfolds have commissioneda dozen hand crafted "ampoules" for the release their 2004 Kalimna Block 42 Cabernet Sauvignon.

 

OK, the packaging may be super-fancy, but is this really worth A$168,000 (US$ 172,000 or £109,000)? At the end of the day isn't it just bottle of wine??

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Wines of the week - David Williams

Wines of the week - David Williams | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

The Guardian seem to be staying on course and recommending some grapes and regions you might not have tried.

 

How about a Shiraz Mataro from Rutherglen? Where??? It's in Victoria, Australia, and I happened to visit last week. I didn't try this, but I doubt that Mac Forbes would turn out anything less than a good wine.

 

There's also a recommendation from Bulgaria and a Pinot Blanc for the more adventurous.

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Gobi desert wines in China

Gobi desert wines in China | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

Watch the BBC's short video on how Chinese growers are making wine in the Gobi Desert.

 

Despite the hot summers and freezing winters, Chinese vintners are striving to produce wine in the desert. It's all to feed their ever growing domestic market.

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The Wine Lover's Bill of Rights

The Wine Lover's Bill of Rights | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

I couldn't agree more!

 

I hate warm glasses. Worse still, the hovering waiter who refills your glass at every opportunity.

 

Join in and add your comments to the list, even if you’re not from Texas.

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Frequent tipple 'halves arthritis risk' - Telegraph

Frequent tipple 'halves arthritis risk' - Telegraph | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

It's a good week for wine related health news. A pint of beer or small glass of wine three times a week halves the chance of developing rheumatoid arthritis, a study has found.

 

Oooh, I think my knee is aching. Where's the libation lubrication??

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Cheese & wine pairing wheel

Cheese & wine pairing wheel | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

Here's an excellent starter for pairing your wine with cheese.

 

The pairing wheel is great and the article has some really useful tips. What shall I have tonight???

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The full sensory experience. I want to eat here!

The full sensory experience. I want to eat here! | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

Dinner at the Shanghai restaurant Ultraviolet sounds like the full sensory experience.

 

Guests are driven to the windowless venue from another meeting spot by two vans. Once seated their 22 banquet is matched with sound effects, light projections and wine (of course).

 

Our full sensual experience massively influences our experience of food and wine, so this sounds like the perfect way to enjoy an amazing meal.

 

I really want to eat here, it's just a little bit far from home. Anyone want to have a crack a doing a pop-up in Sydney along the same lines???

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The why of wine-in-a-boxs odd taste - Chemistry World

The why of wine-in-a-boxs odd taste - Chemistry World | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

It's the first I've heard of "flavour scalping".

 

I've often thought that TetraPak and PET bottled wine is altered, but I've never really looked into it. Thankfully others are hard at work on the research and discovering how packaging really effects wine.

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The Wine Society - oddball Eastern grapes

The Wine Society - oddball Eastern grapes | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

Tom Cannavan tastes wines from Romania, Turkey, Morocco and Slovenia.

 

Rifling through the range from The Wine Society, Wine Pages gives some quick notes one some wines from rather unusual grapes.

 

Have a look and see if there's anything you think you should try. Go on, push yourself to try at least one new grape every month.

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Top 10 wine handbags

Top 10 wine handbags | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

Seriously...my other half would put this down as genius.

 

Here's a quick look at 10 of the best bags for smuggling a bottle in to the cricket!

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Touching on the science of smell and taste

Touching on the science of smell and taste | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

Why is it that people who can identify flavours and aromas in wine are frequently labelled as snobs, when in other fields they're considered experts?

 

This little article asks the question of why people get labelled as wine ponces.

 

It's worth a read, but I tend to think that people get derogatory labels such as "snob" and "bore" more for their demeanour than their olfactory ability.

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Novum takes on India's Fratelli Wines

If you're in the UK then you'll be pleased to hear that it's going to be a little bit easier to snag a bottle of Indian wine.

 

Importer Novum has taken on UK distribution of the Italian/Indian joint venture Fratelli Wines based in Akluj, Maharashtra.

 

Can sombody let me know what they taste like?

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Wine Games - Lost in Space

Wine Games - Lost in Space | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

Jane Skilton, Master of Wine, serves up links to a few wine-themed quizzes.

 

These are seriously good learning tools. One that will have clicking all over France, while the other has you dragging and dropping bottles like crazy.

 

If you want to learn a little more about wine then why not have a play?

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The Wine Market Sobers Up

The Wine Market Sobers Up | Wine in the World | Scoop.it
Prices for top bottles are tumbling. Is it yet another sign of global economic trouble?

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Rating wines: It's not just taste

Rating wines: It's not just taste | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

A good little article that examines what exactly it means to taste wine and the questionable utility of wine ratings.

 

It's well worth a read if you're in a contemplative mood. Ever considered what influences the judges and how reliable those rating are?


Via Vitabella Luxury Wine / Twitter @Vitabellawine / Also check www.vitabella.fr
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Eat like an economist, dine like a king - book review

Eat like an economist, dine like a king - book review | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

The Indie's Will Dean reviews "Eat like an economist, dine like a king" by Tyler Cowen.

 

This book's gone on my reading list. It sounds like a great bit of fun, possibly with some useful advice.

 

It's nice to hear about a very intelligent person writing with some whit about things that they love. It sounds like a great mix of advice, background and economics.

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