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Lebanese wine guide by Time Out Beirut

Lebanese wine guide by Time Out Beirut | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

What more do I need to say other than the title.

 

OK, it's very, very brief. In fact, it's little more than a promotion for the Zawaq guide to wines from Lebanon.

 

Has anyone seen the guide? Is it any good? 

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Marie's comment, May 21, 2012 5:05 AM
Hi David,

I personally saw the guide and it is very well written with lots of useful information. I highly recommend it!
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Wine Equals imports Finger Lakes wines

Wine Equals imports Finger Lakes wines | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

Wine Equals Friends has become the sole UK importer of eight Finger Lakes producers and their wines.

 

Sue Chambers is aiming to put this high quality USA region on the map. They join the Wine Equals stable of other American wines, primarily from Long Island.

 

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Australians and Americans to get Naked

Australians and Americans to get Naked | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

Naked Wines, investing £5.5m in American and Australian vineyard projects as part of its international expansion.

 

This forward-thinking outfit is using its Angels' cash to snap up vineyard deals in the Australian and American markets. The money should gain Naked further sources of great wines at significantly reduced prices, while still working for the growers.

 

Naked is also launching retail websites in both markets, it seems. Maybe I'll be shopping Naked in Sydney soon?

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Should 250ml glasses of wine go?

Should 250ml glasses of wine go? | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

Jamie Goode, writing on the Wine Option website, suggests that the 250ml glass of wine should be scrapped.

 

I tend to agree. A glass that's a third of a bottle is simply too big. It doesn't fit in with the other drinks in a round in the pub and it stealthily gets people to consume more alcohol. It's bordering on irresponsible.

 

Seeing as a glass of pub wine has to hit a price point of £5-£7, I would much rather drink a glass half the size and three times the quality (double the price, treble the quality is a rule of mine). A 125ml glass at £5 would mean drinking a much better wine and consuming about the same alcohol as a beer drinker in the same round.

 

There's more on this on @bibendbumwines website: http://bibendum-times.co.uk/posts/news/2012/05/08/3-reasons-to-scrap-250ml-glasses-of-wine-in-the-on-trade/

 

 

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NLP Meets Wine Tasting -

The Fermentation blog takes a look at wine tasting theory and the application of NLP.

 

Based on articles in Sommelier Journal and work by The Everyday Genius Institute, Tom Wark looks at how tasting works in the brain.

 

I'm not 100% sure about this myself, by it's an interesting article.

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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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Red Tape Removes Hill of Grace from Barossa

Red Tape Removes Hill of Grace from Barossa | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

The Australian government is looking at protecting the Barossa Valley’s classic wine areas using local administrative boundaries rather than wine region boundaries.

 

In a plot worthy of Yes Minister, this means that the country’s second most expensive vineyard, Henschke’s Hill of Grace, is excluded. The glorious Eden Valley, where HoG is located, is in the wrong administrative area. Or more accurately, it’s on the wrong side of the red tape.

 

Surely some mischtake?

 

If the proposed law is designed to protect Australia’s wine growing heritage, then surely it should follow the wine region boundaries? Or, could it possibly be politicians looking after their own interests with some devious plan that will surface in a couple of years?

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Microsoft Surface #wine tasting demo. What do you think @TomForrest2

Technology and wine can mix?

 

This a great little demo of a wine tasting app for the Microsoft Surface. It's kind of an interactive table.

 

While I can't imagine doing this down my local pub, I can imagine playing with it in the right environment. All it needs is an integrated Enomatic to dole out the tasting samples.

 

I wonder how it responds when somebody comes along to wipe up the spilt glass of wine?

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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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The Music Behind the Wine - NYT

The Music Behind the Wine - NYT | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

Maybe you've heard of playing music to cows to increase their milk yeilds? Or chefs using tunes to drive their kitchens? It seems that wine can be just as inflential in wine.

 

Not only are people playing music to cheer them along, but quite often wineries are owned by musicians.

 

This very light NYT piece gives you an insight into some of the musical characters of the US wine scene.

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Wine ‘to rise by £1’ Express Scares

Wine ‘to rise by £1’ Express Scares | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

The Express finds a whole raft of reasons why wine is likely to rise by £1 per bottle.

 

Actually, they don't point out the main reason - supermarket margins. If a supplier adds 25p to the cost of a wine the supermarket needs to add around 75p to the retail price to maintain it's percentage margin.

 

Would you stop buying wine if it increased by £1 per bottle, or would you step up to better wine less often??

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Something for the weekend - Indie

Something for the weekend - Indie | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

The Independent's wine picks of the weeks include one that I really enjoy.

 

Gavi is often overlooked in the UK market. It's lightly aromatic with a crisp acidity that makes it very food friendly.

 

I've tried this Tesco one before and it was actually quite good. At under £6 per bottle it's a bargain.

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Alabama bans beer over dirty name - Fox News

Alabama bans beer over dirty name - Fox News | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

You can buy Fat Bastard wine in Alabama, but you'll have to go elsewhere for Dirty Bastard beer.

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Screw-capped sparkling??

Screw-capped sparkling?? | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

De Bortoli are launching a screwcapped sparkling wine.

 

Apprently opening bubbly wines puts the girls off! certainly not the girls I know. In fact, I know quite a few people who say that the "pop" is one of their favourite sounds.

 

What do you think? Has somebody got a screw loose?

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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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Peter Gago on Asia's developing taste for wine

Peter Gago on Asia's developing taste for wine | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

Peter Gago talks about Asia's developing taste for wine.

 

He comments on how many people missed out whites all together and are now discovering them, along with a bit of boasting about his wine buying prowess.

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Esk Valley virtual dinner

Esk Valley virtual dinner | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

Esk Valley winemaker Gordon Russell is to host a dinner in Cornwall via super-fast broadband from his kitchen in Hawkes Bay, NZ.

 

In what sounds like a good bit of fun, Russel will host the tasting of six Esk Valley wines despite being half a world away. It will be his first virtual visit to the pub, having gone in the flesh several times before.

 

I wonder how the time difference will work? Which wine matches Weetbix for breakfast?

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Metro Wine Map of California

Metro Wine Map of California | Wine in the World | Scoop.it
Dr. David Gissen does it again with a follow up to his critically acclaimed Metro Wine Map of France. It's a fun and informative way to look at the wine regions of California.

Via Vitabella Luxury Wine / Twitter @Vitabellawine / Also check www.vitabella.fr
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A taste of Petrus & Vega Sicilia at Benoit - NYT

A taste of Petrus & Vega Sicilia at Benoit - NYT | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

Benoit, Alain Ducasse's NYC restaurant, is serving up a stunning range of wines in tasting samples.

 

Is blowing a couple of thousand dollars on a bottle of Château Pétrus a bit out of your budget? Always wondered what Vega Sicilia tastes like? Now you can try a range of blockbuster wines in 1oz (~30ml) samples.

 

A range of wines are kept in a dispensing machine, allowing sommelier André Compeyre to offer a stunning range.

 

If only I were in New York, though the pratice of offering tasting samples is all the rage from Hong Kong to London.

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$600 wine in supermarket price war - SMH

$600 wine in supermarket price war - SMH | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

It seems that Australia's supermarket giants are about to wage a price war over $625 a bottle Penfolds Grange 2007.

 

It's one of Aussie's iconic wines, but that's not going to stop retail giants Woolworths, Coles and Costco going all out to see how cheaply they can sell it.

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Left-field grape varieties - Guardian

Left-field grape varieties - Guardian | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

Fiona Beckett encourages you to pick up your glass and try something new.

 

Having worked with major UK supermarkets, I can vouch for how much fun the general public have trying something a little bit different. I've always tried to drop in a grape and region that people won't have tried when running tastings.

 

Join Fiona's challenge and see if you can try one new grape variety every month for the rest of the year.

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Wine Writer Bullies

Wine Writer Bullies | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

A great follow-up on the $uckling $tory and wine writers acting as bullies.

 

Is it sensible that they keep on threatening to sue people simply for publishing what they've been up to? We're not talking about things being made up, but about the truth.

 

Surely they would be better off getting their houses in order than using the courts to bully people into staying silent?

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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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Moroccan Wine Thrives

Moroccan Wine Thrives | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

Here's an interesting piece on Bloomberg about wine in Morocco.

 

It sounds like some of them are worth a try despite battling heat and the cultural environment as challenges.

 

Anyone tried any of them??

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Marques de Riscal send the "wrong" 2004 for review

Marques de Riscal send the "wrong" 2004 for review | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

It seems that Marques de Riscal accidentally sent the "wrong" 2004 Gran Reserva for review to Spanish paper El Mundo.

 

According to my Google translation, they accidentally sent a bottle of the 150 Year Anniversary Reserva 2004 instead. That's quite a mistake as they are effectively two different wines and the switch implied a much better quality.

 

Oops!

 

To be fair, they have offered to exchange any bottles of the Gran Reserva that people bought because of the review for the more expensive 150 anniversary reserva. That's a pretty good deal, if you ask me.

 

Have you seen a review of the 2004 Riscal Reserva anywhere else? I wonder if they were sent an incorrectly labelled bottle too?

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