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Malbec World Day 17th April

Not many grapes have their own day, but Malbec does.

 

Originally from Bordeaux, but now most famous in Argentina, it makes some big bold reds. Use this interactive map to find an event near you.

 

I'll join the cause, cook up a steak and enjoy my Malbec with some rare cow. How about you?

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Chateau Latour Stops Selling Futures - James Suckling

Chateau Latour Stops Selling Futures - James Suckling | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

Chateau Latour are to stop selling wines "en primeur", opting instead to sell them when they're ready to drink.

 

Does this move towards a more Spanish model mark a big shift in the future of Bordeaux?


Via Tracy Cervellone CWE
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Disney's Wine Bar

Disney's Wine Bar | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

A new wine bar will open in May at the Italy pavilion inside Disney's Epcot Center.

 

Featuring more than 200 Italian wines, this should be a pleasant place to escape the hoards of screaming kids and over-excited over-eaters.

 

Does this mean that America is getting slightly less paranoid about booze?

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Mmmmm... Wine Ice Cream

Mmmmm... Wine Ice Cream | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

OK, this hardly consitutes an article, but it does mention some wine Ice Cream available in Dallas.

 

Anyone know of any other wine ice creams??

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No Cellar Required - NYT

No Cellar Required - NYT | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

In this informative little mini tasting, NYT’s Eric Asimov tastes his way around the reservas of Rioja.

 

As he points out, Rioja reservas are a great value way of buying some good wines with a bit of age on them. They’re usually food wines and are often ready to drink from the time they hit the market.

 

Favourites of mine that were chosen include Viña Tondonia, Viña Ardanza and Muga. Oh, I wish I could hop on a plane to Spain.

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Small Bubbles are Better - Champagne small growers – Imbibe

Small Bubbles are Better - Champagne small growers – Imbibe | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

Champagne’s small growers are responsible for some of the region’s best value wines.

 

This list on Imbibe's website gives you a great lineup for tasting a few, whether it's hopping in the car and crossing the channel, or clubbing together with a few friends to buy a few cases.

 

Get away from the usual big brands and treat yourself to something a bit craftier.

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The Real Dirt on the Parker Theory and Chateau Al Gore

The Real Dirt on the Parker Theory and Chateau Al Gore | Wine in the World | Scoop.it
The new issue of the Journal of Wine Economics (JWE) leads off with a fascinating article by Julian M. Alston, Kate B. Fuller, James T. Lapsley and George Soleas titled “Too Much of a Good ...

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3 former Packers start Three Fat Guys wine label

3 former Packers start Three Fat Guys wine label | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

It's not only rocks stars who are getting in on the wine making act. NFL players are rushing in too.

 

They might only be making just over 100 cases per year, but it sounds like these ex-Packers are enjoying their winemaking venture. Judging by the size of the guys, I'd expect a big, bold wine.

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Marquette Anyone?

Marquette Anyone? | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

Marquette is a grape variety that seems to be getting some traction in cooler vineyards to the north of the USA.

 

It's interesting to read that there's an academic project trying to find grapes that work well in marginal areas and how best to handle them. This sort of work can only help improve wines.

 

Somebody, send me a bottle to try!

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Chardonnay Making a Comeback

Chardonnay Making a Comeback | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

Chardonnay seems to be making a long-overdue comeback.

 

Read how Kiwi winemakers seem to be geeting to grips with a more restrained style of this classic grape. Gone is the over-oaking. Delicate complexity is the new way. Hurrah.

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Is expensive wine worth the money? - Telegraph

Is expensive wine worth the money?  - Telegraph | Wine in the World | Scoop.it
Why does one bottle of wine set you back a fiver and another cost five times as much? It’s all in the detail.

 

Read Victoria Moore's breakdown of the cost of a bottle of wine. Maybe you'll be more willing to pay that little bit more afterwards?

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Fraud in Burgundy - La Vigne (French)

It seems that hardly a day goes by without another case of wine fraud. This time it's in Burgundy.

 

A wine merchant in Beaune, unnamed in this article, has been idicted for deceptive marketing practices and breaching AOC rules. He is charged with changing the labels on bottles and using wines from the South.

 

Bottles known to be sold include the rather pricey Vougeot 1er Cru.

 

Send him down!

 

(This article translates well using Google)

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Oddballs from Tourain - wineloverspage.com

Oddballs from Tourain - wineloverspage.com | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

Read Robin Garr's review of four slightly off-the-wall wines from Tourain.

 

I'm a big fan of Tourain and it's great to see somebody in the USA taking the effort to review some less conventional wines. It's only by exploring that we discover what we like.

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Jolly Olly's Californian dreaming

Jolly Olly's Californian dreaming | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

With his usual chipper approach, Olly Smith cruises California.

 

Get a little background on what makes California the heart of the US wine industry, before seeing what Olly recommends for you lucky UK consumers.

 

He's off to the USA filming. Are you off to the bottle shop?

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Christie's to Auction 18th century wine

Christie's to Auction 18th century wine | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

Wondering what to buy that relative who has everything? How about a 238 year-old bottle of wine.

 

This wine from a cellar in Arbois, France, is quite possibly drinkable! I wonder if the lucky buyer will pop the cork with an expected price of around £35,000?

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Campogate - Parker responds

Campogate - Parker responds | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

The Drinks Business reports on Campogate.

 

Robert Parker has posted the results of an investigation into "payments" received for tastings in Spain on The Wine Advocate website.

 

While heads have rolled, it seems that TWA doesn't see anything too wrong with what happened. It says that no payments were taken for reviews.

 

Waddayathink?

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Let The Money Flow - Huffington

Let The Money Flow - Huffington | Wine in the World | Scoop.it
The first rule of alternative investments is to invest in physical or tangible assets. In fact alternative investments are often labelled "SWAG" - Silver, Wine, Art and Gold.

 

Read how fine wine can become a good investment, provided you don't drink it.

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Beer Makes You Smarter - Telegraph

Beer Makes You Smarter  - Telegraph | Wine in the World | Scoop.it
Men who drink two pints of beer before tackling brain teasers perform better than those who attempt the riddles sober, scientists have found.

 

Me thinks more research is required. Does wine make you wiser?

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Are Pesticides Killing our Wine Makers - La Vigne

Are Pesticides Killing our Wine Makers - La Vigne | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

La Vigne reports on a newspaper interview with Dr Nadine Houédé, a Bordeaux oncologist, where she talks about the incidence of cancer in vineyard workers.

 

She suggests that the patients seen now were exposed to pesticides in the 60's and 70's, likening this to asbestos exposure.

 

Read the full article, in French. It translates well in Google.

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Fine old wines: tastings at The Civil Service Club, London

Sarah Ahmed has posted about a bunch of upcoming tastings in London.

 

At £35 a time, these are brilliant value. I wish I were there to try the St Emilion's and Burgundies in particular.

 

Seeing as our London Tasting Sessions are taking a break at the moment, why not give these a go?

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US Pinot Picks - Bloomberg

US Pinot Picks - Bloomberg | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

John Mariani whizzes through a great set of Pinot Noir wines, all from the USA.

 

I like this article. He points out how lower alcohol levels suit pinots and suggests a few at affordable prices that people might like to try.

 

Personally, I can only vouch for the Coppola, which I remember finding a little over-ripe. Who has tried any of these?

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I saw this article afterwards, where Steve Heimoff gets a bit upset at this review: http://www.steveheimoff.com/index.php/2012/04/09/bold-and-brassy-doesnt-go-over-in-nyc-thats-weird/

What do you think? Have you enjoyed "big alcohol" Pinots??
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James Bond swaps martini for Heineken - Drinks Business

James Bond swaps martini for Heineken - Drinks Business | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

Heineken, shaken not stirred. WTF?? Is nothing sacred?

 

It seems that James Bond has sold out and is swapping his martini for a beer. Not a British beer, but a Dutch one! Whatever next? Will he be asking for a sparkling Blue Nun instead of his usual Bolli?

 

What do you think? Is this a product placement too far?

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This wine rocks? Reign in Blood!

This wine rocks? Reign in Blood! | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

Metallists Slayer have launched a Cab Sav named "Reign in Blood".

 

Does this wine rock? It follows in the footsteps of AC/DC, but unfortunately is only available in Sweden. What are headbangers going to drink elsewhere?

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Jamie Goode hates half-price wines - are you with him??

Jamie Goode hates half-price wines - are you with him?? | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

Jamie Goode has a good rant about half-price wines.

 

Supermarkets frequently discount wines, but is the practice of having "tactical" product lines that are designed to be deeply discounted ethically suspect? Should a £5 wine be sold as a £5 wine, rather than a half price £10 wine?

 

Have a read and then make up your mind whether you'll continue to chase those "discounts"?

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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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