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Museum reluctant to open ancient Roman wine

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Scientists want to study samples of the world’s oldest wine, currently on display at the Historical Museum of the Palatinate in the western German city of Speyer. There’s just one problem: everyone’s afraid to open the bottle.
The glass bottle, thought to be at least 1,650 years old, was found in a Roman grave near Speyer in 1867 and put on display at the museum. Since then, it’s been handled extremely carefully, and been on display in the exact same spot in the museum for 100 years.
Museum directors fear that a moment's carelessness could shatter the bottle, destroying its priceless content. Though scientists would like to test it to figure out exactly how old the wine is and where it comes from, as well as perhaps seeing how it tastes – cracking it open is out of the question.
There’s also the danger that, after all this time, it could have become poisonous, although scientists suspect the alcohol would not be dangerous, but just taste disgusting. [...]


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Not sure about this one as I think that there is not only an issue with the volume but there is a distinct chance that the clarity might be shoton this vintage wine.

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Mariano Pallottini's curator insight, October 10, 2013 1:09 PM

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There are so many good wines in the world and so few well-known winemakers, especially in Le Marche

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The Regions of Italy, from A to Z

The Regions of Italy, from A to Z | Wine Musing's | Scoop.it
All about the 20 regions of Italy, from Tuscany to the region of Rome (Lazio) to the Veneto and more!
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Here is a really quick way to get yourself around Italy.

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Vintage performance: the best from eastern Europe’s top vineyards

Vintage performance: the best from eastern Europe’s top vineyards | Wine Musing's | Scoop.it
On a warm autumn afternoon in Tokaj, Laszlo Kalocsai waits patiently for his grapes to turn mouldy.

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For many eastern European wines continue to be something we know little of but a wrod to the wise there are somre truly stunning wines to be found esspcially in Hungary.

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Wine experts' ratings may be a wash for many consumers

Wine experts' ratings may be a wash for many consumers | Wine Musing's | Scoop.it

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Not all wines are created equal; neither are all wine tasters. A wine expert's acute sense of taste may mean that expert ratings and recommendations are irrelevant to wine consumers who were not born with the ability to discern small differences in a broad range of tastes, according to a team of international researchers.


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No two wines are tasted in the same conditions, byt the same person, at the same time nor comapred to others at all times, so a rating is nothing more than an indicative statement of a given wine- what does translate is when this rating is consistently achieved, how many one off ratings have you been guided by?

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BPS Research Digest: Wine tastes like the music you're listening to

BPS Research Digest: Wine tastes like the music you're listening to | Wine Musing's | Scoop.it

In a new study, Adrian North has shown that when people drink wine to the accompaniment of music, they perceive the wine to have taste characteristics that reflect the nature of that concurrent music.


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Now why does this not suprise me as like all things sound will influnce our mood and I am sure ultimatley our tastes.

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Thomas’s Blog: Reading the Crystal Ball for Asia’s Fine Wine Market | Wine ratings, Wine reviews, Wine tasting notes & Wine videos

Thomas’s Blog: Reading the Crystal Ball for Asia’s Fine Wine Market | Wine ratings, Wine reviews, Wine tasting notes & Wine videos | Wine Musing's | Scoop.it
Is the tide on ever spiraling wine prices finally turning in Hong Kong? Zachy’s had a rather subdued interest on their last Hong Kong sale on Jan. 7. Many lots sold below or at the bottom of the estimates.

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Rave Reviews for This 90pt Rosso Piceno

Rave Reviews for This 90pt Rosso Piceno | Wine Musing's | Scoop.it

Paolo Capriotti's 2008 Rosso Piceno Superiore " Podere 72" was the Rosso Piceno of the Year in Italy (so was his 2007 and his 2009) and collected the following review in The Wine Advocate:

"The 2008 Rosso Piceno Superiore Podere 72 is a gorgeous, mid-weight red laced with dusty cherries, smoke, licorice, cedar, herbs and crushed flowers. It is just a touch lean in this vintage but nevertheless shows terrific energy and vibrancy from start to finish. This is one of my favorite entry-level reds from central Italy. Podere 72 is 50% Montepulciano, 50% Sangiovese. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2018.
Poderi San Lazzaro is one of my favorite under the radar producers. 90+ points"


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We just love continuing to finding great wines like this and sharing these with you.

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From California, a few rare wine gems

From California, a few rare wine gems | Wine Musing's | Scoop.it
Wine Adviser Paul Gregutt often tastes through widely available releases in the broad range between $15 and $80. And he reports that it's a pretty bleak landscape.

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I agree wines at $80.00 a lot higher than the average " wine puntre" would like or feel thaey would need to pay- fair value and great quality is what it is all about.

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Le Marche from a culinary point of view

Le Marche from a culinary point of view | Wine Musing's | Scoop.it

The sea, dense forrest's containing oak trees that are hundreds of years old, churches monasteries, and fortresses rising up from the medieval towns perched high up in the delightful ranges of hills, and hospitable people, who love there native land more than anything - all these are typical of Marche, a region still largely undiscovered by the tourist industry. From a culinary point of view, too, the character of this region is quite unique. Whereas the cuisine in neighbouring Umbria is for the most part simple, even spartan, the people of Marche have the expensive and sophisticated tastes, though they do not indulge in these to excess. Even the most sumptuous stuffing for suckling pig is invariably rooted in the traditions of robust, country, cooking. [...].On the coast fish and seafood are transformed into fantastic dishes. They may be grilled on a spit, or made into the traditional brodetto a creamy-textured fish soup consisting of no fewer than 13 different types of fish. In the hills and the mountains inland, gourmets swear by the wild and domestic pigs, the succulent haunches of which are transformed by dedicated butchers and sausage-makers into tasty ham, which, by contrast with other parts of Italy, is served not in thin slices, but cut into bite-sized chunks. The natives of Marche claim to have invented roast suckling pig, and if one watches the men sitting by the fire, turning the spit reflectively, and indulging in technical talk about cooking times, one might almost believe them. Meanwhile, the women can be found in the kitchen, preparing silky smooth tagliatelle. This delicious pasta, made from egg, flour, and a little semolina, is either served with a thick, reduced sauce, or alternatively filled with robust meat sauce, for the natives of Marche have a real passion for fillings.Suckling pig, chicken, and fish are almost always stuffed, and if one takes the trouble to pit it properly, there is room for stuffing in the smallest olive.


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Champagne Physics–or What Science Can Tell You About Drinking Your Bubbly - PALATE PRESS

Champagne Physics–or What Science Can Tell You About Drinking Your Bubbly - PALATE PRESS | Wine Musing's | Scoop.it
Sparkling wine is serious business, but it’s also serious science.

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Vino naturale, biodinamico o biologico

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Vino naturale, biodinamico o biologico...

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For Wine Enthusiasts, a Few New Reference Books

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A careful guide to wine grapes and a history of winemaking in Australia are among the latest books for the serious oenophile.

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From the Palate of a Non-Wine Connoisseur (Part One) - Rosso Piceno, Italian Wine

From the Palate of a Non-Wine Connoisseur (Part One) - Rosso Piceno, Italian Wine | Wine Musing's | Scoop.it

Rosso Piceno, an Italian wine made by Saladine Pilastri. They are located in the town of Spinetoli, which is in the Central Italian Region of Le Marche [...]
And just in case organic wine is of high importance to you, the winemaker Saladine Pilastri continues to abide by the rules of organic farming and complies with the international control system by the IMC (Mediterranean Institute of Certificate), which issues organic farming certificates to Europe, United States, Japan and Canada.
So, let’s crack open this bottle, shall we? (And of course, I shared this bottle with my mom and brother, so they gave me their opinions as well).
What I love the most about certain wines, is the first sip. When you take the first sip of some of the stronger flavored wines you get that burst right around your jaw line (I’m sure that’s called something), that tells you, yes, this is quality, flavorful wine [...]
The details of the wine are described as having a “berry scented bouquet with hints of almond extract, mint, and earth” with a “fresh and fruity palate.” Not only can you expect this berry and fruitful flavor, but I didn’t find the wine to be very dry and neither did my mom. We appreciated this factor very much [...]


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Mariano Pallottini's curator insight, November 29, 2012 4:11 AM

The Le Marche region has a lot to offer to wine lovers and gourmets from the prestigious and famous Verdicchio, Lacrima di Morro d'Alba, and Vernaccia di Serrapetrona, a first DOCG of the Region, to the Pecorino or Passerina, rediscovered wines that recently hit the headlines.Also the Rosso Conero and Rosso Conero Riserva DOCG wines, two great reds native to the vineyards of just seven municipalities in the Le Marche province of Ancona.

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Aya 'Charming', Alentejo Portugal, 2010 | Wine Reviews & Tasting Notes from WineDiva

Aya 'Charming', Alentejo Portugal, 2010 | Wine Reviews & Tasting Notes from WineDiva | Wine Musing's | Scoop.it
Charming it is, and approachable.This blend of (mostly indigenous Portuguese varietals) Cas...(please click title to read full review)...

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Leigh William Dryden's curator insight, January 1, 2013 4:04 PM

Who ever suggested that Portugal cannot make first class high quality wines really needs to take another look at them in 2013.

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Aya 'Charming', Alentejo Portugal, 2010 | Wine Reviews & Tasting Notes from WineDiva

Aya 'Charming', Alentejo Portugal, 2010 | Wine Reviews & Tasting Notes from WineDiva | Wine Musing's | Scoop.it
Charming it is, and approachable.This blend of (mostly indigenous Portuguese varietals) Cas...(please click title to read full review)...

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Who ever suggested that Portugal cannot make first class high quality wines really needs to take another look at them in 2013.

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Wine ratings: a numbers game or useful information?

Wine ratings: a numbers game or useful information? | Wine Musing's | Scoop.it
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Looking for a good bottle of Merlot, Pinot Grigio or Bordeaux? Ratings by experts may help narrow the choice but do they really make a difference?

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EU research project offers prospect of healthier festive season - EU News

EU research project offers prospect of healthier festive season - EU News | Wine Musing's | Scoop.it
EU News EU research project offers prospect of healthier festive season EU News The European Union-funded so2say project, led by ttz Bremerhaven, a non-profit applied research centre in Germany, believes it may now have identified a combination of...
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Sushi: an impossible food-wine pairing? Try Verdicchio

Sushi: an impossible food-wine pairing? Try Verdicchio | Wine Musing's | Scoop.it

Verdicchio it is a dry Italian white wine. It is dry, remember, because when you drink it it is like it is drying your mouth, like it is a piece of cloth moving over your tongue absorbing the saliva. These wines can be so clear that they could pass for water !! It typically has a high acid, citrusy taste. Like many other whites, you should be drinking them early because they age terribly. It comes from Le Marche in central eastern Italy in a couple of provinces. It is one of the few wines that goes good with sushi, so try it with some of your favorite sushi !! It is a safe bet to try it with food that comes from the same provinces where the wine is made too.


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Why not!

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Mariano Pallottini's curator insight, December 19, 2012 1:05 PM

In the photo the Borgo Paglianetto Verdicchio di Matelica Doc Vertis

Vacations-Abroad.com's curator insight, December 19, 2012 2:17 PM

Great advice on what to expect when drinking dry Italian wines.

Mariano Pallottini's comment, December 24, 2012 1:21 PM
VERTIS I had a bottle last night. Wooow. The Decanter Bronze Medal in 2011 was deserved
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10 Great Gifts for Wine Lovers Holiday Gift Guide from The Kitchn

10 Great Gifts for Wine Lovers  Holiday Gift Guide from The Kitchn | Wine Musing's | Scoop.it
There are all sorts of wine lovers out there, from the casual sipper to the cork dork to the serious collector. Wondering what to buy your wine-loving friends and family? Read on for some great gift ideas.

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Hint, hint, hint my side of the Christmas tree is looking pretty bare :)

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Angelini Estate's perfectly paired wine with Italian dishes

Angelini Estate's perfectly paired wine with Italian dishes | Wine Musing's | Scoop.it
Holidays are synonymous with cooking, gathering with family and passing on not only traditions but also recipes. No one knows this better than winery owners Julius and Paul Angelini (of Angelini Estate, Marche Italy and Angelini Wine Imports, Centerbrook CT) and their mother, Liliana.
We love the Angelini Estate Sangiovese, which was aged up to 15 years. The deep red wine starts off with some nice hints of cherry and cedar before finishing off with a delicious flavor of black currant. This wine is best paired up with a red sauce pasta dish (we recommend spaghetti and meatballs).
Here is one of their favorite family dishes with our favorite wine pairing (Angelini Estate Pergola Rosso).

Crostata di Marmellata (Marmelade)

Ingredients of the dough:

3 egg yokes
150 g of sugar
150 g of butter (melted)
300 g of flour
pinch of salt
3 tsp of baking powder

Mix all the ingredients together. Roll out the dough and place it on a cookie sheet. Add the marmalade on top of the dough. Cut strips of remaining dough to criss cross on top of the marmalade. Cook for 30 minutes at 350 F.

Angelini Estate Sangiovese and Carpene Malvolti Prosecco di Conegliano are both widely available in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, Delaware, Maryland, DC, North Carolina, Georgia, Texas, Arizona, and Minnesota.

For more information, visit www.angeliniwine.com
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Basics of Italian Wine and Food Pairings

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Sometimes opposites attract, but not always with wine and food. It’s not necessary to always get to mixed up into “what must be drunk with what” according to some wine aficionado’s.  Still, it’s important to remember to always match similar flavors and textures and make sure the intensity of the wine contributes to the flavor of the dish…not over-power it. First, match wine with foods that have similar richness and texture. Think about what is going to bring out the characteristics of both.  Balance tastes. Remember that salty and sour tastes in food will make wines taste milder (fruitier and less acidic), whereas most sweet and savory tastes make wines taste stronger (drier and more astringent). Always try to balance the acidity of the food to the wine.  The wine should always be just as sweet, or sweeter than what you’re eating. Light, Medium and Full-bodied wines: When you are cooking, remember that light body wines like Pinot Grigio or Soave go well with steamed, lightly sauteed, or poached foods. Medium and full-bodied wines like Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Brunello or Barolo go better with grilled, roasted, or baked dishes that have intense flavors.  Poultry: Game birds such quail, turkey, duck, and squab have earthy flavors that are more robust than chicken. Because of this, you should pair them with wines that can pick up those characteristics of spice and earth. A beautifully balanced Amarone pairs extremely nicely. Fish and Seafood: There is a myth that seafood must be paired with white wine – but it does not always have to be. Consider the region. 

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Elisabetta Tosi's curator insight, May 30, 2013 4:04 AM

A good start also for wines from Verona and Veneto...

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Making Wine: The Use of Enzymes in Modern Winemaking

Making Wine: The Use of Enzymes in Modern Winemaking | Wine Musing's | Scoop.it
Enzymes are a natural and fundamental element of the winemaking process.  Nowadays, they are also a commercial product found in many wineries, another utility...

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The Wine Investment Association: New body to protect fine wines investors

The Wine Investment Association: New body to protect fine wines investors | Wine Musing's | Scoop.it
Yet again the reputation of the wine investment industry was brought into question this week as Vinance, the company responsible for more than £50m of wine assets for thousands of investors went into administration.

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Winemakers blend tradition and technology

Winemakers blend tradition and technology | Wine Musing's | Scoop.it
Winemakers embrace tech with live video chats where they discuss the nuances of their latest vintages. QR codes on wine bottles also provide food pairing ideas.

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