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French government spends €50k on cellar

French government spends €50k on cellar | Love Your (Unstuffy) Wine | Scoop.it
French government spends €50k on cellar http://t.co/HdkrB0aCHz #wine #finewine
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Now the politicians in France are noticing that there are some lovely wines from places like the Languedoc as well as Bordeaux.....(still a way to go with the national debt though!)

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Wine Critics Jancis Robinson And Antonio Galloni On The Power Of Smell

Wine Critics Jancis Robinson And Antonio Galloni On The Power Of Smell | Love Your (Unstuffy) Wine | Scoop.it
Wine critics talk about their lives as professional smellers....and if there is such a thing as scent compatibility.
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Look after your nose.....! And if you're not in the habit, start trying to remember a few aromas in wine - usually by association with something else you know

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Secret Spirals: Underground Home Wine Cellar Spaces | Urbanist

Secret Spirals: Underground Home Wine Cellar Spaces | Urbanist | Love Your (Unstuffy) Wine | Scoop.it
Even if you're not that into wine, seeing these photos of spiral wine cellars with futuristic-looking trap doors will make you want to start a collection. (Trap door to a spiral underground wine staircase.
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For when you're thinking of extending into the basement.....(once you've done the loft of course.....!)

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Wine bottle by Zaha Hadid

Wine bottle by Zaha Hadid | Love Your (Unstuffy) Wine | Scoop.it

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by Zaha Hadid for Leo Hillinger

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Finally, "Wine Exclusively for Cats"

Finally, "Wine Exclusively for Cats" | Love Your (Unstuffy) Wine | Scoop.it
Combining the glee of being a weird cat person with the fun of being a weird wine person, Japanese company B&H Lifes is introducing Nyan Nyan Nouveau: "wine exclusively for cats."
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Toss Those Tasting Notes - PALATE PRESS

Toss Those Tasting Notes - PALATE PRESS | Love Your (Unstuffy) Wine | Scoop.it
The baffling rhetoric of tasting notes intimidates consumers and stands in the way of wine appreciation. It's time to change the way we talk about wine.
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This is how we try to describe wines at loveyourwine.co.uk, but finding the right balance of information in plain English is always challenging.....

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Where There's a Wine There's a Way: 4 Ideas for Partying with Your ...

Where There's a Wine There's a Way: 4 Ideas for Partying with Your ... | Love Your (Unstuffy) Wine | Scoop.it
Blind Wine Tastings. Blind tastings are when you taste wines without knowing what they are. You may want to prepare your guests in advance by sharing some advice about how wine tasting works if they don't have much ...
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Couldn't agree more!

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A Visit to the Clif Bar Wine-Tasting Room | Bicycling Magazine

A Visit to the Clif Bar Wine-Tasting Room | Bicycling Magazine | Love Your (Unstuffy) Wine | Scoop.it
Clif Bar's Velo Vino tasting room brings lovers of cycling, wine, food, and coffee together.
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What a lovely idea....for wining bikers! (Remember to ride before you taste.)

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Uncorked - Zurich Wine Tasting (and Teleportation) - Newly Swissed

Uncorked - Zurich Wine Tasting (and Teleportation) - Newly Swissed | Love Your (Unstuffy) Wine | Scoop.it
A Zurich based entrepreneur couple believes that most of us possess a teleportation and time machine in our homes! Welcome "Uncorked Wine Appreciation"...
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Their key point....- wine appreciation is subjective -  and we agree!

 

But try to separate out the quality cues, as this bit should be much more objective. Then you'll identify a poor example of a wine or grape that you should try again rather than give up on because of one bad experience.

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Wine-tasting: it's junk science

Wine-tasting: it's junk science | Love Your (Unstuffy) Wine | Scoop.it
Noses have been put out of joint in the wine industry, with experiments showing that even experts can't always tell cheap plonk from grand cru.
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As a wine drinker, It's worth developing your own way of assessing quality and taste and exploring new wines ; with a bit of basic knowledge and practice, you can - and remember that you really need to taste a wine a few times to 'get to know it' - each time is likely to be different. This artilce shows how unpredictable it all is and why an attempt to 'score' a wine out of 100 implies a  degree of consistency and accuracy that is likely to be unrealistic.

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How you pour your wine can affect how much you drink: study

How you pour your wine can affect how much you drink: study | Love Your (Unstuffy) Wine | Scoop.it
Understanding environmental cues like the size and shape of a wine glass and the way it's poured can help wine lovers drink in moderation and avoid over-consumption, say researchers in a new study.
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A wine consumption study using students in the USA......mmm no t sure that would have been valid in Britain....!!

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Belgium wins first world blind wine-tasting contest for teams - GlobalPost

Belgium wins first world blind wine-tasting contest for teams - GlobalPost | Love Your (Unstuffy) Wine | Scoop.it
Belgium wins first world blind wine-tasting contest for teams
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Belgium on Saturday won the first world blind wine-tasting competition for teams, with Denmark and England finishing second and third, organisers said.
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Well at least we didn't lose on penalties!

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The end of drinking alone? Wine for cats is a thing

The end of drinking alone? Wine for cats is a thing | Love Your (Unstuffy) Wine | Scoop.it
How many times have you got home after a long day at work, kicked off your shoes, opened a bottle of red wine and sat down with a glass only to find your mood ruined by the fact that your cat can't join you in having a drink?
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Vineyards Spread as Climate Warms, Wine Author Robinson Says - Bloomberg

Vineyards Spread as Climate Warms, Wine Author Robinson Says - Bloomberg | Love Your (Unstuffy) Wine | Scoop.it
Vineyards Spread as Climate Warms, Wine Author Robinson Says Bloomberg Robinson, co-author with Hugh Johnson of the new seventh edition of the World Atlas of Wine, said the geography of the wine industry has evolved significantly in the six years...
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Keep Calm and Drink Wine // Print

Keep Calm and Drink Wine // Print | Love Your (Unstuffy) Wine | Scoop.it
KEEP CALM AND DRINK WINE-8x10 Print (Cardinal Red featured) Buy 3 and get 1 FREE WHY THE WHIMSICAL COLLECTION OF KEEP CALM This vintage inspired

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The whole wine world in one diagram [zoomable infographic]

The whole wine world in one diagram [zoomable infographic] | Love Your (Unstuffy) Wine | Scoop.it
Like wine? I do, but I sure don’t know as much about it as I should. Isn’t this a great illustration of all the wine types? Wendy MacNaughton sure has done a great job. For a zoomable infographic showing the full spectrum, see here: Brain Pickings.

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Fun, interesting and approachable - just like a good bottle of wine!

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new take on wine tasting wheel

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How does red wine get to taste like vanilla, licorice or cinnamon? | Ask Dr. Vinny | Wine Spectator

How does red wine get to taste like vanilla, licorice or cinnamon? | Ask Dr. Vinny | Wine Spectator | Love Your (Unstuffy) Wine | Scoop.it
How does red wine get to taste like vanilla, licorice or cinnamon? (Great explanation of WHY wines have distinct hints of spices or fruit.
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There are so many choices involved at every stage of winegrowing and winemaking, so generalisations aren't all that helpful, beyond a certain point.

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21 Light and Easy Chicken Dinners | Serious Eats

21 Light and Easy Chicken Dinners | Serious Eats | Love Your (Unstuffy) Wine | Scoop.it
Chicken: that inoffensive, play-it-safe option. Breathe life into the dinner staple with these recipes, in which chicken plays nicely with everything from soup to frittata, and Thai chili to Indian curry.
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Looks good, sounds good - and easy!

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Wine Fundamentals Part 3: Old World vs. New World - PARADE

Wine Fundamentals Part 3: Old World vs. New World - PARADE | Love Your (Unstuffy) Wine | Scoop.it
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World's Most Expensive Bottle Of Wine? 2009 Chateau Margaux Retailing For ... - Huffington Post

World's Most Expensive Bottle Of Wine? 2009 Chateau Margaux Retailing For ... - Huffington Post | Love Your (Unstuffy) Wine | Scoop.it
World's Most Expensive Bottle Of Wine? 2009 Chateau Margaux Retailing For ...
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....for a total wine experience...??!!

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Now You Can Buy 'Wine Exclusively For Cats'

Now You Can Buy 'Wine Exclusively For Cats' | Love Your (Unstuffy) Wine | Scoop.it
Plain catnip isn't going to cut it anymore. Starting today, Japanese pet supply company B&H Lifes is selling "wine exclusively for cats," according to Kotaku's translation of Japanese news site Sankei Biz.
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The ultimate wine reference book gets a new edition - Los Angeles Times

The ultimate wine reference book gets a new edition - Los Angeles Times | Love Your (Unstuffy) Wine | Scoop.it
The ultimate wine reference book gets a new edition
Los Angeles Times
When I was first learning about wine, British wine writer Hugh Johnson's “The World Atlas of Wine” was my bible.
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How the world keeps on changing....!

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10 wine films worth watching | Indian Wine List – India's Premier Online Wine Destination and First Smartphone App

10 wine films worth watching | Indian Wine List – India's Premier Online Wine Destination and First Smartphone App | Love Your (Unstuffy) Wine | Scoop.it
IWL lists 10 movies you are bound to enjoy as a wine lover - http://t.co/IVA7XgAS4P
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