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Is a wine that costs four digits worth it? There’s only one way to find out.

“Are you insane?” I asked.<p>My friend had just said he was thinking about buying a single bottle of Screaming Eagle, a Napa Valley cult cabernet sauvignon that typically sells in the four digits. And he wanted to share it with me. As a wine writer and his friend, I could validate the wine’s</i> …

Napa Valley

Wine-Searcher. Human race only please ...

To keep Wine-Searcher running smoothly, we've added some extra security measures to make sure you are a real person and not a robot. Please complete …

What do You Really Smell in That Glass?

While biologists have recently established that our relationship with alcohol may stretch back more than 10 million years, that still doesn't mean we …

Which Countries Produce And Consume The Most Wine?

The world of wine is changing, but changing slowly. Over the last few decades world wine production and con consumption have shifted from “traditional” countries to “new” wine countries. The latest numbers from the International Organisation for Wine and Vine (*) shows some of these changes.<p><b>France</b> …

Wine

Sacre bleu! Rioja boom will see Spanish wine outsell French rivals

Britons will buy more Spanish wine than French within three years, as the popularity of tapas has increased demand for Rioja<p>It is enough to turn a proud Frenchman sober. The country’s hallowed wines could soon be off the menu as middle-class Britons inspired by the march of tapas bars are …

Three key wine trends for 2015

<b>1</b> / 3<p>Slideshow 1 2 3<p>← Previous Next →<p>1. Lighter, transparent, casual and in the mix: Still Wine Moving On:<p>Initiatives favouring moderation in terms …

Wu-Tang Clan

Say WHAT? Red Wine Is Actually Good for Your Memory

You might want to buy all your girlfriends a bottle of red (complete with DIY label), because we’ve got some good news about red wine. <i>Science Daily</i> reports that a compound found in red wine may help prevent the memory decline that comes with old age. We definitely want to remember our BFFs’ names …

Alzheimer's Disease

Napa Valley wine auction nets $6 million

Last Saturday afternoon, the 19th Premiere Napa Valley barrel tasting and auction raised $6 million to support the activities of the Napa Valley Vintners organization throughout the year.<p>Winemakers contributed a total of 225 lots, each five to 20 cases of wines crated exclusively for the trade …

The World's Next Big Wine Regions

I’ve always been a wine-discovery junkie, constantly on the hunt for new grapes, new vintages, new winemakers, and especially new places where vines …

Wine & Spirits

The 103 Best Wine Blogs That You Can't Miss

As relative newcomers to the vast community of online wine bloggers, I thought what better way to introduce ourselves than to make a compilation of …

Wine & Spirits

5 Excellent Prestige Champagnes

When it comes to wine, we're all for great deals. However, we also like to occasionally splurge on something special -- which is why we've crafted this list of the top five prestige Champagnes. Representing only the finest output from legendary French houses, such as Piper Heidsieck and Henriot, …

Flavors

Should You Pay $300 For an Oregon Pinot Noir?

Oregon pinot noir may not be high on your list of wine priorities yet, but movie producer and wine entrepreneur Mark Tarlov is convinced it should …

Santa Cruz

'Holy Wine' of Tuscany destroyed by hail

The entire crop from a major producer of an Italian dessert wine, believed to have been used in Mass in the Middle Ages, has been destroyed by hail<p>Italian wine aficionados have been saddened by the news that this year's entire crop of VinSanto – known as "Holy Wine" – has been destroyed for one …

The Big Secret About Pinot Noir

Pinot is a little bit misunderstood. Recent findings have shown us that all Pinot varieties are not just related but are, in fact, <i>the same</i>! Time to …

Wine & Spirits

Wine News

Traders hope for thaw in US-China relations...<p>The latest to be bought by Chinese investors...<p>Most estates should reduce prices versus 2016, says UGC …

Napa Valley

Dettori, Sardinia (Italy)

Vineyards on a slope to the sea<p>Dettori began to sell their wines in bottles only in 1998, and from what I understand before that they were selling …

How Wine is Made: From Grapes to Glass

<i>A picture guide of how wine is made, from picking grapes to bottling wine.</i><p>Depending on the grape, the region and the kind of wine that a winemaker …

Wine & Spirits

7 Urban Vineyards Hidden In The World's Great Cities

7 Urban Vineyards Hidden In The World’s Great Cities<p>5 minute Read<p>While you could say that urban wineries are having their moment, sprouting up all …

Wine & Spirits

Meet The Guys With The Coolest Wine Labels In Napa

3 minute Read<p>Watching a vintage white Cadillac pull up to a local wine shop for the nightly consumer wine tasting, sound system bumping, bearing …

A Look At The 2014 California Wine Harvest

Title<p>A Look At The 2014 California Wine Harvest<p>George Yatchisin writes about food, wine, and cocktails from Santa Barbara, where he lives with his …

The Pleasures of America’s Oldest Vines

America may be a young country and our wine industry even younger, but there are old vineyards that produce seriously delicious wine. Seek them out …

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Preserve Open Wine Longer on the Cheap by Using a Smaller Container

Sometimes you can't finish a bottle of wine but you don't want to toss out the remaining amount. To preserve it longer, you need a good wine stopper …

Why You Should Never Order Wine By The Glass

It's not uncommon these days that you'll see by-the-glass wine prices starting at $14 and escalating up to $20 (especially in big city settings like NYC or SF), creating some serious sticker shock. Why are by-the glass prices so high and getting higher?<p>Aside from the cost of the wine, restaurants …

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