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Climate change is coming for your cava and champagne

First it wreaked havoc on our tea, then coffee. Now sparkling wine—both cava and champagne—is under threat from climate change.<p>A new study in Agricultural and Forest Meteorology looked at grape varieties in northeastern part of Spain, which is famous for producing cava. They found that, as global …

Wine trends… (and how they are shaped by) craft beers

While millennial-bashing may be a sport enjoyed by some, we have many things to thank them for. Okay, we are talking very first world here, but you …

Thirst Games: Jennifer Lawrence Guesses Wine vs. Movie Reviews, Seeks Drinking Buddy

<b>Jennifer Lawrence</b> is looking for a costar in her upcoming wine-country vacation. As part of a charity fund-raising campaign, the Hollywood leading …

Toast the 2017 solar eclipse with 9 moon and sun wines

The Great American Eclipse is this Monday, and you’ve got your protective eye glasses all set. But what about the wine?<p>For this toast-worthy event, …

Sonoma County

How The Costco Heir Is Disrupting The Fine Wine Industry | Inc.com

As an industry, wine has seen little in the way of innovation. It's a category steeped in history and tradition, which often means disruption is shunned. However, with the advancements in technology and a growth in overall consumption, wine is ripe for a cataclysmic change. And David Sinegal, the …

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California's lesser-known wine hotspot was named best small town to visit in America — take a look

Sonoma, California, a region located in the heart of America's top winemaking region, has been named the best small town to visit in the country by US News & World Report.<p>The accolade came as a surprise, largely because Sonoma is a county made up of 13 cities — including the city of Sonoma — and …

Napa Valley

Our Complete Guide To Sangiovese From Tuscany | Sangiovese Guide

One Grape, One Region, So Many Sangiovese Wines<p>4 minute Read<p>When it comes to Tuscan wine, Sangiovese is king. Although the grape appears in many …

10 Magical Wine Regions You Need To Visit Before You Die

2 minute Read<p>When it comes to wine-fueled vacations, Napa, Tuscany, and Burgundy can do no wrong. However, there’s an abundance of breathtaking wine …

What Thomas Jefferson did in Bordeaux | Wine stories

Jane Anson writes about Thomas Jefferson's influence on Bordeaux during his brief time in the city and includes a cautionary tale from later in …

Wine & Spirits

Learn About Italy’s Secret Nebbiolos

After disease and hailstorms destroyed most vineyards in the early 1900s, Alto Piemonte has bounced back to become an underappreciated source of …

Once tainted, Portugal's cork industry fights back | News Home | Reuters

LISBON (Reuters) - A decade ago, shares in the world’s largest cork producer, Corticeira Amorim (CORA.LS), didn’t look like a great bet.<p>Its biggest customer, the wine industry, was flirting with cheaper products that threatened cork’s dominance: screw tops and plastic stoppers. Many premium …

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French presidents and wine: Macron’s blind tasting skills put him ahead

Will Emmanuel Macron end a run of French presidents with a perceived ambivalence towards wine? A video of the new chef d'etat blind tasting on the …

France

The Secret Ingredient in the World's Best Margarita — VinePair

Riesler Morales knows the secret to better Margaritas and he wants to share it with the world. Morales, a bartender from Mexico City and the man …

Is wine healthy? — CNN

Santa Rosa dubbed 'microbrew capital of the U.S.' — SF Gate

While many other U.S. metropolitan regions might be known as more obvious beer meccas than the greater San Francisco Bay Area, there's one section of …

A glass of Merlot can give your brain a work out: Drinking wine engages the organ more than 'any other human behaviour'

• <b>Professor Gordon Shepherd said red and white wine can work out the brain</b>• <b><br>Drinking wine sparks a reaction in the sensory and emotional parts of the</b> …

Jefford on Monday: Valpolicella Revealed

Andrew Jefford gets to know a fractious Italian champion....<p>Jefford on Valpolicella wine<p>Which is Italy’s biggest wine-producing region? My ignorant …

Wine & Spirits

California's vineyards are coming back from the brink of disaster thanks to the winter rains

This spring, it's all about the "super bloom," the blanket of wildflowers covering California's hillsides that has transformed parched desert landscapes into spectacular riots of color. But perhaps more important, it's also about the state's vineyards, which are experiencing a comparable …

Mission revival: State’s first wine grape, circa 1760, rides again

The last thing Steven Gerbac was expecting to hear was “Mission grape.”<p>Gerbac, the winemaker at Rusack Vineyards in Santa Ynez Valley near Santa …

Which wine should I drink with pancakes?

Collaboration is a curious process. Incredibly rewarding; but in order to be so, there must be an element of antagonism. This is because if collaboration doesn’t involve taking on board ideas that at first seem unappealing, if not enraging, then it isn’t collaboration, it’s one person being lazy …

Weird Wine Flavors and the Science Behind Them

If we loved wine just for the fruit, we’d just drink juice. And if that were the case, there would be magazines, books, films, collector’s guides, …

Flavors

The Real Story Behind Music’s Effect on Wine

7 minute Read<p>It’s 7 p.m. on a cold Monday night in December and I’m deeply skeptical. I’m in a swanky Upper East Side apartment with one of those …

PUNCH | The Wine Stories That Will Shape 2017

This coming era is going to be crazy and sometimes painful. I’m talking politics, but our cultural choices, including wine, are at an inflection …

Wine

PUNCH | How Mosaic Became Beer’s Hottest Hop

After a night of drinking around Seattle last spring, my sister and I wound up eating remarkably terrible pizza at one a.m. in a bar helmed by two …

Beer

Jefford on Monday: The other Châteauneuf

Andrew Jefford heads for the little-known Rhône village of Gadagne.<p><b>Châteauneuf du Pape</b>, the huge 3,200-ha appellation everyone knows about, lies …

Lady Gaga getting into the beverage business with 'Grigio Girls' wines

Lady Gaga’s name has been on her Little Monsters' lips for a long time. Now, the world famous songstress wants everyone's lips to be sipping a glass of her signature wine.<p>As first reported by TMZ, the “Million Reasons” singer recently submitted paperwork to “produce wine, wine coolers, wine …

Jean-Charles Boisset: Hook, wine and sinker

Jean-Charles Boisset, 47, first tasted wine as a baby. “In my mother’s womb,” he says. “She never stopped drinking it even when she was heavily …

PUNCH | Why Wine Matters

In the introduction to her classic culinary memoir, <i>The Gastronomical Me</i>, M.F.K. Fisher responds to a series of preemptive questions (they’re more …

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