Sean Mulligan

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Chinese Businesses Seek Investment Opportunities With Purchases of French Vineyards

The wines from these properties are often sent back to China to fuel the growing market there<p>China is already the world’s biggest consumer of red …

Roundup: 2011 Chianti Classico Riserva & Gran Selezione

One of the things I’m asked most often by experienced wine drinkers and novices alike is “Was such and such vintage a good year?” My answer almost …

Antica Is One of Napa's Hidden Treasures

The renowned Italian winemaker Piero Antinori has mastered the mountains above Napa.<p>If Piero Antinori, 79, cuts his finger on a foil, he bleeds wine. …

So you want to be a wine writer

When I tell people I’m a wine writer they usually smile broadly, imagining no doubt that I glamourously eat and drink my way around the world. While …

California Wine Trips You Should Go on This Summer (That Aren't Napa)

If you live in Cali and like wine, sure, you’re gonna go to Napa. But here’s the thing: Napa makes up only one percent of the grapes grown in …

What's the Difference Between Champagne, Prosecco & Cava?

When given the choice, I almost always would like a glass of sparkling wine to drink. (Well... unless I want a Manhattan.)<p>But while I am an enthusiastic appreciator and I extend my love to virtually any wine with bubbles, <b>sparkling wine is by no means a single thing</b>. It’s an umbrella category, and …

Sparkling Wine

Outstanding Finds in Cava Sparkling Wine

The more you explore Cava, the more parallels you find with Champagne. Surprisingly, even though many are made at a similar quality-level and style …

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The biggest differences between Champagne and other types of sparkling wine

But while I am an enthusiastic appreciator and I extend my love to virtually any wine with bubbles, <b>sparkling wine is by no means a single thing</b>. It's an umbrella category, and though we often speak of different types of sparkling wine in the same breath, there are differences in how they are …

English sparkling wine beats champagne in Paris blind tasting

English sparkling wine was on Wednesday toasting a spectacular victory over the French version – as an elite group of Parisian experts said it was better than champagne.<p>A team from Britain’s Wine and Spirit Trade Association travelled across the Channel and invited some of the biggest names in the …

Sparkling Wine

Seven Romantic Places to Stay in the Napa Valley

If big romance is on your mind, making a day trip to the Napa Valley might not be enough. Whether it’s a special occasion or just some time out with …

Napa Valley

Why climate change makes tasty news (for now) for French wine

Global warming has become a major problem but one positive spin off (for now) is that it’s making certain wines tastier, according to a new study.<p>The research from Harvard and NASA just published in Nature Climate Changes, suggests a new trend towards earlier harvesting of French wine grapes. These …

Climate Change Is Affecting French Wines — For Good and Bad

Could global climate change put an end to the centuries-old French wine industry? Affects on the vineyards might not be catastrophic today, but a new …

Furious French wine makers hijack Spanish tankers, pouring 90,000 bottles down the drain

Wine makers in southern France have hijacked five tankers full of Spanish wine on the border, pouring the equivalent of 90,000 bottles of red and white down the drain in protest at “unfair competition”.<p>Cheers erupted as around around 150 furious vintners from the Aude and Pyénées-Orientales …

French Wine Makers Don’t Like Competition and Are Resorting to Violence

This week, hot blooded wine makers in the south of France hijacked five tankers full of Spanish wine and poured the equivalent of 90,000 bottles of …

French Government

The Wines of Barolo and Barbaresco

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One of the highlights of Vinitaly for me was a workshop I organized with some of Barolo's top producers to showcase the 2006 vintage. Now in their …

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Top Picks Of 2012 Barolos [BLOG]

It’s amazing to see the 2012 vintage follow so many excellent years for Barolo. Most of the wines show ripe fruit and a balance of fine tannins that …

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Italy DOC

When I started working in the world of wine - it was 1997 - Italy's <i>Denominazione d'Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG)</i> were 18. It was easy to …

Barbera: Northern Italian grape makes the sort of gutsy red that’s perfectly at home in a tumbler

<i>The Grape Glossary: A guide to hip varietals</i><p>Given Italian food's ubiquity, it's curious (and a bit of a shame) that more non-Italians don't drink barbera with their pizzas and muffuletta sandwiches. The wine is a trattoria staple in the old country, particularly in the northwest Piedmont region. …