Wine Tidbits

By Gerald Montoya | Interesting babel from the world of wine.

Wine Spirits Magazine | Post-Premox

It’s a damp February day in Meursault and I’m sitting at a large kitchen table with François Mikulski and his family, plus Jean-Marc Roulot and …

Entire Burgundy wine region to be covered by hi-tech 'hail shield' to kill storm clouds

The vineyards of Burgundy are about to become the first in France to be totally covered by a "hailstone shield" to kill destructive storms that have blighted the famed wine growing region in recent years.<p>By June, the entire area will be protected by a network of 125 ground generators that cause …

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7 Wines from Friuli, Italy's Avant-Garde Frontier

Put this region on your radar.<p>Think of the factors that make a winegrowing region dynamic and exciting. Coastal vineyards. Mountain influence. A …

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Is Champagne Still Champagne if It Doesn't Have Bubbles?

A group of artisan producers is making this beloved wine the old fashioned way—sans fizz.<p>“I can't stand bubbles,” announced Cédric Bouchard, a …

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California Cabernet 2013: The perfect scores – part two of our overview

Read part two of William Kelley's tasting report on the California Cabernet 2013 vintage, in which he looks at wines rated 97-100 points in a vintage …

Napa Valley

You Don't Have to Drink Pink on Valentine's Day

What's behind America's once-a-year obsession with rosé Champagne?<p>At Rebelle in New York City, head sommelier Kimberly Prokoshyn is stocking more …

Cava producers take a pop at champagne with top-end classification

Spain hopes new category will put fizz back into the reputation of a sparkling wine often overshadowed by its French cousin<p>Cava, ally of thrifty bucks fizz fans, bitter adversary of prosecco and a drink long viewed as champagne’s poor relation, is looking to reclaim its status as one of the world’s …

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Manufacturing Wine

SACRAMENTO — It’s been said that all one needs to make wine is contained in the grapes themselves. But anyone who believes that must never have visited the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium, an annual trade fair for the industry, which was held here in late January at the Sacramento Convention …

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PUNCH | The Best New Wave California Chardonnay

California chardonnay is arguably the most important of all American wines. Certainly it’s the most available: The state grows more of it—90,000 …

Chardonnay

Half of U.S. Wineries Might Be Sold in the Next Five Years - Bloomberg

When billionaire Stan Kroenke, owner of Napa cult winery Screaming Eagle and a slew of sports teams (including the L.A. Rams), bought a majority …

Wine Ponzi Scheme Fraudster Gets Six and a Half Years in Prison

He scammed customers out of at least $45 million<p>Punishment has been handed down for a California wine store owner who ran a massive Ponzi scheme that scammed customers out of $45 million. <i>The San Francisco Chronicle</i> reports John Fox, who pleaded guilty to to wire fraud in August, has been sentenced …

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New appellations added to Côtes du Rhône Villages

The Côtes du Rhône Villages has been expanded with the addition of three new appellations for red wine, it has been confirmed.

Food

France Tries to Define Natural Wine | News | News & Features

Stroll the streets of Paris, and it’s easy to see that natural wine is a growing phenomenon. Natural wine fairs have drawn big crowds, and wine bars …

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The Top 25 Dry German Rieslings of 2016

<i></i>The Terrassen Mosel, or terraced section of the Mosel Valley that is home to Clemens Busch and Heymann-Löwenstein.Any list of the top German …

Food

Jefford on Monday: Wine choices in the new free world

Andrew Jefford remembers his visit to Donald Trump’s winery in Virginia, and considers boycotts old and new amid an unstable political climate across …

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PUNCH | Your Updated Guide to Orange Wine

There’s a visceral reaction the first time you taste an orange wine. It doesn’t fit into all the boxes your wine brain has organized—too rich to be …

PUNCH | The American Nouveau Wines to Drink Now

The third Thursday of every November inaugurates “Beaujolais Nouveau Day,” when drinkers across the country rush to the nearest retail shelf to …

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Bollinger Discovered A Secret Room Filled With Vintage Champagne, Will Auction One Bottle In NYC

Bollinger’s inaugural auction, hosted by Sotheby’s, comes to NYC in November. (Photo provided by Bollinger Champagne)Do you get a little giddy after …

Classic Cars

The First 40 Years of the Golden Age in Wine

This past week, I happened to come across a copy of the Wine Spectator. I’m an online subscriber, so I don’t often see the print version. But this …

Slovenia: the small country with the big wine culture – Part One

A topographical, historico-cultural, vinological account of a swift trip to Slovenia, a small but vital country situated in southern Central Europe …

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The Haquet sisters, pioneers of natural wine

The Hacquet sisters in the 30s' Beaulieu-sur-Layon, Anjou (Loire) This is quite an incredible story about two sisters, Anne, Françoise who are living …

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The Innate, Ageless Appeal of Good Bordeaux

Nobody wants to talk about Bordeaux much these days, except for the people in the Bordeaux trade, who spend a lot of time discussing why nobody is talking about it.<p>The issues with the region are complicated, but they basically boil down to this: The good wines cost a lot of money; Bordeaux’s …

Recipes

Wine Science: Your Pinot Noir Is Actually A Pinot Blanc - Or A Pinot Gris

The diversity within grapevine varieties is incredibly rich. This is good news for viticulturists – grape cultivators – and wine makers because it …

Six new California wine styles

<i>This page forms part of our larger article on new California wine trends, which first appeared in the California supplement of Decanter’s September</i> …

California Wine

A changing tide for California Zinfandel

California Zinfandel has re-surfaced from the murky depths with a fresher face and greater poise. Time to look again at wines made with this heritage …

Grapes

Drinking Out Loud

Anyone who has ever taken ballet classes knows that from the first day of instruction to your last day dancing, you always practice the now-sacred …

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Chinese wine-tasters scoop surprise win in France

<b>Chinese wine-tasters have won a taste test in France, in what organisers call "a thunderbolt in the wine world".</b><p>They came first out of 21 teams by identifying details of six white wines and six red wines without seeing the bottle or label.<p>The French team came second and the US team came third, …

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DRC, Leflaive & Comtes Lafon join forces for Montrachet 2016

A dire shortage of grapes has prompted six prominent Burgundy wineries to say they will jointly produce a Montrachet Grand Cru white wine from the …

Food

See Exactly How Bordeaux's Chateau Palmer Makes Its Top Wines - Bloomberg

Château Palmer<p>The sun is shining on Château Palmer, its lush garden and lawn, its outbuildings that form a little village around it, and, of course, …