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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> …

The pick of Provence: David Williams

For wine lovers, and particularly those who like French wine, Bandol produces some gorgeous bottles. Here are two to treat yourself with. Plus, a cheaper week-night offering using the mourvèdre grape<p><b>Domaine Tempier Bandol, France 2013 (from £23,</b> <b>The Wine Society</b><b>;</b> <b>Lay & Wheeler</b><b>;</b> <b>Uncorked</b><b>)</b> For a certain …

Breaking: Wine Writer Prefers Cheapest Wine over Greatest

Sometimes, cheaper can actually be better.

Romeo and Juliet

You have to go to New Zealand to taste this wine

Marlborough may be New Zealand’s largest and best-known wine-making region, however, in a country known for its fine vintages, Hawke’s Bay gives it a …

New Zealand

Your Next Lesson: Bandol

Next stop, Provence.<p>No, not the sunny, pastel Provence with lavender in the air, anchovies on the plate and rosé in the glass. This is the Provence of Bandol, a structured, sometimes ferocious, age-worthy red wine that is the antithesis of ephemeral rosé.<p>Bandol is grown in small quantities in the …

Food

Three fine pinot noirs from Chile and Argentina

World class, best value and decidedly elegant wines from a fickle grape variety<p><b>Errázuriz Aconcagua Costa Pinot Noir, Chile 2015 (£14.99,</b> <b>Noel Young Wines</b><b>)</b> It’s taken him a while. But Errázuriz winemaker Francisco Baettig may finally have cracked the code when it comes to making world-class pinot …

Oz Clarke: Finding balance in California

Oz Clarke writes about changes in California wine...<p>California wine and balance<p><i>This article first appeared in Decanter magazine’s January issue.</i> …

California

Grenache, the toughest grape in the world

It survives in inhospitable terrain and its wines are too often undervalued. So try a few of these …<p>Grape vines of all kinds can cope with the most extraordinarily difficult and extreme environments. But few varieties of this tenacious plant are as tough as grenache, aka garnacha in Spain. It can …

Cameron Hughes Winery Saved from Oblivion

The owner of Clos Pegase buys up a name more familiar to Costco customers.

Cinematography

The Jordan family in Napa: Life in the Redwoods

<i>Editor’s note: This is the second of a three-part series by Napa writer Robin</i> <i>Lewis</i> <i>about an early Napa family, the Jordans. This article is based on</i> …

LaSalle

The Wine Trends of 2017

What are the wine trends for 2017? I am looking to these top ten. 1<b>) Natural wine noise settles down</b>The non-stop stories about this <i>new</i> natural wine …

Rosé

Will Boomers Keep Buying Wine?

The title of this piece is the question all wine companies should be asking today, because boomers are the dominant cohort across all price points …

This startup is taking the mystery out of wine pricing—and making the good stuff cheaper

I rarely spend more than $20 on a bottle of wine. Often, it’s closer to $10. It’s not that I’m unwilling, unable, or philosophically opposed to pricier bottles—it’s just that I don’t know how to make my dollars count.<p>That puts me squarely in the market that Mark Tarlov, a 64-year-old winemaker, …

2015 north Rhône reds - best in 55 years?

<i>A version of this article is published by the</i> Financial Times. <i>See this guide to our coverage of 2015 Rhône which includes almost 800 tasting notes.</i> …

Kevin Zraly: A Window Into Forty Years of Wine

In this interview, Kevin Zraly looks back on 40 years of Windows on the World Wine School, educating more than 20,000 wine lovers, and what's next …

Why Chinese millennials buying wine online is a phenomenon ripe for research

It wasbound to come to an end eventually. Having spent years fantasising about the cloud of bliss life would be if only I could pass all my Master of …

News (China)

A New Reason Why Red Wine May Be Better For You Than White

Many studies have shown that drinking wine, especially red wine, seems to have modest benefits for heart health, as long as you drink it in moderate amounts. A study published this week, though, offers a more worrisome message: white wine might increase your risk of skin cancer.<p>The bottom line: a …

Wine

Guide to German White Wine

Germany take its white wines very seriously. We know this because white wines make up over 65% of the country’s vineyards. Germany’s cooler climate …

Germany

With the Wines of Montsant, It’s All in the Drinking

Tasting a wine for evaluation is something wine professionals are compelled to do. But it’s not the best way to assess a wine. It’s a compromise.<p>Critics for consumer wine magazines, judges in wine competitions, and sommeliers in restaurants must evaluate dozens of bottles in a sitting, and to …

Food

Because Some Of You Still Read, Right? (November 2016 Wine Products Roundup)

I’ve been inundated with wine book samples this month (which I’ll note is November 2016, for posterity’s sake, and for those of you still sobering up …

Don't die before drinking your best wines: What I learned when my plane caught fire

I thought this might be the last photo of me, and I was OK with that I learned I won a Born Digital Wine Award on Thursday night, while at the home …

Henry Viii

This Gene Might Affect How Much You Like to Drink

It was so much fun — you sang. You danced. You were the life of the party. Now you're looking at the pictures and really wish the margaritas and champagne had not been quite so delicious.<p>Researchers reported Monday they've found a gene that might help explain why so many people find alcohol …

Health

Wine lovers: Don't ignore Virginia

If asked about American wine today, Virginia would not be the first, second or even third place that most of us think of.<p>But the roots of America's wine industry are in Virginia — and today, roughly 410 years after the first settlers arrived in Jamestown, the state has a thriving commercial wine …

Wine Enthusiast Podcast: The What, Where and When of Cellaring Wine

We dive into our Top 100 Cellar Selections list, and ask a cellar expert for tips on making sure your storage specs are up to snuff.<p>In this episode …

Millennials Don’t Care About Wine Ratings

We’ve talked before about how wine ratings are for the birds. They’re subjective but carry an air of objectivity. You won’t be surprised to learn …

Wine That’s Not Only Natural, It’s Alive

It may seem shocking, precious or counterintuitive to think of wine as alive. But RAW Wine billed its recent trade and consumer fair as a celebration of “wines with emotion. Wines that have a humanlike, or living, presence.”<p>“Humanlike” and “emotion” may overstate the case. Yet few qualities are …

California Wine

Why the Best Thanksgiving Wine Is Sparkling

Our radical plan to make Turkey-Day even more delicious? Pair your Thanksgiving meal—from start to finish—with sparkling wines: Champagne, Prosecco or Cava. Here’s how to pull it off.<p>NO MEAL IS more traditional or, for that matter, more predictable than Thanksgiving. The same centerpiece turkey, …

Thanksgiving

How identical are individual bottles of the same wine?

Listening to Jacques Pépin talking about how no two chickens are alike reminded me that there can be variation in the same wine from bottle to …

Thanksgiving

Missives From the Past: ’64 Barolos Tell Their Story

To drink one 50-year-old wine as it evolves in the glass over the course of a meal can be an intensely personal, emotional journey. To taste 30 old bottles is overwhelming and, in the end, perhaps, a dreadful disservice to the wines and their long-departed makers.<p>But 14 bottles can be a solid …

Food