A Benchmark Boal

Feb 22 9:19am Mad about Madeira
  Last year, d’Oliveiras released the following quintet; 1929 Tinta Negra, 1986 Boal, 1990 Sercial, 1994 Malvasia and 2003 Verdelho Colheita. As has become the case with the company’s new releases, the quality of the wines all impressed. But one... The post A Benchmark Boal appeared first on Mad about Madeira.
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A Taste of Home

Feb 22 9:04am Hungry Crowd
Carmen's kitchen once looked out upon a municipal garden full of flowering fruit trees in 
a working-class quarter of Aleppo. Then, in 
2012, the Syrian civil war erupted and, with it, life as Carmen had known it ended. The garden was destroyed, its beds torn up by repeated bombings. The kitchen may still be standing, but Carmen isn’t in it. She’s joined the 11.4 million Syrians...
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Busiest Airports in Europe Identified in New Report

Feb 22 9:04am Hungry Crowd
Every year, the Airports Council International Europe (ACI Europe) pulls together data on airports all around the continent. From traffic to passenger growth, the report shares important insight into the destinations that are making their way onto travelers' itineraries. Once again, London Heathrow Airport pulls in the title for busiest airport in Europe. This airport...
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Daily Wine News: Define Luxury Wine

Feb 22 8:00am Terroirist: A Daily Wine Blog
What price is luxury wine? Liz Thach, Janeen Olsen, Laurence Cogan-Marie, and Steve Charters analyze wine marketing literature and current pricing structures in an attempt to answer the question. Liv-ex looks at how the prices of Right Bank 2007 wines have moved since release. In Decanter, Ellie Douglas highlights a house that Champagne built. Literally. […]...
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The best Majestic wines to drink this year

Feb 22 6:00am Decanter
Decanter's tasting director, Christelle Guibert, picks her favourite wines to seek out at this well-known UK retailer... Decanter's Christelle Guibert picks her top Majestic wines to drink this year... The post The best Majestic wines to drink this year appeared first on Decanter.
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BODEGAS MONTECILLO Rioja Gran Reserva 2009 $35 (Wine Spectator)

Feb 22 12:00am WineSpectator.com: Daily Wine Picks
A silky, supple and harmonious Spanish red...
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CHATEAU TANUNDA Shiraz Barossa Grand Barossa 2014 $25 (Wine Spectator)

Feb 22 12:00am WineSpectator.com: Daily Wine Picks
A fresh Australian Shiraz with tangy flavors...
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FOUR VINES Chardonnay Santa Barbara County Naked Unoaked 2015 $12 (Wine Spectator)

Feb 22 12:00am WineSpectator.com: Daily Wine Picks
A distinctive, snappy California Chardonnay...
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2014 Markham Vineyards Merlot: Soft & Seductive

Feb 21 6:14pm Enobytes Wine Online
Early in my culinary career I would often drop into Markham Vineyards whenever I was driving down Highway 128 in Napa. Sure, there might have been places with better wines or bigger palaces of extravagance but Markham always made you feel special. Well, that’s enough of my nostalgia and on to the matter at hand, [...]...
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But Is It Champagne?

Feb 21 5:58pm Hoosier Wine Cellar | Indiana wines and wine guide
Several years ago in the Cotswolds, an English host asked me to identify a glass of white wine. It was easy to see that it was a Riesling, and he chuckled when I suggested it was a Rheingau. “North of there,” he said. While I was trying to think of Riesling vineyards more northerly than […]...
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Pairing wine from Casillero del Diablo with Innovative Tacos

Feb 21 5:40pm Wine Reviews: A Wine Story
Do you like tacos? Maybe the better question would be what kind of tacos do you like more, Jerk Chicket Tacos or Shrimp Tacos with avocado mash? And of course… More » The post Pairing wine from Casillero del Diablo with Innovative Tacos appeared first on Wine Reviews: A Wine Story.
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These Transparent Kayaks Give You Incredible Views of the Ocean While You Paddle

Feb 21 4:34pm Hungry Crowd
For those who want to see just how dazzling the ocean's coral reefs and marine life can be, a kayak company has the answer.  The Crystal Explorer from Florida's Crystal Kayak Company is a completely transparent canoe-kayak hybrid that lets you get up-close views of the water while gliding over it.  Made from 100 percent Spanish Lexan, the same material used to make...
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Building a wine & the art of the blend

Feb 21 3:32pm A Wine on VI
There are those that say winemaking is an art, but in truth, making the wine is a relatively simplistic process as it just comes down to letting grape juice ferment. Sure, there are many more... more>...
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Sanctuary Restaurants Pledge to Protect Workers

Feb 21 3:23pm Hungry Crowd
Amid growing fears rippling throughout the restaurant industry—worries that minority workers could be detained, deported, or worse, targeted for violence—hundreds of owners and thousands of consumers are standing up to say there is a place at the table for everyone. In fact, that's their motto. Sanctuary Restaurants is a movement that aims to support and sustain inclusive...
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Cheapest-Ever Flights to Europe Approved by the FAA

Feb 21 1:34pm Hungry Crowd
Last Friday, the Federal Aviation Administration approved low-cost airline Norwegian Air to begin flights to and from the U.S. The airline can now open new routes to destinations in Ireland and Scotland. “We are excited that we can announce our new transatlantic 737-MAX flights, including routes, start dates, and fares, very soon,” Anders Lindström, director of communications at...
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Where to Eat in Cape Towns Camps Bay Beach

Feb 21 12:30pm Hungry Crowd
There is no shortage of beautiful beaches in Cape Town, but Camps Bay Beach remains a consistent favorite with both locals and visitors for the pristine stretch of white sand and aquamarine water and the views of Table Mountain as a backdrop. But it’s also where people head when they want to get social and have a great meal and a cocktail (or three). The Camps Bay neighborhood’s main...
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The Best Places to Shop in Buenos Aires' Soho Palermo Neighborhood

Feb 21 12:30pm Hungry Crowd
With its wide, leafy boulevards, its vibrant cafe culture and beautifully-preserved Belle Epoque architecture, Buenos Aires is often referred to as the “Paris of South America.” That’s also a fitting moniker when it comes to the Argentinian capital’s shopping scene, in which you can find everything from fine hand-crafted leather accessories to cutting-edge fashion. And if there’s one...
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This Grocery Store Fuels its Delivery Trucks with Food Waste

Feb 21 12:26pm Hungry Crowd
The food we toss in the trash can do more than littler a landfill. Food waste can be turned into biogas, which can power everything from electricity to 18-wheeler delivery trucks, as one United Kingdom grocery store chain has recently shown. Grocer Waitrose has rolled out a line of 10 lorries that run exclusively on renewable biomethane gas, created from the by-product of rotting...
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How Selling Tacos in a Parking Lot Saved This Chef's Life

Feb 21 12:23pm Hungry Crowd
Los Angeles is a sanctuary city, a place that embraces diversity and shelters immigrants. But it's also the only major city in the United States where it's illegal to sell food on the sidewalk. So last Wednesday, the city council voted unanimously to decriminalize street vending. It will take months for vendors to start getting permits, and there will likely be complications, but this...
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Angelina Jolie Says Her Kids Eat Crickets 'Like a Bag of Chips'

Feb 21 12:19pm Hungry Crowd
  Angelina Jolie says her kids’ adventurous appetites have forced her to step up her game in the kitchen. During an interview that aired Tuesday on Good Morning America, the 41-year-old mother of six gushed about her children’s love for bugs. “They can eat a bag of crickets like a bag of chips,” she said. The Oscar-winning actress shares six children with her ex...
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UC Davis set to start selling students wine

Feb 21 12:08pm Decanter
The university will no longer be required to dump thousands of litres of wine a year and could start selling bottles for up to $100. UC Davis wine class Now it won't go to waste... The post UC Davis set to start selling students’ wine appeared first on Decanter.
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The $20 Wine Challenge (Wine Spectator)

Feb 21 11:30am WineSpectator.com: News & Features
Is 20 bucks all you need to drink superbly well?...
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Dozens of Workers Fired After Protesting on 'Day Without Immigrants'

Feb 21 11:13am Hungry Crowd
Last week's A Day Without Immigrants protest was meant to give the nation a taste of what it might look like without immigrants working in its restaurants. But now, in at least a handful of kitchens and dining rooms the country, people no longer have to guess. Dozens of restaurant workers—and of course, employees of other industries—have been fired for participating in the protest,...
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2014 Gary Farrell Chardonnay Russian River Selection

Feb 21 11:00am Enobytes Wine Online
Vintage after vintage, I’m never disappointed by the wines coming from this producer.  The 2014 Gary Farrell Chardonnay Russian River Selection from Sonoma County is no exception. It continues the tradition Gary Farrell has created while producing excellent wines from Russian River vineyards. Vinting her third vintage with Gary Farrell, winemaker Theresa Heredia drew on [...]...
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90 Plus Cellars Lot 128 Gran Vino A Grand Tour of Taste

Feb 21 10:34am Reverse Wine Snob®
The 90 Plus Cellars Lot 128 Gran Vino, the GT version of red blends. BULK BUY! 40\% Tempranillo, 40\% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15\% Merlot and 5\% Graciano from Navarra, Spain. The wine is aged in new French oak for a year and another year in bottle before release. This review is brought to you by 90 […] The post 90 Plus Cellars Lot 128 Gran Vino – A Grand Tour of Taste appeared first on Reverse Wine Snob®.
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3 B&Bs to Stay at Now

Feb 21 10:04am Hungry Crowd
  Hotel Covell, Los Angeles There are 150 wines by the glass at Bar Covell downstairs, and 
just five rooms above, at the new Hotel Covell in hip Loz Feliz. 
The design of each room is inspired by chapters in the life of the hotel’s fictional namesake, George Covell. Spend a few hours at the bar, then retire to the plush environs of the brass-accented Parisian Atelier room (...
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French Roadside Caf Gets Accidental Michelin Star

Feb 21 9:04am Hungry Crowd
A roadside café in France recently got an extra boost of customers thanks to a case of mistaken identity. The Bouche à Oreille bar and brasserie, in Bourges, central France, serves classic French café food like moules frites at reasonable prices. The special of the day is always 10 euros, or approximately $10.60.  The restaurant recently found itself...
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Cannabis Company Purchasing Former Fetzer Wine Property in Mendocino (Wine Spectator)

Feb 21 9:00am WineSpectator.com: News & Features
Redwood Valley Home Ranch Facility was site of original winery; some neighbors are concerned...
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My Valentine To Icewine (An Ice Wine Primer For Fix.com)

Feb 21 8:00am 1 Wine Dude
On Valentine’s Day last week, Fix.com published, appropriately, what amounts to my little Valentine to what might be the red-headed-step-child of dessert wines right now, Ice Wine. Hell, even the once-totally-ignored sweet Sherries are cooler now than Ice Wine (see what I did there?). Personally, I have a sweet tooth, which probably explains my borderline-obsession […] Grab The 1WineDude.com Tasting Guide and start getting more out of every glass of wine today! Shop Wine Products at Amazon.com Copyright © 2016. Originally at My Valentine… To Icewine (An Ice Wine Primer For Fix.com) from 1WineDude.com - for personal, non-commercial use only. Cheers!...
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Daily Wine News: New Wine Clubs

Feb 21 8:00am Terroirist: A Daily Wine Blog
“Today’s market is a new frontier… Rather than rely on the palate of one retailer or on Robert Parker 100-pointers, many of today’s digital newcomers promise personalized recommendations.” In the San Francisco Chronicle, Esther Mobley looks at “the new generation of wine clubs” for the Bay Area and shares her reviews of 10 different ones. […]...
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Best Chablis 2015 wines tasted by Decanter experts

Feb 21 4:02am Decanter
See some of the top Chablis 2015 wines tasted during the Burgundy en primeur season by Decanter's Stephen Brook. See Stephen Brook's top rated wines... The post Best Chablis 2015 wines tasted by Decanter experts appeared first on Decanter.
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Whats the Big Deal about Supermarket Wine Sales in British Columbia?

Feb 21 4:02am The Wine Economist
What’s the big deal about British Columbia supermarket wine sales? It is a very big deal in some circles because the stakes are higher than they might seem. Here’s my analysis of the situation. >>><<< Supermarkets are an important wine sales vector in the United Kingdom and most but not all U.S. states, so many consumers take […]...
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Jane Anson to be Decanters sole Bordeaux en primeur taster

Feb 21 3:29am Decanter
Jane Anson, Decanter's award-winning contributing editor and long-running Bordeaux specialist, will be the publication's sole taster for Bordeaux en primeur wines as of the upcoming 2016 vintage campaign. Jane Anson is Decanter's lead reviewer of Bordeaux... The post Jane Anson to be Decanter’s sole Bordeaux en primeur taster appeared first on Decanter.
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BUEHLER Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2014 $18 (Wine Spectator)

Feb 21 12:00am WineSpectator.com: Daily Wine Picks
A pure, easy-to-enjoy Sonoma Chardonnay...
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DOMAINE LA HAUTE MARONE Gigondas Le Cru des Dentelles de Montmirail 2013 $32 (Wine Spectator)

Feb 21 12:00am WineSpectator.com: Daily Wine Picks
An old-school Rhône red with a core of fruit flavors...
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MELINI Chianti Borghi d'Elsa 2015 $9 (Wine Spectator)

Feb 21 12:00am WineSpectator.com: Daily Wine Picks
A cherry-laced Chianti that is open and fruity...
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Three Winter Soup Recipes that Pair with Cabernet Sauvignon

Feb 20 7:20pm The Journey of Jordan Winery
During winter or on any rainy day, nothing warms the soul more than a savory soup. But when your favorite wine is Cabernet Sauvignon, are there go-to recipes that pair best with the king of […]...
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Mardi Gras: Pairing Wine with King Cake

Feb 20 6:42pm HackeD By TiGER-M@TE
Wine with cake? Laissez les bon temps rouler! Fat Tuesday means King Cake, and we have just the recipe and the wine for you to spread the joie de vivre and as you celebrate Mardi Gras festivities! In the United … Continue reading →...
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Bruno Paillard Champagne Rose Premiere Cuvee

Feb 20 12:00pm The Good Wine Guru
So what do you do when you you can't open up a nice bottle of champagne for an event? You drink whisky and open the bottle later when you're happier. That's what I did with the Bruno Paillard Champagne Rose' Premiere Cuvee. The post Bruno Paillard Champagne Rose’ Premiere Cuvee appeared first on The Good Wine Guru. Related posts: Le Grand Courtage Rose’ Brut Charity Case Rose’ 2008 Cline Mourvedre Rose 2012...
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2013 Kunde Cabernet Sauvignon Drummond

Feb 20 11:15am Enobytes Wine Online
Kunde has a new look for the 2013 vintage with an updated label, and they have stepped up in class with a renewed vigor of quality in their current production.  The 2013 Kunde Cabernet Sauvignon ‘Drummond’ designation from Sonoma Valley is a tightly knit package reflecting a bouquet of red and blue fruits with freshly [...]...
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Man builds house out of Champagne bottles

Feb 20 10:38am Decanter
A builder from western Russia’s Ural Mountains has constructed a house out of Champagne bottles, show reports. Made from thousands of bottles... The post Man builds house out of Champagne bottles appeared first on Decanter.
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United States of Meatloaf

Feb 20 10:04am Hungry Crowd
Although we're the closest of friends, the two of us are culinary opposites. When home for dinner, Frank tends to order in. Jennifer cooks, often from an ambitious new recipe she’s dying to try. But we’re twins 
in one regard. Neither of us goes more than a week without making 
a meatloaf, crafted from memory or invented on the spot. It’s the balm for our worst exhaustion, a...
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Celebrate Presidents Day in a National Park This Weekend, Free of Charge

Feb 20 9:04am Hungry Crowd
National parks across the U.S. will be waiving their entrance fees on February 20, in honor of Presidents Day. Visitors can explore any of the country’s 417 national parks—including the 120 parks that charge admission—for free, giving them a chance to enjoy blissful natural scenery and historic sites that honor the nation’s presidents of the past. “Every person to hold...
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3 Gigantic New Spa-Centric Resorts

Feb 20 9:04am Hungry Crowd
You’ve survived snowstorm after snowstorm since the start of 2017, and your skin (and mind, body, spirit) deserves a break. Luckily, there’s a new crew of luxurious wellness-focused lodgings—and you probably haven’t made a dent in your vacation days just yet. Here’s where you should start booking, according to how big a spa you'd like to relax in: [\%image1] 15,000 square...
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Daily Wine News: The Prosecco Problem

Feb 20 8:00am Terroirist: A Daily Wine Blog
Alfonso Cevola on the prosecco problem. “Never have I seen a category so overtaken and dominated in the market since the St. Margherita Pinot Grigio phenomenon. In fact the domination is so totally overwhelming that I have tried to advise hopeful producers to bypass the American market.” In the San Francisco Chronicle, Esther Mobley catches […]...
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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For February 20, 2017

Feb 20 8:00am 1 Wine Dude
So, like, what is this stuff, anyway? I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and easily-digestible reviews of currently available […] Grab The 1WineDude.com Tasting Guide and start getting more out of every glass of wine today! Shop Wine Products at Amazon.com Copyright © 2016. Originally at Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For February 20, 2017 from 1WineDude.com - for personal, non-commercial use only. Cheers!...
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Jefford on Monday: Enigma Variations

Feb 20 2:00am Decanter
Areas like Bordeaux and Burgundy have not always produced France's most luxurious wines. Andrew Jefford decodes the Gaillac puzzle... Hillside vineyards in France's Gaillac region. France's forgotten luxury wine... The post Jefford on Monday: Enigma Variations appeared first on Decanter.
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BONTERRA Viognier Mendocino-Lake Counties 2015 $14 (Wine Spectator)

Feb 20 12:00am WineSpectator.com: Daily Wine Picks
A smooth and juicy California white...
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LVARO PALACIOS Priorat Finca Dof 2014 $79 (Wine Spectator)

Feb 20 12:00am WineSpectator.com: Daily Wine Picks
A polished, harmonious and lively Spanish red...
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VIA MONTES Pinot Noir Aconcagua Coast Limited Selection 2015 $16 (Wine Spectator)

Feb 20 12:00am WineSpectator.com: Daily Wine Picks
A Chilean Pinot Noir with lush, well-knit flavors...
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Do Americans Desire High Quality Australian Wines? Wakefield Would Like to Know

Feb 19 5:21pm Enobytes Wine Online
After my first trip down under, I returned home wondering why the really good high quality wines I had consumed while I was in Australia were not available on our retail shelves or offered on restaurant wine lists here in the United States. Sure we have vast amounts of shelf space devoted to Australian brands at [...]...
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2015 Wakefield Taylors Riesling, Clare Valley, Australia

Feb 19 5:08pm Enobytes Wine Online
The 2015 Wakefield Taylors Riesling from Clare Valley is a great crowd pleaser with green apple and lemon-lime flavors. You’ll love it for its bright acidity and citrusy flavors. Finishes long and strong with a dash of nuttiness. And it is versatile as far as food parings go—from broiled to baked or grilled chicken, pork [...]...
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How do you solve a problem like Prosecco?

Feb 19 11:54am On the Wine Trail in Italy
How do you catch a cloud and pin it down? Julie Andrews as Maria von Trapp (L) and Sergio Mionetto (R)It’s one thing to try and grow a wine category into a monster. It’s another thing to hold onto it once it has grown so big that it’s impossible to wrap one’s hands (or mind) around the giant it has become. Prosecco has become such a monster. And now Prosecco is at a critical crossroads.It was not quite 30 years ago when I first spied a Prosecco on a distributor's inventory print-out. It was a simple wine, barely sparkling. Frizzante was the term used to describe it. I was curious, and did a little research, pre-internet style. At the time, Prosecco was very popular in Venice. There were two styles, slightly scintillating and full blown sparkling. This version I had in my hands had passed from effervescent to prostrate, almost comatose. Inotherwords, a close-out. I poured the wine...
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Wine Legend: Chteau Palmer 1961

Feb 19 11:00am Decanter
Find out the story behind the this classic Bordeaux legend... Why it makes the Decanter hall of fame... The post Wine Legend: Château Palmer 1961 appeared first on Decanter.
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Musings of a Wine MavenSomething Corked about Wine Spectators Best Value 2016 Wines From Provence

Feb 18 9:51pm Provence WineZine
Earlier this month I spent a considerable amount of time perusing the new issue of Wine Spectator (Jan. 31 – Feb. 28, 2017). I love lists, and this edition's cover caught my attention with its bold text proclaiming “Ultimate Values: 1,236 Wines 90+/ $30 or Less.” I was in the local bagel shop at the time and errands begged to be done which limited my taking the time then to go through their winners from beginning to end. But what did draw me in immediately was that of the eleven wines from Provence that made the cut, six were rosés. I enjoy rosé well enough, The post Musings of a Wine Maven Something Corked about Wine Spectator’s Best Value 2016 Wines From Provence appeared first on Provence WineZine.
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Millennials in New York City vs London: A Vinisud Study Casts Light on their Wine Preferences

Feb 18 3:40pm Provence WineZine
There is a lot of talk about what millennials are doing. On the subject of what they are drinking, those in the wine business are very interested.  According to data collected by the Wine Market Council, millennials consumed 42\% of all wine in the U.S. in 2015, exceeding all previous generations for which this kind of stuff was recorded.  Specifically, in 2015, 79 million American millennials (in this survey, defined as ages 21 to 38) drank over 159 million cases of wine.  That is, about two cases per person. Vinisud commissioned a survey by SOWINE/SSI on the subject of wine consumption trends of millennials (21 to 35 year olds) living in New York City versus those in London in 2016. I received a copy of the highlights of this study at Vinisud 2017.  There were no details about sample size, data collection, and specific questions asked, etc. (which annoys me to no end...
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Washington Breweries Open House 2017

Feb 18 1:09pm Washington State Beer and Wine
On February 25th 2017, Washington Breweries will hold special Open Houses from 12-5pm. Across the state, participating Washington Breweries will welcome you with brewery tours, meet and greet with the brewery staff, tastes of new releases or barrel aged beers, tasting trays or special menu items. Specific Open House activities will vary amongst the 130 […]...
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A Grand National Day

Feb 18 11:08am Hoosier Wine Cellar | Indiana wines and wine guide
Today is “National Drink Wine Day.” I have not researched the origin of the day nor have I learned its true mission. It just shows up on my calendar. I suspect it has little to do with those of us who use wine every day. It probably is intended to encourage people who don’t use […]...
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Corsica: Making Wine on an Island

Feb 18 10:03am L'occasion
I’ve read a lot of fiction in my day and I’m always hooked on a great setting. It doesn’t have to be sensational or mythical, but when the author creates a real place –  a patch of filigreed moss in the primordial woods of Virginia or the view of a valley from a crumbling garden... Read More...
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