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Oaky, With Notes Of BS: Why Wine Tasting Struggles To Get It On The Nose

  On wine tasting… To get you to buy a bottle of champagne, M. Cole Chilton, the face who was always behind the counter of my neighborhood wine store in Brooklyn, would send out emails with elaborate descriptions: “I taste like sunshine, and I tell of brighter days ahead. I will make you forget that […]

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How to Order Wine in a Restaurant

Since drinking is the only way we’re going to be able to deal with 2017, we figure we need to drink better. How? That’s the exact question we’re going to be regularly putting to power couple Jordan Salcito and Robert Bohr—two people so accomplished in the world of wine that the best thing we do to explain who […]

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Eataly Fined by Italian Authorities Over Wine Label Fraud

Uh oh: Eataly has reportedly been slapped with a fine by Italian authorities after mislabeling bottles of wine it sold in the country. According to Italian site Il Fatto Quotidiano, Eataly has been fined $50,000 Euros by the country’s Antitrust Authority after it produced and sold wines with the country’s “Free Wine” label, which is meant to signify a […]

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Protesting French Farmers Pour 90,000 Bottles of Spanish Wine Down The Drain

On Monday, French farmers protesting at a border crossing between France and Spain ransacked five Spanish trucks attempting to transport wine into the country. As The Daily Telegraph reports, the angry farmers poured the equivalent of 90,000 bottles of Spanish wine down the drain and wrote the phrase “vin non conforme” (“non-compliant wine”) on the […]

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This Vintner Wants You To Try Weirder Wines

The wine market, according to Bell, is, if not stagnant, kind of boring. “Napa,” says the Bay Area native, “is a very cool region, but we’ve seen the same things from it over and over again.” After graduating from the viticulture and enology program at the University of California, Davis in 2012—yes, your math is […]

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Survey Says Wine Is Confusing

You’re probably not the only one puzzled by tasting notes and wine lexicology. According to a new survey commissioned by online wine service taste4, 25 percent of people find shopping for wine an intimidating experience and 45 percent tend to stick to the same trusty Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay when choosing a bottle. Questioning 2,000 wine […]

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That Time a Polar Bear Stole Red Wine

Speaking to The Daily Mail earlier this month, series producer Sophie Lanfear recalled how the hut the film crew had been staying in while filming in the Arctic region of Svalbard was ravaged by a wine-seeking polar bear. According to Lanfear, the crew were out capturing footage of Arctic foxes and wolves when they came back to […]

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Fresh Cut Garden Hose: Comics About Somm-Speak

When it comes to restaurant lingo, nothing is more perplexing than somm-speak. While overhearing an expediter yell at a line cook in the middle of service can sound foreign to the uninitiated, the world of “soigne” has nothing on the strange, poetic language that sommeliers—and, consequently, wine writers—have adopted when talking about wine. Because descriptions […]

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California Wineries and Irrigation Technology

It’s a hot October day in Northern California, and I’m roving a sea of endless green vineyards, which I’m sure haven’t felt much rain this summer. That’s when I notice the irrigation lines for the first time, then begin to see them everywhere. I imagine the wine industry to be a serious drain on California […]

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TTB and FDA Say No To Ocean-Aged Wine

Now, this is not exactly a widespread practice. In fact, only one US winery—Mira Winery in Napa Valley—has embarked on such a project to our knowledge. Still, the TTB is concerned about more than just crabs getting into your Merlot. “Overpressure on bottle seals increases the likelihood of seepage of sea or ocean water into the […]

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