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Dresden Is The New Unlikely Place for Fine Barolo Wine

June 9, 2015 1:40 pm - Posted by Jody in Drink

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Martin Schwarz has only 30 bottles left of his new wine. Despite their hefty €50 price tag, 70 have already been snapped up since the batch went on sale a few months ago. That may be because it’s the first-ever barolo grown in the East German state of Saxony. “Saxonian barolo” is what Schwarz jokingly labels… read more

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The grape revolution

June 4, 2015 1:37 pm - Posted by Jody in Drink

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Portugal is the dark horse of Europe. Often ignored until the 21st century, it has undergone a wine revolution. Portugal has not been helped by the fact that it’s traditionally a country of blends rather than easily identifiable ‘celeb’ grape varieties. Having been tongue-tied about its native grapes, Portugal is suddenly starting to take pride in… read more

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Paris (dpa) – The United States retained its ranking as the world’s biggest wine drinker in 2014 as China crept to second place globally in terms of vineyard surface area, the International Organisation of Vine and Wine said Monday. Americans drank 30.7 million hectolitres of wine last year, beating the French who drank 27.9 million hectolitres.… read more

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To Make Cheap Wine Taste Good, Say It’s Expensive

May 28, 2015 1:22 pm - Posted by Jody in Learn

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Cheap wine: the go-to alcohol for sophistication on a budget. Whether it’s the lovely brew that comes in a box or the discounted bottle at the grocery store, sometimes wine is a necessity even when we can’t afford it. But even the desperation of our cravings cannot make cheap wine taste good, no matter how many… read more

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white

Verily, verdicchio, vernaccia and vermentino are the “veni, vidi, vici” of Italian white wine grapes, the Italian Vs of wine. (I could add the grapes verduzzo, verdiso and vespaiolo, but you rarely see them, in this country, as wines.) Verdicchio is also known as trebbiano di Soave and called such when grown in the north of… read more

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‘China Will Rock Our Wine World’

May 21, 2015 9:22 am - Posted by Jody in Drink

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China is in the midst of another red revolution, but this one involves red wine. Over the past 15 years, its fledgling wine industry has expanded dramatically, with vineyards now occupying more than 3,000 square miles of land, according to a report by the International Organization of Vine and Wine. That’s more than 10 percent of… read more

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What oak brings to your wine: Tannin, flavors, aromas

April 21, 2015 2:14 pm - Posted by Jody in Drink

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The ancient Celts were a people of the forest. They used a lot of wood in their daily lives, for housing, cookery and art. Sometime around the 5th century B.C., they came up with an ingenious new way with wood; they formed it into barrels, for storing liquids such as water, ale and, eventually, when this… read more

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Wines displayed in la Bordeauxthéque at its grand opening party, in the newly-launched French department store Galeries Lafayette, in Beijing on Feb 27, 2014. [Photo/chinadaily.com.cn] Wine consumption in China rose by 5.6 percent last year compared with 2013, despite a gloomy political and economic situation for the market, a research report said on Wednesday. A total… read more

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Beer & Wine Pairing

November 7, 2014 7:31 pm - Posted by Jody in Drink

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