Daily Archives: August 22, 2019

Daily Wine News: Small Wineries

Flickr: Ren Kuo On her SpitBucket blog, Amber LeBeau considers the past and future of small family wineries. “The vast, vast majority of people in the wine industry aren’t here to make a fortune. But instead to do something they love… We’ve lost our connection to so many of our food items because we’ve lost sight of the people behind …

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The Phenomenal Rise of Canned Wine

I distinctly remember the first time I saw wine in a can. I was visiting the Francis Ford Coppola winery, probably around 2004. At the time, the wine-loving film director had been producing his sweetish Sofia sparkling wine for a few years, and after searching for a way to sell single servings of the wine, eventually settled on 187 ml …

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Gays and Jews: trump tries to stir up trouble

I saw a spokesman from the Log Cabin Republicans on T.V. yesterday explaining why his group of gay Republicans continues to support trump’s re-election. His words (I paraphrase) were, “Well, the president promised us he would tone down the rhetoric on the right against the LGBTQ community, and he’s done that, so we support him.” Think about that statement. It’s …

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Spann Vineyards Wines: New Releases from Sonoma County

These new releases from Peter and Betsy Spann are wonderful examples of the authentic and artisanal wines being crafted in Sonoma Valley today. They are ripe and juicy wines, mainly red Bordeaux blends and single varietal reds. They include a delicious Primitivo and Zinfandel that do especially well in the sunny and warm climate of Sonoma Valley. There is one …

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Orange wines are now a thing, but who invented the term?

The category of ‘orange wines’ – wines from white grapes that have been fermented on their skins – is now quite mainstream! In the last year, supermarkets in the UK have started listing them. And I even did a wine column in the Sunday Express on orange wines (at the editor’s request) back in 2014. But where does the term …

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Record numbers sign up for wine and spirits courses, says WSET

WSET spirits courses saw a 33% rise in students in 2018/19. A record 108,557 people took a qualification with the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) or one of its approved partners around the world in the 2018/19 academic year. That is a 15% increase from the previous year, said the WSET, which is celebrating its 50th birthday in 2019. …

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Larkmead trial considers life after Cabernet in Napa Valley

A Cabernet Sauvignon block at Larkmead. Larkmead Vineyards has started planting a 1.2-hectare (three-acre) research vineyard at its base in Calistoga. Grape varieties to be planted include Chenin Blanc, Petite Sirah and Zinfandel, as well as Aglianico, Tempranillo and Touriga Nacional. Different clones and rootstocks will also be on trial there, all with climate change in mind, said Larkmead. The …

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