Even in an age of GOP lies, this one’s a whopper!

Does social media engage in “systematic and discriminatory censorship of our conservative videos”? Of course not. Twitter famously allows Trump to lie, slander his enemies and stir up resentment among his unstable followers. Facebook permits Breitbart—one the most infamous examples of extremism in America—to publish, including comments from readers that are shocking, defamatory and hateful. Google routinely puts Trump’s tweets …

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Meeting Mr Amarone: how Masi’s Sandro Boscaini reinvented appassimento

Sandro Boscaini Sandro Boscaini is the sixth generation of his family to head up the family winery. I visited to taste the Masi range, witness the grape drying process they have specialized in, and to interview him and his chief winemaker Andrea del Cin. It was a really interesting trip. The core of Masi’s business is the process of appassimento, …

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Getting to know red Hermitage

The hill of Hermitage is situated on the east bank of the Rhône. Compared to the southern Rhône, the northern Rhône is easy to understand. All the appellations follow a narrow strip of land that follows the west bank of the river for 60km, from Vienne in the north to Valence in the south. Leading producers of red Hermitage: Domaine …

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How good is canned wine?

egwineco.com There are a number of advantages to canned wine, and it is currently enjoying increasing popularity in the United States, where it is seeing healthy sales. This market started some years ago, with established wine companies such as the Francis Ford Coppola Winery producing ‘Sofia’ Blanc de Blancs sparkling wine in cans in 2004. Scroll down to see Eduardo’s …

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New app says it will translate wine labels

Third Aurora, a Melbourne-based company, has launched a new artificial intelligence (AI) application that it said can translate wine bottle labels into any language. The app can also translate tasting notes, videos and a variety of other promotions, according to Dave Chaffey, the company’s director. Field tests were set to begin later this month, involving 88 wineries based in several …

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What might prime minister Boris Johnson mean for the wine trade?

Boris Johnson is a fan of Tignanello. In the last few weeks of the Conservative Party leadership campaign, Boris Johnson has styled himself – among other things – as a sceptic of so-called ‘sin taxes’ and a fan of Tignanello wine. Johnson revealed his love for the Super Tuscan giant during a recent interview with the Politico publication, despite reportedly …

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Daily Wine News: Hail, Frost, Heat

(Source: Pixabay) According to Reuters, wine output in France, the world’s second largest producer, may fall by as much as 13% this year after vineyards were hit by adverse weather including hail, frost and a record-breaking heatwave. The Wall Street Journal profiles Silicon Valley Bank’s Rob McMillan, who admits he first proposed the bank specialize in mortuaries before settling on …

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André Brunel’s Les Cailloux & Cuvée Centenaire from Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Fabrice Brunel came to town recently, bringing with him his excellent, new releases from the Côtes du Rhone and Châteauneuf-du-Pape.  We paired them with the elegant cuisine of the French restaurant Convival in Washington DC.  We’ve long been fans of the wines of Fabrice’s father André but hadn’t tasted Les Cailloux since Fabrice took over the winemaking in 2013.  After …

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Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration (1) some leading Ontario Chardonnays

I’ve just come back from the i4C (Ontario’s Cool-Climate Chardonnay Celebration) where I tasted a lot of Chardonnay. These are my notes on some of the Ontario Chardonnays I tried. Leaning Post The Fifty Chardonnay 2017 Niagara Peninsula, Canada Textured and ripe with nice citrus and spice notes. Has nice freshness and some depth, with a mealy edge. Nice focus. …

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From the Private Diary of Donald J. Trump

Dear Dairy, They say I’m a Racist. Well that’s just a dirty lie from the failing New York Times. I’m not a Racist, I just don’t like most Black people. Some are okay. Herman Cane is great. So’s Ben Carson. Did you know he’s a doctor? And that Clarince Thomas, what a guy! He was a great Womanizer you know …

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Daily Wine News: Wine’s Western Bias

Flickr: Ren Kuo In Wine Enthusiast, Caroline Hatchett talks to three Filipino sommeliers about how the flavors of the Philippines saturate the way they taste and experience wine, touching upon the Western bias in wine tasting in the process. In Wine-Searcher, Josh Raynolds happily waves goodbye to new oak. “The movement encompasses many different regions, and price brackets. Although personal …

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For July 22, 2019

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 in a “mini-review” format.  They are meant to be quirky, fun, and (mostly) easily-digestible reviews of (mostly) currently available wines (click here for the skinny on how to read them), and are presented …

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Gérald Oustric, Le Mazel (Ardèche)

Gérald Oustric with father Paul and sister Jocelyne Valvignères, Ardèche (Rhône) I love Ardèche, every time I look into its natural-wine scene it’s with wines that are so alive and enjoyable to drink. Just think of all these sought-after-vignerons here,… Source : https://www.wineterroirs.com/2019/07/gerald_oustric_le_mazel.html

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