What happens when you realize that you’ve been played?

The Brits and we Americans have many things in common: a shared language and democratic institutions. And we now have something else: both countries were hoodwinked by ridiculous, incompetent leaders, and both peoples are now seeing just how badly they were tricked. In Britain’s case, of course, this refers to the disastrous Prime Ministry of Boris Johnson. Although he’s been …

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Updated: How good is Jay Z’s ‘Ace of Spades’ Champagne?

Tasting Jay Z’s Champagne Jay Z increased his ownership stake in Armand de Brignac Champagne, nicknamed ‘Ace of Spades’, in 2014 after buying out Sovereign Brands. Hip-hop fans might have glimpsed the brand’s ostentatious, gold bottle making a cameo appearance in Jay Z’s 2006 video for ‘Show Me What You Got’. Scroll down to see the tasting notes & scores …

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Daily Wine News: Recognizing American Wine’s Latinx Community

Rolando Herrera, co-founder/winemaker at Mi Sueño Winery. (Photo credit: Mi Sueño Winery) In Wine Enthusiast, Jill Barth highlights six Latinx wine experts changing the face of American wine. “With ties to the earliest years of grape growing in the U.S., these communities have shaped the landscape of the bottles we enjoy. These are the people woven through a viticultural history …

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Cantina Terlano Pinot Blanc: Top wines reviewed

The vineyards at Cantina Terlan Back in mid-1980s while restoring its winery in Alto Adige, Cantina Terlan made a chance discovery of some 18,000-20,000 bottles of wine hidden behind a wall. Aldo Fiordelli’s top Terlano Pinot Blancs See also: Top Alto Adige wines to try The post Cantina Terlano Pinot Blanc: Top wines reviewed appeared first on Decanter. Source : …

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Port industry pioneer Ian Symington dies

Together with his cousin Michael, and later with cousin James and brothers Peter and Amyas, Ian Symington was instrumental in rebuilding the family’s international Port sales in the two decades following the Second World War. Born in Porto in 1929, he was educated in Porto and England, seeing military service in the Seaforth Highlanders before returning to the family Port …

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Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 9/22/19

Welcome to my weekly roundup of the wine stories that I find of interest on the web. I post them to my magazine on on Flipboard, but for those of you who aren’t Flipboard inclined, here’s everything I’ve strained out of the wine-related muck for the week. Winery Neigh-bors at War Over Horse Groan worthy headline to an amusing case …

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Honest opinions on big brand wines (4) Barefoot Merlot

Continuing this series of video reviews of popular wines, I’m having a taste of Barefoot Merlot. Watch the film, but if you can’t, here’s my note below. Barefoot Merlot NV California 13.5% alcohol This is a non-vintage blend of Californian Merlot. It has some sweet plum and cherry fruit with a savoury, cedary edge and hints of clove. There’s a …

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“Religious persecution”? Fake news!

Fox “News” got a little blindsided after they ran this headline: Pastors praise Trump for skipping UN panel on ‘imaginary’ climate crisis for ‘real’ problem of religious persecution Turns out Trump did make it to the climate change panel. He looked bored beyond belief, but it was the price he had to pay after being pilloried around the world as …

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6 Wine Glasses To Rule Them All

Just like coffee always tastes rounder when served in thick-rimmed diner mugs, wine gets a boost from the serving vessel too. It’s true, matching glassware to your wine does improve the flavor! Six types of glasses cover a wide array of wine styles. Of course, it’s possible to totally geek out on this subject. Be warned though, you might end …

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Daily Wine News: Hot & Dry

In the New York Times, Amy Yee reports on how scientists are testing techniques for growing vines in a hot, parched future in a research vineyard in southern Israel. “The researchers are focusing on this harsh environment for a reason: to study how wine grapes can grow in the desert conditions that dominate Israel. That knowledge will become even more …

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For September 23, 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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