News from around the web


News from around the web

For The Most Decadent Dessert, Pour These 3 Wines Over Vanilla Ice Cream

If you ever entertain, or even might entertain, here’s a tip for dessert: keep some sweet wine around so you don’t have to actually exert yourself. Just drizzle one of these “stickies” over vanilla ice cream and you are done. If you wanna get fancy, serve it in a martini glass. Or even make it […]

“Wines of India” programme launched in Mumbai

Since the early 2000s, India has been hyped as an important emerging market for wine. The country has an optimum climate for grape cultivation and its main wine-producing states, Maharashtra and Karnataka, are leading producers of world class grapes. Keeping the above in mind, the “Wines of India” programme was recently launched at AKA restaurant, […]

Five new Masters of Wine announced

There are now 343 Masters of Wine around the world after five more students passed the rigorous entrance exams for the exclusive club. The Institute of Masters of Wine announced five new members on 29 February. They include a winemaker, two wine buyers, a marketing manager and the owner of a hospitality training business, it […]

Kicking the hell out of Bordeaux 2011

Each January, a wine-tasting Supreme Court sits in the immaculate Suffolk seaside town of Southwold to pass judgment on a single, four-year-old Bordeaux vintage (the latest to be physically released on to the market). I have taken part once in this event, though so long ago that a number of my fellow-tasters on that occasion […]

Wine: Sense of Style

Central Otago reds have really hit their stride, says Jo Burzynska Well over a decade ago, with a riot of loud shirts and exuberantly fruited wines, Central Otago’s pinot noirs and their makers beat a bold path seemingly out of nowhere to the centre of the world’s wine stage. This year’s Central Otago Pinot Noir […]

What Is A Standard Pour And Why Should I Care?

You ever watch as a server—or dear, dear friend—pours wine out for you and a few other people? You’re thirsty, so you watch the levels in each glass rise. Maybe you’re really thirsty—or just scarred from that time your little brother got more ice cream than you in 5th grade—so you notice that some folks […]

How Millennials (Almost) Killed the Wine Cork

A new generation of wine drinkers came of age with screw caps and plastic bottle stoppers, but cork producers are mounting a campaign to win their loyalty: An Object Lesson. No one is completely sure who first came up with the idea for cork wine stoppers, though legend holds that it was the 17th-century monk […]

Derbyshire winemaker heads up English wine trade body

The UKVA has named a Derbyshire winegrower as its first chief executive as it seeks to develop itself into a more efficient central organization. Barry Lewis, who runs the Amber Valley Wines vineyard and online business The English Wine Shop, will step into the top job at the English wine trade body on Monday 29 […]

New Zealand to make its first Prosecco

New Zealand winemakers are about to plant the country’s first Glera vines that will go on to produce Prosecco in three years’ time. The Prosecco variety, otherwise known as Glera (to differentiate the grape from the protected Prosecco source in Italy’s Veneto), will be planted this spring in Gisborne, New Zealand, following the release of […]

Age and disease threaten Burgundy wine shortage, report warns

Burgundy wines may become even more difficult to find because of vine disease and smaller harvests from ageing vineyards, according to a new report by the region’s wine council. Burgundy wine shortage may result from vine disease and ageing vineyards Average age of Burgundy vines is 50 years Wine council devises plan to help producers […]

Why your wine business startup will fail

I have seen many people creating things in wine business in the past years, plenty of skilled and bright thinker friends who are succeeding after hard work. But there are also plenty of guys finishing their business school or wine school. And, if you are one of them, here is why you are going to […]

You May Not Be Drinking The Famous Stag’s Leap Wine You Think You’re Drinking

Stag’s Leap – the winery whose name has an apostrophe before the S – is the famous Napa winery known for producing the Cabernet that bested the top Bordeaux at the 1976 Judgement of Paris. Thanks to this event, both Napa and the winery became famous internationally, becoming high-end names that many people the world […]

Napa’s Realm Cellars Purchases Hartwell Estate’s Winery

The owners of Napa Valley’s Realm Cellars have purchased Hartwell Estate Vineyards’ winery, caves and a portion of their vineyards, Wine Spectator has learned. Hartwell founder Bob Hartwell and his family will retain the brand, an onsite residence and the remaining vineyard parcels. The purchase price was not disclosed. Realm founder Juan Mercado said he […]

Napa Valley wine maker Peter Mondavi dies at age 101

NAPA (KRON) Napa Valley winemaker Peter Mondavi the CEO of the Charles Krug Winery has died at the age of 101. Mondavi died Saturday at his home in St. Helena. Peter Mondavi is being remembered by family and friends as a pioneer of the wine industry in Napa. Peter was the brother of Robert Mondavi. […]

How To Turn Any Room Into A Wine Cellar

The reason why wine cellars are “cellars” is because they tend to have a good balance of the three major factors for long-term wine storage: low light, constant (cool) temperatures, and a steady, moderate humidity. So turning a room into a wine cellar is really just about figuring out how to bring the magic of […]

Wine before bed ‘helps with weight loss’

Drinking wine just before bed helps people to lose weight by burning fat and staving off late-night snacking, according to reports citing studies from two universities. Resveratrol – a substance found particularly in red wine – helps to turn body-hugging white fat into quick-burning beige fat, scientists at Washington State University found. They tested mice […]

Cheers! It’s National Drink Wine Day

(WCMH)– After work today, sit back, relax and enjoy that glass of Vino. After all, it is National Drink Wine Day. There are some health benefits to consuming wine as well. Moderate drinkers have lower risks for liver disease, type two diabetes, heart attack, stroke, and some cancers. Wine has also been known to reduce […]

French winery fined for illegal rosé winemaking

France’s Vinovalie co-operative has been fined for illegally blending red and white wines and bottling the result as rosé. The tribunal in Albi, southern France, last week fined Vinovalie €10,000 for illegal rosé production, with a further €1,000 in damages. Three employees in managerial roles were separately fined between €1,000 and €5,000 for their role […]

Drinking Wine Before Bed Now Officially Makes You Skinny

Whether you’re casually sipping a cabernet blend while laying in bed and reading a book or chugging Franzia until you knock yourself out, there’s no denying that we love our evening glass (or bottle, or box) of wine. Now you can shut down all the haters with pure science facts, because a bunch of really […]

Alcohol ‘can help improve memory’

Despite it being common knowledge that drinking can often lead to a patchy memory, a neurologist has told how alcohol can actually help improve recall in certain circumstances. Dr Dean Burnett has said that after a few drinks, people are quicker to remember previously lost memories – but only if those memories were from a […]

Wine to be sold at Toronto supermarkets later this year

At the tail end of 2015, we saw beer appear in Toronto-area grocery stores. Now, as the Toronto Star reports today, wine will also be making its way to supermarket shelves – though don’t expect to conveniently pick up a bottle until later this fall. As the Toronto Star notes, 70 grocery stores will likely […]

What Are Cover Crops And Why Are They Really Good For Wine?

Farmers and vintners alike would argue magic doesn’t exist in the vineyards that quench our thirst each year, but I’d argue clover — four-leafed or not — comes close, and has been doing so for millennia. Trifolium, commonly known as clover, is a “nitrogen-fixing” plant, meaning it returns nitrogen from the air back to soils, […]

A glass of red wine is the equivalent to an hour at the gym, says new study

Love a good glass of vino but hate hitting the gym to work it off? This news will make your day. Research conducted by the University of Alberta in Canada has found that health benefits in resveratrol, a compound found in red wine, are similar to those we get from exercise. Red wine over a […]

Red Wine Is Romantic for a Reason: Scientists Find It Helps Prevent E. D.

Chocolate-covered strawberries and a full goblet of Cabernet, often paired with Marvin Gaye softly crooning from the stereo, have set the mood for incalculable Valentine’s evenings, but new research suggests that some of these romantic standbys can also benefit long-term love lives. Habitual consumption of flavonoid-rich foods—red wine, fruits, vegetables and tea—may reduce the risk […]

Cheers! Millennials Drink Almost Half the Wine Bought in America

Glug! Now that the nation’s millennials are all officially 21, this 79-million-strong crowd of tastemakers is starting to shape the nation’s appetite for wine — buying more per person, spending more per bottle, and spurring the wine industry into finding new and innovative ways to capture this dominant market share. Millennials (now between the ages […]

Côtes du Rhône promises “spectacular” 2015 vintage

The 2015 harvest in the Rhône Valley is one of the best in professional memory, Côtes du Rhône Wines is reporting, with reds in particular showing great promise. Yields were at their ten-year average and, unusually, all the regions varietals delivered consistently in quality and quantity. Despite a heatwave in July, the vines were in […]

Plans for first distillery on Raasay approved

Raasay, a small island off the west coast of Skye, which has a population of some 170, is to get its first legal distillery. The Highland Council has granted planning approval to Edinburgh-based R&B Distillers to convert an abandoned Victorian hotel named Borodale house into a distillery and visitor centre. Work on the conversion is […]

Man Dies Aged 107, Thanked Red Wine For Long Life

Red wine has been credited with everything from preventing cancer to halting weight gain. Now comes the news that a recently deceased man believed it helped him reach the age of 107. Spaniard Antonio Docampo Garcia died last week after many years of refusing to drink water, preferring to guzzle his home-made red wine instead. […]

Iran and France cancel diplomatic lunch to welcome Hassan Rouhani after French refuse to take wine off the menu

Iranian officials asked that a lunch between the two countries’ presidents be Halal and alcohol-free A lunch between the French and Iranian presidents in Paris has been scrapped after the hosts refused to take wine off the menu. Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani had been due to eat lunch with French President Francois Hollande in an […]

Napa’s Fermenting Your Wine With Submarine Technology

In a traditional wine fermentation tank, if the yeasts start acting weird, it might be days before anyone smells or tastes the damage. But at Palmaz Vineyards in Napa, California, staff can detect risk factors before they develop into wine-spoiling problems. That’s thanks to the Fermentation Intelligence Logic Control System, a Minority Report–style setup that […]

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