Don’t Let Your Wine Go to the Grocery Store Naked

Recent research helps explain how clear bottles can result in wine that smells like “wet dog” and “boiled cabbage.”

#chemistry, #light, #proceedings-of-the-national-academy-of-sciences, #research, #smells-and-odors, #supermarkets-and-grocery-stores, #wines, #your-feed-science

On the Sonoma Coast, Fog, Wind and Exceptional Wine

At Peay Vineyards, a coastal pioneer, reflecting on the evolution of an appellation, following one’s muse and seeing tastes grow more diverse.

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How Wölffer Rosé Became a Hamptons Lifestyle

Joey Wölffer of Wölffer Estate has turned pink wine into a symbol of the Hamptons life that she epitomizes.

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Big Returns for Investing in Fine Wine and Whiskey? It Was Fraud, U.S. Says.

The scheme, which the authorities say used “aggressive and deceptive tactics,” defrauded more than 150 people of about $13 million, according to court documents.

#casey-alexander, #delaware, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #frauds-and-swindling, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #whiskey, #wines

Another Variable in the Winemaking Process: Climate Change

After two years of fires, the California winery Donkey & Goat has learned to pivot, combining appellations and even vintages to turn despair into deliciousness.

#berkeley-calif, #donkeygoat-berkeley-calif-winery, #global-warming, #grapes, #rogers-brandt-tracey, #wines

12 Bordeaux Wines, Made by Vignerons, to Drink Now

These 12 wines, made by vignerons and not grand estates, are classically refreshing and altogether inviting.

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Finding the Right Words for the Red Wines of Languedoc

The imprecision of the language used to describe the wines can muddle the clarity of their stylistic differences.

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10 Uncommon Grapes Varieties That Make Joyful Wines

For many reasons, these varieties have either been unfairly dismissed or are little known outside their home regions. But they make joyful wines.

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12 Wines From South America to Drink Now 

These distinctive wines show off the character and identity of South American terroirs.

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How Social Media Has Influenced Traditional Wine Culture

Historic wine regions were bound by local traditions. More recently developed areas lacked a sense of community. But now distance is no obstacle.

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Wine School: New Wines From Old Spanish Vines

A younger generation of growers and producers looks to ancient vineyards and heritage grapes to give a new identity to Spanish red wines.

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12 Natural Wines to Drink Now

For 20 years, natural wine has been dismissed as a fad or a fraud. Yet more people make it, more drink it and good bottles are easier to find.

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The Wine Business Sees a Problem: Millennials Aren’t Drinking Enough

As baby boomers retire and buy less wine, producers need new ways to tempt a White Claw generation back from other alcoholic drinks, according to a new report.

#alcoholic-beverages, #consumer-behavior, #millennial-generation, #wines

Dusty Baker’s Wine Business Keeps Him Busy

Baseball’s players may be locked out, but Dusty Baker, at 72, is hard at work in his vineyards, trusting advice from Willie Stargell and paying tribute to Henry Aaron.

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How To Choose The Best Wine Glass

Each turns holding and swirling a goblet into a rare and sensual pleasure. But how do they differ when it comes to experiencing the wine?

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Orange Wines, a Genre Worthy of Exploration

It’s a style defined not by area or grapes, but by production technique. That leaves plenty of room for differences and for further exploration.

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The Best Wines Under $20: Winter Edition

These 20 wines are not from the most famous regions. But they are great values and, most important, delicious.

#chianti-italy, #loire-valley-france, #sonoma-county-calif, #wines

The Most Common Wine Questions, Answered

Don’t let fussy protocol interfere with the pleasure of enjoying a bottle. Best practices can help, but they should never inhibit.

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California Cabernet Beyond the Stereotypes

Any wine can be legitimately criticized, but lazy generalizations obscure significant differences among places and styles.

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Eric Asimov’s Favorite Wines of 2021

It was another strange year with travel still limited. But good wines can bring the world to you.

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Was She Just Another Nicely Packaged Pain Delivery System?

I had been burned too badly to believe in love. And yet, believe I did.

#dating-and-relationships, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #love-emotion, #wines

What Makes a Wine Great? It’s Not Just Old and Complex.

It ought to have a sense of place, and it needs to refresh. Beyond that, great wines are those that best fit the particular occasion.

#beaujolais-wine, #champagne-wine, #wines

Six Master Sommeliers Can Be Terminated After Sexual Harassment Investigation

The American chapter of the Court of Master Sommeliers says it investigated 22 members. But at least one woman who came forward feels that’s not enough.

#broglie-devon, #court-of-master-sommeliers-americas, #kruth-geoff, #sexual-harassment, #wines

Red Wines From Greece That Are Worth Savoring

Unfamiliarity with the grapes, the geography, the language and the culture means education will have to precede widespread acceptance.

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12 Wines for Thanksgiving and Beyond

The characteristics that make a bottle great for the holiday work for just about any occasion. These wines not only taste good, they feel good.

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Your Easy, No-Sweat Guide to Picking Wines for Thanksgiving

The grapes don’t really matter. Neither does where it was made. So long as it refreshes and rejuvenates, it’s the perfect bottle.

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Climate Change Threatens Wine, and a Way of Life, in Jura

Extreme weather has ruined grape crops throughout this small French region known for natural wine. “If it continues like this, how will we continue to make Jura wine? I really don’t know,” said one winegrower.

#agriculture-and-farming, #global-warming, #grapes, #jura-france, #weather, #wines

The Accidental Wine Educator

Over the last 50 years, America has become the world’s leading wine consumer. Kevin Zraly has had a lot to do with that.

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Embracing an Unloved Grape

Mountain Tides took on the challenge of exploring the subtleties of petite sirah, a brassy grape long used to help color and flavor wines.

#california, #grapes, #kirkpatrick-scott-winemaker, #mountain-tides-wine-co, #napa-calif, #wines

In Sonoma County, ‘Regenerative Agriculture’ Is the Next Big Thing

Carbon sequestration, pollinator habitat restoration and simple composting: An increasing number of the region’s winegrowers are going beyond sustainability. Here’s how to see, and taste, the fruits of their labors.

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Among Chardonnays, Chablis Is Not Better, Just Different

The 2019 vintage confirms Chablis’s distinctive qualities. As for other chardonnays, blame the winemaker, not the place or the grape.

#california, #chardonnay-wine, #france, #wines

How to Sell Good, Inexpensive Wines Without Pandering

Mary Taylor is betting that curious consumers will want well-made bottles, labeled with just the facts.

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War and Strife Have Come to Prosecco Country

A Croatian wine, Prosek, seeks an official designation, and Prosecco makers are up in arms. But they also can’t agree on what, exactly, should be called Prosecco.

#croatia, #italy, #prosecco-wine, #veneto-italy, #wines

For Wells Guthrie, Mendocino Offers a Second Winemaking Chance

Wells Guthrie made fine wine, but financial challenges diverted his attention. Now he’s got a new label and a second chance, without distractions.

#boonville-calif, #content-type-personal-profile, #copain-wines, #dupuis-wines, #guthrie-wells, #mendocino-county-calif, #wines

The Applegate Valley Offers Oregon Winemakers a Quiet Place to Experiment

In the warmer southern region, intrepid producers are leading the way with a focus on Rhône grapes and conscientious farming.

#grapes, #oregon, #wines

When Covid-19 Stole Their Smell, These Experts Lost Much More

French perfumers, sommeliers and winemakers with coronavirus infections are sometimes deprived of a crucial tool: their high-performing noses.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #france, #loire-valley-france, #perfumes-and-fragrances, #senses-and-sensation, #smell-olfaction, #smells-and-odors, #wines

Through 3 Whites, the Art of Blending Wines

Different grape varieties are not the only things that winemakers put together. In some form or other, most wines are compositions.

#agriculture-and-farming, #grapes, #wines

Wine Guide: 10 Ways to Appreciate It Even More

For seven years, Wine School has examined wines from all sides to help readers learn to talk and think about them. Here are some key takeaways.

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Change May Be Coming to Your Favorite Wines

Rising temperatures and the risk of wildfires have led some wineries to grow different types of grapes. And some regions that were long overlooked are now producing notable wines.

#consumer-behavior, #content-type-service, #global-warming, #grapes, #weather, #wines

A Farewell to Becky Wasserman, a Great Sage of Burgundy

As an American working in France, she often had to explain the region to her countrymen while leading them to wonderful producers.

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For France, American Vines Still Mean Sour Grapes

French authorities have tried to outlaw hardy American hybrids for 87 years. But climate change and the natural wine movement are giving renegade winemakers a lift.

#cevennes-france, #climate-change, #france, #global-warming, #grapes, #pesticides, #politics-and-government, #wines

20 Wines Under $20: For When the Weather Is Sultry

The needs are different when it’s hot and sticky: Lighter-bodied wines, more whites and rosés than reds, refreshment rather than solidity.

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A Rosé by Any Other Color

The palest shades have become the most popular, but can you discern anything meaningful by the hue? Three very different dark rosés argue otherwise.

#abruzzo-italy, #broc-cellars, #california, #color, #france, #grapes, #wines

Your Next Lesson: White Wine Blends

Red blends are well known classically and in the popular market. But what about white blends? They are not as common, but they can be very good.

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The Taste of Summer, Now in Canned Form

A new wave of independent beverage brands, some promising health benefits and others a good old-fashioned buzz, are remaking the way we unwind.

#2021-t-summer-entertain, #alcoholic-beverages, #cocktails-and-mixed-drinks, #soft-drinks, #summer-season, #tequila, #wines

How Climate Change Hit Wine Country

If any nook of American agriculture has the means and incentive to outwit the climate crisis, it is Napa Valley. But so far, vineyards here show the limits of adapting to a warming planet.

#agriculture-and-farming, #california, #global-warming, #grapes, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #insurance, #napa-calif, #sonoma-county-calif, #water, #wildfires, #wines

Scorched, Parched and Now Uninsurable: Climate Change Hits Wine Country

If any nook of American agriculture has the means and incentive to outwit the climate crisis, it is Napa Valley. But so far, vineyards here show the limits of adapting to a warming planet.

#agriculture-and-farming, #california, #global-warming, #grapes, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #insurance, #napa-calif, #sonoma-county-calif, #water, #wildfires, #wines

In California Drought, Water Witches are Swamped

Amid California’s drought, desperate landowners and managers are turning to those who practice an ancient, disputed method for locating water.

#agriculture-and-farming, #california, #drought, #occult-sciences, #water, #wells, #wines

Your Next Lesson: Rosé From the Dark Side

Not all rosés are meant to be pale, even though they are fashionable. Different techniques and traditions produce rosés of many hues.

#abruzzo-italy, #broc-cellars, #california, #content-type-service, #irouleguy-france, #wines

The Message in a Reusable Wine Bottle: Combat Climate Change

Glass bottles are the largest source of the wine industry’s carbon footprint. Several companies are experimenting with new shipping methods.

#containers-and-packaging, #glass, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #wines