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

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6 U.S. Destinations for a Remote-Working Vacation

As workers prepare to return to the office in coming months, here are six towns and cities to consider squeezing in a working vacation or two.

#airbnb, #arizona, #auburn-ny, #brunswick-me, #california, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #diamond-head-oahu-hawaii, #finger-lakes-region-ny, #food, #hawaii, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #ithaca-ny, #kansas, #maine, #names-geographical, #petaluma-calif, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #restaurants, #rivers, #shawnee-kan, #sonoma-county-calif, #sonoran-desert, #telecommuting, #topeka-kan, #travel-and-vacations, #tucson-ariz, #watkins-glen-ny, #wines

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Txakolina, a Simple Pleasure With a Deep Sense of Place

This slightly effervescent wine of the Spanish Basque Country epitomizes the globalization of once-local wines in the 21st century.

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Chenin Blanc From Three Places

It’s an underrated white grape that flourishes in the Loire Valley and very few other places.

#california, #loire-valley-france, #south-africa, #wines

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Jim Clendenen, Santa Barbara Winemaking Pioneer, Dies at 68

With exuberant charisma and relentless traveling, he promoted his label, Au Bon Climat, and the region as a wine hub.

#au-bon-climat-llc, #burgundy-france, #chardonnay-wine, #clendenen-jim-1953-2021, #deaths-obituaries, #pinot-noir-wine, #santa-barbara-calif, #wines

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Books to Inspire Hunger and Thirst

Wine textbooks are crucial, but they may only rarely move you. What about books that teach you not only how to think about wine but how to feel about it?

#books-and-literature, #wines

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California’s Wine Industry Has Long Been a ‘Boys’ Club’

Wednesday: Accusations of sexual assault against a wine country mayor shine a light on the culture of an exclusive industry.

#sexual-harassment, #sonoma-county-calif, #wines

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So You’re Thinking About Joining a Wine Club …

Media outlets, retailers, importers and restaurants all want your business. Here’s a hint: Look for transparency, real wineries and customer service.

#content-type-service, #organizations-societies-and-clubs, #wines

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Day Drinking, Italian Style

Lambrusco, the gently sparkling and often budget-friendly wine, is the drink of choice in Emilia-Romagna. And it tastes great in a briny spritz.

#cocktails-and-mixed-drinks, #emilia-romagna-italy, #wines

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How a Wine Spritz Entrepreneur Spends Her Sundays

Jordan Salcito takes time on the weekend to support small businesses, as well as parks and museums, around the city.

#content-type-personal-profile, #new-york-city, #salcito-jordan, #wines

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Space Aged: Bottle of Wine From Space Station Could Sell for $1 Million

The bottle of Pétrus from 2000 — which is being sold by Christie’s — comes with a second bottle of “terrestrial” wine, a custom trunk, a decanter, glasses and a corkscrew crafted from a meteorite.

#anson-jane-journalist, #auctions, #bordeaux-france, #christies, #france, #international-space-station, #space-and-astronomy, #space-exploration-technologies-corp, #space-stations, #wine-spectator-magazine, #wines

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Txakolina for Good Cheer, Wherever You May Be

This slightly effervescent wine, from Spanish Basque Country, is easy to enjoy on seasides, with seafood and in the sunshine.

#basque-region-spain, #content-type-service, #txakolina-wine, #wines

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Be It a $10 Wine, or Much More, the Judgments Come Free

Inexpensive wines can be just fine. They also illuminate the harsh opinions that some people seem to cherish about the preferences of others.

#chile, #content-type-service, #france, #italy, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #wines

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10 New York State Wines to Drink Now

Here are top-tier bottles from producers in the Finger Lakes and Long Island, regions that deserve more respect than they receive.

#finger-lakes-region-ny, #long-island-ny, #wines

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One Year Later: How U.S. Winemakers Averted Disaster

Pandemic disruptions seemed to pose the biggest obstacles, but West Coast fires were far more damaging.

#layoffs-and-job-reductions, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shutdowns-institutional, #wines

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French Wine Production Ravaged by a Devastating Frost

France’s winegrowers had already been hit by higher U.S. taxes and the pandemic. Now they are dealing with a “violent” cold snap.

#agriculture-and-farming, #france, #weather, #wines

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A Starter Kit for Aspiring Wine Lovers

You don’t need much. This guide will show you which equipment to invest in, what to avoid and how to learn more about the wine styles you most enjoy.

#content-type-service, #glassware, #tableware, #wines

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When You Need a Wine Under $10

Here are three examples of red wine from France, Italy and Chile.

#content-type-service, #wines

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Grenache Three Ways, and Over Many Decades

It is tempting to define a wine by the grapes that go into it, but grapes can have many expressions depending mostly on the intent of the producer.

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The Growers, Bakers and Beekeepers Embracing the Terroir of American Cities

Long celebrated in France, the concept of place-specific tastes is spurring the revitalization of neighborhoods and communities.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #bees, #black-people, #bread, #cleveland-ohio, #detroit-mich, #grapes, #manhattan-nyc, #wines

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Remembering Steven Spurrier, Whose Contest Shook the Wine World

His legacy will always be the Judgment of Paris tasting of 1976, but less well known was his advocacy for unheralded wines from all over the world.

#content-type-personal-profile, #dorset-england, #nineteen-hundred-seventies, #paris-france, #spurrier-steven-1941-2021, #wines

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Steven Spurrier, Who Upended Wine World With a Tasting, Dies at 79

In what came to be called the Judgment of Paris, he arranged for California and French wines to be compared in a blind tasting. The verdict was a shocker.

#cabernet-sauvignon-wine, #california, #chardonnay-wine, #deaths-obituaries, #paris-france, #spurrier-steven, #wine-bars, #wines

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Old World Wines Are Savored in ‘Noble Rot’

Dan Keeling and Mark Andrew’s new book covers old territory in a fresh way.

#books-and-literature, #england, #wines

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Does Wine Lose Its Spirit When the Alcohol Is Removed?

Nonalcoholic wines fill a need for the sober and occasionally abstinent, and the new generation of alcohol-free wines is promising.

#content-type-service, #drunken-and-reckless-driving, #grapes, #wines

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Restaurant Wine Directors Worry About the Future

The pandemic has forced sommeliers from jobs, pared wine lists and raised big questions about the viability of the business and the way it treats workers.

#layoffs-and-job-reductions, #restaurants, #shutdowns-institutional, #wines, #work-life-balance

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So Ancient, Yet So New: Gorgeous Red Wines From Greece

While the country is better known for its white wines, it also produces distinctive, superb reds from a number of little-known grapes.

#grapes, #greece, #labeling-and-labels-product, #wines

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Flowery, Yes. But the Wines of Fleurie Offer More.

It’s a wine that has long been typecast. Maybe now is the time to recognize that Beaujolais is no longer just one thing.

#beaujolais-wine, #content-type-service, #france, #wines

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Make Vermouth the Star

Dust off your bottle. It’s a complete pour all its own.

#alcoholic-beverages, #cocktails-and-mixed-drinks, #content-type-service, #herbs, #wines

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How to Think About Wine Vintages

Conventional wisdom can often lead consumers away from delicious wines. Better to think of individual years in terms of character than of quality.

#california, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #weather, #wine-advocate-magazine, #wine-spectator-magazine, #wines

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For the Wine World, 2021 Brings Familiar Problems

The year has changed. So has the government. But the challenges facing the wine industry — Covid, tariffs and climate change — remain.

#customs-tariff, #presidential-election-of-2020, #wines

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20 Wines Under $20: Postcards From Around the World

In a pandemic era, when traveling is largely out of the question, these wines, good values all, can take you on a trip around the globe.

#argentina, #australia, #austria, #california, #chile, #france, #grapes, #greece, #italy, #portugal, #wines

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In Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, the Gifts of Simplicity

The role of everyday wines is often overlooked, but these Italian reds are excellent reminders of how important they can be.

#abruzzo-italy, #wines

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Without Tourism, Life in a Tuscan Village Slides Back in Time

The sharp drop in visitors since the start of the pandemic pressed this small community in the hills of Chianti to cling to the essentials: the pharmacy, the food store and agriculture.

#castellina-in-chianti-italy, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #italy, #la-torre-winery-montalcino-italy, #olives, #wines

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Should Wine Be Among Your Health Resolutions?

The new category of ‘clean wines’ is an effort to appeal to those seeking wellness. But why try to rationalize wine as a healthful product?

#avaline-ltd, #diaz-cameron, #diet-and-nutrition, #grapes, #power-katherine-1980, #wines

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Worker Ran Illegal Winery in Alabama Sewage Plant, Sheriff Says

The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office received a tip about an alcohol operation in a wastewater treatment plant in Rainsville, Ala. A 15-year city employee was arrested and charged.

#alabama, #crime-and-criminals, #sewers-and-sewage, #stiefel-allen-maurice, #wines

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Stuck at Home, People Are Splurging on Wine and Spirits

Sales of wine, beer and spirits are up across the board, but “consumers are trading up and spending more,” one analyst said.

#alcoholic-beverages, #bars-and-nightclubs, #bordeaux-france, #burgundy-france, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #napa-calif, #personal-finances, #restaurants, #wines

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10 Sparkling Wines for Leaving 2020 Behind

The end-of-the-year parties will look different in 2020, but the featured bottles will still be bubbly, whether they come from Champagne or elsewhere.

#champagne-wine, #content-type-service, #grapes, #new-year, #wines

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Wines to Remember in a Year to Forget

Travel, restaurants and vineyards were all virtually off limits. But a lot of bottles were opened at home, creating a different sort of history.

#italy, #mahle-pax-wines, #ochota-taras, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #riesling-wine, #sebastopol-calif, #south-africa, #wines

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Among Sparkling Wines, the Other Half Lives Pretty Well

Consumers focus on Champagne, but in the bubbly universe many stars offer distinctive and delicious versions of their own.

#catalonia-spain, #grapes, #italy, #loire-valley-france, #wines

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A Badly Timed Disruption for Wine Sales in the New York Area

A storm last week damaged a North Jersey warehouse, impeding deliveries to stores during a busy holiday season.

#bowler-wine, #new-jersey, #t-edward-wines-and-spirits, #weather, #western-carriers-inc, #wind, #wines

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6 Books for Thinking, Drinking and Changing the World

2020 has been a year for new and up-to-date studies of wine regions, as well as grim accounts of sexual degradation in the hospitality industry.

#anson-jane-journalist, #books-and-literature, #inside-bordeaux-the-chateaux-their-wines-and-the-terroir-book, #james-victoria-1990, #krebiehl-anne, #pappyland-a-story-of-family-fine-bourbon-and-the-things-that-last-book, #ryan-frederick-j-jr, #spencer-benjamin-north, #the-new-wines-of-mount-etna-an-insiders-guide-to-the-history-and-rebirth-of-a-wine-region-book, #the-wines-of-germany-book, #thompson-wright-author, #wine-and-the-white-house-a-history-book, #wine-girl-the-obstacles-humiliations-and-triumphs-of-americas-youngest-sommelier-book, #wines

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It’s Time to Put the Noble Grapes in Their Place

Given a chance, many varieties, once scorned or dismissed, have proven they can shine. Why constrain our thinking about them by creating hierarchies?

#grapes, #wines

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Sparkling Wines, Even if 2020 Hasn’t Earned Them

Every wine region makes them. Here are three different versions, made in different places from different grapes, each with its own festive message.

#catalonia-spain, #content-type-service, #grapes, #italy, #loire-valley-france, #wines

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Chairman of Elite Wine Group Resigns Amid Its Sexual Harassment Scandal

Devon Broglie is the latest figure in the Court of Master Sommeliers to be accused of an inappropriate relationship.

#metoo-movement, #boards-of-directors, #broglie-devon, #conflicts-of-interest, #court-of-master-sommeliers-americas, #sexual-harassment, #wines

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Good Wines Won’t Fix Thanksgiving, but They Couldn’t Hurt

It will be an unusual holiday, with even the closest of families deciding to keep their distance. Perhaps this year we can toast each other from afar.

#content-type-service, #grapes, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #thanksgiving-day, #wines

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When Wine Is More Than Just a Drink

The winemaker Taras Ochota, who died in October, created unique wines that were a touchstone for our Australia critic.

#adelaide-australia, #australia, #joly-nicolas, #ochota-taras, #wines

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Elite Wine Group Suspends Master Sommeliers

After recent sexual harassment allegations by many women, the Court of Master Sommeliers has apologized and announced next steps.

#metoo-movement, #court-of-master-sommeliers-americas, #kruth-geoff, #sexual-harassment, #united-states, #wines, #women-and-girls

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In Russia’s Idyllic Wine Country, Dark Tales of Dreams Dashed

A verdant slice of southern Russia evokes Tuscany and produces surprisingly magical wine. But bureaucratic nightmares and police raids intrude on the aspirations of upstart vintners.

#agriculture-and-farming, #black-sea, #caucasus-russia, #krasnodar-russia, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #wines

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The Court of Master Sommeliers Has a Sexual Harassment Problem

The Court of Master Sommeliers confers high honors, but many women candidates say they’ve paid a steep price.

#metoo-movement, #awards-decorations-and-honors, #court-of-master-sommeliers, #discrimination, #race-and-ethnicity, #sexual-harassment, #united-states, #wines, #women-and-girls

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New Spirits Rise in Old, Repurposed Churches

For years, attendance rates have dropped and congregations have closed nationwide. But many reused religious spaces are still sanctuaries.

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