Wine

• American Wine, Matured: 17 New AVAs & The Road Ahead

American Wine, Matured: 17 New AVAs & The Road Ahead

The American wine industry is maturing, and that’s good news for both consumers and producers. “Maturing,” for consumers, means a more nuanced appreciation of the wines in our glasses and the qualities that make those wines unique. “Maturing,” for producers, means a more subtle understanding of the diversity of their soils and climate, and the […]

• Hallelujah! Americans turning backs on “skinny” wine

Hallelujah! Americans turning backs on “skinny” wine

American consumers have lost their appetite for low calorie “skinny” wines, forcing Treasury Wine Estates to pull its The Skinny Vine brand off the shelves. As reported by The Wall Street Journal, US drinkers are ditching low calorie wines due to doubts over quality and a desire not to compromising on flavour. “With alcohol, along […]

• Your Snobby Wine Friends Are Full of Shit

Your Snobby Wine Friends Are Full of Shit

Find yourself in the company of an intolerable, self-annointed wine connoisseur? Don’t bother arguing about how great the $7 bottle of supermarket merlot is. The best way to deal with the inevitable snobbery headed your way might be to show them the following video produced by Vox, which slays the belief expensive wines are more delicious. […]

• Wine Online: How The Internet Revolutionized The Wine Market

Wine Online: How The Internet Revolutionized The Wine Market

Think of the wine trade and what image comes to mind? Probably a bunch of old men having a point-scoring chat about carbonic maceration, in fancy accents. Well, you’re wrong: the Internet is changing what we drink, how we buy it, and how we talk about it. One of the most basic changes is transparency […]

• Zac Posen on the 3 Bottles of Wine That Changed His Life

Zac Posen on the 3 Bottles of Wine That Changed His Life

A decade ago, a then young and relatively unknown designer named Zac Posen won the prestigious Ecco Domani fashion prize. For a fashion designer, the recognition is an imprimatur of excellence and an indicator of future success, and Posen most certainly has achieved both. Now, the 34-year-old is reuniting with the Northern Italian winery to release a limited-edition collaboration label for its Pinot […]

• China Overtakes France in Vineyards

China Overtakes France in Vineyards

China has become the second-largest vineyard area in the world after Spain, pushing France into third place. The International Organisation of Vine and Wine (IOVW) said China now had 799,000 hectares (1.97 million acres) of land devoted to vineyards. That compared with 1.02 million hectares in Spain. Experts pointed out that not all of China’s […]

• What Goes Into Wine-Label Design? Does It Matter?

What Goes Into Wine-Label Design? Does It Matter?

Does blue on a bottle turn off buyers? Will a fussy label hamper the sale of a cheap wine? Some graphic artists have been designing wine labels for decades, and they know what works. Lettie Teague (WSJ) investigates. ASK SOMEONE THE KIND of wine he prefers and he may or may not be able to […]

Wine From Wastewater: The Future Is Now

Wine From Wastewater: The Future Is Now

The drought in California is so severe, no solution is considered too far-fetched. Not even using recycled toilet water to irrigate the nation’s most prestigious wine grapes in Napa Valley. Call it effluent for the affluent. The drought in California is so severe, no solution is considered too far-fetched. Not even using recycled toilet water […]

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• Global Prosecco shortage could hit this summer!

Global Prosecco shortage could hit this summer!

With the global thirst for Prosecco showing no sign of slowing, stocks of the Italian sparkler could dry up by the summer one leading producer has warned. Speaking to the drinks business during the London Wine Fair this week, Roberto Cremonese, export manager of Bisol said: “Last year’s harvest was very poor, and down by up […]

• Know where your wine grapes came from? These online maps can tell you

Know where your wine grapes came from? These online maps can tell you

“I’ve been spending some time in wine country recently, renting a cabin from friends. Every morning I sit out on the deck, drinking coffee, reading, and admiring the view, which you can see in a photo below. In the time I’ve been here, the vineyard across the way has turned from sparse and brown to […]

• Vermouth: It’s What You Should Be Drinking This Summer

Vermouth: It’s What You Should Be Drinking This Summer

Vermouth is having a moment in the sun, but if you think it’s just for cocktails, think again, say Tom Sandham and Ben McFarland. We were recently invited into an uber cool advertising agency to be quizzed on drinking trends. We’re pretty cool guys, yeah? And we were all, like, eating free pastries and saying: […]

• How to fool a wine snob…or anyone! Try this simple trick

How to fool a wine snob…or anyone! Try this simple trick

If you want to trick your guests into thinking the cheap wine you’re serving is a special vintage, simply lie to them about how expensive it it.  Research has found that people rate wine better if they are told it is pricey. And the experts said so-called ‘price prejudice’ can blind people to the actual […]

• Just In Case You Thought Your Wine Was Vegan

Just In Case You Thought Your Wine Was Vegan

Is your wine vegan? It seems like an odd question: wine is made of grapes, grapes fall solidly under the “not an animal product” label, therefore it would seem that wine is a vegan-friendly beverage. However, many people who adhere to a vegan diet refrain from consuming any food or drink that is processed using […]

• Ryan Seacrest Idolizes Wines of California and Bordeaux

Ryan Seacrest Idolizes Wines of California and Bordeaux

Ryan Seacrest is famously passionate about music: Millions of Americans know him from his roles on American Idol, American Top 40 and his Los Angeles morning radio show, On Air With Ryan Seacrest. Less well known, however, is the television and radio host’s deep love—nay, “obsession,” as Seacrest puts it—for wine. When Seacrest, 40, got […]

• Italian PM Woos Obama With Super Tuscans

Italian PM Woos Obama With Super Tuscans

Obama joked that it would be “insulting” not to try the Sassicaia, Ornellaia and Tignanello given to him by Renzi during a state visit to the White House in Washington. During the visit, the duo reportedly shared a glass of Tuscan wine together. “I brought a few bottles of wine for Barack, because I know that […]