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Tag Archives: Pinot gris

• The World’s Next Big Wine Regions

The World’s Next Big Wine Regions

Eight hot spots producing your next great bottle. I’ve always been a wine-discovery junkie, constantly on the hunt for new grapes, new vintages, new winemakers, and especially new places where vines may never have been planted before. Thanks to ambitious vintners, rising demand from drinkers, a taste shift to lighter wine styles, and yes, even climate […]

• The Right Temperatures to Serve Red and White Wines

The Right Temperatures to Serve Red and White Wines

If you’re serving your red wines at room temperature and your whites straight out of the fridge, you’re probably doing it wrong. Wine temperature is a lot more important than most people realize; it can dramatically affect how you experience flavor and aroma. When served too warm, red wines lose their nuance, coming across as […]

• The Best Spring Wine You’ve Never Heard Of

The Best Spring Wine You’ve Never Heard Of

“MY FAVORITE spring wine is one that is almost impossible to find. Never mind that it’s made all over the world—France and Italy, Germany and Austria and even California and Oregon. Or that it’s refreshing and crisp and even pairs well with so-called “difficult” foods like asparagus and other green vegetables. It remains woefully obscure—at […]

• NE Ohio wineries lose millions as subzero weather damages grape crop

NE Ohio wineries lose millions as subzero weather damages grape crop

Northeast Ohio grape growers are reeling today from what is conservatively considered a multimillion-dollar loss of their 2014 wine crop because of the record-low temperatures. “It’s at least a $3 million loss of vinifera grapes,” said Doniella Winchell. executive director of the Ohio Wine Producers Association. “More than 90 percent of the buds among the […]

• Single-Serving Wine for Sipping Small

Single-Serving Wine for Sipping Small

Buy me some pinot and Cracker Jack! Pinot grigio, California merlot, cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay are now sold in sealed single-serve plastic goblets. Next month, Zipz, the company behind this new format, will introduce them at baseball stadiums, including Citi Field (hear that, Mets fans?), and at wine shops. A couple of entrepreneurs in Miami […]

• Dogfish’s Noble Rot blurs line between wine and beer

Dogfish’s Noble Rot blurs line between wine and beer

Thousands of years ago, notes Sam Calagione, our distant ancestors didn’t draw a semantic line in the sand between beer and wine. Whatever fermentables they had, whether grain or fruit, went into a common pot to produce their unique tipples. That’s the concept behind Midas Touch (made with Muscat grapes) and Chateau Jiahu (flavored with […]

• Why I’m turning my nose up at vin de Barrymore

Why I’m turning my nose up at vin de Barrymore

“For a reason that escapes me now, I follow, along with almost five million others, Sean Combs AKA P Diddy, on Twitter. While this week he’s been alternating between sad Whitney tweets and shout-outs to his kids, his usual output is inspirational quotes interspersed with fulsome praises of Ciroc, the vodka brand he is ambassador […]

• Riesling sales up 70% after Riesling Week

Riesling sales up 70% after Riesling Week

The Oxford Wine Company has reported a 70% increase in sales of German Riesling after its successful Riesling Week campaign last week. Showcasing the German whites through a permanent Riesling tasting bar at the independent retailer sent sales of the wine soaring. “Getting a potential Riesling nut’s nose into a glass of chilled paradise always […]

• California vintners, regulators agree on diluted rules for wine regions

California vintners, regulators agree on diluted rules for wine regions

California winemakers have successfully pruned some labeling regulations they feared could hurt business, following a long behind-the-scenes lobbying campaign.After being pressed by everyone from the Paso Robles, Calif., mayor to California’s congressional delegation, Treasury Department officials on Thursday updated the rules for designating viticultural areas. They stopped short of what officials once proposed. “The changes […]

• Winemakers & Educators Discuss The Case For More Sweet Wine

Winemakers & Educators Discuss The Case For More Sweet Wine

International symposium explores production challenges and sales opportunities. Consumption and sales of sweet and dessert wines in the United States are at a historical low point as a percentage of overall wine sales, but some industry experts believe there is potential for expanding market share in this category by re-educating and re-introducing consumers to high-quality […]

• Yes, Nova Scotia makes some awesome wine. Who knew?!

Yes, Nova Scotia makes some awesome wine. Who knew?!

… After working as a sommelier in one of Halifax’s oldest and best-known hotels, I’ve had plenty of experience speaking with tourists about Nova Scotia’s wines.  As you may expect, they always want to sample the local fare.  However, unless they too are from an area that grows hybrids, I am met with a very […]

• Sommeliers tote personal choices to holiday parties

Sommeliers tote personal choices to holiday parties

Classic cocktails, Champagne and, of course, plenty of wine. Here are some of their suggestions. If you’re lucky enough to have a sommelier as a friend, son, sister, nephew or niece, I think it’s a safe bet that your holiday libations are a step up from the rest of us. Any well-selected bottle will add […]

• Fab New Zealand Wines, the Best Reds and Whites

Fab New Zealand Wines, the Best Reds and Whites

… For a slinky little country, it may be surprising to find world-class Pinot sharing the stage with Cabernet and Merlot, not to mention Pinot Gris, Riesling, and Chardonnay. The good fortune of New Zealand is that its 1,000 miles stretches from north to south over two islands, while its slender build means that almost […]

• Beyond Viognier, California Rhone-style whites

Beyond Viognier, California Rhone-style whites

As Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio remain stuck in monotone, it’s a pleasure to see an ever-expanding roster of West Coast wineries producing Rhone-style efforts – beyond the once-and-again fortunes of Viognier (which we taste separately). In part, it might be because more fruit is available; nearly twice as much Grenache Blanc was crushed in 2009 […]

• Oy. Ramona Singer: 'Real Housewives of NYC' star to launch white wine line

Oy. Ramona Singer: 'Real Housewives of NYC' star to launch white wine line

The star of The Real Housewives of New York City, Ramona Singer is expanding her brand — according to a new report the reality star is launching a line of white wine. Fans of the show know that the reality star loves white wine. As E! Online reports, the Ramona Pinot Grigio will become available […]