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Decanter: Veuve Clicquot launches La Grande Dame 2004

| July 4, 2012

Decanter has a news item on the release of La Grande Dame 2004. Veuve Clicquot has launched the 2004 vintage of its top cuvée La Grande Dame – with chef de cave Dominique Demarville suggesting that future vintages could contain a much higher proportion of Pinot Noir. La Grande Dame is Veuve Clicquot’s prestige cuvée. […]

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WS: French Insurance Firm Buys Bordeaux’s Calon-Ségur

| July 4, 2012

The Wine Spectator has a news item of a major purchase in Bordeaux. The purchase includes 235 acres in St.-Estèphe, encompassing Calon-Ségur, second label Marquis de Calon and a cru bourgeois property, Capbern-Gasqueton. This is the most prominent of several Bordeaux properties to recently change hands, largely due to inheritance taxes and family disagreements. Click […]

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Todd French on Grape Radio

| March 1, 2012

Our own Todd French is the current interview subject on Grape Radio. Vist http://www.graperadio.com/ to hear the interview.

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Kramer: Are Americans’ Tastes Changing?

| March 1, 2012

Matt Kramer has a thoughtful article on what may be changing American tastes: Did you happen to notice the announcements a few weeks ago about how Starbucks and Peet’s are now offering lighter-roast coffees? This was no small thing, and I confess that it took me by surprise. Now, I do not consider myself any […]

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Domaine Huët’s Noël Pinguet Retires

| March 1, 2012

The Wine Spectator has a news item on a significant change at Domaine Huet: Noël Pinguet, the long-serving director of Domaine Huët, one of the Loire Valley’s leading producers, has retired from his winemaking duties. His career at the estate began in 1976, when he began working alongside his father-in-law, the late Gaston Huët, before […]

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Alcohol Helps Prevent Type-2 Diabetes

| March 1, 2012

The Wine Spectator has an article on this subject. Sounds counter intuitive but I’ll take it: Several studies have found that moderate alcohol consumption helps prevent type-2 diabetes. A new report from a team of European researchers supports that but also finds that the benefits depend on a lot of factors, including the gender of […]

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Goode: Why are tasting notes so bad? Can anything be done?

| March 1, 2012

Jamie Goode has a new blog post up on what he perceives as poor wine tasting notes: Just been browsing the tasting notes on a well known wine website (I will spare the name; I don’t want to be mean to this fine publication, because the problem is not unique to them), and was jolted […]

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Mosel Wine Blog: Peter Lauer’s Unterstenberg

| February 17, 2012

The Mosel Wine Blog has a post on elite producer Peter Lauer: A Peter Lauer sign post marking one of their plots of old vines in the formerly called Unterstenberg (“Unterstenbersch”) section of today’s Ayler Kupp. This particular parcel in Unterstenberg is trained on wooden stakes, others on wires. Click here to read the rest.

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Moët-Hennessy to produce red wine in China

| February 17, 2012

Yahoo has a news item on a new winery in China: Champagne maker Moët-Hennessy has invested in a vineyard in the mountains of China that will produce red wine for the domestic Chinese market. According to a report published February 14 in French business magazine Challenges.fr, luxury brand LVMH has signed an agreement with a […]

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Fred Franzia on wine snobs

| February 17, 2012

The Press Democrat has an article on 2 Buck Chuck and Fred Franzia: This year marks the 10th anniversary of Charles Shaw, better known as Two-buck Chuck, which made its debut in a Trader Joe’s store 2002. What impact has this $2 bottling had on our wine-drinking culture over the past decade? According to Franzia, the […]

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Fine wine market to rise 10% in 2012

| February 17, 2012

The Drinks Business has an article on the future of the fine wine market: Taking in the opinion of 120 leading fine wine merchants, auction houses and investment fund managers in Asia, Europe and the Americas, the survey shows an overcorrection in the second half of last year has led to attractive opportunities for buyers. […]

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Calistoga Council to consider wine regulations

| February 17, 2012

The Napa Valley Register has an article about wine tasting room regulations: Calistoga City Council will consider a set of long-debated regulation of wineries and tasting rooms at a public hearing at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21. Council will take public comment on a proposal to require that at least 75 percent of grapes used […]

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Does Nitrogen Cause Pinot Leaf Curl?

| February 17, 2012

Wines and Vines as an article on this mystery vine ailement: In the past three years, the vine sickness Pinot Leaf Curl has struck more often and with greater severity in Sonoma County’s valuable Pinot Noir vineyards. The ailment also can affect Pinot Blanc vines and has been observed less frequently in Pinot Meunier. Pinot […]

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En primeur credibility ‘damaged’: survey

| February 17, 2012

Decanter has a news item on en primeur wine sales.  An excerpt: The fine wine market is expected to grow 10% over the year, according to survey of wine professionals worldwide – but doubts remain as to the viability of en primeur. The Fine Wine Market Outlook 2012, a survey of 120 wine merchants, auction […]

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A pledge for simplicity in making wine

| February 17, 2012

SFGate has an article about low-intervention winemaking. It wasn’t entirely unexpected that during my travels with vineyard hunter Tegan Passalacqua for Sunday’s column, he suggested that the best way to showcase great vineyards is to keep winemaking to a bare minimum. That point of view is behind the efforts to make would-be natural wines, but […]

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Lyle Fass: 2010 Rheingau – Schloss Schonborn

| February 15, 2012

Riesling expert Lyle Fass has a new blog post about Schloss Schonborn.  Here is an exerpt: I really have not visited many estates in the Rheingau. Just Spreitzer, which was a lovely visit, and is on my short list for the top estates in the Rheingau, but after my tasting with Peter Barth at Schloss […]

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Thoughtful blog post from Keith Levenberg

| February 15, 2012

Keith Levenberg has a great blog post regarding natural wines. Here is an excerpt: For people who collect wine, one of the nice little perks of a New Year rolling around is how it officially ticks up the calendar age of all the bottles in the cellar. Those 2002s which might have seemed too young […]

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Grape prices rise in California, ‘Sideways’ effect reversed

| February 15, 2012

Decanter has an article on California Grape Prices: Grape prices in California have hit a new high after a smaller than expected crop in 2011, amid rising demand for the state’s wines around the world. There are also signs of a reversal of the so-called ‘Sideways’ effect, with Pinot Noir prices falling and Merlot prices […]

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Fury and charges of ‘egotism’ as Loire’s Baumard challenges Grand Cru

| February 15, 2012

Decanter has an article about the Quarts de Chaume Grand Cru appellation.  Here is an excerpt: Loire producer Domaine des Baumard has provoked fury by challenging the new Quarts de Chaume Grand Cru appellation in France’s Supreme Court. Jean and Florent Baumard of Domaine des Baumard are seeking to have the new decree annulled as […]

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For Sicilian wine, white is in vogue

| February 15, 2012

SFGate has an article about Sicilian whites.  Here is a short excerpt: Sicily’s white grapes are finally getting the recognition they deserve. It only took two centuries.   Grillo, Inzolia and Catarratto, the big three of the island’s whites, made it big in the 1700s as the primary players in Marsala, Sicily’s famous fortified wine. […]

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San Francisco gets a serious dose of Burgundy

| February 15, 2012

SFGate has a feature on the upcomming la Paulee. Here is an excerpt: Even with Wine Country being general all over, Californians remain huge fans of Burgundy. It is why, when Daniel Johnnes, wine director for Daniel Boulud’s New York-based Dinex Group, devised his La Paulee event, he ultimately chose to alternate it between San […]

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Record year for French wine, spirits exports

| February 15, 2012

AP via Yahoo! has a story regarding a good year for French wine exports.  Here is an except: France set a record for its wine and spirits exports with more than 10 billion euros in 2011, a 10.5 percent annual increase, the Federation of Wine and Spirits Exporters said on Tuesday. “The sector has weathered […]

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Kermit Lynch talks about Burgundy

| January 25, 2012

Follow the link below to listen to an interesting interview with legendary importer Kermit Lynch: http://kermitlynch.com/blog/2012/01/25/the-bourgogne-sessions/

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Health Benefits of Red Wine Exaggerated

| January 12, 2012

Yahoo has a story on a researcher who fabricated data in an important study. Here is an excerpt: A University of Connecticut researcher who studied the link between aging and a substance found in red winehas committed more than 100 acts of data fabrication and falsification, the university said Wednesday, throwing much of his work […]

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Wine Diarist: David Schildknecht on Nossiter, Natural Wines

| December 14, 2011

The always excellent Mike Steinberger has a blog post regarding David Schildknecht, Nossiter and Natural Wines. An excerpt: David, as you probably know, writes for The Wine Advocate. In addition to being a wonderful critic, he is one of the most intelligent and thought-provoking journalists working the wine beat, and I always enjoy corresponding with him, […]

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