Sauvignon Blanc

by Catherine E. Fallis Master Sommelier-Planet Grape

Sauvignon blanc is a green-skinned grape variety which probably originates from the Bordeaux region of France. It is now planted in much of the world’s vineyards. Sauvignon Blanc, is, without a doubt, one of the most versatile of grapes. Sauvignon derives from “sauvage”, or “wild”, and is also the “mother” of Cabernet Sauvignon. In fact, old records list these two as Sauvignon Blanc, and Sauvignon. Sauvignon Blanc’s unique methoxypyrazines (flavor compounds) manifest themselves as grassy, herbaceous, even cat pee like aromas at their most pungent. The riper the grape, the more the flavors move into the melon/tree fruit spectrum. The…

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Wine and weddings: a match made in heaven?

by Sam Brown

Picking out the ideal wines for a wedding, and serving them in the most appropriate ways, is something that shouldn’t be overlooked when planning even a relatively casual celebration. Going in too early with the wrong sort of drink for the setting, for example, can certainly impact on how the rest of the event progresses. That isn’t to suggest that there are dozens of alarming pitfalls to avoid: too many people already fret unduly about getting wine ‘wrong’, when ultimately it all comes down to what you most enjoy and what you want your guests to experience. Besides, at…

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Global Champagne Shipments for 2016 - Canada Is A Growth Driver

by Dame Liz Palmer

The Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne released its sales and shipment results for the Champagne sector in 2016. Here is the list of the top markets for 2016, along with some findings: • Champagne exports continues to progress, especially outside Europe; • Consumers are diversifying their tastes and turning to rosé and prestige cuvées; • 2016 is the second record year (4.71 billion euros) after 2015 (4.74 billion euros); and • Many countries confirm their status as growth drivers: (+ 9.4% Canada), United States (+ 6.3%), (+12% Mexico), (+ 15.1% in South Africa), (+…

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Six fascinating wine facts you may not know

by Morgan Franklin

All wines and wine-tasting events – no matter how exclusive, casual or intimate – benefit enormously from being held against a backdrop of great company and sparkling chat. We often get deep into anecdote-swapping sessions about wines and their history over a glass or two; after all, with a history of cultural significance dating back thousands of years, there’s a lot of rich and varied information on the topic to soak up! For starters, here are just a handful of eye-opening wine facts and tales you might like to bring to the next party… 1. In terms of…

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How to Pitch Your Beverage Brand to the Press and Media

by Nick

Getting a story about your wine brand published in a trade publication is about more than just having a great story. That was the consensus opinion of four wine industry experts – W.R. Tish of Beverage Media Group, David Ransom of The Tasting Panel and The SOMM Journal, Gregg Glaser of Modern Distillery Age, and Felicity Carter of Meininger’s Wine Business International – who recently gathered for a media panel at the 2016 USA Trade Testing Conference. As Tish points out, it’s important to have your media assets ready at any time. That means, for example, if you…

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How to Organise and Store Your Wine Collection

by Gavin Koorey

Have you decided to invest in a home wine cellar or to store your wine at an external self-storage facility? If you answered with a yes, you’ve just taken the first step towards organised wine storage. After you have the infrastructure in place and set the accurate temperature and humidity, you should organise your wine collection in a way that facilitates effortless access to the right wine at the right time. To keep your wine cellar organised, we offer some vital tips here below. 1. Set a Coherent Organisation System For categorising your wine, there is no right…

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Six of the weirdest wines out there

by Morgan Franklin

We’re always on the hunt for that unique bottle to take along to a dinner party as a real conversation-starter for enthusiast friends. But show up with any of these under your arm, and you might not be getting many more invitations in future...or making many more friends, for that matter. Birch sap wine By tapping a mature silver birch tree during a very narrow window in early Spring – just a couple of weeks in the middle of March, so blink and you’ll miss it – it’s possible to extract a good amount of birch sap, which…

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Underwater Cellar

by Ron Kapon

The Cantina Santa Maria La Palma is an Agricultural Cooperative Corporation, based in Santa Maria La Palma, near the town of Alghero in Sardinia. There are more than 1,700 acres of vineyard with about 300 members, each of which has its own farm where they grow and harvest their grapes and then give it to the cellar, where they are processed. The idea of ​​the Underwater Cellar originates from the desire to create a special product that enhances the territory in which it was born: the Regional Natural Park of Porto Conte, a beautiful regional park surrounding the city…

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