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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CHAMPAGNE CHEERS! DRINKING CHAMPAGNE IS SURPRISINGLY GOOD FOR YOU

by Liz Palmer

The list of the benefits of champagne is long and keeps growing. Already well-known as heart healthy, champagne in moderation might help you lose weight, reduce forgetfulness, boost your immunity, and help prevent bone loss. Here are six reasons to stock up on champagne for the holiday season: Heart Health Champagne is just as healthy as a glass of red wine. Most of the champagne production is made from red and white grapes which contains resveratrol. This is an important antioxidant that prevents damage to your blood vessels, reduces bad cholesterol, and prevents blood clots. Champagne also…

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New Wine Book – Liz Palmer’s The Ultimate Guide To Champagne is recognized as the “The Champagne Bible for ALL wine lovers.”

by Liz Palmer

One of North America’s leading experts on Champagne, Liz Palmer wrote The Ultimate Guide To Champagne with a strong personal passion for Champagne and the region. This ground- breaking book has received critical acclaim by the industry and promises to WOW the reader. Liz Palmer’s first book takes wine lovers to the heart of Champagne with the launch of The Ultimate Guide To Champagne. One of North America’s leading experts on Champagne, Liz Palmer wrote The Ultimate Guide To Champagne with a strong personal passion for Champagne and the region. This ground-breaking book has received critical acclaim by…

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Delicious Recipes for Leftover Wine

by Alex Richardson

We categorically do not condone leftover wine. But if you do a have a drop or three languishing in a bottle somewhere, we're even more strongly opposed to tipping it away. Wine is a fabulous ingredient in cooking, from French classics like coq au vin, to Spanish tapas treats like chorizo cooked in a heavy red. So if you have a tipple that's going spare, why not incorporate it into a yummy meal? Here are a few of our favourite recipes for leftover wine, ranging from the traditional, to the unusual… 1. Pinot Noir Butter with Blue…

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Sipping the Light Fantastic

by Susanna Gaertner

Here’s a light and lovely red that has all the charm of a Beaujolais but is made right here in California. I admit that I knew nothing about this grape variety, which is also known as Napa Gamay or Napa Gamay 15. At its point of origin in the Longueduc-Rousillon region of southern France, it is also known as Gros Auxerrois. According to winegeeks.com, “Valdiguié is just one of many grapes that were once famous in France due in part to their high productivity. Today the Valdiguié has become an extreme rarity, and can be found more often…

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Loredana Vivera: The Volcano's Calling to Wine

by Elizabeth Miller, CSW, CSS

For some, winemaking is a calling. Loredana Vivera realized hers while overlooking her family’s vineyards on Mount Etna in Sicily. She’d go on to practice her calling at the family’s Vivera Winery, crafting numerous Sicilian wines including the “Altrove” Sicilia Bianco, which I look forward to sharing with other women in wine.Loredana and I recently discussed her winemaking background in a transatlantic email conversation. The Vivera family purchased an estate near Mount Etna in 2002, but this was hardly the beginning of women in wine for the Viveras. Loredana’s mother had vineyards for generations within her family. The 2002 purchase…

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Gruet: Making New Mexico the Land of Sparkling

by Elizabeth Miller, CSW, CSS

When winemaker Gilbert Gruet came from Champagne to New Mexico in the 1980s for a family vacation, he likely sought the scenic beauty that earned the state’s nickname “Land of Enchantment”. What they found, however, was great terroir and a burgeoning wine industry. The family planted roots, and their 30 year catapult to becoming one of America’s greatest producers of Methode Champenoise has transformed this land into a “Land of Sparkling”.Gruet Winery’s Brut has been a staple at Vintology Wine & Spirits and my family events for years. The ‘coming to America’ story has been the special touch when I’ve…

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Champagne Announces 2016 Harvest Dates

by Liz Palmer

The Champagne region has announced the start dates for the 2016 harvest. Commencing today (September 12) through to September 26h there will be over 120,000 pickers, porters, loaders and press operators descend on the vineyards of Champagne for the harvest – the moment every winegrower has been waiting for.Each harvest is different in terms of grape ripeness, potential alcohol levels and natural acidity – so picking the right moment to harvest is essential.A ripening observation network for the accurate timing of harvests.Twice a week, just as the grapes start to change colour (véraison), samples are taken from some 450 control…

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