Three of the best cities around the world for vegan food and wine

by Rob Jones

For foodies and wine aficionados, one of the great pleasures of travelling to new cities on holiday is exploring the local restaurant scene, and trying some local delicacies. For vegan wine and food lovers, however, this isn’t always straight-forward. Fortunately, in the last few years, restaurants have become more aware of the vegan diet, with many places now offering far more vegan-friendly options for both food and drink. If you’re thinking of booking a city break, here are three places to consider: Portland, USA Perhaps unsurprisingly, the city of Portland, OR, is a real haven for vegan…

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All You Need to Know About Moravian Wine

by Amanda Wilson

As we have been sharing Moravian wine and converting just about everyone into loyalists, we’ve received many questions about the region. What is the climate? What is the terrior like? What are the major grape varieties grown? And I LOVE getting these questions! People are genuinely wanting to know why these wines they have never had before are as good as they are. So I thought I’d put together a little cheat sheet to help people get an idea of just how these delicious wines come to be. Of course the only way you will truly understand is to…

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The Wine Market is Shifting - With or Without You

by Amanda Wilson

Most everyone in the industry would agree that the wine market is changing. The impact of millennials' purchasing power, the demand for and accessibility of previously unknown regions, and an outdated prohibition era distribution model are just a few factors that are driving this shift in the industry. But in an industry that is steeped with tradition and regulation, there are many who resist or are unsure how to tackle the new world of wine. A recent study conducted on behalf of ProWein, published in Meininger’s Wine Business International magazine, shares some insightful data about the current and future…

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The 3 Secrets behind Wine and Food Pairing

by Rich Abbruscato

Pairing wine with food is straight forward, but not in the way writers in columns might have you believe. It is important to remember that they are writing for entertainment. Their descriptions of the food tend to be elaborate and interesting. But rarely insightful as to the underlying food characteristics that drive their suggestions. The underlying characteristics are important to know for a successful pairing of food and wine. There is a lot of science behind tasting, but in food-wine pairing, there are a few that are especially significant. Let’s look deeper into acid, tannins and sweetness. What’s…

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The Mouton Mystery

by Stuart George

Stuart George tells the story of his purchase of a special wine from the cellar of a special house with special owners... Faringdon House is a 14,510 square feet house in Faringdon, Oxfordshire, England. The house is Grade I-listed, protected as a “building of exceptional interest”. It was built 1770–85 for Sir Henry James Pye, who was the then Poet Laureate (an honorary position appointed by the monarch of the United Kingdom). Faringdon House was a remote, quiet country manor until Gerald Hugh Tyrwhitt-Wilson, 14th Baron Berners, inherited it from an uncle in 1918. From his…

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3 Varieties To Keep In Mind As The Climate Warms

by Mark Aselstine

It's something that's come up a few times in conversations of late: which wine varieties are likely to benefit from climate change? There's already been a ton of ink spilled on which grapes are likely to turn out worse wine because the climate is warming, but there's been little talk about which grapes could actually benefit. Malbec: If you're familiar with the history of the grape, it's native to France (or at least evolved into the international variety we know there) but really didn't gain a foothold until it found its way to South America. The reason? Mildew is…

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3 Wine Regions With Definite Challenges Despite The Hype

by Mark Aselstine

One thing I find about the wine industry, there's an awful lot of hype. Too much hype at times. Sometimes the hype far surpasses what those outside of the industry think, or even know about a region. To that end, here's 3 wine regions that have some challenges, despite the fact that the hype is very real: Santa Barbara County: What could be better, a world class wine region, sharing a name with a city that is often referred to the as American Riviera? To start, the wine region isn't all that close to downtown Santa Barbara. Which…

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3 Interesting Cool Climate Vineyard Locations in California

by Mark Aselstine

Cool climate vineyards have become all the rage. In California we’re seeing it happen perhaps more quickly than it is elsewhere, largely because so many regions are already feeling planted out. It’s hard to find prime vineyard space in places like Napa Valley, the Russian River Valley and large swatches of Paso Robles. Those expensive sites and difficult to find land has caused farmers and vintners to search for sites that were once considered marginal. Whereas a decade ago these marginal spots likely were only the warmer inland regions where you knew the grapes would ripen, vintners are increasingly…

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