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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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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