A Little Note On Wauchau Valley Wines

by Cris Drugan ISA-AM, MIPAV-OS

Located in Austria along the Danube River between the village of Melk and Krems, Wauchau is a small wine region in the Western part of the country that usually accounts for only around 3% of Austria’s wine production. Terraced vineyards consist of rock with intermittent layers of silt, clay & sand. Wauchau uses a classification system based on alcohol levels. 1) The lightest wines, Steinfeder, for wines with an alcohol level under 11.5% 2) and the ripest, Federspeil, for wines between 11.5 and 12.5% alcohol and 3) Smaragd, for wines over 12.5% alcohol. Wines from Wachau are labeled by varietal…

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Know Your Grapes – Appraising Wine

by Cris Drugan ISA-AM, MIPAV-OS

Selecting an appraiser for your valuable assets is difficult enough; don’t get “tanked” over selecting one for your wine collection! As with any appraisal, when selecting a qualified appraiser look for a formal, up to date, education in appraisal theory, procedures, ethics, and law. The appraiser you hire should also be familiar with the type of property you want appraised and know how to value it correctly. Wine is no different. Where a wine retailer, wholesaler or importer may have “in depth” knowledge of the product and the trade, they may not know how to proceed in…

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A Themed Wine Tasting at Home.

by Kelly Wight

We love a traditional wine and cheese pairing event just as much as we love a popcorn and wine night. But, hey, it’s the holidays—and, oh what fun it is to add flair! We’re going full “Christmas Past” today with a look back at a wine tasting event from yesteryear that shows the fun and festive spirit only a Traveling Vineyard wine tasting can bring. Read on as Wine Guide Kisha Dlugos unravels a tale of food, wine and ugly Christmas sweaters! Setting the Sweater Scene West Virginia Wine Guide, Kisha Dlugos, snapped a photo of the…

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5 Questions to Ask An Online Wine Club

by Mark Aselstine

Ok, so I know there's a million of them these days, seemingly everyone has an online wine club. Let's lump all of them into a few categories to start: First, there's an old group of them that largely predate the internet. The Original Wine of the Month Club and California Wine Club fit into that group. More recently, venture capital has found it's way into the wine space. Winc and Naked Wines fit this profile. There are others of course. Major media has come into the wine space. After all, they have significant email lists and the…

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2018 anniversary wines: 2008, 1998, 1988, 1978... 1848

by Stuart George

It was a year that might turn even the most devout teetotaller to drink – unless their name is Trump. In 2017, we witnessed the inauguration of a Twitter-obsessed reality TV star as US President (whose grandfather came from the Pfalz wine region in Germany); the ongoing tragicomedy of North Korea; shocking events in Manchester and Las Vegas; a never-ending war in Syria; and the devastating consequences of Hurricane Harvey and the Mexican earthquake. Compared to these events, fermented grape juice becomes even more insignificant. Nonetheless, let’s try and look to 2018 with optimism and savour the chance…

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The Benefits of Wine

by Porto Planet

We have all heard that ‘an apple a day, keeps the doctor away’, but lately, more and more studies show that wine can bring many benefits to the body and make a significant contribution to maintaining our good health. So how can wine help us when we drink it regularly, but in moderation? Let’s see in detail! 1. LIVE LONGER! It is known that in Ikaria people live longer than anywhere else in the world. Daily consumption of wine is part of a diet that can enrich the lives of those who follow it because it is less reliant on…

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The 5 best red wines for the Christmas period

by Robert Lovell

As we enter deep winter and Christmas approaches, there is no better drink than a rich, fruity red wine. It’s an alcoholic beverage that goes with all the best Christmas foods - from Turkey to Mince Pies - and a red’s deep flavour acts as the perfect blanket for your mouth on a chilly night. There are a wide array of different red wines that can be enjoyed during the festive season, all with different flavours, different prices, and which compliment different delicious Christmas foodstuffs. So here’s a quick guide to some of the best red wines to should…

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California Wine Country has not burned down

by Bob Ecker

Napa, California On the night of Sunday, October 8th, Northern California Wine Country was hit with a dangerous “perfect storm” of atmospheric conditions combining: warm temperatures, extremely low humidity, bone dry fields and forests and very strong winds. Beginning at 9:52 pm, 17 wildfires sprung up throughout the wine country counties of Napa, Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino Counties. These were considered wildland urban interface fires, meaning forest fires within close proximity to human habitation and businesses. And these fires were big and fast moving, among the worst in California’s history. The result was a tragic toll on some communities,…

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