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Old World Vs New World Wines: Tradition Meets Trendy

by Antony Bruno

Raise your hand if you’re one of the many wine drinkers who say they don’t like Chardonnay. Or maybe you’re like Paul Giamatti in Sideways and you’re “not drinking any @#$% Merlot!” Well then Uncorked Kitchen & Wine Bar’s “Old World vs New World” wine tasting class has a message for you — “Never write off a varietal.” The class focuses on sampling two versions of the same grape varietal—one from an Old World country (essentially Europe and the Middle East), and another from the New World (everywhere else)—through side-by-side tastings. The result calls into question everything you thought you liked (or don’t like) about a given varietal. And that’s the point. Let’s take for instance the first pair of wines, both made from the highly polarizin...

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What Fun And Delicious Wines Will Grace Your Thanksgiving Table?

by Claire L. Torbeck, Dipwset And Certified Sommelier

I am certainly looking forward to enjoying Thanksgiving Dinner with family and friends. However, I am going to change up the wine offerings this year. As the dishes served are standard Thanksgiving fare offered and anticipated as well as those family favorites, I do not want to mess with the menu or the family ‘food traditions.’ To keep it simple, I will be serving the following: For the happy hour (before the serious eating commences): Veuve Cliquot Demi Sec NV – this Champagne is lush on the palate and has enough sweetness to soften the acidity with just a touch of yeasty character. The mousse is lively and gives the champagne a delightful crispness not expected in a demi sec. The aromas and flavors evoke peach, caramel, pear, and Meyer lemon, which linger beautifully, and...

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Grenache Grenade

by Susanna Gaertner

Normally not a fan of rosé, I was pleasantly surprised by the power of this grenache blusher, whose terracotta tint hints at its deeper flavor. Winemaker Jeff Emery feels that “Rhone varieties pushed into cooler California growing regions tend to produce wines that are more like their Old World counterparts than the average California style expression. When you plant grenache in this cooler climate you get bright fruit and zippy spice elements.” The grapes are from Hook Vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands appellation. After crushing the fruit, Jeff and his team “bleed” off (saigné method) c. 20% of the juice after only one night on the skins; the free run juice slowly ferments in stainless steel tanks for several weeks before being racked into fresh tanks, where it remains...

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Should You Scan That Qr Code On Your Wine Bottle?

by Marla Durben Hirsch

QR Codes are cropping up everywhere: on menus, posters, even business cards. The wine industry is beginning to venture into QR Code territory, as well. So should you scan that QR Code on your wine bottle? Yes! Here’s why. Benefits of a QR Code on a Wine Bottle A QR Code, short for “Quick Response” Code, enables a user to instantly obtain information simply by scanning the QR Code with a mobile device. The QR Code can take the consumer to the winery’s website, share recipes, offer discounts or promotions, and introduce the winemaker/owner via video. “[It’s] a quick and easy way for consumers to learn about the specific product they are holding in their hand and creating direct communication with the winery,” says Robert Sherwood, CCP/President of Holoshape Pro...

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The Award Winning Wineries Of Virginia's Monticello Ava

by Jennifer Bryerton

Virginia’s most awarded American Viticultural Area (AVA), the Monticello AVA, is named in honor of Thomas Jefferson’s home at Monticello where he worked to establish vinifera vineyards with Filippo Mazzei in the 1770’s in the hopes that Virginia could become a wine making area, creating wine on par with those he enjoyed in the Old World while traveling as Minister to France. Though they were interrupted in their viticultural pursuits by the American Revolution and stymied by environmental factors, they’d clearly be delighted to see today how the Monticello AVA is carrying out their dreams of producing world class wines. "We could, in the United States, make as great a variety of wines as are made in Europe," wrote Jefferson in 1808, "not exactly of the same kinds, but doubtless...

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How Wine Clubs Have Changed Over The Years

by Mark Aselstine

Over the years, there have been a number of changes to how wine clubs are sold as well as how they function. Some of those changes have occurred because of law changes, others have been brought on by forces completely outside of the wine industry itself. Change #1: Shipping Time Frames A decade ago, it wasn't unusual to sign up for a wine club, only to not see a shipment for at least a month. For a winery direct wine club, it could be multiple months before their next quarterly shipment. Amazon started pressuring all businesses by offering 2 day Prime shipping and now Amazon offers same day delivery for some parts of the country. The concept of waiting to ship until the end of the month is long gone. It's hard to think of shipping happening more quickly as a negative for anyone. ...

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Which Chardonnay Is Right For Me?

by Diana Zahuranec

If you like white wine, there is a Chardonnay made for you. Chardonnay is the most-planted white wine grape in the world, and it is an international favorite for a reason: above all, for its ability to please almost anyone. Much of the Chardonnay you’ll find on a typical retail shelf will have a common style: rich and buttery with vanilla notes (from oak). It’s a popular profile, and if that’s what you prefer, great – you’re already on your way to knowing what you like. However, it’s only one of the many faces of Chardonnay. You may be pleasantly surprised to learn that there are many other styles to explore. In fact, Chardonnay can be oaky and buttery just as easily as it is fruit-forward and full-bodied, lean and mineral, and anywhere in between. What Makes One Chardonn...

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Wines For Your Zodiac Sign

by Vesselina Stoyanova

Do you read your daily horoscope on the sly? Have you pondered how your zodiac personality traits affect your life and, most importantly, your wine choices? The team at Wine365 decided to have some fun for spring and answer the existential zodiac and wine pairing questions for you. Aries kicks off the new zodiac cycle on March 21, and while you will not find any crystal ball predictions here, we hope to provide some amusement and encourage you to try some beautiful wines, even if they are outside of your zodiac sign. Read on to discover what’s in your crystal wine glass. Aries, ram Aries (Ram): Cabernet Sauvignon or Sangiovese Aries are natural-born leaders, honest and generous. People born under this sign are not afraid to express their opinion and take risks. The perfect win...

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3 Wine Clubs To Know Today

by Mark Aselstine

Over the years, the online wine club game has changed, dramatically. Part of the change has been driven, unsurprisingly in the wine industry, by regulation. Court case after court case has shown that 3rd party wine clubs are the stuff of the past and new age wine clubs, which are permitted as wineries themselves are the future. Here's a handful of those new age wine clubs to know about today. 1) Winc: Any discussion almost has to begin here. Winc has been pushing the envelope of what's possible for some time. They not only originated, but perfected the current preferred marketing method of collecting email addresses via survey and then converting customers at a later date. They're in the process of being publicly traded, after being the first online wine seller to receive a signifi...

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Gasp! Researchers Reveal How Red Wine Affects Our Mood

by Marla Durben Hirsch

We all know that drinking wine can alter one’s mental state. New research tells us exactly how red wine affects our mood. Investigators from the German-based Institute for Frontier Areas of Psychology and Mental Health, the Instituto Universitario in Portugal, and elsewhere decided to explore whether moderate wine consumption results in positive changes in consciousness, the first such study of its kind. They hypothesized that the “balanced consumption of wine” can lead to “temporary joyful transcendence of the ordinary mental state” and possibly “mystical-type states.” They recruited more than 100 people to visit a wine bar in a tourist area in Lisbon, Portugal to drink two glasses of red wine and document the effects. The participants were mainly university stud...

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