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Stealing the Limelight: Bloomberg Explores Recent High-Profile Wine Heists

Stealing the Limelight: Bloomberg Explores Recent High-Profile Wine Heists

By James Duren

Claire Suddath’s May 22 Bloomberg Business story reads like an-old school crime novel, and rightly so: “A Pinot Noir”, the story is titled. Suddath provided..

May 26, 2015 in Commentary

Georgian Winemakers to Putin: Thanks for the Cold Shoulder, Vlad

Georgian Winemakers to Putin: Thanks for the Cold Shoulder, Vlad

By James Duren

History would advise against crossing a powerful Russian politician. The tiny country of Georgia learned this lesson nearly a decade ago when a spat between ..

May 26, 2015 in Commentary

Thank You Beery Much: Millennials Shunning Suds for Vino

Thank You Beery Much: Millennials Shunning Suds for Vino

By James Duren

You know it’s bad when Anheuser-Busch, the grandaddy of all beer companies, sounds the alarm. Morgan Stanley recently released a report detailing the changin..

May 26, 2015 in Commentary

Thrones Throwdown: Cali Vineyard Goes To Legal Fistacuffs With HBO Hit

Thrones Throwdown: Cali Vineyard Goes To Legal Fistacuffs With HBO Hit

By James Duren

Popular HBO action/drama Game of Thrones has one winery seeing red over Thrones’ new line of beer titled “Three-Eyed Raven.” This past week online news outl..

May 26, 2015 in Commentary

Roll Tide & Wine: ‘Bama Bill Opens Up Winery Sales Reach

Roll Tide & Wine: ‘Bama Bill Opens Up Winery Sales Reach

By James Duren

If you’re an Alabama winery, you’ve got to keep your own wine sales in house. A new wine bill sponsored by Representative Becky Nordgren may change that, ac..

May 25, 2015 in Commentary

The Magnificent Seven: Court of Master Sommeliers Crowns Newbies

The Magnificent Seven: Court of Master Sommeliers Crowns Newbies

By James Duren

Seven was the lucky number at the 2015 Court of Master Sommeliers Master Sommelier exam this past week at The Little Nell hotel in Aspen, Co., at which six Un..

May 25, 2015 in Commentary

Comedian, Captain Kirk: Shatner Hosts Walsh on Brown Bag Wine Tasting Premier

Comedian, Captain Kirk: Shatner Hosts Walsh on Brown Bag Wine Tasting Premier

By James Duren

Beam me up, Walshy. William Shatner kicked off the second-season premiere of his wine-discussion show Brown Bag Wine Tasting (Ora TV) by sitting down with HB..

May 25, 2015 in Commentary

Peju Province Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

Wine Review: Peju Province Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2012

By Snooth Editorial

Warm and spicy dark blackberry and black pepper aromas. Dark chocolate, blackberry, black cherry, raspberry and black currant flavors mingle with some tobacco..

May 23, 2015

Tess Blend Napa Valley

Wine Review: Tess Blend Napa Valley NV

By Snooth Editorial

Vanilla, black pepper, raspberry and black cherry aromas. Bright red fruit and spice on the palate - cinnamon and brown sugar, ripe black cherries, teriyaki s..

May 23, 2015

Heinz Eifel Shine Gewurztraminer Rheinhessen

Wine Review: Heinz Eifel Shine Gewurztraminer Rheinhessen 2013

By Snooth Editorial

Cayenne pepper, cut grass and green apple aromas. Lemon, green apple, lychee, honey, pear flavors greet the palate, continuing with tangerine and aloe. This m..

May 23, 2015

Supervines? Florida Researcher Using Science to Strengthen Grapes

Supervines? Florida Researcher Using Science to Strengthen Grapes

By James Duren

Mildew and black rot, your days may be numbered. Dennis Gray, a developmental biologist from the University of Florida and its Institute of Food and Agricul..

May 22, 2015 in Commentary

Kiwi-Korean Wine Festivals Scheduled for May, June

Kiwi-Korean Wine Festivals Scheduled for May, June

By James Duren

Wine is the bridge between two countries and a whole lot of water. Later this month and into June, the new Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Korea is scheduled..

May 22, 2015 in Commentary

Brazilian Cuisine is Begging for Wine

Brazilian Cuisine is Begging for Wine

By Ben Carter

Wine is not the first pairing that comes to mind when you’re talking about Brazilian cuisine. Coffee, fruit drinks, cachaça, and beer are all more traditional..

May 22, 2015 in Wine & Food

Searching for a Solid Quaff: Telegraph Maps London Wine Week

Searching for a Solid Quaff: Telegraph Maps London Wine Week

By James Duren

Discovering a good wine bar at London Wine Week can be like a treasure hunt. Earlier this week, United Kingdom-based newspaper The Telegraph offered readers..

May 22, 2015 in Commentary

New Aussie University Training Center Gets Inside Mind of British Drinkers

New Aussie University Training Center Gets Inside Mind of British Drinkers

By James Duren

The University of Adelaide recently celebrated the opening of its Training Centre for Innovative Wine Production, a resource designed to help winemakers and e..

May 22, 2015 in Commentary

Looking Ahead: L.A. Mag Features “Futuristic” Wine List

Looking Ahead: L.A. Mag Features “Futuristic” Wine List

By James Duren

While the wine lists of today are California- and Europe-heavy, the wine lists of tomorrow may not follow the same tune. Wines from around the world – and f..

May 21, 2015 in Wine Reviews

Looking for a Story: The Significance of a Wine Labels

Looking for a Story: The Significance of a Wine Labels

By James Duren

Wine labels are more than fancy pictures. Earlier this week Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Melanie Pearce talked with Simon Forsyth, a marketer and de..

May 21, 2015 in Commentary

Ladies First: Why Women are Taking Charge in Winemaking and Marketing

Ladies First: Why Women are Taking Charge in Winemaking and Marketing

By James Duren

Women are dictating the way wine is made and marketed. Frances Robinson, a reporter for the New Statesman, wrote an article this past Monday titled, “Why wo..

May 21, 2015 in Wine Reviews

There is Value in White Burgundy

There is Value in White Burgundy

By John Downes

Sorry to be morbid, but what’s your ‘death bed’ wine; the last glass you’ll taste in this life? Mine’s Puligny-Montrachet, the famous but expensive white Burg..

May 21, 2015 in Wine Reviews

British Couple Focus on One Wine at a Time

British Couple Focus on One Wine at a Time

By James Duren

They are the vagabonds of the winemaking world. This past Monday, Master of Wine Tim Atkins featured a story on his blog about a U.K. couple who make one wi..

May 21, 2015 in Commentary

Grape Harvests Coming Early in Oz as Temps Rise

Grape Harvests Coming Early in Oz as Temps Rise

By James Duren

Global warming’s effect on grape growing is producing measurable results in the land Down Under. This past Thursday the Australian Broadcasting Corporation ..

May 20, 2015 in Commentary

Party Favors: Wine Show Offers Fun Facts About French Wine History

Party Favors: Wine Show Offers Fun Facts About French Wine History

By James Duren

It never hurts to throw around a few facts about French wine at the next cocktail party. This past week, New York-based wine show Vine Talk posted a story w..

May 20, 2015 in Commentary

Pint-Sized Archaeologists in Israel Unearth 1,400-Year-Old Wine Press

Pint-Sized Archaeologists in Israel Unearth 1,400-Year-Old Wine Press

By James Duren

It was the stuff of a young archaeologist's dreams. This week several Israeli news outlets reported that young boy and his pals excavated a nearly 1,500-yea..

May 20, 2015 in Commentary

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