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Malta Wine Snags Recognition at Vinitaly Competition

Malta Wine Snags Recognition at Vinitaly Competition

By James Duren

This past week the Times of Malta heralded the victory of one of its wines, a 2014 Viognier, which took home a certificate of recognition at the 2015 Vinitaly..

May 6, 2015 in Commentary

Barrels of Fun: Bidders Go Bonkers at Sonoma Auction

Barrels of Fun: Bidders Go Bonkers at Sonoma Auction

By James Duren

People paid a lot of money for a lot of wine-in-barrel this past Friday at the inaugural Sonoma County Barrel Auction at the Vintners Inn in Santa Rosa (Calif..

May 6, 2015 in Commentary

News Site Ponders Australia, China’s Ability to Compete with France

News Site Ponders Australia, China’s Ability to Compete with France

By James Duren

Will the New World winemakers from China and Australia compete with France’s dominance? This past Friday reporter Michael Lerner of Blouin News tried to ans..

May 6, 2015 in Commentary

The Sound of Wine: Composer Creates Music He Hears While Quaffing

The Sound of Wine: Composer Creates Music He Hears While Quaffing

By James Duren

Composer Nick Ryan hears things when he drinks wine: very beautiful things. The BAFTA-winning music maker is launching a new project, in which he composed p..

May 6, 2015 in Commentary

Hints of Salt on the High Seas: 6 Cruises For Your Vino Vice

Hints of Salt on the High Seas: 6 Cruises For Your Vino Vice

By James Duren

Yesterday online magazine Paste tempted the travel bug of wine lovers by publishing a list of six cruises best-suited for oenophiles. “Nothing beats a spine..

May 5, 2015 in Commentary

Considering the Wines of Serbia

Considering the Wines of Serbia

By Christy Canterbury MW

I first encountered Serbian wines two years ago at the Balkans International Wine Competition. My discovery was about more than some new, exciting wines; it w..

May 5, 2015 in Wine Reviews

Two Nevada Counties May See Wineries in Near Future

Two Nevada Counties May See Wineries in Near Future

By James Duren

For as glitzy and edgy as Las Vegas’ opulence is, oenophiles have to wonder why the state still prohibits commercial wineries in Clark County. The same can b..

May 5, 2015 in Commentary

University of Missouri Extension Hires Viticulture Expert

University of Missouri Extension Hires Viticulture Expert

By James Duren

“Good wines start in the vineyards.” That’s the opinion of Dean Volenberg, the new viticulture and winery operations specialist at the University of Missouri..

May 5, 2015 in Commentary

Labor Bosses Keeping Tabs on Tasmania Wineries

Labor Bosses Keeping Tabs on Tasmania Wineries

By James Duren

The truth is about to come out. Representatives from Australia’s Fair Work Ombudsman, the federal division which oversees labor in Australia and Tasmania, i..

May 5, 2015 in Commentary

Sokolin, He of the Broken Margaux, Dies at 85

Sokolin, He of the Broken Margaux, Dies at 85

By James Duren

This past week noted wine collector and infamous Chateau Margaux bottle-breaker WIlliam Sokolin passed away. He was 85 years old. According to an obituary i..

May 4, 2015 in Commentary

Forbes Launches Series of Wine Tips For Business Executives

Forbes Launches Series of Wine Tips For Business Executives

By James Duren

Even CEO’s get jittery about their wine lists. This past Friday Forbes contributor Joe Harpaz launched the first part of a series titled “The Executive’s Gu..

May 4, 2015 in Commentary

NY Times’ Asimov Lauds Growth of Muscadet Wines, Open Discussion

NY Times’ Asimov Lauds Growth of Muscadet Wines, Open Discussion

By James Duren

This past Thursday the New York Times’ reporter and wine guru Eric Asimov tracked the character and reputation of Muscadet, a wine normally shoved into the da..

May 4, 2015 in Commentary

Europeans Love Their Low Cal Wine, Americans Say “No Thank You”

Europeans Love Their Low Cal Wine, Americans Say “No Thank You”

By James Duren

The Old World is more willing to jump on the low calorie bandwagon, while New World drinkers in the United States are balking at the emergence of low-cal quaf..

May 4, 2015 in Commentary

All Hail the United Kingdom of Wine! Sales Up 177%

All Hail the United Kingdom of Wine! Sales Up 177%

By James Duren

British supermarket Waitrose broke the news this week that English wines are making a fierce rise in the U.K.'s wine market. “It wasn't so long ago that anyo..

May 1, 2015 in Commentary

NYT Reviews Documentary About Italian Wine Industry

NYT Reviews Documentary About Italian Wine Industry

By James Duren

One wine-loving filmmaker is doing his part to promote artisanal winemaking. Earlier this week, The New York Times film critic Ben Kenigsberg reviewed “Natur..

May 1, 2015 in Commentary

Wine Comedian's Snicker-Inducing Tasting Notes Featured on HuffPo

Wine Comedian's Snicker-Inducing Tasting Notes Featured on HuffPo

By James Duren

These wine descriptions aren't the usual “floral hints and notes of melon.” The Huffington Post recently featured the hijinks of comedian Jeff Wysaski, a jok..

May 1, 2015 in Commentary

Brain Games: Can Marketing Change The Mind of Cheap-Wine Champions?

Brain Games: Can Marketing Change The Mind of Cheap-Wine Champions?

By James Duren

Turns out cheap wines marketed well can literally change your mind. This week the American Marketing Association released the results of a study in which res..

May 1, 2015 in Commentary

Landmark Chardonnay Overlook Sonoma County

Wine Review: Landmark Chardonnay Overlook Sonoma County 2012

By Snooth Editorial

Very intriguing buttery yet floral aromas of candied hazelnuts, baked green apples, vanilla and caramel. Full mouthfeel, creamy and rich, with melon and lemon..

April 30, 2015

Sparklers Win at South Korea International Expo

Sparklers Win at South Korea International Expo

By James Duren

The bubbly stuff’s influence on the world’s palates seems to have no end. This past Monday Business Korea reported the results of a blind tasting event tail..

April 30, 2015 in Commentary

Investors Gobbling Up Argentina’s Vineyard Parcels

Investors Gobbling Up Argentina’s Vineyard Parcels

By James Duren

The worlds of wine and money are colliding in Argentina’s famed Mendoza region. This past week, Bloomberg News bureau chief Dan Cancel explored the emergenc..

April 30, 2015 in Commentary

Business Insider: Iowa Loves White Wine, Texans Prefer French

Business Insider: Iowa Loves White Wine, Texans Prefer French

By James Duren

The Frencher, the better, say Texan wine drinkers. This past Tuesday, Business Insider reporter April Walloga explored the results of a recent survey in whi..

April 30, 2015 in Commentary

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