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Getting Down and Dirty With Wine Marketing: Expert Gives Insight

Getting Down and Dirty With Wine Marketing: Expert Gives Insight

By James Duren

This past month marketing expert Marc Engel shared his perspective on the wine marketing arena in a post published on DTC Wine Workshops’ website. His advic..

June 2, 2015 in Commentary

Want Italian Wine in Australia ? Italophile Says The Time Is Now

Want Italian Wine in Australia ? Italophile Says The Time Is Now

By James Duren

Amid a tongue-twisting litany of Italian wine varietal minutiae leading his recent article in Australia’s Financial Review, wine and drinks writer Tim White o..

June 2, 2015 in Commentary

Very Monky Business: Virtuous Vintners Make Popular Caffeinated Wine

Very Monky Business: Virtuous Vintners Make Popular Caffeinated Wine

By James Duren

There’s a good chance you’ve never heard of Buckfast Tonic Wine. That’s okay with the monks at England’s Buckfast Abbey, whose tonic wine has wowed Englande..

June 2, 2015 in Commentary

Georgian Temple May Hold Key To Seedy Lineage of Wine

Georgian Temple May Hold Key To Seedy Lineage of Wine

By James Duren

Wine goes way, way back in human history. A team of archaeologists have uncovered the remains of an ancient temple and cellar in the Georgian capital city of..

June 2, 2015 in Commentary

Challenging Wine Personalities

Challenging Wine Personalities

By Nova McCune Cadamatre

Over the years, multiple varieties have made the news for one reason or another. Some, like Gewurztraminer, suffer from difficult to pronounce names. Others..

June 2, 2015 in Commentary

Tenuta Carretta Barbaresco Cascina Bordino

Wine Review: Tenuta Carretta Barbaresco Cascina Bordino 2010

By Snooth Editorial

A dusty and earthy nose, this wine leads with tomato leaf, cocoa powder, herb, and not much fruit. In the mouth there's strong red fruit, mostly lively cherry..

May 29, 2015

Davis Bynum Pinot Noir Jane's Vineyard

Wine Review: Davis Bynum Pinot Noir Jane's Vineyard 2013

By Snooth Editorial

Ripe cherry and cinnamon warmly reach out of the glass in this fruit forward and floral Pinot. Floral and smooth on the palate, with touches of cinnamon and c..

May 29, 2015

Edmeades' Folly Blend

Wine Review: Edmeades' Folly Blend 2012

By Snooth Editorial

Juicy and full of blackberry, black cherry and baking spices on the nose with more red fruits like red currant and cherries poking through as the wine opens. ..

May 29, 2015

Forbes Talks American AVA’s: Five Interesting Factors

Forbes Talks American AVA’s: Five Interesting Factors

By James Duren

With a bevy of new American Viticultural Areas being approved in the past year, the United States’ winegrowing industry continues to grow. Earlier this week..

May 29, 2015 in Commentary

California Winemakers Turn to Australia for Drought Tips

California Winemakers Turn to Australia for Drought Tips

By James Duren

California isn’t the only place that’s been left high and dry. An Associated Press article published earlier this week by the Bay Area’s ABC 7 News detailed..

May 29, 2015 in Commentary

How to Master a Wine List: UK Somm Gives Tips

How to Master a Wine List: UK Somm Gives Tips

By James Duren

It’s time to stop playing it safe with your local gnosh-spot wine list. Earlier today, United Kingdom-based newspaper The Guardian featured the insights and ..

May 29, 2015 in Commentary

Spain: World Leader in Organic Vineyard Area

Spain: World Leader in Organic Vineyard Area

By James Duren

Chef and sommelier Adrienne Smith recently published for Food & Wines of Spain a story about the country's burgeoning organic wine industry, which, according ..

May 29, 2015 in Commentary

Back to the Rhône’s Future

Back to the Rhône’s Future

By Claudia Angelillo

The Rhône holds a large piece of my heart for one big, unctuous reason: the Viognier grape. She’s the first white grape I ever loved. Viognier braved near-ext..

May 29, 2015 in Commentary

Franciacorta is the Next Champagne

Franciacorta is the Next Champagne

Italians love Champagne. They enjoy an age-old custom of beginning a meal with a conversation and an apertivo. Very often this apertivo takes the shape of an ..

May 29, 2015 in Wine Reviews

South African Craft Wine Movement More Talk Than Taste?

South African Craft Wine Movement More Talk Than Taste?

By James Duren

The craft-made bandwagon in South Africa has plenty of room. The country’s wine industry has taken advantage of the extra seats, hopping on with all it’s mig..

May 28, 2015 in Commentary

Seco in the South: Mexican Vineyards Suffer From Drought, Too

Seco in the South: Mexican Vineyards Suffer From Drought, Too

By James Duren

While California's vineyards and associations have done well to discuss and promote solutions to combat the state’s mega-drought, winemakers in Mexico have su..

May 28, 2015 in Commentary

The Texas Wine Scene is Booming

The Texas Wine Scene is Booming

By Christy Canterbury MW

As the former National Wine Director for Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group, I love the line, “A slab and a Cab, please.” As a native Texan, I never would hav..

May 28, 2015 in Commentary

Golden Anniversary: Pinot Noir Celebrates 50th Year in Oregon

Golden Anniversary: Pinot Noir Celebrates 50th Year in Oregon

By James Duren

Oregon’s wine families scoured the state fifty years ago looking for the perfect Pinot Noir site. They found it in the Willamette Valley, The Oregonian report..

May 28, 2015 in Commentary

Great White North: Gray Report Names Top 10 Northern Canadian Quaffers

Great White North: Gray Report Names Top 10 Northern Canadian Quaffers

By James Duren

Imbibe, aye! Earlier this month, award-winning wine blog The Gray Report released its list of the 10 best wines from northern Canada, all of which, according..

May 28, 2015 in Commentary

Label Me Handsome: Bottle Art Plays Big Role in Sales Numbers

Label Me Handsome: Bottle Art Plays Big Role in Sales Numbers

By James Duren

In the wine world, consumers judge the books by their cover. This past Friday, The Wall Street Journal reporter Lettie Teague dove into the world of wine lab..

May 27, 2015 in Commentary

Chateau Margaux Exec Gives Insight on Hong Kong, Chinese Wine Scene

Chateau Margaux Exec Gives Insight on Hong Kong, Chinese Wine Scene

By James Duren

Hong Kong has long been on the cutting edge of pricey wine auctions and lofty vino ambitions, while China as a whole has lagged behind. This month South Chi..

May 27, 2015 in Commentary

Toowoomba Test: Queensland Wine Contest Starts This Weekend

Toowoomba Test: Queensland Wine Contest Starts This Weekend

By James Duren

The Royal Agricultural Society of Queensland (RASQ) will celebrate 16 years of its yearly wine contest when it kicks off the RASQ Wine Show and Mediterranean ..

May 27, 2015 in Commentary

Scientists to Elderly Women: Easy on the Wine

Scientists to Elderly Women: Easy on the Wine

By James Duren

How much wine is too much wine for women of a certain age? According to United Kingdom-based newspaper The Daily Mail, a new study says women in their 70’s ..

May 27, 2015 in Commentary

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