Snooth - Articles http://www.snooth.com/articles/?of=rss Read the opinions of wine professionals en-us Sat, 25 Oct 2014 11:20:20 -0400 Sat, 25 Oct 2014 11:20:20 -0400 http://www.rssboard.org/rss-specification Snooth webmaster@snooth.com Encourage Wine Tourism http://www.snooth.com/articles/encourage-wine-tourism/?viewall=1 Mark Angelillo <p>As an industry, our goal should be to bridge the gap between our brands and consumers. There is a general sense of confusion around wine brands and how they are marketed to the public. We can write a tasting note or market our wines by their sense of place, but ultimately getting the wine in people&rsquo;s glasses is the best way to help potential customers truly believe in our products.<br /><br /> <br /><br /> Perhaps that&rsquo;s why there are so many wine events. If wine lovers taste our wines, they will experience how wonderful the wines are and want to enjoy them day in and day out. Unfortunately I hear complaints about the lasting effects of 200 people in a room tasting 50 to 100 wines &ndash; often by the end of the day there is no clear result, and our brands are once again lost among many.<br /><br /> &nbsp;<br /><br /> But consumers truly want to find us, and fall in love with our brands. When I see these connections happen &ndash; when I see the comments on Snooth or elsewhere from consumers championing their favorite brands &ndash; I know that a connection has been made and I am pleased with how the system works.<br /><br /> <br /> These meaningful connections were forged between people, wine, and food. They were forged through varied stories and experiences. For example, yours could be the wine that was at Thanksgiving dinner the time Great Aunt Ida heroically saved the meal with a quick look in the pantry. Yours could be the wine that a sommelier paired perfectly with filet on a 15th wedding anniversary. Or it could be the couple of bottles a friend brought over to celebrate your promotion. To earn trust, we continue to hunt for the story.<br /><br /> &nbsp;<br /><br /> Time and again, I see these stories created in wine country. It is impossible to visit with a winemaker or in the tasting room and not catch the enthusiasm and joy for the product, and get wrapped up in it. It is impossible to leave without having learned a bit more about wine and what makes it so special. It is impossible to leave without a story and without a few new brands to love, and it is in wine country that we will earn a loyal customer for life.<br /><br /> &nbsp;<br /><br /> It is for this reason we should encourage as many people as possible to take more wine trips. Collectively we can grow and educate the audience for wine this way, and it will help us all.<br /><br /> &nbsp;<br /><br /> <em>If you agree and would like to help us send more people to visit your winery or tasting room, please contact <a href="mailto:cellar-support@snooth.com">cellar-support@snooth.com</a>. I look forward to hearing from you.</em><br /><br /> </p> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0400 article5695 Don't Belittle the Box Wine! http://www.snooth.com/articles/dont-belittle-the-box-wine/?viewall=1 Jon Thorsen <p>Box wine, depending on who you ask, is either the future of wine or the ugly stepsister. Long hailed with amazing potential, what actually gets to the market rarely seems to live up...or does it? Over the last few weeks I&#39;ve been hard at work tasting every imaginable box wine I could find, ranging in price from about $10 to over $50, to bring you the very best of the bunch. Once hidden away from judging eyes behind coffee machines or stashed deep inside refrigerators, box wines have begun to come of age and have the potential to represent the ultimate value for wine drinkers. The only problem is winnowing the wheat from the chaff because as we found first hand -- there&#39;s still a whole lot of boxed plonk out there. And if the wine is no good, serving it in a box just means you have a whole lot of bad wine.<br /><br /> <br /><br /> All told, my adventures with box wine have led me to taste about 75 different options over the past few weeks. Today I&#39;ve got five of my very favorites for you. If you&#39;re interested in finding out about the rest, you can check out the ongoing&nbsp;series&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.reversewinesnob.com/2014/10/breaking-into-box-best-boxed-wines.html">here</a></strong>. Before we start, you may very well be asking why anyone would want to drink wine out of a box, no matter how good it is. Let me give you four reasons:<br /><br /> <br /> <strong>1. </strong>Convenience is a major factor. The typical box is three liters (3L), which is the equivalent of 4 bottles. Boxes are easy to buy, easy to transport , easy to use (no corkscrew necessary), and always on hand and ready to please whether you just want a wee glass or you need to (discreetly) fill your Starbucks Trenta cup.<br /><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>2. </strong>Cost. Not only do you generally save purely because you are buying in bulk, but bag-in-box packaging costs a fraction of traditional glass bottlings for the same amount of wine. In addition, with the box packaging itself weighing about the same as a single glass bottle there are massive savings in shipping costs which in theory get passed on to you.<br /><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>3. </strong>Freshness. Box wine stays perfectly good for 4 to 6 weeks after opening. Even the best preservation methods for a bottle of wine will only save it for a few days, but with the advanced vacuum sealed pouches used today your wine stays as good as new for weeks after you pour the first glass.<br /><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>4. </strong>And last but not least, box wine puts an end to worries about cork taint which, depending on whose estimates you believe, affects anywhere from 2% to 10% of cork sealed bottles.<br /><br /> [PAGEBREAK]<br /><br /> <div><br /> Because of these advantages it&#39;s no surprise that sales of box wines are increasing year over year at a double digit rate. Even with this increase however, acceptance in the U.S. is still quite low at less than 5% of overall wine sales. In Europe, on the other hand, box wines make up about 20% of wine sales. In Australia, the land of the screw cap, it&#39;s an astounding 50% -- coincidence? I think not.</div><br /> <div><br /> &nbsp;</div><br /> <div><br /> In tasting this abundance of boxed wine, they seemed to divide generally into two camps -- those trying to make a drinkable wine as cheap as possible (which are not always the brands you would expect) versus those making a very high quality wines that put them into a box for convenience or to be environmentally conscious. (The carbon footprint for box wine is less than half that of the equivalent bottles.) As you might guess the quality of wine is significantly better in the second group. One quick rule of thumb we found is that if the producer sells the exact same wine in a bottle, that&#39;s generally a good sign. Ditto if the wine is labeled with a vintage, versus being sold as non-vintage.</div><br /> <div><br /> &nbsp;</div><br /> <div><br /> It&#39;s also interesting to note that while the trend in bottled wines in general has been to higher alcohol reds, very few of these boxes cross the 13% alcohol level. The reason is no doubt because the excise tax for wine increases once alcohol level hits 14%. The question then becomes if producers are sacrificing the quality of the wine to keep the alcohol percentage artificially low? I have my suspicions, although no definitive answers, but it&#39;s certainly something to watch for in this growing segment. Here then are five excellent options we found:<br /><br /> [PAGEBREAK]<br /><br /> <div><br /> <strong><a href="http://www.snooth.com/wine/domaine-grand-veneur-cotes-du-rhone-reserve-2012/">Alain Jaume &amp; Fils Grand Veneur Cotes du Rhone Reserve 2012</a></strong><br /><br /> &nbsp;</div><br /> <div><br /> The 2012 Alain Jaume &amp; Fils Grand Veneur <strong>Cotes du Rhone</strong>&nbsp;Reserve begins with aromas of smoked meat and leather when first poured which give way to black cherry and wild berry fruit flavors in short order. Nice touches of spice and lavender are present as well. Tasting this blend of blend of <strong><a href="http://www.snooth.com/varietal/grenache/">Grenache</a>, <a href="http://www.snooth.com/varietal/syrah/">Syrah</a>, <a href="http://www.snooth.com/varietal/cinsault/">Cinsault </a></strong>and<strong> </strong><strong><a href="http://www.snooth.com/varietal/mourvedre/">Mourvedre </a></strong>reveals classic Cotes du Rhone and offers a combination of taste and complexity that I would be more than happy to drink every day. It ends dry and grippy with more dark fruit and even a bit of graphite minerality. It has an SRP of $43 but can be found as low as $35. 14% Alcohol.&nbsp;</div><br /> <div><br /> &nbsp;</div><br /> <div><br /> <strong><a href="http://www.snooth.com/wine/alandra-alentejo-red-2013/">Esporao Alandra Red 2013</a></strong><br /><br /> &nbsp;</div><br /> <div><br /> The 2013 Esporao Alandra Red comes from one of our favorite <a href="http://www.snooth.com/region/portugal/"><strong>Portuguese</strong>&nbsp;</a>producers. This wine is a blend of Moreto, Castelao and Trincadeira and can be purchased for right around $20. It opens with fruity aromas of black cherry, blueberry, raspberry and just a hint of anise. In the mouth you&#39;ll find lots of smooth and juicy fruit with touches of spice and leather. Good acidity and a surprisingly long finish make this a great daily drinker. 13% Alcohol.</div><br /> <div><br /> &nbsp;</div><br /> <div><br /> <a href="http://www.snooth.com/wine/house-wine-riesling-14/"><strong>House Wine Riesling</strong></a><br /><br /> &nbsp;</div><br /> <div><br /> We were a little worried about the House Wine <a href="http://www.snooth.com/varietal/riesling/"><strong>Riesling</strong>&nbsp;</a>before tasting it based on the non-vintage status and the extremely large &quot;American Wine&quot; region, but have no fear this is quite a good wine. A nose with light aromas of pear, honeysuckle and a little pineapple turns into a very flavorful and refreshing wine when tasting. Not too sweet and not too dry, this box has a lot of great Riesling character. Juicy pear, apple, some lemon/lime and a bit of tropical fruit are lightly soaked in honey and a touch of nutmeg. On the finish the juicy fruit turns tart and leaves you with lingering pineapple and nutmeg notes. This one has everything you want in a box wine. 11% Alcohol, retails for around $15.</div><br /> <div><br /> &nbsp;</div><br /> <div><br /> <strong><a href="http://www.snooth.com/wine/vinchio-vaglio-serra-barbera-piemonte-2012/">Vinchio-Vaglio Serra Barbera Piemonte 2012</a></strong><br /><br /> &nbsp;</div><br /> <div><br /> Box wine from <a href="http://www.snooth.com/region/italy/piedmont/"><strong>Piedmont</strong></a>? Yep, and it&#39;s fabulous. The 2012 Vinchio-Vaglio Serra <a href="http://www.snooth.com/varietal/barbera/"><strong>Barbera </strong></a>Piemonte begins with an aroma filled with black cherry. There are hints of plum, spice and even a little mint, but it&#39;s the wonderful black cherry that will have your nose returning to the glass over and over. Tasting the wine reveals...black cherry (no surprise), plum and just a whole lot of juicy dark fruit. A little spice kicks in mid-palate and lasts all the way through the long finish. The whole thing is wrapped up in a smooth and silky texture. Truth be told, it&#39;s a bit one dimensional at first sip, but the magic really starts when you pair this one with food. Pasta in red sauce, pizza, beef stew -- it&#39;s fantastic with them all. The best part is that we purchased it for just $16. 12.5% Alcohol.</div><br /> <div><br /> &nbsp;</div><br /> <div><br /> <strong><a href="http://www.snooth.com/wine/big-house-wine-company-big-house-white-2013-3/">Big House White 2013</a></strong><br /><br /> &nbsp;</div><br /> <div><br /> The 2013 Big House White is a kitchen sink blend of <a href="http://www.snooth.com/varietal/gruner-veltliner/"><strong>Gruner Veltliner</strong></a>, <a href="http://www.snooth.com/varietal/gewurztraminer/"><strong>Gewurztraminer</strong></a>, <a href="http://www.snooth.com/varietal/viognier/"><strong>Viognier</strong></a>, <a href="http://www.snooth.com/varietal/malvasia-bianca/"><strong>Malvasia Bianca</strong></a>, <a href="http://www.snooth.com/varietal/sauvignon-blanc/"><strong>Sauvignon Blanc</strong></a>, &nbsp;and more -- which is a sure conversation starter in and of itself. Retailing for around $17 and clocking in at 13.5% alcohol, don&#39;t let the whimsical packaging lure you into thinking that there isn&#39;t a serious wine inside. The wine opens with a very pleasant, very aromatic nose of peach, pear, a little banana, tropical fruit and floral notes. If flavorful wines are your thing, this one also delivers when tasting with tart tropical fruit, zesty citrus, peach, pear and those hints of banana from the nose. Refreshing and easy to drink but not in that <a href="http://www.snooth.com/region/usa/california/"><strong>California </strong></a>watered down <a href="http://www.snooth.com/varietal/pinot-grigio/"><strong>Pinot Grigio</strong></a>, way, it ends crisp and long with lingering tart citrus and tropical fruit.</div><br /> </div><br /> <br /><br /> </p> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0400 article5685 Exports, Average Bottle Price Continue To Rise in Australia http://www.snooth.com/articles/exports-average-bottle-price-continue-to-rise-in-australia/?viewall=1 Snooth Editorial <p>Slow and steady wins the race. This week the Australian Grape and Wine Authority (AGWA) release their yearly Wine Export Approval Report and the news is encouraging for a part of the world which has struggled to combat exchange rates and other economic factors. According to the report, wine exports increased by 0.7 percent to 688 million liters. The average value of one bottle of wine increased by six percent to $4.83. This rise in per-bottle value marks the sixth consecutive year Australia has seen an increase in this number. The slow rise in prices, the report said, reflects an increasing demand for premium wines. &ldquo;Growing interest by consumers in premium wines was a contributing factor in wine exports in the A$7.50-$9.99 price segment increasing by 8 per cent to 15 million litres and by 6 per cent in the $10.00 and above segment to 16.7 million litres,&rdquo; AGWA&#39;s Acting Chief Executive Andreas Clark said in the AGWA&#39;s press release about the report.<br /> Clark noted red wine exports fell by three percent, while white wine exports rose by five percent. Of particular significance was Australia&#39;s Pinot Gris exports, which rose by 32 percent. The report went on to analyze the various countries to which Australia exports its wines. The United Kingdom and Europe are the biggest importers of Australian wines. Exports to those countries rose by one percent to 245 million liters, according to the report. Exports to the United States fell eight percent to 164 million liters, the report said, while bulk wine exports and bottled wine exports rose four percent and six percent, respectively. Wine exports to Canada rose 20 percent to 60 million liters. Premium bottled wines saw an uptick in average price, while wines below $5.00 fell 11 percent.<br /> <div><br /> &nbsp;</div><br /> <div><br /> While exports to China fell in the past year, Australian wines experience record growth in Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan and Hong Kong.</div><br /> <div><br /> &nbsp;</div><br /> <div><br /> <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/93560853@N06/10185380106/in/photolist-j1d7Rc-6Lto8h-fSdmE4-dvKhKA-hxRcsv-9ugPr3-mh9zXw-i8VXzs-mKi1Pg-aTTGzH-hKYTzu-cq9QMf-oTHrG3-gw3JDQ-zUBno-9ugTmE-4i7hnT-74XqHZ-5KAofc-4FaJaa-3a6thE-dnqyM6-7g5gyy-9CwoYY-abRtUU-8FLJiJ-5AAmnP-ddnkz-bFRi9-4JVasL-f9VZkr-fhzbrj-59H8Gx-hPhHLg-493QZR-493PtZ-493Qrk-493MxH-497TJC-oKrMUf-59GULn-LMnVa-fL4FPA-4st5xS-d6hdX-5DzjaM-bwqr8L-8UAS2-2hdtRq-6YRgRJ"><em><strong>Photo credit: Flickr Creative Commons</strong></em></a></div><br /> </p> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0400 article5691 Sopexa 2014 Tasting: Bargains Amid White Wines http://www.snooth.com/articles/sopexa-2014-tasting-bargains-amid-white-wines/?viewall=1 Snooth Editorial <p>Who says you can&#39;t get a good bottle of wine under $15?<br /> <div><br /> &nbsp;</div><br /> <div><br /> A panel of journalists and sommeliers converged in London this past week to taste more than 170 French wines for the Sopexa 2014 Absolutely Cracking French Wines Tasting. White wines emerged as a favorite of wines under &pound;10.&nbsp;</div><br /> <div><br /> &nbsp;</div><br /> <div><br /> Participants tasted 50 reds and whites priced at &pound;10 or less. White wines were the popular choice, accounting for 31 of the 50 wines tasted. Of those 31 white wines, there were eight Sauvignon Blancs, five Viogniers, four Chardonnays and an additional quartet of Melon de Bourgogne.&nbsp;</div><br /> <br /> Whites were also popular in the &ldquo;hidden gems&rdquo; category, a class of wines between &pound;10 and &pound;16. Sauvignon Blanc topped the list with six of the 40. Semillon appeared five times and Riesling had four hidden gems.<br /> <div><br /> &nbsp;</div><br /> <div><br /> In the red wine category, participants deemed merlot the best value grape. Six merlots were recognized among the 19 wines in the red category. Syrah came in second with five selections and Grenache appeared with four. Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre dominated the red-wine hidden gem category. Three critics &ndash; Stephen Spurrier, Rosemary George MW and Jim Budd &ndash; recommended the Domaine Robert Serol Vielles Vignes 2013, a Loire red under &pound;10. Natasha Hughes MW noted wines from Jura and Savoie, deeming them &ldquo;fashionable&rdquo;. &ldquo;It&#39;s really interesting to watch this tasting because it gives you a good feeling for shifting trends and interests,&rdquo; she said in an interview during the event. &ldquo;I think the trade has got to be getting a bit more inventive about looking outside of classic appellations and looking for better value.&rdquo;</div><br /> <div><br /> &nbsp;</div><br /> <div><br /> <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/sundaydinnerin/4073320347/in/photolist-7cWQea-6tBMif-28nZ5-ffwmtE-piv7gL-4e5qKQ-548n87-a7FNG2-hNS6K9-ordJ9x-nAxpSq-hMoDT6-bpDz7o-eWFmFk-66ajLa-4YZEM6-f8hpZw-8yDY14-5uYHpM-96tTqf-6xQF9y-bAdVh3-eYJz5J-9GGGan-8RqhZo-35kAV2-d3CKQN-cxSN6N-9B5kuB-kpgGss-e3BXDj-7BRzDK-97XSJf-eXbcnP-5qVVS7-bQS5Nr-7Qy79K-6sasc9"><em><strong>Photo credit: Flickr Creative Commons</strong></em></a></div><br /> </p> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0400 article5692 Hello, India: Sauvingnon Blanc Surprises At DAWA 2014 http://www.snooth.com/articles/hello-india-sauvingnon-blanc-surprises-at-dawa-2014-theres-always-a-first-time-for-everything-this-week-decanter-announced-india-took-home-its-first-best-in-show-international-trophy-at-the-2014-decanter-asia-wine-awards-the-wine-in-question-is-grover-zampas-art-collection-sauvignon-blanc-2014-was-made-in-nandi-hills-karnataka-the-grover-zampa-was-the-best-sauvignon-blanc-in-its-region-and-because-of-this-it-was-entered-into-the-international-level-of-judging-for-all-sauvignon-blancs-in-asia-though-uncontested-in-the-category-judges-were-unanimous-in-their-decision-to-award-the-winery-with-the-best-in-show-distinction-only-one-wine-was-left-standing-when-it-came-to-the-last-round-of-this-years-sauvignon-blanc-international-trophy-a-summary-of-the-event-said-and-although-unchallenged-our-skilled-tasters-were-in-no-doubt-that-it-was-fully-worth-of-taking-home-the-ultimate-accolade-of-a-decanter-asia-wine-awards-international-trophy-the-result-was-a-spectacular-achievement-for-indias/?viewall=1 Snooth Editorial <p>There&#39;s always a first time for everything.<br /> <div><br /> &nbsp;</div><br /> <div><br /> This week Decanter announced India took home it&#39;s first best-in-show international trophy at the 2014 Decanter Asia Wine Awards. The wine in question is Grover Zampa&#39;s Art Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2014, was made in Nandi Hills, Karnataka.</div><br /> <div><br /> &nbsp;</div><br /> <div><br /> The Grover Zampa was the best Sauvignon Blanc in its region and because of this, it was entered into the international level of judging for all Sauvignon Blancs in Asia. Though uncontested in the category, judges were unanimous in their decision to award the winery with the best-in-show distinction.</div><br /> <br /> &ldquo;Only one wine was left standing when it came to the last round of this year&#39;s Sauvignon Blanc International Trophy,&rdquo; a summary of the event said, &ldquo;and although unchallenged our skilled tasters were in no doubt that it was fully worth of taking home the ultimate accolade of a Decanter Asia Wine Awards International Trophy.&rdquo;<br /> <div><br /> &nbsp;</div><br /> <div><br /> The result was a spectacular achievement for India&#39;s growing wine scene, the report said.</div><br /> <div><br /> &nbsp;</div><br /> <div><br /> Tasting notes for the wine highlight its floral expressions.</div><br /> <div><br /> &nbsp;</div><br /> <div><br /> &ldquo;...White flower and tropical fruit aromas, green lemons and a leafy, herbaceous palate,&rdquo; the notes said. &ldquo;Strong gooseberry notes, nettles, stone fruits, beautiful acidity and good freshness.&rdquo;</div><br /> <div><br /> &nbsp;</div><br /> <div><br /> Grover Zamper released its first vintage in 1992 after years of collaborative research between the winery&#39;s owner and Georges Vesselle, former technical director at Champagne Mumm.</div><br /> <div><br /> &nbsp;</div><br /> <div><br /> In addition to the International Trophy, Grover Zampa took home three silvers, three bronzes and three commendations. &nbsp;</div><br /> <div><br /> &nbsp;</div><br /> <div><br /> The competition took place this past September in Hong Kong. A panel of 42 judges did a blind tasting of each wine.</div><br /> <div><br /> &nbsp;</div><br /> <div><br /> Grover Zampa&#39;s Sauvignon Blanc was one of 22 Indian wines entered in the competition. Chinese wineries submitted 28 wines to the competition, while Thailand entered 21 wines.</div><br /> <div><br /> &nbsp;</div><br /> <div><br /> <a href="http://www.groverzampa.in/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/GZ_Web-resources-for-Visit-us_NandiHills.jpg"><em><strong>Photo credit: Grover Zampa</strong></em></a></div><br /> </p> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0400 article5689 Easy Access & October-Friendly White Wines http://www.snooth.com/articles/october-friendly-white-wines-5674/?viewall=1 Joe Roberts <p>While there&#39;s little doubt that seasonal wine themes have been done to death, there are excellent reasons why we wine writer types continue to write them. First and foremost is that the ranks of wine lovers continue to grow (particularly in the U.S.), and the adventurous newcomers among them don&#39;t take seasonal breaks, and they want to know what wines pair with changing seasonal food fare. Seasonal cuisine doesn&#39;t stand still either; it changes, taking on the scents and tastes of the freshest ingredients available at the time. Finally, the advent of a new season gives us wine pros the chance to introduce wine lovers of all stripes to interesting wines that might not yet be on their radar screens.<br /><br /> <br /><br /> In that spirit, following are five white wines that will match up well with the baking spices, toasted nuts, richer vegetables, and generally heartier cuisine that are the hallmarks of the autumn meals that grace our dinner tables in North America. And while this list contains a number of the grapes that well-heeled wine lovers will recognize as the &quot;usual suspects&quot; for autumn, many of them hail from regions that you might not associate with those grapes. But you won&#39;t need to be a card-carrying wine geek to appreciate them: all of these wines are deliciously food-friendly.<br /> <div><br /> &nbsp;</div><br /> <br /> </p> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0400 article5674 New German Wine Queen Crowned http://www.snooth.com/articles/new-german-wine-queen-crowned/?viewall=1 Snooth Editorial <p>These girls are more than just a pretty face.<br /> <div><br /> &nbsp;</div><br /> <div><br /> Janina Huhn was recently &nbsp;crowned Germany&#39;s 66th Wine Queen during the televised contest in Germany in which six finalists from the country&#39;s 13 various wine regions competed for the Wine Queen crown.</div><br /> <div><br /> &nbsp;</div><br /> <div><br /> Huhn, along with five fellow finalists, underwent scrutiny and questions from a panel of 70 judges. The women were quizzed about their wine knowledge and were required to solve several challenges presented by the judges.</div><br /> <br /> The panel also required the women to give improvised speeches in German and English.<br /> <div><br /> &nbsp;</div><br /> <div><br /> The new German wine queen had difficulty holding back tears as she accepted her crown, officials of the contest reported.</div><br /> <div><br /> &nbsp;</div><br /> <div><br /> &ldquo;It&#39;s absolutely crazy and beautiful, just beautiful,&rdquo; Huhn said after winning the crown.</div><br /> <div><br /> &nbsp;</div><br /> <div><br /> Mosel&#39;s Kathrin Schnitzius and Rheinhessen&#39;s Judith Dorst &nbsp;won Wine Princess distinction.</div><br /> <div><br /> &nbsp;</div><br /> <div><br /> Judges gave Huhn high marks for her ability to address American misconceptions about Pfalz wines. Huhn gave the discourse in English, explaining how many foreigners believe Germany&#39;s only strength is its sweet wines.</div><br /> <div><br /> &nbsp;</div><br /> <div><br /> Huhn, along with other contestants, also had to correctly identify photos of Germany&#39;s 13 wine regions in order to reach the finals.</div><br /> <div><br /> &nbsp;</div><br /> <div><br /> The 25-year-old Huhn hails from Pfalz, a region known for its rieslings and its up-and-coming pinot varietals.</div><br /> <div><br /> &nbsp;</div><br /> <div><br /> Pfalz stretches from France&#39;s Alsace province in the south to Germany&#39;s largest wine region, Rheinhessen, in the north. The area also is Germany&#39;s largest red wine region. Forty percent of Pfalz&#39; vineyards are devoted to the red grapes.</div><br /> <div><br /> &nbsp;</div><br /> <div><br /> Huhn, Schnitzius and Dorst are now travelling through Germany and beyond on behalf of the German Wine Institute as ambassadors for German wines.</div><br /> <div><br /> &nbsp;</div><br /> <div><br /> The new queen&#39;s official Facebook page shows photos of the queen and her princess making appearances at local, government and television events.</div><br /> <div><br /> &nbsp;</div><br /> <div><br /> Earlier this month, Huhn was honored in Neustadt&#39;s wine festival parade. Organizers created a special flower-laden float on which she sat.</div><br /> <div><br /> &nbsp;</div><br /> <div><br /> &ldquo;It was a great feeling to be able to ride on the wonderful float,&rdquo; she wrote. &ldquo;Thanks to all the visitors!&rdquo;</div><br /> <div><br /> &nbsp;</div><br /> <div><br /> &nbsp;</div><br /> <div><br /> <a href="http://www.deutscheweinkoenigin.de/icc/Weinkoenigin/nav/5c6/binarywriterservlet?size=4&amp;imgUid=6164bf41-182b-8410-5d01-7776f135e25d&amp;uBasVariant=11111111-1111-1111-1111-111111111111"><em><strong>Photo credit: DeutscheWeinkoenigin.de</strong></em></a></div><br /> </p> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0400 article5690 Chinese Investors Heading Down Under http://www.snooth.com/articles/chinese-investors-heading-down-under/?viewall=1 Snooth Editorial <p>The Chinese thirst for wine has yet to be satiated.<br /> <div><br /> &nbsp;</div><br /> <div><br /> Earlier this year financial giant Credit Suisse released a report predicting future investments of $44 million Australian dollars in available Australian land. The report is based on a seven-year projection of Chinese investment in Australian real estate as a whole, not just wineries and vineyards.</div><br /> <div><br /> &nbsp;</div><br /> <div><br /> The continued investment of the Chinese in Australian wine economy comes in the wake of several Australian winery purchases in the past several years, including the Chinese acquisitions of Barossa Valley&#39;s 1847 Fine Wines, Frankland River&#39;s Ferngrove Wines and Padthaway&#39;s Stonehaven Winery.</div><br /> <br /> Part of the surge of Chinese investment is due to the financial difficulties Australian wineries have faced during the past decade.<br /> <div><br /> &nbsp;</div><br /> <div><br /> The Australian Times reported in 2012 the US-led purchase of McLaren Vale&#39;s Hickinbotham vineyard ended in a payment of $8 million when the same piece of land would have cost five times that much ten years before.</div><br /> <div><br /> &nbsp;</div><br /> <div><br /> Another aspect of the surge in Chinese investment is the growing appetite of Chinese consumers for high-quality wine.</div><br /> <div><br /> &nbsp;</div><br /> <div><br /> In an interview with BBC in this past week, Xin Jin, owner of Australia&#39;s Reis Creek Wines, pointed out the increasing Chinese demand for quality.</div><br /> <div><br /> &nbsp;</div><br /> <div><br /> &ldquo;It&#39;s easy to get cheap wines in China,&rdquo; he told the BBC. &ldquo;but the market has become more mature and people want premium brands.&rdquo;</div><br /> <div><br /> &nbsp;</div><br /> <div><br /> The recent and projected rise in Chinese investment in Australia is also indicative of Chinese investors&#39; interest in Australian real estate at-large.</div><br /> <div><br /> &nbsp;</div><br /> <div><br /> According to the Credit Suisse report, Australians are facing a new reality of real estate.</div><br /> <div><br /> &nbsp;</div><br /> <div><br /> &ldquo;A generation of Australians are being priced out of the property market,&rdquo; the report said. &ldquo;Many face a lifetime of renting.&rdquo;</div><br /> <div><br /> &nbsp;</div><br /> <div><br /> <em><strong>Photo credit: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/edwin_t/8112424379/in/photolist-dmSRRm-dmSHCo-dmSpXg-dmRTBh-dmSi8R-dmSAwU-gGbvzY-g4vrWP-g4vsLL-gG2DQo-g2XTPG-gGc8Vv-9yf8o1-gGbvZf-g2XNfK-aLmakp-g4kS3A-g2XNKT-gGbunh-g7UQFa-gG29Y3-g4GvD6-g4kRx7-awtzR1-od7hip-7QsM9Y-mN2P6P-o1DXRE-e1DQZk-g4mkVg-7Ko4pw-7Ko4u9-e1KuJf-e1DQvg-gqTpGP-o1Ebdm-8umYDd-g4GwNw-7QsLDw-8AA6SV-7QsLno-og7HRo-hQyveL-hQnL87-o169Fm-665Mjt-oAkF6m-oAxHeX-oyvRch-66a3vq">Bokeh-licious</a>, <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/">Flickr Creative Commons</a></strong></em></div><br /> </p> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0400 article5687 French Win Five Jury Selections at OIV Awards http://www.snooth.com/articles/french-win-five-jury-selections-at-oiv-awards/?viewall=1 Snooth Editorial <p>The International Organization of Wine and Vine announced this week the winners of the 2014 OIV Awards. The awards, which are given to the best wine- and vine-related books published in the past two years.<br /> <div><br /> &nbsp;</div><br /> <div><br /> &ldquo;This prestigious international award enables a readership seeking quality works to find bibliographic references for everything to do with knowledge and popularisation of the vine and wine sector,&rdquo; OIV&#39;s website says, &ldquo;as well as to discover scientific works of a high standard.</div><br /> <div><br /> &nbsp;</div><br /> <div><br /> The OIV handed out 13 awards and three special mentions across nine categories.</div><br /> <br /> French-language books led the way with four awards, adding an additional two awards for a French/English volume and a French/Greek volume.<br /> <div><br /> &nbsp;</div><br /> <div><br /> Chantal Bonder&#39;s oenology work, &ldquo;Analyses et d&eacute;cisions en oenologie - Guide pratique du laboratoire et de la cave,&rdquo; a handbook for the scientific side of oenology, was among the French language winners.</div><br /> <div><br /> &nbsp;</div><br /> <div><br /> Two English-language books took home awards, with an additional three for an English/French work an English/Montenegrin work and English/German/Portguese/Spanish work.</div><br /> <div><br /> &nbsp;</div><br /> <div><br /> Australian Kym Anderson&#39;s viticulture book, &ldquo;Which Winegrapes Varieties are Grown Where&rdquo;, was among the English language winners.</div><br /> <div><br /> &nbsp;</div><br /> <div><br /> A Czech book about public relations, a Portuguese tome about viticultural law and a Polish work about wine history/literature rounded out the winners. The Czech win marks the second consecutive victory after a 12-year victory drought.</div><br /> <div><br /> &nbsp;</div><br /> <div><br /> A trio of Italian works garnered special mentions from the OIV jury &ndash; one about discovery and presentation of wines, one about wine and territories and one about symposia proceedings.</div><br /> <div><br /> &nbsp;</div><br /> <div><br /> The Italian special mentions are the first awards or mentions won by an exclusively Italian book since the collaborative &ldquo;La Vite e l&#39;Uomo - Dal Rompicapo delle origini al salvataggio delle reliquie&rdquo; won a jury award in 2011.</div><br /> <div><br /> &nbsp;</div><br /> <div><br /> The presentation of awards took place at the OIV&#39;s Paris headquarters. The ceremony ended with a congratulatory speech from the president of the OIV Award Jury.</div><br /> <div><br /> &nbsp;</div><br /> <div><br /> <a href="http://www.oiv.int/oiv/index"><em><strong>Photo credit: OIV</strong></em></a></div><br /> </p> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0400 article5686 International Winemakers Team Up To Protect Internet Domain Names http://www.snooth.com/articles/international-winemakers-team-up-to-protect-internet-domain-names/?viewall=1 Snooth Editorial <p>A consortium of winemakers made their plea at the recent Internet Corportation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Conference in Los Angeles this past week. Their beef &ndash; to protect the use of .wine and .vin domains.&nbsp;<br /> <div><br /> &nbsp;</div><br /> <div><br /> The push for name and domain protection has been a nine-year process which began in 2005 with the formation of the Joint Declaration to Protect Wine Place &amp; Origin (JDPWPO), which began with 19 signatories from France, Australia and the United States.&nbsp;</div><br /> <div><br /> <br /><br /> ICANN is the organization responsible for making domain names available. They have plans to release .wine and .vin to the public.&nbsp;</div><br /> <br /> <div><br /> The fear is that, when ICANN decides to make available the .wine and .vin domains, companies who have nothing to do with wine will be able to purchase, for example, &ldquo;www.napavalley.wine&rdquo;.&nbsp;</div><br /> <div><br /> &nbsp;</div><br /> <div><br /> In a press release sent out a few days before the ICANN conference earlier this month, the JDPWPO pointed to this potentially inhibiting effect.</div><br /> <div><br /> &nbsp;</div><br /> <div><br /> &ldquo;The release of these new extensions without proper rules in place would be harmful to consumers as well as many small and medium sized wine producers,&rdquo; the release said.</div><br /> <div><br /> &nbsp;</div><br /> <div><br /> The JDPWPO offered a more lengthy explanation on their website, in which they express fears about consumer confusion about names and regions.&nbsp;</div><br /> <div><br /> &nbsp;</div><br /> <div><br /> &ldquo;Our collective efforts include demanding that the ICANN permanently shelve its efforts to launch &#39;.wine&#39; and &#39;.vin&#39; extensions as the delegation of such strings could lead to increased consumer confusion about wine growing place names,&rdquo; JDPWPO&#39;s website states, &ldquo;and undermine the long standing efforts that our regions and producers have put into educating wine consumers about each region&#39;s characteristics.&rdquo;</div><br /> <div><br /> &nbsp;</div><br /> <div><br /> According to an analysis of the ICANN&#39;s regulations for .wine and .vin written by a consultant, the organization would not be responsible to regulate who purchases .wine and .vin names because the domains themselves are not linked to a specific geographic region.</div><br /> <div><br /> &nbsp;</div><br /> <div><br /> <a href="http://www.protectplace.com/"><em><strong>Photo credit: Protectplace.com</strong></em></a></div><br /> </p> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0400 article5683