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  • Keep your eyes peeled for this year’s vintage from New Zealand’s ... ... who recently wrote that winemakers are quite enthusiastic about the quality of this year’s Kiwi Southern Hemisphere harvest. “It was an ‘intense’ wine harvest for Central Otago vineyards this year but fruit quality is ‘exceptionally good,’” Cavanagh wrote. “That is the w... Read More

    From the article Kiwi Winemakers in Central Otago Say Harvest is Hitting High Marks

  • You can’t deny screw caps prevent cork taint, but has the emerging ... ... way to test every cork, so winemakers always run a risk of a corky or poorly aged wine.” The expert, WSU wine program director Thomas Henick-Kling, said screw caps guarantee there is no cork taint (the result of corks which don’t seal properly). “With a screw cap, I don... Read More

    From the article Screw Caps Up the Wazoo: Washington State University Prefers Twist Over Cork

  • Or you can decide on a location in France or Spain or Italy that you want to ... out in the field meeting the winemakers and other people laboring to bring the harvest in and convert it to that wonderful nectar, drink lots of the finished product (or not-yet-finished, for that matter), and get to know people in the wine community with more exp... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine certification in Europe

  • Knowledge is always good. For itself.But I've taught some of those classes. ... last 10 years or so. Most winemakers aren't certified. Ditto most importers.Again, nothing against any certification, but keep in mind that a "certification", in any field, is not the same thing as actual knowledge and experience. It's a proxy, but it's always trump... Read More

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  • Recent research shows that a glass of red wine a day is like twenty minutes of ... the case in the past, many winemakers are now taking a fundamentally different approach to these wines. For example, instead of packing the wines with wood chips trying to replicate the overt oakiness of a wine aged in expensive 100% new French oak barrels, ther... Read More

    From the article Drink Value Cabernet Before It's Too Late

  • Though New Zealand is the veritable Mecca of Sauvignon Blanc, winemaker Josh ... ... of Allan Scott Family Winemakers, who are putting a decidedly hoppy spin on the nation's trademark wine. “A Marlborough wine company has put a brewer’s twist on the region’s flagship wine variety by blending grapes and hops,” reporter Chloe Winter wrote. The ... Read More

    From the article Wine or Beer? New Zealand Vintner Blurs the Line With Tap Vino

  • Australia has come a long way since the 60’s. Earlier today The ... ... to compete aggressively with winemakers by launching premium beers and lobbying government to phase out favourable tax treatment for cheaper wines,” Smyth wrote.  Other federal limitations and restrictions have hurt the beer industry.  According to Smyth’s article, the cou... Read More

    From the article Aussies Say "Adios" to Beer, "Awesome!" to Wine

  • Whispers in the northwest United States are that Syrah is going the way of the ... Wine Estates and two French winemakers to create blends of Syrah and Southern Rhone grapes.  “This would seem to signal that perhaps Syrah will become cool again with consumers, retailer and restaurateurs. And let’s hope so,” GNW said in the story. “Syrah is a d... Read More

    From the article GNW Talks Syrah: Will the Bold Bottle Make A Comeback?

  • Friuli (or more properly Friuli Venezia Giulia) lies in Italy’s ... by ... ... by the Adriatic. The winemakers of this area have a reputation of being forward thinking and producing excellent white wines -- reds account for just under 40%. Tradition remains very important to the culture of the region as most properties are still largely owned... Read More

    From the article For the Love of Friuli Wine

  • I'm interested in taking a wine certification course or a few (WSET) in Europe (France/Spain/Italy).  Has anyone done this and if so where do you recommend going?  Are there any that are in vineyards where you can stay for a month while learning and be with a group of others?  What could I do with the certification?  Right now it is just to incr... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine certification in Europe

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