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New Zealand and France hit International Wine Challenge’s top spot

Daily Wine News - 5. Dezember 2013 - 21:16
In the first November tasting session of the International Wine Challenge, New Zealand wines – including Sauvignon Blancs and sparklings – shone, scooping 14 gold medals. It was second to France which took home 15 gold medals.

EU wine producers in limbo as China probe continues

Daily Wine News - 5. Dezember 2013 - 21:16
Bordeaux's wine council hopes the French prime minister's visit to China this week will help ease tension over an ongoing anti-dumping investigation into European wine shipments, but a quick resolution looks unlikely. The Chinese government's anti-dumping probe continues to cast a shadow on European Union (EU) wine producers, even though a deal to resolve the issue which sparked it - tariffs on solar panels entering the EU from China - was this week rubber-stamped by the council of EU state ministers.

High-tech robotic wine: the future of winemaking (US)

Daily Wine News - 5. Dezember 2013 - 21:16
California's Hall Vineyard is one of the first in Napa Valley to utilise optic technology to replace hand sorting grapes. A robot takes pictures at 10,000 frames per second and analyses the grapes instantly, only selecting the ones which meet winemaker Steve Leveque's programmed specifications.

Argentina is no 'one-trick pony’ according to top producer

Daily Wine News - 5. Dezember 2013 - 21:16
While it may have built its reputation on Malbec, Argentina is no one-trick pony when it comes to wine, according to one of the country’s top boutique producers. Speaking to at his estate in the Pampas, owner of Bodegas Riglos Dario Werthein said "we’ve put our energy into Cabernet Franc to show Argentina is no one trick pony".

Blog story: Australian industry looks to improve country's wine image

Daily Wine News - 5. Dezember 2013 - 21:16
The Australian wine industry certainly has had its ups and downs. There was a time — not really that long ago — when it couldn’t miss. Everyone was touting its jammy Shiraz, then its oaky Chardonnays and finally its clever wines named after some cute critter known only to Australians.

NZ film meets NZ wine

Daily Wine News - 5. Dezember 2013 - 21:16
As a long-time supporter of the New Zealand arts, Villa Maria has signed on as a sponsor to the Rialto Channel New Zealand Film Awards 2013 (known as The Moas). Villa Maria’s name is synonymous with award winning quality, so it is fitting the winery sponsored the NZ Film Awards with naming rights on the best actor and best actress awards.

Pensioner fakes death to avoid EUR50,000 wine bill

Decanter News - 5. Dezember 2013 - 18:00
A French pensioner who pretended he was dead to avoid paying tens of thousands of euros in unpaid wine bills has been sentenced to 18 months of electronic cuff surveillance, with 10 months suspended.

Blizzard wrecks vines in Italy's Abruzzo wine region

Decanter News - 5. Dezember 2013 - 16:58
A heavy storm has destroyed thousands of hectares of vines in Italy's Abruzzo wine region, including those belonging to celebrated producer Valentini.

NEWS FETCH – December 5, 2013

Wine Industry Insight - 5. Dezember 2013 - 15:30
TOP NEWS FTC: “Native Ads” Are Deceptive Constellation: Budweiser’s Puppet? $600K+ worth of wine stolen from Seattle store Teacher Pensions Big Vineyard Owners John Kerry Wants You To Buy Moldovan Wine Global wine drought? Say it ain’t so… (It Ain’t So) Famous Wine Merchant Can’t Afford Favorite French Wine The Economist: Wine’s Technological Future CALIFORNIA […]

Wines for your Year End Function

Winetimes - 5. Dezember 2013 - 15:00

The year is drawing to a close and office parties are being organised to send off staff on a jolly note. But what is a good send off without some celebratory vino? If you’re having a year end function soon, there’s bound to be wine, which means you’re bound to have a list of questions […]

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Set Your Holiday Punch on Fire, Charles Dickens Style

Winetimes - 5. Dezember 2013 - 14:00
There are few things that are more Dickensian than a bowl of punch. A great lover of drink, Dickens wove spirits into his writing repeatedly and even conceived of his own punch, whose recipe he included in a letter to a friend, writing that it might make her “for ninety years…a beautiful Punchmaker in more […]

Nederburg Auction Charity Proceeds helping to fund path out of poverty

Winetimes - 5. Dezember 2013 - 13:00
Charities in the Western Cape supported by the annual Nederburg Auction are increasingly seeing the effects of critical skills development amongst poor and disadvantaged youth in the region. This was revealed at the recent handover in Stellenbosch of proceeds from the Nederburg Charity Auction to the three NGOs annually benefiting from South Africa’s premier rare […]

Car immobiliser locks for Australian drink-drivers

Winetimes - 5. Dezember 2013 - 13:00
Thousands of West Australians will have breath-testing immobilisers fitted to their cars under a State Government plan to cut the drink-driving death toll. The alcohol interlock system would be fitted to cars driven by anyone caught with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.15, anyone who had more than one 0.05 offence in five years and […]

London Wine Fair targets consumers with wine week

Winetimes - 5. Dezember 2013 - 12:00
A seven day celebration of London’s restaurants, bars and wine merchants has been launched by the organisers of the London Wine Fair to coincide with the trade show.

Toast in style this festive season

Winetimes - 5. Dezember 2013 - 12:00
From good value cava to high-end bubbly, Ultra Liquors guides you through the best buys. In  1961 Lily Bollinger said: “I only drink champagne when I’m happy and when I’m sad. Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I’m not in a hurry […]

Wine Startups Harness The Cloud To Bring Cabernet To The Clueless

Winetimes - 5. Dezember 2013 - 11:00
Millennials are confused by wine, apparently. The thousands-of-years-old practice of fermenting grapes and putting it into bottles needs to be completely re-imagined for the ever-connected and social-media-obsessed ‘Amazon Prime generation.’ This demographic, loosely characterized as aged 22 – 32, don’t know their Claret from their Beaujolais – but that’s okay, because now there’s an app, […]

Economist Report: Bacchus to the Future?

The Wine Economist - 5. Dezember 2013 - 10:01

Wine Economist readers might want to check out the current (November 30, 2013) issue of the Economist newspaper to see what they have to say about the changing (and  not so changing) world of wine. I’m talking about an article called “Bacchus to the Future” that is featured in the Technology Quarterly section of the newspaper.

The story is about technological advances in what outsiders might consider a very traditional business. Please follow the link to read the entire article. I will insert a few quotes just to tease you a bit.

Few industries are more suspicious of change than winemaking.

True, but not universally true.  My reading of wine history shows that sometimes technology is  embraced (the Gallos and Robert Mondavi are on my list of noteworthy innovators) and sometimes stubbornly resisted. Europeans were in denial for decades after phylloxera hit them. How long did they resist grafting their vines onto American rootstocks?

“Technology has vastly improved the low end,” says Tim Keller, a former winemaker at Steltzner Vineyards in Napa. “There’s no longer an excuse for making a defective wine.”

So true. I discuss  this in the chapter of Extreme Wine about the best and worst wines. Inexpensive wines might not be to your taste, but they consistently achieve a commercial standard and are unlikely to be the worst wines you will ever taste. A warm embrace of technology is part of the explanation.

Because consumers remain seduced by the notion that wine should be made by humble farmers with as little intervention as possible, fine-wine labels still try to keep their experiments under wraps. But they are quietly deploying technology in a new way: not just to make bad wine decent, or to make good wine more cheaply, but to make already-great wines greater still.

The article talks about de-alcoholization as one of the hidden technological innovations and I think most of us agree that this useful (and sometimes necessary) tool is generally kept out of sight. Other examples of widely used but invisible wine technology?  Two words: Mega Purple!

France is the undisputed global leader in wine technology. As Mr Merritt notes, the country has a greater demand for mechanisation than America because its agricultural wages are higher. And France’s reputation means that its elite winemakers, unlike those in other countries, do not have to worry about criticism from elite French winemakers.

This is a point that I haven’t considered before. Sorta makes you think, doesn’t it. And I guess that’s the point. Check out the article to see what else it has to say.


While you are thinking, you might give some thought to holiday gifts for your wine-loving friends. You can’t go wrong with my books, Wine Wars and Extreme Wine. Just a suggestion!

UK chef creates world`s most expensive ready meal – a fish pie costing £314

Winetimes - 5. Dezember 2013 - 10:00

While the UK faced a food poverty “public health emergency”, a ready meal company in west London has brought out what it says is the world’s most expensive TV dinner.


Smart People Prefer Wine

Winetimes - 5. Dezember 2013 - 9:00
A study that compared 1,800 Danish men’s IQ scores to their drinking habits from the 1950s through 1990s found a strong correlation between high IQ in young adulthood and preference for wine over beer later in life, regardless of socioeconomic status. (Very few respondents—less than 1 percent—preferred spirits; this preference was unrelated to IQ.) Twenty-two percent of […]

Oltre la rosa carnivora - Il vino del giorno | Pubblicato in DoctorWine N° 31

Doctor Wine by Daniele Cernilli - 5. Dezember 2013 - 1:01
Oltre la rosa carnivora - Il vino del giorno | Pubblicato in DoctorWine N° 31

Facile che molti di voi ricordino lo straordinario video che circa un anno fa annunciava la scoperta della prima rosa carnivora all'azienda Pico Maccario (vedi sotto). Si trattava naturalmente di un'innovativa quanto brillante operazione di viral marketing che l'azienda piemontese aveva scelto per promuovere i propri vini sul web e che, effettivamente, in meno di 2 settimane, aveva totalizzato oltre 200.000 visualizzazioni su Youtube e più di 3.500 interazioni su Facebook e Twitter avvicinando al marchio aziendale (che è proprio una rosa) persone apparentemente lontane dal "solito giro" degli eno-internettiani.
I due fratelli Maccario, Pico e Vitaliano, sono giovani e innovativi quanto basta, pur essendo molto legati alle tradizioni della loro terra: Mombaruzzo, nella denominazione della Barbera d’Asti. 70 ettari di vigneti in un unico corpo, un’assoluta rarità per il Piemonte. Di questi ben 58 sono dedicati alla barbera e ne ricavano tre Barbere docg: Lavignone, Tre Roveri ed Epico. Abbiamo assaggiato i primi due: il Lavignone è la versione "easy" molto territoriale, ben fatta e con una grande facilità di beva. La nostra scheda è però dedicata al Tre Roveri.