Mom Will Feel Like a Princess with Kate Middleton’s Sauvignon Blanc

Mom may be a commoner, but she can at least drink like a princess for Mother’s Day without it costing Dad and family a king’s ransom. The night before her wedding to Prince William, Kate Middleton (now the Duchess of Cambridge) dined with close friends and family at the Goring Hotel in London’s Belgravia district. […]

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Modern Wine Cellar is Expanding!

Modern Wine Cellar has a new Wine Refrigerator Reviews section. There will be indepth wine cooler reviews of individual models organized by brand, size, price and type. Wine refrigerators will be rated on things like “price per bottle”, “wine protection”, and “reliability.” The first review is on the Haier HVW18BSS, check it out.

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The American Idolization of Wine

The public is going to choose wines for top London restaurant L’Anima using Twitter. I hope they like Yellowtail or anything else with a critter label. Maybe Fat Bastard:    Even worse: 

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Are You A Wine Dummy? There’s An App For That!

There’s a book too, but apps for your iPhone are cooler, assuming you have an iPhone. Apps like Wine 101 by FuzzyBeta claim to educate the uninitiated and remove the stress of wine selection. At the cost of $3, (of course not including the cost of the iPhone and service) Wine 101 provides a list of names […]

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Ricasoli’s Recipe

According to an obituary published yesterday by the Corriere Fiorentino, Bettino Ricasoli, 87, the great-great-grandson of “Iron Baron” Bettino Ricasoli and steward of one of the leading families of Chianti Classico, has died. Although he never published a “formula” or “recipe” for Chianti (as many erroneously claim), Bettino Ricasoli (1809-1880) reshaped the history of Chianti […]

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The Palin Debate

Who woulda thunk it? That a small organic wine from Chile would cause such an uproar. Palin Syrah, now in its second release, and named for the ball used to play Chilean field hockey is losing sales, at least in San Francisco. The reason? The similarity of its name to Sarah Palin, the now famous […]

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Nothing Says Trash Like Paris Hilton’s Champagne in a Can

Well, actually it’s Prosecco, an Italian sparkling wine. Last year, Paris helped launch Rich Prosecco at a “mega-party” in the Austrian Alps, and now she’s featured in its advertising campaign wearing nothing but a coat of gold paint (no golden shower jokes please people). Italian winemakers certainly are not amused, much like France and Champagne, […]

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Mighty Madiran

Wine is known to protect against strokes, diabetes and dementia. So Roger Corder, professor of experimental therapeutics in London and author of “The Red Wine Diet: Drink Wine Every Day and Live a Long and Healthy Life,” performed tests to learn why. He found that procyanidins (protective anti-oxidants that improve blood-vessel function and prevent heart […]

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