The Art of the Wine Deal

In this short video Levi Dalton, Sommelier at Boulud Sud states: It’s so much cheaper to buy and cellar wine for a long period of time than to buy cellared wine. What Mr. Dalton is referring to here is purchasing premium wine that can age for an extended period of time long before it reaches […]

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Moscato, Rap Superstar in a Highball

What is Moscato? Sweet wine for sugar daddies if rapper Drake is to be believed. In Do It Now he raps: “Lobster and shrimp and a glass of moscato, for the girl who’s a student and her friend whose a model.” Hey! Serving alcohol to minors is illegal people even if it’s a relatively low-alcohol […]

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A Slightly Sweet Thanksgiving: Madeira and Lambrusco Wine

A bottle of Madeira was probably poured at some of the earliest Thanksgiving celebrations. Madeira is produced on a beautiful volcanic island of the same name which is 360 miles west of Morocco and 700 miles south of Portugal, which governs it. The history of Madeira’s wine is nearly as old as that of the […]

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Chateau Lafite-Rothschild is a Mountain of Gold

I don’t know if they still do, but at one time the Chinese called America Gum Shan, the mountain of gold, a symbol of opportunity and the chance to get rich. Today, the Chinese have found another symbol of opportunity whose very name beckons the ambitious. In French Lafite means small hill, in Chinese it […]

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Drink to Healthcare Reform

The U.S. Senate Finance Committee is considering raising taxes on wine, beer and liquor and imposing a new levy on soda and other naturally sweetened drinks to help pay for overhauling health care.

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What Do Women Want? Wine With Taste

The first comprehensive survey of women’s attitudes toward wine has overturned several preconceived notions. Over 4,000 women in the UK, France, Japan, Germany and the US responded to a survey commissioned by Vinexpo, revealing a preference for red wine and skepticism for marketing campaigns that target them specifically (e.g. White Lie and Slender Wines). Among […]

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Wine 2008: Black Blue and Green All Over

The wine industry was battered and bruised in 2008, the astronomical prices for top-level wines plunged, and as if in an act of repentance more winemakers went green. For example, Boisset, the second-largest producer of Beaujolais Nouveau, bottled its entire 2008 harvest in lightweight plastic bottles. Biodynamic and organic wines increased. Yet many still doubt […]

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Winemaking Facility Offers Wine Buyers “Bailout”

A San Francisco cooperative is selling futures in a new wine called “Bailout,” inspired by the economic crisis. Crushpad, a custom crush facility, will sell the Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon at $39 per bottle. But there’s a twist, for every 100-point drop in the Dow Jones from the date of purchase to the projected bottling […]

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The Presidential Palate

When People magazine reported seeing an unopened bottle of Kendall-Jackson chardonnay in the Obamas’ kitchen, the California winery fired off a couple of cases to No. 44. Just another gift? Hardly. Winning over the presidential palate is a big deal for the wine industry, leaving vintners and oenophiles curious about what’s on tap for the […]

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Bordeaux’s Big Little Wines

Reviews of the just-bottled 2005 Bordeaux are coming in. This much vaunted vintage has everybody in the wine trade drooling. But to their chagrin, the less prestigious, lower-priced wines are getting all the praise. Influencial wine critic Robert Parker called wine from the famous chateaux “museum pieces” because their prices are so astonishingly high. And […]

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