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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Naked Wine Part Deux: The Oak Barrel Strikes Back

Sometimes the “Dark Side” of wine is as threatening as a shrimp-sized Darth Vader. Is the oak barrel really the villain it’s made out to be? Or is naked wine just another slick, new marketing tactic? For a balanced point of view, here’s part of an article “Taking a Closer Look at Wine’s Conventional Wisdom” written […]

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Anthony Weiner and the Wine Industry Get Naked

Whether it’s personal or business marketing, it appears you need to get naked to get any attention these days. Sexting, sexy wine labels and sexy names all point to the growing need to bare it all to close the deal no matter what your selling. Sex sells, even in (or especially in) the wine industry. […]

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What’s a Prosecco? Italian Sparkling Wine vs. French Champagne

A new word for the New Year, just don’t call it cheap Champagne. But, whether you know what Prosecco is or not, chances are very good you’ll have some New Year’s Eve. Prosecco is generally a dry Italian sparkling wine made from the grape variety Glera which is grown in the Veneto region of Italy. […]

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Top Five Wine Gifts for 2010

1) The Vinturi Essential Wine Aerator: Tired of decanting wine and waiting for an hour for your wine to be just right? Well, the Vinturi Wine Aerator is quickly supplanting the old decanter and wine funnel routine. Not only does it take less time to “open up” your wines, now you can decant as needed […]

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Wine in the Desert: Blood Into Wine in Arizona and Patagonia

We all know the Bible story of Jesus turning water into wine, but in the desert, water is the one thing you don’t have and must pay an arm and a leg to get if you ever hope to produce wine. Winemaking in the desert may very well require turning “Blood Into Wine” ( as suggested by the […]

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Cupcake Wine: Sex & the City, Wine Pairings and Harry Potter

Is it just me, or are cupcakes (or more precisely cupcake sellers) everywhere? Cupcakes are suddenly everybody’s favorite dessert and every baker wannabe is trying to sell them. And if a budding entrepreneur is not selling them directly, they’re trying to brand a product with the name to take advantage of the uptrend. It all started with Sex […]

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