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Port the Latest to ‘Go Organic’


By Andrew Barrow
Spittoon
Port house Fonseca has released a fully certified organic Port - Terra Prima.
Terra Prima Organic Reserve, to give its full title, has been in development since the founding of an organic vineyard inside Quinta do Panascal in 1992. This small plot of land was one of the first in the Douro Valley […]

Got Gruner?


By Lenn Thompson
LENNDEVOURS
It might not be as easy to pronounce as chardonnay or pinot grigio, but as the weather warms and the first spring vegetables show up at farmers markets, it’s impossible not to love gruner veltliner.
Not nearly enough wine shops stock gruner, the most famous grape (and wine) from Austria … and that’s a […]

How Far Will Wineries Go In Their Thirst For a Gold Medal?


By Tom Wark
Fermentation
It’s the rare winery tasting room that doesn’t display the medals it has been awarded at the many wine “competitions” across the country. And why wouldn’t they? They are proud of them. Plus, the medals help sell wine, particularly to tasting room visitors.
Yet the world of wine competitions can be somewhat Byzantine, arbitrary, […]

Gypsies, Tramps, Thieves — and Arneis


By Jamie Gabrini
The Wine Chicks
Giovanni Almondo, 2003, Roero Arneis, Bricco delle Ciliegie
In ninth or tenth grade, our English Literature teacher began a lecture on authors she termed as bohemian. Our class stared blankly as she droned on and on and I doodled on a blank piece of paper in front of me, no doubt embellishing […]

Vin De Pays Slakes Thirst for Bargain Wines


By Andrew Barrow
Spittoon
UK trade paper Off-Licence News has just published the results of the 3rd (I believe) Top 100 Vins de Pays Wines tasting competition. Top UK taster and journalist Tim Atkin MW headed up a select team of tasters to delve through the delights of France’s Vin De Pays wines, over 1,000 bottles, to […]

‘50 in 50′ Bumps Into Moronic Wine Laws, and X Marks the Spot


By Lenn Thompson
LENNDEVOURS
As you all know, a couple weeks ago I announced my 50 in 50 project, for which I’ll be tasting and writing about the wines of all 50 states over the course of 50 weeks.
I’m sure you can all imagine how challenging it is to gather/buy/recruit the wines for such an endeavor, […]

The Unheeded Message of ‘Sideways’: Drink Merlot!


By Tom Wark
Fermentation

Bottom Line: The movie “Sideways” changed the wine industry. It elevated Pinot Noir to an altogether new status, to a place of recognition among casual wine drinkers, so that Pinot’s sales nearly doubled in America in the year after the movie was released.
But if new Pinot drinkers took to the varietal after seeing […]

Wood Chips and Wine: The French Press Reacts


By Betty Carlson
Cuisine Quotidienne
The announcement that the French government would allow winemakers to use wood chips caused a great stir among wine-lovers in France and abroad. But how did the French press react to the news?
First, a reminder that the recent wood chip decision is only a small part of a set of measures […]

A Grape Varietal Good Enough to Marry


By Jamie Gabrini
The Wine Chicks
Macchialupa Greco di Tufo

There comes a time in every enthusiasts life in which you would like to acknowledge your own ancestry. Call it egotistical if you will - because lets face it, you had nothing to do with your cultural heritage - but it can be satisfying to go back to […]

Quick Guide to Portuguese Wine Labels


By Andrew Barrow
Spittoon

Portugal land of mellow mists and rampant fruitfulness, or is that England*? Any-road-up its a land that produces a heck of a lot of wine. Delicious wine to boot, made all the more interesting by the plethora of interesting grape varieties they use many are not seen outside the country.
Portuguese wine […]