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Meet Semillon

When our editor Andrew informs us of the grape for Great Grape Day, I often shield my eyes. As the resident wine rookie, odds are I will have no idea what it is and usually won’t know if it’s red or white (a testament to Andrew’s ability to pick interesting and uncommon grapes). […]

Wine and Food Matching Notes From Imbibe Magazine

Imbibe is a UK bi-monthly targeting the on-trade wine and drinks market. It is not really the type of magazine we cover over on Paper Palate but I thought there are a couple of interesting wine articles that deserved a wider audience.
Over on The Spirit World I’ve covered the magazines Vodka Tasting but it was […]

Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Now On Ipod

Wine Spectator have released their Top 100 Wines of 2006 for the iPod.
Each year, Wine Spectator surveys the wines they have reviewed over the past twelve months and select the most exciting for the Top 100. This year, using Mogopop, these Top 100 Wines have been compiled into a portable, take-it-anywhere guide for iPod.
“The Top 100 […]

Castle of Dracula Marsecco & Prosecco

Apparently the Castle of Dracula Marsecco was presented in the goodie bag to the great and the good who attended the 2006 Brit Awards. The bottles other claim to fame - and one perhaps of slightly more interesting - is that it is bottled by the last living descendant of Count Dracula.
In the UK the […]

What’s the Point?

We must have brought this upon ourselves, in ratings conscious America. Five star dining, 7 point seat belts, 12 step programs. Now we have the ultimate wine rating service.
Just wine points claims we have no time for the details, we want access to the top wines. No clutter, no hassle, just the best rated wines. no […]

Three Unusual Wines

I don’t really see how Bulgaria, Canada and Greece can be described as ‘unusual’ sources for wines - they have long been a feature on the UK’s shelves; although finding Bulgarian wine is difficult compared to it’s ubiquitousness a few years ago.
But three unusual countries are featured in last months Observer Food Monthly are worth […]

Rare Genetic Mutation 3000 years ago Formed White Grapes

It has long been known that white grape varieties stem from red grapes - but scientists have never been able to pin down exactly when or why the genetic change appeared. Until now.
Australian scientists have discovered that around 3,000 years ago a genetic mutation occurred. The colour of grape skins is controlled by two genes, […]

Bag-In-Box Wines

Seeing how Wine Blogging Wednesday has bag-in-box and other non-bottle packaging as its theme this month it is a great coincidence that Fine Cooking magazine has an article on exactly the same subject. An email highlighted the piece just as I was penning some thoughts on Spittoon on the WBW theme.
My past experience of bag-in-box […]

Wine Teams Up with Sports

The connection between wine drinkers and sports might not be readily apparent, but according to Reuters, there definitely is one.   Market research company Nielsen conducted a study to find out which sports fans drink the most wine.  Turns out, the unlikely group that holds that distinction are fans of women’s golf.  Who knew?
The same study found that ”wine consumption among U.S. […]

WSJ Pink Champages Recommendations

Not sure how a copy of the Wall Street Journal came my way; but the weekend edition had a nice little piece and recommendations of rosé champagnes. The tasting was held blind only with champagnes costing less than $100.
Best of Tasting - Louis Roederer Vintage 2000 Rosé ($62) “Elegant and romantic, focused and pure, with […]