Sparkling wine is viewed all too often as a luxury, a “wedding wine,” or something to be saved for a special occasion.  What’s wrong with Friday night?  Or after work on Tuesday?  After all, sparkling wine, including Champagne, is just "still" wine, (literally) that has just been fermented twice. And while my friends in the wine business tell me that New Yorkers have really jumped into sparkling wines and Champagnes and drink them all the time these days, even if that's true I don't think it's the case for the rest of the country.  There's a mystique about these wines that's both good and bad for the people who work hard to produce them from around the world—Champagne and Crémant…

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People ask me all the time about screwcaps on wine. Now, most people don't think much about the science of wine; they just want to know one thing: can a bottle of wine with a screwcap be any good? Simple answer? Yep. Lots of really good wines today are closed with a screwcap, including so-called super premium wines, which can fetch $100 a bottle or more. But I’d like to qualify what I'm saying with a few points. First of all, the jury is out on whether or not screw caps will work effectively and enable some wines, particularly big, bold reds, to age in bottle for 10, 20, or even 30 years. We just don't know, because screw caps…

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You may shop for wines using one of the well-known point systems. Let's look at them a little bit.
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Should You Listen to Wine Experts? Champagne Exports Highest in 5 Years Red Wines of Sicily Carmenere: One of my Favorites! Wine Fraud Give it a (S)Whirl

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Champagne House Roederer Embraces Biodynamics Natural Wines - Worth a Taste? Consumers Fight for their Rights (Wine Rights) Wine at...Starbucks? Burgundy's Magic Spell

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Wines to Party on the Cheap California Sparkling Wine Suggestions Charles Krug: The First Mondavi Winery Real Men Drink Port A French Wine Region Changes its Name Europe's Wine Regions Oppose EU Expansion

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Indian Women Driving Up Wine Demand New Zealand Targets the U.S. Market Wine Selection: Clos du Bois Marlstone 2006 (Bordeaux Blend) Wine Category: Cabernet Franc from Long Island The Varietal Character of Red Wines Wine Shopping: What's in a Label? Step up to Sangiovese (Chianti)

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Gewurztraminers from Long Island Understanding American Viticulture Areas (AVAs) A Primer on Wines from South Africa Good Boxed Wines Wine Pick: Toad Hollow Unoaked Chardonnay

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House Resolution 5034, introduced by the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA), is supposed to be heard in June before the Judiciary Committee, chaired by Michigan’s John Conyers. If you don’t know, Michigan was the losing plaintiff in Granholm v. Heald, the 2005 case that liberalized wine shipments, and the NBWA was one of Rep. Conyers’ top five donors in the last two elections. HR 5034 would exempt anti-competitive and discriminatory state alcohol beverage laws from most federal review, including capacity cap laws. In other words, states could freely write laws making it difficult or impossible for consumers to get direct shipments of wine from wineries within and outside their state. If it passed, HR 5034 would be a complete reversal…

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What's a Meritage? Well, it's a blend - either white OR red (most people think it's red only, and that's wrong) - that's supposed to be similar in style to the great wines of Bordeaux. Meritage is pronounced to rhyme with "heritage" although I often say it the wrong, French way myself (Mare-it-tahj) out of habit. The name came from a consumer contest in the late 1980s to promote these  blends, which come mainly but not exclusively from California. Wineries that put "Meritage" on the label have to pay a fee per case to the Meritage Alliance, and those wines must be made from specific grapes. Because of that, a lot of wineries just blend their grapes and create so-called…

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