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Thanksgiving Wines for 2021

Thanksgiving will soon be here, and you’ve probably already decided on your menu; hopefully in this year of the supply chain mess, you’ve already done your food shopping. And with Covid-19 infections and hospitalizations spiking this fall, you may (or may not) once again have a smaller gathering.  But in

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The “Clean Wine” Scam

As new wineries pop up weekly, and online direct-to-consumer (DTC) wine clubs multiply, they’re all looking for a marketing hook. Unfortunately, one that’s increasingly popular is selling their wares as “clean” wines–and it’s misleading and basically a scam. Worse still, many purveyors of “clean” and “natural” wines also often use

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Featured Wine: Dürnberg Falkenstein Grüner Veltliner 2019

Warm weather is here. Very warm. In fact, unprecedented “heat domes” in June and now well into July, across much of the country. That’s one of the reasons—plus simply on merit—I’m recommending what I think is one of the three most crisp, refreshing, and ideal summer white wines in the

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Wine of the Week: Left Coast Cellars White Pinot Noir 2019

Wait a minute. Pinot Noir is a red wine grape, so what is this nonsense about a white? Well, in this case, it’s unique, and not, in fact, nonsensical. But it’s a wine that few people have probably tasted, and that’s too bad. What it lacks in color–very slightly straw-hued–it

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Back to the Futures–In Bordeaux! UPDATED

Most wine drinkers, even real enthusiasts, will never buy wine futures–but, some of us of even modest means will splurge. So what exactly is a “wine future?” Well for starters, it’s just what it says: wine that will be available down the road. Also known as “en primeur,” French for

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Don’t Let an Algorithm Choose Your Wine

Three years ago, two MIT Grads created an algorithm that promised to choose “wine you love,” based on 18 attributes from a seven-question quiz, and your inputs would “help you branch out and discover new wines without the worry that it will be too sweet, too tart or “too whatever.”

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Judgment of the Wine World: We’ve Had a Loss

Steven Spurrier, the English merchant, educator, winemaker, grape farmer, and advocate, died March 9 at age 79. Thoughts, accolades, and remembrances of him have poured in all day from all quarters, including The Drinks Business, who today called him “The Great Man of Wine,” while Decanter awarded him the same

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A Beverage “Like” Wine, and Yet Not, in Vogue: PIQUETTE!

The effect of Covid19 on drinking habits is real: the vast expansion of Direct-to-Consumer wine shipments, subscriptions, and online vendors; younger drinkers opting for wine over beer and spirits; and more consumption of domestic vs. imported wines among others. And some new trends and discoveries have taken hold in the

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Many "#wine clubs" have popped up in the last 3 years, often driven by gimmicky #algorithm-based quizzes. Often their marketing tactics are aggressive, customer service lacking, and wines, well, less than decent. @nytimes looks at one: https://www.nytimes.com/wirecutter/blog/winc-one-of-worst-wine-clubs-we-tested/

LOVE #DOGS? Well, the "Dogumentary" series THE CANINE CONDITION hits the screens today. Learn about what shelters, rescues, and kind people aross the #USA are doing for homeless doggos (and much more is needed): https://bit.ly/3djrQDm

I'm reading that #Cava, #Spain's answer to #Champagne, is working to upgrade its "reputation." May be, but I was tasting great Cava years ago: https://www.wine-flair.com/2013/10/04/cava-is-cool/

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