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Is Non-Alcohol “Wine” Actually Wine?

Let’s first establish something: wine is the fermented juice of grapes. Sake is not wine. Neither is strawberry “wine.” And if the grape juice isn’t fermented, or vinified, which describes the entire winemaking process, it’s also not wine. But here’s a dilemma: many so-called non-alcohol wines have actually been fermented…but

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Thanksgiving Wines for 2022

Thanksgiving will soon be here, and you’ve probably already decided on your menu. With Covid mostly out of mind now, if not totally defeated, many families have expanded Thanksgiving plans and invitations, and the wine, spirits and liquor industries are predicting Americans will “splurge” on holiday beverages this year 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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I missed #SlowWineUSA's 2023 return, but it had a great run in NYC, SF, Miami, Dallas & Seattle. “We list producers who farm without the use of synthetic herbicides"...recognizing only “fully transparent [organic] certifications” in audits. https://bit.ly/3n36Xoe @ColangeloPR

How #ChatGPT Can Assist Consumers in Buying #Wine (I'd rather you asked a human at your local wine retailer). https://lizthachmw.com/winestars/how-chat-gpt-can-assist-consumers-in-buying-wine/

The @NewYorker sends me a letter offering a "welcome back" subscription deal, then its website is down all afternoon and evening. Did you just hire an out-of-work webmaster from #SVBank?

BREAKING:@federalreservem @FDICgov @USTreasury just issued: "Depositors will have access to all their money Monday, March 13" and "all (#SiliconValleyBank) depositors of this institution will be made whole." Shareholders? Not so much. https://bit.ly/403V0N5

The @sfchronicle's headline about the #wine industry's exposure to #SiliconValleyBank's failure is the most sensational I've read. I don't think the future is at all clear, and #winemakers are strong and resilient.

.@collinrugg: This is a "massive" line? And your idol #Trump set the stage for this, not Joe Biden: https://www.forbes.com/sites/mayrarodriguezvalladares/2023/03/12/how-trumps-deregulation-sowed-the-seeds-for-silicon-valley-banks-demise/?sh=6c09c1f83432

Collin Rugg @CollinRugg

NEW: Massive line forms outside Silicon Valley Bank in California as customers panic.

Welcome to Biden’s America. It will only get worse.

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