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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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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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This says #California is having a drama-free #wine grape harvest. But it’s really only about #Napa, #sonoma and northern CA. Typical. They’re great… but there’s a lot more. https://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2021/09/california-finally-gets-a-normal-vintage

Controversy as residents of #Conegliano and #Valdobbiadene protest land-grabs, pesticides use and more to dramatically increase #Prosecco production: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/sep/10/prosecco-protesters-rise-up-against-ruthless-expansion-of-italian-winemakers

l love #Champagne and @Moet, but this act with #RogerFederer is absurd. "This...was one of the most authentic moments I have ever experienced...I sensed the true passion of the people of Moët & Chandon." As opposed to inauthentic? The other #Champagne producers have no passion?

#French #wine makers are expected to produce 29% less wine this year after vineyards were struck by frosts, poor weather, and disease during the spring and summer. Horrors! https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/sep/07/french-wine-output-frosts-weather

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