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 wine media—orange wine, new versions of wine-based seltzer-type drinks, more wine in single-serving cans and bag-in-box formats, rosé prosecco and winter rosé, pétillant natural wine, and of course virtual wine tastings (ho-hum). One new trend gaining traction is Piquette. It’s not a fad, to be sure; the Romans were evidently making it two millennia ago and in other places such as Georgia, long before that. But it’s not really wine,…

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If you're a serious home winemaker, you should look into the WinePod. I did, last week at the Wineries Unlimited event in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, where I spent some time with Tracey Mason, the VP Sales and Marketing of Provina, which makes the WinePod. Aside from being aesthetically attractive - cool looking, that is - the WinePod is by far the most advanced small winemaking system I've ever seen, and it's attracted the likes of Cornell and UC Davis, which are top schools for winemaking and grapegrowing in the US. These and other universities will use it for research, but you can use it to make great wine - about four cases of red at one time, or five cases…

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