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  • California plans 1,550% tax hike on some wines

    02/28/2011 6:38:18 AM PST · by freedombiz · 31 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | 2-28-11 | Jan Norman
    The Board of Equalization has proposed taxing certain wines as distilled spirits, which would increase the excise tax on the wine from 20 cents a gallon to$3.30 a gallon, a 1,550% jump. The higher tax is on wines to which distilled alcohol has been added, such as wine specialties, flavored table wine, wine cocktails, wine coolers or blends of wine from different fruits. It is set to go into effect Jan. 1, 2012. The issue exemplifies the slippery slope that government starts down with a well-intentioned tax increase with unexpected consequences.
  • Hard Freeze: California Wine Country ( Where is the Gorebullwarming?)

    02/27/2011 8:31:49 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 40 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | February 26, 2011 | Anthony Watts
    I mentioned earlier today that my friend Jan Null, former lead forecaster for the NWS in San Francisco and now operator of Golden Gate Weather Service pointed out that a number of cold records were set overnight. Looks like we are in for a second night, and it looks even colder for some areas. Napa’s wine valley may hit 26-27 tonight. 2011 may not be a good year for wine then. We’ll see. Other grape growing areas in coastal valleys will also be affected:
  • Patricia Kluge: Billionaire's Ex-Wife Faces Foreclosure

    01/26/2011 8:41:24 AM PST · by Palter · 29 replies
    The Luxist ^ | 21 Jan 2011 | Carrie N. Culpepper
    Patricia Kluge, the 1980s society queen and ex-wife of billionaire media mogul John Kluge, has fallen on some hard times. Kluge was famously awarded the largest divorce settlement in history (a reported $1.6 million a week) but she seems to have figured out a way to spend it – and then some. She's allegedly in default of nearly $23 million on her gilded mansion in Virginia, which made headlines for its outlandish $100 million price tag when it first hit the market in October 2009. Sotheby's didn't get that asking price, nor the drastically reduced $24 million it was...
  • Hunt for wine at Bern's produces valuable find (Tampa, FL-For Wine Lovers))

    12/22/2010 3:51:26 PM PST · by devane617 · 28 replies · 1+ views ^ | 12/22/2010 | Susan Thurston
    TAMPA — A few times a month, the sommeliers at Bern's Steakhouse go hunting for wine lost and forgotten in the restaurant's cellars. They climb the shelves, crawl over cases and shine a flashlight on anything not on the inventory list. It's like mining for gems, says restaurant owner David Laxer. You never know what you'll find. This spring, they struck gold. A double magnum 1947 bottle of Chateau Latour. The selling price: $30,000. The first-growth Bordeaux will be on the 61st edition of Bern's wine list due out in early January. It's by far the most expensive wine in...
  • Gift Idea for Those Who Already Have-it-all: Walk-In Medicine Cabinet for the Kitchen!

    12/08/2010 3:30:09 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 9 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | December 08, 2010 | Reaganite Republican
    How obscenely anti-progressive... lol Cures what ails ya... Disease Medication Dosage Allergies Medoc 1 glass Anemia Graves 4 glass Bronchitis Bordeaux (+ sugar/cinammon!) 3 cups Irregularity Anjou Blanc, Vouvray 4 glass Coronary Arteries Brut Champagne 4 glass Diarrhea  Beaujolais Nouveau 4 glass Fever Champagne Sec 4 glass Heart Burgundy, Sentanay Rouge 2 glass Uric Acid Gout Sancerre, Pouilly Fume 4 glass Hypertension Alsace 4 glass Menopause Saint Emilion 1 bottle Depression Medoc 2+ bottles Obesity Burgundy Until you don't care anymore... Via e-mail... Gracias Roberto!
  • France's top diplomat in Hong Kong recalled over wine theft

    12/01/2010 5:50:59 AM PST · by ketelone · 12 replies
    Times of India/IANS ^ | Dec 1, 2010 | Staff
    Wednesday 1st December, 2010 (IANS) France's top diplomat in Hong Kong was suspended and recalled to Paris after allegedly stealing two expensive bottles of wine, a news report said Wednesday. Marc Fonbaustier, 46, was recalled after he was reportedly caught on security cameras taking bottles of Bordeaux from the elite Hong Kong Country Club, the South China Morning Post reported. Beijing officials sought his removal after security video showed him slipping a bottle of wine into his jacket at the prestigious club in early November, according to the newspaper. An investigation was under way into the theft when Fonbaustier allegedly...
  • Grog of the Greeks [ barley beer, honey mead, retsina wine ]

    10/20/2008 5:05:51 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 34 replies · 1,097+ views
    New Scientist ^ | November 27, 1999 | Stephanie Pain
    Scholars have always suspected that the ancients had odd tastes. If you believe Homer, wise old Nestor, veteran of the Trojan War, enjoyed a few scrapings of goat's cheese and a dollop of honey in his wine. And Homer might have been right: archaeologists often find little bronze cheese graters in later Greek graves which they think were part of a drinking kit. But until now there has been no good evidence that the Minoans and their mainland neighbours the Mycenaeans knew how to brew beer or mead, let alone mixed them into cocktails. After painstaking chemical analysis of cups,...
  • Why Is Congress So Afraid of Mail Order Wine?

    10/02/2010 8:57:42 AM PDT · by LUV W · 51 replies ^ | September 29, 2010 | Angela Logomasini
    The quest by wine and beer wholesalers to maintain their “middleman” role within the liquor industry is simply bad news. A bill making its way through the House (H.R. 5034) sponsored by Bill Delahunt (D-Mass.) supports wholesalers' promises to limit consumer choice and disadvantage retailers, wineries, breweries, distilleries, and importers.
  • Wine Industry Beating Back Exotic Moth

    09/26/2010 3:37:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Napa Valley Register ^ | Monday, September 20, 2010 | MIKE TRELEVEN
    Napa Valley winegrape growers are discovering they can cope with the European grapevine moth. While the industry’s ultimate goal is to eradicate the pest within the next few years, major progress is being made in reducing the insect population in vineyards. Organic and non-organic spray treatments, as well as chemicals that disrupt mating are proving effective in dealing with the problem, experts say. “We have learned that the moth is fairly easy to control. I think we can eradicate this moth,” said Anne Steinhauer, Napa Valley Vintners community relations manager. Napa County has deployed flights of traps since the infestation...
  • Word Search Contest -- Win a Gift Certificate

    09/09/2010 5:56:43 AM PDT · by Stoutcat · 1+ views
    Harwich Spirits Shoppe Talk ^ | 09-08-10 | Cisco the Blogging Cat
    Time for another contest! This one is based on the old word search standard, but, there are two hurdles! First, you have to find the appropriate words. And secondly, you have to show Bruce where the words lie in the puzzle. Let’s start with the puzzle itself…
  • Digs may throw more light on ancient wine production [ Malta ]

    08/10/2010 8:15:09 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    Times of Malta ^ | Friday, August 6th, 2010 | unattributed
    The excavation being carried out at Tal-Log'g'a in Mg'arr ix-Xini. An archaeological site being excavated at Mg'arr ix-Xini has further enforced the notion that viticulture and wine production have been an important part of the Maltese economy since the Classical period. The excavation site, at Tal-Log'g'a, is in a field next to where two troughs dug into the rock were found and is believed to have been used for grape pressing. The field is being excavated in a bid to shed more light on the troughs' use. Some 15 sets of troughs have been found in Mg'arr ix-Xini valley to...
  • Bra enhances bust, smuggles wine

    07/17/2010 7:32:48 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 47 replies · 2+ views
    upi ^ | July 16, 2010
    PATERSON, N.J.- A New Jersey novelty gift company announced the release of the Wine Rack, a polyurethane sports bra that enhances the bust with up to 25 ounces of wine., based in Paterson, said the $29.95 Wine Rack, available in sizes ranging from 32A to the 38C, holds enough wine to boost the bearer's bust by up to two sizes with a drinking tube attached to the right cup giving women a way to sneak sips of wine on the sly, the New York Daily News reported Friday. "You won't find this at Victoria's Secret," said Paul Krasulja of...
  • Pennsylvania launches wine vending machines

    07/08/2010 7:41:12 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    ny daily news ^ | 7/8/10 | ap
    Swipe your driver's license, look into the camera, blow into the breath sensor and - voila! - you have permission to buy a bottle of wine from a vending machine. Pennsylvania, which has some of the most Byzantine liquor laws in the nation, recently introduced the country's first wine "kiosks." If the machines are successful in their test run inside two grocery stores, the state Liquor Control Board could place the high-tech alcohol automats in about 100 others.
  • Wine Notes: House legislation may affect industry

    06/04/2010 3:17:44 PM PDT · by Eepsy · 41 replies · 617+ views
    The Tribune ^ | Friday, Jun. 04, 2010 | By Janis Switzer
    Living with perils such as invasive moths, extreme temperatures and fluctuating grape prices, winemakers always have plenty to worry about. But this year they’re concerned about something that could be far more destructive to their business: HR 5034. House Resolution 5034 is a bill working its way through the House Judiciary Committee. Written and promoted by the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA), with support from the Wine and Spirit Wholesalers Associations (WSWA), the bill was introduced in April by four congressmen from states with few wine growers or wineries. Disingenuously named the CARE Act, the Comprehensive Alcohol Regulatory Effectiveness Act...
  • Nev. Woman Accused of Stealing Wine While Topless

    05/24/2010 1:07:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 48 replies · 1,491+ views ^ | 5/23/2010
    A Nevada woman is accused of stealing a bottle of wine from a store while she was topless and intoxicated. Brandi Smith, of Gardnerville, acknowledged her behavior was "mind-boggling" during an appearance Wednesday before a judge to face charges of indecent exposure, felony drunken driving and burglary. Authorities say the 41-year-old was arrested May 10 after stealing a $20 bottle of wine, then driving to a nearby fast-food restaurant, where an off-duty sheriff's deputy kept her in the vehicle until other deputies arrived. A preliminary test revealed a blood-alcohol level of 0.14 percent, nearly twice the legal limit. A records...
  • Nev. woman accused of stealing wine while topless

    05/22/2010 6:21:49 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 46 replies · 2,342+ views
    hosted ^ | May 22
    MINDEN, Nev. (AP) -- A Nevada woman is accused of stealing a bottle of wine from a store while she was topless and intoxicated. Brandi Smith, of Gardnerville, acknowledged her behavior was "mind-boggling" during an appearance Wednesday before a judge to face charges of indecent exposure, felony drunken driving and burglary.
  • Is It OK for Christians to Drink Alcohol? (Didn't Jesus drink wine?)

    05/12/2010 3:16:33 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 405 replies · 3,987+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 05/11/2010 | Rev. John Piper
    What do you say to those who claim drinking is OK because Jesus drank wine? You say, "I think you meant to add just a word or two to that sentence, like 'drinking can be OK' ... OK?" The statement "It's OK" may or may not carry in their mind a pattern of life that's healthy. I would say some drinking is definitely not OK, like drinking to drunkenness. That's clear in the Bible. Another one that's not OK is drinking with a person who is manifestly having their conscience wounded and being tempted or drawn into something that they...
  • Bill in Congress would undo Va. vintner's victory over wine shipping

    05/04/2010 3:14:08 PM PDT · by fightinJAG · 7 replies · 309+ views
    WaPo ^ | May 5, 2010 | Dave McIntyre
    The battle over direct shipping of wine from producer to consumer has returned to Congress. Last month, Rep. Bill Delahunt (D-Mass.) introduced legislation pushed by beer and wine wholesalers that could make it nearly impossible for consumers to have wine shipped to their door. Delahunt's bill would effectively overturn a U.S. Supreme Court ruling issued five years ago this month in Granholm v. Heald, a case brought by the late Virginia vintner Juanita Swedenburg. The ruling held that states had primary responsibility for regulating the distribution of alcoholic beverages, but that they could not discriminate against out-of-state producers by allowing...
  • Of Guns and Grapes: BUYcott AZ

    04/30/2010 10:43:11 AM PDT · by lulu16 · 35 replies · 918+ views
    April 30, 2010 | lulu16
    Come to free and wild Arizona. We don't allow open container but we allow open carry. There always seem to be a gun show. Bring your weapon and get it outfitted or buy a new side piece. This is a reprint of the list of Southern Arizona wineries I posted Wednesday. CALLAGHAN VINEYARDSKent & Lisa Callaghan 336 Elgin Road (Elgin) (520) 455-5322 CANELO hILLS VINEYARD & WINERYTim & Joan Mueller 342 Elgin Road (Elgin) (520) 455-5499 CHARRON VINEYARD & WINERYMilton & Susan Craig 18585 S. Sonoita Hwy (Vail) (520) 762-8585 DOS CABEZAS WINEWORKSTodd & Kelly Bostock...
  • How red wine may shield brain from stroke damage

    04/21/2010 10:06:16 AM PDT · by decimon · 25 replies · 698+ views
    Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions ^ | Apr 21, 2010 | Unknown
    Johns Hopkins researchers discover pathway in mice for resveratrol's apparent protective effect Researchers at Johns Hopkins say they have discovered the way in which red wine consumption may protect the brain from damage following a stroke. Two hours after feeding mice a single modest dose of resveratrol, a compound found in the skins and seeds of red grapes, the scientists induced an ischemic stroke by essentially cutting off blood supply to the animals' brains. They found that the animals that had preventively ingested the resveratrol suffered significantly less brain damage than the ones that had not been given the compound....
  • Buyer spends $75G on bottle of champagne[plus tip of more than $15,000 at a London bar]

    04/17/2010 11:58:30 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 33 replies · 1,092+ views
    upi ^ | April 17, 2010
    LONDON, - A buyer believed to be a Russian tycoon spent $75,000 including tip on a bottle of Dom Perignon champagne at a London bar. The purchase is believed to set a new record for a wine sale in Britain, The Daily Telegraph reported. The buyer plunked down 35,000 pounds (more than $50,000) for the methuselah of 1996 Rose Gold and added a tip of more than $15,000 on top of the service charge. The upscale transaction took place at the Westbury Hotel on Tuesday at a party following a screening of a new movie, "Boogie Woogie." The bottle was...
  • Proposal Looks To Raise Tax On Wine 12,675%

    04/16/2010 12:57:45 PM PDT · by GeorgiaDawg32 · 71 replies · 1,263+ views ^ | 4/2/10 |
    MONTEREY, Calif. -- Local wine growers said a proposal in California to tax wine $5 a bottle will kill their business, and the California economy along with it. The Alcohol-Related Harm and Damage Services Act of 2010 would increase the excise tax on a bottle of wine 12,675 percent. That means the current tax of 4 cents on a bottle would go up to $5.11. Money from the tax would fund programs that address alcohol-related injuries and damages.
  • When Earth's Wine Gives Out!

    03/30/2010 10:58:16 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 3 replies · 421+ views
    Grace Gems ^ | 1890 | J.R. Mller
    "When the wine was gone, Jesus' mother said to Him: They have no more wine." John 2:3 This incident is a very fitting illustration of the failure of all this world's joys. The wine gave out at a wedding-feast. There was not enough of it to last through to the end of the feast. It is just so with all earth's pleasures. It comes in cups--not in fountains; and the supply is limited and soon exhausted. It is especially so with sin's pleasures. The prodigal soon ran out of money, and began to be in need. A poet compared the...
  • Baboons gobble grapes in South African wine region

    03/25/2010 3:31:52 PM PDT · by SJackson · 32 replies · 680+ views
    AP ^ | Mar 23, 2010 | NASTASYA TAY
    JOHANNESBURG – Baboons, it seems, prefer pinot noir. They also like a nice chardonnay. Largely undeterred by electric fences, hundreds of wild baboons in South Africa's prized wine country are finding the vineyards of ripe, succulent grapes to be an "absolute bonanza," said Justin O'Riain of the University of Cape Town. Winemakers have resorted to using noisemakers and rubber snakes to try to drive the baboons off during harvest season. "The poor baboons are driven to distraction," said O'Riain, who works in the university's Baboon Research Unit. "As far as baboons are concerned, the combination of starch and sugar is...
  • Study: Women who drink are less likely to gain weight

    03/08/2010 9:30:43 PM PST · by Pavegunner72 · 20 replies · 220+ views
    CNN Health ^ | March 8, 2010 | Anne Harding
    Some women avoid drinking calorie-filled cocktails, wine, and beer because they're worried about packing on the pounds. Now, a new study suggests that women who are moderate drinkers actually tend to gain less weight over time than teetotalers. The risk of becoming overweight or obese falls as alcohol consumption rises, even when factors such as smoking, fruit and vegetable consumption, and physical activity are taken into account, the study found. Women who consumed between 1.5 and 3 drinks daily had a 27 percent and 61 percent lower risk of becoming overweight or obese, respectively, than women who didn't drink at...
  • Chile earthquake rattles wine industry as millions of bottles' worth is lost(150mn bottles)

    03/04/2010 8:14:27 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 38 replies · 924+ views
    WP ^ | 03/04/10 | Jonathan Franklin
    Chile earthquake rattles wine industry as millions of bottles' worth is lost By Jonathan Franklin Washington Post Foreign Service Thursday, March 4, 2010; A12 SANTIAGO, CHILE -- The massive earthquake that struck Chile on Saturday caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to one of the world's most popular wine industries, sending rivers of merlot and cabernet sauvignon pouring from cracked barrels and vast storage tanks onto warehouse floors. "That was hard to watch," said Pablo Morande Jr., who said he looked on as 2 1/2 million liters of wine sloshed into the ground at his vineyard in Chile's...
  • Chile earthquake rattles wine industry as millions of bottles' worth is lost

    03/03/2010 11:49:04 PM PST · by myknowledge · 14 replies · 485+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | March 4, 2010 | Jonathan Franklin
    SANTIAGO, CHILE -- The massive earthquake that struck Chile on Saturday caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to one of the world's most popular wine industries, sending rivers of merlot and cabernet sauvignon pouring from cracked barrels and vast storage tanks onto warehouse floors. "That was hard to watch," said Pablo Morande Jr., who said he looked on as 2 1/2 million liters of wine sloshed into the ground at his vineyard in Chile's battered wine country. Vintners and analysts of an industry that is the fourth-leading wine exporter to the United States after Italy, France and Australia...
  • Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's Plans: Jobs, Wine and Oil

    02/25/2010 8:02:32 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 11 replies · 478+ views
    Politics Daily/Woman Up ^ | February 24, 2010 | Joann M. Weiner
    Virginia's new Republican governor, Bob McDonnell, has ambitious plans for his state. He wants to put young Virginians back to work, make Virginia the first East Coast state to drill offshore, and to compete with California to become the wine capital of the United States. McDonnell made these points in his keynote address to the inaugural conference of the American Action Forum, which its Web site calls a new voice for "center-right ideas and action." With jobs as the focus of the conference, the governor said that "the scariest unemployment statistic we face" is the hidden unemployment that is masked...
  • French Producers Found Guilty Of Selling Fake Pinot Noir Wine To US Supplier(18million bottles)

    02/18/2010 3:33:58 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 30 replies · 693+ views
    RTTNews ^ | 02/18/10
    French Producers Found Guilty Of Selling Fake Pinot Noir Wine To US Supplier 22 hours ago (RTTNews) - A court in France on Wednesday found a group of 12 French wine producers and traders guilty of selling millions of bottles of fake Pinot Noir wine to U.S. wine-industry giant E. & J. Gallo Winery. The judge in Carcassonne, south-west France, ruled that the producers and traders involved in the case had severely damaged the reputation of the Langedoc region, and handed out suspended jail terms and hefty fines to the defendants. "The scale of the fraud caused severe damage for...
  • It's a sad truth, but there is a lot of fake wine out there

    02/17/2010 10:30:27 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 44 replies · 772+ views
    The Guardian ^ | Thursday 18 February 2010 | Guy Woodward
    E&J Gallo being hoodwinked by French vignerons is funny and depressing, but not surprisingThe news of E&J Gallo, the world's biggest single wine producer, being hoodwinked by a group of errant French vignerons is funny and depressing at the same time. It isn't, however, surprising. The comedy comes from Gallo's clumsy attempt to ride the post-Sideways pinot noir craze by peddling Red Bicyclette as an authentic French pinot when it turned out to be anything but. It doesn't say much for Gallo's professionalism that its buyers couldn't tell the different between pinot, merlot and shiraz. It is a sad...
  • French try to 'disguise' wine as New Zealand produce

    01/08/2010 5:46:04 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 14 replies · 516+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 1/8/2010 | Bonnie Malkin in Sydney and Henry Samuel in Paris
    With a pedigree dating back thousands of years, the vineyards of France have long regarded themselves as the toast of the wine world. But in a humiliating blow to Gallic pride, winemakers have been accused of trying to pass off their bottles as New Zealand produce to cash in on the popularity of brands from down under. Sauvignon blanc from New Zealand has soared in popularity A tribunal in Australia has ruled Loire Valley-based firm Lacheteau labelled its sauvignon blanc Kiwi Cuvee in a nod to the quirkily-named New Zealand and Australian white wines. The wine is currently sold in...
  • Korea Times: 'Wine boom turns to gloom'

    12/11/2009 11:11:26 AM PST · by Tamar1973 · 11 replies · 611+ views
    Beyond Koreanfornian Cooking ^ | December 10, 2009 | Tamar1973
    Bae Yong Joon may be one of the few oenophiles still living in Korea based on wine's dropping popularity on the peninsula. (Photo courtesy of Arnaldo Bassini) Wine sales in Korea are continuing to decline according to a Dec. 8 Korea Times article. The Korea Customs Service told the Times that 2009 (at least the first 10 months) was the first year they noticed a decline in wine sales in Korea since the Asian financial crisis reached its zenith in 1998. However, the South Korean government expect wine imports from Europe and South America to improve after recently signed free-trade...
  • The Lost Art of Catholic Drinking

    11/26/2009 4:22:03 PM PST · by NYer · 100 replies · 2,801+ views
    Inside Catholic ^ | November 26, 2009 | Sean P. Dailey
    There is Protestant drinking and there is Catholic drinking, and the difference is more than mere quantity. I have no scientific data to back up my claims, nor have I completed any formal studies. But I have done a good bit of, shall we say, informal study, which for a hypothesis like this is probably the best kind. To begin with, what is Catholic drinking? It's hard to pin down, but here's a historical example. St. Arnold (580-640), also known as St. Arnulf of Metz, was a seventh-century bishop of Metz, in what later became France. Much beloved by...
  • Sign of the times: Recession in wine country

    11/02/2009 9:29:10 PM PST · by Tamar1973 · 22 replies · 920+ views
    Beyond Koreafornia Cooking ^ | November 2, 2009 | Tamar1973
    I was driving on Riebli Road near Santa Rosa, Calif. on Nov. 1 and noticed this sign by some vines of New Vine Zinfindel(Zin). It is owned by Bastoni Vineyards, according to WineMap. The US Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) reported that the 2008 average price for Sonoma County Zin, which is the basis for determining the grape sale contracts of the 2009 harvest, was $2,485.66 per ton. That's about $1.25 per pound. This is less than half that price.
  • 1788 cognac, 1875 wine on sale at Paris auction (Oenophile Alert!)

    10/16/2009 9:55:54 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 36 replies · 1,213+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/16/09 | Angela Doland - ap
    PARIS – Over the years, the chief sommelier had forgotten they were there. And when the four bottles of 1875 Armagnac Vieux were finally unearthed from the labyrinthine wine cellar this week, they were covered in a black fungus that looked like matted cat fur. The landmark Tour d'Argent restaurant, which dates back to 1582, is cleaning out its 450,000-bottle wine cellar, considered one of the best and biggest in the world. It is putting 18,000 bottles up for auction in December, an event that has captured the imagination of French wine lovers. The restaurant is selling mostly wine but...
  • Heart patient Sean Connery refuses to give up red wine

    10/11/2009 6:49:48 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 81 replies · 3,552+ views
    The Thailand ^ | October 11th, 2009
    Veteran actor Sean Connery has refused to give up his favourite red wine even after been diagnosed with a heart condition. The former James Bond star has been warned to stop drinking alcohol by medics but he refuses to give up, as he believes it is good for his health. “I do drink red wine because of my friend David Murray, who owns two French wine estates. He showed me the evidence that it was good for the health,” the Daily Express quoted him as telling Wine Spectator magazine. “I favour Merlots from Chile for their value and I keep...
  • The blessings of the grapes

    09/29/2009 9:49:16 AM PDT · by Nikas777 · 5 replies · 327+ views ^ | Tuesday, September 29, 2009 10:35 AM CDT | Kate Gonzales
    The blessings of the grapesBy Kate Gonzales Posted: Tuesday, September 29, 2009 10:35 AM CDT Father John Finley sings hymns Sunday with children after he has blessed Lavender Ridge Vineyard grapes. Enterprise photos by Kate GonzalesFinley blesses thousands of grapes with holy water. Enterprise photo by Kate GonzalesLavender Ridge Vineyard owners Rich and Siri Gilpin added an extra ingredient to their winegrapes this weekend: holy water. Friends, family and employees of the Gilpins traveled out to their vineyard along the rolling golden hills of Milton to enjoy the second annual ceremony of the blessing of the grapes. “It's just new...
  • French winemakers fear climate change

    09/06/2009 5:15:33 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 36 replies · 1,440+ views
    Financial Times UK ^ | September 4 2009 | Esther Bintliff in Condrieu, France
    Christine Vernay was on holiday in Missouri when she got the call. It was August 12 2003 and the French vineyard owner was not due to return home for 10 days; the harvest on her Rhône valley estate would begin in late September. But then a friend from the same village, Condrieu, called her husband’s mobile phone. “The grapes have ripened early. You need to come home now,” he said. France was sweltering in the most extreme heat wave on record. Christine and her husband, Paul Ansellem, caught the first flight back but by the time they reached the vineyards...
  • Greenpeace says French wine is at risk without climate pact

    08/13/2009 1:00:56 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 36 replies · 1,937+ views
    Mother Nature Network ^ | August 10, 2009 | Agence France-Presse
    (Rising temperatures may have a devastating effect on the way French wines are made, destroying the industry.) French wines, the country's pride, are looking at a grim future failing an ambitious deal on climate change at the upcoming United Nations summit in Denmark, 50 top chefs, winemakers and Greenpeace warned Tuesday. "Climate change has made vines increasingly vulnerable," the group said in an opinion column in the daily Le Monde. "Wine," they added, "is the result of an alchemy between a native soil, or terroir, and generations of winemakers. Today this alchemy is in danger." Because of the global rise...
  • Scientists Uncork Potential Secret Of Red Wine's Health Benefits (Resveratrol)

    08/03/2009 12:19:32 PM PDT · by SmartInsight · 25 replies · 1,301+ views
    Science Daily ^ | Aug. 3, 2009 | Science Daily Staff
    Scientists from Scotland and Singapore have unraveled a mystery that has perplexed scientists since red wine was first discovered to have health benefits: how does resveratrol control inflammation? New research published in the August 2009 print issue of The FASEB Journal, not only explains resveratrol's one-two punch on inflammation, but also show how it - or a derivative -can be used to treat potentially deadly inflammatory disease, such as appendicitis, peritonitis, and systemic sepsis.
  • Dense and opulent, with a sweet nose, $20K bottle of wine stolen in Hopkinton (MA)

    08/01/2009 5:49:24 PM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 25 replies · 1,621+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | August 1, 2009 | Terri Schwartz
    Dense and opulent, with a sweet nose, $20K bottle of wine stolen in Hopkinton August 1, 2009 07:34 PM By Terri Schwartz, Globe Staff This was no bottle of "Two Buck Chuck." A Hopkinton liquor store owner says thieves stole a bottle of wine worth $20,000 from his store.
  • Ala. ban of wine with nude label is marketing boon

    08/01/2009 11:28:45 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 28 replies · 1,041+ views
    Southeast Missourian ^ | July 31, 2009 | Phillip Rawls
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama's ban on a wine that features a nude nymph on the label became a business opportunity for a California vintner who is preparing a marketing campaign to capitalize on being "Banned in Bama." The Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board recently told stores and restaurants to quit serving Cycles Gladiator wine because of the label. Board attorney Bob Martin said the stylized, art-nouveau rendition of a nude female with a flying bicycle violated Alabama rules against displaying "a person posed in an immoral or sensuous manner." Bill Leigon, president of Hahn Family Wines in Soledad, Calif.,...
  • Red wine increases women's sexual desire

    07/26/2009 8:32:57 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 60 replies · 860+ views
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | July 26, 2009 | Roger Dobson
    Researchers concluded that levels of sexual desire were higher in women who were moderate drinkers of red wine than in their counterparts who preferred other alcoholic drinks, or were teetotal. One theory put forward by the team of Italian doctors who carried out the study is that chemical compounds found in red wine may improve sexual functioning by increasing blood flow to key areas of the body. The researchers said: "While this finding needs to be interpreted with some caution, it nevertheless suggests a potential relationship between red wine consumption and better sexuality." In the project, described as the first...
  • Alabama liquor agency says no to nude nymph

    07/24/2009 2:10:36 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 46 replies · 2,291+ views
    hosted ^ | Jul 24
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- A wine label showing a nude nymph is too racy for Alabama's liquor control agency, which has told restaurants and stores not to sell the product.
  • Korbel family feud escalates over Web comments

    07/12/2009 10:44:58 AM PDT · by freebilly · 7 replies · 768+ views
    The Press Democrat ^ | July 11, 2009 | STEVE HART
    When Korbel Champagne Cellars’ owner Gary Heck sued to find out who was saying nasty things about him on the Internet, he might have been surprised to discover an answer so close to home. The anonymous critic on Craigslist was his daughter Richie Ann, according to papers Korbel filed in Sonoma County Superior Court. Heck and Richie Ann Samii are embroiled in a bitter legal fight over a multimillion-dollar stake in Korbel, America’s top seller of traditional sparkling wine.
  • Seoul to enforce new restrictions on goods going into N. Korea (wine included)

    07/08/2009 11:53:37 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies · 289+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 07/09/09 | Tony Chang
    Seoul to enforce new restrictions on goods going into N. Korea By Tony Chang SEOUL, July 9 (Yonhap) -- Seoul will stiffen control of South Korean goods going into North Korea, mostly banning luxury items such as wine and fur, the Unification Ministry said Thursday. The restrictions, to take effect as of Friday, are in accordance with U.N. Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 1874 adopted after North Korea's second nuclear test on May 25. The resolution prohibits weapons trade with Pyongyang and calls on member states to tighten the sanctions imposed on Pyongyang after its first nuclear test in October 2006....
  • Recession Special: Wine Cheaper Than Water!

    07/06/2009 12:38:32 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 20 replies · 585+ views
    CNBC ^ | 7/6/2009 | Staff
    Well, pour yourself a glass of vino to go with that lobster tail tonight because wine prices have fallen so much, winemakers in Australia are complaining that wine is now cheaper than some bottled water. WATER! Dan Murphy, a major wine-retail chain in Australia, is currently selling cleanskins, bottles of wine without a label that are usually sold in a case, for 1.99 Australian dollars, or about $1.60, the Sunday Mail reports. That’s less than half of what wine cost 10 years ago, the New York Times reported. “Australia can’t even bottle air and make money selling at that price,”...
  • Wine In A Box? Think 'Good' Not 'Gauche'

    06/21/2009 5:12:56 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 11 replies · 591+ views
    sciencedaily ^ | June 15, 2009
    In a surprise discovery that may help boxed wine shake off its image as a gauche alternative to bottles, scientists in Canada are reporting that multilayer aseptic cartons (a.k.a. 'boxes') may help reduce levels of substances that contribute odors to wine and can lower its quality. Gary Pickering and colleagues note that trace amounts of chemicals called alkyl-methoxypyrazines (MPs) are generally negative to wine quality, masking the desirable fruity and floral flavors and giving wine an unpleasant green taste. With the wine industry still searching for a way of reducing MP levels, the scientists decided to look at the effects...
  • A Mystery in an Old Wine Bottle (Is it Hitler's Wine)

    05/27/2009 11:23:05 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies · 784+ views
    New York Times ^ | MAY 27, 2009 | CHRISTINE HAUGHNEY
    Alexander Autographs A bottle of wine from Adolf Hitler’s personal wine cellar at his mountain retreat, the Berghof. It was supposed to be a straightforward news story: an auction house was finding that items believed to have belonged to Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun were in high demand, even in a recession. But a coincidence along the way led to a mystery. It all began when the auctioneer, Alexander Autographs, in Stamford, Conn., announced the sale of possessions from the respected collector John K. Lattimer. Building on connections made during his time working at the Nuremburg war tribunals, Dr. Lattimer...
  • Tennessee passes direct shipment of wine

    05/21/2009 12:50:12 PM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies · 529+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 5/21/9 | Richard Locker
    NASHVILLE – It’s not wine in grocery stores, which is dead for this year, but Tennessee wine drinkers will be legally able to buy limited amounts of wine from out-of-state wineries for shipment here under a bill that won final state legislative approval today. Efforts to pass similar legislation have failed for the past several years in Tennessee but is now on its way to Gov. Phil Bredesen, who has not signaled any opposition and is expected to sign it into law. If he does, it goes into affect July 1. The bill allows out-of-state wineries to register with Tennessee...