Category: Wine Blogs

Blog: Loss of trans-resveratrol in young red wines

Many wine connoisseurs are well aware of the purported health benefits of wine, particularly in regard to antioxidant activity. A commonly cited piece of evidence is the French Paradox – the observation that certain European countries where it is customary to consume a glass of wine per day display improved cardiovascular health and longevity.

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Blog: how to buy wine in a pandemic

It’s no surprise that safety measures and isolation protocols have drastically reshaped the way Americans buy wine. Long gone are the days when wine lovers could browse the shelves of their favourite shops, perhaps taking a break to taste a wine or two offered by a salesperson or a guest “supplier rep”.

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Grapevine virus potentially crippling for wine businesses

A grape virus causes vineyards to lose $60,000 per hectare, and there’s no defence against it, according to Alison Crowe, a winemaker in California’s Napa Valley. Around July and August, for some vineyards, red blotches appeared on grapevines’ leaves. The blotches signal infection, caused by a virus that stunts the sugar build-up in grapes and […]

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Opinion: Is e-commerce the answer for the wine industry?

Amidst a lot of happy talk about how the wine industry is developing e-commerce solutions to the problem of how to sell wine in a pandemic, Kate Dingwell’s article in Forbes raises an important question: how do wineries replace the experience of sitting down for a glass in a vineyard and hearing the story behind […]

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Blog: Wine wholesalers and lawmakers are playing chicken with Amazon

“I watched a committee hearing last week that heard testimony concerning the proposal in New Jersey to lift the production cap that currently prohibits large, out-of-state wineries from shipping wine to New Jersey consumers. It isn’t likely to pass this year, but it eventually will.”

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Blog: Time to eliminate gender stereotypes in wine

As wine professionals, I understand that it is our job to convey what we are tasting to the consumer, whether in an on-premise or off-premise environment. However, I continually find myself stunned when I hear the words “masculine” and “feminine” used. Are we really that incapable of finding any other adjectives to describe what we’re […]

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Blog: Don’t waste the moment or the trend – stick better wine in cans

Wine in cans is becoming increasingly popular and could be a significant segment of the future wine market – both off-trade and on trade – so long as we don’t throw away the opportunity, argues Mike Turner. Overcoming prejudice amongst wine drinkers will not happen, though, unless we start putting better wine in cans and […]

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Blog: How microagressions in a Sonoma winery made a black winemaker question her profession

According to the 2019 US Census estimates, about four percent of Sonoma’s residents are Black, compared to more than 13% nationwide. “But it wasn’t only people who look like me who were conspicuously absent; it was all people of colour”.

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Blog: Why regenerative farming matters for the future of winemaking

Hope Well’s Mimi Casteel digs under the surface of how wine grapes are grown. Having grown up at Bethel Heights, her family’s vineyard in Willamette Valley, it’s unsurprising that wine is in Mimi Casteel’s blood. After cultivating a background in forestry and ecology, a reverence for land and for preserving ecosystems in winemaking became equally […]

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Wine: more sustainable than most crops?

It’s difficult to argue that sustainability is not a fine thing, even if we may differ as to the relative importance of environmental, economic and social sustainability. It seems to be that wine producers are generally ahead of most other agricultural sectors in these respects – at least as far as the environment goes.

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Opinion: The problem with clear wine bottles

Should the marketing of a wine jeopardise its quality? If so, something is upside-down. I refer here to the recent popularity of clear glass wine bottles for many white and rosé wines. Clear glass bottles, called in the industry “flint,” are a clever marketing tactic, allowing us all to see the lovely golden colour of […]

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Blog: the dirty business of ‘clean’ wine

Over the past few weeks, ads for clean wine have populated my news feeds, promising, among other things, hangover-free drinking. Considering last month’s launch of Avaline, a clean wine brand from Cameron Diaz and Katherine Power, it’s no wonder clean wine seems to be everywhere.

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The grape varieties that have increased and declined the most since 2000

The Drinks Business rounds up the grape varieties which have expanded and declined the most in the 21st century, ahead of the publication of the revised edition of Which Winegrape Varieties are Grown Where.

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Blog: Understanding wine purchase influences during a pandemic

We’re beginning to slide into pre-pandemic wine buying mode. No longer is our favourite libation solely a cell phone call away or a few clicks on a retail shop’s website. We can now visit our favourite brick and mortar shop to do what we enjoyed in the seemingly distant past of early March.

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Blog: Don’t write off the 2020 vintage, says Sonoma vintner Jake Bilbro

2020 has been an unparalleled year in regards to challenges. We can relegate that to wine, the greater business world outside of wine, civil rights issues, COVID-19 pandemic, California wildfires, or just life in general. In this environment there is, in my opinion, a stress level that doesn’t seem to go away. Fuses slowly and […]

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Blog: is vinodiversity dead?

The Australian wine industry relies heavily on just a few French grape varieties. Is this healthy? A new report, written by Kym Anderson and Signe Nelgen of the University of Adelaide highlights the on the increasing dominance of just a few varieties in Australia.

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