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Wine color: What can it tell you?

How much information can you extract by just looking at the colour of a wine? By Sylvia Wu     Credit: Maksym Kaharlytskyi / Unsplash  Color is the first hint about a wine, offering you some initial clues about the style, age and taste of the liquid in your glass. To properly observe wine color, […]

Sunday September 19th, 2021 in Articles | Comments Off on Wine color: What can it tell you?

Cabernet in Sonoma: Why Cabernet Sauvignon Deserves One More Spotlight in California

Cabernet in Sonoma: Why Cabernet Sauvignon Deserves One More Spotlight in California By Bryce Wiatrak from GuildSomm “As a group, Sonoma cabernets tend to be overlooked—an indignity, and it needs to go,” wrote the wine columnist Frank Prial in a 2000 New York Times article. I couldn’t agree more. Cabernet Sauvignon is rarely an underdog. […]

Sunday September 12th, 2021 in Articles | Comments Off on Cabernet in Sonoma: Why Cabernet Sauvignon Deserves One More Spotlight in California

Wine, Food, and Life Itself

Wine, Food, and Life Itself Contributed by Dwight Furrow  Too often food and wine are understood as symbols of “the good life”, a life of ease, luxury, sophistication, and refined taste.  But this is not quite right. Food and wine are symbols, not of a life of luxury, but of the essence of life itself. […]

Sunday September 5th, 2021 in Articles | Comments Off on Wine, Food, and Life Itself

WINE IS ICONIC BECAUSE IT IS A SYMBOL SYSTEM

WINE IS ICONIC BECAUSE IT IS A SYMBOL SYSTEM   Contributed by Dwight Furrow  Wine tastes good and contains alcohol. But lots of beverages taste good and contain alcohol. None have the deep cultural meaning and resonance that wine enjoys. Why? I suggest it has to do with wine’s power as an artistic symbol. To be […]

Sunday August 29th, 2021 in Articles | Comments Off on WINE IS ICONIC BECAUSE IT IS A SYMBOL SYSTEM

CALIFORNIA ZINFANDEL: PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE

CALIFORNIA ZINFANDEL: PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE Contributed by Stacy Briscoe     Zinfandel, California’s signature variety, is its heritage grape. The history is long and storied, indeed, but Zinfandel’s lost past was only recently found within the last 20 years, when Carole Meredith, Ph. D., a professor emerita at the Department of Viticulture and Enology […]

Saturday August 21st, 2021 in Articles | Comments Off on CALIFORNIA ZINFANDEL: PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE

THE MARRIAGE OF APOLLO AND DIONYSUS

THE MARRIAGE OF APOLLO AND DIONYSUS By Dwight Furrow   The practice of focusing special attention on an object or performance because of the way its form expresses meaning seems to be present in all cultures and extends deeply into human history. We can see the emergence of a naïve artistic sensibility in the way […]

Sunday August 15th, 2021 in Articles | Comments Off on THE MARRIAGE OF APOLLO AND DIONYSUS

Polyphenols in red wine ‘burn calories in food’

Polyphenols in red wine ‘burn calories in food’ By Patrick Schmitt in Fitness and Health Don’t give up wine when looking to lose weight – it may help you shed the pounds; that was the message from a professor of nutrition during a webinar last month.   Polyphenols – which are present in high concentrations […]

Sunday August 8th, 2021 in Articles | Comments Off on Polyphenols in red wine ‘burn calories in food’

How to live longer: Two surprising foods that help fight decline in later life

How to live longer: Two surprising foods that help fight decline in later life By Adam Chapman in The Daily Express PEOPLE are living longer than ever before and with rising expectancy comes a rise in age-related decline. However, data collected from 1,787 ageing adults found two surprising foods that can offer protection against age-related […]

Sunday August 1st, 2021 in Articles | Comments Off on How to live longer: Two surprising foods that help fight decline in later life

Wine Gets Some Skin in the Game

Wine Gets Some Skin in the Game  Contributed by Vicki Denig in WineSearcher   Maceration is an everyday practice for reds, but more white wine producers are now using it.   Common in red winemaking, the idea of extended skin contact is now on trend for whites, too. Over the last decade, skin-contact wines have […]

Sunday July 25th, 2021 in Articles | Comments Off on Wine Gets Some Skin in the Game

Between Liking and Judging Quality

Between Liking and Judging Quality Contributed by Dwight Furrow from Food and Wine Aesthetics In answer to the question whether wine evaluation is fundamentally subjective, most people writing on the philosophy of wine insist on making a distinction between liking a wine and judging it’s quality. Whether one likes something depends on personal preference and […]

Sunday July 11th, 2021 in Articles | Comments Off on Between Liking and Judging Quality