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Why is your wine crying?

Why is your wine crying? Scientists say shock waves likely play a role Alcohol content, the pour, and shape of the glass are also factors in wine tears. By Jennifer Ouellette from ArsTechnica   Wine tears are due to a difference in surface tension across the top of the wine, resulting from the alcohol evaporating faster […]

Sunday July 14th, 2019 in Articles | No Comments »

ZINFANDEL… CALIFORNIA’S GRAPE?

ZINFANDEL… CALIFORNIA’S GRAPE? By Allen Balik Napa Valley Register My last column generated a broad reader response with most of the questions and comments directed to the history of Zinfandel and the true definition of “Old Vine” as is seen on countless wine labels.  The question on Old Vine is an easy one to address […]

Thursday July 11th, 2019 in Articles | No Comments »

SORRY FOLKS, BUT IT IS TIME TO MOVE TO SPAIN!!

Spain was just ranked the healthiest country in the world, and the Mediterranean diet could have played a role By Susana Vera Bloomberg Insider Spain was ranked the healthiest country in the world for 2019 on the Bloomberg Healthiest Country Index. To create the ranking, Bloomberg looked at several factors, including life expectancy, tobacco use, […]

Sunday June 30th, 2019 in Articles | No Comments »

Balance is the key…

Tannin timing By Toni Paterson, MW TheRealReview.com Next time you are wine tasting, pause and reflect on the tannins. As someone who tastes wine daily, I find tannin in wine both fascinating and frustrating. Fascinating, because tannins help form the shape of a wine. Frustrating as they can trick you. Tannin accumulation is the enemy […]

Sunday June 23rd, 2019 in Articles | No Comments »

10 Tips for Champagne Service

10 Tips for Champagne Service by Tim Gaiser MS Napa Valley Wine Academy Recently, I was sharing dinner with a good friend and fellow Master Sommelier at a bistro in the nation’s heartland. We ordered a bottle of Blanc de Blancs Champagne from an excellent grower-producer. What followed, in terms of our server opening the […]

Tuesday June 18th, 2019 in Articles | No Comments »

The Other Cabernet You Really Should Care About!!!

The Other Cabernet You Really Should Care About!!! BY JIM GORDON Wine Enthusiast Magazine In 1997, plant geneticists proved definitively that the grape variety Cabernet Franc is one of the direct parents of Cabernet Sauvignon, conceived centuries ago during a fertile fling with Sauvignon Blanc in a French, or possibly Spanish, vineyard.  When researchers at the […]

Thursday June 13th, 2019 in Articles | No Comments »

Step Inside Leonardo Da Vinci’s Secret Vineyard In Milan

Step Inside Leonardo Da Vinci's Secret Vineyard In Milan from Forbes Travel Livia Hengel, Contributor Hundreds of thousands of visitors descend upon Milan each year to visit Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper but few people know that the artist left behind another noteworthy treasure just steps away from his famous fresco. Leonardo’s Vineyard, or La Vigna di Leonardo, […]

Sunday June 2nd, 2019 in Articles | No Comments »

Robert Parker: Farewell to the Emperor

Robert Parker: Farewell to the Emperor © The Wine Advocate Robert Parker has finally hung up his tasting glass and pen. Wine’s most influential writer of the past 40 years has retired. W. Blake Gray pays tribute to a legend. I come to praise Robert Parker, not to bury him, because this is not quite an […]

Sunday May 26th, 2019 in Articles | No Comments »

How Did Wine Change the Course of History?

How Did Wine Change the Course of History? By Josh Friedland New Jersey Monthly In a new book, Atlantic County oenophile John Mahoney posits that fermented grapes led to the birth of Western civilization.   Illustration by Victor Jurasz Around 9,000 years ago, a band of nomadic humans roaming around Western Asia stumbled across wild […]

Sunday May 19th, 2019 in Articles | No Comments »

Why Drinking The Right Amount Of Red Wine Is Actually Good For You.

Why Drinking The Right Amount Of Red Wine Is Actually Good For You BY JOSH COULSON in The Richest Drinking red wine can actually have a lot of health benefits, studies show. Be sure to drink it in moderation, though. We currently live in a time where it feels like everything and anything is bad […]

Sunday May 12th, 2019 in Articles | No Comments »