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Bubbles alone do not a Champagne make – Suburban Wino

May 20, 2011
Posted in Media Center, News Coverage, News Releases
Looking at the title of this post, my grammar has devolved to Yoda-esque sentence structure. Perhaps I’m quickly becoming a shriveled wine curmudgeon, relegated to cryptic tidbits on the fermented grape, designed to put frustrated winos on the path to righteousness.
Or, maybe there’s wisdom in the header; a critical piece of knowledge that fledgling wine-Jedis must heed in order to restore balance to the vinous Force…
Probably the former, but bear with me here, because what I’m about to say is very important:
NOT ALL SPARKLING WINE IS CHAMPAGNE.
Please, repeat this statement again, as I didn’t hear you the first time with this ridiculous Yoda hat covering my ears.
NOT ALL SPARKLING WINE IS CHAMPAGNE.
One more time, because I can hear someone out there calling a bottle of Tott’s Brut “Champagne”, and my blood is about to boil (cementing the preceding suspicion that I have- indeed- become a wine curmudgeon).

Sorting port from port, Chicago Tribune

Mar 30, 2011
Posted in Media Center, News Coverage

Of all the wines that work well in wintertime at the top of the list must be port. The history of port alone is a winter’s tale, a story best told at the fire-lit hearth. Port is the only wine to have been invented by mistake and political intrigue. In the late 1600s, the British were at war with the French and — drat it! — no longer bought their beloved red wine of Bordeaux.

Read the full article HERE.

America’s regular wine drinkers growing in number, presenting more challenges, Winebusiness.com

Mar 30, 2011
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More Americans than ever before are drinking wine at least once a month, though they are becoming increasingly price conscious, according to new research published today by Wine Intelligence, a leading market research and strategy organization focused on the wine sector. Around 80 million Americans sip wine every month, according to Portraits USA, a report that sets out a detailed segmentation of US wine drinkers based on their usage and attitude. This population has grown by 9% since 2009, boosted by a relatively large proportion of younger American adults taking up wine drinking at an earlier stage than previous generations.

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Message from California winemakers: Stop slandering our Pinot, Palate Press

Mar 30, 2011
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Winemakers who work hard to bring pure, outstanding Pinot Noir to their customers are sick of stuff like this. But cutting Pinot with Syrah or other varieties is perfectly legal. In California, a wine can be labeled “Pinot Noir” as long as 75% of the wine is Pinot. So why do we care if winemakers are cutting their Pinot?

Read the full article HERE.

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