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Before the courts: Cristal ($299) defeats Cristalino ($5.99)

Date: Tue, Aug 3, 2010

Last week, a judge ruled in favor of Cristal champagne over the cava Cristalino. And it wasn’t a taste test. The makers of the two wines have been sparring in court for the past four years. In the latest round, according to twincities.com, U.S. District Judge Joan Ericksen has barred the makers of Cristalino from [...]

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“A Beaujolais-style Zinfandel” Paul Draper & Julia Child

Date: Mon, Aug 2, 2010

Paul Draper appeared on the program “Dinner with Julia” with Julia Child in 1983. As you might expect, he brought along some wines from his Ridge Vineyards. The trip back in time is complete when he offers Julia a Ridge, Amador, 1980 Zinfandel, which he describes as “a Beaujolais-style Zinfandel.” Watch the brief clip to [...]

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Bottle deposit reform could add $200 million to NY’s coffers

Date: Fri, Jul 30, 2010

Governor Paterson and legislators in Albany are trying to reach compromises to close the yawning gap in New York’s budget. Although the proposal to sell wine in grocery stores is back on the table, there is another drinks-related area our officials have yet to uncork: bottle deposits. Last year, a reform bottle bill passed–largely unnoticed–that [...]

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Woman tries to recycle her cork lingerie [video]

Date: Fri, Jul 30, 2010

Rather than scaring you about the Iberian lynx, some cork enthusiasts have put out a video to try to save…foxes? Foxes and forests? Bottles sporting wood? Something like that. I am confused.

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Holy spritz! Water delivers flavors

Date: Thu, Jul 29, 2010

In a NYT story entitled, “To Enhance Flavor, Just Add Water,” Harold McGee explains–perhaps counterintuitively–that adding water to (alcoholic) beverages amplifies their flavors and aromas. To the tape: How can water reduce one sensation and amplify another? Both alcohol and aroma molecules are volatile, meaning they evaporate from foods and drinks and are carried by [...]

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A glass a day…keeps sobriety away

Date: Wed, Jul 28, 2010

Have you ever thought, “Gee, I’d love to drink this whole bottle of wine–but not right out of the bottle since that’s not classy–and I don’t want to get up from the couch to do so.” Then the inventors of the supersized, Kotula’s giant wine glass had you in mind! It fits an entire bottle [...]

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Canadian cows drink red wine for better flavor

Date: Mon, Jul 26, 2010

The world wine glut just found a new category of consumer: cows. A farmer in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley is feeding her cattle red wine for the last 90 days before slaughter. According to the Vancouver Sun, Janice Ravndahl of Sezmu Meats stumbled on the idea while watching chef Gordon Ramsey feed beer to pigs [...]

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Coenobium – a hard to pronounce wine made by nuns

Date: Sat, Jul 24, 2010

“Pass some more of the nun wine.” I overheard someone say that at the other end of my table recently. Not Blue Nun, mind you. But a wine actually made by nuns! Since the Trappist monks in Belgium still make (and market) Chimay beer, I was pleased to discover that Trappist (Cistercian) nuns still make [...]

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Wine rack bra, Jets wine, leafroll, pinot breakup — sipped & spit

Date: Thu, Jul 22, 2010

SIPPED: jug wine A sports bra modified to contain 25 ounces of wine and fitted with a nozzle is making the rounds again. Dubbed the “Wine Rack,” it is the companion to the “Beer Belly” for men. SPIT: New York wine An Albany blogger throws a flag on the new Jets wine play for not [...]

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Tasting note generator given 99+ pt rating!

Date: Thu, Jul 22, 2010

Wine writers, already about as endangered as the Iberian lynx thanks to the sagging media world (not screwcaps), have something new to fear–automatically generated tasting notes! Have a taste of what the site spits out: Fully refined almost corpulent Chenin Blanc. Hits you with sage, boggling cardboard and bashful mint. Drink now through 2009. Now, [...]

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Every time you open a screwcap, a kitten dies!

Date: Wed, Jul 21, 2010

It’s almost as if cork producers have hired Glenn Beck to present their $22 million marketing campaign! The campaign, mostly in Britain, links a switch to synthetic wine closures to the decline of the endangered Iberian lynx. If you are interested in the Iberian lynx, surf over to SOS Lynx. It discusses the causes of [...]

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Aria wine bar: Brix by chicks served by guys with… [poll]

Date: Tue, Jul 20, 2010

Aria wine bar, opened last month in the West Village, emphasizes wines made using organic using biodynamic methods as well as wines made by women. Christy Frank, who owns a small wine shop downtown, tweeted that she was heading there last week to sample the all-women wine list, seeking out “Brix by chicks” (geek alert: [...]

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Divers find old champagne and immediately chug it

Date: Mon, Jul 19, 2010

Nordic divers have found a cache of old champagne bottles on a shipwreck in the Baltic Sea. Christian Ekstrom (pictured above via BBC) and his dive partners could not contain their enthusiasm at finding the intact bottles that may date from the late 18th century. So they brought one to the surface, uncorked it, and [...]

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Opening wine with a shoe–is a Croc

Date: Fri, Jul 16, 2010

Various notes have come to the Dr. Vino World Headquarters recently: “Is it possible?;” “I am expecting some dr. vino independent trials;” and “Hilarious, can it be done?” Of course, they are all referring to the most discussed wine topic of the day–not Bordeaux 2009 futures, not even natural wine–but how to open a bottle [...]

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