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Why Is My Wine Bad?

Date: Mon, May 19, 2008 Wine Tasting

Despite technical innovations, sterile environments, a well trained wine making staff, and state of the art transportation and storage, wines today can still be bad, displaying faults that will ruin any wine lovers expectations. A whole number of things could have gone wrong, and below are just a few of the more common problems. TCA – [...]

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Another Write Up On Robert Mondavi, and A Review Of Solaire

Date: Sat, May 17, 2008 Wine Tasting

(Note: Robert Mondavi’s Autobiography entitled Harvests of Joy: How the Good Life Became Great Business - Paperbackis available on Amazon.com) The Mercury News printed a nice obituary on Robert Mondavi this morning, which can be found here. The article highlights how he got into the wine business, his innovation using tempurature controlled stainless steel tanks for fermentation and [...]

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Robert Mondavi Dies At 94

Date: Fri, May 16, 2008 Wine Tasting

As reported in Decanter, Winespectator (who has a full obituary), and SFgate.com, Robert Mondavi passed away this morning at his home in Yountville. If you would like to read more on the man, a book detailing his life entitled The House of Mondavi: The Rise and Fall of an American Wine Dynasty(paperback) Hardcover is available [...]

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California Wine Regions Hit With Late Season Frost

Date: Thu, Apr 24, 2008 Wine Tasting

First it was corn, wheat and malt, then rice and hops, and now after this weeks frost, wine grapes could be added to the list of products directly related to the making of alcohol that have experienced a sudden rise in price. Winespectator reports that some vineyards in Napa and Sonoma Valley’s could have dropped [...]

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Kodak, HP To Fight Counterfeit Wine

Date: Mon, Apr 14, 2008 Wine Tasting

In an industry where nothing is sacred and business is booming, counterfeiting has become a huge problem, and that problem is now plaguing the wine industry. It’s the same question that consumers ask themselves when purchasing wine online, at auction, or even at a retailer they aren’t familiar with: Is this wine I’m buying fake? Both [...]

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Amazon To Start Selling Wine

Date: Mon, Mar 10, 2008 Wine Tasting

Via FT.com Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, is to start selling wine in the US, entering a business fraught with regulatory complexities and littered with the wreckage of previous failures. Amazon is looking to recruit a senior wine buyer, whom it says will be responsible for “the acquisition of a massive new product selection” for its [...]

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Tasting Hendricks Gin

Date: Fri, Dec 21, 2007 Wine Tasting

I’ll admit it, I’m not that familiar with Gin. I like it, and I used to order up a Sapphire tonic when dining out, but I just haven’t given it that much thought: until recently. On a recent trip to Idaho, I was introduced to the world of premium Gin’s at a fine little establishment [...]

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Cameron Hughes Latest Releases Reviewed Winter 2007

Date: Thu, Dec 13, 2007 Wine Tasting

Let’s cut to the chase, as I’ve written about Cameron quite a few times before. (Feel free to search) The following are my reviews of his current releases and a couple of bottles that I previously reviewed that were corked. As always, I taste the wines twice, sometimes three times: first upon opening, second after 1/2 [...]

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Ten Champagne / Sparkling Wine Tips

Date: Tue, Dec 11, 2007 Wine Tasting

With a little help from a press release (which I need these days thanks to a busy schedule), enjoy this post prepared by Rubenstein Communications, Inc. It’s Bubbly Season: Ten Tips to Enjoying Champagne Like an Expert ‘Tis the season when more than 40 percent of the year’s champagne bottles go a-popping! Champagne is the wine of [...]

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Paul Newman Joins List of Celebrity Wine Business People

Date: Thu, Nov 8, 2007 Wine Tasting

Hot on Martha’s heels, Mr.Newman, under his namesake brand, plans to offer an organic Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon early next year. The 2006 vintage will be produced by Rebel Wine Co., the folks behind Three Thieves and True Earth Wines, and is estimated to go on sale for about $16. I’m guessing the vineyard [...]

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Vinquire Announces Wine Search Engine

Date: Tue, Nov 6, 2007 Wine Tasting

Are you having trouble finding a bottle of wine you’ve been meaning to purchase? Do you like shiny Web 2.0 website ’s with a clean look and snazzy interface? Then look no further than Vinquire.com, a wine search engine that also offers user wine reviews, tailored wine recommendations and more. According to the press [...]

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Purité - Purely Unoaked Wine From Fess Parker

Date: Wed, Oct 31, 2007 Wine Tasting

Fess Parker Winery has recently released a new line of wine under the Purité label to showcase white wines that aren’t touched by Oak. Quite a few wine drinkers today love big, buttery, oaky Chardonnays, and the industry reflects that, as most Chardonnays sold are oaked in some way and/or go through malolactic fermentation or [...]

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Product Review - The Wine Tube

Date: Tue, Oct 30, 2007 Wine Tasting

Wine-Wall.com, an online retailer that sells wine accessories, has introduced the wine tube, a 2 foot long apparatus for storing a case of wine. We got our hands on a press sample and the following is our review. At first glance, the tube appears to be a simple stainless steel pipe with a few holes drilled [...]

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Try the Wine from Nampa

Date: Thu, Oct 25, 2007 Wine Tasting

No, that isn’t a typo, Nampa is located in the beautiful state of Idaho, and yes, they make wine. Nampa isn’t the only city in which wine is produced in the state, in fact, at the time of this writing, 34 wineries are listed on the website www.idahowine.org as either already producing wine, or coming [...]

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