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    The Rise of “Natural” in Wine Marketing

    Back in 2008, a study by Minitel found that “All Natural” was the second most frequently used claim on new American food products. A more recent study found that the term “100 Percent Natural” was consumers most popular claim to read on a food label. Marketers have figured out that “Natural” sells.

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    2010 Carlisle Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley – Bottle Notes

    Carlisle Winery & Vineyards was founded in 1998 by Mike and Kendall Officer. Their passion is clear: Small lots of Zinfandel and Syrah from exceptional, historic vineyards. Sourced from Teldeschi Ranch, Mounts Ranch, Oddone Vineyard and Del Carlo Ranch. 86% Zinfandel, 8% Grenache and 6% Petite Sirah. Bright purple in color. 15.7% ABV. Brambly black fruits, plums, iron and pepper on the nose.

    2 readers - By Zinfandel Chronicles

    Telaya Wine shifts from Washington to Idaho grapes

    Boise residents Earl and Carrie Sullivan make wine in Washington’s Columbia Valley and Idaho’s Snake River Valley for Telaya Wine Co. (Photo courtesy of Telaya Wine Co.) GARDEN CITY, Idaho – Earl Sullivan is a winery owner with feet in two states, all because he simply wants to make the best wine possible. Sullivan, who owns Telaya Wine Co.

    By Great Northwest Wine

    Winechat: Terroirs of Riesling: Austria, Alsace, Germany

    "...because the glory of Riesling is in its multiplicity of styles… and the problem of Riesling is in its multiplicity of styles..." (Summer of Riesling) Winechat last night explored three unique terroirs through three outstanding old world Rieslings from Alsace, Austria and Germany. Soil, climate and topography are the major components of terroir.

    3 readers - By 50 States of Wine

    Wine of the Week: 2012 Zudugarai “Amats” Getariako Txakolina

    Every Thursday I feature a wine I particularly enjoy, whether it’s something new and different, is a great value, or from a producer worth checking out. For this week, my Wine Of The Week is the 2012 Zudugarai “Amats” Getariako Txakolina. The Winery Bodegas Zudugarai is a winery located in the Basque region in northern Spain, less than 20 miles from the French border.

    1 readers - By ENOFYLZ Wine Blog

    Daily Wine News: Down the Drain

    From Wikimedia. “This $100 bottle of wine is an undrinkable monstrosity… the BV was poured down the drain. Even if there’s no correspondence between price and quality in wine, it’s a bit shocking: how did BV end up crafting a wine that was impossible to drink?” Jonathan Lipsmeyer writes a provocative piece about Napa Valley.

    5 readers - By Terroirist: A Daily Wine Blog

    GrapeFest Uncorked 2014 Preview

    The post GrapeFest Uncorked 2014 Preview appeared first on Texas Wine Lover. Sample more than 160 Texas varietals from 44 Texas wineries at the People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic, the largest consumer-judged wine competition in the United States, during the 28th Annual GrapeFest - A Wine Experience in Historic Downtown Grapevine September 11-14.

    2 readers - By Texas Wine Lover

    Matchbook The Arsonist Chardonnay Provides a Spark

    The Crew Wine Company crafts a Chardonnay that is a very food friendly Chardonnay. The 2012 Matchbook The Arsonist Chardonnay, Dunnigan Hills AVA in Yolo County is a light gold translucent color. The aromas and flavors reminded me of caramel, pears, apples, butter and a hint of slate. The reserve wine is made from the best barrels of wine with Dunnigan Hills AVA fruit. The 14.

    3 readers - By Wine Trail Traveler LLC

    Why grocery stores love wine

    Because they sell so much of it — and a lot more than most of us realize. Hence the reason for the Great Wall of Wine. Wine was the seventh biggest category by dollar amount for supermarkets in the 52 weeks ending June 15, recording $6.9 billion in sales. That’s up 3.7 percent from the same period a year ago, and works out to an average of $9.27 a bottle.

    2 readers - By The Wine Curmudgeon

    Bootlegger 21 Handmade Vodka from Prohibition Distillery in Roscoe, NY

    Bootlegger 21 Handmade Vodka, a Gluten free, 100% American corn grain, has a unique genesis. First off, I love the whole vibe of the package. It's a beautiful, stylish approach, with romantic reverence, to the Prohibition era of the 1920’s and 30’s. Just as the Bootleggers shrugged off the 18th Amendment making the transport and sale of liquor illegal in the U.S.

    2 readers - By East Coast Wineries

    Catskill Distilling Company (NY)

    OK, so last year I went to the Bethel Woods Wine Festival, and after the first day, Bryan Van Deusen and I sent to Catskill Distilling. A little wind down you might say. I've told the story of Catskill Distilling Company before.

    1 readers - By East Coast Wineries

    Off the Grid in Cambria, California

    Thirty miles west of Paso Robles, on the Central Coast of California lies the charming resort town of Cambria where ocean sunsets, eclectic shops, terrific restaurants, and comfortable inns are waiting for you. Prior to this summer’s Wine Blogger’s Conference in Santa Barbara, I spent two days in Cambria with my daughter, Stephanie, who is a resident.

    5 readers - By Grape Experiences

    Paradox Brewery - A Quality Small Brewery

    OK, so I am behind in my reviews. So shoot me. I'm on a beer streak, so let's continue here. I love Paradox Brewing! There, I said it. I've been wanting to say it for a long time, but I hadn't got the chance. I tried them this early spring, at the Taste of Upper Hudson in Saratoga Springs, and I am way behind, if that doesn't give you the feel for how far behind I am, then there it is.

    1 readers - By East Coast Wineries
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